Sep 222018

It was one o’ clock, on Sunday the 12th August and there was tension in the air that was tangible. The patchy clouds rolled overhead in the summer breeze showing the 21 yard pitch that nestled amongst the gardens towering trees – this would be the battleground.

Club pride was at stake here and while old friends laughed and joked as we enjoyed the lovely meal that Rochester ladies had prepared, there was no mistaking the determination in everybody’s eyes that this was going to be a hard fought game.

Rochester went into bat first and steadily piled on the runs while Gravesend’s bowling slowly whittled away at their batsmen. And then Gravesend got ready to show Rochester how to bat but suddenly, Rochester bowlers found their form and Gravesend wickets fell like matchsticks. In the wink of an eye it was over and the fellowship of Rotary shone as glasses were raise to the winners and President Tony Muckley presented the winner’s cup Rochester

John Dyke

Sep 112018


Gravesend … riverside resting place of Princess Pocahontas and gateway to London.   And home of a championship petanque rink at the Gravesend Rugby Club where the Rotary clubs of Gravesend and Northfleet gathered in late August to battle for the annual championship cup.

According to the meteorologists the long hot summer had finally come to an end some days before… tell that to the teams out under a blazing sun.

Rotarians, wives, partners, families and friends all joined in do  their best as the metal boules grew weightier and the perspiration poured
until finally the Northfleet club was pronounced victorious and everyone staggered back in to the club house for most welcome refreshment.

Like all good friendly matches the inter-team comments on their opponents had been as  intense as expected and the post match cries of
“we wuz robbed” by Gravesend meant that Northfleet now have the honour of hosting next years event.

Which will be the first Continental game to be played by these British teams outside the EU!

How will that be,  will it  be allowed they ask…watch this space!

Bob Denby

Sep 102018

A trip on Saturday to the District Conference at Kent University in Canterbury with club President Tony Muckley and Rotarian John Baker. I never stop being amazed at the amount of charity work that’s done by the clubs of Kent.

The photo shows us in front of a “Shelterbox” of the type that are sent out to area’s around the world that have had a disaster within days of it happening.

Other charities supported by Kent clubs include “Literacy” boxes (that are sent out to schools in Zambia) and closer to home, Busters Book Club (for Kent kids), Hi Kent (helping people in Kent with there hearing aids), Demelza (helping desperately ill kids), Rotary Childrens Hospice Family Holiday (taking Kent families with terminally ill kids to Disneyland Paris) and so many more…

Conference had speakers and breakout sessions that provided ideas of what and how some of these charities work and what can be done to help them.

A great day where we came away so much more aware….

John Dyke

Jul 032018

Orange Property Services of Gravesend and Ebbsfleet was admitted as our first corporate member on Monday. Representing the company in our club activities are Amanda Parkes, Nicola Leaney and Saira Haider pictured (L to R) with President Tony Muckley welcoming them to the club.

Corporate membership is one of the new types of membership introduced recently by Rotary to help bring clubs closer to their communities. Gravesend is one of the very first clubs in our south-east district to introduce corporate membership and is looking forward to working with Orange Property Services, Nicola, Saira and Amanda to the benefit of the people of Gravesham.

Apr 212018

About 600 cyclists left the Riverside Leisure Area at Gravesend on Sunday to enjoy a ride in the countryside around Gravesend and raise money for charity. There were three routes: 15, 30 and 45 miles and riders included people of all ages from children to people in their 80s.

The ride was started by the Mayor of Gravesham Cllr. Harold Craske. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Rosemary Dymond, was also present with her badge of office over her Lycra as she took part in the ride – she is one of the regular participants.. Also in the photo below are the Mayoress Veronica Craske and club president Tony Muckley.

The weather was dry though mostly overcast and a good temperature for cycling. Potholes in the roads were a problem but we are not aware of any accidents. Those taking part said how much they enjoyed it. Those who completed the course received a certificate, engraved slate coaster and a one day free pass to the Nuffield Health Club.

The Rotary Club of Gravesend has been organising On Your Bike for 32 years and during that time it has raised well over £500,000 for charities. The main charity to benefit this year will be the ellenor which runs the hospice at Northfleet as well as a homecare service. Several other charities, mainly local and some quite small will also benefit.

We are grateful for the help of other organisations who helped with planning and running the event on the day. These included local Rotary and Lions clubs, Cyclists Touring Club, Medway Raynet communications and the ellenor .  We also had support from Inner Wheel, Tri the Bike Shop, Lancaster Interiors, Singlewell Stationery & Print, King & Taylor, Gravesham Council, and  South East 4×4 Response.

This year, for the first time, we were pleased to work with Gullands (solicitors) who sponsored the Mars Bars and orange juice given out at checkpoints, Nuffield Health Medway which provided mini health checks for riders and free day passes to its health club, Gravesend & Dartford Cycle Forum and the Cyclopark at Gravesend.