Jul 162020
On Your Bike cancelled

We had been waiting for the restrictions around the coronavirus lockdown to be relaxed sufficiently that we could have the ride on the 20th September as planned. Alas, it was not to be. We had to make a decision this week or there would not be time to organise and publicise the event. There is

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Jun 102020
A Look at the Economy - Business Networking session

Business networking Zoom session – a look at the economy by the Bank of England On 9 June Gravesend Rotary held a lunchtime Zoom business networking session when Phil Eckersley, Agent of the Bank of England for East Anglia and the South East, gave an update on the UK economy. Entitled “An off the record

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May 302020
Zooming in on the Current Economy

9th June 2020 at 13:00 Rotary’s Business Networking lunch scheduled for 9th June has been reschedule for 27th October 2020 due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The speaker from the Bank of England will present his “off the record look at the UK economy, drawing on the most recent Bank of England Inflation Report at that

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May 292020
Footsteps distributes food parcels

Our (former) street boys have left the Sunshine Centre to live with their families, and are therefore back in the conditions that drove them to the streets in the first place. During May, the Sunshine Centre team distributed another round of emergency packs to all of our boys and their families. Each pack contained 10

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May 122020
Update on Grant to Footsteps International working in Kenya

The £1000 grant money from our Club and local District 1120 received at the end of last month is already being put to excellent use. The Sunshine Centre, schools, hotels and tourism all remain closed. The resulting impact, particularly on the poorest people, has been huge. Last month Footsteps International supplied emergency food and hygiene

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May 022020
The club & coronavirus

Like most organisations, we have had to curtail many activities and find new ways of working. It is a challenge but some of the changes may turn out to be permanent. Meetings The most obvious change is the cancellation of face-to-face meetings such as our weekly lunch and our committee meetings. Here, like many organisations,

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Apr 252020
Hive Hope & Covid-19

Our club has supported this local charity by financial donations for a number of years, and in addition in recent school holidays, members have been involved in “hands-on” help with the provision of hot meals during School holidays for the less fortunate youngsters. The present Covid-19 pandemic rules have put a stop to the latter,

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Apr 222020
Help for footsteps International in Kenya

The picture shows boys from the Sunshine Centre in Naivasha Kenya. It was taken last July when two of our members, Di Trimm and Chris Keeble with their spouses Malcolm and Marion visited and worked at the Centre for two weeks. Footsteps International Charity started the Sunshine Centre nearly 20 years ago to provide accommodation

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Apr 182020
Urgent appeal for charity affected by virus emergency

Sunday, 19 April, was to be the day when hundreds of cyclists rode ‘On Your Bike.’ Gravesend Rotary’s famous ride raises funds for charities and this year especially Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services. The ride now is not until September. But Gravesend Rotary has discovered that this charity urgently needs funds through the extra demands

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Mar 172020

On Friday 13th March 2020 the Thamesview School Year 11 students made presentations on designing and marketing a hat. It was part of their assessed course work. Their presentations were made to three panels of assessors. Rotarians John Baker and Tony Muckley sat on two of the panels. The theme of the presentations was to

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