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As part of the event to celebrate the visit of the Olympic flame to Bexhill on 17th July, the students of St. Mary’s Wrestwood Trust College held there very own torch relay around the grounds of the school and college in Wrestwood Road.

As part of these celebrations, Mike Barton, President of Bexhill Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £1,000 to the Head of College, Craig Ribbons, and the students who were selected to carry their own torch in the relay.  The donation will be used to help fund the cost of taking every student at St. Mary’s on a very special outing to visit the Olympic stadium in London on 6th September where they will enjoy a day at the Paralympics.

St. Mary’s is a non-maintained school and college founded in 1922 and cares for up to 144 students from 7 to 19, sharing with their parents the responsibility of preparing them to become as independent as possible and ready to realise their full potential.  St. Mary’s provides therapy, nursing, care, and education for the children in their care (a recent Inspection Report stated, “St. Mary’s gives pupils an outstanding education”) but receives no grants or donations from Local Government and only minimal funding from Central Government.

Bexhill Rotary President Mike Barton was full of admiration for the staff and the students at St. Mary’s and added, “I feel very humble and motivated as a result of my visit here today and I’m pleased that Bexhill Rotary Club can provide these funds for a once in a lifetime trip to see the Paralympics”.

Picture shows President Mike Barton (left) presenting the cheque to

Craig Ribbens of St. Mary’s surrounded by the students who took part in the torch relay


London Welsh Male Voice Choir comes to Maidstone

 The internationally renowned London Welsh Male Voice Choir will be singing at All Saints Church, Maidstone on May 19th, 2012 in a charity concert. The event is called ‘Riverside Rotary Charity Concert 2012 – Changing Lives through Music’ and has been organised by Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club. All the proceeds will benefit two Kent-based charities – Kent Air Ambulance and Heart of Kent Hospice, as well as other local charities. Tickets are only £15 and can be purchased online at; website visitors can also find about the history of the choir and listen to samples of recent performances. The choir will be conducted by Musical Director, Edward-Rhys Harry and accompanied by concert pianist, Annabel Thwaite and feature soloist, Imogen Dyer.

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir was formed in 1961 and has over 100 members. The Choir has sung at venues around the world and at many of Britain’s most prestigious concert halls, cathedrals and sports stadia. It has had the honour of appearing twice at the Royal Variety Command Performance, and in Gala Concerts to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of the Prince of Wales and the fortieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. In contrast, the Choir was the backing group to the pop band Take That at Earls Court and has recorded with Charlotte Church, Aled Jones and Bryn Terfel. Its 1981 recording, Songs of the Valleys, is believed to be the first album by a male choir to achieve a gold disc for sales in excess of 100,000.

The Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club is proud to be supporting two of Kent’s best known local charities. The Heart of Kent Hospice is a local charity specialising in providing expert palliative care and support to people facing the challenge of terminal illness. The Kent Air Ambulance responds swiftly to 999 calls. The highly skilled specialist doctors and critical-care paramedic take to the scene the type of expertise and equipment you would normally only find in a hospital’s emergency department, from where they can transport the patient to the most appropriate hospital for their needs.


Press the link for more info:

Rotary Maidstone Riverside Concert Press Release – Raising the Bar

For more information please visit or contact:

Rotary Club of Maidstone Riverside

c/o Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone Kent ME15 8AE


The Turkish Project Story from the Rotary Club of Dover and South Foreland

Our Turkish Project 2011 -12

In February 2011, the Rotary Clubs of Dover joined forces with the Rotary Club of Guney in Adana in Eastern Turkey.   We became partners in a Music Project for a State Orphanage.   In Turkey the State supplies the home for the children, but there are no other funds to address the problems that the children have.

In the orphanage in Adana there are children who have been orphaned or abandoned by their parents.  Many have been neglected, resulting in the children becoming reduced to begging, and exposed to alcohol and drugs.  The result was that these vulnerable children have low esteem and lack confidence as well as lacking a sense of community.  Some children are deaf, or mentally retarded and some have learning and speech disorders.    The Rotary project was to supply the facilities and instruments within the orphanage for musical education.   ‘Music can develop children cognitively, psychologically and emotionally and can enrich their imagination and creativity.  Musical training can contribute to social skills and teamwork, and increase a sense of security and sense of community.’

The funding came as follows:  Rotary Club of Guney: US$  5,660, District 2430 (Turkey) US$ 2,500, Rotary Club of Dover $US 4,566, Rotary Club of South Foreland US$ 1,500, District 1120 (Kent & East Sussex) US$ 1,000 = total US$ 15,226.

The Principal of the Orphanage understood the children’s needs, and enabled the RC Guney to progress the project by supplying a special room for the music education.   The Rotary funding supplied the decoration, furniture, storage, white board and of course the instruments.   The RC Guney has arranged for musical tuition through the State University of Cukurova.    Musical training started  a few months ago when a children’s chorus was formed, with four training sessions a week . The children’s behaviour and results have immediately progressed in a very positive way.

By the autumn of 2011, the funding was complete for the room and the instruments.  On 15th February 2012 there was an official opening ceremony.   I was delighted, as President of the Rotary Club of Dover to attend the opening in Adana, and was accompanied by Christine Pike.  Christine is the widow of Rotarian David Pike who was the International Chairman of RC Dover throughout this project, and who had been responsible for organising the fund raising.   It was incredibly sad for us all when David died very suddenly in December 2011.
Meeting the Rotarians of the Turkish Club, being hosted in their homes and being treated like royalty was a wonderful experience for both Christine and myself, but the best was yet to come.

We attended the opening ceremony and listened to the children’s chorus.   We watched in awe as a teacher led out the deaf girls dressed in wonderful  traditional  costumes , and they danced as if they could hear every note.    As the instruments had only just been delivered, the drum band had only had tuition for 4 hours that week,  yet their performance was magical.

The children’s enthusiasm was contagious, and the pride of Rotarians and the professional  musicians in seeing their work progress was uplifting.  Later that day, the musicians from the State University could not thank us enough for our help.   Their vision is not just to use music as an aid to the children’s development, but also to supply the training for any gifted child to progress to a musical vocational – and change that child’s life.     I know that I will never forget that afternoon  – and I am immensely proud that the Rotary Club of Dover have been part of this project.   ‘Rotary the World Over’ … will no longer be just a toast at the end of our weekly Club meeting … it is a phrase which has real meaning because we have been part of a project which shows that Rotary can change lives.

Gloria  Barnett, President

Rotary Club of Dover

01304 825151

Channel and Rochester Rotary Clubs Invite you to an afternoon of jazz excellence 25th March

Channel and Rochester Rotary Clubs Invite you to an afternoon of jazz excellence

“Swing into Spring”

With Rod Mason and his Hot Five

 at Victoria’s Cabaret Club, Ashford Road, Harrietsham, ME7 1BL

 Sunday 25th March 2012, 1.00pm for 1.30pm

 Tickets £14 [includes finger buffet]

 [The Hot Five include a brilliant musician who is an old school friend of

Rotarians Denis Pepper [Channel] & Bob Burge [Rochester]

Cheques payable to Denis Pepper, 17 Cliffe house, Radnor Cliff, Folkestone CT20 2TY

Phone 01303 221 777, or contact Bob on 01634 710051

[This is aimed at being a fellowship event and any profit will go to Rotary charities]

Rochester Rotary Club Theatre Invitation 6th March

Rochester Rotary Club Invite you to join them at

The Medway Little Theatre Club

For “Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson”

[A very amusing play set on the morning of the Rugby World Cup Final]

[By the same author of “An evening with Gary Lineker”]

 Tuesday  6th March 2012, 7.00 pm for 7.30pm

 Tickets £7.50

 contact Bob Burge on 01634 710051

[Any profit will go to Rotary charities]

Rotary Club of Dover Celebrates the Completion of the Turkish Project

Dinner to celebrate the Turkish Project

RIBI January 2012 newsletter

RIBI January 2012 Newsletter

Message from The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra in Association with The Sibelius Society”)

We would love to send you details of our Forthcoming Concerts in our “Voyages of Sound” Series including 16th February with the incomparable Jamie Walton playing his famous Elgar Cello Concerto and the NLSO performing the Sibelius 5th Symphony as well as details of our Educational Workshops which will culminate in this concert with the boys from Bow School, Tower Hamlets joining us on stage!
Do not miss this amazing Concert! Tickets available from our website

April 1st is our Grand Finale Concert when we are having a “Come and Sing Handel Messiah” The Choir is being formed now! Singers should contact Adam Johnson on the email add. for a Registration Form. This Concert is taking place in a Church in London which houses the organ Handel played!!! St.Sepulchre without-Newgate, the oldest Parish Church in London dating back to 1137 – dont miss it!

For details of the above and more details of the NLSO please click on our website – Tickets are available now but hurry for Feb.16th!!!

Please email for any further details of the above or any of our concerts – we would be very happy to send you our latest Newsletter and short video.

We would be very grateful if you could pass this information to all your members.

Many thanks

Helen Straughan, MCMI
Planning and Project Director for

Adam Johnson,
Artistic Director/Conductor

The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra in Association with The Sibelius Society”)

Message from PR officer RIBI

From: Rebecca Warner [] Sent: 18 January 2012 17:02 To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject: FAO DMPRC and PRO: Polio NID India and BBC coverage – update

Hello all, I appreciate I am sending more emails than usual but this will be news you want to hear now. Following discussions yesterday with Fergus Walsh, BBC medical correspondent, and Mike and Bernice Yates, trip organisers, I can now give a clearer outline of what will be happening during the February NID in India. There will be a live broadcast on BBC Breakfast from Delhi on Monday the 20th February. This will feature Fergus at an immunisation booth and will also feature a package he has recorded over the weekend showing Rotary’s work, people affected by polio and interviews with doctors. It is likely that a Rotarian, most probably Mike Yates, will be interviewed live. The package will also be featured on the six o’clock and the ten o’clock news on the same day. The story will also be on Fergus Walsh’s blog. There will be advice for you to share with your Rotarians a little nearer the time. That’s not to say you must keep this a secret! You may share this with whomever you decide but please manage expectations. Fergus is not being paid by Rotary to do this, it is not a Rotary commissioned piece but Rotary is being showcased along with the many other heroes of this story. We can use the package in the RIBI website as it will be available on the BBC website permanently. I am checking if it is possible to obtain DVD copies for use at club meetings and other events. With regard to press releases and the names of those travelling to India in February, I will sort that out in the next few days. Kind regards,

Rebecca Rebecca Warner Public Relations Officer Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PB Tel: 01789 765 411 Direct: 01789 768 127 Email:

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