Category Archives: Rotary Club of Maidstone Riverside

Swim Relay Event for Children in Need – Register Your Team Now!

An exciting new event will take place this year in the swimming pool at Maidstone Leisure Centre.

Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club is proud to present the first annual Maidstone SwimRelay, which will be held on Sunday 1st November 2015 between 12.30 and 4.00pm. With the kind support of The Maidstone Leisure Trust and Serco, who manage the pool, 24 teams of between 4 and 6 swimmers will compete to swim as many lengths as possible in 30 minutes.

This fundraising event is open to teams of any ability or age with a great deal of emphasis on fun.

Each team will raise as much sponsorship from their friends, families and colleagues based on the number of lengths swum. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most lengths swam and most money raised. Local businesses and organisations may wish to sponsor a team or even register a team of their own employees in the relay.

50% of the money raised will be donated to Children in Need, with the other 50% going to nominated charities of the participants’ choice. So if you are thinking of supporting this year’s Children in Need here is a great opportunity to do so plus raising funds for your own charity.

Registration is now open and as there are no entry fees or minimum amounts to be raised, teams will be selected on a first come first served basis. So now is the time to get your team registered – just visit the website.

For full details and registration visit

Rotary GO Phase 3 Comes to District 1120!

Many of you I know will have read in the latest edition of Rotary South East (July 2015) about the exciting new Rotary GO (Growth Opportunities) membership programme that RIBI has been championing over the past 6 months. Indeed a number of clubs within District 1120 have already started looking into how these initiatives can be put to good use to help invigorate their own clubs.
The RIBI Membership team has recently announced the launch of Phase 3 of Rotary GO. What does that mean for District 1120? Well, it will mean identifying and appointing District Rotary GO Champions and 10 “Membership Enthusiasts” from across the District. This new team will receive a series of training workshops on how to form new clubs, how to introduce satellite clubs and how to enable existing clubs to innovate. They will then be able to communicate the messages about these programmes and provide assistance and guidance to the clubs and help them set up their own local programmes aimed at growing membership and strengthening their own clubs.
As District MDR Committee Chair I will be directly involved in coordinating the implementation of this new phase across the District but if you would like to know more or be part of the District 1120 Rotary GO Championing team please let me know. We are looking for club enthusiasts to cover the West, South West, South, South East, East and North Central areas of our District.
The club enthusiasts’ training session will take place on Saturday 14th November at Canary Wharf, London. More details to follow.
I personally believe that these new membership initiatives are the most exciting I have seen in my 20 years as a Rotarian and I am convinced that if they are communicated effectively to clubs then everyone should be able to benefit from them in some way. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Colin Norgate
Membership Development and Retention Committee Chair
District 1120
Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club


Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club Promotes End Polio Now campaign

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In celeberation of the Rotary International’s 108th birthday members of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club promoted the End Polio Now campaign with a high profile stand in the Mall Chequers Centre Maidstone on Februray 28. The Rotary Crocus badges were much … Continue reading

Maidstone Riverside Rotarian is Olympic Torch Bearer

Club member and Paul Harris Fellow PP Clive Bradburn is one of the Olympic Games Torch Bearers when the torch moves from Maidstone to Guidford on Friday 20th July. Clive will be taking his turn in Redhill, Surrey at 3.24pm. His 300 metres of fame will be just past  St Bede’s School in Carlton Road RH1 2LQ.  Of course Clive would love to see as many Rotarians and their families there as possible if you can get along. Next best thing if you are able to get to a computer you can watch it  live on the website   It is also  shown on the BBC Torch Relay website

For anybody local, Clive will be returning to Maidstone after the Relay on 20 July to join another 8 Torchbearers in taking part in the Maidstone Mile Fun. So we would love to see as many there as possible taking  part or supporting this charity event. It starts in Maidstone at 6 pm.  We are given to advice that Meridian TV will also be covering the event live. Immediately following the run Clive will be swimming a mile in the River  Medway. Details of these events are on 


Colin Norgate  President 2012-13

Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club

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


A Remarkable Evening with Rotary RIBI President at Maidstone Riverside Rotary

A Remarkable Evening with Rotary RIBI President at Maidstone Riverside Rotary

RIBI President Ray Burman (RC of Kelveden and District) and his wife Victoria (RC of Colchester), were welcomed  by  District 1120 Governor Lynne Mitchell and PP Ray, Maidstone Riverside president Martin Carter and more than 60 Rotarians who came from the different clubs of district 1120 and 3 prospective new members. Participants enjoyed the good company, good food and a special song written by Riverside Past President Clive Bradburn and performed by Clive and other by Riversiders, promoting Rotary’s spirit and achievements.

President Burman gave a stimulating presentation emphasising the benefits that the international and local communities are enjoying because of Rotary’s support, and DG Mitchell updated everyone on the achievements in relation to  the Cambria which now carries the Rotary Logo on its sail.

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