Christmas 2017

Celebrating Christmas the Rotary way

Rotary Club of Margate would like to thank all the parents who brought their children out to visit Father Christmas on his tours of the streets of Millmead, Palm Bay and Poet’s Corner areas. We are very grateful to the management of Sainsbury’s Store at Westwood Cross, Morrison’s at Margate and Margate Football Club for allowing us to bring Santa to their customers.

All  money collected funded the sixty eight Christmas dinners that the management and staff of the Royal Oak Hotel Ramsgate prepared for Rotary on Christmas day. These were delivered by Rotarians direct to people nominated for a Christmas day dinner in their homes. The Rotarians are often the only visitors the recipient would see over the Christmas period, thus making the effort all the more rewarding.

President Mike Bastow sends a special thanks to the staff of Royal Oak Hotel Ramsgate, to the Rotarians and partners delivering the meals and the public for their continued support.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year



Thanet Schools Young Artists’ Art Exhibition 2018

The theme for 2018 will be: ‘Our changing world and the future’. This could be interpreted in many different ways. We hope that, as was the case this year, the theme for 2018 is sufficiently broad for teachers and pupils to link it will 11-plus, GCSE and A-level studies.

It would be very helpful if teachers could indicate as soon as possible if they would like their students to take part and the numbers. Please note: we supply A3 and A4 mounts and plastic wallets for the work. Any other sizes will have to be mounted by the entrants. Please notify us of these as we have to plan the lay-out of the exhibition well in advance.

There are now so many schools taking part that we consider it essential to update our contact list, as rapid communication with individual schools simplifies the task of organising such a large-scale and high-profile event and, as part of this process, we would like each school to confirm that their pupils will be entering the 2018 competition. Schools which have taken part before should not automatically assume that they are registered.

We trust that you appreciate our need for full information and a specific person to contact and liaise with, especially where there has been a change of staff.
Thank you for help in advance.

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For further details please contact Brian Homewood:
Tel: 01843 822164

Santa is on his way!

Santa is coming to a street near you on:







9th December- Superstore tba
11th December- Palm Bay 17.30- 19.30
12th December- Palm Bay 17.30-19.30
14th December- Millmead 17.30-1930
16th December- Sainsbury Westwood Cross
18th December- Millmead 17.30-19.30
19th December- Poets Corner 17.30-19.30
21st December- Poets Corner 17.30-19.30
23rd Decembe- Margate Football Ground

End Polio Now!

End Polio Now

As Rotary continues its fights against Polio, an inspiring new film depicting the devastating impact of polio is hitting theatres.

Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star in the love story “Breathe,” now playing in select U.S. theaters and scheduled for wider release over the next month. The movie tells the story of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958.

At the age of 28, he was paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a hospital bed with a respirator, and given just months to live.

However, with the encouragement and help of his wife, Diana, Robin was able to leave the hospital and spend the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities and popularizing a new wheelchair with a built-in respirator.…/breathe-movie-tells-heroic-polio-s…

Annual Swimathon 2017

Annual Swimathon 2017

Join us and raise money for your chosen charities


This year’s Rotary Club Annual Swimathon will be held on 7 October 2017 at Hartsdown Swimming Pool Margate. This is your opportunity to raise money for your own chosen charity and the charities supported by Margate Rotary Club.

Every year hundreds of swimmers take part in this event raising thousands of pounds for much needed charities.

Teams of six will swim for 55 minutes i.e. only 5-10 per swimmer with one person in the water at a time.

We are looking for as many teams as possible from the local community so please print off the entry form/poster and share with your community groups, friend and families.

If you have any question about this event please contact Terry Cunard on or 01843 603893/07913686669


You-Can-Youth Cancer Support 2017

Margate Rotary Club is pleased to support The You-Can-Youth Cancer Support programme which opened its purpose adapted house in Westgate on the 1st June.
This unique project provides multi-various programmes of support for young people aged 10-30 years who have or are affected by Cancer.
Pictured are representatives of all the Thanet Rotary Clubs, You-can support staff and the celebrity guests Victoria Derbyshire and Dave Berry who opened the home.
Also shown is Roy Copper Vice President of Margate Rotary Club ( to the right of picture) presenting a cheque to Natalie Tegg  the head of fundraising for the You-Can charity together with other cheque presenters.

Thanet Schools Young Artist’ Competition 2017

Thanet Schools Young Artist’ Competition 2017

Another very successful Arts competition this year with over seven hundred wonderful pictures. The theme of ‘The Simple Pleasures of Life’ proved to be inspiring and this was evident in the beautiful images produced by the children.

Many thanks  to the organiser particularly Brian Homewood , Pat Buckley , Steve Alexander and Ray Holdstock as well as  the teachers who encouraged so many children to take part

A huge thank you to all the judges and supporters.

Please take a look at the Thanet Schools Young Artist’ Competition Facebook page





Christmas 2016

Delivering Christmas Dinners to the local community 2016

62 meals were delivered by Santa’s special helpers. Many thanks to the Oak Hotel.


Don’t wobble Steve!


Happy Christmas Faces


Annual Schools Art Competition 2016

The Rotary Club of Margate  teamed up with Sainsbury’s Store at Westwood Cross to host the “Thanet Schools Young Artists Competition & Exhibition” which ran for three days from Friday 13th May to Sunday 15th May.

Thirty one Thanet schools exhibited 500 individual paintings, created by the pupils of Thanet schools from the age of four to eighteen. Tasked with this year’s theme of “British Values”, the competition has showcased an array of vibrant and eye-catching artwork inspired by the young people’s free interpretation.

The official opening and prize schoolsgiving took place on Saturday (14th May) by Rotary Club of Margate President Stephen Askew assisted by special guest Tom Yendell (Internationally renowned member of the Mouth and Foot Professional Artist Trust) and Rotary District Vice Governor Carol Vizzard.

Prizes were presented to winners in each of the Age groups The winners of the prize for Best in show went to 16 year old Bryn Ravensdale of Laleham Gap School.

Many local businesses generously sponsored the event. Sainsbury’s gave gift vouchers to all the winners, The Mouth & Foot Artists Trust sponsored by supplying vouchers for Best in show and they gave special award vouchers to all five special needs schools that took part to encourage children attending these schools to take up art.  All the winning paintings will be on display at Lovely’s Art Shop and Gallery in Northdown road, Cliftonville from the 20th May for one week. They also gave vouchers to enable these pictures to be framed.IMG_3170

Rotary Club of Margate President Stephen Askew said it is a pleasure to see the Thanet Schools Young Artist Competition, now in its tenth year, grow in support from the schools with pupils exhibiting such a high standard of paintings. The judges congratulated the children on the high standard of the art and said how difficult it was to select the winners.

  We would like to thank Sainsbury’s for giving us the opportunity to allow the Rotary Club of Margate to exhibit the artistic talents of the young people of Thanet and the schools for encouraging the students to take part. Meeting the public during the exhibition and the encouraging comments were really appreciated. We hope that more schools next year will see this as an opportunity to promote the talent of Thanet’s young artists to the general public.

Times are changing

Handover 2016

The occasion was attended by members and partners plus representatives from the other Thanet Rotary clubs.

In accepting the role of President for year  2016/2017 Chris congratulated Stephen Askew on leading the club on such a successful past year  of activities serving the of local community and supplying international aid via Rotary International.  

Chris outlined his programme for the coming year which will include the continued support of the community via the Youth Opportunity Fund which helps young people achieve their aims by offering financial support. The “Swimathon” on October 8th. This event will again be an opportunity for local clubs and organisation to raise funds for their own projects and contribute to Rotary charities. “Thanet Schools Young Artists” competition will again be held in May 2017. Our support of the elderly at Christmas and throughout the year will continue.

The clubs main charities for the year are R.N.L.I. and Global grant support for the Tea Leaf appeal. This to Supply a bus for school children in the  tea plantations in Sri Lanka   

If you would like to know more about Rotary and how to join or support events contact Mike 07775 906374 or Jeremy 01843 862225.