Welcome to the Rotary Club of Canterbury Forest of Blean – our website gives a flavour of our activities, and those Charities and community projects that we support.
My name is David Milham and I am honoured to be President for the year commencing 1st July 2021.
Over the past year restrictions on physically meeting as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic has meant that we have continued to meet using Zoom and have enjoyed a wide range of interesting speakers. Some members organised a number of sponsored cycle rides and also arranged auctions of treasures cleared from our lofts and garages raising sufficient money to purchase six Shelterboxes. Like everyone we are looking forward to being able to meet and enjoy fellowship from 19th July onwards. The club is moving to a new venue – Canterbury Golf Club, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury where we will meet at 7pm for a meal at 7:30 most Monday evenings, except Bank Holidays.
Our members, both men & women, come from a wide area around Canterbury, from Faversham to Wingham, Herne Bay & Whistable to Lenham and Elham. We enjoy a good meal, followed by an interesting speaker and fellowship in our very friendly club.
As well as a full programme of speaker evenings we have a number of Fundraising activities planned including marshalling for Canterbury Half marathon on August Bank Holiday Monday in aid of Pilgrim’s Hospice, a quiz evening to raise funds for Shelterbox, a concert with London Welsh Male Voice Choir in the magnificent new Great Hall at Kent College with Canterbury Umbrella as the main beneficiary, and are in the early stages of planning a Classic Car Show to support Pilgrim’s Hospice and other Rotary Charities. We also hope we will be able to resume “Tin Shaking” at supermarkets around Christmas and Easter.
We also hope to be able to take Young Carers to the pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre, support Sport scholarships at Canterbury Academy and resume “mock” interviews to help prepare students for their first job or further education interviews.
In November we are hoping to undertake a visit to the Normandy Beaches and the new D-day memorial – this trip should have taken place last year but was postponed because of Covid. There are a couple of vacancies if you are interested in joining a trip organised with Military precision with a very friendly group.
We welcome visitors to meetings and social events, whether Rotarians from other clubs, or if you are curious or just want to hear the speaker. Please e-mail our Secretary
to book your place.
We welcome new members keen to enjoy our fellowship whilst making a difference to our local community. Have a look at “Are you a Perennial
” to learn a little more or better still get in touch by email or via the Contact us page – click here
and select membership. We can offer an Associate Membership for 12 months where you attend just the meetings that particularly interest you and pay for the meal, currently £15. There will be no pressure to join but we sincerely hope, having attended a number of meetings and social events, you will want to become one of the worldwide Rotary family within the Canterbury Forest of Blean club.