As well as the many deaths and much suffering, Covid has raised many societal issues which have demanded a response.

Rotary club of Thanet were not able to meet at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate on their usual Mondays when  restrictions started to be applied. Members donated some of the money they would have spent on dinner towards a Covid support fund to help those charities and other organisations who were responding to the challenge.

The club also drew down its own charitable funds to help the community.


We donated £3,250 and over £200 in food to Thanet Food Link (Margate), £2,250 to the Salvation Army (Ramsgate) plus £1,000 to the Gap project in Broadstairs to purchase essential supplies in support of those in need.We also gave £200 to help the Thanet Churches Open Xmas initiative.  A further £500 went to support the ongoing work of the Ramsgate branch of the Salvation Army arising from Covid.

Pilgrims Hospice

We gave £1,000 to the hospice whose fund raising had been badly affected by the crisis.

Domestic abuse

A steep rise in cases of reported domestic abuse was one of the sad features of lockdown and  we gave £2,500 to the Oasis domestic abuse service.

Face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

£250 went to Thanet Facemasks, a group of volunteer sewers who came together to produce masks for emergency workers in Thanet. Some of our members also donated materials for the cause. Alison, caught in the picture above, was the first person to join the group and produced over 1,000 masks on her own, as well as coordinating the efforts of others in Westgate. A local hero.

And we contributed £500 to the costs incurred by Kent Volunteers Community Transport Service in providing PPE for volunteer drivers and their clients attending hospital appointments.


There were concerns among some charities helping to deliver the government's 'Everyone In' initiative , which aimed to get rough sleepers off the streets, that the ending of furlough support and the lifting of restrictions on evictions for payment arrears could cause a significant rise in the numbers coming to them for support. We are long standing supporters of Porchlight and we gave them a further £1000 to help with their work.Isolation

£250 to Age UK to support the work of their carers responding to needs of the elderly who were feeling isolated during the pandemic.

Mary's Meals

Our Club learned of the inspiring work of the the charity Mary's Meals ( which aims to give one good meal every school day to some of the world's poorest children. They were  feeding over 1.8 million children.
For Mary's Meals it is important not only to meet the needs of the hungry child, but also that they attract children to the classroom where they can gain a basic education. Instead of working or begging for food, children can attend class knowing that the promise of a meal each day will enable them to concentrate and look to a future where they can be free of poverty and reliance on aid.
Mary's Meals have a vision that invites all of us to offer our money, goods, skills, time or prayer to help those suffering extreme poverty in the world's poorest communities. Incredibly, it costs no more than £15.90  to feed a child for a whole school year and Thanet Rotary Club donated £1,590 which would feed 100 children. The money came from members' donations reflecting money saved over the Covid period.
Anyone interested in hearing more about the work of Mary' Meals,can  contact

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The Rotary Club of Thanet responds to the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Our guest of honour Sir Henry Cooper OBE, KSG. Our Enery. Flanked by some notable Rotarians Neal Elliott, David Mirsky, John Reid, Roger Rook (sadly now deceased) and (Hon member of our club) Frank Thornley.

Rotary Club of Thanet, in partnership with Ramsgate Boxing Club, organised hugely successful boxing nights raising almost £450,000. A substantial sum which was deployed to good effect.

The Rotary Club of Thanet's Past President Jim Nicholson admires one of the new Re-cycling points

The Rotary clubs of Thanet have got together to provide Rubbish Re-Cycling collection points for a number of Thanet beaches. Open the link below for more details of this ambitious project.

Rotary Club of Thanet 40th Anniversary

The 40th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Thanet was held on the 7th August 2023

David Mirsky RIP

It was with great sadness to our club members on hearing of the death of David Mirsky


The Freda Carr Hospital in Ngora Uganda A hospital restored

President Brett Dennis shows off the new Harriers Strip

The Rotary club of Thanet is pleased to support Herne Bay Harriers football team


Our Band Concert was a great on

Ramsgate Harbour

As well as the many deaths and much suffering, Covid has raised many societal issues which have demanded a response.

Past President Jim Nicholson pins the President Badge to new incoming president John Reid

The club held their handover meeting on the 4th July 2022

Club members, partners and friends at the end of their walk

Social walk the Rotary Club of Thanet.

President John Reid with Junior Rugby medal

Our club has been busy in the local community



President John Reid greets Janis Buckley from The Cheerful Sparrows charity.

Janis Buckley Chair of The Cheerful Sparrows came to speak to our members on Monday 30th January 2023


Eye treatments delivered by boat along the Mekon river in Cambodia in collaboration with Rotary Clubs in Phnom Penh, France and Belgium. And now Rotary club of Thanet

President John Reid and his family and guests at the President's Lunch

The Rotary Club of Thanet is please to announce three new Paul Harris Fellowships


Rotary Club of Thanet along with Broadstairs Town Team Garden Group plant purple crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day


Rotary club of Thanet members enjoy private visit to theonetoone collection.


The Rotary Club of Thanet launches New Literacy Competition

The 'Cinderella Bucket' Rotary Club members with guests and members of the public enjoying the concert.

Our Band Concert held at The Pavilion Broadstairs on the 10th April 2022 was a great success.

Venessa Barnes from TESCO presents Jim Nicholson from The Rotary Club of Thanet with the Bookshelf cheque.

Tesco at Westwood allowed us to use their 'Bookshelf' for July and August


The Rotary club of Thanet held a fundraising event at 'G' Casino Westwood Cross

Dorothy and John Reid, Frances and David Ward on parade at Viking beach

We were pleased to support Broadstairs Town Team's beach clean in Viking and Stone Bays. And we were at it again, this time helping with the repainting of the jetty in May 2021.

Rotarians meet at Greenwich

The Rotary club of Thanet held an International weekend which started on Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st May 2013


The Rotary Club of Thanet has raised £636.50 through Graham Channon who was last year’s Master at Arms. At Grahams discretion this amount was donated to The MS Society, a charity close to his and our members hearts.

2023 Pantomime

The Rotary Club of Thanet once again organise a trip to the Pantomime...Oh yes they have!!!