District Handover

District Handover in Dover Town Hall

Distry Handover

 You are cordially invited to the District 1120 handover evening at Dover Town Hall at 7pm for 7-30 on the evening of Thursday 27 June 2019. The menu alternatives are set out on the attached sheet and choices should be returned to Rotarian David Fisher at the e-mail address provided thereon by Monday 17 June 2019. As there is expected to be a large response to this invitation, I regret that late responses cannot be accommodated.

The Dover Town Hall is a uniquely historic location, dating back to the 13th century (when it was a pilgrims' hospice for those trekking to and fro from the shrines at Canterbury. It was used for many 'crown' purposes from its inception and, most recently for ceremonies of installation for Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, 'Quarter Sessions' and installations of the mayors of Dover under various regimes. The Rotary Club of Dover has made use of the venue for numerous ceremonial events and club functions since its inception in 1922. If you come along to this year's installation you will see portraits of monarchs, Lords Warden (including Winston Churchill and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) and the militia weapons of Dover, which were kept at location in case of sudden attack. The hall was restored during the 19th century and has displayed the armorial bearings (blazons) of those who contributed to the original construction.

If you wished to make a weekend of your visit, there are hotels on Dover's sea front (Dover Marina Hotel and Premier Inn) and a nearby Travelodge. There is also The Leaf Hotel (formerly Ramada) in Whitfield. The 'Leaf' and @Marina' are both Rotary venues and their proprietors are Rotary members.

Dover's town has many attractions, including a bronze-age boat in the museum, the Roman Painted House and town walking trail named 'Bluebird' after Vera Lyn's famous wartime song. More recently, more than half a billion pounds has been spent on upgrading Dover's port facilities and main shopping centre and it has the latest new public pedestrian pier to be built since WW2.

Add Dover Castle, which all of the kids enjoy and you can have a fabulous time away with us. Please come :)

As ever,

Don Soppitt,

Invitation information

Past President, Rotary Club of Dover,

District Governor (2019-20), South East England and Gibraltar.

Venue: Maison Dieu House, The Town Hall, Biggin Street Dover CT16 1DL


Homemade vegetable soup (V)


Quenelles of homemade pate served with melba toast, red onion chutney on a bed of rocket 


Trio of melon with poached berries in a port syrup (V)


Chicken Chasseur, breast of chicken braised in a white wine sauce, mushrooms, shallots and fresh tarragon 


Braised shin of beef casserole with baby herb dumplings


Mushroom, cranberry and spinach tart (V) 

Served with roasted new potatoes, carrots and peas and fine green beans


Profiteroles served with hot chocolate sauce 


A selection of cheese and biscuits


Raspberry brûlée cheesecake served with cream

(Fruit salad as a dietary requirement if ordered)

Coffee/tea and mints 

The meal will be followed by the investiture of Club and District officers and entertainment by singer Alice Vane.

Cost: £26 per person.

Payment by cash or cheques to ‘Rotary Club of Dover’.

Please email names, menu choices, and dietary requirements to:

David Fisher - fugifish@hotmail.com

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