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Volunteers Fayre

9th June 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
Norman & Clive brave the elements in Jubilee Square, Maidstone!

Norman & Clive brave the elements in Jubilee Square, Maidstone!

Norman and Clive had the opportunity to fly the Rotary Flag at the Maidstone Volunteers Fayre on Tuesday 7th June. The focus was the Maidstone Swimming Club for the Disabled which Riverside supports, but it was also a good opportunity to meet up with friends especially from the Urban Bus team. They were keen on our Swim Relay and immediately entered a team. We are also considering helping them to finance a new heart monitor for the Bus. Plenty of interest by passers by in all our charity work. Good job done!

Young Faces at the Pensioners' Fair

19th May 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
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Riversiders Colin and Mary seen with Tracey Crouch MP at the annual Pensioners Information and Advice Fair held at the TA Hall at Ditton. Riverside Rotary were one of over 60 organisations who had a stall at this event, including Health and Care Services, Arriva, Kent Fire & Rescue & Kent Police, gardening groups, Citizens & Pensions Advice, volunteering opportunities, Internet Cafes, Bowls and other sports & leisure groups, Charities and many more! Tea, coffee and biscuits were also available to all visitors, thanks to local Councillors.

Tracey said:
“My heartfelt thanks to all those who came to support this event and the wonderful team who helped set it all up and ensure that it ran smoothly”

Well done to Colin and Mary for flying the Rotary flag once again.

Front Page News!

20th April 2016 By: Clive Bradburn

We have hit the big time on a front page cover story!

Ok, so it's a local paper community page but, it's a start! front page news The Three Wise Men

text There is even writing to go with the photo!

Sikh Temple Visit

17th May 2016 By: Nic Brokenshire

17 members and prospective members, visited the Sikh Temple at Gravesend. Our thanks to Mrs Deepinder Gill who showed us round what is a spectacular building. I think I can speak for all when I say that we all felt really welcome and all came away thinking what a wonderfully inclusive religion Sikhism is. Specaial thanks, too to Steve Elms for doing all the hard work organising the whole event only to have to drop out at the last minute because of plumbing problems (his new house's not his I should point out)!

Photos courtesy of Pete Wright. (Click thumbnails for a larger view).

Know Your Blood Pressure Day

24th April 2016 By: Nic Brokenshire

Our thanks to St. John Ambulance for their help in making this year's KNBD such a success. Well done too to Norman and Chas for their hard work behind the scenes and our other photo shows President Mary presenting a cheque for £500 to a representative of St John Ambulance.

Norman said later:
"200 people had their blood pressure tested of whom 12 were recommended for urgent referral, 36 for routine referral and the remaining 152 were in the ‘ok’ category.""We finished at about ten past three, having started just after nine as soon as the SJA team had sat down, and they didn’t stop all day so when we ran out of forms it seemed a good time to stop."
"Shirley from SJA and her team said they would be happy to assist us next year provided I pick a Saturday when Maidstone United are away; the NHS ladies who joined us with their research event also said they had a good day and if they are on appropriate research this time next year they might well join us again."
"A great day I thought as Riverside events go, so thank you all again for your excellent company. "


Incoming President's Secret Revealed!

17th April 2016 By: Nic Brokenshire
A chance viewing of the Kent Messenger revealed a shock for Riverside Rotarians. There, on page 17, was the evidence that, until now, had only been a rumour. Our incoming president, Steve or Shirley as he prefers to be known at the weekend, baring all (well almost) at a local marathon event. Your editor remains in a state of shock! My thanks for Rotarian Mike Springett for bringing this invaluable piece of information to our attention. marathon (wo)man
The shocking truth!

Trinity Foyer Projects

23rd March 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
Trinity Foyer Project is a Stonham Home Project for young people catering for 16 -24 providing a combination of accommodation and support. Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club have supported all the young people through their Christmas present project for a few years with Peter Mclean organising individual presents for each young person and draw prizes for their Christmas Party. We have also supported a few young people from Trinity when they have had specific problems to help out short term. Our Interact group at Invicta have supported provision of computers and dongles to enable young people to use the internet for job searches etc. It was decided with Trinity and Interact to put a bid in for a Rotary Foundation Project which was successful in gaining a grant of £630 matched funded by Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club making a total of £1260. This was to provide raised beds with herbs and for landscaping the project, this has been taking place over the last few weeks and should be completed by Easter.

We are grateful to Steve and his helpers for leading the landscaping project which has transformed an old part of the grounds.

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A brief respite from hard labour.

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The bins ready for the soil and the plants.

The finished job. Well done, Steve!

Our Italian Evening raises Loadsa Cash for Charity

23rd March 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
On the 12th March, Maidstone Riverside Rotary held a fund raising fun event in aid of the Charity, Marys Meals. Titled “An Evening for Mary” This was an Italian themed event with all food and wine from Italy. Music was provided by local band Ocean Blue. 73 Rotarians plus family and friends attended the event and a good time was enjoyed by all. In the region of £1,000 was raised.

Well done to Paul and his team for putting on a great event.

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Action on the Dance floor.

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Urban Blue with our very own Chas on Sax.

Rob exercises his skills as a barman supreme!

Riversiders Take the Plunge

31st January 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
Our Riversiders team took part in Tenterden Rotary’s SwiMarathon in aid of End Polio Now on 31st January. In their allotted half an hour they swum a total of 70 lengths of the 25m pool. A great effort especially as none of them are regular swimmers. The winners of the most lengths competition (84 lengths) who are from Maidstone, have agreed to take part in our Maidstone SwimRelay on Nov 6th. They think with a bit of training that can beat our winners last year, Sutton Valence School who achieved over 90 lengths.

I think that with even more training, considerably more training, Riversiders could be challenging hard as well!!?

However, it’s all about the fun and fundraising and as a result there was plenty of both as Riverside donated £500 to End Polio Now for our swim.

Chas loves photos, not always of himself!

Well done Riversiders.

DG Ray Dixon Visits our Club

19th January 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
It was a pleasure to welcome District Governor Ray Dixon and his wife Jenny to our club evening this week. In his talk Ray gave us some clear ideas from his perspective, on how Rotary should move forward. For example, he spoke of the success in District of clubs linking to new satellite clubs, which are an excellent way of recruiting new Rotarians by using a more flexible approach to club membership.

Following his talk, Ray presented President Mary with a Certificate of Appreciation for our club’s contribution during 2014/15 to the “Make History Today” campaign for End Polio Now.

President Mary then presented the District Governor with two cheques. One for £1k towards Foundation, the Rotary Charity and another for £1k towards End Polio Now.

Two cheques of £1k each presented to our DG

President Mary receives Certificate of Appreciation from DG Ray

Christmas Cheer!

7th January 2016 By: Clive Bradburn
In our annual Christmas tradition, Riverside Rotarians turned out on four occasions, to collect donations from a generous public. The collections at Tescos Grove Green and Morrisons, Parkwood raised £3,400 which will be shared amongst various charities that the club is supporting this year. There was a particular focus on local charities including the homeless. An added attraction this year were the miniature balloons which were given away when donations were made. The children loved them as did several adults!

Community Service Chairman Nic Brokenshire said ” On behalf of Riverside Rotary I would like to thank both Tesco and Morrisons for allowing us to collect at their stores and a huge thanks to the people of Maidstone for their extremely generous donations. The money will all go to very good causes.”

Everyone loves a balloon!

Fred turns on the charm

Jammin' with Chas

Our youngest supporter!

From the Kent Messenger 15th Jan, 2016
Letter to the Kent Messenger 15th Jan, 2016

Welly Walk

Sunday, 29th November By: Clive Bradburn
Despite some wet and windy weather, Riverside Rotary once again helped Heart of Kent Hospice raise much needed funds. Our photo (courtesy of the Kent Messenge) shows the start of the walk at Detling Showground. Those of us stationed 3 miles away at the half-way point can attest to just how cold and windy it was that day!

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Children in Need

Friday, 13th November By:Nic Brokenshire

A short clip of our SwimRelay has been shown on BBC TV's Children in Need marathon! Click here to view it. Viewer Discretion Advised :)

Remembrance Parade

Sunday, 8th November By: Nic Brokenshire

Eight Riversiders turned out on a crisp autumn morning to join the Maidstone Remembrance Sunday Parade. After assembling in Earl Street, we marched along Week Street (receiving a lovely round of applause from hundreds of Maidstone Residents who had eschewed the comfort of their warm beds for the occasion). Turning right, we proceeded down the High Street and over the old bridge before assembling at the War Memorial. After a short service followed by the 2 Minutes' Silence, President Mary laid our wreath at the foot of the memorial.

remember 1 Mary waits her turn to place the wreath.

remember 2 Mary places the wreath.

remember 3 A moment's reflection.

Worlds Greatest Meal Event

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

Rotarian Paul Wray comes up trumps again with another fun evening and sums it up as follows:

In support of the Rotary End Polio campaign, Maidstone Riverside participated in the Rotary “Worlds Greatest Meal Event”. It hosted a dinner on the 3rd November 2015 for members and partners with entertainment consisting of a Quiz Bingo and some fun elimination games. There were 29 attendees at the event who all wore their crocus button holes in support and a total of £250 was raised . Great fun was had by all in particular making fun of those who got incorrect answers.

Heads and Tails

No not back pain, just Paul’s game of heads and tails.


Paul pulls the balls for Quiz Bingo. Don’t ask!

A good time

A good time was had by all.

Maidstone SwimRelay 2015

Sunday, 1st November By: Clive Bradburn

The day eventually arrived! After months of preparation Riverside’s inaugural SwimRelay event at the Leisure Centre Maidstone come to fruition on November 1st. 24 local teams took part including a Rotary team from Tenterden and our President Mary showed the way by swimming for our club.

Copy here of our press release telling how it all went:

Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club Makes a Big Splash for Children in Need

Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club proudly presented its very first annual Maidstone SwimRelay fundraising event on the afternoon of Sunday 1st November 2015. The event itself was open to teams of any ability or age, but with a great deal of emphasis on fun. With the kind support of The Maidstone Leisure Trust and Serco, who manage the pool, over 100 swimmers in 24 teams of between 4 and 6 members had 30 minutes per team to swim as many lengths as possible.

Each team raised sponsorship from their friends, families and colleagues based on the number of lengths swum. It is expected that once all the sponsor money is collected there will be in excess of £7,000 raised for charity. 50% of the money will be donated to Children in Need, with the other 50% going to nominated charities of the participants’ choice.

The swimmers in the event ranged in age from 7 to 90 years. Teams came from local schools and clubs but also from as far afield as the Isle of Sheppey and Bromley. There were also 2 teams of disabled swimmers and they too played a full part in the event. Indeed, everyone, swimmers, families, marshals and officials alike, contributed to the overall festive atmosphere of the afternoon.

Prizes were awarded in several categories including most lengths swum and most money raised.

BBC Radio Kent presenter John Warnett provided some entertaining commentary during the day and the prizes were presented by Rt Hon Helen Grant MP who was so impressed with the event that she promised to swim herself next year and will endeavor to enter a team of MP’s!

It is hoped that this event will become a major fund raiser for the charities in the coming years.

Event organiser Clive Bradburn said “ We are so pleased with the fantastic response from the teams both in the fund raising and their participation. Our Rotary club and partners helped en masse as officials and marshals and their help was invaluable. It was also a great opportunity for us to be able to showcase Rotary helping the local community in providing the support for fund raising for the benefit of worthy local and national charities.”

120 swimmers

120 swimmers and many spectators enjoyed the event


24 Riverside Rotarians and some partners were the officials and marshalls.


It was all so exciting!


John Warnett Radio Kent
President Mary
Helen Grant MP
Clive Bradburn


We are proud to be Riverside.

To download a video of the event, please click here or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. downsmail

From the Downs Mail

Silver Song Music Box for Alzheimers

Tuesday, 17th September 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

Rotarian Nic (no, I am not Jeremy Corbyn!) Brokenshire, presented a “Sing For Your Life” music box to Maidstone Alzheimer’s Group at our club meeting this week. It has been proven that music therapy can help sufferers improve their quality of life. The music box can be adjusted to suit the needs of the patient. In his presentation speech, Nic hoped that Riverside Rotary will be able to provide funds for more machines in the future.

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No- not Jeremy Corbyn’s inaugural Commons speech, but Nic explaining the benefits of the MusicBox

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Presentation of Silver Song Music Box to Maidstone Alzheimer’s Society

Welcome Back Neil

Tuesday, 25th August 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

After 6 years working away in far off Singapore, Past President Neil Turrell has returned to the fold and brought his sense of humour and camera back with him.


Crikey, Norman, what’s in that casserole?

Young Carers on the Kingfisher

Tuesday, 5th August 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

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Canoeing Summer Sun

Tuesday, 3rd August 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

Crossroads Young Carers Members are taking the opportunity to have 5 day trips on the Kingfisher Boat thanks to a grant from Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club and the Kingfisher Medway Trust from the 3rd – 7th August. Leaving 10.30 each day from Wharf Marina Now Bridge Wateringbury and returning about 4pm a number of members and their families will explore the Medway and enjoy a picnic while looking out for wildlife along the river.

In preparation, the carers enjoyed an afternoon canoeing session with Maidstone Canoe Club on Wednesday 29th July, organised by Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club. The Young People were put through their paces by coaches from the Maidstone Canoe Club. Enjoying an afternoon on the River Medway, by Whatman Park, with challenging tasks in their canoes, finishing with a BBQ provided by Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club.

Crossroads Young Carers members thanked the Maidstone Canoe Club and The Rotary Club for an exciting start to their Summer Holidays.

Canoeing 1

Canoeing 2

Canoeing 3

Canoeing 4

Annual Golf Tournament

Tuesday, 3oth July 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

Norman Springett writes:

Yesterday was our annual club golf day organised by Rotarian Geoff Wood, the 25th, so it has been going as long as the club. I and a few other members attended just for the social afterwards along with President Mary who presented the prizes for Riverside. We were joined as has become the norm by members of the lunchtime club.

The winner of the Riverside trophy this year was Rotarian Nic Brokenshire who finally made it after being, as Geoff put it, “Bridesmaid for 6,7, possibly 8 years”.
A great day and certainly a very pleasant evening thanks also to Bearsted Golf club.
Congratulations Nic, here with President Mary Lynn.


About time too!

Dungeness Power Station Visit

Tuesday, 14th July 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

18 members of Riverside joined our new President Mary for a trip around Dungeness B power station. It was a very interesting tour organised by Rotarian Ron Goodman, after which lunch was enjoyed at the Black Lion in Appledore. A good fellowship event enjoyed by all with plenty of reminiscent banter from Rotarian Clive Carden who worked on the construction of the civil elements of the stations.

End of Rotary Year Message

Tuesday, 14th July 2015 By: Clive Bradburn

Well, handover arrived ending yet another Rotary year and how this year has passed quickly; it doesn’t seem a year ago we held Mike’s handover at chez Doreen and Norman. It was a great evening and the weather was exceedingly good to us and as outgoing president I couldn’t have wished for a more enjoyable evening. Everyone who was able to come along said they felt the same.

I definitely had mixed feelings about the end of my term as president, I’ve had such a good year, you’ve all been terrific and I’ve enjoyed every minute but at the same time such good things must be shared and it was with much pleasure that I handed the chain of office to Mary in preparation for her year. Congratulations Mary and I hope you enjoy your presidency and much as I have enjoyed mine.

Mary then handed the role of President-elect to Steve (Elms); I wish them both, together with Vice-president Nic all the best for 2015-16, Riverside Rotary Club’s 25th year.

I also had another handover to make although this one was ‘extra-curricular’. My first recollection of Chas was at a Youth Speaks competition which Chas had organised. Chas also organised a Technology Competition that same year and with a break in between he is still organising competitions now in the Young Photographers Competition. Chas has always been an active Rotarian mostly operating quietly behind the scenes, particularly with his role at the county show which has proved invaluable to the show team. He has also been a great support to both myself and to Mary during our terms as club service chair so I was very pleased to be able to ask Chas to step up to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship. I’m not sure whether he was more pleased to receive it or whether I was more pleased to be handing it over to him; I do know he was thankful that I didn’t ask him to make a speech. Again Chas, ‘Well done, it is much deserved’.

Then we were all able to relax having enjoyed plenty of food, corporately supplied by members and partners and the last guest departed at about 11.35. Of course I shouldn’t forget to give Doreen a mention and big thanks for supporting me not only during this last year but all through my membership of Riverside. She proudly wears her Paul Harris at every opportunity.

Doreen and I both thank all those who came and to each and every one of you in Riverside, thanks for your support and fellowship during my year. I couldn’t have asked for more and I know I could not have received more. Thank you.

Finally thanks to Ron for taking the photos at the handover

With best wishes,

Immediate Past President Norman.

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Chas Bedford receiving his Paul Harris Award from outgoing president Norman

Steve Mary Norman

Incoming President Mary Lynn with Outgoing President Norman Springett and incoming President Elect Steve Elms