Rotary Club of Malling
Humanity in Motion
Autumn has happened all of a sudden and all of the shops have started to stock their Christmas goodies. Much of my attention this month has been given to the Music at Malling Festival which I am proud to say Malling Rotary sponsors.
The first event was a magnificent dinner at Leeds Castle which raised £900 towards the Festival. We were treated to the views from the terrace across the lake to the castle as the sun set; an amazing meal with musical interludes with musicians from the Festival. This really is a lovely event. I was fascinated to learn that the spinet played so beautifully had actually been made by one of the diners.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend most of the performances during the Festival itself and I was constantly amazed at both the variety and the quality of the music we were treated to. Of particular note were the performances of Frankenstein aimed at local primary schools. A large number of local primary schools took part, performing their own music and having the enormous privilege of not just hearing first class music but watching a performance by a dancer from the English National Ballet. His performance was breathtaking and most children would never have seen anything similar before.
Malling Rotary’s sponsorship is to support the Schools’ programme and it was a real privilege to see the children’s obvious enjoyment of the event.
Young people continue to be a theme this month – we have just given a grant to a young Scout who has been lucky enough to gain a place at the International Scouting Jamboree in Japan. This young lady was a fine hostess when we attended the Comp Wood Scout BBQ and is working hard to raise the £3000 she needs to fund her trip. We look forward to hearing all about it when she gets back.
We are now turning our attention to the Malling Lights Festival and the Christmas Collections we organise around the Malling area. This is a major opportunity for us to raise funds for charities. We will also be collecting small items to go into our annual shoe box appeal.
We continue to meet each week at Spadework on Tuesday evenings – sometimes we have a speaker, or organise our forthcoming events – and sometimes one of our members regales us with tales of their working life. But whatever the topic we enjoy a meal and a drink together (and if we are particularly lucky we are given lemon drizzle cake!) Why not join us – give one of us a ring and we will make you welcome!