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Rotary Club of Minster-on-Sea has dished out almost £4,000 to various Island groups

By Emma Grove

More than 20 Island groups have had a cash boost thanks to the Rotary Club of Minster-on-Sea and Sheppey’s generous public.

Members had almost £4,000 to give out from a Community Chest – money collected at various fundraisers, including the Aviator Beer Festival, Christmas lights donations and the raft race, last year.

Organisations bid for a share of the pot and the successful applicants received cheques at Minster Working Men’s Club, Union Road, Minster, last Wednesday.

The recipients of the Rotary Club of Minster-on-Sea's Community Chest

President John Gurton explained where the cash had come from and past-president Kevin Hofman made the presentations.

Groups to benefit were: Sheppey and Sheerness United FC (£150) towards cost of hall hire; Sheppey Blind Club (£150) travel costs for an annual outing; Sheppey Your Way (£150) for its munch bunch project; Mothers’ and Toddlers’ Playgroup (£260) for play equipment; HMS Bulwark, Albion and Centaur Association (£50) for a wreath and plaque; Hopscotch Dancers (£150) to stage a show; 2nd Sheppey Scouts (£150) for replacement tents; Sheppey Age UK (£150) for vehicle replacement fund; Minster Primary PTA (£150) towards a playground project; Minster Gatehouse Museum (£150) to help create a timeline; Freedom Centre in Sheerness (£150) funding towards a respite break; Meyrick Minstrels (£200) for its music fund; Four of a Kind (£200) towards a show; MS Sheppey (£200) for therapeutic massage; New Road Community Centre (£150) to replace shutters; Minster Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade (£200) fleeces for members; Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club (£200) building repair fund; Guides’ camp fund (£150) towards new tents; Sheppey Sea Cadets (£200) replacement engine stands; Sheppey Matters’ interact group (£200) towards its house project in Eastchurch; Harmony Therapy Trust (£100) towards new IT equipment; and Holm Place Anglers (£440) for fishing courses.

Spokesman Kevin Roberts said: “Rotarians were pleased and surprised that despite sending out 40 invitations more than 120 people attended the presentation evening.

"What a pleasure it was to be giving £3,900 to so many worthy causes locally.”

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