Community news: QEQM Friends, Thanet Camera Club, Millmead Children’s Centre and classical open mic night

Whitstable Toy Run Association visit to Rainbow Ward

QEQM Hospital League of Friends

Last Sunday we once again had the pleasure and privilege, in partnership with the wonderful staff of Rainbow Ward, of welcoming over 100 members of the Whitstable Toy Run Association, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

They had braved the pouring rain, cold & wind to do their annual motorcycle ride in convoy from Whitstable through Herne Bay to the QEQM Hospital, bringing with them Santa and hundreds of gifts they’d generously donated for the young patients on Rainbow Ward. They also took a collection amongst themselves and donated the proceeds to the Ward.

Our Chairman Sylvia Pheils (shown with Terri Shaw, others from Rainbow Ward and with Damian Hughes, the Chairman & and others from the Association) along with some of our committee members & volunteers were delighted to give them a very welcome hot drink in our tea bar & shop together along with mince pies & biscuits kindly provided by the ward staff.

Information about our registered charity can be found on our Facebook page and our website

Isle of Thanet Photographic Society

Thanet’s Camera Club continues to enjoy a bumper season of talks and competitions. John Draper demonstrated his brilliant photographic skills with his talk on the nature and landscape of Sandwich Bay. A week later David Silk showed two contrasting destinations – Iceland and India – with an inspirational presentation called “Photography on the Edge”.

The Club was delighted to welcome back David Jenner who gave a fascinating insight into “Commercial image making”.

Our first print competition of the season attracted over 60 entries from members. This competition was unusual insofar as the intermediate and advanced groups were combined for the first time. The more experienced group took top placings with 27 entries scoring 17 or more points, but the intermediate group performed well with a score of over 17 obtained from 10 entries. Judge Chris Shore had a difficult challenge but awarded 1st place to Bill Venables, for his stunning image called “Gliding Flamingo”*. A fantastic photo below) and a reminder of the beauty of birds in flight.

The first “set subject” competition this season was called “Faith Buildings”. It was judged by club member James Foad. More on this next time.

We kick off 2024 with a members evening on 4 January followed by talks on a wide range of topics plus our regular competitions through until June. New members always welcome.

Millmead Children’s Centre

The centre has a number of Sensory Room tickets available to book for exclusive use. There is also a Christmas Sensory Play activity for children aged 5 and under on Thursday 21st December.

The Millmead Children’s Centre is opening the Community Hall and transforming the space into a festive area of soft, calming music, lights and Sensory play activities.

Find tickets here

Totally Classical Open Mic

Rosslyn Court, Wednesday, December 13th, 7:30pm Introducing a brand new classical music open mic event.

Encouraging anyone with a taste for classical to pop down. Play anything from a few bars of a work in progress prelude, to a seemingly impossible etude.

Whether it’s your very first time performing or you are Franz Liszt reincarnated, anyone of any age can have a go.
A piano will be provided, please bring any other instruments that you wish to play. Bonus points for anything unusual!

Free entry, spectators welcome. Rossyln Court is at 62 Sweyn Rd, Cliftonville.