Date(s) - Sunday, 23rd July, 2017
Rowing the Rother – 10.30 am start
On Sunday July 23rd 2017, oarsman Keith Quilter who is 96 years old as he rows from Newenden Bridge to Star Lock, Rye, (distance 9 miles) in aid of two charities. Keith is using the opportunity to fundraise for 1. St John the Baptist Church, Wittersham. 2. Centre Point, London, and would be delighted to receive your kind support.
The boat is kindly loaned and returned from Star Lock by “The Bodiam Boating Station”, Newenden.
72 years ago, in the last week of July 1945, Keith was shot down and ditched his aircraft in a harbour in Honshu, the main island of Japan. He was rowing (paddling) his rubber dinghy like mad to get out of reach and avoid capture that day too.
He is truly a remarkable man, and a great inspiration to many.
Local residents will line the bank to act as a support network for Keith as he completes his row. The morning will start at 10.30 am Prayers at the Rother, Newenden Bridge instead of morning service and the day will conclude with Choral Evensong at Wittersham Church at 6pm.
If you could cover the story and send along a photographer on the day that would be wonderful.
For further details please contact our priest, Rev Judy Darkins at Wittersham Rectory 01797 270227.iCal