District 1250

The Website for Rotary Clubs in West Sussex and Parts of Surrey & East Sussex

Welcome to the website of Rotary International District 1250

You will find a wealth of information in our website pages about Rotary in many parts of Surrey and Sussex, starting with latest club news in the slide show below.  To read more of these stories, simply click on the Title or the Read More link. 

Below that are a number of Rotary videos.  Click on any of the thumbnails to select a video and then on the Play symbol to watch the video

This year’s Farnham Pilgrim Marathon, was undoubtedly the most successful yet. For the 5th year, records were broken in both the full and the Half Marathon.

Nearly 800 runners took part in the Half Marathon and the full Marathon, and the weather throughout the day was ideal for the runners. The event featured many interesting and unusual people. One of the runners, Robert Young, wearing a kilt, is attempting a world record of marathons completed in a year. “Tyre Girl” after dragging a car tyre around the full marathon course in support of environmental charities. Amazingly, she wasn’t the slowest runner!Another, Hilary Carter, the original designer of the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon course, was running his 150th marathon, while Mark Johnson, joined the Marathon 100 Club by running his 100th marathon in this event. Runners came from California, Florida and the Netherlands and the oldest participant was Danny Kay at 72.

At the Sands Recreation Ground and there was a festive atmosphere throughout The Bandthe day. Music was provided by Geoff Hiscott on the keyboard and the Farnham Brass Band livened up the afternoon with music from ABBA and Queen as well as, appropriately, 500 Miles by the Proclaimers.

The winner of the Marathon was Richard La Cock in 2hrs 54, which was 6 seconds ahead of the previous record. Second was Peter Davy (Sudbury Joggers) 2hrs 57, and third was David Ross (Marathon 100 Club) 3hrs 07. The winners of the Half Marathon were Jon Fairs (Haslemere Borders AC) in 1hr 20, followed by Martin Snodgrass (The Stragglers) in 1 hr 22 and Luke Shearing (Haslemere Border AC) in 1 hr 23.

The winning trio of the Full Marathon  The winning trio of the Half-MarathonMany of the runners have said how much they have enjoyed the day, with the wonderful scenery, the enthusiastic marshals and the good organisation. One typical comment was “there can be few finer than this undulating and twisting route in and around Farnham; the views are amazing and the marshals and support people from the Rotary Club made me feel so glad to be in England and on a beautiful September morning /afternoon!!” Another said “It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed the run. The route was brilliant, the views were memorable and it was so well marshalled. I only decided to run the event a week or so before but it has now inspired me to want to run more trail marathons”.

BarnabyOne young spectator lost his small bear, Barnaby, at the end of the day. In fact, it wasn’t his own bear – it belonged to his school and he was looking after it for the weekend. He was distraught and his parents sent an urgent appeal to the organisers. Within hours the bear was found and the child and the bear were reunited!

For the full details of the event including the results see the website www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk

Next Year’s Farnham Pilgrim Marathon will take place on Sunday September 20th 2015.

I am very pleased to report that our youth projects (ex street children) are going really well. Here are three examples where youths had no prospects of employment until our scheme came along. The three letters are originals from the beneficiaries.

“Dear All members of Rotary Clubs of Golden Sunrise Arusha and Guildford District UK - Greetings from Quality Hair Dressing and Beauty.

We, young women entrepreneurs would like to extend our vote of thanks to all who have committed themselves to empower us and other young women and youth in general.

May God Bless you! We promise the love that you have extended to us we will extend to other youths who are in need as we were. We are happy to inform you that currently we are training other girl in our High Quality Salon. Our long term goal we will introduce incubation program for the young girls who are trained in hairdressing and beauty but have no experience, they wish to gain experience. We are there for them as you are for us and them. So far we have been able to paint our salon and it looks better than ever before. Mungu wabari sana sana sana.

God bless you all.

Yours - Beatrice Mollel, Upendo Somi, Dora Mshenga and trainee Jennifer Godson”


This ladies hairdressing salon is  articularly impressive because they have already taken on other youths for training. I also understand that they visit local villages.


“We, Erick Maxilian Judex Magnus, Moshi John, Paulo filipo, sincerely thank Rotary clubs of Guildford District - Uk and Sunrise – Arusha for your heart felt
donation of mechanical tools. These tools will help us to come out of poverty and be self dependent. Our Sincere thanks to all and Good bless you.

Sincerely - Erick Maxilian Judex Magnus , Moshi John, Paulo Filipo” “Rotary Club of Guildford - UK

Dear beloved members of the mentioned club. We Jeneth Kazoba, Magreth Swai, Msuya Ester, would like to thank you all for your love through cooking facilities. The facilities have empowered us and we are confident that after 6 to 9 months we will be financially independent and therefore will come out of poverty, we and our families. Many greetings from Arusha.

The highlight of our month was the visit to the club by Cllr Bob Smytherman as our Speaker.  He was Worthing Mayor last year (2013-2014) and was probably one of the most outstanding Mayors who have held the post.   There is little doubt about his enthusiasm, his energy and his love of Worthing and it’s affairs.    Bob has become known as #coolmayor as his use of social media has catapulted the mayoral role into the 21st Century and enthused a new and younger demographic.

Worthing Steyne Rotary Members had an opportunity to learn more about Shoreham Fort on a recent visit.  It is probably one of the least known and yet unique historic treasures of our area that would have continued it’s steady decay if not for the work of the Friends of Shoreham Fort led by Gary Baines.  It is a place of local and national historical importance, bursting with a wealth of military history that the Friends are gradually revealing.   

Commissioned by Lord Palmerston, the Prime Minister at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, Shoreham Fort was one of many fortifications and gun batteries built along the coast of Southern England.  It was completed in 1857 to counter a threatened invasion by the French.

In 1994 four keen runners and the wife of one of them decided to organise a 10K race along the sea front. The first one attracted 340 runners. Little did they know that their baby was to grow into a giant. Twenty years on, this is still going strong and has long been the biggest annual sporting event in Bognor Regis. Rotarians Ken Dean and Terry and Eileen Farndell are still involved heavily in the organisation. No sooner has one event finished than work starts on running the next one. It needs over 80 volunteer marshals to man the route, to keep runners safe from passing cars. Numerous battles with bureaucracy have been overcome, sponsors have come and gone – but the event is always a huge community service venture, benefiting the general public as spectators and the runners who come from far and wide to take part.

Young local sporting talent has once again been recognised by the Caterham Rotary Club. The annual Rotary Sporting Excellence Award ceremony was held recently at the Surrey National Golf Club. Outright winner was 15-year-old Sam Talbot a pupil at Caterham School. He received a certificate and a cheque for £250 from Caterham Rotary President Claude Bertin and is using the money to purchase a new pair of specialist sprint spikes, which will have been in action for the first time last weekend in a national decathlon competition.

Jeremy Flasket of West Worthing club took a brave jump out of a plane last month to raise money for a great cause.

We asked him what inspired him to take the leap that some of us just do not have the courage to do. He was playing darts with the Rotary at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, which provides residential and respite care for ex-servicemen and women or require care and rehabilitation, and noticed there was a sponsored skydive on the notice board to raise money for the hospital.

Durrington High SchoolThe Durrington High School Interact club is a Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18.

The aim of the club is to provide great opportunities for the development of personal skills, such as decision making, teamwork, and the boosting of self-confidence, whilst at the same time having fun. Interact Clubs are run by their members, who decide what activities they want to be involved with, and how they would like the club to help their communities.

Having weekly meetings every Tuesday, they held their first fund raising event on Saturday 19th July. They organised various stalls at the school’s July Car Boot Sale. Despite the weather, they had still managed to raise £97.87 profit. Not a bad start considering.

They had then organised a cake sale at school raising £164.85 in total. The interact club are donating £100.00 of this money to Winston’s Wish (the charity for bereaved children), so all for a good cause.

To be able to inspire and encourage young people to raise money for charity is a wonderful opportunity. Not only do they raise the money but they are also building up their confidence and relationships with people, helping them to succeed in life later on.