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The winners of the District Final Rounds from 1120, 1140, 1250 and 1090 were all present on Saturday 8th March 2014 at Brooklands Collge, Weybridge in Surrey to compete for the chance to go through to the National Final.
District 1140 kindly hosted the event and DG Ron Daniels presented the Awards and Certificates. Our thanks go to The Rotary Club of Ewell and their President, Maureen Kilminster who hosted the event. Well done, and thank you to all Rotarians in our District who have supported the young people entering this very worthwhile competition.
The two entrants from District 1250 were Tom Hamblet from Tanbridge House School, supported by the Rotary Club of Horsham and Kayleigh Marsh, from Chichester High School for Girls, supported by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory.
All 9 entrants cooked superbly and the three professional Judges were impressed by the quality of the food produced. MANY CONGRATULATIONS deservedly go to both the 1250 entrants: Kayleigh was pronounced Runner up and Tom won the competition and goes through to the National Final to be held in Dundee on Saturday 26th April. We wish him well and will report on the outcome in due course.
The variability of weather forecasts coupled with the recent history of storms and floods put the 6th Horsham Pancake Races into some doubt until the last minute….. but Tuesday morning’s early BBC and Met Office offerings mentioned only light rain around lunchtime and so it was all systems go. Sadly the rain also came earlier and later and in greater quantity but nevertheless the event attracted a goodly crowd of spectators; 28 Teams of over excited, gaudily dressed competitors; Twelve Giant Mascots, including Bears, Squirrels, Birds including a magnificent huge cockerel that had flown down from Dorking, and a Telephone!, who had come along to compete in their own Egg & Spoon Races and to try to beat Horsham Town’s Mascot ‘Ringo the Dragon’ and Horsham FC’s Howie the Hornet’....and they succeeded when the Samaritan’s Telephone just pipped Howie on the line to win the Ringway Mascot Cup for the second time. Horsham Rotary Club will donate £250 to the Children’s Trust for organising the Mascot Races and to help them with the fantastic work they do with Children with severe disability.
The event was organised as usual by the Horsham Rotary Club, with fantastic support from main sponsor Ringway, who supplied the arena barriers and signs; Sainsbury’s, who supplied the pancakes, sugar and lemon juice; TV’s Dave Benson Phillips who energetically compered the event; and of course the crew from Horsham District Council.
Numerous cameras were there to record the events for posterity, as well as a many cheering spectators helping to spur the runners home. Spirit FM interviewed a number of the organisations present as well as competing in the contest.
Whilst this was primarily a fun lunchtime, the desire of many teams to win made it highly competitive with last year’s winners, the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre Team ( Lemon Squeezy), once again winning the prestigious Sainsbury’s Cup.
The team from the Dame Vera Lynn Trust won the Non-Stop Party Shop Best Fancy Dress Trophy; the South East Hearing Centre won the Waitrose Trophy for the best Over-40’s Team and the Amber Foundation was the winning Charity Team. The Rawlison Butler Trophy for the member of the Winning Team who could produce the most skilful pancake flips was won unsurprisingly by Jade Lally, UK’s No 1 Discus Champion.
As well as gaining personal pride, the Teams were also running for Charity with the proceeds of the event being divided between Set4Success (a local Charity aimed at helping young local talented sports people) as the Charity nominated by the Winning Team, and the most nominated Charity which was Chestnut Tree House with 5 Nominations. Each will receive £250. Amber Foundation will receive £125 as the Winning Charity Team and the Dame Vera Lynn Trust will receive £125 for receiving the second highest number of nominations ( together with Set4Success).
The event was a great success and has established itself as a wonderful opening attraction to the Town’s annual event calendar.
Horsham District Council’s Town Centres Management team supported the day’s activities throughout and were delighted with the way the event worked out saying, “Horsham’s Rotarians are a fantastic group to work with and help us to deliver the Horsham -Time Well Spent Events programme throughout the year.’
On Wednesday 12th February 2014, Leatherhead Rotary Club were delighted to present almost 60 copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils at Leatherhead Trinity School to assist them with their studies during their final year at the school as well as their future secondary education.
‘Dictionary 4 Life’ is a special project set up by the Rotary Club of Battersea, Brixton and Clapham in conjunction with Usborne Publishing Ltd as part of Rotary International’s global literacy campaign, with the aim of providing as many Year 6 pupils as possible throughout Great Britain and Ireland with their own illustrated dictionary, courtesy of their local Rotary Club. Every dictionary is personalised with the recipient’s name, together with the name of the Rotary Club that donated it and the date it was presented. There is also a special page at the back of each dictionary where pupils can collect each other’s autographs, thereby also making it a unique timeless memento of their time at the school. Almost 100,000 dictionaries are now donated each year to primary school pupils throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
Leatherhead Rotary President, Simon Edmands said he was delighted that the club were able to help the school and its pupils in this way, adding ‘Youth and literacy are two of Rotary’s biggest and most important programmes, so it is great to be able to combine them in such a simple yet effective way.’
Barbara Sheppard, Assistant Headteacher at Leatherhead Trinity School, said that the school were very grateful to the Rotary Club for donating the dictionaries, adding ‘They were a complete surprise to the Year 6 children, who are absolutely delighted with their wonderful gifts and are already putting them to good use both in class and at home.’
For further information about the ‘Dictionary 4 Life’ project, visit www.dictionary4life.com
On Sunday 9 February 13 young musicians went along to Newlands School to take part in the Rotary Club of Seaford’s Annual Young Musician of the Year competition. There were two violinists, a viola player, a clarinettist, a flautist, a keyboard player, a pianist, and six vocalists, all aged between 11 and 17 who either live or attend a school in Seaford.
The competition aims to give them the experience of appearing in front of an audience and the chance to showcase their musical talent, and the audience was treated to an evening of outstanding instrumental and vocal performances.
Following a recent report in Oxted’s local paper, members of the Titsey Rotary Club have sprung into action, to collect money for local boy Henry Cummins.
Chichester organisations and individuals who had been helped or assisted by Rotary turned out in force last Saturday to help celebrate Rotary Week. Over 20 organisations and individuals turned out to join members from the three Rotary Clubs of Chichester, Priory and Harbour. The three Presidents Richard Plowman (Chichester), Mike Dennett (Priory) and Stephanie Crowther (Harbour) gather the people of all ages around them in this new and novel assembly.
Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Club is making its presence felt in the High Street during February. We’ve taken over the old Woolwich Bank premises and filled the windows with information about Rotary and our Club and activities in
particular, along with posters promoting forthcoming events.
The display created interest among passers-by even as it was being installed so we hope it will raise our profile in the Village and encourage people to find out more about us.
Reigate Rotary Club held a competition on Wednesday (5th Feb) at Sandcross Primary School designed to develop the public speaking and presentation skills of children in the sixth year of their school. Three local schools took part, Sandcross Primary School, Merstham Primary School and Reigate Priory School, each entering two teams. The teams were made up of three children each, all between ten and eleven years old and consisted of a Chairperson who introduced their team and explained their chosen subject; A Speaker who spoke for up to five minutes and the third Proposer of the vote of thanks. Teams were allowed to choose whatever subjects they preferred and included – ‘The second world war’, ‘Polluting the world’, ‘The Girl Guide movement’ and ‘Horses’. The audience of over seventy people were treated to a very entertaining and informative evening by the children taking part with all the speakers overcoming any nerves and enjoying their moment of glory.