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

Interior of The Anniversary Hall,  St Catherine’s SchoolYoung people from Sussex and Surrey assembled at St Catherine’s School, Bramley, located about three miles or so south of Guildford to enter into the District final of Young Musician. The event took place in a purpose designed concert hall recently constructed with state of the art acoustics and facilities for both concert and theatre. A magnificent venue for some magnificent performances.
The young people, all under eighteen years of age and not full time music students assembled ready to start at 2 o’clock and were judged by three adjudicators, Elizabeth Harley, Gillian Ramsden and Peter Allwood. There were four vocalists and ten instrumentalists with instruments as diverse as saxophone, violin, oboe and harp. Each had to play or sing two pieces in contrasting style with a total time of 10 minutes.

The event started at 2:00pm and the audience was spellbound for three hours listening to the outpouring of talent from such young people. Alas it came to an end at about 5 o’clock and the adjudicators retired to deliberate and decide on the winners and runners up. The rest of us were treated to tea and sandwiches courtesy of Godalming Rotary.

The adjudicators commented on the entrants’ performances before announcing the results. In the vocalist section the winner was Olivia Middleton (RC Horsham) and runner up Emma Hibbit (RC Epsom). The instrumental section was won by Heather Brooks on her harp (RC Titsey and District) and runner up James Drew playing a cello (RC Bognor Hotham).  All four received their prizes from District Governor Doug Price and all four will proceed to the Regional final on 26th April at St Joseph’s College, Reading.

The event was organised and hosted by Rotary Clubs of Cranleigh and Godalming all under the direction of the district organiser Norman Every and the District is highly appreciative of his efforts including acting as compere on the day.

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The stageElizabeth Harley, AdjudicatorThe adjudicatorsVocalist Runner up Emma Hibbit

Vocalist Winner Olivia Middleton Instrumentalist Runner up James DrewInstrumentalist Winner Heather BrooksPhotocall  

'Little Singapore', the Limpsfield Grange School Pool with our Swimathon in full flow“The temperature will remind you of Singapore” was the comment made before we turned up for duty at the Swimathon this month.  Limpsfield Grange School keep their swimming pool, and the building surrounding it, warm – it was 30 degrees on day 1 but only about 26 degrees on day 2.  Mind you, I did feel a little sorry for the boys because their changing room was across the courtyard and involved going outside, where it was not quite like Singapore.  Fortunately the girls’ changing room was within the pool building (and I, of course, was not permitted to police the boys’ changing room!)

Lifeguard Amy and a group of Sea Cadets

This was Titsey & District's first attempt at running a Swimathon and whilst we didn’t make thousands of pounds, or attract hundreds of swimmers, we, and those who took part, had a good time.  The Sea Cadets from Caterham and the 1st Hurst Green Guides both entered groups of swimmers and in addition a few children came along with their parents.  Arlo came with his Mum and younger brother, Finn– and as soon as he arrived Finn declared that he wanted to swim too, so arrangements were hastily made and Finn set to and managed to equal his older brother’s distance.
The guides swam in relays, so they had a bit of a rest between laps (2 lengths of the pool = 30m) but everyone else just ‘went for it’.  Theo had signed up for 100m but he just kept on going and clocked up 1,230m (or 82 lengths); Philip, a regular patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital, achieved 1,500m; Julia from the Sea Cadets had said she was aiming for 200m but did 600m and in fact almost everyone exceeded their own expectations.
We distributed posters and leaflets to all the local schools and youth clubs, as well as using social media to try to spread the word.  It was interesting to hear from one of the St Mary’s School students that their teachers had handed out our leaflets to all the children.  This year’s swimmers will be our ambassadors and hopefully we will get a bigger turn-out next year – yes, we want to do it again!
We had fun, and we have certainly raised something in the order of £500 - £1000 to be shared between Limpsfield Grange, the Guides/Brownies (our grateful thanks to lifeguard Amy), Rotary charities and charities selected by the individual swimmers.

West Hill School pupils being presented with over 9,500 vouchers from last year’s appealAs in previous years, Leatherhead Rotary Club is appealing to their supporters to help them support West Hill School in North Leatherhead by collecting  vouchers for schools from Sainsbury's supermarkets.
From January 28th to May 5th, for every £10 spent in a Sainsbury’s store, customers are given an 'Active Kids' voucher, which can subsequently be converted by the school into vital sports and healthy lifestyle equipment.
West Hill School (www.west-hill.surrey.sch.uk) is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ special school in Kingston Road, North Leatherhead with a designation to support 100 secondary-aged pupils from 11 to 16 with learning difficulties and Autism.
Over the past seven years, thanks entirely to the generosity of Mole Valley residents, Leatherhead Rotary Club has been able to present over 40,000 supermarket vouchers to the school, enabling them to 'buy' hundreds of pounds worth of equipment to support their pupils!
Simon Edmands, the club's PR Officer, said "This is such a simple way for people to support West Hill School and its pupils. Our club has been working with the school in a variety of ways for many years now and both the pupils and staff alike are a genuine inspiration!"
Please pass your vouchers on to a club member or send them to Leatherhead Rotary Club, c/o Donovan Hewitt, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8DN.

The audience was stimulated, challenged, and sometimes amused, when young people from eight schools spoke up for their generation at the Youth Speaks competition hosted by the Guildford Chantries Rotary Club at Bushy Hill School.

All eight teams had already won an earlier round of the annual competition – but only two could go forward to the next. Each team comprised a Chairman, Speaker and Vote of Thanks, with the Speaker allocated six minutes to expound on a subject of choice.

If there was a common thread to be found in the speeches it was education and communication; but there was also an entertaining speech examining whether British humour was unique to this country and an impassioned plea for the opportunity to serve as an MP not to be dependant upon money and/or influence. The winning speech reminded us of the need to ‘Listen’.

The adjudicators faced a difficult task but concluded that the winners were Weydon School from Farnham with Farnborough Hill School from Farnborough as runners-up. These teams will compete against their next opponents in March with the opportunity to go all the way to the National Final in May.

Youth Speaks is one of a number of national competitions for young people organized by Rotary clubs; others include Young Chef, Young Photographer and Young Musician.

On Saturday 13 December 2014 some 14 Rotarians from across the District attended a course on taking blood pressure for the purposes of doing so at  Know Your Blood Pressure Awareness Days. The course was arranged by the District 1250 Community and Vocational Committee and delivered by The Stroke Association. It was organised in response to feedback from Clubs that it was sometimes difficult to find sufficient medically trained volunteers in order to support their events. Attendees learnt about strokes, risks that can and cannot be controlled, symptoms and the FAST test, and key information about blood pressure and how to measure it. They then practiced taking blood pressures as if they were carrying out  a Know Your Blood Pressure event. Following the success of the course, a second course is being arranged for Saturday 21 March. Details and how to register are available from comvoc@district1250.org

Know Your Blood Pressure Day 2015 is 18 April. Know Your Blood Pressure Days can also be held at any time that is convenient to your Club, but all events must be registered with the Stroke Association in order to be insured.

The new visual display in Reception at Seaford Medical Centre is proving just the ticket for patients – thanks largely to the Rotary Club of Seaford.

Although funding has also come from two other sources it was due to Rotary’s generous contribution that Sue Smith, the chair of the Patients Participation Group at the practice in Dane Road, Seaford, was finally able to complete the plan to install the simple but clever device.

Instead of standing in a queue for Reception (which has spilled outside the door on some occasions) you now just take a numbered ticket from the machine and then sit in a comfortable seat, watching for your number to come up on the illuminated display to tell you it is your turn to approach the desk.
The system clicked into action on Monday January 19 and has proved popular. Many have likened it to waiting your turn for the meat and fish counter at the supermarket – only here you can sit while you wait.

The Windlesham House Junior Choir entertain the guestsRotary recently helped some of Storrington’s senior citizens get into the Christmas spirit at the December Storrington Pop-In Lunch Club.

55 guests attended the lunch this year enjoying a glass of wine and traditional Christmas lunch. The Junior Choir of Windlesham House school entertained the guests with a range of songs together with Christmas carols.

Rotary Wives all set to serve the Christmas fare - Yvonne Whittington, Sue Vaughan, Jenny Pilling, Jose Harrison, Pauline Lowe and Judi CollinsThis year the Pop-In Lunch again welcomed additional support from a special Storrington Waitrose grant initiative providing help for vulnerable members of the community.

Pop-In Lunch guests l/r Sylvia Hyams, Pamela Spinks, Dorothy Tracy and Margaret RennieThanks to the Rotary Wives team that provided an excellent lunch as usual and to Mike Webster and the rest of the helpers for making this such a special occasion.


John Lazenby sings to one of the guestsOver 160 local senior citizens from Caterham, Whyteleafe and Warlingham were recently treated to lunch to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Caterham Rotary’s annual ‘Reach Out’. Caterham Rotarians and Dial A Ride provided a free “taxi service” to and from The Surrey National Golf Club where the event took place.

Following a 2 course lunch, entertainment was provided by local singer John Lazenby and he was followed by the Rotary “Sing Songsters” who led a communal sing song which included numbers from the Beatles, Cliff Richard and well known musicals.

The afternoon was rounded off with tea and home made cakes before the guests were driven back to their homes.

Organiser of the day Caterham Rotarian Steph Barrett commented “This is a real community event which we thoroughly enjoy arranging as it brings such joy and happiness for those who come along.”

The Rotary “Sing Songsters” will be visiting a number of local Care Homes & Residential Homes including The Douglas Brunton Centre in the lead up to Christmas with a special Carols event at The Caterham Dene Hospital on Christmas Eve.

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RIBI Conference
10th to 12th April 2015

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RI Convention
6th to 9th June 2015

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District 1145 Conference
2nd to 4th October 2015