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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.
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On Saturday 8th November 2014, around twenty local charities and voluntary organisations took part in the Combined Charities Christmas Fair organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Leatherhead Theatre, raising over £2,500 from the sale of Christmas cards and gifts, together with a variety of tombolas, raffles and other fundraising activities.
Despite the somewhat inclement weather, an estimated 500 people visited the fair throughout the day and even Father Christmas was able to be present to find out what the local boys and girls wanted for Christmas.
Rotary spokesperson Simon Edmands said the club were delighted with how the day had gone, adding "Events like this are just what Rotary is all about, enabling other charities and voluntary organisations to raise funds from events and activities they might not necessarily be able to organise on their own."
Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s Christmas Fair, especially ExxonMobil, who very kindly funded the production of posters, flyers and banners to help promote the event.
A number of club members along with other non-Rotarians from various other organisations went recently to see the amazing sight of 888,246 ceramic poppies being planted in the moat around the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a member of the services lost in the Great War.
The number of people coming to view the display is enormous and up to two million visitors are expected.
On November the 11th the last poppy will be planted, a cannon salute will be fired and the two minute silence will be observed.
Six Sussex roses presented to Villeneuve RC during Storrington & Pulborough District Club’s visit there in May have now been planted in the François Mitterrand Park in the City in the presence of the Mayor of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Patrick Cassany, City municipal officials and Rotarian friends.
The roses marked the 60th Anniversary of our twinned Club and now enhance a garden area close to where Villeneuve Rotary Club meets regularly.
Villeneuve Rotary President Robin Maule and the Mayor unveiled a panel marking the special nature of the gift.
Welcoming the guests at an event to mark the planting Robin said: “Whenever we go to the park, we will have a thought for our friends in Storrington.”
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.
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.
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.
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.