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

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. Jeremy then jumped at the chance of raising money for something he was passionate about.

The skydive took place at the Hinton Skydiving Centre in Northampton on the 10th August. He flew in a light aircraft to 13,000ft. From this height he then jumped from the plane and was free falling for 5,000ft before at 8,000ft he had to open his parachute. He had raised an amazing £1200 for the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Jeremy 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. Jeremy then jumped at the chance of raising money for something he was passionate about.

The skydive took place at the Hinton Skydiving Centre in Northampton on the 10th August. He flew in a light aircraft to 13,000ft. From this height he then jumped from the plane and was free falling for 5,000ft before at 8,000ft he had to open his parachute. He had raised an amazing £1200 for the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

We asked him how he felt before and after the event and he stated he was excited and would do it all over again. We couldn’t decide whether he was courageous or just plain mad until he told us he was planning a wing walk…

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.

On Sunday 10th August, the fourth Seahaven Para Games were held at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford. Twenty eight participants took part in Kurling in the morning then, after lunch, there was a new event, Archery, which was very popular, alongside Table Tennis and Bowls (held in a separate room from the Archery for fairly obvious reasons!).

The afternoon concluded with the now famous Wheelchair Slalom, which was followed by the presentation of certificates and medals to all the participants by our President Ray Hazan, Seaford Mayor Mark Brown, Angus Murray from Sainsbury’s and visiting paralympian, Adam Field.

Nan McCreadie, RIBI President 2013-21015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Stuart Pullen and Mike Webb RI DirectorIn April RIBI President, Nan McCreadie, wrote to District Governors announcing that to celebrate the 100th year of RIBI they were inaugurating awards for 'Champions of Change' and requested nominations for those Rotarians who had made a difference either in the UK or Internationally.

Tony Priestley, President of Billingshurst and District Rotary Club, had no hesitation in recommending Stuart Pullen for this award, and 1250 District Governor, Mike Goodridge MBE, was pleased to put the nomination forward.     They were looking for nominees who exemplified the Rotary Motto, ‘Service above Self’.

This year the three candidates chosen by the Rotary Club of Seaford for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award course (RYLA), held at High Ashurst Outdoor Activity Centre in Dorking, were (left to right in photo) Marianne Best, Florence Hardy and Ella Edwards.

The girls were chosen for their contribution to our community. Marianne Best has been a radio presenter at Seahaven FM for 4 years and presents her Evening show from 5 – 7pm every Sunday. Florence Hardy was part of the Girl Guides and recently went on a trip to Peru, sponsored by The Seaford Rotary Club, to help disabled children there. Ella Edwards has been volunteering at Seaford Lifeguards for 4 years and helps organise events as well as regularly lifeguarding our local beaches.

Before going on the RYLA course in April we were all quite nervous but had high expectations of what our week would entail, such as developing good leadership skills that are crucial for later life, gaining exposure to challenging new sports such as Kayaking and Rock Climbing and also being able to tactfully solve problems.
We each took a self-evaluation called ‘Belbin’ that would be used when we arrived at High Ashurst to split us into appropriate teams according to our different strengths. Although the three of us were put into different teams, we shared a room and enjoyed sharing stories of the day’s activities with each other in the evening.

The week’s daytime activities consisted of a low-rope and high-rope course, raft-building and race, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling and the highlight at the end being a day of orienteering followed by a 10km hike. During our hike each team navigated their way up Box Hill, climbing 398 steps exactly, it was a challenge because we were left to our own devices and had to rely on each other in our teams to find our way back safely. Unfortunately on the hike Florence’s team got lost and managed to reach the same place three times, making it a 13km hike instead!

One of the hardest group challenges was the raft-building at Thames Young Mariners. We had to plan and then build a raft using ropes and barrels. The aim was to stay afloat whilst paddling a timed lap of a marked-out course. Marianne’s team didn’t quite get the hang of it as upon entering the lake, the raft capsized and there were rope and barrels floating in all directions!

The evening activities were a great way to socialise with all the RYLA candidates. There was a quiz, disco and also a trip to the London Palladium to see a show which was a well-kept secret until we got to the theatre. It turned out to be Harry Hill’s ‘I Can’t Sing’ – a funny take on ‘The X Factor’ – we all enjoyed the show and the evening dinner party that occurred beforehand at High Ashurst.

The finale of the fantastic week was the Gala Dinner; an evening with canapés, group presentations, awards, lots of photos and almost as many tears too! The whole evening was left down to us which was a real challenge as it wasn’t just within our teams we were working, it was all the RYLA candidates. Although the initial planning of the evening did get very noisy - with lots of ideas being said all at once - we delegated suitable roles to everyone and, in the short time of five hours we had to organise a whole evening, everything went according to plan and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

There is no doubt that it was a full-on week, with stressful and challenging activities, but we all agree that it helped us grow and equipped us with vital team skills, not only for a career in later life, but for everyday life too. For me personally, I have never pushed myself quite as much as I did during this week and it was quite extraordinary in doing so how much I got back from this experience. Above all our confidence grew tremendously whilst on this trip and it really is such a worthwhile experience. We’ve made many friends and have been keeping in touch – already we have had a couple of ‘RYLA reunions’! Without the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Seaford and the help from Peter Posgate and Ray Richardson, we couldn’t have gone on RYLA and are all incredibly grateful to them – we cannot thank you enough!

On Monday 9th June, 20 teenagers accompanied by their families and friends met in the Clarence Suite of the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel for the Rotary Club of Brighton's annual "Rotary Young Citizen Awards" ceremony. The certificates were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, whose deft approach helped ensure that it was a relaxed and very enjoyable occasion for all. Much credit also goes to Rotarian Lorna Duggleby, who devised the awards criteria and persuaded schools to take part at a busy time for all concerned. Rotarian Alan Pocock also provided invaluable support by producing with very professional certificates and programmes.

The awards were clearly very much appreciated by the recipients, their parents, friends and teachers. Some of the recipients gave short presentations about the activities that had resulted in their nominations and impressed everyone present. The Rotary Club of Brighton, whose motto is "Service above Self", has always been very keen to encourage and recognise young people who devote some of their time to worthwhile causes in the community, and is already planning next year's awards event.

Presenting the Shield and a cash prize to Cradle Hill on behalf of the Rotary Club of Seaford was President Michael LoganFollowing the very successful Safety In Action Week held in May at Newhaven Fort between 23 local Primary Schools in the area, Cradle Hill School was judged the overall winner.

The event is organised by Lewes District Council & Sussex Police and has been supported for many years by The Rotary Club of Seaford.

This year our club gave an addition cash gift to allow the competitors and helpers to wear new high Viz jackets which proved invaluable in identifying the school teams competing as over 800 children took part during the week.

The Lily Foundation, a Warlingham based charity which works both to raise awareness of mitochondrial disease and to fund research into the little understood condition has benefitted by £700 raised by students in the Warwick School’s Interact Club.

Most of the funds were raised through a very successful Quiz Night organised by the club members and held recently at the school. Several ingenious money raising activities were held throughout the evening. In addition to Warwick students their families and school staff, many local Rotarians came to support the evening.

The Interact Club at The Warwick School is a schools version of Rotary Clubs and enjoys the mentoring and support of Reigate Rotary Club. First established in 2010, the club members have raised well over £3700 to date which has gone to various charities both in the UK and internationally.

The Quiz Night raised £400 but the students elected to donate a further £300 from club funds so a cheque for a total of £700 was handed over to the charity’s founder, Liz Curtis, by Beulah Berrisford, President of the Warwick School Interact Club.

Receiving the cheque Liz Curtis said: “This fundraising effort is so much appreciated by the charity and we must congratulate and thank the Interact Club for the hard work in raising so much and for the students’ kindness in choosing to support the Lily Foundation. The students really are an inspirational group of young people.”

Photo above shows Liz Curtis from the Lily Foundation receiving the cheque from Beulah Berrisford, President of the Warwick School Interact Club plus (left) Val Bishop from Reigate Rotary Club and also Interactors from the Club.

David Spurrell, District Youth Services Chairman

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