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

Maureen Mwagale set up and visits three to four times a year, a charity which helps disadvantaged women to learn new skills in order to stop them using their babies and toddlers to beg on the streets of Kampala. Maureen is a major fund-raiser and this month is doing a sky-dive to raise funds.  Now Maureen has received a special award at the House of Lords for her commitment to Rotary and community work.

Hospital administrator, Mrs Mwagale was among 12 previously unsung Rotarian heroes who were honoured by some of Britain’s top politicians in Whitehall last week.  Presenting the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland (RGBI) Champions of Change Awards, was host for the evening the Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, the Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness.  He described Rotary as “a great movement” and said he had been very humbled to see the achievements of the 12 Awardees.

Nominations for the awards were in two categories — domestic and international — and invited from across RGBI’s 29 Districts, which takes in 1,800 clubs and 50,000 members.

Awardees projects ranged from improving education facilities in Kenya and Uganda and raising awareness of child slavery to organising disability sports events in Wales and peace events in Scotland and Jersey. Another project in Ireland provides constructive training and work to prisoners while, at the same time providing bicycles to enable children in The Gambia to get to school.

RGBI President Peter King welcomed the guests, including the Awardees’ MPs, among whom were Minister for Communities the Rt Hon Eric Pickles and the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst. The District Governors who had nominated the Awardee also attended along with representatives from other non-profit organisations.

Last week saw the launch of an Interact Club at Steyning Grammar School. The Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Steyning & Henfield. It provides an opportunity for 12 to 18 year students to develop their leadership skills, engage in volunteering opportunities, make new friends whilst promoting community and international projects.

After a meal at the Boarding House the Club President Johanne (Jo) Toth-Mouritzen spoke about their fundraising activities to date which had included supporting Movember, the moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health; a Valentine message delivery service and a Giant Sale of doughnuts. She commented on her involvement saying ‘my involvement has meant that I feel part of a big family of similar minded people with the aim helping the community at large’.

The District Governor Doug Price then presented the Club with their Charter and inducted the ten individual members into Interact and congratulated their President and members on their successful and varied programme. He welcomed them to the worldwide family of Rotary and said it was evident that they were already enjoying the aims of Rotary which embraced fun, fellowship and fundraising.

Also present was Greg Wilson, the Rotary link for the Warwick School Interact Club in Redhill who warmly welcomed the Founder members into the Rotary movement and urged them to be bold in their ventures.

Steyning and Henfield Rotary Club President Tom Nutley said ‘I am delighted that the strong links we have enjoyed with the school over many years through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Young Chef Competitions have led to this opportunity for students to become part of Rotary. Our Club will always be there to offer support and guidance to your members’.

The Head Teacher, Nick Wergan, linked the many facets of Rotary with the ethos of the school: being part of a large family; getting involved with the local community; being outward looking and outward facing. The membership of the group contained both day and boarding students from both this country and overseas which reflected the mix with the school. He was proud that the four key characteristics which the school wished students to develop of grit, optimism, curiosity and zest had been displayed by all those who supported this new venture.

These comments were also echoed by Tom Leighton, Deputy Director of Boarding. Sally Randall, Head of the Sixth Form College was also there in support .The Sixth Form College continue to be very grateful to the local Rotarians of both the Steyning and Henfield together with the Storrington and Pulborough Clubs for their annual sponsorship of four sixth formers on the Rotary Youth Leader Award scheme.

Jo thanked everyone for such a splendid launch and for all the help she had received from everyone in Rotary and at the school in forming the Club. She outlined the programme being discussed which includes: an Easter Egg Hunt at the Steyning Primary School; an outdoors charity concert in the boarding house, where students will perform and refreshments offered and possibly a Charity Gala.

The Rotary Club of Bognor Regis continues to support the club and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Bognor Regis, Neil Holloway, recently presented a cheque for £1,600 to Dave Larner, chief Boxing Coach at VK Gym in Durban Road.
This was a half share of the money raised at the annual Charity Sporting Night Dinner held at Butlins on November 27th.
2014 was the thirty-first year that this annual event has been held and the thirteenth time it has been organized by the Rotary Club of Bognor Regis.
This dinner is a prestigious black tie occasion, which combines a quality meal with an equally high quality amateur boxing tournament of more than a dozen bouts, with clubs coming from as far afield as London. Also included in the evening is a charity auction.
If you would like to support this charity event in November 2015, either as a diner or a donor to the charity auction, please contact Peter Stemp on  peterstemp@talktalk.net or 01243 866139.

Brian Parfitt and Tony VaughanTo celebrate Rotary’s continued efforts to put an end to polio, Storrington & Pulborough District Rotarians Brian Parfitt & Tony Vaughan climbed the 02 Dome in London on February 23rd 2015 and helped raise the ‘End Polio Now’ flag high above the capital’s skyline.  The date also marked Rotary’s 110th birthday.Walking the Dome

Brian and Tony were joined by 150 members of Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland as they walked across the dome to raise funds for the global polio campaign for which Rotary GBI has raised a massive £21million to date.

Also benefitting from sponsorship raised will be the new ‘Walk For Water’ initiative, which aims to provide those in less developed countries with barrels to help them transport water more easily.

On Saturday 28th February, 8 young people aged between 12 and 16, assembled in the training kitchens at Brooklands College in Weybridge for the District Final competition. Each entrant had already passed through 2 rounds – at Club level and then one of the District Semi finals.  They excelled themselves, cooking a three course meal for 2 people in 2 hours  (and all on time too)  for less than £15.

The judges – Christopher Basten  (Chairman of Craft Guild of Chefs),  Alberto Crisci  (The Clink),  and Tom Cornwell (Celebration Cakes and Bakery), co-ordinated by Giovanni Fontebasso, found it very hard to find two entrants to go through to the Regional competition as the standard was so high and the marks so close.

In the end, the winner was decided as Lewis Wilson, from Forest School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Horsham  who cooked Mackerel with fennel and blackberry dressing, Gressingham Duck with wild mushrooms, salsify and quinoa,  and Apple Tarte Tatin with poached rhubarb and elderflower cream.

He was closely followed as runner up by Katie Mann, from Imberhorne School and supported by the Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian, who cooked a twice baked cheese soufflé with a salad and dressing, Pan fried salmon fillet with asparagus and a crayfish timbale and Thai chilli sauce, followed by a trio of desserts.

Both these creative chefs will now go forward to the Regional Final to be held at Westminster Kingsway College on 21st March.

D G Doug Price presented the Certificates and prizes, supported by Rosemary and by  William Harmsworth, the National co-ordinator for the  Young Chef competition.

Makes your mouth water !

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.


Viedos of both Olivia Middleton and Heather Brooks are on the Home page

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.

Click on any of the photos on this page to view them at full size;

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.

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.

Come to Belfast

RIBI Conference
10th to 12th April 2015

Come to Sao Paulo

RI Convention
6th to 9th June 2015

Come to Bournemouth

Come to Bournemouth

District 1145 Conference
2nd to 4th October 2015