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Rotary 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.
This year the Pop-In Lunch again welcomed additional support from a special Storrington Waitrose grant initiative providing help for vulnerable members of the community.
Thanks 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.
Over 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.
Laura Ward was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at the District Council meeting on 23rd October for the excellent service, technical support and assistance provided over a seven year period.
Laura managed running and operating our District meetings at Forest School during this period with other support including helping and providing inspirational duties whilst serving on our District Youth Services Committee.
Laura leaves Forest School in November to return to working with a charity in the Brighton area, and will be greatly missed by us all, but we hope will maintain contact with Rotary in her new role.
The Chilubula Support Group committee (CSG) would like to express their thanks to our donors and supporters for their ongoing generosity. All of their time, financial backing and material donations permit CSG to continue supporting the orphans and vulnerable children at the Chilubula Children’s Centre (CCC), as we have done since 2005. Our thanks also go to Leonard, the manager at CCC, for overseeing activities there on a day to day basis and for liaising with the local committee and other local organisations on behalf of CSG.
Pre-school teaching and feeding are the core activities at CCC and we are currently broadening the eligibility criteria for students to attend the centre. In this way we will increase the level of support that we provide to the local community. Priority will still be given to orphans and vulnerable children from the local area, but we are now in a position to increase the number of children attending the centre and in this way will offer broader support to what remains a disadvantaged rural community.
We have recently sent some additional funds targeted at ongoing maintenance and development at the centre such as repainting the class room and providing a protective veranda at the front of the school building.
Following a meeting between members of the CSG and Titsey Rotary Club committees, Titsey Rotary club organised the collection of good quality second hand tools. This resulted in the donation of a wide range of tools including saws, hammers, screwdrivers, chisels and a wheelbarrow. These tools have been sent out to Leonard who will find them very useful for ongoing maintenance and development at the centre.
Tools purchased in Zambia tend to be of very poor quality and lack the durability of tools that we are used to in the UK.
Many thanks to Titsey Rotary Club.
Storrington & Pulborough District Rotarians collected for the EBOLA Crisis Appeal in Storrington on 21 & 22 November raising £804.07 + 3 foreign coins and a watch battery!
The club added to the collection to send £900 to the EBOLA appeal.
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.
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.”