Latest: Silent Film Night
on 19 March raises £1,200 for Chestnut Tree House
Chestnut Tree House
President-elect Jaime Wallden presents a cheque for £1,200
to Joanne Smith, Community Fund Raiser of Chestnut Tree House, from funds
raised at the Silent Film Night More . .
The President's Walk .
happy band of President's walkers shown here at Firle Beacon about to set off
(or shilly-shally, in the words of leader for the day Karen Looker) to the
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Children's Respite Trust
Looker presents a cheque for £2,500 to Gavin Fisher
of the Children's Respite Trust who gave members a comprehensive view of
The meeting on 15
December 2015 was a significant occasion when
five new members were
in one evening.
They may look solemn in this picture but they were all
enjoying it immensely. More . .
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A novel twist after supper on 1 December was a
special edition of "Desert Island Discs."
(left) chose his eight records for the desert island whilst being
sympathetically interviewed by Young Kirsty (Kirsty Perryman-Best,
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Youth Speaks 2015
The Club hosted the first round of the annual Youth Speaks
competition at Ardingly College on 16 November. The Intermediate competition
was won by Oathall College, Haywards Heath.
winning Senior team from Oathall College receive their certificate from
Christine Field, Deputy Leader of West Sussex CC. More
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President Richard Hands
d. 3 November 2015. More . . .
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Cuckfield Mayoral Parade
As usual, Club members gave good support to the
parade following the election of the new Mayor of Cuckfield on 17 October.
Roger Johnson's Skoda Yeti was suitably and colourfully decorated whilst
members collected charity donations en route.
Pictured: Bernard Jarvis, Roger Johnson (Community
Service Chairman), Trevor
Clapp, Alec Landauer, President George Ruse and Chris
Presentations and a presidential Welcome
At the Club meeting
on 21 September (and in the absence of
President George Ruse on holiday), Acting President Jaime Wallden presented
Mark Gerken, 2015 captain of Haywards Heath Golf Club with a cheque for
£1,500 donated to the golf club's charity Friends of the Kleinwort
same meeting, Jaime is shown here
with star speaker of the evening, naval war veteran George Chandler who
recounted some of his dramatic (and sometimes very entertaining) adventures
motor torpedo boats as part of the Coastal Forces of the Royal Navy during
second world war.
Shortly afterwards, President George
Ruse had the pleasure of welcoming Sean Collins into Rotary
is a Director of two local companies and is a man of many talents. He is also
keen sportsman, excelling at tennis, football and poker, to name but a
(left): George Ruse of Ardingly was
installed by David Wilson of
Cuckfield as the 32nd President of the Club on 30 June 2015 at the Bent Arms
President and President-elect Jaime Wallden accompanied by the next
of Club members
Leader of Mid-Sussex District Council Gary Wall
(shown left) made another welcome visit to the Club in June.
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The winners of the 2015
Marathon (right) at the presentation evening. More . . .
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has been the compilation and issue of a new Business Directory, distributed
widely throughout the area. The Year Book 2015 contains local maps to be
given to house buyers or tenants new to the area. And it raised wll over
£4,500 for Rotary charities. More . . .
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more about us, who we are and what we do to help others and of
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Men or women, working or retired
all eligible to join
Welcome to the Club
above: Judith Pratt of Lindfield
is welcomed by President David Wilson of Cuckfield on her admission to
membership in February 2015
Judith is a research professor
University of Strathclyde
events in 2015 . . .
Charter Anniversary Dinner
The highlight of the Club's Charter
Anniversary Dinner on 15 May at the Hickstead Hotel was the presentation of a
Paul Harris Fellowship to Past President and founder member Geoffrey Dew.
Entertainment after the dinner was provided by the local singing group No
Strings Attached. More on the
Charter Dinner. . .
or go to Paul Harris
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A regular feature at local village days
continues, perhaps increasingly, to be the Club coconut shy, always a
with children, and often with mums and dads too.
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President from 1 July 2015 is
I was born in Diss, Norfolk, but raised in
Suffolk, living in a number of places in the county. The past 38 years have
been spent living in Cuckfield.
I am married with two adult children. I was a senior
manager in Royal Mail for most of my 33 years with the business, being based
Thetford, Colchester, Brighton, Slough, and Crawley. Finally I was based in
London, as Regional Manager of the Parcel division for Essex, London and the
My hobbies are horology, campanology, DIY, travel
and for the past 30 years, Rotary. I am a founder member of the
Cuckfield and Lindfield club. It has brought me new friends and another
dimension to my social life, plus a good opportunity to help put something
into the local community.
I always find our weekly meetings interesting,
learning from the variety of very good speakers who visit the Club. It is
to say there is something for everyone throughout the year, with members
contributing what time they can to the many events and tasks the Club takes
Not every effort is about raising money, but also providing assistance where
can. But most of all enjoying ourselves in the process.
enjoy Rotary otherwise I would not have remained a member for so long. In
many who join do become long-time members.
continues to evolve as society changes and in my year I look forward to
welcoming more members to join our lively and active club.
Club tour of Portsmouth Dockyard
an intrepid band of Club Rotarians roved the country to inspect the heritage
the nation, when on 15 October 2015 John Davey led his party to the dockyard
Main attraction was the new Mary Rose
exhibition building with its impressive collection of marine artefacts on
display alongside the huge and magnificent old vessel.
with Natasha Kaplinsky
Natasha Kaplinsky played
a starring role
celebrity darts match at the Inn on the Green in Scaynes Hill on 16
April. (above) Natasha's husband Justin Bower's winning
The Story of
partners' evening in July, Allen Parton gave a moving account of his
experiences, telling a spellbound audience of his wonderful companion Endal,
and the great work done by Hounds for Heroes. More .
for the Dictionaries . .
and for listening to us reading."
Pupils from Blackthorns
School write in appreciation. More .