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In a flash rehearsal
of the Big Rotary Tea Party on 8 March, Club members at their meeting on St
Valentine's evening raised their tea cups in keen anticipation of the major
event next month. More events this
year . . .
Wallden entertained members and their partners to a drinks and nibbles party
the Redwood Centre on Sunday 19 February. More . . .
Welcome to our web
When I was asked to become President
this Rotary Club I was
quite honoured but that was three years ago and I hadn't thought that my time
would come round so quickly. Being a very busy person in my business, social
and family life I have always had to juggle my time, so adding to my workload
seems to be second nature.
The post of President is potentially a very busy one
but I was flattered to be asked having only been a member of the Club for
two years. Now five years on, we are very much looking forward to having a
year and helping out in the community, raising some valuable funds for some
excellent causes and hopefully increasing the membership of our club and
increasing what we can do and how much money we can raise.
President Jaime's full report here . . .
Events for your
Friday 21 April
Wednesday 7 June
above, a cheque for £3000 being presented to Rachel Dukes (second
head of the charity Heads On, and Glen McCready, Service Manager, at the Club
meeting on 6 September 2016. Also in the picture: President Jaime Wallden and
Judith Pratt, Chairman of the Club's Community Service Committee.
More details . .
visit to Berlin
A group of
Rotarians and their partners spent an enjoyable
weekend in Berlin in July together with a party from the Rotary Club of
Karlstadt-Arnstein, as part of the annual Club exchange programme.
The trip was organised on this side of the Channel by Richard
Toomer, Chairman of the International Committee. More ...
Club donates to Oathall Farm
First outside event
of the new year was a happy occasion at the Oathall Farm when President Jaime
Wallden presented students with a cheque for £2,000 to helo with
expenditure on improvements to the farm
Pictured with the President are Rowena Chalk,
Chair of the Governors and Club President-elect Karen Looker, student Nathan
Newham and Headteacher Edward
For more information, read the
Oathall press release here
Here President Jaime Wallden presents on 11
October a cheque for £2,350 to the representatives of Haywards Heath
Club. Receiving the cheque for a donation to the Sussex Heart Charity are
captain Martin Hubbard and Ladies' captain Sarah Brook.
Parachute jump rewarded
Carol Taylor is
presented by President Jaime Wallden with two cheques for £250 each for
her charities, Winston's Wish and the Meningitis Research Foundation, in
recognition of her skydive in aid of these charities. More details to
follow . . . .
Carol Taylor joins the
In November Carol Taylor became a member and was inducted by
President Jaime Wallden on the 15th.
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
More . .
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,
More . .
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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.
President George Ruse and President 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.
More . . .
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
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
for the Dictionaries . .
and for listening to us reading."
Pupils from Blackthorns
School write in appreciation. More .
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