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Latest: Silent Film Night on 19 March raises £1,200 for Chestnut Tree House

Presentation to
Chestnut Tree House

Jaime presents the cheque

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 . . .

The group marshalled for action

Another 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 top
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Presentation to
Children's Respite Trust

Presentation to Children's Respite

Vice-president Karen Looker presents a cheque for £2,500 to Gavin Fisher
Chief Executive of the Children's Respite Trust who gave members a comprehensive view of the charity's work

Welcome, y'all!

Five new members inducted

The meeting on 15 December 2015 was a significant occasion when
five new members were inducted in one evening.
They may look solemn in this picture but they were all enjoying it immensely. More . . .

Silence please!

Desert Island Discs

A novel twist after supper on 1 December was a special edition of "Desert Island Discs."

Ray Major (left) chose his eight records for the desert island whilst being sympathetically interviewed by Young Kirsty (Kirsty Perryman-Best, right)

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Ray Major tells Kirsty what he's chosen for his next record
The winning Senior team

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.

Left: the winning Senior team from Oathall College receive their certificate from Christine Field, Deputy Leader of West Sussex CC. More . . . .

Richard Hands

Past President Richard Hands
d. 3 November 2015. More . . .


Cuckfield Mayoral Parade 2015

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 Kinnear.

Collectors on parade

Two Star Presentations and a presidential Welcome

Jaime Wallden hands over the chequeGeorge ChandlerWelcome Sean Collins

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 Centre.

At the 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 in motor torpedo boats as part of the Coastal Forces of the Royal Navy during the second world war.

Shortly afterwards, President George Ruse had the pleasure of welcoming Sean Collins into Rotary membership.
Sean is a Director of two local companies and is a man of many talents. He is also a keen sportsman, excelling at tennis, football and poker, to name but a few.

Welcome the new President

New President

(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 Lindfield

Settling in

(right): The President and President-elect Jaime Wallden accompanied by the next generation of Club members

Stars of the future
Garry Wall tells it straight

Council Leader's visit

Leader of Mid-Sussex District Council Gary Wall (shown left) made another welcome visit to the Club in June. More . . .

Darts Marathon

The winners of the 2015 Marathon (right) at the presentation evening. More . . .

A bunch of winners

Club publishes new
Business Directory

The Business Directory

An innovation this year 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 . . .

If you would like to know more about us, who we are and what we do to help others — and of course to enjoy Rotary, email
Jaime Wallden

Jaime Wallden

or call him on
07866 536277

Men or women, working or retired – all eligible to join

Welcome to the Club

New member Judith

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
at the University of Strathclyde

More events in 2015 . . .

Charter Anniversary Dinner 2015

Geoff Dew receives awardWithout strings

Pictured above

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 Fellowships

 Alex Mackenzie and Peter Stevenson on duty 

Village Day

pictured left

A regular feature at local village days continues, perhaps increasingly, to be the Club coconut shy, always a favourite with children, and often with mums and dads too.

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President from 1 July 2015 is
George Ruse (Ardingly)

George Ruse

President 2014/15
David Wilson (Cuckfield)

David Wilson, Cuckfield

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 in Thetford, Colchester, Brighton, Slough, and Crawley. Finally I was based in London, as Regional Manager of the Parcel division for Essex, London and the South East.

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 back 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 true 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 on. Not every effort is about raising money, but also providing assistance where we can. But most of all enjoying ourselves in the process.

I enjoy Rotary otherwise I would not have remained a member for so long. In fact many who join do become long-time members.

Rotary continues to evolve as society changes and in my year I look forward to welcoming more members to join our lively and active club.

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Club tour of Portsmouth Dockyard

Just relaxing

Once again an intrepid band of Club Rotarians roved the country to inspect the heritage of the nation, when on 15 October 2015 John Davey led his party to the dockyard at Portsmouth harbour.

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.

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Celebrity Marathon Darts with Natasha Kaplinsky

Justin's team

Natasha Kaplinsky played a starring role in the celebrity darts match at the Inn on the Green in Scaynes Hill on 16 April. (above) Natasha's husband Justin Bower's winning team. More ...


The Story of Endal

Endal's story

At the 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 . .

"Thank you for the Dictionaries . .

letter no. 2

. . and for listening to us reading."

Pupils from Blackthorns School write in appreciation. More . . .

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