competition has been an
inceasing money-spinner for good causes and was another
winner in 2005.
35 teams from 19 local pubs and
clubs took part, and a record of over £10,000 was raised in
sponsorship by the players in this years Darts Marathon.
Pictured left, Paul Harris
Reed at the Victory Inn, Staplefield,
out the cash collected for Court Meadow School,
watched over by
the landlord, his assistant and Brian
representatives of the winning teams (left to right) Richard Toomer, Sue King
(Ansty Mixed), President Ivan Grundon, Jo Hedges (Head Teacher Court Meadow),
Louise Gaffney (Ardingly Ladies).
Front row: Jesse Edwards and Adam Guy (Ardingly
seems that during an earlier District ten-pin bowling competition, the
Heath club noticed that their team scores were quite a bit better than those
Cuckfield & Lindfield. Having suffered an almost endless run of defeats
the annual inter-club golf competition, Haywards Heath saw an opportunity to
get some revenge in the ten-pin alley, and challenged the Cuckfield &
Lindfield club to an annual bowling match.
9 March two teams from each
side met. Cuckfield & Lindfield might easily have won, but there were
wild accusations of foul play which set the side back somewhat. It is
the official result was a victory for Haywards Heath, but in any event there
serious talk in Cuckfield & Lindfield circles of a ban on foul play and
institution of a coaching plan. This competition may be worth
Racing at Plumpton
... and another
long-standing feature of
fund-raising work took place on Easter Sunday when for the 13th year
running, members were collecting for St Peter & St James Home &
Hospice in Wivelsfield.
... and at another
A few days after attending the RIBI Annual
Conference at Manchester in April, RIBI President Gordon McInally and
Cuckfield & Lindfield Past President Malcolm Wykes both attended the 50th
Charter Anniversary Dinner of the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge (District
at Bertie's Banqueting Suite in Elland, West Yorkshire. They are pictured
(right) together with Sowerby Bridge President Roger Booth. Malcolm Wykes was
member of the Sowerby Bridge club in 1982-88.
Although the Yorkshire
club only has 26 members at present, wives, former members, assorted bigwigs
and guests swelled
the attence at the dinner to more than 220. Normally members' wives are not
invited to the Charter dinner, but to mark 50 years the rule was relaxed for
by Novi Sad
Following the visit by
& Lindfield to Novi Sad in June 2003, a party of members and wives from
the Rotary Club of Novi Sad (Serbia) came here in late April. During the
weekend they were taken on a guided walk in Lindfield, had dinner and a
extravaganza at the Birch Hotel, went on the President's Walk on the Sunday
morning, visited Alan Hancock's old mill and veteran car collection in
Keynes, enjoyed fine dining with home hospitality on the Sunday evening,
lunched the next day at the Old School Cuckfield, toured the Cuckfield
and went to the Cuckoo Fair. Finally they enjoyed a farewell dinner at the
Haywards Heath Golf Club. Another highly successful Club exchange
first President's Walk of the 2005/06 Rotary year,
on 31 July 2005, marked the beginning also of the twelfth year of President's
Walks since the start of this monthly Club event in 1994. This walk was led
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Pictured left outside East Chiltington Church are the walkers that day,
together with the usual escort of several black labradors (without which no
President's Walk would be
District Conference at
look who's in
Twenty-six Club members and wives turned out in style for the
District Governor's Chigago-theme evening
at the District 1250
Torquay in late September.
That's President Paul Harris with the
wicked leer and the violin case;
that's Bugsy Hay in the fancy
others you really don't want to know about.
Look's like they're just
back after another day at the shops
The bar of the Grand
Hotel was full of characters like this
Dinner in the hotel
before setting off for the main event of the evening
Oh you are
Guests at the President's drinks
party before the
Gala Ball on Saturday
Dinner on Saturday evening, end of story
... and after all that,
The District Governor's visit
A couple of weeks after the Conference, District
Governor Ian Swales was back at the Club for his official visit.
Ian has been to see us several times at the Bent Arms in recent
years and he knows us well.
The camera seem to have
him here in full flow, clearly warming to his
Bruges in November
Early in November, Michael Harper's
International Committee arranged a three-day trip to Bruges by coach and
A party of 23 members and wives enjoyed a throughly good time
together wandering around the historic city of Bruges
(with one day
to the equally interesting town of Ghent), coupled with some fine dining and
comprehensive sampling of good Belgian beers.
A quiet moment on the coach driving through
was Thursday evening it was the
Breydel-de Coninck in
Supper on Wednesday at
Belfort Restaurant in
selection of diners at the
Joy Hay and Joan Harper
doing some sight-seeing
A few snifters in the
bar of Martin's Hotel before
This is a
very important moment when
the Mackenzies & the
Harpers are about to dine
went to look round Ghent on Thursday.
This looks like a coffee stop or
something more serious.
Presidents' lunch was held at Rowfant House on 6 November 2005. All 17 Past
Presidents of Cuckfield & Lindfield who are still members of the Club
attended, together with
(back row) Keith Buckle, John Craik, Tom Upfill-Brown,
Derek Hopkins, Ivan Grundon, Cameron Sharp, James Robb, John Gratwick,
Wilson, Trevor Clapp, Brian Hay, David Brann, Malcolm Wykes (front row)
John Davey, Ken Walker, Norman England, Bernard
Carole & Cameron
Golf trophy returns
to Cuckfield & Lindfield
Cuckfield & Lindfield's golfers regained the
temporarily lost the previous year when the annual golf match was played
against the Haywards Heath club on 20 October. (Above) President Rod Wafer
hands the the trophy back to President Paul Harris at the dinner
Jazz Evening at
Jazz Night was another successful Brian
promotion for members and friends at Wivelsfield Village Hall on 25
George's Regis Jazz Band got feet tapping and Cameron Sharp
produced a delicious supper.
Fine Sussex cheeses were introduced by
and David Robins of Say Cheese of Lewes.
in Cuckfield and Lindfield
Our brave boys were
out on the village streets again in the run-up to another Christmas,
for local and Rotary charities
Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Tree Festival was held in the Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield on
December, displaying more than 70 trees beautifully decorated by
in the local community.
Pictured here are the trees entered by the
Cuckfield & Lindfield Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs (Rotary
right, I saw three ships; Inner Wheel, left (Sugar and spice and
President Paul Harris
entertained Club members with seasonal refreshments
at the Age Concern
in Haywards Heath on Saturday 17 December.
(left) A few words of welcome from the
President; (centre) Inner Wheel Club President Valerie Clapp adds a
(right) President-elect Alex Mackenzie expresses
thanks for a splendid event.
With his annual auction of gaudy Christmas
ties (version 2) John Davey raised another £400 for Rotary Foundation.
Club's Christmas Supper (and
last Club meeting before Christmas is a fun night. Well, that's what some
(left) the President has been persuaded to wear a funny hat and Deputy
Alex Mackenzie sports one of the many Christmas ties on display.
Entertainment was again provided by members carefully selected for
their wit, humour and unbelievable versatility. (Some say).
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