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Local school wins National Final |
MP's visit to Club
Musical Extravaganza |
Charter Dinner |
Golf Day & Sale |
New President |
Games Evening |
Golf Match |
Great Walstead A team won the Intermediate round.
Three winning teams went forward to
the Area heats
at Lancing College after giving outstanding performances in the Rotary Youth
Speaks competition held at Oathall College Haywards Heath on 19 January 2006.
Eight teams competed, two from each of four schools: Oathall College, Warden
Park, Great Walstead School and Ardingly College. Over 80 people attended the
competition which was organised by the Cuckfield & Lindfield
club and in particular, John
The standard was very high and the choice of subjects was not only
interesting, but thought provoking as well, said Chairman of Mid-Sussex
District Council, Edward King, when he presented the awards. The subjects
Peer pressure, White lies good or bad?
Slaves to fashion, Money is the root of all evil,
Image the key to success? Can war ever be
justified? Human life is not priceless and Legs -
today gone tomorrow.
Senior round were the Oathall College A
District Final at Warden Park School
Cuckfield and Lindfield also organised the District final,
again chaired by John Simpson
St Theresa's School
(Dorking) won the prize for Best Speaker
Sussex Downs College (Waterlooville)
won for the Best Vote of
Bishop Luffa School
the Best Chairman's award
National Final Intermediate won by
on Sunday 7 May 2006 at Salford University
[RIBI Press Release]
RIBI has for many years run public speaking competitions for young people.
Public speaking is an important life skill and is one that Rotarians value.
Rotarians are always delighted to celebrate the skills that young people
Each year hundreds of young people take part in events that culminate in the
regional and RIBI finals when participants travel from throughout RIBI to
part. It is a wonderful celebration of the achievement of those taking
In the Rotary year 2005 - 2006 and for the second
time there were two RIBI finals: one was the Intermediate competition for
aged 11 to 14 years the other the Senior competition for those aged 15 to 18
The Finals were hosted by Rotary District 1280 and organised by Rtn Brian
Henshaw. Teams from schools all over the UK and Ireland took part in what was
wonderfull testament to the capability of todays youth.
winning Great Walstead team
with RIBI President Mike Webb
These were young people that any parent or
school would be
The competition was opened by the Master of Ceremonies, Rtn Sam Williams, and
the The Right Worshipful Mayor of the city of Salford, Cllr James Hunt, gave
the welcoming speech. After the excellent presentations, local television
celebrities Meg Johnson and Charles Foster gave each of the competitors a
commemorative gift and certificate.
The awards were
by RIBI president Mike Webb and the winners of the Intermediate Competition
were Great Walstead School, Lindfield, West Sussex. The Best Chairman award
went to Joseph Nurse, Great Walstead School, Lindfield.
The school's topic was White lies - good or bad? and the team comprised Joseph
Nurse, Fergus Blair and Jack Donoghue.
A great time was had by all and the standard was really tremendous - for their
age the competitors are truly amazing.
enjoy Rotary supper
three members of the Great Walstead A team which won the RIBI national
Intermediate final joined Cuckfield & Lindfield members for a well-earned
supper at the Bent Arms Lindfield on Tuesday evening 23 May.
Also pictured with two of the boys is John Simpson, mastermind
of the local and
MP at joint meeting with Haywards Heath
whips and press to inhibit him, the Hon Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid-Sussex,
able to speak freely and frankly to the combined meeting of the Rotary Clubs
Haywards Heath and Cuckfield & Lindfield on Friday 3 March at the local
golf club. His talk stressed how much politics was constantly changing, and
followed by questions from the floor the wide range of which permitted
Mr Soames to demonstrate his knowledge, experience, connections and not
his robust sense of humour.
Soames was at his most passionate when expressing his pride at the
professionalism of the armed services. He was at his most scathing when
attacking the current vogue of political correctness which he suggests is
causing great damage to the fabric of our society.
Mr Soames's performance was so impressive and entertaining that it went on more
than an hour longer than the usual Rotary meetings. Brian Hay expressed our
thanks in appropriate style.
The Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Cuckfield
& Lindfield joined forces on Saturday 1 April 2006 to present a musical
extravaganza at the Burgess Hill School for Girls, featuring Richard Stilgoe
and the Apprentices of the Orpheus Centre. Additional entertainment was
provided by soloists and ensembles from the
event raised over £6,000 for the Orpheus Centre. Pictured (left)
Stilgoe and the Apprentices in rehearsal and (right) the presentation of a
cheque for the proceeds by the two club presidents.
Orpheus Centre of
performing arts was founded by Richard Stilgoe in 1998. It aims to use music
and the performing arts to encourage self-development by offering young
creative experiences, enabling them to discover and develop new skills and
expectations. Apprenticeships involve three-year placements for up to 25
disabled people up to the age of 25. They work towards living independently
the community through an individually-designed and complex programme of daily
living skills, performing arts and in helping with the running of the Orpheus
Club represented at
The Cuckfield &
Lindfield club was
represented at this year's Rotary International Convention in Copenhagen and
Malmo by Past Presidents Cameron Sharp and Malcolm Wykes, along with Carole
During the Convention they enjoyed home
hospitality from members of the Rotary Club of Lund-Dalby in
are the Cuckfield & Lindfield members
together with (left) Mike Webb, President of RIBI, whom they met at the Bella
in Copenhagen where the major events were held, and (right) the Lund-Dalby
President Sven Karlen.
travelled by road through the Low Countries and Germany before continuing
holiday touring Denmark before the return journey
The 22nd Annual Charter
Anniversary Dinner was held at The Ravenswood on 18 March. District 1250
Governor Ian Swales proposed the toast to the Club.
The District Governor also
presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to past presidents David Wilson and
Trevor Clapp in recognition of their outstanding work on behalf of Rotary and
Entertainment after the dinner was provided by Lindsay Field
and Mick Rose. Also pictured below: the Club's four Paul Harris Fellows:
Wilson, John Davey, Malcolm Wykes and Trevor
party of 15 members of the Rotary Club of Karlstadt-Arnstein and wives spent
the Bank Holiday weekend from 28 April 2006 as guests of the Cuckfield
Friday evening they travelled on the Bluebell Line train from Sheffield Park
Kingscote and back, enjoying a fish & chip supper en route. On Saturday
morning everyone went on a historic tour of Lewes, with visits to the Castle,
the Barbican Museum and Anne of Cleves' House, followed by lunch at the
Head. A welcome dinner was the feature of Saturday evening at Rowfant House.
President Paul Harris welcomed our German guests and President Roland Metz
responded, helped in translation by Angela von
Clapp led an
almost record turnout of 35 for the President's Walk on Sunday morning and
then lunch was taken at The Farmers in Scaynes Hill. The Karlstadt-Arnstein
visitors and their hosts were entertained to supper that evening in the homes
of other Cuckfield & Lindfield members and wives. A planned walk in
Wakehurst Park on Monday morning
had to be abandoned because of rain and instead, hosts entertained
their weekend guests with visits to other local
Golf Day & Equipment
2006 the Club ran its fourth charity golf day at the Haywards Heath Golf Club
which attracted 22 team entries for prizes donated by local businesses Orange
Square and Mansell McTaggart. The day raised more than £2,000 for the
Peter & St James Hospice and other Rotary
charities. Above, Tim Cowley and Lee Appleby (left) and Sean O'Riordan and
Sean Cripps (right) flanking Peter Stevenson who organised the event and
President Paul Harris.
A new fund-raising event in the Club's calendar was also held
in June when members collected old or unwanted golf equipment and held a sale
in the Methodist Church Hall, Haywards Heath. £1,000 was raised from
sale for the St
Peter & St James Hospice, Wivelsfield. Pictured above: some of
the Club golfers (left) and the sale about to
Darts Marathon Competion
More records were broken in the
Annual Darts Marathon 2006. 34 teams participated, raising £12,000 for
local charities, a substantial increase on previous years.
The men's team from the Jolly Tanners scored an incredible 35,483 to win the
all-time highest score trophy, as well as the class prize.
Legion Ardingly Ladies won their class with a score of 22,344, and the mixed
class was won by Ansty Sports & Social Club.
The highest amount of sponsorship was £1,558, raised by Jonathan
Toomers B team. They played at the Sloop, which won the new trophy for
the venue with the highest amount of sponsorship, totalling
The winners were presented with framed certificates and prizes of £100 at
a presentation evening and buffet put on by the Royal British Legion Club at
Ardingly. The prize winners very kindly donated their prize money to the
Also represented were the four main charities which received substantial
donations from the proceeds of the event.
In the photo,
front row from
left, Rosie Wyer of St Peter & St James Hospice, Jo Hedges of Court
School, Winkie Grundon for Chestnut Tree Childrens Hospice and Norma
Speller of Headway Trust, together with Club President Paul Harris and the
winners of the
President Paul Harris hands over the chain of
office to incoming
President Alex Mackenzie at the meeting on 27 June
Alex Mackenzie of
Haywards Heath became President from 1 July 2006
his retirement in 2000, Alex Mackenzie's working life was in the road
maintenance industry, principally with Colas Ltd, a subsidiary of Shell UK
until 1996 when it was sold to the French Group, Colas. He was Chief
Executive for the last 15 years.
Alex's hobbies are
(trying hard now to improve his handicap to 20), sailing a Sadler 32 cruiser
out of Chichester, and travelling with his family. Alex is married to Sally
recently become a proud grandfather for the second time. He joined the Rotary
Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield in 2000.
Evening at Birchen House
Members deserted the
Bent Arms on
the third Tuesday in July to enjoy a Games evening at Birchen House hosted by
Cameron Sharp who also provided a succulent barbecue supper. Petanque,
and bagatelle were among the pursuits on offer. The winning team for
or other are pictured (right).
challenge golf match with the Rotary Club of Haywards Heath was held at
Haywards Heath Golf Club on 26 October 2007.
the trophy returned to its rightful owners and the picture shows the losing
club's Vice-President James Beacon doing the gentlemanly
down Wivelsfield way
Almost 100 members and friends
joined the party at Wivelsfield Village Hall on Friday 1 December 2006 to
another first in the Club's fund-raising stakes. Proceeds of the evening
exceeded £1500 to add to the charity coffers.
Pictured left: Past Presidents David Wilson and Trevor Clapp
look determined to win at the roulette table, with Mike Kirk casting a beady
eye on the players' technique.
A splendid supper came courtesy of
Sharp and Brian Davey. The whole show was masterminded by Alan Bray and his