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The Rotary Wheel

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield
in the Local Community

Lend a Hand

  Shaking tins in the High Street  

MEMBERS of the Club have played an increasing part over the years in giving help to groups and individuals in the local community. In particular, funds have been raised and substantial donations made on a number of occasions to the St Peter & St James Home & Hospice at Wivelsfield.

Other donations are too numerous to detail, but over the years major grants have been made among others to the St Catherine's Hospice at Crawley, Age Concern, Cheshire Homes, Christian Outreach, the Citizens' Advice Bureau, Compton House in Lindfield, Court Meadow School and the old Mill Hall School for the Deaf in Cuckfield, the Disability Trust at Hollyrood House, the Mid-Sussex League of Friends, the Mid-Sussex Zipper Club, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Seahorses Swimming Club, Sightsavers, SIMCAS and the Yews Nursery.

As well as to groups, many financial grants have been made to individuals, especially to young people going abroad on educational and self-development tours of duty. Local students have been encouraged and helped to take part in Schools' Public Speaking competitions.

Out and About

Practical help is also a strong feature of the activity of members in the local area. Stemming from a project of redecoration at Blackthorns Old People's Home in Lindfield on Rotary the World Over Day in February 1992, decorating at Blackthorns continued for a number of years, and the provision of practical help has been developed for the benefit of many local organisations, especially again at the St Peter & St James Home & Hospice.

Every year since 1993, members of the Club have taken part in the national Rotary project Kids Out Day, when on one particular day in the summer, local children who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged are taken out for a day of fun at some pleasure resort. In our case the children, usually from Court Meadow, are taken to the Chessington World of Adventures. It's a hard day in some ways, but it's difficult as well to think of a more worthwhile or satisfying experience for those who take part.


1990: Alan Hancock and Wally Corbett collecting for the Christmas appeal, and a mystery shopper

  Lindfield Village Day    

1993: Coconut shy at Lindfield Village Day — Chris Kinnear supervising

  Courtyard at the Hospice    

1998: The courtyard at St Peter & St James — the official handover featuring Alan Hancock, Norman England, David Brann, President Derek Hopkins, Tom Upfill-Brown and Keith Buckle



(below left) 1992: Norman England and
Jon Martin hard at it at Blackthorns


(below left) 1992: Bernard Jarvis, Cameron Sharp and
Brian Hay get stuck in at Blackthorns

  Decorating at Blackthorns Barry Read   Hedging at Blackthorns Enjoying the Watersplash  

(above right) 1992: Barry Read digging himself
into another hole


(above right) 1993: Tom Upfill-Brown and Norman England thoroughly enjoying the Watersplash at Chessington (probably)


Helping local children

Dictionaries 4 Life

English Dictionary

John Davey writes . . .

No-one seriously believes that the hundreds of books that we present each year as a gift to Primary school children in our area will live up to their title and last a lifetime, but perhaps such an expectation would be, in any case, a misinterpretation of the name ‘Dictionary 4 Life’?

I much prefer to think that this project has an aim in common with all the other New Generation Rotary projects – to provide ways whereby young lives can be better prepared to take their place as useful and responsible members of adult society.

Read the full article by John Davey which appeared
in the February 2012 edition of the Club Gazette . . .

Inside cover of dictionary

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