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President David Wilson 2003/04

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Year 2004

President Ivan Grundon 2004/05

On this page: Charter Anniversary Dinner | New Paul Harris Fellow | President's Walk | Kids Out | Darts Marathon | Ladies' Evening | Visit to Karlstadt
Past Presidents' lunch | District Conference 2004 | Visit to Lille | Christmas Tree Festival | President's Drinks | Christmas Party Time!

20th Charter Anniversary Dinner 2004

The dinner gets under wayThe top table

Some of the guests enjoying dinner at the Ravenswood,
Sharpthorne on 20 March 2004

Top table guests including Inner Wheel Club President
Eileen Sawyer (left) and President's lady Clare Wilson (second left)

DG Barry HopkinsPresidential addressGreetings from FranceHaywards Heath president

District Governor Barry Hopkins gives his address

President David Wilson welcomes the guests

Laval Ambroise Paré President Jean-Patrick Guibout responds

Haywards Heath President Alan Jenkins for the guests

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New Paul Harris Fellow

John with his new Paul Harris medalDG makes the presentationCarol and John Davey

Past President John Davey with his Paul Harris medal after being presented with Rotary's most prestigious award by District Governor Barry Hopkins at the Charter Anniversary dinner on 20 March 2004
Right: Carol Davey joins the party

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Tenth Anniversary President's Walk

The Boskers & the KinnearsThe President's cornerThe Dews & the Martins

Nearly 40 members and wives turned out on the last Sunday in May for the walk completing ten years of monthly President's Walks. Jon Martin led the anniversary walk, just as he had led the first one in 1994. After the walk Jon and Diane entertained everyone for drinks in their garden and then we all repaired to the Coach & Horses in Danehill for lunch.

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Kids Out 2004

The Black BuccaneerPaul "Schumacher" and friendSea-lion watch

Club members have been taking local handicapped children to the Chessington World of Adventures for many years. This year again in June we took a contingent from Court Meadow School in Cuckfield. The kids seem to enjoy the day enormously, and it is suspected the Rotarians do as well.

The lunch break

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Darts Marathon Competition 2004 Presentations

First prizewinner of the eveningGill Toomer scores a winPresentation to Jo Hedges

This year's competition raised a record £9,000 for charity. Another record was the achievement of the highest score so far, 31,610, totalled by one team throwing darts for an hour. Ansty Men's Sports & Social Club now lead the field. President David Wilson is shown here presenting the prizes at the Royal British Legion Club in Horsted Keynes in June.
Pictured (right) is Jo Hedges, Head Teacher at Court Meadow School in Cuckfield, receiving the Club's donation of a cheque for £5,000.

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Ladies' Evening at Rowfant House

The HK Glee Club perform live

President David Wilson's year finished on a high note at Rowfant House in June when for Ladies' Evening the entertainment was provided by the highly acclaimed HK Glee Club. Seen here are the members of the group (left to right) Colin Griffiths, Barry Reed, Alan "Eddie Calvert" Hancock, Michael Kirk, and hairy David Wilson at the mighty organ. No one who saw this performance will ever forget it.

Jo Hedges receives her awardPresidential exchange

(left) During the June Ladies' evening, President David Wilson presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Jo Hedges, Head Teacher at Court Meadow School in Cuckfield. This was the first time the Club had made such an award to a non-Rotarian.
(right) Finally, outgoing President David Wilson handed over the chain of office to the incoming President for 2004/05, Ivan Grundon.

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Exchange Visit to Karlstadt, September 2004

Welcome supper chez Merklein

A party of 18 members with wives visited the Rotary Club of Karlstadt-Arnstein during the last week in September. This was the fourth away trip to see our German friends since the link was inaugurated in 1998.

Some of the group flew out to Frankfurt on the Friday afternoon, whilst others had taken a longer spell of three days to make the journey by road, stopping overnight en route at Trier and Dawn in Rheinland-Pfalz for some extended sightseeing and relaxation. Similar plans for a leisurely drive home with various points of call had been planned.

After checking in with our German hosts, the main event on Friday evening was a welcome supper in the homes of other Club members. Unfortunately those flying in were held up in a traffic jam for hours by a major accident on the Autobahn and didn't make it for supper until getting on for midnight.

Left above: Tom Upfill-Brown and Malcolm Wykes together with Inge and Horst Wiehle
at the home of Elisabeth and Wolfgang Merklein.

The Residenz at Wuerzburg

On Saturday morning most visitors and hosts went round the old town of Würzburg. The highlight was a guided tour of the early 18th century Residenz (left), the baroque masterpiece of Balthazar Neumann.
The afternoon programme included a reception at the Rathaus, the Karlstadt town hall (right).

The Rathaus at Karlstadt
At the fountain in the courtyard of the Residenz A cosy corner in the Juliusspital Weingut

Pictured above (left) Some of the visitors by the fountain in the courtyard of the Residenz on Saturday morning, and (right) in the Juliusspital Weingut, the ideal place in Würzburg for a traditional Bratwürst lunch

Spitalkirche audience The musicians

On Saturday afternoon in the Spitalkirche there was a short concert given by saxophonists from the local music school


Above left: some of the audience in the Spitalkirche. Right: the saxaphone group in action.

Reception in the Council Chamber Listening to the speeches

In the Council Chamber of the Rathaus (town hall) President Ivan Grundon responds to the welcome by President Rüdiger Eichler


— whilst members and guests enjoy a glass of Sekt and listen to the proceedings

Guided tour Explaining the finer points

Next, Stefan Heßler and Wolfgang Merklein lead a sight-seeing stroll through the old town


In the evening, the party moved off to a wine-tasting and supper at a local Weingut in Retzstadt

Wine tasting Bringing gifts

The quality of each wine is duly considered — and enjoyed


President Ivan Grundon prepares to hand over his club's gift to the host President

President Ivan Grundon makes the presentation Displaying the new acquisition

The presentation is made —


— and President Rüdiger acknowledges the gesture

Sunday morning brunch at Rieneck

The brunch gets under way The von Gelderns' table

The weekend visit concluded with a brunch at Gut Dürrnhof, a popular restaurant in Rieneck, a village also on the River Main a few miles noth of Karlstadt

Wolfgang Merklein chooses the next dish Angela von Geldern meets the President President's ladies Walli Eichler and Winkie Grundon
Hildegard Niklaus Achim Schreck, Webmaster Reinhard von Geldern
Cameron Sharp, Alan Hancock and Tom Upfill-Brown take a breather on the terrace

After lunch it was time for Auf Wiedersehen and the journey home, or in the case of several Cuckfield & Lindfield participants, on with the tour — some in the direction of Berlin and Dresden, others towards Rothenburg and Heidelberg.

Paul Kruck, Stefan Hessler, Horst Wiehle and Ruediger Eichler plan the next move

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Past Presidents' Lunch

Almost animated conversation on this table ...... and on the other side of the room ...
There's a happie chappieAnn Buckle, John & Angie Craik, Malcolm Wykes & Barbara, John Gratwick

Past Presidents of the Club met with their ladies for the first
Past Presidents' lunch on 17 October in the Locker-Lampson room of Rowfant House

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District 1250 Conference 2004

President's Drinks before the Gala DinnerJoy Hay, Gill Harris and Sue Sumpter drinking, eating and talking at the same timeJohn Sumpter, a fine ale, and Sally Mackenzie
Brian Hay sees fair play as Malcolm Wykes puts a point of view to Alex MackenzieBeth Reed and Joan Harper pause between sipsBarry Reed tells it how it is to Bernard Jarvis
On the bus, en route for the Gala DinnerAny more fares please?That's Ken Walker trying the Indian rope trick at the Gala Dinner, with his lovely assistant Winkie Grundon

A party of 29 Club members and wives attended District 1250's 23rd Annual Conference in the Bournemouth International Centre on a wild and wet weekend late in October.

The Conference was of a high standard, well run by District Governor Peter Nightingale, and included some star speakers and presentations.

RI President Glenn Estess was represented at the Conference by Past District Governor Rekha Shetty of Madras.

Paul Harris and Malcolm Wykes look after the RI President's representative Rekha Shetty of Madras between dances

Some clubs were invited to make presentations on their major projects, and first on the stage in this category was Cuckfield & Lindfield, well represented by Alex Mackenzie and Past President David Wilson.

RIBI President Gordon McInally addressed the Conference with distinction, as did several others including Paul Whittaker (on Music and the Deaf) and Col Mark Cook (Hope & Homes for Children). Richard Stilgoe was superb speaking and entertaining on behalf of the Orpheus Centre.

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November break in Lille

Coles et amis

Twenty Club members and wives enjoyed a couple of days in Lille in mid-November. Highlight of the trip was the visit to Ypres for the remembrance service on Armistice Day. But fine dining in local restaurants (see pictures left and right) was also on the agenda, it seems.

Not cameral shy in Lille

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Club tree
at Cuckfield

Joan & John Simpson with Alex Mackenzie

The annual Christmas Tree Festival was held in Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield early in December and the Club took part for the first time.

Pictured (left), Joan and John Simpson, together with Vice-President Alex Mackenzie, put the finishing touches to the Club's entry.

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President's Christmas Drinks

The party gets under way The President welcomes his guests
President Ivan Grundon

The Sunday before Christmas
President Ivan Grundon entertained members and their wives to drinks and light refreshments at the Town Hall Haywards Heath.

Pictured (right) John Davey held his traditional Christmas Tie auction, closely watched here by former member John Marsland and Jill. John Marsland, a founder member, has moved out of the Club area to live in Henfield.

John Davey softens the punters up for the Great Tie Auction

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Christmas Party Time!

It has become something of a Club tradition in recent years to have a bit of a knees-up after the serious business part of the programme has been dealt with at the last meeting before Christmas. This year Alex Mackenzie arranged a surprise bout of carol singing, led by David Wilson of the Horsted Keynes Glee Club.

David had rewritten some of the words of well-loved carols (the so-called naughty versions) and for reasons best known to himself had deemed it a good idea to allocate solo singing spots to the most senior Officers of the Club. In fact these brave – if not reckless – Officers acquitted themselves quite well, and the evening was adjudged another thoroughly enjoyable occasion and a fitting end to the year's programme.

Christmas turkey gets stuffed Howard struggles against the odds
David Wilson spells out the carol singing routine Audience participation gets off to an uneven start
Alex Mackenzie is really taking his leadership role seriously The maestro at the keyboard
Everybody's getting in the mood now The President romps home in the final straight

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