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President Ivan Grundon 2004/05

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Year 2005

Paul Harris

On this page: President's New Year Walk | Tsunami Disaster Collection | Burns' Night | Youth Speaks | Centenary Conservatory | Centenary Supper | Charter Dinner | Darts Marathon
Ten-pin Bowling | Racing at Plumpton | ... another Charter dinner ... | Novi Sad visit | The July President's Walk | District Conference 2005 at Torquay | DG's visit
Club visit to Bruges | Past Presidents' lunch | Golf trophy | Jazz Evening | Christmas collections | Christmas Tree Festival | President's Drinks | Christmas Party

First Club Event in 2005

President's Walkers

The first event in the new year of 2005 was the President's Walk led by Jon Martin on Sunday morning, 2 January. The weather was crisp and bright, which is more than can be said for some of the Club members on the walk. Afterwards the whole party retired to the Bent Arms in Lindfield for beers and sarnies, as you do.
Later, some members went on to Plumpton to collect at the race meeting for victims of the recent tsunami disaster in southern Asia. This collection alone raised another £4,000 for relief funds.

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A Shelter Box

Tsunami Disaster Collections

Pictured (left) is typical Rotary Shelter Box. Over 1000 shelter boxes have been sent through RIBI to SE Asia so far. Each Shelterbox contains a tent, water, a cooking facility and sleeping bags for ten people.

Richard Toomer, James Robb & John Simpson An aqua box being put to work

(left) After collecting £4,000 from race-goers at Plumpton on Sunday 2 January, Club members were out in force again in the streets of Cuckfield and Lindfield on Saturday 8 January.
(above) An RIBI aquabox in operation.

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John Jory in full flow

Joint meeting with Haywards Heath to hear MSDC Chief Executive

John Jory, Chief Executive of Mid-Sussex District Council, spoke to members at a joint meeting with the Haywards Heath club at the Haywards Heath Golf Club on Burns' Night in January.

Before supper, the haggis was ceremonially piped in and then formally addressed by Club Vice-president Alex Mackenzie

Alex Mackenzie addresses trhe haggis

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First Round contestants

Youth Speaks: Round 1

The opening round of the
District 1250 Youth Speaks
public speaking competition was held at Walstead on 27 January, with two teams from Great Walstead School and one from Warden Park School.

(left) The three participating teams, with the Presidents of Haywards Heath and Cuckfield & Lindfield in support, and (right) David Sawyer (Haywards Heath president) with the successful Great Walstead School team.

Great Walstead winners

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VIPs at the opening ceremony

Centenary Conservatory opened at Age Concern

President of RIBI Gordon McInally opened the new conservatory provided by members of the Club at the Age Concern premises in Haywards Heath on 3 February to mark the centenary of Rotary International
Pictured (left): Past President Trevor Clapp, President Ivan Grundon, District 1250 Governor Peter Nightingale,
RIBI President Gordon McInally
and Charles Boughton-Leigh of Age Concern

Handing the money over

(left): Presentation of the cheque fot the last instalment

(right): Some of the guests at the lunch afterwards; Paul Harris, RIBI President's wife Heather McInally, Joan Nightingale, Alex Mackenzie and Assistant District Governor David Langley

Other guests at the lunch

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Club Centary Supper to mark Rotary's 100 years

Meeting at the Bent Arms 22 February 2005

The Club's weekly meeting on Tuesday 22 February at the Bent Arms included one or two special touches in recognition of Rotary's one hundredth anniversary the following day.
Special guests attending included Carol Ann Slater of the St Peter & St James Home & Hospice and Norma Speller of Headway Hurstwood Park, two of the principal local charities supported by the Club regularly for many years.
The talk after supper was given by Ray Harper from the Rotary Club of Sussex Vale. Ray told the story of Rotary's founder Paul Harris, under the title "Known and yet unknown"

Carol Ann Slater from St Peter & St James Thanks from Norma Speller on behalf of Headway Ray Harper tells the story of Paul Harris

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Charter Dinner 2005

The 21st Charter Dinner of the Club was held at the Ravenswood, Sharpthorne, on 19 March.
After dinner and the speeches, members and guests were entertained by vocal and keyboard duo Lindsay Field and Mick Rose. Following the President's stylish lead, a spontaneous outbreak of dancing rounded off another enjoyable evening.

District Governor Peter Nightingale

The District Governor proposes
the toast to the Club

President Ivan Grundon

President Ivan Grundon responds
and toasts the guests

 Lindsay Field & Mich Rose
Haywards Heath President David Sawyer

President David Sawyer
responds for the guests

 We're in the mood for dancin'

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7th Marathon Darts Competition

Paul Harris and Barry Reed count the dosh

The darts 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 year’s Darts Marathon.

Pictured left, Paul Harris and Barry Reed at the Victory Inn, Staplefield,
count out the cash collected for Court Meadow School,
— watched over by the landlord, his assistant and Brian Davey.

 Darts winners 2005

And above, 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 Mens)

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The Ten-Pin Bowling Challenge

Brian Davey, Alan Hancock, David Wilson and Jimmy RobbDavid Sawyer, Ralph Riley, Alan Jenkins and John WilliamsPeter Allen, Ivan Grundon, Michael Harper and Chris Bosker

It seems that during an earlier District ten-pin bowling competition, the Haywards Heath club noticed that their team scores were quite a bit better than those of Cuckfield & Lindfield. Having suffered an almost endless run of defeats in 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.


On 9 March two teams from each side met. Cuckfield & Lindfield might easily have won, but there were some wild accusations of foul play which set the side back somewhat. It is believed the official result was a victory for Haywards Heath, but in any event there is serious talk in Cuckfield & Lindfield circles of a ban on foul play and the institution of a coaching plan. This competition may be worth watching.

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Parading in the Ring 

Racing at Plumpton

President views the field

... and another long-standing feature of the Club's 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.

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... and at another Charter dinner ...

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 1040) at Bertie's Banqueting Suite in Elland, West Yorkshire. They are pictured (right) together with Sowerby Bridge President Roger Booth. Malcolm Wykes was a 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 this occasion.

 Malcolm Wykes, Gordon McInally & Roger Booth

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Return Visit by Novi Sad

Novi Sad guests and hosts

Following the visit by Cuckfield & 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 musical 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 Horsted Keynes, enjoyed fine dining with home hospitality on the Sunday evening, lunched the next day at the Old School Cuckfield, toured the Cuckfield Museum and went to the Cuckoo Fair. Finally they enjoyed a farewell dinner at the Haywards Heath Golf Club. Another highly successful Club exchange event.

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President's Walk

The 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 by Roger Sawyers.

 President's Walkers July 2005 

12 years on

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 complete).

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District Conference at Torquay 2005: look who's in town!

Twenty-six Club members and wives turned out in style for the District Governor's Chigago-theme evening
at the District 1250 Conference in Torquay in late September.

As ugly a bunch of gangsters as you've seen ...

That's President Paul Harris with the wicked leer and the violin case;
that's Bugsy Hay in the fancy garb.
The others you really don't want to know about.

Don't mess with these gals ...

Look's like they're just back after another day at the shops

President Paul Harris & GillBrian Hay & JoyWebmaster under cover & B

The bar of the Grand Hotel was full of characters like this

Sally MackenzieMella Hopkins & Gonzales MackenzieHard man Jimmy Robb

Dinner in the hotel before setting off for the main event of the evening

Whatever has the President said to poor Jane?Barry ReadBernard Jarvis & David Brann

Oh you are naughty!

Snappy dresser, Barry

The heavy mob

Look this way, gals

Guests at the President's drinks party before the Gala Ball on Saturday evening

Joan Harper, Derek Hopkins & Valerie Clapp
Doreen looks on amazed at Ken Walker's latest theoryDrinks in the quiet room after the Gala dinnerAnd it's goodnight from Jan & DG Ian Swales

Gala Dinner on Saturday evening, end of story

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... and after all that,

DG Ian Swales 

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 caught him here in full flow, clearly warming to his theme.

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Happy tourists en route

Visit to Bruges in November

Early in November, Michael Harper's International Committee arranged a three-day trip to Bruges by coach and Eurotunnel.
A party of 23 members and wives enjoyed a throughly good time together wandering around the historic city of Bruges
(with one day devoted to the equally interesting town of Ghent), coupled with some fine dining and a comprehensive sampling of good Belgian beers.

Fine dining

A quiet moment on the coach driving through Belgium

If it was Thursday evening it was the Breydel-de Coninck in Burg

The first course can't be long nowThey like this restaurantExploring Brugge

Supper on Wednesday at the Belfort Restaurant in Markt

Another selection of diners at the Belfort

Joy Hay and Joan Harper doing some sight-seeing

Aperitifs in the hotel barChoosing the right bottlePart of the cutural tour of Ghent on Thursday

A few snifters in the bar of Martin's Hotel before supper

This is a very important moment when
the Mackenzies & the Harpers are about to dine

Most of the party went to look round Ghent on Thursday.
This looks like a coffee stop or even something more serious.

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Past Presidents' Lunch

The second Past 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 wives.

A fine body of men

The 17 Past Presidents:
(back row) Keith Buckle, John Craik, Tom Upfill-Brown, Derek Hopkins, Ivan Grundon, Cameron Sharp, James Robb, John Gratwick, David Wilson, Trevor Clapp, Brian Hay, David Brann, Malcolm Wykes (front row) John Davey, Ken Walker, Norman England, Bernard Jarvis

Spot the Past Presidents

Carole & Cameron Sharp and friends

Another bunch on this table

Tom Upfill-Brown with Jill and others

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Golf trophy returns to Cuckfield & Lindfield

The two presidents exchange the trophy

Cuckfield & Lindfield's golfers regained the trophy 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 afterwards.

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Jazz Evening at Wivelsfield

The evening gets under wayBrian Hay pays attentionSay Cheese demo
George's Regis Jazz Band on stageDavid Jenkins gets in the moodAre you dancin'?

Jazz Night was another successful Brian Davey promotion for members and friends at Wivelsfield Village Hall on 25 November.
George's Regis Jazz Band got feet tapping and Cameron Sharp produced a delicious supper.
Fine Sussex cheeses were introduced by Eleanor and David Robins of Say Cheese of Lewes.

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Christmas collections in Cuckfield and Lindfield

Alex checks it's the right moneyJohn Davey, Roger Sawyers (supervising) & Norman England

Our brave boys were out on the village streets again in the run-up to another Christmas, collecting for local and Rotary charities

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The Inner Wheel tree

Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival

The third Christmas Tree Festival was held in the Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield on 10/11 December, displaying more than 70 trees beautifully decorated by organisations 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 all things nice)

The Rotary Club tree

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President's Christmas Drinks

The party gets under wayIt's buzzing now

President Paul Harris entertained Club members with seasonal refreshments
at the Age Concern rooms in Haywards Heath on Saturday 17 December.

The President welcomes his guestsThe President of Inner Wheel has a wordAlex Mackenzie says thanks

(left) A few words of welcome from the President; (centre) Inner Wheel Club President Valerie Clapp adds a comment;
(right) President-elect Alex Mackenzie expresses everyone's thanks for a splendid event.
With his annual auction of gaudy Christmas ties (version 2) John Davey raised another £400 for Rotary Foundation. Brilliant!

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Big Chief tells Deputy Dog what's what

Club's Christmas Supper (and Party)

The last Club meeting before Christmas is a fun night. Well, that's what some say. (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).

Is this the Christmas spirit or what?

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