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President Paul Harris 2005/06

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Alex Mackenzie

Highlights from the

Year 2006

Also on this page: Local school wins National Final | MP's visit to Club meeting | Musical Extravaganza | International Convention
Charter Dinner | Karlstadt-Arnstein visit | Golf Day & Sale | Darts Presentation | New President | Games Evening | Golf Match | Casino Night

Youth Speaks Competition 2006

Intermediate winners: Gt Walstead A

The 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 Simpson.

“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 were: ‘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 - Here today gone tomorrow.’

Senior winners: Oathall A

Winners of the Senior round were the Oathall College A team

District Final at Warden Park School Cuckfield

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 Thanks


Bishop Luffa School (Chichester) got the Best Chairman's award

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National Final Intermediate won by Great Walstead

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 demonstrate. 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 take part. It is a wonderful celebration of the achievement of those taking part.

In the Rotary year 2005 - 2006 and for the second time there were two RIBI finals: one was the Intermediate competition for those aged 11 to 14 years the other the Senior competition for those aged 15 to 18 years old. 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 a wonderfull testament to the capability of todays youth.

The winners

The winning Great Walstead team
with RIBI President Mike Webb

These were young people that any parent or school would be proud of. 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 given 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.

Local winners enjoy Rotary supper

Tucking in 

The 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 District rounds

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Local MP at joint meeting with Haywards Heath club

Without whips and press to inhibit him, the Hon Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid-Sussex, was able to speak freely and frankly to the combined meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Haywards Heath and Cuckfield & Lindfield on Friday 3 March at the local golf club. His talk stressed how much politics was constantly changing, and it was followed by questions from the floor – the wide range of which permitted Mr Soames to demonstrate his knowledge, experience, connections and not least, his robust sense of humour.

Mr Soames, Rod Wafer, Margaret Johnson

Mr 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.

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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 school.

The Orpheus players in rehearsal

The event raised over £6,000 for the Orpheus Centre. Pictured (left) Richard Stilgoe and the Apprentices in rehearsal and (right) the presentation of a cheque for the proceeds by the two club presidents.

The 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 people creative experiences, enabling them to discover and develop new skills and new expectations. Apprenticeships involve three-year placements for up to 25 young disabled people up to the age of 25. They work towards living independently in the community through an individually-designed and complex programme of daily living skills, performing arts and in helping with the running of the Orpheus Centre.

Presentation of the cheque to Richard Stilgoe
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Club represented at International Convention

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 and Barbara.

During the Convention they enjoyed home hospitality from members of the Rotary Club of Lund-Dalby in Sweden.

Cameron Sharp, Mike Webb & Malcolm WykesIt's the way the Swedish President tells 'em

Pictured are the Cuckfield & Lindfield members together with (left) Mike Webb, President of RIBI, whom they met at the Bella Center in Copenhagen where the major events were held, and (right) the Lund-Dalby President Sven Karlen.

The party travelled by road through the Low Countries and Germany before continuing their holiday touring Denmark before the return journey home.

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Charter Dinner 2006

DG Ian SwalesDavid Wilson, PHFTrevor Clapp, PHF

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 the Club.

Entertainment after the dinner was provided by Lindsay Field and Mick Rose. Also pictured below: the Club's four Paul Harris Fellows: David Wilson, John Davey, Malcolm Wykes and Trevor Clapp.

Lindsay FieldMick RosePaul Harris Fellows
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Visit of Karlstadt-Arnstein

A 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 & Lindfield club.

On Friday evening they travelled on the Bluebell Line train from Sheffield Park to 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 King's 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 Geldern.


Trevor 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 attractions.

Getting together at Sheffield Park stationJust waiting for the next trainTop o' the shop at Lewes Castle
Presidential greetingsResponse & translationWebmaster gets a drink at lastReeds, von Gelderns, Sharps, Grumpps & Wendy Sawyers
Grampps, Mackenzies, Sharps, Upfill-Browns & Peter ReindlElisabeth Merklein, Boskers & WykesHancocks, Dews, Petershofens, Robinsons & Clapps
Ready for the offUp and overPause for breath
Barbara Wykes with Elisabeth & Wolfgang MerkleinLunchtime at The FarmersGunther Petershofen with Bernard & Norma Jarvis
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Golf Day & Equipment Sale

Golf Equipment Sale 2006Golf day winnersThe equipment on display

In June 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 St 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 the sale for the St Peter & St James Hospice, Wivelsfield. Pictured above: some of the Club golfers (left) and the sale about to begin (right)

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Darts Marathon Competion 2006

More records were broken in the Club's 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.

The Royal British 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 Toomer’s B team. They played at the Sloop, which won the new trophy for the venue with the highest amount of sponsorship, totalling £1,885.

Darts Prizewinners 2006

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 charity fund. Also represented were the four main charities which received substantial donations from the proceeds of the event.

In the photo, front row from the left, Rosie Wyer of St Peter & St James Hospice, Jo Hedges of Court Meadow School, Winkie Grundon for Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice and Norma Speller of Headway Trust, together with Club President Paul Harris and the winners of the competition.

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New President installed

Alex Mackenzie takes over

President Paul Harris hands over the chain of office to incoming President Alex Mackenzie at the meeting on 27 June 2006


Alex Mackenzie of Haywards Heath became President from 1 July 2006

Until 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 golf (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 and recently become a proud grandfather for the second time. He joined the Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield in 2000.

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Games Evening at Birchen House

Keith Buckle's stylish deliveryCameron Sharp dishes it outAllegedly the winning team

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, croquet and bagatelle were among the pursuits on offer. The winning team for something or other are pictured (right).

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James Beacon surrenders the trophy

Annual Golf Match

The annual challenge golf match with the Rotary Club of Haywards Heath was held at Haywards Heath Golf Club on 26 October 2007.

This time the trophy returned to its rightful owners and the picture shows the losing club's Vice-President James Beacon doing the gentlemanly thing.

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Casino Night down Wivelsfield way

Getting ready to rollDeirdrie's in chargeJoan Harper's taking this pretty seriously
Give them a good shake, David
Almost 100 members and friends joined the party at Wivelsfield Village Hall on Friday 1 December 2006 to enjoy 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 Cameron Sharp and Brian Davey. The whole show was masterminded by Alan Bray and his team.

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