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President Alex Mackenzie

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

President Richard Hands

Highlights from the

Year 2007

Also on this page:  The kimono ... and Ten-pin | Valentines' Evening | Casino Night | Tramps' Supper | Past Presidents' Lunch | Rotary Santa at Handcross | And Christmas Tree at Cuckfield

Youth Speaks 2007

John Simpson opens the Competition
The first round of this popular competion at Ardingly College on 18 January 2007 was organised for District 1250 by Cuckfield & Lindfield and master-minded by John Simpson (left), Chairman of Youth Activities Committee.

Ten teams from local schools took part, five in the Intermediate section (ages 11-13) and five in the Senior section (14-17). The judging panel, chaired by John Davey, declared the winners to be Great Walstead School and Warden Park School respectively.
Pictured (right) are Mid-Sussex District Council Chairman Edward King – who presented the prizes – with the members of the Great Walstead and Warden Park winning teams, who now go on to compete in the District final at Lancing College on 5 February.

The winners on the night
Warden Park team & supporters
The second round took place at Lancing College on 5 February 2007.

The Warden Park Cuckfield team competed against seven other Sussex schools and put on a very creditable performance but did not finish among the top two. The winners on this occasion were Downlands Community School Hassocks and Sussex Downs College Lewes. Shown left, the team is backed by their teacher and President Alex Mackenzie with other Club members who gave their support on the night. Great Walstead got a bye into the Area Final at Charterhouse School Godalming on 3 March.

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The kimono ... and Ten-pin

Izumi Hiramoto

(left) Izumi Hiramoto, an Ambassadorial Scholar currently studying at the University of Sussex, was the guest speaker at the Club meeting on 30 January 2007. During the course of her talk, Izumi described the fashions and history of the kimono and demonstrated the art of wearing the garment with elegance and grace.

(right) The Club lost a hard-fought ten-pin bowling match to the Haywards Heath club at Crawley on 10 February. Here Alex Mackenzie presents the trophy to opposing skipper Nigel Vokes.

The trophy gos back

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Inner Wheel Valentine's Evening

Three lemons

Club members were guests of their wives at the Inner Wheel Club's Valentines' Evening Supper at Paxhill Park on 14 Februrary. Seen right: President Rosemary Hands flanked by President Alex Mackenzie and President-elect Richard Hands, and (left) winners of the booby-prize in the after-supper general knowledge quiz (no names ...). More pictures on the Inner Wheel Club pages

Rosemary between two thorns

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Casino Evening

At the tables

Following the success of the first Casino evening a year earlier, Barry Reed's Fund-raising Committee organised another Casino Fun Evening which was held in the Scaynes Hill Village Hall on 20 October. About 90 members and friends enjoyed supper prepared by Sally and Alex Mackenzie and then took to the roulette and blackjack tables. About £1000 was raised for the Club's charity funds.

Chefs breath a sigh of refliefMore punters

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Tramps' Supper

A right pair ...Which one is the real Mrs Butcher?Mike Kirk looks the partSupper borne triumphantly round the assembled throng
Chris Bosker ponders on whether that interesting lady in black could possibly be Moira Kinnear ... ?Would you believe, this is the Ladies' Evening top table?

Then on 30 October Brian Davey and his team somehow turned the Ladies' Evening into a Tramps' Supper. Some members needed little effort to appear as proper tramps ...

.... but others took advantage of the proximity of Hallowe'en to arrive by broomstick. After the suckling pig – cooked to a turn by Brian and his assistants – there was a magic performance on stage by the guest speaker.


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Past Presidents' Lunch

The Past Presidents

The 2007 Past Presidents' Lunch was held on Sunday 25 November at The Old School Cuckfield. All 19 Past Presidents who are still members of the Club were there with their ladies. This annual fixture took place for the first time four years ago, but this was the first occasion there was a full turnout. Usually at least somebody is on holiday, but not this time.

Luncheon is servedMore of the same

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Probably the Best Ho! Ho! Ho! In the District

Father Christmas at Country Gardens, Handcross (on the A23, half a mile north of the Warninglid junction) by courtesy of the Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December until Christmas a Rotarian Santa is on duty from 11am to 4pm, accompanied by a Rotarian elf or clown.

Each member has had to undergo training, which included memorising the names of the eight original reindeer. They also have to know the latest in kids' gismos & movies, for ages under three to over six – a challenging task indeed, but helpful in deciding present for grandkids. In return, Country Gardens are giving up a substantial share of the proceeds to charities supported by Rotary. This Christmas the main donation will be to the Sussex Air Ambulance.

Left to right: David Wilson, Tom Upfill-Brown, Gemma (Country Gardens)

Santa's in there somewhere

Cuckfield Christmas Tree

The Club was again allocated a tree at the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival. Chris Bosker and David Wilson made decorations and the tree was on show at Cuckfield church on the weekend of 8/9 December 2007.

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