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Geoff Dew

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Alan Bray

Highlights from the

Year 2012

Also on this page: Age UK Presentation | Further help for Nepal | Youth Speaks National Win | New member inducted
Darts Marathon | Lindfield Village Day | Exchange visit to Franconia | Evening with the Scouts
The Events Tent arrives | Youth Speaks 2012-13 | Lindfield Shopping Night | Plumpton Races

President's Drinks

Trevor Clapp offers a few tipsThe party in full swingAlan Hancock & Colin Griffiths reminisce

President Geoff Dew and Sally entertained members and guests to drinks and nibbles at the Redwood Centre Haywards Heath on Saturday 7 January

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Chilled out at the Age UK Redwood Centre

President Geoff Dew makes the presentation

President Geoff Dew makes the presentation to Johanne Hodgkinson, Centre Co-ordinator, supported by Lilian Constable, Joan Palmer and Doreen Lowes, together with Club Past President Trevor Clapp


The Club helped to complete the refurbishment of Age UK's Redwood Centre in Haywards heath by donating a large chiller cabinet to the local organisation. Whilst there are full meals available at lunchtime, the chiller enables members to enjoy a snack or refreshing cool drink whenever they want.

The association between the two organisations has existed for many years, to the benefit of area's seniors citizens. The Club funded the construction of the conservatory which gives Age UK members the opportunity to enjoy the views of the park, even on cold winter days. In return the Club uses the function room for social events, in particular when entertaining guests from their international partner clubs.

Age UK at Haywards Heath is very active in providing a range of activities and services at the Redwood Centre, located alongside Clair Hall, plus trips out and holidays.

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Establishing early learning for Nepal poor

Supporting the work in Nepal

David Wilson and Alan Dearden present a cheque for £1,000 to Meyrav Mor for her trip to Nepal

Meyrav Mor had already established a school for 3 to 6 year-olds in Kathmandu, which is flourishing with local staff 15 years later.

She has now been requested to research the situation of early learning in the remote, mountain district of Humla, in north-western Nepal in June. This is with a view to formulating a curriculum which marries local culture with education. The Club paid for her £1,000 air fares.

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Local pupils scoop national title

Youth Speaks 2012 won by Oathall

The happy winners

After the winning presentation in the national final at Wrexham, Geoff Dew hands the trophy to Daniel Kingdom, Andrew Pearcy and Tom Hother.
Headmaster Edward Rodriguez is far left on the back row and Bill Cormie is far right.

From the Mid-sussex Times, 30 April 2012:

IF proof were needed that Oathall Community College instills confidence and self-belief in its pupils, it came in bucket-loads at the weekend when students triumphed at a national speaking competition.

The Haywards Heath secondary school’s team of Tom Hother, Andrew Pearcy and Daniel Kingdom beat off fierce competition from teams across the UK to become the national winner of ‘Youth Speaks’.

The event, organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland was held in Wrexham on Saturday 28 April 2012.

The Oathall team was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield and represented the South East against six other regional finalists in the senior section of the competition.

The boys performed last but were undaunted by the high standard of earlier presentations.

Their subject, ‘Health and Safety: Strangling Common Sense?’, was laced with humour and included a real-life example of a burglar who had fallen through the roof of his victims’ home, only to seek legal action against the householders for the injuries he sustained.

Bill Cormie, chairman of youth activities for the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield said: “All the teams were very talented to have reached the final. You’ve got to have confidence, be passionate about the subject and work as a team. Each team did some of those things but Oathall did all of them well.”

In addition to the first team place, Tom Hother, a keen drama student, was awarded the trophy for Best Speaker and Oathall’s head boy, Daniel Kingdom received the trophy for Best Vote of Thanks.

Speaking for the team, Tom Hother said: “We are really grateful to Rotary for the opportunity. This has been a great experience and we are incredibly proud to have represented Oathall and to have contributed to the college’s success.

“At every round of the competition we gained experience and self-belief; we’ve learnt that being confident and working as a team makes all the difference when it comes to connecting with an audience and answering challenging questions.”

Proud head teacher, Edward Rodriguez said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the college and for the team.”

Geoff Dew, President of the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield described the boys’ outstanding performance as “thoroughly polished.”

Each year, hundreds of young people take part in the local and regional events that culminate in the national final. Oathall’s win is another feather in the cap for local Rotarians, who sponsored Great Walstead school to victory in the intermediate competition in 2006.

Guests at the Bent Arms

Club members entertained Oathall's winning team, their parents, English teacher and Headmaster to supper at the Bent Arms in Lindfield on Tuesday 29 May.

The team does a lap of honour

After supper the boys gave a repeat performance of their winning presentation, another very impressive display of their burgeoning skills.

Tom Hother presents his case

Time then for President Geoff Dew to hand over the Club's
prize certificates and medals.

Enjoying another moment of glory
The Oathall team & supporters

The winning team and their Oathall supporters

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The Presidents inducts the new member

New member introduced
to the Club

On the same evening that the Club entertained the Oathall team and supporters to supper at the Bent Arms, President Geoff Dew inducted Jaime Wallden as a member.

The Club now has 44 members, all dedicated to the Rotary motto – Service above Self.


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Sponsored Darts Marathon

This popular and well established event was concluded in June 2012 for the fourteenth consecutive year – in excess of £100,000 has been raised by the Cuckfield & Lindfield Club over this period through this competition for local and other charities. The Club’s experience has indicated that the demand for funding charities continues to reach ever increasing financial heights – locally, nationally and internationally.

For this local event this year, the Club has supported St. Peter & St. James Hospice North Chailey, and Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice near Arundel, together with other charities supported by Rotary.

At the entertaining and very successful Presentation Evening, arranged with Andy and Linda Jones and held at the Horsted Club Horsted Keynes, representatives from the two hospices were presented with a cheque for £5,500 each.

The Club made a profit of around £15,000 for their charities together with just over £2,000 raised by some event participants for their own charities.


The 2012 Winners

Attended by over 100 event participants, guests and Club members and wives, the prizes for 2012 were presented at the annual Presentation Evening and the winners were:

Ladies: The Crown Inn, Newick. Sponsored by: Derek Hopkins, Past President of the Club

Gentlemen: The Crown Inn, Newick. Sponsored by: Bakers Timber Buildings, Bolney Grange Business Park

Mixed: Ansty Sports & Social Club. Sponsored by: Savills, Estate Agents, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath

Highest Sponsorship: Brooks Braithwaite (Sussex) Ltd, Haywards Heath. Sponsored by: Bentleys, Chartered Certified Accountants, South Road, Haywards Heath

Coconut Shy at Lindfield Village Day 2012

The crowd builds upParading down the High Street

Lindfield Village Day 2012: (Left) The crowds start to arrive; (Right) Inner Wheel flies the flag down the High Street

Ready for the start

The Club coconut shy is a regular feature at community events in Cuckfield and Lindfield – such as village days and the Cuckoo Fair.

Saturday 2 June 2012 turned out to be a fine warm and sunny day (contrary to the more gloomy weather forecast) and Lindfield Village Day formed an integral part of a great weekend of celebrations marking the Queen's 60th Anniversary Jubilee.

As usual the Club's coconut shy was one of the many successful stands on the Lindfield village common – and it had a record take. More importantly it gave pleasure to the many children (and adults sometimes) who had a shy during the afternoon.

Tom Upfill-Brown cashiering/restingA young punter tries his hand

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Summer visit to Franconia

At the end of June five members and their wives made the biennial visit to the Rotary Club of Karlstadt-Arnstein, about 100 km east of Frankfurt.

After a reception on arrival, the visitors were entertained by non-hosting Rotarians at dinner parties.

Saturday saw the party boarding a large raft to float down the River Main for four hours. A tasting of local Franken wines was interspersed with local snacks and the entertainment was provided by a compere with lots of German jokes, some of which translated very well.

A hog roast of wild boar was the main dish at a jolly evening barbecue which ended just in time before a dramatic thunder storm. Sunday morning was free time with visitors' hosts.

David Wilson and Ellie were shown round Würtzberg, in particular the Residenz, which is second only, in splendour to the Palace of Versailles. This was followed by a tasting of more local Franken wines and food at a restaurant nearby

Raft on the MainHappy sailors

Oone of the highlights of the Club visit was a raft cruise along the River Main to Gerlachshausen – pictured above (left) the flower-bedecked raft, and (right) some of the happy passengers, foremost President Geoff Dew and Sally.

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Annual get-together with Lindfield Scouts

Scouts' presentations

On 2 October, as customary now, Club members joined the Lindfield Scouts in their hut for an evening of presentations and bangers & mash.

Explorer scout Jack Hagger (centre) talked about his Tall Ships Youth Trust voyage on the brig Stavros S Niarchos, and Georgia Maddock (left) gave a presentation on her five-day Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) course at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Box Hill, in April. Georgia received from President Alan Bray the David Jenkins Medal, a new award made by the Club in memory of former member the late Dr David Jenkins.

Also pictured: Andrew Pearcy (second left), a 2011 RYLA course participant and chairman of the Oathall College team which won the national finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition this year. The evening was hosted by Jeremy Pearcy (second right), Chairman of the 1st Lindfield Scout Group

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Youth Speaks: Send her victorious!

The Ardingly College winners

Ardingly College's winning team in the Senior section – (left to right) Jenya Morrice, Juliet Frost, Hazel Chon with Alan Bray, President Cuckfield & Lindfield Rotary Club, Councillor Will Blunden, Chairman Lindfield Parish Council, Councillor Gordon Marples

The Great Walstead winners

Great Walstead's winning team in the Intermediate Section (left to right) Councillor Gordon Marples, Poppy Phelps, Florence Merrett and Luca Williams

Details about opportunities for young people can be obtained from Bill Cormie, Youth Activities, Cuckfield and Lindfield Rotary Club. Telephone 01444 482780

If the audience at this year’s Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition for schools thought they were going to witness a celebration of the Queen’s achievements in her Jubilee Year, they could not have been more mistaken. Speaking for Great Walstead, Luca Williams pressed home his main point, which was all about “sending HER victorious,” a skilfully articulated argument in favour of the first-born child of a monarch succeeding to the throne regardless of sex.

As one of three teams representing Great Walstead in the intermediate section for 11 to 13 year-olds, Luca, together with Florence Merrett (Chair) and Poppy Phelps (Vote of thanks) took first place to go into the next round of the national competition. Florence was voted Best Chair. Willemijn Paul, also from Great Walstead took the prize for Best Speaker with her perceptive observations on “Do people fulfil their potential?” Ardingly Prep had two teams in the competition and their Tabitha Anderson came out on top with the Best Vote of Thanks.

In the Senior section, Juliet Frost from Ardingly College expertly tackled the paradoxes associated with “New paradigms in Art.” With a beautifully structured speech, Juliet illustrated how tastes change over time by quoting from William Wordsworth’s “Daffodils,” - poorly reviewed by his contemporaries in 1807 but now one of the best-loved poems in the English language.

Juliet took the Best Speaker award in the Senior section for 14 – 17 year-olds. Her Chair, Hazel Chon was Best Chair and with Jenya Morrice (Vote of thanks) they are through to the next round. The adjudicators said they were particularly impressed by the way that Hazel and Jenya spoke, as English is their second language. The award for Best Vote of Thanks went to Morwenna Richard from Warden Park Academy.

Awards to the teams were presented by Councillor Gordon Marples, Vice-Chairman of Mid-Sussex District Council, who said that the inspiring results on the evening were a tribute to the hard work put in by all of the teams and their teachers.

Alan Bray, President of Cuckfield & Lindfield Rotary Club, said, “We are delighted to have had 10 teams competing this year, - a record for us and no doubt inspired by Oathall’s win in the National Competition last year. But it’s not just about numbers, the standards were very high and we can look forward to more success in the future. Once again it shows what a wealth of young talent there is when it comes to public speaking. We are delighted we can help develop their confidence and skills in this way.”

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Lindfield Village Shopping Night

The Club stall in action

Club members had another busy time when the Lindfield Shopping Night took place in the High Street on Tuesday 4 December.

John Davey looks happy, anywayRoll up, roll up!The cossacks are here

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Plumpton Race meeting 17 December

At the Plumpton Christmas Race Meeting on 17 December the Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield raised £600 for St Peter and St James Hospice. A choir comprised of the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield, with the aid of a few bass and tenor voices from Rotarians, sang carols to entertain before the race.

The Landauers have turned upWendy Sawyers drives the choir on

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