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Alan Bray

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Barry Reed

Highlights from the

Year 2013

Also on this page: Marie Curie collection | Youth Speaks 2013| Cuckoo Fair | Lindfield School Cake | Cutty Sark tour | Youth Speaks 2014 | National Railway Museum visit | Christmas fun


President's Drinks

The party gets started

President Alan Bray and Marion entertained members and guests to drinks and nibbles at the Redwood Centre Haywards Heath on Saturday 12 January. Also included in the party were some former members of the Club.

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Marie Curie

Brave Rotarians donned daffodil hats and yellow tabards to collect money from passers-by in Cuckfield on Saturday 2 March. They would like to thank the generous people of Cuckfield for helping them to raise over £200 for the very worthwhile Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

Who's that under the big hat?

Marie Curie nurses care for terminally ill people, both in their own homes and in hospices across the UK.

Club members even think it is fun to stand on a cold street, on a Saturday morning, dressed-up as a daffodil.

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Youth Speaks

The teams in competitionThe winning Ardingly team

Oathall Community College was the chosen venue for 10 schools from Sussex and Surrey, when they came together to contest Rotary’s “Youth Speaks” competition, in which schools have a chance to showcase their skills in public speaking before a large audience of VIPs, friends and seasoned adjudicators.

After a tightly fought round of debates in the senior section (ages 14 to 17), the decision of the adjudicators was eagerly awaited and it went to Mid-Sussex school Ardingly College, represented by Juliet Frost, Hazel Chon (Chair) and Jenya Morrice (Vote of thanks). Read the full report

Bill Cormie confers with the PresidentThe Judges' verdict is announcedDistrict Governor speaks

Bill Cormie seeks a little advice from the President

The verdict of the judges is revealed

The District Governor sums up

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Club's coconut shy at the Cuckoo Fair 2013

The Cuckoo Fair gets under way

“Don’t be shy, roll up and win a coconut,” was the cry at the Cuckoo Fair on the May Bank Holiday. There was always a queue at the ever-popular coconut shy as throwers, young and old, went away with 150 coconuts.

Also at the stand was a free-entry prize competition for a beautiful hamper supplied by Field & Forrest of Lindfield. Contestants had to answer eight questions (the answers for which were on a display) about Rotary International and the local club. The hamper was won by Sarah Moss of Cuckfield.

Queueing up to throwChris Kinnear hard at itA your thrower tries his luck

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Lindfield Primary School Children Help To Fight Polio

Pupils of Silver Birch Class hand over a cheque

Two boys in the Silver Birch class (Year 3) at Lindfield Primary School came up with a great fund-raising idea - a cake sale. They organised their parents to provide delicious cakes to sell to the Key Stage 2 children at break-time and raised a magnificent £62.

Year 3 pupils are learning about Africa and the children found out that Polio is a disease which affects many children in the world. At a school assembly, led by Haywards Heath Rotary Club, the children had been made aware of the “Focus on the Crocus” and “Purple Pinkie” campaigns which not only raised money, but also public awareness of the Polio Eradication programme.

As the school is in Lindfield the children decided to donate the money via the local Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield. The cheque was presented to Club President Alan Bray by Doug Bain at the school after lunch on 23 May. Mr Bray told the children that the Club was so impressed with their efforts that it had decided to match the £62, pound-for-pound, making a total of £124 altogether.

Doug Bain said “We would like to say a big thank you to our Mums and Dads for supplying the cakes which will provide the oral polio vaccine for 248 children.”

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Visitors from
here again

Cuckfield & Lindfield and Karlstadt-Arnstein Rotarians toured the good ship Cutty Sark during a trip to London when our German friends came over for another enjoyable weekend in the summer.

Starting the tour by the bow

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Youth Speaks for the 2014 Trophy

The opening round of Rotary's public speaking competition for schools opened locally on 19 November at Great Walstead School Lindfield.
Three teams took part in each of the Intermediate and Senior sections, from Ardingly College, Ardingly Prep, Great Walstead School and Oathall Community College.

Intermediate winning team Senior winning team

The winning Intermediate team, Ardingly Prep, with
Gordon Marples, Chairman, Mid-Sussex District Council


The winning Senior team, Ardingly College,
with Councillor Gordon Marples who presented the prizes.

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Anniversary excursion oop north

The assembled party on siteBrian Hay and David Wilson posing

With John Davey's 75th birthday as an excuse, a Club party of 14 members journeyed up north early on 1 November to spend the day at the National Railway Museum in York, drooling over iconic steam engines of our glorious industrial yesteryear, conducted all the while by Frank Paterson, British Rail North Eastern's last manager and member of the Rotary Club of York.

John on his big birthday

Birthday boy

The day's events also included a walking tour of the historic city, lunch at the monthly meeting of the York Rotary Club and bevvies at the bar of the York Tap, a much-loved and respected hostelry still part of the mainline railway station. A grand day out, by all accounts. Pictured left: the group (on the starting blocks by the look of things, and right, Brian Hay and David Wilson HK fronting the Mallard engine.

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He's behind you . . .

Audience enthralledThespians follow a star

John Davey masterminded – for want of a better word – the Club's entertainment at its Christmas party supper on 17 December. Above left: the audience gripped by the seasonal drama, and right: Peter Allen waits patiently for John to find his place in the script, or the route to the star, or something like that.

Next up, John presented his own version of the radio panel game Call My Bluff, with the help of three unsuspecting members of Inner Wheel. Below left: Members of the audience vote true or false, and right: Barbara Wykes, Sally Dew and Sue Landauer disclose the correct answers.

Audience participationBluff called

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