Film evening raises £1500
for Woodlands Meed School
Butcher's Foundation Committee ran another successful 100-seat sell-out
silent film show evening (with supper, and for the seventh time)
at Queen's Hall Cuckfield with the Buster Keaton 1927 masterpiece The
(pictured left) some of the members and guests
down to watch the film.
Woodlands Meed opened in
September 2012 as a
new Foundation Special School for Mid Sussex.
The new school was formed through amalgamating two previous special schools,
Court Meadow and Newick House School. The Club has been giving Court Meadow
school support regularly both financial and with manpower since
at least 1993.
(right) At the Club meeting on 1
April, Dr Janet
While presented the David Jenkins Medal to Dominic Buglass. The medal is
in memory of former member the late Dr Jenkins and Dominic was sponsored as
Club's RYLA participant last year.
David Jenkins Medal
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Wednesday 16 April 2014
Natasha Kaplinsky was the star of
the match, although her team narrowly lost to that led by her husband, Justin
Bower. We should have thrown faster in the first half, her team
remarked. The scores were Team Justin 14,671 points, Team Natasha 14,296
a close thing.
The main winners were the two
charities: St Peter
& St James Hospice and Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice.
Representatives from the charities conducted a collection around the
in the Inn on the Green at Scaynes Hill where the event was held.
teams were sponsored by local businesses: Mansell McTaggart, Strawberry
Finance, ODT Solicitors, PDP Electrical and St James Place. A total of
£700 was raised for the charities.
At the end of the evening, the winners were presented with a bottle of wine
each and the losers got a bottle of beer.
Denovo Flowers, was presented to a beaming Natasha who complimented the
Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield on raising in excess of £100,000 with
the Darts Marathon over the last 10 years. Said Natasha, It is
to be able to help these very worthwhile causes while having such fun at the
Justin Bower's team seem to have enjoyed it
going to believe this, Ray . . . .
St Peter & St James representatives with
Justin's team shows some style
Pull the other one, John . . .
Some nice words from Natasha to close the evening
Just admire the quality of Natasha's
Club members visit the
in Bristol docks
Flushed with the
success of his birthday trip to the National Railway Museum at York last
John Davey led another Club outing this year this time to see the SS
Great Britain in dock at Bristol.
the group huddles somewhat damply during one of the midday showers whilst
waiting for the first of three ferries to get the party from the centre of
to the ship. After lunch at The Cottage Inn, the rest of the afternoon was
happily spent going over the fine old vessel on a self-guided
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The great ship
Lots to see around
By the huge propellor
A view of the stern
Luggage lined up to go
The Club welcomes
the new member
June at the Bent Arms, President Barry Reed inducted new member Kirsty
Perryman-Best and Club members welcomed her warmly with a suitable
Darts Marathon presentation
NEARLY A HALF MILLION points (actually
449,283) were scored by
the 26 teams who played in this years DARTS MARATHON. The champions
MEN Ansty Sports & Social Club 31,022 points; WOMEN Horsted
Keynes Stoolball Club 25,612 points; MIXED Ansty Sports & Social
Club 29,712 points; and the HIGHEST SPONSORSHIP raised was by Barclays Spread
The highlight of this
years competition was the Celebrity Darts Marathon where Natsha
Kaplinskys team challenged that led by her husband, Justin Bower. The
venues used were pubs and clubs around the district, but the Club would
especially like to thank the Bent Arms, Lindfield and The Crown, Newick for
sponsoring prizes, and the Horsted Club for hosting the Presentation
Many of the teams were represented there to receive their
certificates and to cheer the winners, who each received a cheque for
£100. The total amount raised by sponsorship and the programme was
£12,640. Many of the sponsors gift-aided their donations which could
bring in another £2,000.
On the night the Club presented two
cheques for £4,000 to representatives from St Peter & St James
Hospice and Chestnut House Childrens Hospice. The remainder of the
proceeds were retained in the Clubs charity account to be used for
deserving causes as they arise. It should be noted that 100% of money raised
the Club is redistributed. Recently supported are the Air Ambulance, the new
Cancer Centre at Brighton Hospital, the Somerset Levels Flooding and Shelter
Boxes for international disasters.
Letters from Blackthorns' pupils
This week in July saw the last of the Rotary Dictionaries presented to
the six local junior schools. In all, 200 dictionaries were delivered to a
variety of 10 to 11 year old pupils in either their last or penultimate
year before going on to secondary education.
Blackthorns there were 35
pupils in year 5 for dictionaries, some
of whom were also part of the Rotary Reading classes. At a tea-time
event for all those who helped Blackthorns this year, letters from year
5 were given to the Club to say thank you for the dictionaries and for the
All the letters were interesting, charming in their simple open
descriptions and reflect well on the various writers. A few of them are
reproduced in this document.
John Davey writes . . .
No-one seriously believes that the hundreds of books that we
present each year as a gift to Primary school children in our area will live
to their title and last a lifetime, but perhaps such an expectation would be,
in any case, a misinterpretation of the name Dictionary 4
I much prefer to think that this project
an aim in common with all the other New Generation Rotary projects to
provide ways whereby young lives can be better prepared to take their place
useful and responsible members of adult society.
The story of Endal
Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled
men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Civilian Emergency
Allen Parton, author of the marvellous story
Allen's remarkable experiences with his ever-faithful companion Endal, kept
listeners spellbound when he talked to Club members and their partners at the
Lindfield Golf Club on 29 July.
On parade in Pompey
Once again an
intrepid band of
Club Rotarians roved
the country to inspect the heritage of the nation, when on 15 October John
Davey led his party to the dockyard at Portsmouth harbour.
attraction was the new Mary Rose exhibition building with its impressive
collection of marine artefacts on display alongside the huge and magnificent
Also visited during the day was the famous HMS Victory;
HMS Alliance, the only remaining World War II submarine. Another attraction
HMS Warrior, built in 1860, the world's first iron-hulled armoured
Another great day out.
Music for everyone
members and guests enjoyed a kaleidoscope of musical entertainment at a
concert in Wivelsfield Village Hall on 17 October, masterminded by Ray
First on was the Singout choir from St Augustine's
Primary School in Scaynes Hill (pictured right and below)
More than £1,400 was raised during the evening for local and
Rotary International charities.
entertainers during the evening included Fiona Hunnisett,
Franz Hepburn and accompanist Corin Roberts.
Tea at Woodlands Meed
The proceeds for last years Silent Film Night went to
Woodlands Meed School to fund several sculptures. They represent stylised
and are located at the college entrance and in the reception area.
In the photo on the right, former club member Brian Davey appears with Gillian
Perry, Head of College, sculpter Alun Heslop and two pupils. The event was a
small tea party, attended by David Butcher as Chairman of the Foundation
committee which organised the Silent Film Night. Scrummy cakes were all made
pupils with severe and multiple learning difficulties, aged 14 to 18
The fight against polio
POLIO has been
slashed from 350,000 cases in 1985 to just 149 cases this year. More than 10
million people are today walking who would otherwise have been paralysed by
disease, and over 1.5 million childhood deaths have been prevented. The
remaining cases are located where there are political problems, notably
Pakistan and Cameroon. Nigeria is becoming a success story with only 6 cases
far compared with 43 last year.
Bruce Aylsford (left), Head of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
for the WHO, thanked RI saying, This is truly Rotarys programme
which could not have been started or sustained to such a degree without
Rotarians around the world.
After nearly 20 years of hard effort,
raising an enormous amount of money and organising vaccination campaigns, it
difficult not to become a bit weary with it all. But we mustnt give up
until the disease is 100% eradicated once and for all, otherwise in ten years
time it will be back to 200,000 children a year being paralysed by
Woodside: Help for Bolnore village community
Club agreed to donate £500 for an item of kitchen equipment for the
Bolnore village ccommunity centre. The Woodside will be the main community
building for Bolnore, a village of over 2,000 people with no pub, cafe,
church hall, scout hut or other facilities. It is run by the community for the
community. Having waited 12 years for a flexible venue in which to organise
events, celebrations, meetings, classes, sports matches and a range of other
activities, the new community building, designed by London-based Milan Babic
Architects, will start to become the epicentre of village life when it opens in
We donated £500 which was used to purchase a 42 television
Cuckfield & Lindfield supports
provided a summary of their operations in response to the November 2013
Philippines typhoon. Their appeal raised £4.4 million from the UK and
They delivered 1513 Shelterboxes, together with over 5000
water filtration systems, solar lights, mosquito nets, tool kits, cooking
stoves, and Schoolboxes. Since November 2013 they have delivered disaster aid
to a further 14 countries.
Whats a Shelterbox?
It was a small charity started in Helston, Cornwall in 2000. The RC of
Helston-Lizard adopted it for their Millenium project and did a great job of
publicising it to RCs in the UK. The first consignment of 143 boxes was sent
Gujerat, India in January 2001. The charity grew dramatically, particularly
to the 2004 Tsunami and in 2005 it shipped 22,000 boxes. In total, to date
have delivered aid to 230 disasters in 90 different countries.
They always endeavour to deliver ShelterBox aid in the most effective way
possible. This can be by road, sea, air or a mix of all three. ShelterBoxes
packed and dispatched from their headquarters in Cornwall, UK. They have
of boxes stored in strategic locations across the globe including Dubai,
Singapore, Panama and Curacao to enable a rapid
The 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti,
killed over 200,000 people, and over a million people were left
A Haitian couple, who are known to a family in Bolney, took
a number of displaced children, and those who could not be reunited with
relatives are cared for by them. They are attempting to provide basic
education, as well as a home for them, and have subsequently started a school
for local children, in a country which still appears to be totally dependent
House is an accredited charity in Haiti and
has been adopted by the Primary School and community in Bolney. They have set
up a charity to provide funding, professional support, advice, and practical
help. This has been registered with HMRC and is awaiting Charity Commission
approval. In addition to running local fund-raising events for Haiti, they
organised collections of basics, such as underwear, school uniforms and
equipment, and have found circuitous routes to deliver it.
We had a very useful meeting with the two ladies who are organising the
Bolney effort, and will be strongly recommending that we support them.
with six others, including a doctor, they are again travelling to Haiti in
January, both to provide practical help (particularly setting up basic
records for all the children), and to assess what ongoing assistance can be
provided from here.
Toasting the new Mayor of Cuckfield
than 2,000 spectators lined the streets of Cuckfield as the Mayor's
snaked its way from Warden Park School to the village centre on 18 October.
Chris Kinnear's red sports car was a colourful entry in the line-up,
proclaiming on behalf of the Club "Having fun while doing good."
Inner Wheel too was well represented (Sue Landauer carried the