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President George Ruse

The Rotary Club of
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Rotary International

Highlights from the

Year 2015

Also on this page:  Plumpton tombola | Hope House Haiti | New Business Directory | Duxford day out | Charter Dinner 2015 | Lindfield Village Day | Council Leader's visit
Roger Johnson joins us | Darts Presentations | President installed & new members| Charity golf cheque | Star speaker | Cuckfield parade 2015
Youth Speaks 2015 | Former President remembered | Young Kirsty presents Desert Island Discs | Inductions galore

Visit of Police & Crime Commissioner

The Commissionerand the President

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne addressed a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Haywards Heath and Cuckfield & Lindfield at the Haywards Heath Golf Club on 16 January 2015

above: President David Wilson checks to see the Comissioner is not going over her time limit

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Welcome to the Club

New member Judith

above: Judith Pratt of Lindfield is welcomed by President David Wilson of Cuckfield on her admission to membership in February 2015

Judith is a research professor
at the University of Strathclyde


Mike Kirk pulls them in

Mike Kirk entertains the visitors

Mike Kirk draws some likely punters in to the Club's tombola stand at the pre-Christmas Race Day at Plumpton in December 2014. It's the way he tells 'em

Hope House Haiti

The team from Haiti, with friends

Yvrose Ishmael told the Club in February about the work she and her husband do helping orphans and other children at the school they started known as Hope House in Haiti.
Pictured above: Yvrose and Pierre-Richard Ishmael, along with Emma Wasilyw of the Eight Bells Bolney, Leandra Hale (Chairman of Hope House Haiti UK), Richard Toomer and President-Elect George Ruse.

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Club's new Year Book

Year Book 2014

An innovation this year has been the compilation and issue of a new Business Directory, distributed widely throughout the area. The Year Book 2015 contains local maps to be given to house buyers or tenants new to the area.

Initially 13,000 copies are available for issue by local estate agents, and customers will be invited to make a small donation to help with the costs of production. And it raised well over £4,500 for Rotary charities.

Our thanks to Mike Harper, a former member of the Club, for his help in the production of this high-quality booklet and to all our advertisers who have generously supported it.

A few of the aircraft on displayA random selection of visitors on parade
The spoils of war

Boys' Day Out
at Aircraft Museum

Following successful days out at attractions in York, Bristol and Portsmouth arranged in recent years by John Davey (bottom left), Richard Toomer led a party of around a dozen Club members together with one or two assorted friends to the vast aircraft display at the Imperial War Museum's airfield at Duxford one fine day in April.

To round off a splendid day out, visitors were treated to an unexpected but exhilarating display of aerial skill by the pilots of two small planes who threw their craft around the sky with great abandon. A memorable sight.

A man of destinyOne that didn't get away

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Charter Anniversary Dinner 2015

Presidential welcomeGeoff Dew receives award
Mike Harper recognised

The highlight of the Club's Charter Anniversary Dinner on 15 May at the Hickstead Hotel was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to Past President and founder member Geoffrey Dew. Geoff has served the Club long and energetically at every level over the years and is a worthy recipient of Rotary's highest honour.

A second Paul Harris Fellowship was also awarded to Michael Harper, a former member of the Club, who has in recent years spent many hours helping the Club – particularly in the production of high-quality programmes, brochures and other items requiring expert desktop publishing skills.

President David Wilson of Cuckfield chaired the event with his customary aplomb. After dinner and the awards, musical entertainment was provided by the singing group No Strings attached.

No StringsWithout strings

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Lindfield Village Day 2015

Alex Mackenzie and Peter Stevenson on dutyMayor of Cuckfield looks interested

A regular feature at local village days continues to be the Club coconut shy, always a favourite with children, and often with mums and dads too.

Pictured (left) are Alex Mackenzie and Peter Stevenson supervising the efforts of a young hopeful, and (right) the Mayor of Cuckfield takes a shy.

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Council Leader's visit

Garry Wall tells it straight

Welcome, Roger

Roger welcomed by the President

Leader of Mid-Sussex District Council Gary Wall is almost a regular and certainly a welcome visitor to the Club. He once again addressed members at the first meeting in June and as usual exchanged forthright views with his appreciative audence.


Roger Johnson of Lindfield joined the Club in May. He is pictured receiving another welcome from President David Wilson at a slightly later meeting (no one had been quick enough to take a photo on the original occasion, which is why now we see Mike Kirk lurking here in the shadows).

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Darts Marathon 2015: winners and presentations

A bunch of winnersProud winners
The key players: the organisersMore winners

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Welcome the new President

New President

(left): George Ruse of Ardingly was installed by David Wilson of Cuckfield as the 32nd President of the Club on 30 June 2015 at the Bent Arms Lindfield

Settling in

(right): The President and President-elect Jaime Wallden accompanied by the next generation of Club members

Stars of the future

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Two Star Presentations and a warm Welcome

Jaime Wallden hands over the chequeGeorge ChandlerWelcome Sean Collins

At the Club meeting on 21 September (and in the absence of President George Ruse on holiday), Acting President Jaime Wallden presented Mark Gerken, 2015 captain of Haywards Heath Golf Club with a cheque for £1,500 donated to the golf club's charity Friends of the Kleinwort Centre.

At the same meeting, Jaime is shown here with star speaker of the evening, naval war veteran George Chandler who recounted some of his dramatic (and sometimes very entertaining) adventures in motor torpedo boats as part of the Coastal Forces of the Royal Navy during the second world war.

Shortly afterwards, President George Ruse had the pleasure of welcoming Sean Collins into Rotary membership.
Sean is a Director of two local companies and is a man of many talents. He is also a keen sportsman, excelling at tennis, football and poker, to name but a few.

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Collectors on parade

Cuckfield Mayoral Parade 2015

As usual, Club members gave good support to the parade following the election of the new Mayor of Cuckfield on 17 October. Roger Johnson's Skoda Yeti was suitably and colourfully decorated whilst members collected charity donations en route.

Pictured left: Bernard Jarvis, Roger Johnson (Community Service Chairman), Trevor Clapp, Alec Landauer, President George Ruse and Chris Kinnear.

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The winning Senior team

Youth Speaks 2015

The Club hosted the first round of the annual Youth Speaks competition at Ardingly College on 16 November. The Intermediate competition was won by Oathall College, Haywards Heath.

Left: the winning Senior team from Oathall College receive their certificate from Christine Field, Deputy Leader of West Sussex CC, and (right) Chris Jupp, Club Chairman of Youth Activities, with Mrs Field and the three adjudicators for the evening.

Officials and Judges

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Past President Richard Hands remembered

Thanksgiving order of servicePresident Richard HandsRichard Hands

On 17 November, members and friends joined in the service of thanksgiving and celebration of the life of Past President Richard Hands, who sadly died earlier in the month. Richard joined Cuckfield & Lindfield in 1988. He was appointed Assistant Secretary in 1989, Secretary in 1990, Chairman of Community Service in 1992, Speaker Secretary in 2001 and President in 2007, He also acted as Treasurer for four years from 2010 and was Assistant Treasurer in 2014.

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Desert Island Discs

Young Kirsty presents . . .Silence during the recording pleaseKirsty introduces her programme
Ray tells his story

A novel twist after supper on 1 December was a special edition of "Desert Island Discs."

Ray Major (left) chose his eight records for the desert island whilst being sympathetically interviewed by Young Kirsty (Kirsty Perryman-Best, right)

What record are you choosing next, Ray?
David Wilson wraps it all up

The whole evening's entertainment was master-minded and produced by David Wilson (left) who also acted as waiter (right) to serve the principals with welcome refreshment during the recording

Welcome refreshment oils the wheels

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An influx of new members — Welcome!

Five new members inducted

They may look solemn in this picture but they were all enjoying it immensely

Adrian WoodsUmesh Patel

Adrian Woods

Umesh Patel

Steve MinterHugh CastleIan Emmins

Steve Minter

Hugh Castle

Ian Emmins

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