How do we enjoy our Rotary
Cuckfield & Lindfield?
This report takes us back a few years now
but it gives an insight perhaps into the way the Club has
mostly continues to do so)
A look at just one Rotary Year: 2000/01
Fund Raising & Giving
The Club donated £1,200 to the National Osteoporosis
Society to enable the continued use of the mobile scanner operating
Most of this sum was raised during the Christmas street collections in
Cuckfield and Lindfield, supplemented by the sale of Christmas trees
by one of our members.
A donation of £500 was made to CHASE (the
Brighton-based children's hospice at Loseley Park) from the proceeds of a
collection by members at one of Brighton & Hove FC's home
Two aqua boxes funded by the Club were sent to San Salvador
and to Gujerat to help with relief operations in those devastated
A charity concert organised by members and held at Clair
Hall in Haywards Heath raised £1,150 for the St Peter & St
& Hospice at Wivelsfield, Headway Hurstwood Park at Newick and the
Neurone Disease Association.
The Club's major event of the Rotary
year was held at the race meeting at Plumpton on Easter Saturday. A
£4,400 was raised from race sponsorship, a raffle and a public
at the end of the meeting. This sum is to be donated to the St Peter
James Home & Hospice.
The annual Book Fair in King Edward's Hall Lindfield at the
beginning of May was another successful event and raised £2,000 for
Headway Hurstwood Park and other charities.
Members ran a coconut shy at the Cuckfield Fair in May and
again on Lindfield Village Day in June. This only raises a bit of money
adds to the variety and attraction of these popular local events.
Finally we completed another grand Darts Marathon
competition run by members in local pubs and clubs, making over
for our selected charities. The winners attended a prize-giving event in
at the Bull Inn, Newick.
Practical Help Locally
A number of members regularly provided weekly transport for
elderly people attending the Lindfield Autumn Club, and transport was
provided to bring some disabled people home from a holiday in Hayling
A Lindfield family suffering hard times and ill-health was
given special help at a time of crisis.
Members carried out painting and decorating work in rooms at
The Yews in Haywards Heath.
One of our members gave help to patients in the woodwork
shop at Headway Hurstwood Park, where members were also refurbishing the
shed. Another member sat on a lay panel at Princess Royal Hospital
the work of patients who are mentally ill.
Members organised a local Youth Speaks competition as part
of a national event for students at schools and colleges. Six teams took
and one from Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath went on to the
Southern Area Final at Lancing College, where it performed well (but did
In June members took part in the annual Kids Out Day,
when disabled and handicapped children from Court Meadow School in
and the Infants' School at Newick were taken out for the day to the
World of Adventures in Surrey.
Further afield, six members volunteered to serve as
technical advisers overseas on short term projects under the British
Service Overseas scheme operated in conjunction with RIBI (Rotary in
Britain & Ireland).
The Social Scene
A group of members and wives went to Germany as guests of
the link club Karlstadt-Arnstein in July for the 800th town charter
A party of members and wives enjoyed a few days' holiday
break in the Isle of Wight last October, walking, painting and playing
Another group went to the District 1250 Conference at Bournemouth in
Some members attended the RIBI Conference at Bournemouth in April, and
member attended the International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in
The monthly President's Walks (apart from a brief
interruption through the recent foot and mouth epidemic) and the Supper
meetings both survived to complete a seventh consecutive year of Club
Other social events during the year included a
barbecue in July, a couple of Ladies' Nights in the autumn, the
Christmas Drinks, and the annual Charter Anniversary Dinner in
And There's More
We had a succession of good and interesting speakers at our
regular weekly meetings. In June, Club members hosted and entertained for
days a Group Study Exchange team of four farmers from District 9930 in
Island, New Zealand. Several members took part in District 1250 sports
competitions, and one pair won the Bridge cup. One member photographed
hundreds of club banners (many rarely seen) so that they are all now
for inspection in one handy volume. Another member designed and
Club web site, which shortly afterwards won a special recognition award
Rotary International Convention.
Another good year!