On Wednesday 19th October, the club held a social evening at The Emperor of India, an excellent Indian restaurant on Braywick Road in Maidenhead. The evening was very well supported, with around 40 club members, friends and family attending. We enjoyed a delicious three-course meal with a choice of curries for the main course, and a very convivial time was had by all.
Thanks to Eddie Clarke for organising the evening.
Purple4Polio is a publicity campaign to promote Rotary International's programme to help free the world from polio, using mass bulb planting of purple crocus at key sites. In Maidenhead these are around all four of the Rotary signs beside the main roads leading into the town, at the Thicket Roundabout, Maidenhead Bridge, Braywick Road and Furze Platt, and will also be in local parks.
On Sunday 16th October the first bulb planting took place beside the Rotary sign at the Thicket Roundabout. Despite a delayed start due to heavy rain, a small group of volunteers organised by Eddie Clarke managed to plant over 1000 bulbs in a little over half an hour (the first of 5,000), before retiring to the pub for well-earned refreshment.
The Rotary Clubs of Maidenhead Thames and Maidenhead Bridge will also be planting 5,000 bulbs within the next few weeks.
Keep an eye open for patches of purple in the Spring!
There were 8 groups walking for their selected charities:
It was expected that total sponsorship raised would be approximately £10,434.00. The highest individual amount of sponsorship was Gurdip Bahra with £1,836.00 for the Makindu Dental Project in Kenya.
The event was considered most successful, with very positive feedback from the walkers, and the total number of charities supported was 57.
We must not forget all the organisational assistance given to our club that helps make the walk happen, with support coming from Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club, Rotaract, Sea Cadets and 18th Maidenhead Scouts.
On Friday 26th August a Skittles Evening was held at the Jack O' Newbury pub, Binfield - one of the few remaining pubs in this area with a skittle alley. The party was made up of 6 members of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club, 3 members of Maidenhead Rotaract Club and 16 members of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, and family. A very pleasant evening was spent with the other clubs.
The opportunity was also taken to make a presentation of a Certificate of Commendation from Rotary International to this year's President of Maidenhead Rotaract Club - Andy Evans (see below).
Determined to put the Club’s poor showing in the 2015 Pétanque challenge behind them, three Rotarians who are not yet drawing their pensions (Sean Egan, Brian Aldridge and David Perry), headed off to The Kings Head, Little Marlow on Friday 19th August to “show them how it's done”, and endeavoured to drink less beer this time! Sadly the last minute arrival of Peter Graham put paid to the latter.
The three amigo’s, ably misdirected by ‘tactician’ Graham, stormed to maximum scores in their first two rounds, despite Egan’s successful attempt to pretend he’d never played the game before. At this stage, the other Clubs, determined to thwart Maidenhead’s undoubted advance to Gold, took advice from the Russian Sports Federation, and brought in more ringers than in a school of campanologists. The final game was lost, despite Perry trying to pay off the opposition with his banker’s bonus, and Aldridge shouting “Braveheart” from the pub bar. Graham consoled himself with a cask of real ale.
Despite the last minute set back, the team took Silver, enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow Rotarians, then legged it off to the nearest curry house for a ruby!
A little later a well built builder called Mick the Brick (named perhaps after a certain proverbial building?) stepped forward to take up Daniel's challenge. Despite Herculean efforts he could not beat Daniel's score, but did at least finally manage to also bring down 8 skittles. No-one through that day and indeed the whole of the Festival managed to beat their score.
It is hoped that they will shortly meet for the first time to celebrate their joint achievement and be presented with their prizes.
A team practice session was held on Friday 22nd July for the annual Pétanque Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Cookham and Bourne End, which will be held at The King's Head, Little Marlow on August 19th. Some improvisation was required as no-one had a jack at which to aim, but a small apple sufficed until a more visible golf ball was substituted! There was a barbecue at half-time, then play resumed until darkness fell. It remains to be seen whether their skills have improved….
This year there will only be one team from the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, but they will do their best to compete, and better last year's results. They certainly should get a prize for the best-dressed, as they have a team outfit of striped t-shirts, French berets and red neckerchiefs. Good luck!
Re:charge family day out
On Tuesday 19 July, President Amar for the Rotary Club of Maidenhead and Adam Fitt for Round Table each presented £1,000 cheques to Re:charge to fund their day out to an animal centre in Hampshire for 100 parents and children. President Amar was supported by Community Chair Cliff Hillman and Secretary Mike Holness, Adam Fitt by Round Table Treasurer Richard Alvey.
Re:charge works with families in the Maidenhead community, providing weekly drop-in sessions at three venues around Maidenhead, where families can feel safe, supported, valued and accepted and:
The Day Out would not, however, have been possible to plan without the support given by Round Table and Rotary. Hannah Lucas of Re:charge will come to a lunchtime meeting in October, to tell us about Re:charge and report on the Day Out.
This is a welcome first linking between Maidenhead Rotary Club and Maidenhead Round Table, the latter an organisation that has historically been an important source of future Rotarians, as they are required to move on when aged 40. Their Treasurer, Richard Alvey said ‘I think it is great that we are doing this together; this sends a positive message for both organisations’.