A very successful Charity Race Night was held at St. Piran's on Saturday 20th October. Over 90 tickets were sold for the event, organised by Rotarian Lindsey Allen and the Fund Raising Committee of the club. No serious betting was involved but a lot of fun was had by everyone, betting on the outcomes of various horse races. A magnificent sum of around £2,000 was raised for the club's charity fund.
On Sunday Oct 11th the Rotary Clubs of Maidenhead & Maidenhead Bridge held their 38th successful Maidenhead Boundary Walk. The walk sponsored by the Shanley Foundation and the Baylis Trust attracted participation by 665 walkers - a record number for recent years.
The Boundary Walk was officially started by the Deputy Mayor of Maidenhead, Colin Rayner, and the High Sheriff of Berkshire along with Maidenhead Rotary President Anne Matkin and her husband David. It is based on the ancient custom of Beating the Bounds, a custom going back to mediaeval times when parishes reaffirmed their boundaries. Parishioners were required to process around the Parish Boundaries at Rogationtide, stopping to beat each boundary mark with sticks and praying for protection and blessings for the land.
Nowadays the Boundary Walk is a Rotary supported ready-made means of team-building and fundraising for local organisations and individuals. Many organisations such as local charities, clubs, churches, community groups or businesses take part. This year our walkers supported 66 separate charities. The biggest group comprised 53 walkers who walked on behalf of the Makindu Dental Project - a charity long supported by Maidenhead Rotary, and close to the heart of our Past President Gurdip. The largest groups and numbers involved were recorded as:
By walking the picturesque 13-mile route around the boundary of old Maidenhead, a current total of £13,313 has been raised for 66 charities. The sum is still provisional: many of the accounts are on-line and we have not yet collated all returns. We expect participating charities and groups to raise much more i.e. last year’s sum was over £20,000 (so we are hopeful that the final sum will be increased).
The event is becoming ever more popular (e.g. as a snap comparison, in 2012 the event had 427 walkers taking part, and it raised £14,918 for local organisations). The Chairman of the Maidenhead Community group and Lisa Hunter for Maidenhead Bridge would like to thank all the Rotarians who made the event possible and made it a great success.
The annual Skittles Evening was held once again at the Jack O'Newbury in Binfield on Friday 14th September. Club members were joined by members of Maidenhead Rotaract for a light-hearted skittles competition, plenty of beer, and pub food.
Peter Hughes, one of our members, visited Chicago Elgin Rotary Club on 23rd August. He was presented with a club banner - a greeting from one Rotary club to another. This club is one of many in Chicago and one of three in the suburb of Elgin, meeting at 7am for breakfast before members start work.
Rotary International began in Chicago, with the formation of the first club. Their first project to help the local community was the construction of public toilets. Sadly they no longer exist, but there is a plaque on the wall to commemorate them and the formation of Rotary.
Our annual club lunch for the new President, Anne Matkin, was held last Sunday 22nd July. Once again it was at Taplow House Hotel, and 45 club members and guests enjoyed pre-lunch drinks in the sun on the terrace. We were very grateful for the air-conditioning in the Tulip Tree Room, a lovely dining room overlooking the garden, where we were served a delicious three-course lunch.
An international youth adventure programme run last week by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead to promote friendship and self-development has been described as the ‘best yet’. The scheme, which rotates every year between Maidenhead and its twin Rotary clubs in Germany, France and Italy brings together teenagers from the four countries. When it is Maidenhead’s turn to play host, the group are taken to the Rhos-Y-Gwalia outdoor education centre near Bala in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, where they take part in a wide range of challenging activities.
The week saw them sailing, climbing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, gorge-walking, and exploring an abandoned lead mine. They also took part in an expedition which included climbing a mountain, and an overnight camp, requiring them to carry everything they would need from tents to food.
For full account and pictures, please click link below.
On Wednesday 11th July, 57 senior citizens of Maidenhead were treated by Maidenhead Rotary Club to an afternoon on the Thames. They were collected and taken to the river adjacent to Jenner’s cafe for a 2½ hour trip on the river to Cookham via Boulters Lock and Cookham Lock.
During the trip they were given a delicious tea of homemade sandwiches, cakes and jelly with ice cream,
which had been made by Rotary wives, partners and volunteers. The weather was excellent, perfect for an afternoon on the river. Many compliments were received from our guests who enjoyed going along Cliveden Reach to Cookham - a different direction from the usual trip.
This annual event is arranged by the Community Services committee of Maidenhead Rotary Club.
Last Sunday 8th July, on a hot summer morning, over 140 cyclists descended on Maidenhead Office Park all keen to experience Maidenhead Rotary Club’s first ever Bikeathon, an event that had been in the planning for about 2 years. This new cycle event took them on a circular 15 mile route through a number of Berkshire’s beautiful villages, including White Waltham, Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row. The cyclists ranged from young to old and it was particularly pleasing to see a large number of families take part, some with child seats and tag-alongs, others guiding their young children on their bikes along the quiet, flat country roads of East Berkshire.
Cyclists (including our intrepid Past President, above right) were able to depart between 9 am and 10 am, most opting for the early start to avoid the heat later in the morning. All safely navigated the route and were very pleased with the good organisation, the clear directions and the friendly support of the numerous Rotary Marshals stationed along the route in their high viz jackets!
The feed station about half way into the route was a particular welcome sight, offering chilled water and refreshments, the children particularly enjoying the chocolates and sweets! A few miles further on (well, only 7 miles!) and the finish line beckoned, all cyclists receiving a commemorative medal to testify to their well-deserved efforts.
Feedback from cyclists was unanimously positive about the Bikeathon, most commenting how much they enjoyed the route, the beautiful countryside and how they look forward to the next one! We won’t disappoint them and aim to expand the Bikeathon next year. With the lessons learned from our experiences this year, we want to establish this as a major annual event in Berkshire. It was a real pleasure to get the community involved in this inaugural Bikeathon, and a particular pleasure to earn a financial surplus to apply to Rotary’s local and international charitable causes.
The annual President's Handover took place on Monday 25th June during the club's evening meeting at Maidenhead Golf Club. After a very successful year, President Gurdip Bahra handed over the chain of office to Anne Matkin who will be the President for 2018-2019, and Sean Egan will be Vice President.
During the meeting, President Gurdip had the pleasure of giving a cheque to Claire Booth, a member of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club, to help them with their current project in Nepal.
Claire recently spent two weeks in Gorkha Hills where the club is helping to rebuild Saurpani Primary School, a local school which was very close to the epicentre of the terrible earthquake that happened two years ago.
The Club's annual Charity Golf Day was held on Thursday 14th June at Maidenhead Golf Club. 11 local teams took part and enjoyed an afternoon of golf in sunshine and slightly breezy conditions, followed by dinner in the clubhouse, a raffle and auction.
This is one of the biggest fund-raisers for the club during the year, although the club was without their main sponsor from previous years. The money raised will help to continue to support both local and overseas charities.
First prize, presented by President Gurdip Bahra, went to the team from Maidenhead Golf Club, and second prize was won by the team from Donald Reid Group, who won the competition last year.
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