On Friday 17th February, 97 people enjoyed an evening of wine tasting and quizzing at Maidenhead Rugby Club. These included friends and family, members of Maidenhead Rotaract, Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club, and Round Table. This is an annual event organised by the club's Fund Raising committee, and is always good fun.
They were supported by the Italian Continental Stores, who provided the food for the evening, and most importantly - the wine.
A presentation of a cheque for £200 was made from Round Table to the Club President, John Miles Griffiths, from the proceeds of the Santa's Sleigh collection at Christmas (see left).
The evening made an approximate profit of £800. Thanks to all who helped to make it a success, especially the wine expert/quiz master, Gordon.
On Thursday 19th January 2017 the Rotary Club of Maidenhead organised a “Youth Speaks” competition at Claire’s Court School, Maidenhead by kind permission of the Head Teacher.
For those who don’t know of this competition perhaps a little introduction would be helpful:
The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. It is a four stage competition (Local, District, Regional and National) which is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills.
This competition aims to offer young people
Who can take part?
The competition is open all schools and college communities including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example Scout Groups, Girl Guides. Each team comprises three students in full time education in two age groups: Intermediate (11 to 13 years) and Senior (14 to 17 years).
In our area, Maidenhead Rotary Club had 7 participating teams from 5 Schools and Colleges and these were:
Holyport College who fielded two Intermediate Teams and one Senior Team.
Claires Court School with one Intermediate Team.
Berkshire College of Agriculture, Furze Platt School, Newlands Girls School who each entered one Senior Team.
Each team consisted of a Chairperson who controlled the team’s performance, the Speaker who had 6 minutes to speak on their chosen subject and the Person who gave a vote of thanks to the Speaker. There was also an opportunity for questions.
The teams were each given a time of 10 minutes, and gave amazing presentations on a whole range of different subjects as diverse as the use of mobile phones and tablets by young people, the history of the formation and subsequent marketing of Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola and their health implications, and a discussion on whether in today’s world “Chivalry is Dead”.
In the Senior section the subjects covered thought provoking presentations on “Is UK Media regulation effective?”, “Why Britain should abolish the Monarchy”, a discussion on “The acceptability of the Worlds oldest profession” and “The Butterfly Effect” and how small changes can change the World.
All in all a great completion for our local Schools and Colleges to participate and an opportunity for our young people to practise the art of public speaking.
After all the presentations were made the 3 members of the Judging Panel, Mike Clark, Catherine Wallis and Richard Kellaway were faced with some incredibly difficult decisions but two teams emerged victorious - for the Intermediate section the team from Holyport College, Arte Sershi, Teagan Pickering and Lucinda Killington for their presentation on “Chivalry is Dead” were the winners. For the Senior section the team from Furze Platt School, Sam MacGregor, Patrick Ashe and Olivia Flood were judged to be the winners with their presentation “Why Britain should abolish the Monarchy”.
The two winning teams will now represent Maidenhead at the District Final in Marlow on the 26th January.
Hearty congratulations to all teams, teachers and their supporters who had a very interesting and enjoyable evening and to the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, who organised the competition.
For more information on the competition or if you would like to know more about Rotary International, please go to www.maidenheadrotary.co.uk or email@example.com
During the meal we were fully occupied with a quiz made up by our Secretary Mike Holness which was extremely brain teasing but nevertheless good fun. The Salvation Army Band arrived later in the evening to entertain us with a selection of carols and put us in the true spirit of Christmas. It was suggested that members and wives form two choirs and, unbelievably, there was an enthusiastic response! Everyone sang with great gusto - and mostly in tune....
Lastly, to end the evening, Peter Silverthorne announced the Christmas Foundation Draw which is very special as not only the usual prize of £50 is drawn, but a further two prizes of £100 and £200.
May we wish you very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017.
On Friday morning 18th November at the unearthly hour of 6.30 am three intrepid members of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead - Peter Silverthorne, Tony Lodge and Peter Graham - left home to take part in the Pudsey Children In Need Collection at Heathrow Terminal 2. The collection, which involved many local Rotary clubs, had been organised by the Misbourne Matins Club of Chalfont St Giles.
Our collection slot started at 7.30 am and ended at 10.00 am, and we were still smiling! It was an interesting experience to be in the Arrivals Hall collecting from people who were flying in to the UK from all over the globe, hence the collection money was in some very different currencies. It is a very worthwhile cause which will benefit very many children and we were pleased and proud to help the Misbourne Matins Club in their endeavours, and wish them great success.
A message from the Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins reads:
"Everyone put in a huge effort and we are very grateful to the effort made by all. We think we raised over £42,000 but we won't know exactly for a few weeks until Travelex have counted all the foreign currency."
On Wednesday 9th November our team of enthusiastic darts players - Brian Aldridge, Sean Egan, David Perry and Peter Graham - drove to Henley for a match against the Rotary Club of Henley at Henley Conservative Club.
Despite a valiant rearguard action from Dave ‘Arrows’ Perry, we were hammered by a bunch of “ringers” from the local darts club dressed up as Rotarians. Stitched up yet again. OK, not really, we were generally shocking and deserved to lose….badly. Peter got the prize however for the Rotarian most likely to look like a professional darts player…not sure why!
However, the Henley chaps were a decent bunch and the victory was well-deserved.
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).