Completed meetings and events 2015-2016

Tue 28th June 2016 - 100 Square Draw

Pat Elston won this evening's draw. She has generously donated the proceeds towards the Club's charitable activities.

Tue 28th June 2016 Presidential Handover

President Penny Thurston has handed over the chain of office to her successor Jackie Ridge. Nick Thurston, Senior Vice President (seated) and Ken Hawkings, Junior Vice President are also pictured.

Mon 27th June 2016 - Working in partnership with Tesco, New Oscott, supporting Erdington Foodbank

This week we are supporting the Neighbourhood Food Collection that is held twice a year in all Tesco stores in partnership with The Trussell Trust.

Tue 21st June 2016 Pippa Dathan; The Great Wall of China

Fri 17th June 2016 President's Night and 25th Anniversary of Charter Celebration

What a great night at Grounds Farm, Wishaw! Super venue and delicious food. 72 guests really enjoyed themselves. Entertainment was provided by Afro Magic who had everyone completely fooled with his tricks.

Tue 14th June 2016 Louise Tipper; The London Marathon

Sun 12th June 2016 - Celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday

In partnership with our Inner Wheel Club we"™ll be giving support at Greenacres, our local Leonard Cheshire Residential Home, as they celebrate the Queen"™s 90th birthday.

Wed 8th June 2016 - Kids Out

A national event for disabled school age children, to give them a free day of fun and happiness. We have been active supporters for many years, working closely with staff and pupils at Wilson Stuart School in Erdington.

Tue 7th June 2016 Business Meeting

Tue 24th May 2016 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Alan Bowdler.

Tue 24th May 2016 Jayne Good; Joy of Painting

Sun 22nd May 2016 Time for Tea in Dementia Awareness Week

The Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Wylde Green have jointly hosted a Cream Tea, raising £1000 for Dementia and Carers Support. It will help fund Admiral Nurses working closely with families affected by dementia.

Tue 17th May 2016 Club Assembly

This evening Jackie Ridge, our 2016/17 President, will outline her plans for the year ahead.

Tue 10th May 2016 Business Meeting

Wed 4th May 2016 - Visit to the Coffin Works

Thanks to Ian for arranging a visit to this historic Jewellery Quarter factory that has been brought back to life. Refreshments were partaken afterwards at a local hostelry!

Tue 3rd May 2016 Evita

A trip to Lichfield Garrick to hear Brownhills Operatic perform.

Tue 26th April 2016 Keith McDavid; ShelterBox

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.The Club has supported ShelterBox for many years.

Sat 23rd April 2016 - St George's Day afternoon tea

The Band of the Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets were the special guests at the afternoon tea organised by the Club, in aid of Troop Aid. The event raised £1431. 'Britannia' and 'St George' won the costume competition. Thanks to all who supported the event.

Tue 19th April 2016 Mike Bushell; Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Manager

The Big Hoot 2015.

Mon 18th April 2016 Rotary Schools' Football Competition

Pupils from Coppice Primary School A team won the competition organised by our Club for local schools on the 3G pitch.Now in its fifth year, the competition for up to Year 6 pupils attracted 100 players from 7 local schools making up 12 teams.

Tue 12th April 2016 - 100 Square Draw

Robert Plumridge won this evening's draw.

Tue 12th April 2016 Louise Tipper; Holes in the Ground

Mon 11th April 2016 - Fundraiser for the Holly Trust

Nearly 50 Rotarians,families and friends had a delightful evening at Zengh restaurant in Wylde Green, raising £390 for our President"™s chosen charity the Holly Trust. Many thanks to the team at Zengh for making us all so welcome.

Sun 10th April 2016 - Rotary Walk

A fine, sunny morning for the walk around Earlswood Lakes in soon to be leafy Warwickshire, albeit a little muddy underfoot in places. Thanks again to Nick and Penny for organising.

Sat 9th April 2016 Last Night of the Rotary Proms

Tue 5th April 2016 Business Meeting

Tue 22nd March 2016 Annual Schools' Concert, Lichfield Garrick

We will not be meeting at our usual venue this evening. Instead we'll be eating at Ego in Lichfield, followed by a Fellowship Visit to the concert, organised by the Rotary Club of Lichfield.

Tue 15th March 2016 Haney Youssef; Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton Coldfield

Fri 11th March 2016 - K Kats

Another not to be missed opportunity to see the K Kats from Sutton Coldfield YMCA perform. Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.

Tue 8th March 2016 Nick Thurston; The Rain and Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Sat 5th March 2016 Rotary sponsorship at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

Thanks to a Rotary benefactor we are able to sponsor today"™s match v Blyth Spartans and Club members are invited to come and watch. There will be a collection at half time for the Holly Trust.

Tue 1st March 2016 Business Meeting

Fri 26th February 2016 - Mon 29th February 2016 Alternative Conference 2016

Another fun filled weekend away with lots to do, eat and drink. This year the venue was Chelwood House in Somerset.

Tue 23rd February 2016 Najm Clayton; Sutton Coldfield Local

Sun 21st February 2016 - Rotary Walk

Today's walk was to Shire Country Park, Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog. 264 Wake Green Road was where Tolkien lived at the turn of the century. Moseley Bog is said to have been the inspiration for the Old Forest. Thanks to Nick and Penny for organising.

Tue 16th February 2016 Presentation by Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets

We were given an excellent presentation on the work of the Sea Cadets by Petty Officer Cadet Freeman (Navy Board Cadet) and Leading Cadet Kemp (right) who were supported by Peter Horrocks, Chairman of the Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets.

Tue 9th February 2016 Nigel Macrow; Aston Villa in the Community

Tue 9th February 2016 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Penny Thurston.

Tue 2nd February 2016 Business Meeting

Tue 26th January 2016 Youth Speaks

Rotarian John Baden and Jennifer Thornton, Head of Speech and Drama at Highclare School with the winning team in the Intermediate section. A public speaking competition for pupils aged 11-18 run by Rotary. Highclare School won the Intermediate section. Park Hall Academy had the only team in the Senior section. Both teams go through to the District final on 12 March with our best wishes.

Fri 22nd January 2016 Burns' Night

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Sutton Coldfield, the evening will be held at Grounds Farm, Wishaw.

Wed 20th January 2016 - Theatre visit

An opportunity to see 'Daisy Pulls it Off' at the Lichfield Garrick.

Tue 19th January 2016 23rd World Scout Jamboree 2015

We were delighted to welcome back Scouts who attended the Jamboree in Japan last August. They each gave an excellent presentation resulting in them receiving their Explorer Scout Media and Marketing badge.

Tue 12th January 2016 Karen Hurmson; Knowing me, Knowing you!

Tue 5th January 2016 - 100 Square Draw

The lucky winner of this evening's draw was John Baden.

Tue 5th January 2016 Business Meeting

Sun 3rd January 2016 Trip to the panto

An afternoon for the family to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Lichfield Garrick.

Sat 2nd January 2016 Rotary sponsorship at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

Thanks to a Rotary benefactor we are able to sponsor today"™s match v Skelmersdale and Club members are invited to come and watch. There will be a collection at half time for the Holly Trust.

Fri 1st January 2016 - The month of abstinence!

It looks like over £750 will have been raised by members for our President"™s chosen charity, the Holly Trust, by abstaining from a variety of things during January, ranging from alcohol to swearing, chocolate to singing"¦"¦..!

Tue 22nd December 2015 Wine and Cheese Evening

Kindly hosted by Ray and Anne Gilbert at their home.

Sun 20th December 2015 Christmas Carol Service

At St Peter's Church in Little Aston, to be followed by a meal at The Cock, Wishaw.

Fri 18th December 2015 - Out and about with Santa!

We"™d like to thank everyone who has donated at Asda in Minworth. Thanks also to the team at Asda with whom we"™ve been working for quite a few years now.
Santa has also been out with his sleigh in Wylde Green and is shown with two of his helpers.

Tue 15th December 2015 Christmas Party

Please note that this evening's meeting will be held at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club, on Coles Lane starting at 7pm. Entertainment will be provided by young people from the YMCA in Sutton Coldfield. Guests welcome.

Mon 14th December 2015 - Christmas party for local children

In partnership with Ian Hazel Funerals, the Club has been pleased to sponsor the Christmas party hosted by Our Place Community Hub in Sutton Coldfield, attended by 25 local children.They all appeared to really enjoy the party, as evidenced by the noise!

Tue 8th December 2015 Ann Parry; The benefits of mountaineering

Tue 8th December 2015 Christmas Meal for local Senior Citizens

Thu 3rd December 2015 - Erdington Foodbank

In Rotary we're for communities and we have welcomed the opportunity to work with the Trussell Trust who provide food and support for people in crisis.

Tue 1st December 2015 Business Meeting

Tue 1st December 2015 Kids Out Christmas Party

This will be hosted at Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth.

Sat 28th November 2015 Pudding Club

Back by popular demand, kindly hosted by Ian and Louise Hazel, with profits to Action Kenya.

Tue 24th November 2015 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Penny Thurston.

Tue 24th November 2015 Carol Evans; Friends of Malawi

Tue 17th November 2015 Ian Hazel; My Job Talk

Mon 16th November 2015 - Leverton Day Luncheon

A lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Birmingham supported by Clubs that have originated from that Club.

Wed 11th November 2015 Rotary District 1060 Quiz

The Area 2 Heat will be held this evening at The Black Horse in Northfield. May the best team win!

Tue 10th November 2015 Chris Gregory; Rotary Banger Rally 2015

Sun 8th November 2015 Remembrance Day

The Club was represented at the Remembrance Day Service and Parade organised by The Royal British Legion, Sutton Coldfield branch.

Sat 7th November 2015 - Sun 8th November 2015 The 34th English Disabled Sports Team Championships

The Club has again sponsored the competition that promotes team spirit and achievement with the ideal that taking part is the most important aspect.

Tue 3rd November 2015 - 100 Square Draw

Ken Hawkings won this evening's draw.

Tue 3rd November 2015 Special General Meeting and Election of Officers for 2016/17

Tue 3rd November 2015 - Samaritan's Purse

We"™ve been busy filling shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for children overseas via the Operation Christmas Child project. Thanks to pupils at Willows Primary School in Lichfield and the team at Wagstaff Recruitment, who have helped us with this work.

Sun 1st November 2015 Rotary Walk

After a misty start, the sun shone through to give a glorious autumnal day. It was another super walk organised by Nick and Penny, this time around the Kingsbury area. Thanks both!

Tue 27th October 2015 Alison Foden; Homestart

Sat 24th October 2015 - Sponsorship of Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

Thanks to a kind benefactor our Club"™s name is on the new BMET College, Youth 1st & Youth 2nd team shirts at the local football club. We wish all of the teams at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club every success for the season.

Fri 23rd October 2015 - Sun 25th October 2015 District Conference

This year's conference will be based at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

Tue 20th October 2015 Beetle Drive

This evening's Beetle Drive will be a tryout for a future fundraising/social event.

Tue 13th October 2015 Visit by District Governor Paul Jaspal

Mon 12th October 2015 Rotary Special Needs Football Festival 2015

Now in its 19th year, 262 pupils took part in this This year"™s Festival, held at Aston Villa Football Club Academy. 23 schools entered 38 teams from an area that is centred on Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Fri 9th October 2015 Visit to Buzzard Valley Vineyard

To include a tour, illustrated talk and meal.

Tue 6th October 2015 - 100 Square Draw

The lucky winner of this evening's draw was Dick Elston.

Tue 6th October 2015 Business Meeting

Mon 5th October 2015 Rotary Special Needs Football Festival

Now in its 19th year, 262 pupils took part in this This year"™s Festival, held at Aston Villa Football Club Academy. 23 schools entered 38 teams from an area that is centred on Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Sat 3rd October 2015 Rotary sponsorship at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

Thanks to a Rotary benefactor we are able to sponsor today's match v Buxton and Club members are invited to come and watch. A collection for the Holly Trust will be made at half time.

Tue 29th September 2015 Alan Bowdler; Quiz

Sat 26th September 2015 Sutton Coldfield Expo 2015

An annual event, in it"™s sixth year, that provides local organisations with the chance to put themselves in the spotlight and engage with local people and for residents to find out more about the variety of things to do and support in their home town.

Tue 22nd September 2015 Steve Gauld; Dufftown to Royal Sutton Coldfield

Guests welcome.

Sun 20th September 2015 Late Summer Fund Raising Event at Curdworth Village Hall.

The One Man Rat Pack Chris King set the tone for a super afternoon at Curdworth Village Hall. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and helped us raise £1300 for the Holly Trust "“ fighting bowel cancer in Sutton Coldfield

Tue 15th September 2015 Robert Plumridge; Vehicles I have owned

Tue 15th September 2015 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Gerry McLaughlin.

Tue 8th September 2015 Business Meeting

Sun 6th September 2015 Rotary Walk

Nick and Penny organised an absolutely fantastic walk in bright sunshine around the very pretty Sandwell Valley. Thank you both.

Tue 25th August 2015 David Whiteside; GIS - Geographical Information Systems

David is a member of Rotaract Birmingham.

Tue 18th August 2015 John Watson; Loches - a Royal Surprise

Tue 11th August 2015 Olivia Barker; Kids Club Kampala

Mon 10th August 2015 - Fri 14th August 2015 Mablethorpe Children's Holidays

This scheme provides holidays for youngsters who would otherwise never enjoy a holiday break to help them re-charge their energies and enjoy a change of scenery. The Club is sponsoring four children to attend.

Mon 10th August 2015 Supporting the Norman Laud Centre in Sutton Coldfield

Keen supporters for many years, we've been to see our latest projects being used by the young people.

Thu 6th August 2015 Gardeners' Question and Answer Time

Back by popular demand and hosted by the Rotary Club of Aldridge. Tickets £5 each from 0121 353 7123.

Tue 4th August 2015 Scatter Night

There will be no meeting at Westfield Court this evening. Instead Club members have the option of scattering to other Clubs.

Tue 28th July 2015 Special Meeting

This evening's meeting will be for Club members and will not be at our usual venue, being held instead at Walmley Golf Club.

Tue 28th July 2015 - Sat 8th August 2015 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan

The Scouts who came to speak to us recently tell us they are making friends and learning about other cultures. They are having an amazing time and are camped next to groups from the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Singapore & South Korea amongst others.

Sun 26th July 2015 Rotary Walk

17 walkers enjoyed the Wall Heritage Walk, managing to escape the majority of the day"™s rain. Thanks to Nick and Penny for organising once again.

Fri 24th July 2015 Immediate Past President Eric's Informal Supper Evening

With Simon Harris from Wilson Stuart School. A lovely, relaxed evening and a chance to thank our friends and present cheques to local charities.

Wed 22nd July 2015 Visit to Two Towers Brewery, Birmingham

To include a main course meal.

Tue 21st July 2015 John Baden; The Holly Trust

Sun 19th July 2015 Leonard Cheshire Greenacres 50th anniversary

We will be joining with our Inner Wheel Club to support Greenacres Residential Home in Sutton Coldfield as they mark this special anniversary.

Wed 15th July 2015 Dictionaries for Life

This year we funded the project in partnership with John Lewis at Home Tamworth through their Community Matters scheme. 242 dictionaries have been distributed to local school children.

Tue 14th July 2015 Matt Young; Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Tue 14th July 2015 Rotary Junior Community Awards

To achieve the Award Year 6 pupils take part in a range of developmental activities in Community Service, Social Experience, Skills and Physical Recreation.

Tue 7th July 2015 Presidential Handover

Eric Dance has handed over the Presidency to Penny Thurston. He is pictured along with Nick Thurston, President Nominee, presenting Jackie Ridge with the chain of office for President Elect.
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