Welcome to the Rotary Club of Pershore
We recently sent £500 to Malaria No More
And from the concert (see below) we raised £1,250 for Acorns
Over the last 50 years we have raised £24000 for Acorns Children's Hospice so tonight as we celebrate our golden anniversary we would like to bring the total up to £25000.
Sparkling wine and canapes before the performance put us in a good mood to appreciate the soloists from The English Symphony Orchestra. Catherine Handley on flute and Hugh Webb on guitar enthralled us playing a selection of classical music. We were transported listening to the sounds of the flute intertwining with the plucked strings of the harp. After the interval Stephen Warner on either double bass or guitar blended with Corrine Frost on the cello.
Rotarian Chris Meredith organised this successful evening which would not have been possible without the support of sponsors Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors, Worcester and Cheltenham.
Hopefully ticket sales, raffle sales and donations will bring us up to our target.
Rotary Club of Pershore celebrate 50 years with an evening of music at Number 8 Stephen Warner and Corrine Frost.
Pershore High School
Katrina Hart, a bronze medal winner in the 4X100 m relay at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and ex Pershore High School student was the Guest of Honour at the school's Presentation Evening. John and Kit were both invited as our club donates Rotary Club Awards for Modern Language Essays. John presented Eloise Seale and Heather Titterton with the French and German essay awards respectively. He also took the opportunity of getting much needed advice on how to run faster!
Two Water Survival Boxes purchased and ready to be sent to the next disaster area.
Guest speaker Tony Quinn (Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge) receives cheque for £300 after delivering a really interesting talk about the boxes they make up and deliver to emergency areas throughout the world.
The standard water survival box is designed for a family of five who have lost their homes and all their posessions following natural or man made disaster. First priority is the water purification kit - to protect against water-bourne disease. Second priority is to provide survival items for: eating and drinking, health and hygiene, basic shelter,simple tools,household items - all to help survival for the early weeks and months after disaster.
Pershore links with Limbe (Malawi)
to help Megan Thomas improve
President's Night at Holland House
On Wednesday 1st June we celebrated President's Night in style. Holland House is a wonderful atmospheric and relaxing venue to hold an event and it lived up to expectations. Welcome drinks and canapes served in the hall and garden set the scene. A very tasty and well presented 3 course meal followed, rounded off with coffee and petit fours. we were entertained throughout by a talented pianist putting us in the right mood for enjoying out event.
As a surprise item President John awarded Bob Marchant a well deserved Paul Harris Fellow. This was to acknowledge his "service above self" in pershore Rotary. A second coming as president, creation and follow through with the Twylight Club, continued driving force behind the Tree of Lights and all the social events organised over the years.
As another surprise, John (fortified by the red wine consumed at the table) proceded to recite his year as President in verse. Autographed copies can be obtained directly from John for £1000 donated to a charity of his choice !
All Things Wild
Joe and Ken have now trained on all their hair-raising rides at the Safari Park so fearlessly wanted to move up a gear. They were not daunted in the least by the prospect of the Vale School challenge of All Things Wild. They tyeamed up with Evesham Rotary under Sue Lomas' leadership.
So they volonteered for Kids Out on 8th June and ventured off to Honeybourne where they got hands on experience with animals. Rotarian volunteers and the yougsters alike had a really fun time with the animals. We expect to receive some feedback on wildlife encounters as a change from death defying rides from them both if they manages to survive.
Once again we held a champagne tombola on Pershore Abbey grounds on 30th May. Good weather helped bring out the crowds to sample the craft, food and drink stalls and the wide variety of activities taking place. Adrian organised our traditional Champagne Tombola and Kit helped set up the Pershore High School Interact stall selling drinks and sweeets. lots of volunteers helped set up and man the stalls. All those Rotarians with "barrow boy" sales experience helped pull in the punters. We made a clear profit of £358 on the day so well done to all involved.
Twylight Club inducts new members
On behalf of Pershore Rotary Club, president John inducted 3 new members to our satellite. Mike Gordon,Michael Williams and Kim Dunn joined the Twylight Club on Monday 16th May at the Angel in Pershore. Sue Fitzjohn (our District Area 8 Rep) attended along with Mike Lambert and Eric Brownhill(Rotary Club of Stroud). Also several Pershore Rotary members were present. Mark Jennings, pershore baptist Church minister gave an interesting account of charitable work through a local Trust Fund.
The Twylight Club welcomes new members meeting every first and third Monday of each month 5:30 pm at The Angel. This club particularly atrracts young people working and/or living in and around Pershore. If you fancy joining this active group contact the secretary Tom Tarver on firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary works internationally - more
spectacles for Sri lanka
As a result of our joint work with Kandy Rotary Club on Eye Camps in Sri Lanka, John was recently contacted to find out if we could put 14 boxes of spectacles to good use. These large boxes were lying in a building in Sri Lanka, in a store set up by Hope Outreach who had been carrying out eye clinics since 2004. They had ceased operations and had these as surplus but didnt want them to go to waste.
John contacted his friends in Kandy Rotary and they declared they could use them at an Eye Camp in Matara where they were intending to screen 400 people. He duly made arrangments to get the spectacles delivered to Kandy. So once again Kandy and Pershore Rotary work together.
Donation to Pershore Riverside
Alex Mellor receives a cheque for £1500 on behalf of Pershore Riverside Youth Centre.
Donation to Acorns Children's Hospice
Gemma Timmis receives £1500 on behalf of Acorns Children's Hospice.
Tree of Lights - successful this year
The rolling screen display in Allchurch Bailey proved a major success in attracting donations to the Tree of Lights Appeal. This was a big improvement on previous years. Next year we hope to add another screen and attract more sponsorship.
£4500 to be distributed betweeen Acorns Children's Hospice, Pershore Riverside Youth Centre and Pershore Rotary Grant Scheme.
Fund raising for Desai School
This year we have now raised £1,950 to upgrade Desai School in Nairobi.
We are supporting Swindon Old Town Rotary Club linked to a Rotary Club in Nairobi in their bid for a global grant. The grant scheme means that each £1 we raise will become £3.44 through matched funding.
This will enable the school to admit an extra 150 pupils, build a kitchen on site and provide a secure water and electricity supply.
Desai School is situated in a Nairobi slum and only takes children from the slum to give them skills, knowledge and hope for the future. All the staff are recruited from the slum and trained to teach to a high standard. Children are very keen to learn and usually attain excellent results in the National Tests.
John Angood - President 2015-16
Eye Camps in Sri Lanka
Building on last year's success of improving the eyesight of 1500 people Pershore Rotary Club sent £3,500 to Kandy Rotary Club on 22nd January. The money came from a mock auction at a fun antiques evening, Flint & Holywell Rotary, a District grant and various donations. John Angood said "A big thank you to all who took part and contributed to this massive effort. Over 2 years we have raised and sent £8000 to kandy Rotary for eye camps - a remarkable achievment "
His Rotarian friends in Kandy have already organised 2 successful eye camps with more to follow. "We get extraordinary value for money as each £3 either provides a pair of prescription glasses or a cataract operation. This year we should be able to help 1,200 people".
Rotarians Antiques evening raises money for Sri Lankan Eye Camps
Our attempts at the antiques evening of bidding the price articles actually sold for at auction showed most of us don't know the price or value. The mock auction winner was a guest, Tony Cocks - next door neighbour to John. However John certainly knows how to organise an excellent fun evening, and yet again showed his prowess at raising funds for eye camps. The overall profit was £1,500. As usual this demonstrated the more base habits of members - gambling (the raffle raised a profit of £430) and drinking (the bar raised £226.95) With the £500 from Flint and Holywell Rotary Club, plus other donations, the total now stands at £2,340. Well done John and thanks to all those who assisted with the bar, raffle, clear up and in organising the evening. The original oil painting by Kumara Rathnayaka sold for £105 to Anne Angood.
Richard Martyr Memorial Award
Cairns clearly enjoyed representing the Club at the Pershore College Award Ceremony where he presented this Pershore Rotary Club award to Olivia Jew
As an interesting by product of this the College has expressed the wish to further develop links with our Club. Cairns is pursuing this
Rotary Youth Leader Awards Worthwhile
Our RYLA candidate from last summer, Lydia Stephens, accompanied by her mother, joined us for lunch at a recent meeting. She did of course have to earn her lunch by giving a presentation of her experiences on the course. All agreed this was one of the best presentations we had received from a High School student - very confident and full of enthusiasm. Her description of the activities was punctuated with "terrific"; "fun"; "brilliant"; "team work"; "worthwhile" It is listening to young people that have experienced RYLA that makes our support of it so worthwhile and rewarding.
Pershore Rotary's new President Malcolm Haden
The annual handover ceremony gave Alan the opportunity to highlight the achievements of the Club this year. In total over £17,400 has been donated to charitable causes, the main beneficiaries being Sri Lankan Eye Camps (£4,539), Pershore Riverside Youth Centre (£3,500) and Acorns (£1,500). The extensive social programme included Summer Garden Party, Christmas party, Stratford Theatre trip, visit to Heritage Motor Museum and Committee social evenings. "It has been a privilege to be your President. This has been a team effort. Thanks to everybody - Officers, Council members and all those who rally round!. Malcolm thanked Alan for a brilliant year and ensuring being a member of the Club was a real pleasure.
It became readily apparent at the subsequent photo shoot that our new President and the 2 senior office holders of Secretary and Treasurer were not only members of the Wyre Piddle Mafia, but also that infamous local band "Four Old Geezers". It is hoped to recruit John, our Senior Vice, to complete the set - major musical talent is not a prerequisite John, just a sense of humour and the fortitude to survive the lengthy word tours the band will be offered after its success at Dumbleton Hall.
Normally meet weekly for lunch, with a speaker after the meal. Sometimes we visit other clubs or places of local interest and hold evening meetings when partners and friends are usually invited to join us (see "Meeting programme"). These help develop a sense of fellowship and are enjoyable occasions. Visiting Rotarians are always made welcome.
Our main aim is to serve the community both at home and abroad. To achieve this we support a number of charities and engage in other service activities, e.g. Stroke Awareness-testing peoples blood pressure in the centre of Pershore and the Tree of Lights. If you would like to support an event or help in any way please use the "Contact form"
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We meet on Wednesdays at 1215 for 1245 (Occasional evening meeting 7.00 for 7.30pm) Railway Inn, Upton Road, Defford, Pershore, WR8 9BA tel: 01386 750309