Community Activities

Supporting the Colchester AGE UK Nags Folly Event in Colchester High Street.

 

The stable for our 'Horse'

Visit to Butterfly Lodge Care Farm - 22 June 2016

 

Club members at the start of their visit.

Butterfly Lodge is run, owned and managed by Ellie Goff, a fully qualified teacher with specialist knowledge of over 12 years in in SEN and a lifetime of farming experience. All of the team at Butterfly Lodge are CRB checked and hold both teaching qualifications and NVQs in animal care.

Goat Milking Parlour

Based on a smallholding in Colchester, Essex, Butterfly Lodge Education Centre offers holistic one-to-one, group training and therapeutic experiences in a farm environment. All work is done at your own pace and the centre is open to anyone who would like to benefit from this form of therapeutic and educational activity.

Rotarian Tony meeting his new friend.....

The centre also offers educational courses such as the OCN 'Step Up' award in animal care and horse care. The site itself boasts two fully equipped classrooms, including a disabled toilet and kitchen facility, as well as chickens, ducks, stables, menage, goat barn with fully operational mechanical dairy as well as fields of grazing animals such as pygmy goats, pigs,sheep and cows.

Love is in the air!

The farm also aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible, recycling water and using renewable energy from the farm's wind turbine and solar panels. As the centre is set in the heart of the Essex countryside certain conservation activities are also available alongside a horticultural project as we bring a polytunnel into use on our vegetable plot.

The New Kids on the Block!

Students and farm helpers coming to the centre choose to come to enjoy the experiences as a whole and engage with all animals across the board. In this manner we can create tailor made courses for individuals and small groups.

 



Visit to Help For Heroes Chavasse VC House Colchester

Funds raised from Rotarian Helen's Remembrance Day 2014 'Curry Lunch' were donated to Chavasse VC House

Chelsea Flower Show 2014 Garden as now been relocated to Chavasse VC House

Roatarians Mike and Melvin with the assistance of a Help 4 Hero making muffins

Club members with their finished muffins

To watch the Clubs visit to Chavasse VC House Click Here

 

Visit to Butterfly Lodge

 

President Helen Chuah with 2 members Karen and Beverley joined by staff and children of the Colchester Carers Centre enjoying a day out to Butterfly Lodge  Education Farm during the summer holidays. The day out was sponsored by Rotary Centurion Club to give the young carers a day to enjoy the outdoor together which they thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the goats, horses and other animals, picking apples and blackberries and cooking their lunch in the open fire in the woods.

 
The young carers have asked if they could go back in the spring (2015) to see the kids (young goats) and help to feed them etc. to which our Centurion Club have agreed to fund them for the day.
 
Comment from our fellow Rotarians and Buttefly Lodge Farm:  these youngsters are so well behaved and caring for each other, and are so grateful with the Carers Centre who has been there for them and has been their life line.
 
These few words sum up the day that our help to ease their day has been much appreciated. 
 

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Willow Brook School - Dictionaries for Life presentation

Olga, Pauline and  Amanda joined President Helen for a Dictionaries for Life presentation at Willow Brook School.

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RYLA Weekend

 

The District RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Award] selection day was held on the 17th May at the Mersea Youth Camp.  Youngsters from all over Essex attended and worked in groups to undertake a range of challenging activities.  Although strangers to each other the youngsters quickly got to know each other and the development of their leadership and teamwork qualities throughout the day was palpable.  The Rotary Club of Colchester Centurion was represented by several volunteers there to assess the development of the youngsters and their ability to gain from further leadership training.  By the end of the day there were so many good candidates for attendance on the full leadership training weekend, on the 31st May 1st June, that it was disappointing that more could not be recommended, as numbers were limited."

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Kingsford Junior School Choir

One of our members is head teacher at Kings Ford Junior School, Lexden which formed a choir in September to present a carol service at another member's church, St Leonards Church, Lexden

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Tree Planting At Kings Ford Junior School

Several club members together with the Chair of Governors and a member from Forum Club assisted pupils with tree and bulb planting at Kings Ford Junior School

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Path Clearing November 2013 

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On Saturday 16 November an heroic band of thirteen from The Rotary Club of Colchester Centurion, University Rotaract, members of the local community and the Public Right of Way and Localism officer from Essex County Council assembled in Axial Drive, Colchester. They spent the morning clearing footpath 26 from the main line railway tracks to Tuffnell Way. It was cold damp and exhausting work. But as we returned to our cars a "Thank You" has heard to ring out from one of the high windows in the overlooking flats. Nice to know we were appreciated, and encouraging for the next time.

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Path clearing Near the Hythe 2012

 

   

The club, in cooperation with a member's church personnel, cleared a footpath near the Hythe area of Colchester. It can be seen from the central photograph what a good job they did on the one hot day last summer.

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Willowbrook School             

In addition to helping Willowbrook school with their gardening project, we supplied them with Dictionaries For Life. Here our president is donating the books in the summer of 2013.

 

(We also give general help in the community including gardening projects at Willowbrook and Kings Ford Junior Schools, clearing footpaths and rubbish collection)