Recent News and Activities
For information on our recent activities, you can find it here and also via our FaceBook page.
Why not visit our FaceBook page for the latest news?
Dictionaries for local schools
As part of our support for schoolchildren, Sudbury Rotary Club has been distributing Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries to local primary schools. This year we have donated 256 copies of the dictionaries among schools in Sudbury and nearby villages. This isa tradition for us and we have previously given dictionaries to a number of schools in the Sudbury area.
President Lesley Ford-Platt, and President-elect Tony visited both Pot Kiln and St Gregory Primary Schools to present the dictionaries at their Celebration Assemblies. It was good to see how quickly children were looking through the new books and finding words and illustrations to inspire them in their learning.
Crucial Crew 2018 brings total of youngsters to 12,000
Sudbury Rotary Club welcomed another 745 Year-6 youngsters from 28 local schools during a week towards the end of April to its nineteenth Crucial Crew, bringing the overall total to around 12,000 since the activity was launched 19 years ago. Unlike other Crucial Crews in Suffolk, which are organised by the various District Councils, Sudbury Crucial Crew is funded, organised and run totally by Sudbury Rotary Club.
This year saw the introduction of two new scenarios covering Bullying and Staying safe in the sun.
St. Gregory Primary School Reflective Garden
Sudbury Rotary Club has contributed towards the costs of creating a Reflective Garden, which offers a space for quiet reflection for pupils of the school. Pupils contributed their ideas towards the design and have grown a number of plants to surround the garden. It offers a very peaceful space, sheltered by a giant walnut tree, alongside the main playground. An outdoor classroom will be added in a space beyond the garden later this year. Sudbury Rotary's support of the scheme is commemorated on a plaque near the entrance.
Another busy run-up to Christmas 2017
Our usual programme leading up to Christmas included the Schools Concert, which raised £758, the annual Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival (£3,731) and a number of appearances of Santa’s Grotto (£833).
As a result of the generosity of the community in responding to these activities, we raised over £5,300 for our Rotary charities - thank you.
Sudbury Rotary's work recognised with a national award
Our work in Youth and Environment has been recognised nationally with the Rodney Huggins Award. This is the first time a national award has been given to Sudbury Rotary Club in its 67 year history and follows the Rotary District 1080 Gold Environment Award in 2016.
Past President Gill Norton received the trophy on behalf of the club from Rotary International vice-President Jennifer Jones at the RIBI Conference in Manchester.
Purple Crocuses in support of Polio Eradication
By next Spring you will see around 5,000 purple crocuses in a variety of locations, including the entrances to the town, in Siam Gardens, at the Railway station and the Health Centre. They will also be coming up in the grounds of our local schools and we hope they will not only provide a colourful environment but will also raise awareness of Rotary’s on-going campaign to eradicate polio. The purple colour replicates the colour of the dye used to show that a child has been immunised. We are closer than ever to wiping out this terrible disease and Rotary has helped to immunise 2.5 billion children globally since 1985.