Completed meetings and events 2016-2017

Fri 30th June 2017 - Supporting KIDS West Midlands

The Club has donated to the KIDS West Midlands Early Years Centre, Wylde Green a tumble form table that slides over a disabled child’s chair and increases the young person’s independence. We had a lovely afternoon at the opening of their new garden.

Tue 27th June 2017 Presidential Handover

Jackie handed over to Nick, who handed Senior Vice President over to Ken who handed over Junior Vice to Dick! We also have 3 new Paul Harris Fellowships with Sapphire Pins. Welcome to new member Karen Hurmson.

Sat 24th June 2017 - Boldmere Summer Extravaganza

Thank you to everyone one who came along to say 'hello' when we were on Boldmere High Street!

Wed 21st June 2017 - Walk with Carl Chinn around the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

An opportunity to learn more about such an historical local area.

Tue 20th June 2017 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by John Baden who generously donated his winnings to SENSE, the charity represented by the evening's speakers.

Tue 20th June 2017 Diane Cardwell and Warren Newman ; Talking Sense

In a captivating and assuming manner, Warren described how Sense had helped him. Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.

Wed 14th June 2017 - Kids Out

This is a national event for disabled school age children, to give them a free day of fun and happiness. The Club sponsored 30 pupils from Wilson Stuart School in Erdington on the outing to Drayton Manor Park.

Tue 13th June 2017 Hannah Pennock; KIDS

KIDS is a national charity providing a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people and their families.

Tue 13th June 2017 - Celebrating 25 years of Aquabox

A most enjoyable evening at Shottle Hall in Derbyshire to mark the special anniversary of Aquabox taking water filters and emergency supplies around the world, giving the gift of life to families and communities.

Sat 10th June 2017 - Ruck Fest

Club members helped out at this year's music festival at Sutton Coldfield Rugby Football Club where £456 was raised for the Norman Laud Association.

Sat 10th June 2017 - Wed 14th June 2017 Rotary International Convention 2017

The 2017 Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 2017 marks 100 years since the formation of The Rotary Foundation.

Tue 6th June 2017 - 100 Square Draw

Arthur Law won this evening's draw.

Tue 6th June 2017 Business Meeting


Sun 4th June 2017 - Inner Wheel Club of Wylde Green 25th Anniversary Fellowship Meal and Rotary Club of Wylde Green President's Lunch

A lovely lunchtime gathering at Fairlawns Hotel in Aldridge saw the presentation of a Paul Harris Award and a Margareta Golding Award to the Inner Wheel Club’s Founder Member Lillian Hopkins. Thank you to Ann Hawkings and John Watson for the photos.

Sat 27th May 2017 - Sponsored walk in aid of dementia charities

This year's fundraising walk returned to Cannock Chase. It raised £2200.

Tue 23rd May 2017 Darren Harris; Two time paralympian

During 20 years as a Great Britain international blind football and judo player, Darren competed at 24 major championships and won 10 World and European medals. It was great to hear of his experiences.

Thu 18th May 2017 - Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield

We will be in the Centre with our collecting buckets, working in partnership with Home Instead Sutton Coldfield to raise funds for Forget Me Not, their community group supporting people with dementia and their carers.

Tue 16th May 2017 Club Assembly

The meeting Nick Thurston, our President for 2016/17, outlines his plans for the coming Rotary year. He is pictured, seated, with his successor Ken Hawkings behind him.

Tue 16th May 2017 - Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield

We will in the Centre with our collecting buckets, working in partnership with Home Instead Sutton Coldfield to raise funds for Forget Me Not, their community group supporting people with dementia and their carers.

Thu 11th May 2017 - Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council Community Awards 2017

Knowing how much emphasis we place on working with the community it was great to know 3 of our members had been nominated.
Pic: SC Observer

Tue 9th May 2017 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Carole Duke.

Tue 9th May 2017 Fish and Chip Supper

This evening's meeting raised £141.50 for the Spinal Injuries Association. Thanks to Dick Elston for the fun quiz!

Mon 8th May 2017 Rotary District 1060, 5 a side Football Competition

Now in its 4th year, the competition is run by the Rotary Club of Wylde Green on behalf of the Rotary District. It attracted 40 U12 players who played an exciting sequence of matches at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club.

Fri 28th April 2017 Visit to Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets' Training Ship

Working with young people is a key strand to Rotary’s work as we know they will be the leaders of tomorrow. We discussed several ways how we might work together in the future. A brilliant evening!

Tue 25th April 2017 Robert Plumridge; Merchant ships I have sailed on whilst getting paid.

Sun 23rd April 2017 - Rotary Walk

Great ramble around Middleton Lakes starting at 8.30am, taking in some bird watching, looking at carpets of bluebells then adjourning to the Granary Tea Rooms at Broomey Croft Farm Farm for breakfast. Thanks Nick and Penny for organising.

Sat 22nd April 2017 - Walking with the Jigsaw group

Throughout the year some of our members accompany disabled people on walks. Today's outing was around the Ironbridge area.

Tue 11th April 2017 - Rotary District 1060 Quiz Final

Well done Team Wylde Green - joint Rotary District Quiz Champions 2016/17!

Fri 7th April 2017 - Sun 9th April 2017 RIBI 92nd Annual Rotary Conference

The 2017 Annual Rotary Conference will be in Manchester.

Tue 4th April 2017 Business Meeting


Mon 3rd April 2017 - Rotary Schools' Football Competition

Now in its sixth year, it was a lovely sunny evening when 8 local schools entered 120 players in 15 teams. The final was close with Boldmere A beating Little Sutton A 2-1. Well done Boldmere!

Tue 28th March 2017 John Watson; My adventures down under

Tue 21st March 2017 Andrew Hardie and Kyle Stott; Dealing with dementia

A number of presentations will be made by organisations supporting people affected by dementia. Guests welcome.

Tue 21st March 2017 - World's Greatest Meals

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Yardley and Sheldon. This event, a similar one at lunchtime and funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation raised enough to vaccine 3240 children against polio.

Tue 21st March 2017 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's winner was Robert Young.

Sun 19th March 2017 - 7 Pools Run in Sutton Park

Good luck to everyone taking part in this event in aid of the Norman Laud Association. Some of our members will be marshalling.

Sat 18th March 2017 - Rotary sponsorship at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

Thanks to a Rotary benefactor we are able to sponsor today’s match v Warrington and Club members are invited to come and watch. There will be a bucket collection at half time for the President's dementia charity.

Tue 14th March 2017 Penny Thurston; Gold

Tue 14th March 2017 - Working with Asda, Minworth

Thank you to everyone who donated their green tokens to our box, as a result of which the Club has received £200 from the Asda Foundation.

Tue 14th March 2017 - Working with Coburg Banks

A big thank you to Rotarian Mark Wilkinson and the team at Coburg Banks for the £245 they donated to our President's chosen dementia charity after their recent quiz.

Sat 11th March 2017 - Rotary District Facebook training

Thanks to Laura Oseland for hosting today's event at Hagley Road Village. It was good to catch up with Rotary colleagues from other Clubs.

Tue 7th March 2017 Business Meeting

Sat 4th March 2017 - Youth Speaks District Final

We sent forward teams from Bishop Vesey and Highclare Schools to today's competition at Bablake School, Coventry. Although neither is going through to the next round, the pupils were all a great credit to their schools.

Fri 3rd March 2017 - Mon 6th March 2017 Alternative Conference 2017

Another superb country house was the venue for the 2017 event, River Wye Lodge at Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9NU. A great time was had by all. Many thanks to Nick and Penny for organising the weekend.

Tue 28th February 2017 Trevor Jackson; Prostate Cancer

Wed 22nd February 2017 - Visit to St Mary's College, Oscott

St Mary's College in New Oscott, Birmingham, often called Oscott College, is the Roman Catholic seminary of the Archdiocese of Birmingham in England and one of the three seminaries of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Tue 21st February 2017 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Robert Plumridge.

Tue 21st February 2017 P C James Sommer; Community Work

Mon 20th February 2017 Dinner at Zengh Restaurant, Wylde Green

We returned to the restaurant for another fundraising evening, sampling the delights of the Indian cuisine. On the night £367 was raised for dementia charities.

Sat 18th February 2017 - Beer and Buses

This event is being run by the Rotary Club of Aldridge and the Aldridge Transport Museum.

Tue 14th February 2017 Valentine's Night

Guests welcome.

Tue 7th February 2017 Business Meeting

Fri 3rd February 2017 - Rotary Club of Birmingham Breakfast Civic Breakfast

We always enjoy meeting up with our colleagues at RCBB at the ICC in Birmingham. Today they hosted as Principal Guest The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice. It was well worth the early start!

Wed 1st February 2017 - Operating together to support Good Hope Hospital

The Club has donated £5738 towards an Omitract clamp costing £9000 that will help in bowel cancer surgery at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, working in partnership with our Inner Wheel colleagues, The Holly Trust and Johnson Controls staff.

Tue 31st January 2017 Alan Bowdler; Quiz

Fri 27th January 2017 - Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets Annual Presentation Evening

We were very pleased to support this special event.The Cadets have had an excellent year receiving the Stephenson Trophy 2016, awarded for attaining the very highest standard of all-round efficiency and for being the best Unit in the South West Area.

Tue 24th January 2017 - Youth Speaks

Pupils from Bishop Vesey's Grammar School and HIghclare School were celebrating after the Club hosted this year's local round of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. It is just one of the ways that Rotary seeks to work with young people.

Sun 22nd January 2017 - Rotary Walk

It was great to have 22 walkers, wearing a variety of headgear, for a very cold and frosty morning ramble around Chasewater. The walk continued across the M6 Toll bridge and into Brownhills Woods. Thanks to Nick and Penny for organising.

Fri 20th January 2017 - Burns' Night Supper

This evening's event will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Sutton Coldfield, to be held at Grounds Farm, Wishaw, B76 9PQ. Tickets £25 each. All proceeds to Enzo's Friends at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Tue 17th January 2017 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Andrew Hopkins, who gave the funds to Sharon Needham, the guest speaker, from the Square Peg Foundation.

Tue 17th January 2017 Sharon Needham; Sensory Santa

Sharon will be returning to tell us about their Christmas project that had been supported by Club members.

Sat 14th January 2017 - Rotary sponsorship at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

Thanks to a Rotary benefactor we are able to sponsor today's match v Ilkeston and Club members are invited to come and watch. There will be a bucket collection at half time for the President's charity.

Tue 10th January 2017 Business Meeting

Sun 1st January 2017 - Tue 31st January 2017 January - the Month of Abstinence

Last year's Month of Abstinence was a good fundraiser that will be repeated in 2017.

Wed 21st December 2016 - Square Peg Foundation

This is such a busy time of the year for him, but Santa was really pleased to pop in to see everyone at the Square Peg Foundation's Christmas Party.

Tue 20th December 2016 - Christmas Party

Tue 20th December 2016 - Supporting Home-Start in Erdington

We were very pleased to fund 31 hampers to local families. The team tell us that they have now all been delivered and the look on the recipients' faces was wonderful.

Sun 18th December 2016 - Christmas Carol Service

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

Tue 13th December 2016 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Ken Hawkings.

Tue 13th December 2016 Christmas Meal

Tue 13th December 2016 - Christmas meal for local senior citizens

Mon 12th December 2016 - Christmas Celebrations

At the Symphony Hall, Birmingham with John Rutter.

Tue 6th December 2016 Business Meeting

Tue 6th December 2016 - Kids Out

The Club will be sponsoring 30 children from Wilson Stuart School to have a day of fun and happiness at Drayton Manor Park.

Sun 4th December 2016 - Sleeping Beauty

A chance to see this year's panto at the Lichfield Garrick.

Tue 29th November 2016 Ian and Diana Bosman; Nkanfoa Methodist School, Ghana

Thu 24th November 2016 - Boldmere Christmas Extravaganza

We were pleased to support Santa on his sleigh as the Christmas lights are switched on along Boldmere High Street.

Tue 22nd November 2016 Clive Smith; Let's Get Legs

Thank you to all the Rotary Clubs from across the District and beyond who came to hear Afghanistan veteran, Troop Aid Ambassador and motivational speaker Clive Smith.

Tue 22nd November 2016 - 100 Square Draw

Given the numbers attending we were able to run the 100 Draw three times this evening. The winners were Gerry McLaughlin, Clive Smith and Jackie Ridge who all donated their winnings to Troop Aid.

Fri 18th November 2016 - Queen

A rock and symphonic spectacular at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Tue 15th November 2016 Ann Carlisle; Why safeguarding is so important

Tue 15th November 2016 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Robert Young.

Sun 13th November 2016 - Rotary Walk

It was a lovely day for a ramble of 5 miles around Aldridge and Walsall stopping off for some liquid refreshments in the Manor Arms at the end. Thanks to Janet Russell who lead the walk.

Sun 13th November 2016 - Remembrance Sunday

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

Wed 9th November 2016 - Peaky Blinders

An evening with Carl Chinn.

Tue 8th November 2016 Andrew Hopkins; Birmingham transport by lantern slides

Mon 7th November 2016 - Leverton Day Lunch

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

Fri 4th November 2016 - Sun 6th November 2016 Rotary District Conference 2016

This year's District Conference will take place at Carden Park Country Club Estate, Broxton Road, Nr Chester, Cheshire. CH3 9DQ

Tue 1st November 2016 Special General Meeting and Election of Officers for 2017

Tue 25th October 2016 Visit of Peter Roberts, Rotary District Governor 2016/17

We were delighted to welcome Peter to our meeting when he shared with us his plans for the year and also the wider Rotary perspective.

Tue 18th October 2016 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's 100 Draw was won by Carolyn McLaughlin who donated the funds to the evening's speaker from the Square Peg Foundation towards the Christmas activities they are planning for the children.

Tue 18th October 2016 Sharon Needham; Square Peg Foundation

Fri 14th October 2016 - Visit to Aquabox, Cromford near Matlock.

An inspirational visit. For over 20 years Aquabox volunteers have been taking humanitarian aid and potable water around the world, to areas affected by disasters. On the way home we stopped off at the Tramway Museum at Crich.

Tue 11th October 2016 Sara Ledger; Baby Lifeline

Baby Lifeline is a national charity supporting the care of pregnant women and newborn babies across the UK and worldwide.

Mon 10th October 2016 - Rotary District Special Needs Football Festival

Now in its 20th year and held at Aston Villa Football Club Academy, 180 pupils came from 15 schools. Thanks to our Inner Wheel Club, AVFC ,Tesco in New Oscott and Rotary Clubs in the District for their support.

Sat 8th October 2016 - Rotary sponsorship at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club

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

Tue 4th October 2016 Business Meeting

Fri 30th September 2016 - Pudding Club

Many thanks to Ian and Louise Hazel for hosting this evening's event that raised £200 for Action Kenya.

Tue 27th September 2016 Paul Rhodes; Spinal Injuries Association

Sun 25th September 2016 Rotary Walk

Today's walk was a very interesting 5 miles ramble in glorious weather around Ticknall and the outer grounds of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire.

Sat 24th September 2016 - Sutton Coldfield Expo

An annual event, in it"™s seventh 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 20th September 2016 - 100 Square Draw

This evening's draw was won by Gerry McLaughlin.

Tue 20th September 2016 Laura Pitcher; Ronald McDonald House charities

Sun 18th September 2016 Late Summer Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise £1200 for dementia charities, working in partnership with our Inner Wheel Club.

Tue 13th September 2016 Sue Bushell; Guide Dogs for Young People

Sat 10th September 2016 - Greenacres Carnival

Greenacres, the local Leonard Cheshire Residential Home, will be hosting this event marking the Paralympics.

Tue 6th September 2016 Business Meeting

Sun 4th September 2016 - Ronald McDonald sponsored walk and family fun day

We will be assisting on the day with marshalling.

Sun 28th August 2016 - Namdhari Gurdwara Birmingham Annual Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji 7 A-side Football Tournament

Now in it"™s 6th year, this event brings together people from different backgrounds and communities to enjoy a day out and to take part in sport. Wylde Green Rotarians were delighted to be invited once again to participate in the day"™s activities.

Tue 23rd August 2016 - 100 Square Draw

John Baden won this evening's draw.

Tue 23rd August 2016 Nigel Rogers and Sally Basketfield; The Institute of Advanced Motorists

Fri 19th August 2016 - Beetle Drive

Working in partnership with Wylde Green Inner Wheel Club over £300 was raised towards dementia charities. Judging from the level of noise in the room everyone joined in the fun. There were many different interpretations of what a beetle should look like!

Tue 16th August 2016 Kelly Round and Terry Dockery; Sutton Coldfield Community Hub

Sun 14th August 2016 - Garden Party in aid of British Heart Foundation

Well done to Rotarian Chris Angel and his wife Val for raising £1100. A lovely afternoon among family and friends. Special thanks to the local businesses that donated items for the grand auction.

Tue 9th August 2016 Business Meeting

Thu 4th August 2016 Gardeners' Question and Answer Time

Once again we are pleased to support this event that is hosted each year by the Rotary Club of Aldridge. With a distinguished panel including Howard Drury, it promises to be an evening of fun and amusement, with a bar and a raffle.

Tue 2nd August 2016 - 100 Square Draw

Congratulations to Steve Gauld on winning this evening's draw. He has kindly made a donation back to the Club's charitable funds.

Tue 2nd August 2016 Cllr Charlotte Hodivala; Mayor of Royal Sutton Coldfield

A most interesting evening with Cllr Charlotte Hodivala, Mayor of Royal Sutton Coldfield, outlining her vision for the town.

Tue 26th July 2016 - 100 Square Draw

Ollie Chavez was the winner of this evening's draw.

Tue 26th July 2016 BBQ

What a pleasant, relaxed and friendly evening we had, with a BBQ for family and friends at Pype Hayes Golf Club. Thank you to Anvil Chorus for providing the entertainment.

Sun 24th July 2016 - Rotary Walk

Today"™s walk was around Fisherwick Lakes, Whittington near Lichfield. The lakes form part of part of what was the Fisherwick Hall estate, the stately home of the former Marquis of Donegal in the 18th Century.

Tue 19th July 2016 Sukhi Ubhi; Old and New

Tue 12th July 2016 Mark Wilkinson; Quiz Night

Tue 12th July 2016 - Dictionaries for Life

The Club continues to support the national literacy programme with the Dictionaries For Life project. This year it has been funded in partnership with Persimmon Homes. 240 dictionaries have been distributed to local school children.

Wed 6th July 2016 Rotary Junior Community Awards 2016

To achieve the Award Year 6 pupils take part in a range of developmental activities in Community Service, Social Experience, Skills and Physical Recreation. Our Club works closely with pupils at Penns Primary School who are pictured.

Tue 5th July 2016 Business Meeting

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