We meet again
13 intrepid explorers – members of Rotary Sandbach – gathered together on 21st July, not to scale the heights of Mow Cop but to enjoy the first face-to-(socially-distanced) face meeting since 11th Marh 2020.
Members were greeted by our host at the Market Tavern, Kevin, who was dressed in black. This was nothing to do with the solemnity of the occasion but a chef’s attire; during furlough, his chef had a taste of the greener grass on the other side of the fence and resigned, leaving Kevin to man the stoves and hotplates.
President David (aka David-the-Unchained) welcomed everyone to the auspicious gathering without the usual bells and smells of Rotary tradition. He said that, at the moment, the future of anything seemed uncertain but hoped that meetings could continue, with the possibility of using Zoom to link with other Rotary clubs and members.
With an outside temperature of 27 degrees, five members has risked being arrested for indecent exposure and appeared in shorts. A quick line-up was arranged but, with a shortage of appropriately trained judges for a knobbly-knees competition, a winner was not announced leaving the 2019 winner to retain the KK Trophy for a further year.
John Higgins (Publicity Officer)
Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College
In their recent newsletter, the President of the Rotary Club of Sandbach reported that several club members are suffering from a bout of itchiness. This is not a skin complaint but rather a desire to move forward with a number of projects which have been placed on hold due to the lockdown.
Many of those projects involve young people and representatives of the club were recently invited to meet, on-line, with the Headteacher of Sandbach High School SFC, Ellen Walton, to discuss them.
The club has had links with the school for over 20 years and, in particular, sponsors Sandbach Interact Club, based at the school. Rotary Interact clubs bring together young people aged 12-18 who want to connect with other young people and have fun while serving their community and gaining international understanding. It was explained that Rotary International is able to help facilitate projects with connections for visits and exchanges and give access to funds for international study.
Rotary Sandbach, together with the Rotary Club of Sandbach Crosses, also sponsors the RotaKids Club, which has similar aims as Interact, but is for children aged 7-11, at Elworth Hall Primary School. Some of the members of that group are transferring to the High School in September and are very keen to join the Interact Club. They are currently arranging a Zoom link to meet the older students.
What would probably have been the biggest event ever staged by Rotary Sandbach should have taken place in May 2020. The club was well on its way to raising £14,000 in order to pack 60,000 highly nutritious, dehydrated meals to be sent out to Africa and distributed in schools by the charity Rise Against Hunger. The largest group donation was made by students at Sandbach High School who had raised over £2,400. They, and some members of staff, were keen to help at the Meal Pack, to take place at the school. The event will be re-programmed as soon as possible after lockdown restrictions are eased.
Mrs Walton is no stranger to Rotary. In her previous position as Deputy Head, at Alsager School, she was involved in links with the Rotary Club of Alsager and their projects involving young people. She thanked the Rotarians for attending the meeting and said how thrilled she was to hear about the success of the Interact Club and the great community links that the school has.
David Barringer, President of Rotary Sandbach, thanked Mrs Walton for what he said had been a very positive and useful meeting. He offered continued support from the Club and looked forward to seeing the development of a number of projects as soon as that was possible.
Rtn.John Higgins (publicity Officer)of all
r club Newsletter "Crosstalk"
b programme for next 30 days
Wed, Aug 4th 2021 12:30 pm
District (1285) Governor Rtn. Eric Russell will be at our club and explain his vision for the District during the Rotary year 2021-22.
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 12:30 pm
This will be a meeting where members can spend the hour talking to each other to bond their fellowship and friendship.
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 12:30 pm
John is our Newsletter editor and Publicity Officer. He is interested in local history and he always gives very interesting talk.
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 12:30 pm
Members discuss present and future club activities.
We meet on Wednesdays at 1230 for 12.45pmMarket Tavern
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