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Christmas Collections - a big "thank you"

Christmas has been and gone and 2020 is upon us; time for the club to reflect on our December fundraising and community activities in the run-up to Christmas.

Despite the vagaries of the weather all went well. The Christmas Tree was erected at the end of November in time for the Carol Service and official switching-on of the Christmas Tree lights. The event was well attended and our thanks to the Salvation Army for supporting us with their music at this event.

The House to House and static collections went ahead as usual despite some inclement weather and on occasions, a shortage of collectors. A big, big thank you to Spelthorne District Scouts for their help with the collections - we would not have been able to have these collections without your help. Apologies to all of you in roads we did not get to - sometimes we were simply ran out of time...

So, with the final collections done, we were able to sit down and count all the money we had collected - over £9,000 and over £200 more than last year.

A massive "thank you" to everyone in Ashford and Stanwell (and further afield) that supported us with your generous donations.

Charity Cheque Presentation

We recently presented a cheque for £3,500 to White Lodge.

White Lodge is the charity that was chosen by last year's club President, Peter Grainger. The money was raised by the club through a series of fund-raising events over Peter's presidential year and will go towards making improvements at the centre. Photos on Facebook.

School Dictionary Project

Our School Dictionary project for 2019 is in full swing.

The project supports the local schools' efforts at improving literacy and enhancing reading & comprehension skills in English. It further supports, as a consequence, pupils' understanding of and performance in other subjects, on the basis that English reading and comprehension skills are the cornerstone on which other skills are built.

It aims to reinforce the value of education and promotes adoption of individual responsibility towards one's own learning by giving the dictionaries as valuable tools to individual children.

In the wider community, it is anticipated that siblings and parents will benefit too and although this group is hard to quantify it is estimated that a further 200 siblings, friends and parents will benefit indirectly.

The dictionaries are always well received and following the presentation it is always encouraging to see the students exploring the pages.

We are proud to support this project and we will be distributing around 480 dictionaries to Year 5 pupils in 8 local schools.

Feedback from all the Schools are that they really appreciate this annual project.

We could not continue to run this project without the support of Surrey County Council and our local Surrey Councillor, Naz Islam.

Classic Car Show a great success

Our first Classic Car Show was a huge success. We had a fantastic day and it was great to see such a fantastic turnout from those showing their cars, members of the public that visited and also the weather.

Everyone that donated or purchased from our tombola stand helped raise money for the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. We are still working out exactly how much was raised but we do know it was a significant amount.

A huge thank you to everone that helped on the day and to everyone that donated - the day exceeded our wildest expectations.

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New President Inducted

To mark the end of his year as President, a lunch was organised at The Three Horseshoes in Laleham. Unfortunately I could not attend as it was held on my grandson’s birthday but I understand from those that attended that it was very enjoyable, good food and conversation for one and all.  

Turning to this month, we are getting off to a busy start. Roger Dix kindly spoke to us at our first meeting on the History of Sweet Peas. I understand that even Vernon leant something new which was a surprise given his predilection for subject matter. The talk ended with bouquets of Sweet Peas handed out to those attending. Thank you very much Roger for an entertaining evening and for your continued support of the Club.

Our first Rotary Technology Tournament takes place at Thomas Knyvett College on 8th July. We have five teams entering the competition representing five schools in our area. I understand that the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Mary Madams will be supporting us by attending and handing out the Certificates and prizes to the competitors. Anthea and her team of helpers have worked to get this event of the ground. Please support this event which could be a new way for us to promote our Club in the community and become an annual event. Many thanks to Anthea for all your hard work and I am sure that it will be an enjoyable success.

Sunday 14th July saw the induction of our new President, Kevin Butler. Kevin has been a club member for many years and  has been a very active member in that time. After being presented the President's jewel by outgoing President Peter Grainger, Kevin's first job was to induct Vice President Ray Allen who will take over the club Presidency in July 2020.

Kevin being inducted by outgoing President Peter

Kevin being inducted by outgoing President Peter

Vice President Ray Allen being Inducted by Kevin

Kevin's chosen charity for his year in office is the Woking and Sam Bear Hospices. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is a patient-led charity that delivers specialist palliative care to people who have advanced life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their carers and families. Each year they care for around 2,000 patients, their carers and families with over 70% of that care delivered across Surrey in the community.

Rotary Classic Car Show

The Rotary Club of Ashford a proud to announce that it will be hosting a Classic Car show on Sunday 1st September 2019 in Clockhouse Lane Park.

The cars on display will be pre-1983 and the event will run from 11am to 4pm. There will also be a bar and food stall.

Charity Cheque Presentation

On Monday 20th May, we were delighted to welcome Dr Giosue Gulli from the Ashford St Peter's Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit. He gave us a very informative presentation on the excellent work that they do and what they hope to achieve in future. After his talk, Immediate Past President Anthea Lacey presented Dr Gulli with a cheque for £3,000, this being the amount raised during Anthea's Presidential year.

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