Community & Vocational Services


One of our Senior Guests' parties

One of the commitments of this committee is to attend the various needs of people less fortunate, who by circumstance beyond their control, are unable to enjoy the social benefits of normal life. We are particularly keen to provide facilities that enable the elderly to enjoy entertainment otherwise not available. (The picture above shows one of our Senior Guests’ Parties.) The club support Chelmsford Community Transport, which provides transport services for those who cannot access public transport because of physical or mental limitations or rural exclusion. The younger generation are equally supported; where their engagement in Challenges or Expeditions which are socially or community orientated to develop their life skills, the committee will consider support to enable the applicant to complete their task successful & to the benefit of the community.

Rotarian Francis Whitbread is Chair of our Community & Vocational Committee.

Senior Guests’ Summer Party

We welcomed 23 senior citizens to our annual Senior Guests’ Summer Party on 24 June 2023. It was held as usual in the Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House. Various Club members picked up those guests who needed lifts and took them home again afterwards. Other members were on duty in the Chapter House itself to set up, greet and serve the guests and clear up at the end.

A number of laid dining tablesAs each guest arrived we made sure they were comfortably seated at one of the tables and gave them a glass of a drink we made ourselves by putting fresh strawberries in a jug and topping it up with lemonade. We did originally add an elderflower cordial but decided that made the drink too sweet.

Entertainment was provided by Steve Moriaty and his daughter Pippa, who sang songs that would have been familiar to our guests. One guest did ask whether they were husband and wife, much to the chagrin of Anne Moriaty, Steve’s wife and Pippa’s mother.

After the guests had enjoyed a selection of services Steve and Pippa took a break while Francis Whitbread conducted a quiz. That was narrowly won by two ladies from South Woodham Ferrers, although admittedly two Rotarians joined them for the quiz because their team was so small.

It was then time for cakes and more songs, ending with a rousing rendition of “We’ll Meet Again”, in which Rotarians and guests joined with gusto.

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