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December 2019 Issue


Firstly, I am delighted to say that both Harry and Ray are back with us following their recent health scares.

November has been a busy month for the club and for me. The big club event was the St Aldhelm’s Careers Fair which took place on 14 November and was picked up and well organised in Harry’s ab- sence this year by Ray, Ewen, Linda and Irene who did an excel- lent job. My thanks go too to the other club members who gave

their time on the day. I was pleased to be able to skip work and have a look myself, this being my first visit since joining the club. It gave me the chance to see the value of such an event to our com- munity schools and to St Aldhelm’s Academy in particular. Whilst

there, I was also able to talk to Andre Masters of Investec, one of our new Business Partners (at time of writing we have three with

two others in the pipeline) about our club, our work and our plans. On Remembrance Day this year, it was the turn of Parkstone to lay the wreath at the Cenotaph in Poole Park on behalf of the three clubs. The service and ceremony were excellent and the weather stayed dry. I was very proud to have the opportunity to lay the Ro- tary wreath in memory of the fallen, accompanied by the President of Poole Bay and the President Elect of Poole Clubs. Thanks are due too to Alasdair for his enthusiastic poppy selling and to Janet who put me straight on what I should be doing! Other club mem- bers also attended and like me, I am sure they were deeply moved.

This month, I was invited to attend the Charter Lunch of Parkstone and Poole District Inner Wheel, hosted by President Christine. The lunch was held at the Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth and was an excellent opportunity to learn more about Inner Wheel and to meet and talk with their members and with other Rotarians. Lunch was concluded with a fascinating talk by Denise Ryan, a lady who has spent more than 30 years working as a stunt performer and co

-ordinator. She described graphically what it is like to fall off a building, to be shot and to be set on fire!

Coming up in December we have the Santa Train street collection which will be held on the evening of Tuesday 17th December. I

have a list of people who gave me their names at the last meeting but if anyone else is available to help out, please let me know.

Last year we raised over £400. This year we will put the proceeds my chosen charity the Raizer lifting chair.

Christmas Dinner will be on 19th December at the Yacht Club. I’d like to remind you to book your places and send your menu choic- es to Alasdair by 6th December to confirm numbers to the Yacht Club and to give us the time to build a table plan.

Meanwhile, in Africa the Jaipur limb project is approaching a con- clusion thanks to Alex and Alasdair at our end whose tireless ef-

forts to overcome bureaucracy and banking hurdles are much ap- preciated. The George Buckley Memorial Workshop is now a reali- ty, the technicians have been trained and it is hoped that the first patients will be given new artificial limbs produced there by Janu- ary.

I should also say that at District Assembly this month, the club was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for our financial support to the End Polio Now project - very much a recognition of Alex’s efforts and encouragement as I am sure you will agree.

Finally, I would like to wish all of our members and honorary mem- bers a very Happy Christmas – keep warm and safe!

Andy Smith, President


The Careers Fair at St Aldhelm's Academy organised by the School and Parkstone Rotary Club took place on Thursday 14th November. Many club members acted as stewards to show exhibitors where to park, their loca- tion in the hall and to help them unload their equipment.There were up to forty exhibitors from industry, the Armed Services, the Police, the N.H.S., colleges of further education and Universities. The Fair was attended by three schools: St Aldhelms,Oak and Leaf academies.Students started ar- riving at 12:00 and had many career prospects to investigate. These op- portunities covered a wide range from Hairdressing to Legal, Scientific, Nursing, Engineering, Music, Retailing, Sport, Veterinary and Chiroprac-

tic. The Armed Services and Police attracted a great deal of attention. The colleges and Universities were kept very busy with much interest from the students. Comments from the exhibitors were very encouraging, being

impressed by the questions put to them and the interest shown.

St.Aldhelms expressed their sincere thanks to the Club for all the help and support in organising the Careers Fair, and looked forward to contin- uing their association with Parkstone Rotary for future events.      HARRY.



On Friday 15 November 2019 Parkstone and Poole Cele- brated their 46th Charter with a Luncheon at the Cumber- land Hotel, Bournemouth.

Our guests included Jane Ingram, District 11  Chair-  man:  Andy  Smith,  President  of  Parkstone  Rotary Club: Roger Allen, President of Poole Bay Rotary Club and Dr Fred Cartwright, President of Poole Rotary Club.

The restaurant looked glamorous especially with the tasteful Christmas Decorations, the lunch most enjoyable and this was followed by the Guest Speaker - Denise Ryan, Stunt Actress in the Film and TV industries.

She explained that you need to have professional qualifi- cations in 6 eg water, horse riding, fencing epee and foil, no fear of heights and fire etc.

It takes several years of being an apprentice before you become a professional stunt actor.

It was a happy occasion and everyone enjoyed them- selves.

Christine Gadsdon President


 PramaCare working with Parkstone Rotary introduce

 charity-funded Red Bags for emergency hospital visits.


When a crisis hits, we often rely on family and friends to step in and help us sort things out. If you live alone, don’t have family living close by or others in your house are less mobile, such events can be more challenging, leav- ing you feeling isolated and unprepared.

Members of Parkstone Rotary raised the funds to buy bright red holdalls, which are big enough for essentials but small enough to sit in the corner of a room, ready to go when needed, much like a maternity bag for those about to go into labour.

PramaCare have developed a handy checklist of items that might be needed for a stay in hospital, and their sup- port workers have visited each client who wanted to take advantage of the free Red-Bag scheme to help pack their bag. The check-list, kept in the bag, also contains some key information that is helpful for emergency services crews.

 On October 31st. our Speaker was Bob

 Sharpe on the subject of Crime Writers.  

Unfortunately our speaker couldn't join us for the meal as he was due to have an operation the fol- lowing day! Having been a librarian for some forty years, he had been employed as the chief buyer in Hertfordshire with a budget of one million pounds. Needless to say, in more recent days that budget was dramatically reduced.

He presented us with a history of crime writers. Con- cerned that the "Dagger Award" for crime writers didn't appear to be given to the right people, he was invited to a dinner by the judges, and made judge himself.


He was requested to make a shortlist of 120 books which he needed to review in six months! He phoned the chairman of the Judges to explain the difficulty in getting through so much copy and was instructed that the secret was to read just the first chapter and the last.


The most noticeable thing about this technique was that occasionally something stood out as being very different. Scottish author Val Mcdermid's book "The Mermaids Singing" published in 1995 was followed by "The wire in the blood" and won the "Dagger of Dagger award" nominated as the best of the best.

This was taken up by I.T.V. Her book

"Forensics, the anatomy of crime" became a radio show. Sometimes rather than popularity of style and writer's craft selling books, the fame of the 'author' played a greater part.


The genius of Ben Elton won him the Gold Dagger award for his book "Popcorn" and the consistency of his sixteen novels is reflected in his brilliant scripts for "Black Adder," "The thin blue line" et al.

Frequent requests encouraged two librarians to pro- duce the publication "Who else writes like that" which was published by the 'Library and Information Statistics Unit.'


When it comes to 'ghost' writers, the quiet force be- hind the writing of Dick Francis, the champion stee- plechase jockey , was Mary his wife. Some forty two best- selling crime novels came from that stable! When Mary died, their son Felix took over, making it a real family business.


Sometimes the position of a book on a shelf can cause confusion. John Francome's crime series  filed next to Dick Francis books of a similar genre caused some readers to think they were reading the work of the Francis tribe!


Crime is the only genre that is read equally by both men and women. Bob claimed Edgar Allan Poe's book "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was the first

Real crime novel. Poe, together with others, had  been inspired by the life of Eugene-Francois Vidocq, a former criminal who became the founder and first director of the Surete Nationale and head of the first Private Detective Agency.

So-called 'Autobiographies" are frequently written by ghost writers. All Katie Price's first fourteen books were written by Rebecca Farnworth. When Rebecca wrote a book under her own name, it didn't sell!

The first English crime novel was "The Woman in White"(1860) followed by "Moonstone" both written by Wilkie Collins. Books were very expensive, so works like those of Dickens, were serialised and pre- sented in news sheets. When Arthur Conan Doyle became bored with Sherlock Holmes and killed him off, there were riots. The Americans paid Doyle by the word if he would bring him back!

Prior to the first World War women's names didn't appear on book covers, it would have been thought unseemly! With the onset of women being involved in 'war work' this image was shattered. This lead to the 'Golden Age of Crime'.


Agatha Christie (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Chris- tie, Lady Mallowan DBE wrote some 66 detective novels, introducing us to Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Dorothy L Sayers gave us 'Lord Peter Wim- sey' and we entered period when 'nice novels' were the vogue (suitable to be perused by 'maiden aunts!')

Following prohibition and the Wall Street Crash, au- thors had to reflect what was happening in the real world. 'Pulp' magazines came on the scene, so-called because of the rubbish paper they were printed on.

James M Caine's book "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "Double Indemnity", Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and the novels of Raymond Chandler don't rely on blood and gore, but the imagination of the au- thor and reader.

Bob concluded by showing the sleeves of 'Hank Jan- sen' pulp fiction. The name 'Hank Jansen' was a fic- tional character and the pseudonym of the English author Stephen Daniel Frances. These books were handed out to the American Army in the hope that lewd fantasy would be preferable to fraternisation!

Altogether a fascinating talk!

 News from Jaipur

I was able to visit the project with our AG Rtn Rwanjeru. We  were well received        byCanon Benson                                        and briefly discussed the project progress.

We also discussed tentative commissioning for mid January, by which time Ronald would have some satis- fied clients to create more media interest.

The building is very ready (and the beautiful new im- proved kitchen, also photographed, is already in use).

It is very unfortunate that there have been costly glitches where consignments have arrived before the necessary paperwork (this has led to excess demurrage as well as only partial tax waivers ) but it is now important to move on as fast as possible so that the technician becomes productive and fruits can be seen.

Canon has already sent documents  relating  to  taxa- tion and to extra costs for installing 3 phase power as well as providing an extra outdoor working shelter - par- ticularly needed to accommodate the grinder(to reduce lollution) and give extra storage space for items which had been in the old workshop and thus currently are clut- tering the new one . We can attest that these items are

very necessary and hope your approval can be expedit- ed .

It was very interesting to learn that the first clients will be leprosy amputees. I imagine that leprosy is very much a forgotten disease in Europe and certainly we had not considered them much in the grant application. There is even a young German volunteer technician very ready to roll out the sandals for our first beneficiaries!

Looking forward to your quick response Carol

 Meridian Youth Corps of Drums Youth

 Marching Band


Andy, Ray and I visited the youth marching band on 7 October to present our cheque for £600.

When we arrived at their practice venue, Parkstone Sea Cadet Hall, we were warmly greeted by their bandmaster, James Leonard, and his many volunteer helpers, offered coffee and biscuits, and were then shown to the various practice rooms … of which there were many, including the wardrobe. Children and young people were enthusi- astically and happily practising in their various sections.


The Meridian Youth Corps of Drums Youth Marching

Band is a community youth group and, when not manag- ing the band, James is a police officer. He believes in promoting what he calls the ‘old-fashioned’ values of dis- cipline, hard work and respect, fosters social skills and confidence and has expectations of his band members.

James believes it is important to keep our young people off the street, and to this end the band meets every Mon- day of the year, apart from 2 weeks at Christmas, and the cost to attend is just £2 a week, so that it is affordable to all.

No experience is necessary and if any child wishes to join they are welcome and will be taught how to play. The young people clearly like and respect James. They are very well disciplined, sociable, friendly and they

enjoy themselves. They played for us and are of an ex- cellent standard, having performed at many prestigious events …. Disneyland in Paris, The Lord Mayor of Lon- don’s Show, Hamley’s Christmas Toy Shop Parade, to name but a few. The members have to perform excep- tionally to be chosen to take part, and they really work hard to be selected, rather than walk behind carrying shields. James and his helpers also arrange social trips for the children and they do a lot of their own fund raising

… the instruments and uniforms are very expensive as is the hall hire.

Andy presented the cheque to one of the young cymbal- ists who is holding it in the group photo. The other photo shows 3 enthusiastic young cymbalists… our cheque is going to purchase 6 new sets of cymbals for the younger children. We are featured on their Facebook page, with  a photo and a big thank you.

We were hugely impressed with their performance, moti- vation and James’ dedication. I have agreed that our  club will maintain contact and James has said that they would be pleased to perform for us. We are proud to be able to contribute to their continuing success and it is an excellent way in which we can serve both the youth and community ofParkstone.

Liz, Community Chair.

 PramaCare working with Parkstone

 Rotary introduce charity-funded Red

 Bags for emergency hospital visits.


When a crisis hits, we often rely on family and friends to step in and help us sort things out. If you live alone, don’t have family living close by or others in your house are less mobile, such events can be more challenging, leav- ing you feeling isolated and unprepared.

Members of Parkstone Rotary raised the funds to buy bright red holdalls, which are big enough for essentials but small enough to sit in the corner of a room, ready to go when needed, much like a maternity bag for those about to go into labour.

PramaCare have developed a handy checklist of items that might be needed for a stay in hospital, and their sup- port workers have visited each client who wanted to take advantage of the free Red-Bag scheme to help pack their bag. The check-list, kept in the bag, also contains some key information that is helpful for emergency services crews.


As mentioned at the last meeting, we are planning a poker evening with a simple but tasty meal on Friday, 13th December. It is to be held at my house. Full in- struction for Texas Hold'em will be given. If you haven't played before, it is a fairly easy game to pick up and it should just be a bit of fun.All money raised will go towards our President's charity, the 'First Re- sponders of Canford Heath'. We are hoping to raise money to go towards buying the chair which helps the first responders to lift people who have fallen at home. I do hope you will be able to join us. I will be passing a list round at our next Rotary meeting.

Check out your diaries and sign up on 28th Novem- ber.

See you on 28th, Linda A



Thursday 5th                SGM Meeting                  RMYC Friday    13th   POKEREVENING        Linda's Tuesday 17th      Santa Train Street Collection Thursday 19th             Christmas Meeting         RMYC





Tuesday 7th                Council Meeting               British Legion Hall

Thursday 16th             General Meeting               RMYC Thursday 30th   Speaker Meeting   RMYC