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23 October

Our annual Blenheim Rotary 10K and 5K Runs on 23rd October went very well in perfect weather, and should enable us to donate £5,000 to the West Oxfordshire branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. We attracted entries from runners drawn from a wide area and in larger numbers than in recent years. Readers who are interested in the winners and times should consult our 10K website.  Our thanks are due to His Grace the Duke of Marlborough for permission to hold the run in the autumnal glory of Blenheim Park, to the runners and their sponsors, and to our many friends and MS Society volunteers who helped with key tasks on the day.

31 October
We were intrigued by the title chosen by our speaker at the meeting on 31st October - “The Woodstock Chiropractor Makes Formula 1 Faster”. It transpired that Dr Matthew Scroggs who is director of the local chiropractic clinic, was the only representative of his profession working in Formula 1 racing, having been approached by Williams F1 and appointed by them to deliver health care and performance optimisation. He used his expertise to focus on aspects of fitness, nutrition and health surveillance to maximise the advantages to the whole team. Half a second saved in a wheel-change pit-stop can significantly affect the race outcome, and Matt showed us videos of training in just this area. The stakes are high, with it generally being reckoned that every point gained is worth £1million.  Dr Scroggs travelled over 62,000 miles across 19 different countries during his time in Formula 1. We may count ourselves fortunate that he is now devoting his talents to the less frantic, but no less rewarding, work here in Woodstock!

9 November
Were you driving past the roundabout in Langford Lane on Wednesday 9th November in the afternoon? If so you may have noticed several members of our club in high-viz jackets in suspicious activity on the said roundabout. We were actually planting 16,000 corms of purple crocuses which should guarantee a vivid display there next spring. Purple is the colour of the dye used to mark the fingers of those who have received anti-polio vaccine in our world-wide effort to rid the world of this disease. We received much appreciated help in purchasing and planting these corms from Cherwell District Council. Other batches of corms have been sent to schools in the area and to Woodstock Parish Church. Do look out for them blooming in February/March. The similar corms we planted opposite the Hensington Gate to the Palace some years ago still flower each spring, so Woodstock has not been ignored!

Arrangements are well advanced now for the annual pre-Christmas visits to Woodstock by Santa Claus. On Mon 5th December we will be covering the Hensington estate, starting at Cadogan Park. On Monday 12th we visit Old Woodstock and then the Brook Hill area. On Weds 14th it will be the turn of the properties between Budds Close and Bear Close. Do look out for Santa and return his cheery wave, not forgetting to put something in the tins carried by his little (well we can dream!) helpers. We start each round at 6.30pm and end no later than 9.00pm. We will also be collecting at Sainsburys in Kidlington during the daytime on Sat.3rd December.

Tea Drinkers

A reminder…. Do you drink Yorkshire Tea? If so, by saving the barcodes on the packets you could help Rotary provide wheelchairs in deprived areas of the world. Do please cut out and save your barcodes (Yorkshire Tea only, please!) and give them to any Rotarian or pop them through the letterbox at 14 Cadogan Park. This initiative is being promoted across the whole of Rotary District 1090, and our Club is anxious to play its full part.