So last year Community Services Chair Pauline MIlls helped to marshall at the Soapbox Derby in Billericay, and she got the inspiration. "All I need is to persuade the members to enter a soapbox for next years' Derby; now how do I do that?" And the rest is history
Suffice to say that a year later through the sterling efforts of Rotarian Peter Carter a Soapbox was created. The theme was developed based on the 2006 Oscar winning Happy Feet movie , all about a penguin who doesn't have a song to attract a mate, so the Wickford Soapbox turned up resembling an iceberg.
Look out for the jump in the BBC video
"So now all I need is an idiot to drive the thing" thought Pauline and her eyes rested on the face of Rotarian Mark Williamson. Supported by his team of sturdy pushers, Nick, Rob and Tom, Mark ventured down the hill to an amazing yell from the crowd. The jumps were interesting (see the videos) and while not the fastest Soapbox on the course, certainly one of the most interesting!
Apart from the fun, sponsorship of the event brought some money into the coffers as well, so a winner all round.
Will we do it again next year? Well, let's wait and see!
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more Peter Rudeforth's Jazz band make an inpression on RHS Hyde Hall
more Who needs to go to Voyage when we had Planet Abba just outside Wickford!
more Despite the current situation we've managed to get a quiz together, and the feedback was very positive!
more Lord Toffingham took us back a few decades to a time when music was loud!!
more Santa is coming to Wickford again this year, and he's really keen to see all his friends!
more A new entertainment experience born out of the pandemic
more RHS Hyde Hall hosted a fantastic evening of 50s music from the brilliant band
more This week Wickford Rotary leapt at the chance to support the NHS and the local community to protect our over 80s from COVID-19
more Santa says thank you for making his visit to Wickford so successful!
more Thanks to the local businesses sponsoring our Sleigh Collections this year; Thanks to you all!
more After a chance conversation with an employee, Vanitorials MD Dave Clark leapt at the opportunity to help a local charity with its efforts
more Sadly Guy Fawkes won't be visiting Wickford this year. It is with great sadness that we have to announce that we won't be able to hold the Fireworks Spectacular this year. But we still have a target!
more We hope you enjoy these photos of past fireworks displays!
more John Bolton 1934-2014
more Santa came back to Wickford briefly this week to make sure that the money you donated got to be used
more After a worrying start, the fireworks display really lived up to its name!
more Santa really loved coming to Wickford this year and would like to say thank you to all the lovely people he met. Sorry he couldn't get to see you all, but hopes to see more of you again next year!
more Just to say thank you to the sponsors of the event; have a look and see how they helped us!!
more Wickford Co-op store gives money from it's Community Fund to Wickford Rotary
more The annual Jazz on a Summer evening event this year was a real wow!
more Well, that got your attention! No we didn't win the race, but we won lots of hearts!
more It's not all fundraising you know! Some of our members went for a cruise on the River Crouch
more A really great night with the Sid Bolan Band!
more Santa's visit to Wickford was a lot of fun again this year, and he thanks everyone who came to visit
more A brilliant night at the Wickford Fireworks Spectacular in the Memorial Park!
more Music amplifies everything it touches. It can turn a field into a festival, a bar into a dancefloor and a job into a passion. So it’s important that we stand up for music by protecting those that make it.
more Some members of Rotary Wickford recently visited Sailability
more Wickford Rotary members made a special visit to St Luke's with a generous donation of £3,555 which is being used to buy specialist equipment for the Hospice
more Wickford Rotary recently welcomed many visitors to Hyde Hall for the annual Jazz on a Summer Evening
more Members of the Rotary Club of Wickford visit St Luke's Hospice to see how the proceeds of a donation has been used
more Santa visited Wickford again this year and he was overjoyed to see so many children welcome him
more In anticipation of this years event on Nov 4, have a look at some photos from last year's display - brilliant!
more Our intrepid daffodils!
more At their weekly club meeting on the 19th January 2017 the Rotary Club of Wickford presented £10,000.00 to J's Hospice, which improves the lives of those living in Essex aged 16-40 with life limiting and life threatening conditions
more RAMSDEN CRAYS WAR MEMORIAL COMPLETED
more Rotary Club of Wickford celebrate their 55th Anniversary September 2013
more Presentation of Paul Harris fellowship to Rotarian Frank Harris member of the Rotary Club of Wickford
more Presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship award to Rotarian Tim Kadesh member of the Rotary Club of Wickford
more The Object of Rotary
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