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(Latest update: 16 May 2024)

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16 May 2024: Ukrainian Concert

Today Heather Rogers spoke to us about the concert she arranged at Chelmsford Cathedral in January in support of the Red Cross appeal for Ukraine.A young woman with dark hair standing by some tall tables bearing a laptop Unfortunately we had problems linking her laptop with the projector at the Chelmsford Rugby Club, so she had to rely on us all trying to see her laptop screen. (See the picture.)

She got to know some Ukrainians through volunteering at the Broomfield Parish Hall She got the idea for the concert when she saw the bandura duo Dvi Doli playing at St Ethelburga’s Church near Liverpool Street station. She approached the duo to see if they would be interested in performing in Chelmsford, which they agreed to do.

Heather then set about arranging the concert, including booking the Cathedral and opening a special bank account for the concert. Tickets were sold through Eventbrite and in person. She had publicity leaflets printed and placed in appropriate places around Chelmsford. Our Secretary, Jenny Black, made sure the concert was well publicised within the Club.

She approached BBC Essex to see whether they would be prepared to publicise the concert. They told her they would interview her on the morning of the concert. She thought this might be too late but went ahead. Our member Philip Goodman, who sold tickets on the door at the concert, said that some people told him they had decided to attend when it was mentioned on BBC Essex that morning, so it was worthwhile.

The concert was very well attended, Dvi Doli entertaining the audience with their music and songs for two hours. Some £1,500 was raised.

Spring Jumble Sale 2024

Rows of red plastic chairs facing the viewer, with tables on either side laden with jumbleWe held our annual Spring Jumble Sale on Saturday, 20 April 2024 - at the Danbury Village Hall as usual. Members attended in the morning to sort out the jumble into categories and set up the tables and the auction for the more valuable items. The photograph shows the hall when this work had been completed.

The jumble sale itself took place in the afternoon, manned by volunteers from our Club and from the Village Hall. The total sales came to £517.20, an excellent result. Our thanks to all who helped on the day setting-up, helping on the stalls and clearing up afterwards. It was a very successful day.

Rotary Young Musician District Final

Four adults wearing chains of office, with six teenagers standing in front of themThe District 1240 Final of Rotary Young Musician was held at Brentwood Cathedral on Saturday, 2 March 2024. There were nine competitors sponsored by Clubs around the District, including three sponsored by us. Others in attendance included the Mayors of both Brentwood and Chelmsford, the District Governor and District Governor Elect (our own Anne Moriaty), many other Rotarians and others who had come to support competitors.

The performers’ standard was very high indeed. The adjudicators had a difficult task deciding on placings. The winning vocalist was Rose Buggle (sponsored by us and by the Rotary Club of Brentwood). The runner-up was Katherine O’Hanlan (also sponsored by us). Our instrumentalist was unplaced.

Writtle Christmas Tree Festival

A small Christmas tree bearing decorations made from used blister packsWe again entered a Christmas tree into the annual Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church, Writtle. This took place over the weekend of 2-3 December 2023.

We didn’t seek to impress with the beauty of our tree or the design that went into placing the decorations. Instead we used the opportunity to publicise our Club’s concern about the disposal of used blister packs from pills and tablets. We loaded the tree with decorations handmade from blister packs.

An accompanying display card explained why we had done so and the extent of the problem caused by the difficulty of recycling blister packs. (We had to close our own recycling project due to the increased cost.) It certainly created some interest. Hopefully it also made more people aware of the situation.

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