This year's news and past events
Community Service Award to Rachel Brown
Rachel Brown and her daughter Jessica were guests of the club at its lunch on 23rd July. President Bill Juby presented to Rachel the club’s Community Service Award in recognition of the help Rachel provides every year with the arrangements for the 1066 Charity Walk. The walk’s final checkpoint is at Steven’s Crouch where the club is permitted to use Rachel’s land to provide the necessary facilities. It is a service much appreciated by both the club and St Michael’s Hospice, the joint beneficiaries of proceeds from the walk.
Michael Peacock award awarded to Emmelieve den Breejen
At the beginning of July at Papendrecht, in the Netherlands , the coveted Michael Peacock award was awarded for the second time. The award was created in memory of Michael Peacock, and is awarded to a pupil from De Lage Waard secondary school in Papendrecht a school Michael had close ties with. The Award which reads: “Awarded for an outstanding contribution to international understanding and friendship in memory of Michael Peacock of the Rotary Club of Battle who himself contributed so much.” is handed out each year to the student or students who are deemed to have done most for international Friendship. This year’s winner was Emmelieve den Breejen. She was given the award for her charity work in Mombassa, Kenia, helping to build a school, handing out food parcels and doing social work. The ceremony was part of the annual graduation ceremony. It is worth noting that this friendly, modest girl, graduated with the equivalent of British A levels, with flying colours, earning an official ‘cum laude’ diploma. Her scholarly and charity achievements much impressed the audience, and the congratulatory letter, kindly provided by Bill Juby, President of the Rotary Club of Battle, was much appreciated. We all look forward to finding another worthy recipient next year.
The Battle Rotary stall at the Bonfire Boy’s Annual Fayre proved very popular. This year the Club decided to include the Stroke Association, thus combining a fund raiser with a ‘Health Awareness’ event. On a hot and sunny day around thirty people decided that they should have their Blood Pressure checked. Whether this was because of the weather, or the stress of trying to find the key to unlock the ‘Rotary Door’, we will never know. But we did raise over £40 towards Rotary charities! It proved to be a happy and successful day. By the way there was one lucky winner, but it was fellowship that proved to be the biggest winner of the day!
Rotary Youth Speaks National Finals - Claverham Community College Team
Every year Battle Rotary Club, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bexhill-on-Sea, organises local school participation in Rotary International in Britain and Ireland’s Youth Speaks competition. This year was no exception. The competition is an exacting test of young peoples’ ability to speak in public on a subject of their choice. The senior team from Claverham Community College in Battle did exceptionally well and progressed through local, district and regional rounds to the national finals in Nottingham on 12 May. There they found themselves up against teams from all parts of the UK. Although they were unable to win an award, they delivered their usual persuasive presentation on the topic “Chivalry: is it dead or simply misunderstood”. The photograph shows Isabella Trevett, Mia Shaw and Connor Malewicz in action.
Pestalozzi Rotaract Club,
At a recent club meeting, President of Pestalozzi Rotaract Club, Nischal Poudel, described his club’s activities over the past year. The occasion was also used to return to Battle Rotary Club, as the parent club, the Rotaract chain of office. This follows from the closure of Pestalozzi International Village Trust in its present form at the end of the current academic year. Sue Walton, PIVT Chief Executive who was also present, took the opportunity to outline the new arrangements for students to be able to study in the United Kingdom Pestalozzi students will be especially missed at Battle Rotary Club’s annual party for seniors where they regularly helped out and cared so well to a much older generation.