Community Service/ End Polio Fundraiser 2019

Paella Party in the summer sunshine raises money for End Polio Now

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There is something special about a party in the garden – especially when it is hosted on the luscious lawns of one of Stock’s finest houses – Brook Lodge.

“If weather is wet, we can rearrange, “ said Patrick Rothon, when he and Carol invited Club Members to a paella party on August 24.  He was kidding of course.  When we all arrived, tables, chairs, and parasols had all been moved to the shade of the lawn as the first day of the Bank Holiday. heatwave just began to cool to “comfortable.”

From experience, Carol’s chicken paella is something to die for!  No exception here. Prompted one Member to say; “That was the best paella I have tasted.” He said the same thing last time! Scrumptious deserts followed, fresh strawberries, cakes and gateaux. Copious wine.

End Polio

Everything we do in Rotary – even partying –  has a good charity reason. None better than End Polio Now – a charity close to all Rotary hearts, So, all 20 guests offered £10 a head, a small sacrifice to a great cause and a wonderful evening. 

Our thanks to Patrick and Carol for their usual hospitality, and charm, to Roger, still practising the art of being a wine waiter, to Sarah Kettle for her industrious help, and to Peter Greene, who provided the wine and whose camera insisted he came.  Otherwise you would not be seeing how much fun we had.  President Ben made the vote of thanks to generous applause.

Entertainment was involuntarily provided by Peter and Christabel Strong’s 4-year old grandson George, who regaled us first with his spider photographs (shock, horror, by one wife), then gave a superb demonstration of tractor racing around the Rothon estate.

By the time his mother Victoria called Time for Bed, dusk had descended, and the tractor lights were on full blaze.

Time to all go home.