When District Governor Mary Whitehead asked our Club to provide a Father Christmas for Sheerhatch School, a combination of the village schools in Cople and Willington, she was pushing at an open door as Fred Laming, a former Club member now enlivening a retirement complex in Suffolk, had started a very successful Rotakids group at the school. With the guidance of Rotarians Chris Horler and Peter Walden and the enthusiastic encouragement of teachers and the other children, Rotakids have supported our Club causes including Polio Plus, Carers of Bedfordshire and Canine Partners, and taken part in our annual Charity Swimathon in aid of numerous good causes.
I was to be Father Christmas, and DG Mary provided the outfit, one from the Land of Amazonia and fit for purpose once I used wellington boots in place of the plastic leggings that looked like collapsing concertinas. Wearing the wig brought total anonymity and the confidence that went with it.
At Cople site the password, ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ released the magnetic clamps on the gates and Head Teacher Helen Ryan took me to each of the four senior classes where I gave my ‘Yo,Ho,Hos’ and complimented and thanked the children for their support of our good causes, finishing with ‘Three Cheers for Sheerhatch.’ One lad wearing a red football shirt from somewhere in Manchester collared me and asked which was my favourite football team and when I replied, ‘Bristol City’ and ‘Up the Robins’, his shrill and disbelieving cry of, ‘Bristol City???!!’ followed me to the door.
The three youngest classes, ‘Otters, Rabbits and Squirrels’ were all sitting cross-legged on the floor in Willington and greeted me with a carol. This group was full of Believers and totally delightful, all enraptured to see Father Christmas, and receiving their presents with looks ranging from agog or dumbstruck, to the occasional chatterbox each with, as my mother would say, ‘The confidence of a butcher’s dog.’ Of course, we ended with ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.’
On reaching home, I saw the photograph and was aghast at what I saw. My senior school was Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol, a Bluecoat school where we boarders wore the full fig of moleskin breeches, knee length yellow stockings, and an ankle length blue cloak with gilt buttons to the waist and a jabot at the neck. Sunday - best versions were for church parade and School Marshal, Bill Stenner, an ex-RSM from the Gloucestershire Regiment went through the ranks with a tweak here, a pull there, and a woeful sigh elsewhere, and the delivery of his final condemnation brought a cheer and we ambled off to church in town.
My dismay was caused by the fact that the photograph showed the belt buckle to be off-centre and I realised that the whirring sound I heard was Bill Stenner rotating in his grave while declaiming that final condemnation, ‘You look like a sack’a dung tied up ugly,’ - and I did.
more A glimmer of an idea comes to fruition
more A visit to the Hemel Hempstead Rotary sponsored Community Mini Bus
more Thanks to all those charities who helped out in Christmas 2019
more An amazing evening fundraising for the MK Mercy Shpis Bursary Project
more A long running partnership continues
more The two Aylesbury Clubs work together to bring Christmas to the town.
more A successful Christmas for Aylesbury 100s
more Bedford Young Chef
more Carols in Leighton Linslade
more More news from Hatfield
more Christmas with the Yes We Can project
more Tree Time in Royston
more Santas turn out for a run around Stanborough Lakes
more Today Jeannie Addleman, Chair of Community at Hatfield Rotary presented to Friendship House (a lunch club and leisure centre for retired people in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City).
more Astounding feats of mind-reading left members of the two Letchworth Rotary clubs both bemused and entertained
more CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families, will benefit by more than £800 thanks to a Christmas concert sponsored by Letchworth Howard Rotary Club on November 27.
more Baldock meet Global Grant Scholar Rinko
more Passionately Purple Gin takes you to new heights.
more A busy October and November for Dunstable
more Ampthill Park Flexi co-ordinate a large number of Shoeboxes in their local area
more Opening Rounds of the 2019-20 Minor Sports Competition
more Many years hard work commended
more Work is scheduled to start at the end of November.
more Despite the muddy conditions, Santa still had lots of visitors.
more Letchworth Howard Rotary Club scored a bullseye for Garden House Hospice Care at the club’s darts marathon evening on November 14
more Many students attend the Aylesbury Skills Show
more Members visit Community Action Dacorum to see the new Rotary Sponsored Mini Bus.
more The final of the District 1260 Minor Sports tournament was played at The Globe Codicote on the evening of Thursday 7th November between two time finalists Brookmans Park and first time finalists Ampthill.
more Some 70 members and guests recently (Saturday 19 October) attended Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club’s Diamond Anniversary Dinner
more Royston’s Rotarians have donated £5,000 to the Sick Children’s Trust – for the second year running.
more A visit to the Rhine, a Curry House and a donation
more It was smiles all round at Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s November 4 meeting when new president-elect Arthur Jarman was formally inducted as vice-president
more The annual visit to our twin club in Belgium took place from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th October.
more Once again Bushey Bowls Club hosted the District Outdoor Bowls Competition for the Fred Butt Trophy.
more FAI Auto Parts proudly sponsors the Buzzards Football Team
more New Season for Leighton Linslade's Yes we Can Project
more President Robert Kernott presents a Paul Harris Award to Roger King a long - standing member of Aylesbury Hundreds Rotary Club.
more Annual Swimathon supports Parish Church Refurbishment Fund
more Mary Fenton speaks to Hatfield about her work
more Find out what Amersham Rotate have been up to.
more Letchworth Howard commemorate WWI
more Trophies awarded for the Yes We Can project on display
more Hatfield welcome more new members.
more Hitchin Priory held its first Classic Vehicles Show on 8 August, on the Recreation Ground, Pirton, on the edge of Hitchin.
more In aid of Youth Concern
more Over 5,000 people came to the 2019 Royston Kite Festival which took to the air again over Therfield Heath on 4th August.
more Our newest Club Woburn Sands & District recently made a donation of £1,000 to the Milton Keynes Night Shelter. Here is a short piece by John Fulton about the work of the Night Shelter.
more It was music to the ears of the people of Luton that the new bandstand has opened in the town – and it was all thanks to Rotary.
more Latest report from Hatfield
more Here is a quick review of my first week at Hatfield Rotary, showing some of the local projects we support…
more The partnership between MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) and the Rotary Club of Leighton Linsdale has taken on another dimension this year's Summer Holiday, with a new programme that consists of one day multi-sports sessions spread over three weeks
more Ian Begg (centre), takes over the reins as President of Rotary Stevenage Grange from Ted Coles (right). Ian will pass over the baton to Rob Bamforth (left) next July.
more Baldock Rotary Club has welcomed it’s new President for the 2019-2020 year.
more Looking for suggestions as to how they can help
more Graham Bourne takes over the reins at Dunstable
more At a busy meeting on 24th June, Hitchin Priory Club entertained representatives of three of the charities we have recently supported in order to present cheques to them.
more It was all in the family at Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s handover evening on Monday July 1st when President Tony Silver stood down at the end of his year of office – to be succeeded by his wife, Angela.
more Handover to new President Martin Berry
more In recognition of their outstanding and long contributions to the club
more The May Fayre had, perhaps, its most important guest appearance in its 30 year history when the skies over Leighton Linslade were graced with a Spitfire from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
more On Saturday 8th June, Clubs across Great Britain and Ireland organised local groups consisting of Club members to pick up Plastics and General Litter from parks, beaches and rivers as part of the RGBI mass beach and river clean day.
more Our club has been busy the last couple of months with visits from the two clubs we are twinned with and Kids Out.
more Looking forward to the year aheads
more A small group of Baldock Rotary members and their wives met with their counterparts in Toftlund, Denmark for the biennial meeting of the two clubs.
more Letchworth Howard plans for the year ahead
more Baldock present a cheque to local hospice
more May Day Fayre & Vechile Show in Royston
more Over £20,000 raised by Letchworth Howard Rotary over the years
more Sainsburys and Wolverton & Stony Stratford work together
more Wolverton and Stony Stratford helps support Sainsbury's Chosen Charity
more Wolverton and Stony Stratford helps support Sainsbury's Chosen Charity
more Wolverton & Stony Stratford help support Sainsbury's chosen Charity
more in aid of local Youth Club and Church
more Leighton Linslade host a Seniors Tea Party with a 1940s Theme
more Today Hatfield Rotary stalwarts braved the cold winds in our Town Centre…
more Garden House Hospice Care and Mary's Meals benefit from successful quiz
more Children from 11 schools in Royston and the surrounding area took part in a unique musical event last week at Saffron Walden Hall.
more WGC Breakfast Club supports Dementia UK
more Letchworth Howard Rotary Club has received a resounding tribute for its support of Garden House Hospice Care...
more Baldock Library recently celebrated the 30th Anniversary of having moved to their current premises in Simpson Drive.
more President David has just returned from Kwa/Zulu Natal, South Africa, where he has been visiting projects which have been supported by the Royston Rotary Club for a number of years.
more The Rotary Club of Dunstable has, once again, enjoyed a meeting with Flitwick Vale Rotary Club, an annual event held at Poplar’s Nursery, Toddington.
more Buckingham plant trees for their community
more A big birthday for Watford Rotary
more Annual Technology Tournament for the Royston area
more The Rotary Bandstand for Luton underway-wonderful day for Luton, says Lord McKenzie
more Leighton Linslade wins National prize
more Well done to budding Young Chef
more A great success for Amersham Rotary
more Race Night raises fund for Panto outing
more Special awards to hardworking Rotarians
more Two interesting talks
more Bourton Meadow Academy (BMA) supports the Rotary Club of Buckingham’s Backpack project in aid of Mary’s Meals
more Royston answers a cry for help from Acorn House
more The Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds held a special evening to show their appreciation, and to make donations, to the local charities and good causes that supported us on the Christmas Santa Float rounds.
more Working with Home-Start Letchworth Howard takes a group of children to the Panto
more Another brilliant evening with all the excellent presentations receiving loud applause from the audience. This gave the adjudicators a really hard task to select the teams to progress to the District semi-finals, but decisions were made.
more The Rotary Club of Dunstable has for some time now been providing uniforms free of charge obtained from lost property offices at most of the local schools. The success has been phenomenal.
more Tools for Self-Reliance in Milton Keynes is a charity that provides a safe environment where volunteers, of all abilities, can refurbish donated old tools transforming them into tool-kits for onward distribution to developing countries.
more Around 700 children a year are being helped in Uganda with tackling potential hearing problems thanks to a project which was hatched by a doctor and his Rotary member patient.
more Luton Chiltern Rotary Club held its annual Young Chef Competition at Barnfield College recently and this year (its ninth year) saw a record fourteen entrants.
more It was a busy weekend for Watford Rotary, on Saturday morning they ran the local heat of the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition at West Herts College Catering School, plus on Sunday hosted the annual Watford Rotary Pensioners Christmas Tea Party.
more A locally based charity has benefitted from a £5,000 donation given by Royston’s Rotarians. Acorn House, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, provides a ‘home from home’ for parents and carers of very sick children while they receive treatment.
more LOCAL YOUNG CHEFS SET A HIGH STANDARD IN ROTARY COMPETITION
more Reflections on 2018
more Royston help out at their local Nursing Home
more Helping homeless people and young carers at Christmas
more Young Chef and a Tea Party
more Beadles Jaguar Land Rover Watford came to the rescue of Watford Rotary’s annual Christmas Street collection
more President Chris Rawlinson and new member James Cahill of Little Chalfont, who works for Audley Retirement Homes.
more There was another great score for Letchworth Garden City’s Garden House Hospice at Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s darts marathon evening, which raised an estimated £2,000-plus for Rotary charities with the hospice the principal beneficiary.
more Now available, see poster for details.
more Woburn Sands raise money to help local homeless
more To mark the centenary of the Armistice, Royston make a donation to the British Legion
more Helping out with the high cost of uniforms
more Who can grow the tallest Sunflower
more Dunstable and Menen Rotary clubs contribute to have the War Memorial restored for the WWI Centenary.
more A review of the last year
more Watch out for the Rotary Sleigh in Dunstable.
more Derek Bignell was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Dunstable and we look forward to his involvement in our club.
more Who thought it was possible to Bollywood dance to a Country Music band playing ‘Coming Round the Mountain’?
more Tools for Self-Reliance in Milton Keynes is a charity that provides a safe and caring working environment where volunteers, including those with learning disabilities, can refurbish donated old tools
more Our club, having been twinned with the Rotary Club of Menen since 1976, began its annual visit on 10th October with 16 members
more Paul Denton, Luton North, was delighted when he received an email from the Rotary Foundation last week.
more Rotary adds new floral display at local station.
more Part of the Leighton Linslade "Yes We Can" initiative in conjunction with MK Dons
more As he takes over the reins at Watford Rotary
more A brilliantly sunny day for this annual event held as usual on The Heath and we estimate that over six thousand people from the Royston area attended.
more A highlight of Bedford’s bi-annual two-day River Festival
more Dunstable Rotary co-ordinate clubs from across the District for Kids Out at Whipsnade
more Relatively new Member Roger leads Dunstable into the new Rotary Year
more Brookmans Park's New President takes over the reins
more Andy Calvert will be walking the 114 miles of the Icknield Way, each miles signifies a year that Rotary has been in existence.
more Club articles from July 207 through to June 2018
more Club Articles from January to June 2017
more New bike for the local branch of Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers
more Letchworth Garden City welcomes first lady member
more Letchworth Howard stalwart taken by surprise at club’s Handover and Presentations evening
more Prizes awarded and donations made from the £29,000 raised at the annual Milton Keynes Rotary Swimathon held in March
more Rotarian Jasmine Morris joins march with her Purple for Polio banners
more Baldock Rotary is sad to announce the recent death of the club's oldest and longest serving Rotarian, AW 'Bert' Biggs, at the age of 93.
more Over £4,000 raised on a Loopy Summer's evening
more Rotary in Stevenage helps clear a garden gone wild
more A year of widely varying events is on the cards for Letchworth Howard Rotary Club in 2018-19, president-elect Tony Silver told the club’s annual assembly on June 4th.
more Phase 1 completed, onto the next Phase
more Brookmans Park Rotary Club raised over £1,500 in its 26th annual sponsored swim event – taking the total figure to more than £100k.
more Tuesday 24th April 2018 at The Cock, Broom
more Wonderful weather for Spring Fayre means great result
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