wp84a9637a.png

© Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club

                                                              Rotary Club of Wolverton & Stony Stratford

                                                                           President 2017/18: Tom Green 

 

We meet at the Cock Hotel, High Street, Stony Stratford.  A famous coaching inn dating back to around 1300 the Cock Hotel has been doubly immortalised through its name. The nursery rhyme "Ride a Cock horse to Banbury Cross" is said to refer to a horse from the hotel's stables.  And the phrase "a Cock and Bull story" is believed to derive from the exchanges of sometimes exaggerated news from passengers of the forty or more mail coaches which at one time called daily here, and at the Bull Hotel just up the High Street.

 

The club meets every Tuesday, except when the preceding day is a Bank Holiday, for dinner at 6.15pm.  Any changes to meals (additions/apologies) please to Rotarian Marcus Rixon by 3.00pm on Monday by email 'marcus.p.rixon@btinternet.com' or txt/confirmed on mobile phone.  After then please telephone the Cock Hotel direct on 01908 567733.

 

News below                                       Archive Newsnewsextra.htmlhttp://www.wolvertonandstonystratfordrotaryclub.co.uk/newsextra.html

                                                                                           

 

 

wp7076823a.png
wp5d739e05.png

.

.

Rotarian Simon's Golden Mooment 

.

With sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Wolverton & Stony Stratford, Simon Webb had no hesitation in donning his gold wig and frilly tutu to join over 1,000 others for this year's Willen Hospice Golden Midnight Moo on 15th July. Traditionally a walk exclusively for women, Simon was one of a maximum of only 50 men allocated a Gold Band to participate in the walk this year to mark MK's 50th anniversary.

.

After the walk, Simon said "I always like to keep fit and this seemed a great way of combining that and my club's ongoing support for Willen. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk, the night was so well organised and, of course, I am most grateful to my fellow Rotarians for agreeing to support me in this way."

.

Pictured above is Simon getting in the moo'd before the walk.

.

Mike Thomas, PR & Communications Officer

.

.

Sainsbury's Vouchers

.

Vice President Tom Green's collection of 371 Sainsbury's 'Active Kids' vouchers will soon be put to very good use in purchasing games equipment for Walnuts School. Pictured above is Tom handing over the vouchers to Jo Wates, Head Teacher, to add to the school's own collection. For details of the Active Kids programme visit: http://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk/

.

.

Malcolm Poulter

.

It is with much sadness that we report that Malcolm Poulter passed away on 6th March. Malcolm was a very likeable, caring, inspirational and hard working member of our club and will be greatly missed by us all. A past Club President he will be particularly remembered for instigating and organising our annual golf days which have raised many thousands of pounds for good causes; this competition will reach its 10th anniversary this June. Pictured above is Malcolm receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship award last year - an honour he so very much deserved.

.

Our thoughts are with Pam and her family at this very sad time.

.

Annual Golf Day - Wed. 7th June 2017

Our 10th Annual Golf Day was held once again at Abbey Hill Golf Club. On this special occasion we celebrated the life of Malcolm Poulter; he must have been looking down on us favourably as the weather was glorious and everyone had a very enjoyable day.  By his family’s request the major portion of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new motorcycle for SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers).

After the day's exploits on the course were over we sat down for a delicious two-course dinner after which several individual and team prizes were announced. The 'Normans' scooped the top team prize and carried off the Roger Borley Cup. Our club, as represented by the 'Swanning Around Team', won the Malcolm Poulter Memorial Cup. The evening concluded with a charity raffle and auction and expressions of thanks to all players, event sponsors, helpers on the day, the golf club and last, but not least, event organiser Jim Barnes.

.

Kam Tong Garden Evening - 28th March

Thank you to everyone who supported our Chinese Meal evening. A profit of just over £540 was raised in aid of children's charities. Thank you also to the Kam Tong Garden restaurant for putting on a splendid meal and to our generous sponsors and raffle prize donors.

.

News in Brief

.

Hurricane Disaster Relief: Following the recent devastation caused by hurricanes in the Caribbean we have forwarded a donation of £1,000 to the  disaster relief charity, Shelter Box.

.

Tour of Printers: Thirty-one members, friends and relatives were treated to a most interesting conducted tour of Buckingham Colour Quest printers recently, followed by a very sociable evening meal at Pregos Italian restaurant. Many thanks to Baz for organising the visit and meal.

.

Waitrose Donation: Thank you to Waitrose, Oakgrove Store, for the very kind donation of £174.00 towards our kids out day at Whipsnade Zoo for disadvantaged youngsters. This was the amount raised for our charity from the store's 'community matters' green token scheme, which asked shoppers to vote for one of three featured good causes during the month of May.

.

Congratulations to John Moss on receiving the Rotary District 1260 Foundation Cup at the recent district induction dinner. John has worked tirelessly on Rotary Foundation duties throughout the year and most recently secured the provision of defibrillators at key locations throughout the district.

.

Marathon Lady: Congratulations to Karen Lower on completing her first London Marathon last Sunday (23rd April). Karen, a keen runner and past competitor in the MK Marathon, achieved a time of 5hrs, 4 minutes. Karen is now collecting her sponsorship money in support of Headway, the brain injury charity.

.

Did You see? our sponsored young musician Sarah Ikumu, from last year's Rotary Young Musician competition, go all the way to the final of  T.V.'s 'Britain's Got Talent' on Saturday 3rd June? Sarah came seventh out of the 10 finalists and a professional singing career beckons.

.

Donations were recently made to several local charities, from the proceeds of our Christmas Float collections, most notably Willen Hospice (£1,000), Tools-for-Self Reliance, Wolverton Scouts, Wolverton Moles, Wolverton Inner Wheel, Wolverton-in-Bloom, Stony-in-Bloom and Super-shoes, plus a grant of £500 to the club's sensory room project.

.

Donation to St. George's Church, Wolverton: In the lead up to Christmas we made a donation of £500 to help with the church's work in supporting the homeless. Reverend Gill Barrow-Jones, Rector, commented "this is extremely kind of our local Rotary club and it will make a big difference to the way in which we can help individuals in need".

.

Welcome to our two newest club members, Baz Curryer and Nick Drury, who joined us in March.

.

Congratulations to Chris Byard upon receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship award in recognition of all his work for the club over the past 20 years, most recently steering the sensory room project for Walnuts Care.

.

.

Warm Welcome at Stony Lights Fayre

We were rushed off our feet dispensing mulled wine and mince pies, plus the occasional shot of brandy, to the general public at the Christmas Lights Fayre in Stony Stratford on 26th November 2016. We smashed last year's record by raising a profit of £1,600 which will go towards local good causes. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support in particular Barry Love and his organising committee.

.

Tools for Self Reliance

Club members regularly spend an enjoyable evening at the MK workshop of 'Tools for Self Reliance' refurbishing donated old tools for Africa and learning new skills! Our last visit was on 8th March 2017 when we also handed over a donation of £150. Each visit is invariably rounded off with some well earned fish and chips!

.

 

.

.

Super Sausage Café collection for SERV

.

Pictured above are President Tom, Nick Drury and Simon Webb, together with members of the blood bikes charity, SERV, taking a well earned break from their collection duties on 1st October. Thanks to the generosity of bikers and other visitors to the Super Sausage Café in Potterspury over £300 was collected over the weekend which will go towards our project to buy a brand new bike for SERV.

.

.

New Club President

.

Tom Green has been elected as the new Club President for 2017/18. He takes over from last year's President, Marcus Rixon.

.

It's been another very busy year for the club, which has included the provision of a new sensory room at Walnuts Care in Galley Hill, our annual charity Golf Day and Christmas float collections, and the installation of a new defibrillator in Stony Stratford" commented Marcus as he handed over the chain of office to incoming President Tom.

.

In thanking Marcus for his leadership over the past 12 months, Tom said how much he was looking forward to his year as President. "We are already working on a number of new projects focusing on supporting the community and fundraising for charities and good causes locally, nationally and abroad, with our members enjoying the fun and friendship that being a Rotarian brings".

.

.

Santander Collection for SERV

.

Pictured above are Kevin with guide dog Ellie and Rotarian Barry Love together with Alistair from the blood bikes charity SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers). Thanks to the generosity of staff from Santander, where Kevin works, the fantastic sum of £1139 was collected on a 'dress-down' day on 24th February. This sum will very nicely kick-start our next big club project, which is to buy a new motorcycle for SERV.

.

.

New Sensory Room at Walnuts Care

.

A new Sensory Room at Walnuts Care in Galley Hill was officially opened by Milton Keynes Councillor Zoe Nolan, Cabinet member responsible for Children and Families on 16th January.

.

Brimming full of the latest computerised sound and vision technology the specially converted room has been jointly funded by Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club and the Kids Out charity. Jerry Aldous Manager of Walnuts Care said "We are extremely grateful to the Rotary club and Kids Out; this room is a wonderful addition to our facilities which will enhance the range of services we provide and the experiences of the children and young people we support".

.

Organiser of the project to fund the new room, Chris Byard, said "I am very grateful for the huge support from the Rotary club over the past year. The money was raised from a  very varied selection of sources including games night, golf day, district grant, carol service, Christmas float collections, grand autumn prize draw and car boot & internet sales of donated goods. This project will enormously help disadvantaged youngsters to get a better start in life".

.

.

Loop-the-Loop has raised over £3,000

.

Now in its fifth year, the sponsored 'Loop-the-Loop' in a glider event organised by Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club continues to attract more willing volunteers, including this year four members from our own club and Rotary District Governor Chalmers Cursley. A total of 13 flights took place courtesy of the London Gliding Club at Dunstable Downs on Friday 12th August 2016 with each participant experiencing at least one exhilarating full loop in the glider. Half of their sponsorship goes to Rotary's worldwide Polio eradication campaign, the other half to a charity of their own choice. The event was rounded off with the traditional barbecue.

.

Organiser, Rotarian John Moss, said "It was a fantastic evening with perfect weather conditions and a great opportunity for my club to help raise funds for charity. Thank you to everyone who made the event possible, especially all the brave and enthusiastic 'loopers' and their sponsors, and the London Gliding Club and its pilots."

.

Pictured above, left to right, are club members David Hildreth, Indra Patel, Judy Hildreth and David Sansome. "Well, who wants to go first then?"

.

.

Hazel's Ambulance Appeal

Over sixty club members, friends, hospice staff and distinguished guests, including MP's Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster, Milton Keynes Mayor Councillor Keith McLean and Rotary District Governor Prue Dixon, assembled at Willen Hospice's Wellbeing Centre on Friday 26th February 2016 for the handing over of a brand new ambulance. This was the culmination of our year-long fundraising project in memory of Rotarian Brian Stuart's wife, Hazel, who passed away at the hospice in November 2014.

.

Brian commented "My family and I wanted to do something really special for the hospice and I was so pleased when my fellow Rotarians all agreed that buying a new ambulance for Willen would be a great project, albeit a very challenging one for a club of our size. It has taken just over a year to reach our target of £34,000 through numerous fundraising events and donations. We are extremely grateful for all the help and support received in making this possible".

.

Responding to Brian, Paul Hinson, the hospice's Chief Executive, said "This is a marvellous achievement and I congratulate the Rotary club on all its efforts and dedication to this project. The new minibus will be a fitting and timely replacement for our existing vehicle and will enable us to continue providing an important transport service for the patients who would otherwise have difficulty in getting to and from our Wellbeing Centre, for the various day care facilities we provide".

.

Read all about Rotarian Brian's amazing story in strarting off this project, successfully raising over £7,000, before his Rotary Club adopted and officially took the appeal under its wings with fundraising ventures throughout 2015. For the full story visit:

http://wolvertonandstonystratfordrotaryclub.co.uk/page12.html

.

LATEST NEWS FROM WILLEN

Helen and Bob from Willen talk about their new ambulance. Go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF3yRFdPB7E

.

Going on Holiday?

.

If you are a member of Rotary you can earn 10% commission for charity every time you book with Riviera Travel. Whether you travel as a group, a family or on your own every holiday can earn funds for your club. Request a free brochure from Riviera Travel at: http://www.rtyriviera.co.uk

Please mention our Rotary Club when you book.

.

On-line shopping?

Go on-line with 'easyfundraising' to visit your favourite retailers (over 2500 listed) and raise money at the same time for Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club (at no extra cost to you).

Visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rcwss

.

Googling? Try the search engine 'easysearch' instead and raise money for Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary

Visit http://www.easysearch.org.uk

.

.

at

.

.

Cowper Museum

.

Members, friends and relatives were treated to a very interesting conducted tour of the Cowper Museum in Olney on 26th Sept. Then it was a short walk across the High Street for a delicious evening meal at the Donzella Italian restaurant. Thank you to Ann Waters for organising the visit and meal.

.

.

New Defibrillator in Stony Stratford

Sixteen representatives from Rotary, Stony Stratford Town Council, Milton Keynes Council and BP assembled at the BP Filling Station in London Road, Stony Stratford in May for the official presentation of a new defibrillator.

Arranged by our Rotary Club in conjunction with the Town Council and the Community Heartbeat Trust charity, and funded by a grant from the Rotary International Foundation, the defibrillator is prominently located on the garage forecourt and will be available 24/7 for use by the public to treat anyone who is in cardiac arrest by giving a high-energy electric shock.

John Moss, the club’s Foundation Chairman said “We are really pleased to have been involved with this project and are most grateful to BP for agreeing to have this important life-saving equipment on their premises”.

In order to provide awareness and training so that people have confidence to use defibrillators, and have more people in the community able to offer CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), the public were invited to a CPR information meeting run by the Community Heartbeat Trust at Stony Stratford Library in June.

Pictured above is Cllr Joan Walker MBE, Chair of Stony Stratford Town Council cutting the ribbon to officially launch the new defibrillator, accompanied (L to R) by Rotary Club Vice President, Tom Green; Milton Keynes Deputy Mayor, Cllr David Hopkins; Rotarian John Moss and Rotary District Governor, Chalmers Cursley.

Mike Thomas, PR & Communications Officer

.

.

Car Boot Sales

.

Following the success of our car boot and internet sales of donated goods last year (over £600 raised) we are again requesting donations for this year's round. If you are clearing out your loft or garage this weekend, and have items you no longer require and do not wish to sell, then please give Rotarian Chris a call.

Update, October 2017 - nearly £300 has been raised so far this year from further car boot & internet sales.

.

Kids Out Day - 14th June 2017

Chris and Judith Byard accompanied over 110 children and 90 helpers from Walnuts School on their annual day out to Whipsnade Zoo. It was all part of Rotary Kids Out Day when children throughout Rotary District 1260 get the chance to have fun and exciting experiences in the safe environment of the Zoo. In brilliant sunshine the youngsters enjoyed the huge variety of animals on display (at a safe distance!) plus the exciting train ride and adventure playground. At the end of the day there were a lot of tired but happy youngsters!

.

.

Trip to Ironbridge

.

Thank you to John Waters for organising a very enjoyable weekend break to Ironbridge in March. Highlights included visits to the Victorian village at Blist Hill, the Coalport China Museum and the Gorge Museum, plus of course the very comfortable hotel and convivial company. Thank you also for the excellent care extended to us throughout the weekend by Jewels Tours.

.

.

Christmas Float Collections

.


A huge thank you to the general public who gave so generously to our Christmas Float collections this year to help us raise a whopping £6,000 for local charities and good causes. This was achieved with mobile street collections in New Bradwell, Wolverton, Stony Stratford and Old Stratford plus on-site collections at local supermarkets. Thank you to Budgens, Tescos and Sainsburys for allowing us to collect at their stores and to everyone who helped with the collections

.

Grand Autumn Draw

.

Thank you to everybody who bought raffle tickets in our Grand Autumn Draw. The draw generated a profit of over £800 which will go towards the purchase of equipment for a new sensory room, for autistic youngsters, based at Walnuts Care in Galley Hill, Milton Keynes.

.

Bekash Evening

.

A profit of over £850 was raised at our fundraising event at the Bekash Restaurant in Stony Stratford, in support of Shelter Box the disaster relief charity. Thank you to Indra Patel and his organising committee and also to restaurant owner Mr Murkit for his generous support.

.

Social Evening

.

It was best foot forward on our recent walk along the canal at Cosgrove followed by a delicious meal at the Barley Mow. Thank you to Ann for organising a splendid evening.

.

Clay Shoot Competition - 23rd October

.

.

Captain Bob Russell carried off the spoils at our recent clay shoot competition, with an impressive 10 out of 10 score. No doubt his previous army service had a lot to do with this success. A very enjoyable morning's shooting, with thanks to Barry Love for organising the event.

.

.

Paul Harris Awards

Congratulations to Jim Barnes and Brian Stuart upon receiving Paul Harris awards in recongnition of all their work on making the Hazel's Ambulance Appeal such a success. Pictured above are Jim and Brian after receiving their awards from President Ann Waters.

.

http://www.facebook.com/people/Wolverton-Rotary/100008813208942

.

Rotary Technology Tournament.

Teams from schools across Milton Keynes competed in the Rotary Technology Tournament on 15th March 2017. The annual event, organised by all the Rotary clubs within Milton Keynes, was held at Denbigh School.

.

Teams of four were challenged to design, construct and test a vehicle to travel along a pipeline and move debris. Marks were awarded for teamwork, design, manufacture, documentation & task completion. An enjoyable experience watching the enthusiasm and ingenuity of all the students. Cash prizes and shields were awarded to the winners of the three class categories.

.

Foundation - Ousedale

Intermediate - Ousedale

Advanced - Radcliffe

.

Congratulations to all contestants and the eventual winners. Thanks go to the event organisers, sponsors, participants, judges, and our hosts at Denbigh School.