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© 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                                      

                                                                                           

 

 

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MK Dons Sports Education Trust

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Pictured above is President Tom presenting a cheque for £700 to Kelly Day, Volunteer Fundraiser for MK Dons SET, with Shelley Day, Sainsbury's PR Ambassador, together with SET volunteers and players. Keeping a close eye on proceedings are MK Dons mascots Mooie and Donny.

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The money was raised on one of our five collection days with Santa at Sainsbury's, in the run up to Christmas, and was gifted to MK Dons Sports Education Trust, Sainsbury's charity of the year.

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We are grateful to customers at the store who gave so generously to our Christmas collection, with proceeds from the other four collection days going to our charity project of the year, 'Blood Bikes - SERV', and other local charities including Willen Hospice.

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Download the 'loop-the-loop' application form here:

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MK Schools' Young Musician Competition

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The Milton Keynes Secondary Schools' Young Musician of the Year competition took place on 7th February 2018 at Ousedale School. The event, supported by local Rotary clubs, attracted very gifted vocalists and instrumentalists from schools across Milton Keynes.

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The eventual winner was pianist Anais Stanners, from Oakgrove School, and the runner-up (winning vocalist) was Kiera Baird, from St. Paul's School. Both will go forward to compete in the Rotary District 1260 Young Musician competition, to be held on 25th March. Well done Kiera and Anais on your success.

Pictured above is Kiera who will be sponsored in the next competition stage by Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club.

Update: Kiera performed at the District competition on 25th March. Whilst she raised praise from the judges for her performance she did not make it through to the next stage

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Santa's Tour

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We would like to express our huge thanks to all members of the public who gave so generously to our Santa Sleigh when it toured around the northern parts of Milton Keynes and local supermarkets during December.

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This year's Santa Tour raised the magnificent total of £5,875, which will be distributed to various charities and local community organisations including Willen Hospice, Kids Out, SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers - 'Blood Bikes') and MK Dons Sport & Education Trust.

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Special thanks also go to those who helped our members with the collections and to the management & staff of Budgens in Stony Stratford and Sainsbury's in Central Milton Keynes for kindly allowing us to collect at their stores.

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Drinks Galore at Stony Lights Fayre

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We were rushed off our feet dispensing warming mulled wine and delicious mince pies at our stall at the Stony Stratford Christmas Lights Fayre on 2nd December 2017. Thank you to Alan Swann and his organising committee, to all our helpers on the day and last but not least to the general public for their wonderful support.

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News in Brief

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Thank you to everyone who supported our Chinese evening on 10th April to raise funds to go towards our trip to the zoo in June for disadvantaged youngsters.

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Thank you to Ann Waters for organising our recent 'away meal' at the Mercure Hotel, Abbey Hill, Two Mile Ash.

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Hurricane Disaster Relief: Following the devastation caused by hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2017 we forwarded in September 2017 a donation of £1,000 to the  disaster relief charity, Shelter Box.

The green boxes are designed to help people who have lost everything and are filled with practical tools and utensils to help with everyday living.

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Tour of Printers: Thirty-one members, friends and relatives were treated to a most interesting conducted tour of Buckingham Colour Quest printers on 25th July 2017, followed by a very sociable evening meal at Pregos Italian restaurant. Many thanks to Baz for organising the visit and meal.

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Waitrose Donation: Thank you to Waitrose, Oakgrove Store, for the very kind donation of £174.00 towards our kids out day at Whipsnade Zoo in June 2017 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.

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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.

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

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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 June2017. Sarah came seventh out of the 10 finalists and a professional singing career beckons.

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Donations were made to several local charities in January 2017, 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.

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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".

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Welcome to our two new club members, Baz Curryer and Nick Drury, who joined us in March 2017.

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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.

 

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Blood Bikes - SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers)

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We've done it! We have raised £14,000, with lots of events over the past year, to purchase a brand new motor-cycle for SERV (Bucks, Berks & Northants), a registered charity run by volunteers that transports blood, plasma, vaccines and any other urgently required medical items to hospitals at night, daytime weekends and bank holidays. This service is provided completely free of charge. Arrangements for the handover of the bike are now underway.

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Super Sausage Café collection for SERV

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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.

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Further funds were raised a few weeks later when we collected from bikers at Jack's Hill Café, near Towcester. Thank you to the bikers, and to Nick Drury who organised the collection.

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Cowper Museum

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Members, friends and relatives were treated to a very interesting conducted tour of the Cowper Museum in Olney on 26th September 2017. 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.

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Santander Collection for SERV

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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 2017. This sum will very nicely kick-start our next big club project, which is to buy a new motorcycle for SERV.

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Going on Holiday?

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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.

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

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

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Tools for Self Reliance

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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!

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New Club President

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

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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.

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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".

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Rotarian Simon getting in the Moo'd

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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.

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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."

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Mike Thomas, PR & Communications Officer

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Annual Golf Day - Wed. 7th June 2017

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When Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club held its 10th annual charity golf day at Abbey Hill Golf Club in Milton Keynes it was a day of mixed emotions for many in that its founder and organiser over the past nine years, Rotarian Malcom Poulter, had sadly passed away earlier in the year and so the day was designated as a special testimonial to Malcom for all his hard work and dedication over the years.

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Fortunately this year the sun shone for the 17 teams playing and, together with sponsorship, the day was expected to raise a total of £4,500. A significant proportion of this sum will be allocated to the club's current project to raise £14,500 for a specially equipped motorcycle for the local branch of SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) who deliver blood and other medical items out of hours around the country.

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Commenting on the day, Rotarian Jim Barnes said "through Malcolm, our charity Golf Day has become a very well-supported regular feature in our club calendar and I am so pleased that it was his family's wish that not only should we continue holding the event this year as a fitting tribute to Malcolm but that they also wished to actively help on the day,  for which we are hugely appreciative. Our thanks also go to all the players and our sponsors for their support in making the day such a success".

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The winning team, 'The Normans', were awarded the Roger Borley Cup and the best Rotary team, 'Swanning Around', were awarded the Malcolm Poulter Memorial Cup. Thank you to all players,  event sponsors, helpers on the day, Abbey Hill Golf Club and last but not least event organiser Jim Barnes.

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Rotary Young Musician of the Year (regional final) Sun. 29th April

Dr Challoner's High School, Little Chalfont

Details, Chris Byard

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Rotary Inter-clubs Games Evening, Thurs 10th May, 7.00 for 7.30pm

Hanslope Working Men's Club

Details, Alan Harradine

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Rotary District Assembly, Sat. 19th May

Chalk Hills Academy, Luton

Details, John Waters

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Loop-the-loop in a glider challenge, Fri. 25th May

Dunstable Downs, see article in right hand column

Details, John Moss

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Annual Charity Golf Day at Abbey Hill, MK

Wed. 6th June, details Jim Barnes

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Kids Out Day, for disadvantaged youngsters, at Whipsnade Park

Wed. 13th June, details Chris Byard

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Rotary District Conference at Hatfield

Sat./Sun. 16th-17th June, details John Waters

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Club social week-end, Fri. 19th - Mon 22nd Oct.,

Alvaston Hall, Cheshire, details John Waters

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Day Trip to Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Wed. 28th Nov. details Ann Waters

Chance to see the Christmas Decorations & Markets, and for a tour of the house. Cost £35.00pp for coach and admission to the house.

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For our full list of club meetings/speaker events click on 'diary' tab above

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Rotary Technology Tournament - 2018.

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Teams from schools across Milton Keynes competed in the Rotary Technology Tournament on 14th March 2018. The annual event, organised by all the Rotary clubs within Milton Keynes, was held at Denbigh School.

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Teams of four from 25 schools were challenged to design, construct and test a launcher capable of sending a capsule into space. 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.

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Foundation - Denbigh

Intermediate - St. Pauls

Advanced - Radcliffe

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The prizes were presented by Peter Kara, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and Justin Pearce, General Sales Manager of Aston Martin. Congratulations to all contestants and the eventual winners. Thanks go to the event organisers, sponsors Aston Martin, Newport Pagnell, and local Rotary Clubs, participants, judges from the O.U., Network Rail & Rotary, and our hosts at Denbigh School.

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Malcolm Poulter

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It was a year ago in March since Malcolm Poulter passed away and we all remember him with deep affection. Malcolm was a very likeable, caring, inspirational and hard working member of our club and is still greatly missed. 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 11th anniversary this June. Pictured above is Malcolm receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship award in 2017 - an honour he so very much deserved.

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Our thoughts are with Pam and her family upon this anniversary of his passing.

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Our Rotary Christmas Quiz provided considerable entertainment for some, frustration for others, but at least something to while away any dull moments over the festive season. Several hundred copies were sold and 36 entries were returned of which 6 were 100% correct. With the answers there were some very imaginative, even strange, parts to some people's bodies!!

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The winning entries were

221 - Helen B,  223 - Jim B,  266 - Jenni D

482 - Peter A,  216 - Kevin M,  260 - Marion C

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Rather than divide the prizes (as stated in the rules) we will give £10 to each successful competitor. The competition raised £307 overall and with a 2 for 1 matched funding donation from the Bill Gates Foundation a whopping total of over £900 has been raised for good causes. Thank you all for your support.

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For all the correct answers click the link below:

http://www.wolvertonandstonystratfordrotaryclub.co.uk/xmas-quiz.pdf

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Car Boot Sales

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What are you doing this week-end? If you are clearing out your loft or garage, and have items you no longer require and do not wish to sell, then please give Rotarian Chris a call. We can convert your pre-loved items into cash, via further car boot and internet sales, to go towards our youth service and children's charities.

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Following the success of our car boot and internet sales of donated goods over the last two years (£600 raised in 2016 and £350 in 2017) we are again requesting donations for this year's round.

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Whenever you buy something on line you could be raising a free donation for Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club.

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There are over 3,300 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Booking.com and Sainsbury's, ready to give a free donation every time you shop. It's really simple, and doesn't cost you anything extra. All you have to do is:

1. Go to: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rcwss

2. Click Join Us and enter your details and click on Create My Account

3. Choose from over 3,300 retailers, do your shopping as normal and our Rotary Club will receive a free donation at no extra cost to you for every purchase you make

Thank you for your support, you'll be helping to make a real difference to Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary

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Bekash Evening

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A profit of over £1100 was raised at our fundraising event at the Bekash Restaurant in Stony Stratford on 31st October, in support of SERV the blood bikes charity and LEND with Care.Thank you to Indra Patel and his organising committee and also to restaurant owner Mr Murkit for his generous support.

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Kids Out Day - 14th June 2017

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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!

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