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© Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club

                                   

                                                                              President 2019-20. Marcus Rixon

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Rotary District 1260 Community Cup Winners 2019

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.

 

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End Polio Now

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Since 1985, Rotary's key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%.

Over the last 30 years, Rotary has donated US$1.8 billion to the eradication effort and has protected over 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes. Inspired in part by Rotary's volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988. This partnership includes Rotary, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the US Centre for Disease Control & Prevention and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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There are only a handful of cases left in the world but continued vaccination programmes are essential to stop the disease returning and ensuring the world is certified polio-free. Rotary members continue to be key players in many aspects of the polio programme, including on the ground support and fundraising. Members of Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club, along with Rotary members throughout Great Britain and Ireland, have been huge supporters of 'End Polio Now'.

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Tool for Self Reliance

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Club members hard at work refurbishing donated old tools at the Milton Keynes workshop of 'Tools for Self Reliance'. The tools will eventually make up carpentry kits for onward distribution to Africa. The visit was rounded off with some well earned fish and chips!

Details about TFSR at http://www.tfsr-mk.org.uk

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Kids Out Day 12th June 2019

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Under the very able stewardship of Rotarian Jane we took a group of 106 children from Walnuts School for a day out to Whipsnade Zoo. Every June Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland together with the Kids Out Charity organise for 25,000 disadvantaged children to go on a fun day out. The weather was kind, and the rain held out until our group of children were well on their way to the coaches for the return journey home. We have been taking the children from 'Walnuts' to Whipsnade now for over 20 years! Thank you to Alan Tarsey and his district team for organising the whole event.

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Cheques Presentation Evening

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Very enjoyable evening on 19th February handing out cheques to some of the beneficiaries of our Christmas Float collections. The recipient charities on the evening were Willen Hospice, Talent Unlimited, Stony-in-Bloom, Stony Stratford Cricket Club and Inner Wheel Club of Wolverton. A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the collections and the general public for giving so generously.

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And on 5th March a cheque was presented to Wolverton & Greenleys-in-Bloom, again funded by the Christmas collection proceeds.

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Bekash Fundraiser

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A big thank you to all 60 people who attended our fundraising dinner in October, which raised a marvellous £780 to go towards the club's current project to refurbish the kitchen in MacIntyre's Coffee Shop. Thank you also to Mr Mukit, owner of the Bekash Restuarant in Stony Stratford which hosted the event, and to Rotarian Indra Patel for organising the event. Pictured above are club members and staff from MacIntyre Care with Mr Mukit.

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Congratulations Karen

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Congratulations Karen Lower on completing the Great North Run on Sunday 9th September. Karen has now collected all her sponsorship money, to the tune of £420, which will go towards our MacIntyre Coffee Shop kitchen refurbishment project.

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Update: Congratulations Karen on completing the London Marathon on 28th April achieving a sub 5 hour time. Karen is raising funds for the Headway Trust via the Virgin Giving website. And if that was not enough Karen has today (5th May) competed in the MK Half-Marathon achieving a time of 2:19.45 - well done again Karen.

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Crazy Whist Evening

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A very enjoyable crazy whist evening on 28th September 2018 raised almost £360 for our MacIntyre Coffee Shop fund. A big thank you to Ann Waters, for organising the event, and Ken George for ensuring we all correctly followed the (crazy) rules of play.

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Games Night

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We are looking forward to the next opportunity to defend our cup from fierce competition from other local Rotary clubs including Newport Pagnell, Woburn Sands & District and MK Grand Union at our annual fun games evening. The winner's cup came back home to our club last year (May), and with it the responsibility for organising this year's competition! The winning team (club team 2) comprised Tom, Eric, Dave, Chris & John Woollett.

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Week-end away

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Thank you to John and Ann Waters for organising a very enjoyable 'club week-end away' break at the Alvaston Hall Hotel in Nantwich, Cheshire. Plenty of good food, lively entertainment and congenial company.

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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 Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club when you book.

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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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Our car boot and internet sales of donated goods over the last two years have been very successful (£600 raised in 2016, £350 in 2017 and over £100 last year). Can we beat those figures this year?

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Do you want to raise a free donation for Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary when you buy something on line?

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There are over 3,500 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 3,500 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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Googling? Try the search engine 'easysearch' instead and raise even more money for Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary

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

 

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New Rotary Year & New President

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The beginning of July marks the start of a new Rotary year, with a new President taking up office. Pictured (left) is retiring President Alan Swann congratulating new President Marcus Rixon, following the handover of the chain of office. In turn, President Marcus was pleased to hand over the Vice-Presidency role to Stuart Clarke. Congratulations to both of them and we look forward to another year's full programme of great fundraising and social events, helping the local community and supporting international humanitarian  good causes.

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And two new Club Members

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Before handing over the Presidency of the Club Alan Swann had the pleasure of welcoming two new members, Andrew Hulme and Rachael Wilson. Both commented that they were looking forward to helping support the local community, and of course having fun.

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Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary has raised £15,800 for its 2018/19 Charity of the Year, MacIntyre Care

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We were delighted to have exceeded our fundraising target when we presented two cheques totalling £15,800, for the renovation of the coffee shop in Stony Stratford which went ahead in February. Thanks also to MacIntyre's own efforts the project developed over the year to include a refurbishment of the whole shop. "None of this could have happened without the generous support of club members as well as those who made donations throughout the year", commented project leader Rotarian Jim Barnes.

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At a special cheque presentation evening Club President Alan Swann said that the club had organised numerous fund raising events over the past year, and thanked everyone who had been involved for their hard work and support. He added that fundraisers had included the Christmas carol concert, Santa collections, a restaurant dinner, games evenings, a stall at the Stony Lights fayre, the annual golf day, a 'loop-the-loop' in a glider challenge, race night and a cake & samosas sale at Santander, Shenley Wood.

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Claire Kennedy, Head of Fundraising at MacIntyre, said, "We have loved working alongside the Club to raise these funds; it has been a real partnership and we recognise just how lucky we were to be chosen and to have been able to draw on the particular skills of club members, with a special mention for Jim Barnes, project leader. MacIntyre's coffee shops at Stony Stratford and Great Holm offer work and learning opportunities for adults with learning disabilities as well as fabulous fresh food at competitive prices. The Stony Stratford Coffee Shop has been long overdue a refit and we are delighted that this work can now take place".

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The Stony Stratford Coffee Shop has now re-opened. Please pop in for a cuppa and a piece of cake, or something more substantial, meet the lovely staff and admire the new alterations.

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Santa collections

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas Float collections; with the generous support of the general public we raised approximately £6,000 which will go towards our appeals for MacIntyre Care, Willen Hospice and other Rotary supported charities. Our mobile tours this year included Wolverton, Stony Stratford, Old Stratford and New Bradwell and were ably helped by Santa's elves & members and friends of Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club. Our static collections included Sainsbury's in CMK (5 days) and Cofferidge Close in Stony Stratford (2 days). Thank you also to Sainsbury's for allowing us to collect at the CMK store.

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Evening tour times: 6.00 until 8.00pm

Wolverton tours 1 & 2: Wed. 5th/Thurs 6th December

New Bradwell: Fri. 7th December

Stony Stratford tours 1 & 2: Mon.10th/Thurs 13th Dec.

Old Stratford: Wed. 12th December

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Static collections: Stony Stratford

Cofferidge Close, Saturday 8th & Saturday 15th December, 10.00am to 3.00pm

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Static collections Sainsbury's CMK

Wed. 19th Dec., 10.00am to 7.00pm

Thurs. 20th Dec., 10.00am to 7.00pm

Fri. 21st Dec., 10.00am to 7.00pm

Sat. 22nd Dec., 10.00am to 7.00pm

Sun. 23rd Dec., 10.00am to 5.00pm

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Indonesia Quake/Tsunami

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We were all shocked to see the scenes of utter devastation following the tsunami in Indonesia. We donated funds to two of the immediate response charities, AquaBox and ShelterBox, to purchase life saving water and shelter kits to the value of £1,000.

http://www.aquabox.org

http://www.shelterbox.org

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New Club President

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Alan Swann has been elected as the new President of Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club, for the year commencing 1st July 2018, having taken over the role from Tom Green.

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In thanking Tom for his leadership over the past year, Alan said how much he was looking forward to his year as President. "We are already working on several new projects to support our local community, most notably to raise £14,000 to fund a new kitchen for the MacIntyre Care coffee shop in Stony Stratford, and a number of international humanitarian good causes". President Alan's two main aims for his year are to grow the membership of the Club and increase our presence in the community.

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A warm welcome to our newest members Stuart Clarke, who joined us on 26th June, and John Shambrook, who joined on 14th August 2018.

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Rotary presents new Blood Bike 'Sheila'

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Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club presented on 18th May 2018 a brand new specially equipped Yamaha ‘Blood Bike’ to SERV OBN, the local branch of the national charity Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers, which covers Oxon, Bucks, Berks and Northants. In line with the SERV tradition of naming their bikes after distinguished women in the field of medicine, the Rotary bike bears the name ‘Sheila’, after Sheila Kitzinger MBE, a highly respected authority on natural childbirth.  

SERV volunteers are fully qualified and experienced motor cyclists who are available on a standby rota basis to provide a rapid response transport service to collect and deliver urgent supplies of blood, platelets, baby milk and other important medical items between hospitals and health premises anywhere in the country out of normal hours, often during the night, and totally free of charge to the NHS.

At the handover, Rotary Club President Tom Green commented “This Blood Bike represents the culmination of 15 months of fundraising and we are so grateful for all the public support in helping us achieve our £14,000 target.”

In response, Kamran Irani, the Chairman of SERV OBN said “This bike will be a most valuable addition to our fleet and enable us to continue helping to meet the needs of patients and medical staff requiring urgent supplies. Our sincere thanks go to Rotary for their tremendous efforts in making this possible.”

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Pictured above is Rotary President Tom Green, together with club members, handing over Sheila’s keys to SERV OBN Chairman Kamran Irani, outside the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford.

Mike Thomas, PR & Communications Officer

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President Tom could not resist having a go on the new bike; "now, can I borrow somebody's crash helmet and I'll take it for a quick spin?"

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Team Rotary

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It might have been wet, it might have been windy, but that did not stop our team turn out to do a litter pick in Wolverton on Saturday 8th June. Our club joined many other Rotary clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland on 'Rotary Pick Up Plastic Day'. We collected twenty bags of rubbish and with perfect timing Milton Keynes Council's contractor, Serco, turned up at the end of our stint to collect the spoils. Many thanks to Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council which loaned the 'pickers', MK Council and Serco, and last but not least Rotarian Stuart who organised the whole thing and of course our team of willing volunteers.

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We scoop District Community Trophy

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At last weekend's district conference in Kenilworth (21st-23rd June) our club was presented with the district 1260 community service cup. Pictured is Club President Alan Swann being presented with the trophy by District Governor Dave Ford for our local community work over the last 12 months. Our recent litter pick on a very wet Saturday, the MacIntyre coffee shop project, the Santa collections for local charities, the donation to the MK Cancer Unit Appeal, our use of social media and the web site plus our support of conference, were all mentioned as contributory factors to the award.

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Donation to Cancer Unit Appeal

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Pictured above is President Alan Swann presenting a cheque today (15th April) for £1,000 to representatives from the MK Cancer Unit Appeal looked on by fellow club members and Sainsbury's Store Manager Rob Johnson.

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The money was raised on one of our collection days with Santa at Sainsbury's, in the run up to last Christmas, and was gifted to the Cancer Unit Appeal, Sainsbury's charity of the year.

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We are most grateful to customers at the store who gave generously to our collections, with proceeds from the other collection days going to our charity project of the year, the MacIntyre coffee shop refurbishment (Stony Stratford) and other local charities including Willen Hospice.

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For our full list of club meetings/speaker events please click on 'diary' tab above. Offers of guest speakers please to Stuart or Chris.

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Meal at Royal Thai Restaurant

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Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Thai fundraising to raise funds to go towards our trip to the zoo in June for disadvantaged youngsters. And thank you to Jane Lynds who organised the event which raised a profit of £350.

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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 6th February 2019 at Ousedale School. The event, supported by local Rotary clubs, attracted a very gifted vocalist and instrumentalists from schools across Milton Keynes.

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The eventual winner was clarinet player Alex Pembery, from Shenley Brook End School, and the runner-up was classical guitarist Fergal MacManus of Ousedale School. Both will go forward to compete in the Rotary District 1260 Young Musician Final in March. Alex will be sponsored by Newport Pagnell Rotary Club and Fergal will be sponsored by our Club in the next round. Highly commended was Alistair Hindley, from Oakgrove School, who played the tenor horn. Well done Alex, Fergal and Alistair on your success.

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Stony Lights Fair

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We were rushed off our feet dispensing warming mulled wine, shots of brandy and delicious mince pies at our stall at the Stony Stratford Christmas Lights Fayre on 1st December 2018. Thank you to Bernard Garvey and Alan Swann for organising everything, to all our helpers on the day, to MacIntyre Care for supplying some very tasty produce and to the general public for their wonderful support. We achieved a record profit of over £1400, smashing by far previous records, which will go towards our MacIntyre Care Café kitchen refurbishment project.

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Christmas Carols Service

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We all enjoyed a very traditional Christmas Carols Service at Furtho Manor Farm Church, followed by an evening meal and entertainment, on 11th December. Thank you to David & Diana Sansome, our hosts, and to the Cosgrove Church Choir. Thank you to Rotarian Ann Waters for organising the event in collaboration with Cosgrove Church and to all who attended or helped on the evening. Proceeds from ticket sales and the prize draw raffle raised a profit of £1800, which will be split equally between our MacIntyre Café kitchen refurbishment project and the Cosgrove Church repairs appeal.

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McCarthy & Stone's Generosity Boosts Rotary's MacIntyre Project

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McCarthy and Stone, the housebuilder behind the new Retirement Living Plus development Elizabeth House in Stony Stratford, has recently (24 July 2018) given the Rotary Club of Wolverton and Stony Stratford  a most generous donation of £500 towards its current MacIntyre Coffee Shop kitchen refurbishment project.

Several Rotarians and MacIntyre staff  gathered at the Coffee Shop in Stony Stratford High Street when McCarthy and Stone’s Sales Executive, Teresa Staroscik, presented Alan Swann, President of Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club, with the cheque.

Alan said: “This is a wonderful gesture from McCarthy and Stone. We are well on our way to reaching our target and this donation will be a great help in bringing the much needed new kitchen that much nearer to completion. On behalf of Rotary and MacIntyre we say a very big thank you. ”

McCarthy and Stone Sales Executive, Teresa Staroscik, added: “As a company, we appreciate our responsibilities go further than building quality retirement apartments, and we also seek to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build and so it was an absolute pleasure to present this donation.  The team at McCarthy and Stone’s Elizabeth House development wishes Alan, his members and everyone at MacIntyre every success with the project.”

Further information about the Rotary Club, MacIntyre and McCarthy and Stone can be found at www.wolvertonandstonystratfordrotaryclub.co.uk ,  www.macintyrecharity.org, www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.  

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Annual Golf Day - Wed. 6th June 2018

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Well done to all who played at our 11th annual charity golf day at Abbey Hill, to the eventual winners and to everyone who supported the day and attended our prizegiving evening. Conditions could not have been more perfect though several players were overheard blaming their occasional bad shots on the very gentle breeze!! All the proceeds from the day will go towards our kitchen refurbishment project for the Macintyre Café in Stony Stratford. http://macintyre.org

Huge thanks to all our sponsors, to Abbey Hill Golf Club, to everyone who helped on the day and last, but not least, to event organiser Rotarian Jim Barnes.

Update June 2019: we regret that we were not able to organise another competition this year, as we simply did not have the resources available to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope for better news next year.

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Malcolm Poulter

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It was in March 2017 that Malcolm Poulter passed away and we still 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. Pictured above is Malcolm receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship award in 2017 - an honour he so very much deserved.