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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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Congratulations to Mike Thomas upon receiving a well deserved Paul Harris Fellowship award, for his outstanding service to Rotary and other local charities over 25 years. Pictured is Mike with President Tom after the award ceremony.

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Games Night

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We joined with the Rotary Clubs of Newport Pagnell, Woburn Sands Satellite and MK Grand Union for a fun games evening in Hanslope last week (10th May). The winner's cup came back home to our club, and with it the responsibility for organising next year's competition! The winning team (club team 2) comprised Tom, Eric, Dave, Chris & John W. Thank you to Newport Pagnell RC for organising the event.

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Marathon Lady

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Well done Karen Lower on completing the MK Marathon on Monday 7th May, in sweltering conditions. Pictured above is Karen, at the 19 mile mark in Bancroft Park, managing a smile for her supporters' club! (Mike, Pat, Chris & Judith).

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A warm welcome to our newest member Bernard Garvey, who was inducted by President Tom on 2nd May.

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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:

http://wolvertonandstonystratfordrotaryclub.co.uk/Loop registration.jpg

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Cardiac Arrest in the Young

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We recently had a very moving presentation by Donna from Harry's Heart Foundation about cardiac arrest in the young. Donna's son Harry, a very fit 18 year old sportsman, died five years ago from an unknown heart condition. For more details please visit our Facebook page.

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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 2017. 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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Rotary presents new Blood Bike 'Sheila'

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Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club has just proudly presented (18th May) 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 is Rotary President Tom Green, together with club members, handing over Sheila’s keys to SERV OBN Chairman Kamran Irani.

The presentation took place at The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford (where the Rotary Club meets).

Mike Thomas,

PR & Communications Officer

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

Dunstable Downs, see article in right hand column

Details, John Moss

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BBQ, Furtho Farm, Old Stratford

Tues. 5th June, 6.30pm, details Ann Waters

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Annual Charity Golf Day at Abbey Hill, MK

Wed. 6th June, details Jim Barnes or contact our club through the contact tab on the top menu bar of this page. Do you have a local business and would you like to be one of our sponsors for the day, in return for some advertising and a mention in our publicity material?

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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

See the Christmas Decorations & Markets, and tour the stately home. 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 organising committee chaired by our own Alan Harradine, 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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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 2017. Sarah came seventh out of the 10 finalists and a professional singing career beckons.

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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".