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© Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club

                                   

                                                                              President 2020-21. Stuart Clarke

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Rotary District 1260 Community Cup Winners 2019.  Sixty years of service to the community

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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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 2019 achieving a sub 5 hour time. Karen was raising funds for the Headway Trust. And if that was not enough Karen one week competed in the MK Half-Marathon achieving a time of 2:19.45 - well done again Karen.

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Cheques Presentation Evening

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Very enjoyable evening on 19th February 2019 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 the following month (5th March) a cheque was presented to Wolverton & Greenleys-in-Bloom, again funded by the Christmas collection proceeds.

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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 Rotary charities.

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Our car boot and internet sales of donated goods over the last three years have been very successful (£600 raised in 2016, £350 in 2017, and over £100 last year). So far this year we have raised £91 and want to do a lot better than that!

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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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Our New President

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Pictured above is a screen shot of our Zoom meeting on 30th June when retiring President Marcus Rixon had the pleasure of (virtually) handing over the chain of office to newly elected President Stuart Clarke (pictured top first left). Alan Swann takes over the role of Vice President. Congratulations to both Stuart and Alan, and thank you to Marcus for stewarding the club over the past 12 months. We look forward to another year's programme of great fundraising and social events (social distancing regulations permitting), helping the local community and supporting international humanitarian good causes.

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Covid-19 Update

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Despite the restrictions currently in place on people's movements and activities, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are doing our best to continue to serve our local community. Although our club members are unable to meet physically they continue to do so digitally and via online platforms. We have made donations to the following local charities which are working hard during these troubled times:

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'We Are Wolverton', community support group

MK Food Bank

MK Act, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

Ox, Bucks, Beds & Northants Blood Bikes (SERV)

PACE, children's charity

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Members of the Rotary Club have also clubbed together and made a donation of £500 to MK Hospital Charity's Covid-19 Appeal in appreciation of all the heroic work being done by our local NHS staff. Our grateful thanks to you all.

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Rotary Technology Tournament - 2020

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Teams from schools across Milton Keynes competed in the Rotary Technology Tournament on 11th March 2020. The annual event, organised by all the Rotary clubs within Milton Keynes, was held at Walton High School, Brooklands

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Teams of four were challenged to design, construct and test a pendulum and lighting device capable of performing to the specification stipulated. 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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Winners

Foundation: St. Pauls School, team1

Intermediate: Lord Grey School, team2

Advanced: Denbigh School, team3

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Santa is now taking a well earned rest

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Santa and his helpers from Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club are now taking a well earned rest following five days collecting at Sainsbury's, Central Milton Keynes and six evenings of tours around Wolverton, Greenleys, New Bradwell and Stony Stratford.

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Thank you to Jane Lynds for organising our evening tours of Wolverton, Greenleys, New Bradwell and Stony Stratford and Alan Swann for arranging the five days of collections at Sainsbury's. Thank you to club members/family/friends who collected and of course the general public for giving so generously. Also, thank you to Sainsbury's for allowing us to collect at its store. Santa attended all the collections and would like to say his own big thank you to all the children who came to see him, especially those who gave him letters; he found them very useful. The total raised came to over £4,200 which has now been distributed to several charities and local community organisations including Willen Hospice and the MK Hospital Cancer Centre Appeal.

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This year our evening tours were done a bit differently largely because of the very congested nature of most of our streets; we did not want Santa to cause a traffic jam! We parked up in different spots and we hope you and your young ones were able to see Santa. Below is a list of where we visited and we will review the experience of the new arrangements and consider whether to make any further changes for next Christmas.

Wolverton Monday 2nd Dec. - Agora 6.00pm, Radcliffe school carpark 6.45pm and the Galleon pub 7.30pm

Greenley's shops Thursday 5th Dec. - 7.30pm

New Bradwell near clock tower Thursday 5th Dec. - 6pm

Oakridge shops Thursday 5th Dec. - 6.45pm

Stony Stratford Friday 6th Dec. - Budgens 6.00pm, Market Square 6.40pm, High St (from St Mary & St Giles Church  to top of town) 7.15pm

Old Stratford Wed. 11th Dec. – Deanshanger Rd opposite Willow drive 6.00pm, front of Blackhorse Drive 6.45pm

Potterspury Wed. 11th Dec. – Village Hall 7.30pm

Fairfields Thurs 12th Dec. - Primary School 6.00pm

Stony Stratford Friday 13th  Dec. Mobile route around southern Stony Stratford 6.00pm – 8.00pm

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60th Anniversary

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On Saturday 19th October 2019 we had a fantastic party at the Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes, to celebrate our 60th anniversary. We were joined by District Governor Mary Whitehead, and representatives from Wolverton Inner Wheel and other local Rotary clubs. We were entertained by the Sloop Groggy Dogs (above) with a very varied selection of sea shanty songs plus a bit of audience participation spliced into the act. Also very entertaining were the antics of some of our guests trying to master the rocket balloons!

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And, it was a wonderful opportunity to honour one of our own. President Marcus and District Governor Mary had the pleasure of awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship award to John Welch who has clocked up well over forty years service to the club. In addition, the club was presented with a certificate marking its sixty years service to the community signed by Rotary International's President Mark Maloney.

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New Rotary Year & New President for 2019/20

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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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Rotary Magazine

Read the latest news in Great Britain & Ireland

http://www.rotarygbi.org/magazine/

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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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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 was 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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MK Cancer Unit Appeal receives Boost

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The Rotary Club of Wolverton & Stony Stratford has been very pleased to support the Milton Keynes Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal. The new cancer centre, which opened earlier this month, is a dedicated space offering treatment and a wide range of information and support services to anyone affected by cancer, all within a comfortable and welcoming environment. The new centre brings together most treatments under one roof, where previously cancer care was provided in different locations on the hospital site.

At a club meeting on 3rd March a cheque for £350 was handed over by President Marcus Rixon to Jenny Howells, Senior Fundraiser for the hospital charity. This will be followed by a further £650, funded out of our Christmas collections at Sainsbury’s in Milton Keynes, but a handover date has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And finally, Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club will join with three other local Rotary Clubs (Bletchley, Milton Keynes Grand Union and Woburn Sands & District) to hand over £2,000 later in the year.

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Welcome

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A warm welcome to our newest club member Steve Tucker. Steve, we hope you will have as much fun as we all do with our social events and charitable projects.

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Stony Lights Fayre Sat 30th November

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Another fantastic day on our mulled wine stall at the Stony Lights Fayre dispensing warming mulled wine, shots of brandy and delicious mince pies and reindeer biscuits. Thank you to Alan Swann for organising everything, to all our helpers on the day, to MacIntyre Care for supplying all the very tasty mince pies & biscuits, and to the general public for their wonderful support. We achieved a record profit of over £1500, which will go towards all our very deserving community causes including Willen Hospice and the MK Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal.

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It's official, MacIntyre Café now Open

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On Thursday 5th September 2019 MacIntyre were delighted to welcome the Milton Keynes Mayor, Sam Crooks, members of Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary and others who have contributed to the refurbishment of MacIntyre's Coffee Shop in Stony Stratford to celebrate the official opening. The refurbishment was completed in late Spring and has been doing a roaring trade since then; please go and visit for a very warm welcome and some delicious food.

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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 2019. 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 2019) 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 on 15th April 2019 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.

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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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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 was 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.