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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 normally 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. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are meeting currently via Zoom, fortnightly

 

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MK Litter Pick Weekend

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Working with Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association your local Rotary Club helped with the great MK litter pick that took place the weekend of 27/28th March - picking up the litter near your homes! 

About a dozen Rotarians, including Club President Stuart (pictured) and partners picked up litter near their own homes so they remained Covid compliant but could support this superb event.

Working with Saeed Nazir, President of AMYA MK, our President, Stuart Clarke, joined on a wonderful community project and great collaboration between community based organisations.

Thanks to all who helped.

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Home Improvements?

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Like most other charities and voluntary organisations, the Pandemic has effectively put a stop to traditional fundraising, but your local Rotary Club has come up with something a little different.  Is this something that may interest you?

Having been at home for some time now, you may have been wondering what could you do to improve your home by making some alterations or perhaps adding an extension, but feel that you need some professional advice as to how this could best be done.  So, what if you could achieve this AND at the same time give something to a worthy cause?


One of our members is a local Chartered Architect with 35 years’ experience in the profession and is prepared to visit your home, within the Milton Keynes area, following socially distancing principles, to talk through possible ideas, designs, budgets and planning issues for up to one hour.  ‍That member has kindly offered to donate the discounted £75 fee for this service to Rotary charities.
Is this of interest? Please let us know via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wolvertonandstonyrotary

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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. Our visits are always 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 2018. 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 four years have been very successful (£600 raised in 2016, £350 in 2017, over £100 in 2018 and a similar sum in 2019).  Everything on hold for the moment due to Covid-19 but if you are kicking your heels at home have another go at decluttering your home!!

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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 4.000 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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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 February2019. 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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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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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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Santa's Tours - 17th/18th/21st December.

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Santa and Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club have finished their tours of Stony Stratford, Wolverton and New Bradwell.  Santa and Rotary usually call on each household as they pass, raising money for local good causes including Willen Hospice.  However, this time because of Covid-19 restrictions we did not knock on doors nor collect cash on our Santa Float, but instead we undertook ‘drive pasts’ to give everyone a chance to still see Santa and give him a wave from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

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For those who wish to make donations please visit our JustGiving page at

 https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/wolvertonandstonystratfordrotary?invite=true 

Despite the lock-down restrictions we still wanted to spread some festive cheer and to help deserving good causes, because charities like Willen Hospice have suffered a huge drop in their fundraising income this year.

Listed below were the dates, times and routes for our drive-past tours, and hope that the young ones were able to catch sight of Santa.

Thurs. 17th December 6.00pm start - Stony Stratford

  • Tudor Gardens START, NEAR POST BOX
  • Latimer
  • London Road
  • Horsefair Green
  • Calverton Road
  • Park Road
  • The Limes
  • Blenheim Avenue
  • Milford Avenue
  • Goran Avenue
  • Claremont Avenue
  • Augustus Road
  • Calverton Road
  • Silver Street
  • Market Square
  • Church Street
  • High Street
  • Wolverton Road
  • King Street/Queen Street
  • Wolverton Road
  • Woodside
  • Malletts Close
  • Frankston Avenue
  • Ancell Road
  • Clarence Road FINISH

Friday 18th December 6.00pm start - Wolverton

  • Aylesbury Street West (Radcliffe School) START
  • Anson Road
  • Western Road
  • Jersey Road
  • Church Street
  • Peel Road
  • Western Road
  • Windsor Street
  • Church Street
  • Cambridge Street
  • Furze Way
  • Windsor Street
  • Marina Drive
  • Stacy Avenue
  • Victoria Street
  • Osborne Street (FINISH)

Monday 21st December 6.00pm start - New Bradwell

  • Newport Road (Caledonian Road Junction) START
  • Queen Anne Street
  • Saint Mary Street
  • Saint James Street
  • Saint Giles Street
  • Queen Anne Street
  • King Edward Street
  • Saint James Street
  • High Street
  • Church Street
  • School Street
  • Glyn Street
  • High Street
  • Bradwell Road
  • North Street
  • Thompson Street
  • Newport Road
  • Newport Road (Napoli Fish Bar) FINISH

Thank you to everyone for complying with the current Covid-19 restrictions in our area and the social distancing regulations.

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Donation of Equipment to Willen Hospice

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Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 1260 (Herts, Beds and Bucks) joined forces to apply for a grant from Rotary International to support hospices throughout the district. On 16th July we joined with our District Governor, Vijay Patel, and representatives from four other local Rotary Clubs (Leighton Linslade, Newport Pagnell, Woburn Sands and Winslow) to present equipment worth £8000 to our own local Willen Hospice. Pictured above is Nikki Poole and other staff at Willen receiving the donation. The amount raised within our district was boosted by matched funding from the Foundation of Rotary International and a donation from the Rotary Club of Bloomington, USA.

A socially distanced presentation took place and a plaque handed over to commemorate the occasion.

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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's tours December 2019

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Santa and his helpers from Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club collected over 5 days 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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Photo reproduced with kind permission of Lendwithcare

Helping Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

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Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary is celebrating a landmark charitable achievement as one of hundreds of Rotary Clubs from across the country to contribute in total over £1 million to Lendwithcare.

LendwithCare is a microfinance lending website from the development charity CARE International UK. Launched in September 2010, it allows individuals and groups to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, and help them work their way out of poverty. These can be farmers, tailors, market stallholders and food producers to name just a few of the types of businesses Rotary have helped.  Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club has been pleased to lend, so far, a total of £2284 in loans to entrepreneurs in eleven countries.

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Club Meetings

At the moment we are meeting every fortnight via Zoom and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  Our schedule of meetings (6.15pm) for the next few weeks is as follows:

Tues 16th February: Business meeting to discuss current projects

Tues 2nd March: Presentation by Rotary Global Scholar

Tues 16th March: Business meeting to discuss projects

Tues 30th March: Presentation by Jane Wolfson, MK Community Boat Appeal

Tues 13th April: Business meeting to discuss projects

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Rotary Magazine

Read the latest news from around Great Britain & Ireland

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

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Members' News

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It is with sadness we note that honorary member Alan Harradine passed away on 26th December after a period of illness.  Alan was a very dedicated, inspirational and hard working member of the Club for over 20 years and will be missed by many.  A past Club President he will be particularly remembered for instigating and organising the Milton Keynes Rotary Technology Tournament which has inspired many hundreds of young aspiring engineers of the future.  Alan was honoured by the Club for his service to Rotary with two very well deserved Paul Harris Fellowship awards.

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Our very best wishes to Steve Tucker, who left the Club on 31st December, as he and his wife Deborah are relocating away from the Milton Keynes area.

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Which one is the real Santa?

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Our last meeting of 2020 was also our Christmas party.  Members dressed up in festive gear for the occasion but held back from the temptation to engage in carol singing!  President Stuart wishes all club members and their loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Ice Bucket Challenge – Sun. 19th July 12 noon!

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"My name is Rachael Wilson, some of you will know me as your neighbour, architect and maybe some would even admit, friend.

I put myself forward for this challenge, for two reasons. Firstly, to continue to raise some money for charities both local and international which have really suffered through this current pandemic.  To this effect, my version of the Ice Bucket Challenge was one with a difference, I did not make anyone else get wet! Thank you to everyone who sponsored me and to those who turned up on the day to see me get a soaking. Those who know me well will know I am not a great lover of the cold.

ALL of the money goes to good causes 100% and in some cases, there is match funding so the overall amount could be higher!  I am doing this through Rotary which Andrew and I joined just over a year ago and we have been very moved by the excellent work which has been going on for so many years. This is my second reason, to ask you to take a look at our local Rotary pages on this site and on Facebook - see link above. For anyone who is willing and able to give a little of their time it is a great chance to meet like minded people and socialise too. The money raised will go towards the many marvellous charities which Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club supports."

On behalf of the Rotary Club a big thank you to you Rachael for undertaking this wonderful sponsorship challenge. Rachael has so far raised £675 having bust through her original target of £250; well done. We look forward to your next challenge, whatever it might be!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ice-bucket-challenge

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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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Update: We have made a further two donations to the Cancer Unit Appeal, £650 from our Santa's Float collections last December at Sainsbury's, and £500 for our share of the MK Rotary Clubs' Joint Donation of £2,000. 

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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 2019

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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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