Golf Day at Farthingstone - October 2015

Another damp day for our Autumn competition at Farthingstone Golf Club on 15th October (we will have to hold it a little earlier in the year next time!). An enjoyable event rounded off with a lovely meal in the evening and plenty of lively banter. The day raised £200 for community and youth service projects. Thank you to Allan Nall (organiser), Malcolm Poulter, Jim Barnes, the players and all who helped on the day.



Boost for Little Lives

Pictured above (centre) is Vice-President Marcus Rixon presenting a cheque for £630 to staff at 'Little Lives MK Hospital neo-natal unit'. The money, raised at our Christmas Float collection at Sainsburys' store in MK, will fund much needed state-of-the-art new equipment for the ward. Marcus was acompanied by Club Treasurer Malcolm Poulter (pictured far right).


Cruise on the Ouse - 31st May 2016

Club members and guests recently enjoyed, in spite of the torrential rain showers, an afternoon cruise on the Great Ouse in Bedford. In true British spirit a good time was had by all, despite the inclement conditions! Thank you to John Moss who organised the trip.



Rotarians, Barry, Marcus and Mike, all did their bit for men's health by being allowed to grow their moustaches for Movember raising £169 for Prostate Cancer UK charity.  Well done gents.


Club learns of Rotary in Action in India

Our club was privileged to receive a visit from Amil Patel, President of the Ahmedabad Sterling Rotary Club, last September.  As one of several Rotary clubs in Ahmedabad (the largest city in Gujarat, northwest India) the Sterling club was formed just two years ago and already has built up a flourishing and enthusiastic membership of 29.

President Amil described how his club had been actively involved in supporting the Co-Curricular Centre at Gokul Ashram Shala, a boarding school for children from 'below poverty level' families.  Amongst the many 'extra curricular' activities currently provided by the club are sports, cooking, physical education, sketching, singing and computer work, with others such as photography, performing arts and capentry planned for the future.  The Sterling club is also justifiably proud of the school's new toilet facilites it has recently funded.  Our club has agreed to support this project, and assist with a Rotary 'matching grant' application..

Rtn Mike Thomas, Club PR Officer

Pictured receiving our club banner from President Jim Barnes is President Amil, together with colleagues Ashvin Patel (left) & Ashok Sheenam (right)


Air Ambulance Fundraiser - Oct 2013

A charity dinner held last October at the Bekash Restaurant in Stony Stratford raised nearly £600 for the Thames Valley & Chilterns Air Ambulance Trust, known locally as 'BOB' (Bucks, Oxon & Berks).

Club President Jim Barnes said "all guests had a very enjoyable evening and we thank Mr Mukit, owner of the Bekash, for his hospitality in making this donation possible.  'BOB' Air Ambulance is a tremendously important service that relies totally on donations". A ceque was presented to Tony Franklin from 'BOB', who gave a very informative talk on the work of the Trust.  Other funds raised on the evening went will go towards our Indian School project.

Rtn Mike Thomas, Club PR Officer

Bowling for Fun & Prizes

An enjoyable evening was spent Ten Pin bowling in Milton Keynes last October. Participants were awarded prizes for most stylish, funniest, lowest and highest scores.  There was talk of a 'ringer' amongst the players who had turned up complete with own bowling shoes and then won top prize!  Kevin's guide dog thoroughly enjoyed himself barking at the bowls all evening.


New Man at the Helm for 2013/14

Outgoing President Malcolm (pictured left) handed over the chain of office to incoming President Jim Barnes at a special meeting of the Club on 2nd July. 
Malcolm thanked everyone for all their hard work over the past year and said how much he had enjoyed his year in office.  President Jim welcomed in his new team and said he was looking forward to the year ahead, continuing with all our work for local and international good causes.  Bob Russell was inducted as the new Vice-President.


Golf Day at Abbey Hill - 6th June 2013

A fantastic day with nearly sixty players participating - over £3,200 raised for 'Kids Out', the fun and happiness charity for disadvantaged youngsters.


Donation to 'Stony Stratford in Bloom'


In June 2013 we donated £100 to 'Stony in Bloom'.  Pictured is the planter at the junction of High Street/Church Street, on which our club name plaque is currently located.



And our congratulations to SSIB who have just won the Thames & Chilterns Small Town Britain in Bloom award for the fourth year running - and once again with a coveted Gold Award


Loop-the-loop in a Glider Challenge
At the third attempt, due to improved weather conditions, the loop- the- loop challenge was held on Saturday 7th July 2012. Six flyers completed two loops each (including Rotarian Chris Byard) before relaxing for a more gentle flight over the Dunstable Downs.  A seventh participant flew on an earlier date.  Chris joins an elite group of club members (John Moss and John Woollett) who have previously undertaken this hair-raising challenge.

The event raised over £3,400 split between the Club and participants’ own charities.  An additional £704 was raised through ‘Gift Aid’ which went towards Rotary International’s ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.


Our grateful thanks go to the London Gliding Club, to all participants & their sponsors, to everyone who helped with the arrangements and to Rtn. John Moss who organised the whole event.

The Group Study Exchange Team from New Zealand pictured with President Malcom and Vice-President Jim after their tour around Milton Keynes Museum
Cheese & Wine Evening - 5th March 2013
A cheese and wine evening was held at the home of Chris and Judith, with almost 40 members, partners and guests attending.  A profit of over £370 was raised for 'international' good causes. 
Thank you to all who supported the event, to Judith and Pat who provided the catering, to Brian Stuart and John Waters who ran the raffle, and to Costco, Milton Keynes, who donated raffle prizes.
Visit to Aston Martin
What a change from our usual Tuesday evening meeting.  A tour around Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell and its heritage centre, with lots of very expensive cars on show.  And followed up with a delicious meal at Robinsons.
Archive News 2012/16


Warm Welcome at Stony Lights Fayre

We were rushed off our feet dispensing mulled wine and mince pies, plus the occasional shot of brandy, to the general public at the Christmas Lights Fayre in Stony Stratford on 26th November 2016. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support in particular Barry Love and his organising committee.


Handover to Marcus - July 2016

Pictured below is retiring President Ann Waters handing over the role of Club President to Marcus Rixon outside the club's meeting venue. President Marcus said how much he was looking forward to his year and continuing our service to the community both locally and through our international projects.



Annual Golf Day - 1st June 2016

Our ninth annual golf day held at Abbey Hill Golf Club on 1st June was a huge success with a record 18 teams competing. An enjoyable day's golf, despite the weather, spiced up with 'nearest pin' and 'longest drive' challenges to test our finest. Funds raised were in aid of four very deserving charities; Hope for Hollie Foundation, Kids Out Charity, Imogen Hannah Appeal and Growing People. Top prize went to the 'Neath Hill Fish & Chips' team. Thank you to organisers Malcolm Poulter & Jim Barnes, to everyone who helped on the day, to Abbey Hill Golf Club & our generous sponsors, and finally to all our golfers.


MK Schools' Young Musician Competition

Sarah Ikumu, vocalist from The Hazeley Academy, won the Milton Keynes Schools' Young Musican of the Year' competition held at Ousedale School on Tuesday 9th February 2016. Congatulations to Sarah and runners-up Rosia Li (piano) from Ousedale and Isabella Norwood (Cello) from Denbigh School who all went on to compete in the Rotary District 1260 finals on 28th February.



Pictured above is Sarah, with her proud parents Grace and Alex and her music teacher Dianne Weir, holding the MK Schools' Young Musician Winner's Shield.


District 1260 Young Musician Finals

Our club decided to sponsor Sarah Ikumu in her quest to go on and win the Rotary District Young Musician Finals. The two runner-up contestants from the Schools' Competition, who also went through to the next stage, were sponsored by other local Rotary clubs. On Sunday 28th February 2016 Sarah competed with 14 other contestants at the District Finals, held at Dr. Challonner's School in Little Chalfont, and came away with the ruuners-up prize in the Vocalist section. Sarah, together with three other contestants (winning vocalist and winner/runner-up instrumentalists), then went on to compete in the Rotary Regional Finals held in Dulwich on 20th March where she achieved second place. Congratulations to Sarah on her stunning performances.

Bekash Evening - October 2015

Over 40 guests attended our successful Bekash evening meal, which raised £484 for the Rotary Foundation charity. Thank you to all who supported the event, to our generous host Mr Mukit and to Indra and his International Committee.


We scooped top score in the Vote


Pictured above was our stand in the Stony Stratford branch of Lloyds Bank as we launched our appeal for votes in the bank's 'Community Funds' appeal. Customers and the public alike were invited to choose their favourite charity from a shortlist of four by voting in branch, SMS texting and going on-line. We secured the most votes in very close competition with three other local charities. A cheque for £3,000 was received. Thank you very much to everyone who voted for us and thank you to Lloyds for their generous sponsorship. We were bowled over with the public response!


Stony Lights Fayre


Hot mulled pies, krispy wine and minced doughnuts raise over £500.  Perhaps it was the novel way our Club plied its wares to an amused public at its stall at the Stony Stratford Christmas Lights Switch On (30th Nov. 2015), or maybe the public starting to get into the festive spirit despite a rather chiily day.


Whatever it was, the stall was a great success in making over £500 profit and ended up a complete sell-out just before darkness fell and the lights were switched on.  Starting the day off with 84 bottles of mulled wine to sell in hot cups, some totting bottles of brandy and whisky plus several boxes of minced pies and Krispy Kreme doughnuts to sell seemed quite a daunting task, especially as business was slow at first.  But rade soon picked up and by lunchtime it became a real job to keep up with demand.  Our thanks to organiser Rtn Sue Curryer, Glen Cattermole, all our helpers and the general public for their support.


Philippines Typhoon Haiyan


In response to the terrible disaster of last year's typhoon (November 2013) we sent two disaster boxes (Aqua Box & Shelter Box) containing vital shelter and humanatarian items.


Supporting Aqua Box

We have regularly supported 'Aqua Box'. a major disaster box relief charity which sends boxes worldwide in response to earthquakes, floods and refuge displacement.


Milton Keynes Foodbank

We regularly organise collections for Foodbank.

Rtn Sue Curryer pictured next to one of our collections.


Chinese Meal Evening

A brilliant night of fundraising at our second Kam Tong Chinese Restaurant event in April 2013.  A total of £652 raised to support 'MK Act' and 'Kids Out'.  It was lovely to see representatives from MK Act and Walnuts School as well as ex-Rotarians, friends of Rotary along with all our other guests.

Thank you to all who helped with organising the event, to local businesses for donating the wonderful prizes and to Kam Tong Restaurant for agreeing to run the event for us.

Pictured above are Rotarians Sue Curryer and Ann Waters in final preparations for the evening

Rotary Clubs of MK - Technology Tournament

Twenty teams from schools across Milton Keynes competed in the Rotary Technology Tournament in March 2013.  An annual event, this year's contest was held at Denbigh School for the fourth year running.

The challenge, for the teams of four, was to construct a vehicle, from the materials provided, powered by a weight and capable of propelling itself a given distance up a sloping surface.

The tree winning teams were as follows:

Foundation Level - Radcliffe School

Intermediate Level - Oakgrove School

Advanced Level - Oakgrove School

Congratulations to all competing teams and the eventual winners in what proved to be an exciting contest.  Thank you to the judges, event sponsors and our hosts for the day, Denbigh School.

Many hands make light work.  Pictured is one of the powered vehicles nearing completion (picture by courtesy of MK Rotary Club)

Schools in KwaZulu Natal

The new kitchen building at Ntabankulu Primary School funded by our £5.000 donation was completed in September 2011.  Since then we have provided new equipment for the kitchen, with the support of Harpenden Rotary Club, and funded the tiling of the kitchen floor.  These projects were inspected by a Club member in February 2013 (whilst on holiday) who reported that the School Principal was delighted with the improvements.  A large number of books was also handed over to the students during this visit.

Young Musician of the Year Competition

The Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year competition, now in its third year, took place in February 2013 at the Chrysalis Theatre.

Five students from the Milton Keynes Music Service participated, all of whom played an excellent standard of music.  This made the job of the judges more difficult.  This was a joint event supported by the six Rotary clubs in the Milton Keynes area.

The winner was flutist James Westlake and runner-up was pianist Joseph Hyde.  Congratulations to the winners and all the participants for reaching the local finals.

Pictured are the finalists with the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Clr Catriona Morris and Rotary District Governor Debbie Hodge




Paul Harris Awards - April 2016

Congratulations to Jim Barnes and Brian Stuart upon receiving Paul Harris awards in recognition of all their work on making the Hazel's Ambulance Appeal such a success. Pictured above are Jim and Brian after receiving their awards from President Ann Waters.


Chinese evening - 26th April 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported our Chinese Meal evening. A record profit of just over £1,000 was raised in aid of children's charities and our Sensory Room appeal for Walnuts Care. Thank you also to the Kam Tong Garden restaurant for putting on a splendid meal and to our generous sponsors and raffle prize donors.


Rotary gives MK Act early Christmas Present


Our club was pleased to present eight televisions to MK Act and just in time for Christmas.  Coleen Kelly, MK Act's Service Development Manager said "we are extremely grateful to the Rotary club for these televisions which will be placed in the residents' rooms at our Refuge.  They will be a most welcome addition to the support facilities that MK Act provides for those in need of temporary accommodation as a result of being at risk or who have actually experienced domestic violence or abuse.


Club President Jim Barnes said "we fully appreciate MK Act's valuable work in Milton Keynes and we are delighted to have been able to support them in this way."


Pictured above (left to right) are Rotarian Ann Waters, Club President Jim and Coleen Kelly

Stony Stratford August Fayre 2013


Congratulations to the winner of our 'End Polio Now' raffle, Mr A Leete of Old Stratford, seen here collecting his cheque from Rotarian John Moss.  The raffle raised £411 and the sweetie tombola £182.  Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising stalls at Stony Fayre.

Kids Out Day - 12th June 2013

Over 60 children from Walnuts School and over 30 teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers accompanied Rotarians Ann Waters, Jim Barnes, Chris Byard and Cecil Macaulay on the annual visit to Whipsnade Wildlife Park.

Cruise on the Ouse - July 2013

It was 'all aboard' as 45 members of Rotary and Wolverton Inner Wheel Club, together with friends and family, set off on 26th July from Priory Marina in Bedford for a most pleasurable two hour-plus hot summer evening cruise along the River Great Ouse.  The trip on the 'John Bunyan', the newly launched £150,000 Community Boat owned by the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, enabled everyone to appreciate Bedford riverside from a different angle whilst enjoying their picnics.  Certainly the most unusual sighting was a black swan, a species native to Australia, which was thought to have escaped from captivity.

Our thanks go to Rotarian John Moss for organising the event.

Rtn Mike Thomas, Club PR Officer

Thank you to Past-President Malcolm

Thank you to Malcolm (and Pam) for the wonderful hospitality on Sunday 21st July during your 'at home' party (a thank you to club members for their hard work during his presidential year).  It was a very warm and pleasant afternoon with delicious food and good company; we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.    

What a load of old rubbish!

We never knew rubbish could be so interesting!  Thank you to Rtn Indra Patel for organising our tour on 3rd July 2013 around MK Recycling Centre in Old Wolverton, and for the delicious meal afterwards at Verandah Talk Restaurant.

The'Battle of Watling Street' cyclists reach Hanslope

The team from Colchester Forum Rotary Club reached Hanslope on 17th May 2013 on their epic Anglesey to Colchester charity cycle ride.  And we were there to meet them at the Watts Arms in Hanslope as they stopped to have a well deserved lunch break.  The cyclists, led by their club President Andrew Crayston, were raising money for the 'Rotary End Polio Now' campaign, and at the same time recognising the long forgotten Battle of Watling Street between the Romans and ancinet Brits.

Pictured above is Vice-President Jim Barnes presenting a cheque to President Andrew Crayston of Colchester Forum Rotary Club, watched by Rtn Alan Harradine who organised our welcome party.

After an enjoyable lunch and much friendly fellowship the cyclists were soon on their way again.

Local Rotarians make an Impact

The Bekash Restaurant in Stony Stratford was once again the venue for our special charity dinner.  Some 55 people attended the evening in October 2012 which raised over £600 for the Impact Foundation.  Impact is a charity that organises international programmes to prevent and alleviate needless disability, whether it be as a result of disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical services, for people in some of the poorest parts of the world.

The evening's guest was Mr John Lourie a local consultant orthopaedic surgeon and Impact supporter, who explained how he had been able to give freely of his time, surgical skills and expertise to help Impact's work in Bangladesh in a very practical way.

President Malcolm Poulter said "I am really pleased with the support the Club received for the event. We are especially grateful to  Mr Abdul Murkit for his generosity in providing an excellent meal and once again helping the Club with its fundraising.



"This little piggy........"

A very warm welcome, in every sense, awaited President Jim and three club members when they visited Slated Row School in Old Wolverton to present our cheque for £1,200.  The visit on 18th July 2013, one of the hottest days of the year, was arranged as part of the children's special end of term 'Pig Party'.

"The children were truly wonderful, so happy and friendly, it was a real pleasure to meet them and the staff", commented Jim.  "Unfortunately I didn't hit it off quite so well with Milly and Tilly, the two recently acquired young miniature Kunekune pigs whose enclosure was funded from part of our donation, the remaining money being used shortly to extend the pen and pay for additional fencing elsewhere in the school grounds".

Rtn Mike Thomas, Club PR Officer

Pictured above are Deputy Heads Brian Everest and Veronica Clayson receiving the cheque on behalf of the school from President Jim together with Rotarians Marcus and Robin.

Update 24th October

Milly and Tilly are now able to fully enjoy their newly extended enclosure at the school, thanks to the remainder of our donation, and teams of staff from Santander and Deloitte in Milton Keynes who kindly volunteered to complete the erection work.

Along with the school's other animals, the pigs are looked after by groups of sixth form pupils, and as one student commented "Milly and Tilly are really lovely and they always come to us when they know we have carrots for them!"  President Jim added "It's really good to see how much enjoyment the students get from caring for the animals; this is a wonderful example of Rotary helping the local community and my club has been delighted to be able to support this project".

Pictured below is President Jim doing his best to attract Milly and Tilly with food whilst some of the students and Rotarians look on.