Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys


Rotary (RIBI) Club Number 1576,District 1070

Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings (except following a Bank Holiday) – 7.30pm for dinner at 8pm at:

St Neots Golf Club
Crosshall Road
St.Neots,
Cambridgeshire
PE19 7GE

Tel No: (01480) 472363

Donate to our causes and help us help local Charities

 

If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Club Secretary:

Mike Truswell -Tel No: 01480 474512 E-mail: Click to email Mike

 

 

FIVE AVENUES OF SERVICE AWARD

Founder President Simon Adlam was awarded the ‘Five Avenues of Service’ award by President Nigel. Simon who was the club’s first Paul Harris Fellow, was instrumental in forming the club with the late John Pigg in 1985. Since then he has remained totally involved with all aspects of the club keeping a watchful eye over the rest of the members to ensure they uphold the ideals of Rotary, whilst always ensuring the levels of wit and repartit, particularly with the club secretary, at weekly meetings are maintained.

In his usual modest style he rarely mentions that he was the Founder President and it is quite possible that many members did not realise this until he was given this prestigious award.

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A NEW PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Peter Smith became the latest club member to be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. Peter, joined the club in 1996 and was President in 2006/7 and has chaired club committees on nine occasions. President Nigel on giving Peter the award said his work for the club in particular in supporting Sailability at Grafham over a number of years, as well as the many other contributions he has made to the club,  made him very worthy of receiving this honour.

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A NEW MIXING DESK FOR BLACK CAT RADIO

President Nigel recently handed over the new mixing desk purchased for Black Cat Radio with the help of a matching local Foundation Grant. The club matched a £1000 grant given by District 1070, Black Cat also provided funds in order to buy the new equipment which replaced the old mixing desk which had become unreliable. Apart from giving much improved sound quality the new desk has a whole host of new features previously unavailable.

This is the second item of equipment the Club has donated this year, the first being a system enabling presenters to record and broadcast their shows remotely which since lockdown has proved to be invaluable and without it the radio station would probably been unable to operate its 24 hour seven day a week schedule.

Presenter Ste Greenall shown in the picture broadcasting on the new deck said how grateful he and his fellow director Tony Gillham, also shown in the picture, were to the club for providing this equipment.

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ANNUAL BIKE RIDE RAISES NEARLY £3000

Over the last ten years club members have undertaken a bike ride to raise funds for the Club’s Charity Account. This has been highly successful and has raised in excess of £25000 over the period and has taken the participants to many parts of the British Isles as well as France and Holland.
Imagine the dismay this year when faced with a virus pandemic and lockdown it seemed likely that, along with many other of the Club’s events, this year’s ride would have to be cancelled. However, thanks to some lateral thinking by the organiser Alan Hurst the event has taken place with three rides on consecutive days taking place all starting from members’ homes and riding a 50 to 60 mile route in the St Neots area. The routes took the riders to Royston, Oundle and Castle Ashby.
Despite living in a relatively flat part of the country one of the participants was claiming that Alan had managed to find all the ascents in this part of the world and very few of the descents, at least he said that’s how it felt.
Thanks to ever-generous sponsors and supporters, the event raised about £2500 for local charities, a welcome boost at a time when so many events have had to be cancelled.

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ST NEOTS MAYOR’S CHARITY GOLF DAY

Over the past few weeks we have been in discussions with Wyboston Lakes regarding the procedures they are employing due to the current government restrictions. Currently they will provide catering before and after a round of golf but obviously not a sit down dinner for 100+ people. However they will only allow a maximum of 30 golfers from one group on any one day, which is in line with other golf clubs in the area and is based on advice from the EGU. Of course the restrictions may change, but we do not believe they will change enough in the next month or two to allow significantly more players.
The organising committee has tried looking at various options for having the Golf Day under these conditions but cannot find a solution to run the day in a fair, safe and enjoyable manner.
Therefore, regrettably, this years Charity Golf day is cancelled

Next Year’s Event will be held on Thursday 12th August 2021

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NEW PRESIDENT FOR ROTARY YEAR 2020/21

At a delayed meeting due to the COVID pandemic new President Nigel Appleton was presented with the President’s Jewel by Immediate Past President David March at a socially distanced St Neots Golf Club, the first time the club has held a face to face meeting since March 16th. Club meetings in the interim period have been held via Zoom video conferencing which has kept  members in touch but members have missed the friendship and fellowship of the weekly meetings and have now started to tentatively attempt to get back to a new normal.

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St Neots St Marys Rotary Club donating Scrubs to the NHS

The Club recently donated 60 specialist scrubs to Royal Papworth Hospital made on our behalf by the Butterfly Legacy Project and we received the following video thanking us and others for the donation. Other colourful scrubs were delivered at the same time from the Project.

Also several more specialist scrubs have gone to Addenbrookes.

 

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Click this link for the Young Photographer Results for 2020

 

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CLUB’S 31st SPORTSMAN’S NIGHT

The Club held is Annual Sportsman’s Night on Thursday 5th March with ex England, West Ham and Everton footballer Tony Cottee as the main speaker with Yorkshire comedian Lea Roberts as the supporting act.

Tony kept an audience of 300 spellbound with many stories of his footballing career and of the well known players and managers he played with, followed by Lea’s funny stories of life in Yorkshire.

Thanks to the generosity of all present the evening was another financial success and will raise in the region of £10,000 for the Club’s charity account, most of which will be spent on supporting good causes in and around St Neots.

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PAUL HARRIS AWARD

Peter Hodge recently received a Paul Harris Fellowship from President William Waters for his service in the Club since 1993, the year he became a member. President in 2005/06, Peter has introduced a number of club initiatives including Young Writer, Sailability, Club visits to Longeveau in France, and more recently has been a great supporter of the Riverside Miniature Railway and is a worthy recipient of the award.