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A tribute to Rotarian Mike Cornley.

Mike Cornley first came to Faringdon when he was two and returned to the town when he became the manager of the local branch of Lloyds Bank. Mike joined the Rotary Club of Faringdon and District in January 1986 and after serving enthusiastically on most committees, he became President in 1995-96.

During his year the club visited the Rotary Club of Sées-Gacé dressed as characters from Dad’s Army which was reported on in the French national press. It was always a great pleasure to be in Mike’s company and laughter was guaranteed. He will be greatly missed.

Mike would often write in rhyme and his report on his President’s year was no exception. He wrote:-

On the 5th July we assembled to meet

Black tie was the order - we looked such a treat The venue The Bell - new place on the block

For The Crown had gone bust and the door was a-lock The team we assembled in our new den

Two Pauls, a Richard and David plus Ken Oh, I nearly forgot, it’s a long time

There was Derek, Mike, Roger & Chris in the line

Objects were spouted on what we would do To assist the many or favour the few

No-one can remember when Christmas is gone For projects are many and time marches on

We raided the French on a cold January day The theme was Dad’s Army - it went okay

They printed the facts in the National News For us to speak French they were amused

A visit to Ascot - the usual crowd D Belcher lay down and was snoring out loud

The eating and drinking went on through the day The bookies and Tote to them we did pay

Clay Pigeons were shot – a first for the club It rained all day long and we went to the pub The venue was perfect and men to each trap Our problem however was that God turned the tap

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