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ts not every day that an 81 year-old Rotary Club President jumps out of an aeroplane at 12,5000 feet, but that’s exactly what Thame Rotary Club’s President, Erroll Bateman did on Tuesday 5 July over Old Sarum, home of the Parachute Regiment’s famous Red Devils.

In 2006, in the company of other club members, he completed a Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £7,000 for Sight Savers International.

Erroll Takes the Plunge I

So if a 71 year-old can race up 3 of Britain’s highest mountains in 24 hours, a tandem parachute jump with the Red Devils was clearly the obvious choice to celebrate his next decade

Congratulations to Erroll who felt passionate enough about the threatend closure of the Red Kites Family Centre that he was prepared to do something significant about it. These centres are often the only lifeline for vulnerable

parents, struggling to bring up a famiy in isolation. Early intervention can save lives. Good luck with the fundraising!

Ooh La La! Fun on the Pistes at Newbury raises thousands for Charity!

ewbury Rotary’s fourth annual Boules in the Square Tournament on 26 June raised over £2000, for the club’s nominated charities of End Polio Now, West Berks Young Carers, Parkinson’s UK and others. And a thoroughly good time was had by all.

N Vesper’s Fabulous Food Festival T

he Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper held the third Abingdon Food & Drink Festival on the banks of the River Thames beside Abingdon Bridge in June. This new venue was bigger than previous years so there were more stalls, more for young people to do, more entertainment, balloon race and a raffle.

Despite some rain the crowds enjoyed sampling and picnicking on food from around the world and locally produced food and drink from about 80 stalls.

Excellent cookery demonstrations were provided by Alexis Thompson of Dancing Trousers Cookery School and Jenny Tschiesche who is one of the UK’s

leading nutrition expert and founder of

Alexis and Jenny also judged the final of a Bake It competition that Vesper has been running in local secondary schools.

Children’s entertainment included a Pizza Workshop where they could make their own pizzas; a Chocolate Workshop; Pottery making and Cupcake Decorating.

Neff brought their amazing mobile demonstration unit to the site and the Club are indebted to Dream Doors and Neff for their generous support and to our other sponsors and all the other businesses and people who helped to make this a very successful charity event.

Chalfont Professor’s tour of the Emerald Isle D

avid Brodie from the Rotary Club of Jordans and District celebrated his 70th birthday by cycling around Ireland, whilst raising over £ 4,000 for Shelterbox and Anthony Nolan Blood Cancer Charities. He covered 847 miles which is the same distance as the Chalfonts in Buckinghamshire (where he lives) to Prague!

He experienced atrocious weather for 15 out of 16 days, but was compensated by the kindness, hospitality and generosity of the Irish people. Wherever possible he stayed with local Rotarians and thoroughly enjoyed their company.

Autumn 2016

To make matters rather more adventurous he undertook the whole trip with no support and without spending any money. His experiences included taking part in a 5k run immediately after cycling 60 miles, staying in two Franciscan friaries and being stopped on the road by a herd of goats !

He plans to write a book about his experiences, provisionally entitled “Beggar on a Bicycle” but for those of you who cannot wait, do go to his

blog at page 11

This increasingly popular event saw 16 teams from the local community throwing themselves into the spirit of the day. A lot of hard work and sand-shovelling transforms the Market Place into a French town centre with six boules pistes. One piste is reserved for the “Closest to the Jack” competition open to the general public. After some great competition and very tactical pitching, the final for the cup was closely contested between A-Plan and Newbury Round Table B with A Plan victorious. The raffle prize of a ticket for two to tour West Berks Brewery was won by Reece from West Berks Mencap. Too young to participate in the ‘tasting’, Reece kindly donated his prize to his Dad.

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