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Rotary Play Their Part For The Paralympics

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On Sunday, the 19th August at West Mills, the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Arthur Johnson greeted the Bruce Trust’s barge Diana, crewed by the Rotary Club of Newbury and skippered by Newbury President Rtn Roy Wood and also day guests from the local charity group “Buddies”. This day trip was the second of a special excursion in which the Rotary Clubs of Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham are crewing day excursions for local charities while taking the barge along the Kennet and Avon canal section en route to and returning from, the Paralympic Games in London.

Rotary Club of Newbury

Rotary Club of Newbury

This is part of The Bruce Trust’s brilliant idea to take one of their boats which are specially designed to accommodate disabled people specifically to the London Paralympics, to facilitate accommodation for visiting guests between the 29th August and the 9th September.

Since the late 80’s, The Rotary Club of Newbury has utilized one of the Bruce Trust canal boats to take out local charities on day trips as part of their Community programme. To date in excess of 200 day trips have been provided enabling over 2000 charity members to enjoy the tranquility of canal barge travel and our local Kennet Valley scenery.

From Newbury, Diana will be taken by additional crews from Newbury & Thatcham Rotary Clubs to Burghfield, and then onward by The Bruce Trust down The River Thames, up the Regents Canal and into the Hertford Union Canal to its mooring place at Stratford during the Paralympics. While there, The Bruce Trust will provide low cost accommodation and free Paralympics tickets to disabled charity groups.

After the finish of the games, Diana will return to base at Little Bedwyn. Again on the return leg, from the 18th to the 21st September, additional groups from local charities will be able to enjoy a day on the canal courtesy of Hungerford, Newbury & Thatcham Rotary Clubs..

Diana is a specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam canal boat which can be used by disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people having wide-access ramps for boarding at the stern deck and a hydraulic lift down into the boat. The extra width of the boats provides excellent manoeuvrability for wheelchair users and they all have special built-in facilities.

Contact address: Chris Bartlam,
49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB
Tel: 01488 658540
Email: ctbartlam@googlemail.com

Rotary Club of Newbury web address: http://www.newburyrotary.org

Diana approaching mooring to meet the Mayor

Diana approaching mooring to meet the Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotarian crew, guests from Buddies, Mayor Cllr Arthur Thompson and David Bruce of Bruce Trust on the bow of Diana.

Rotarian crew, guests from Buddies, Mayor Cllr Arthur Thompson and David Bruce of Bruce Trust on the bow of Diana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Cllr Arthur Thompson greeting party with Rtns Chris Buckingham and Graham Powell on left and Rtn President Roy Wood on the right.

Mayor Cllr Arthur Thompson greeting party with Rtns Chris Buckingham and Graham Powell on left and Rtn President Roy Wood on the right.

Written by Hemant Amin

August 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 am

Paul Harris Award for Kevin Mosley

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At the recent Rotary Club of Newbury Diamond Jubilee dinner, the club president, Rtn Linda York presented Rtn Kevin Mosley with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award – this prestigious Rotary award is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, both within and outside Rotary. It is.the highest award of recognition in Rotary and is named after the founder of Rotary International.

Rotary Club of Newbury

Rotary Club of Newbury

Kevin Mosley, a Club member, initially entered Rotary in 1981 through Rotaract, Rotary’s club for 18 to 30 year olds, where he was a member for 7 years including being president in 1986. In 1993, he elevated to Rotary and served 6 years as Community & Vocation chair before his Rotary presidential year of 2002/3.

Kevin has devoted considerable time and effort towards all his Rotary activities and particularly in latter years to driving our fundraising activities which are essential to meeting our aspirations of “Service above Self” and support of many local and international charities.

In recent years, Kevin has co-ordinated the silent auction at the West Woodhay Show and numerous other fundraising activities. Last year he joined with the then District Governor Laurie Cunningham to do a 360 mile bicycle ride to visit every club in the 1090 District to raise awareness and around £7000 for Life Education Centres.

Outside of Rotary, Kevin, a keen biker, has for several years taken part in a sponsored motorcycle event around the UK raising some £5500 for Lymphoma.

The presentation was made in the presence of Rotary distinguished guests, The Earl & Countess of Carnarvon, Rtn Nan McCreadie (RIBI President Elect 2013/4), Rtn Niall Blair (Rotary District Governor 1090), Rtn Sandra Tucker (President of Reading Rotary Club), The Mayor of Newbury, Clr Arthur Johnson & Mayoress Kath Humble and members of Newbury and our local Hungerford & Thatcham clubs and their guests.

During the evening, The Countess of Carnarvon gave an address correlating the events and development of Highclere Castle during the life of Rotary from 1905. Rtn Julian Dickens spoke of both the achievements and the enjoyment of Newbury Rotary over our 60 years.

Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide. By combining our skills and resources, we are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

Contact address: Chris Bartlam,
49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB
Tel: 01488 658540
Email: ctbartlam@googlemail.com

 

Written by Hemant Amin

June 26th, 2012 at 10:42 am

Rotary Goes The Extra Mile For Local Charities

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Rotary Club of Newbury

Rotary Club of Newbury

The Rotary Club of Newbury’s annual Sponsored Charity Walk took place on the 10th June. After dreadful weather last year we were favoured with almost perfect walking weather. The walk started at the control tower on Greenham Common and linked down to the canal at Thatcham, along the canal to Bull’s lock and returning via a lane and Bowdown Woods giving a great variety of scenery.

Some 35 walkers, perhaps depleted by the days unpleasant forecast and last year’s soaking, walked for their various charities and good causes and raised in excess of £2700. Charities supported on the day included scouts and cubs, represented in the attached photograph by the 4th Newbury Scouts, Brain Tumour Support, Bruce Trust, Christian Aid, Eight Bells, Loose Ends, Mencap, Newbury Family Counselling, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Slough Wrestling Club, & Stroke Care for Newbury.

This annual event is facilitated by The Rotary Club of Newbury who plan and marshall the walk for those charities and good causes, small and large, local, national and international, that need to raise critical funds simply by sponsorship of their walkers.

Organising Rotarians Eddie Webb and Will Job said,”Other than a small donation to Rotary it is free, healthy and rewarding to all who take part. This is part of our community programme in support of others. If any charities would be interested in taking part in next year’s event please make contact on telephone number 01635 42027 or email webbeg@ntlworld.com ”

Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide. By combining our skills and resources, we are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

Contact address: Chris Bartlam,
49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB
Tel: 01488 658540
Email: ctbartlam@googlemail.com

 

Written by Hemant Amin

June 26th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Charity Groups Enjoy Rotary Barge Outings

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Rotary Club of Newbury

Rotary Club of Newbury

At the end of May, seven different charity groups and some 60 guests enjoyed glorious weather on canal barge trips provided, skippered and crewed by the local Rotary Clubs of Hungerford, Thatcham and Newbury. This is an annual weekly event that has traditionally been organized by The Rotary Club of Newbury over many years as part of our community programme but now has been expanded to include the Thatcham and Hungerford clubs. Over a full week the groups are taken on sections of the Kennet and Avon Canal from Great Bedwyn to Woolhampton and back using the Bruce Trust specially adapted barges designed to accommodate disabled people and wheelchair users. Groups entertained on these recent trips included members from Berkshire Autistic Society, Partners for Active Leisure, The Castle School, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alzheimers Society and New Dimensions.

Further trips are planned in August and September with other groups. These future trips in part combine with

The Bruce Trust’s brilliant idea to take one of their boats, The Diana, to the London Paralympics, and the Rotary Clubs of Newbury, Hungerford & Thatcham are supporting this by crewing Diana on part of the journey through their area from Great Bedwyn to Woolhampton.

Diana will be taken via the Kennet & Avon Canal, down The River Thames, up the Regents Canal and into the Hertford Union Canal to its mooring place during the Paralympics. While there, The Bruce Trust hopes to be able to invite some of their groups who have tickets to the Paralympics to use the boat as a base whilst visiting the games and other groups without tickets to use it as a base to explore the capital at this exciting time.

After the finish of the games, Diana will then return to base at Great Bedwyn.

Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide. By combining our skills and resources, we are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

Rotary Crew Handling Lock Entry

Rotary Crew Handling Lock Entry

 

Some of the Alzheimers Group on Hannah's Bow in Lock

Some of the Alzheimers Group on Hannah's Bow in Lock

 

Hannah on the Canal

Hannah on the Canal

Contact address:   

Chris Bartlam,

49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB

Tel: 01488 658540

Email: ctbartlam@googlemail.com

Rotary Club of Newbury web address: http://www.newburyrotary.org

Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. There are 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world who all share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary Club of Newbury is one of those clubs.

The Rotary Club of Newbury is one of 1,855 clubs within Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) which has in total over 55,000 members. It in turn, is an integral part of Rotary International, the world’s first service organisation.

Bruce Trust web address: http://www.brucetrust.org.uk/

The Bruce Trust is a registered charity providing specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam canal boats, for hire for self-catering, self-steer holidays by disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people along with their family, friends or carers.

The Trust has a fleet of four boats. Rebecca and Hannah are 12 berth, Diana is 10 berth and Rachel is 6 berth. Each boat has the highest quality accommodation and the ultimate flexibility for people with a wide variety of special needs. They all have a fully equipped galley with cooker and fridge, central heating and flushing W.C. The extra width of the boats provides excellent manoeuvrability for wheelchair users and they all have special built-in facilities.

Written by Hemant Amin

June 8th, 2012 at 11:03 am

Newbury Young Musicians

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PRESS RELEASE – released 14th March 2012

Newbury Young Musicians advance to the next phase of Rotary’s Young Musician of the Year competition

Rotary Club of Newbury

Rotary Club of Newbury

Local young musicians, James Brockhurst, Bethany Coopey and Chloe Flynn who were successful in the recent Newbury Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year competition, took part in the second phase of this Rotary event on the 10th March at St Joseph’s School in Reading. This competition involves four phases before culminating in a grand final at the Bournemouth International Conference Centre in April where a national winner will be selected for both instrumental and for voice.

At the Reading event, which is the Rotary District 1090 final representing Berkshire and parts of Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, ten individuals were in competition, four pianists including James, one flautist who was Chloe, one playing the trumpet and four vocalists including Bethany. After very stiff competition James (14) and Bethany (17) were selected as first in their classifications to go through to the next round, the Rotary South East Regional Final next Saturday the 17th March at 2 pm at The Baptist Church, Cranleigh, Guildford, Surrey. Both James and Bethany attend Trinity School.

The adjudicators, represented by Simon King, Mandy Kesel and Cynthia Crane provided feed back to all the competitors. In the case of James, who played two pieces by Rachmaninov, they described his performance as electrifying. Bethany was told she lit up the room as she sung “So in love” from Kiss me Kate by Cole Porter.

Contact address:    Chris Bartlam,

                                 49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB

                                 Tel: 01488 658540

                                 Email: ctbartlam@googlemail.com

Encl: Photograph of James Brockhurst and Bethany Coopey with their certificates with Newbury Rotarian Zena Muth at the award ceremony.

Rotary Club of Newbury web address: http://www.newburyrotary.org

Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. There are 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world who all share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary Club of Newbury is one of those clubs.

Written by Hemant Amin

April 13th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Newbury Rotary Fund New Water Survival Boxes

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Newbury Rotary fund new Water Survival Boxes

 The Rotary Club of Newbury, through their International group, has recently sponsored six Water Survival Boxes at a cost of £900.   These boxes will be stored ready for issue to any international disaster area, to protect families from water borne diseases. Water Survival Box is a UK charity trust which is managed by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. This charity has responded to over 25 natural disasters since the Asian tsunami in 2006.  When a natural or manmade disaster occurs boxes are flown out to the stricken area and within days are being distributed by local Rotary clubs or other international aid agencies. Recent support has been distributed in Colombia, Japan, Pakistan, the Horn of Africa and Philippines.

Rotary Club of Newbury

Rotary Club of Newbury

Each Water Survival Box is a rigid 54 litre plastic container that becomes the receptacle for water when emptied of essential survival items. It includes a pump and filtration pack to give clean drinking water for a family of four for 4 months. The essential survival items typically include a water collection container, drinking mugs, cooking pots, eating bowls, spoons, antiseptic spray, cotton materials, needles and thread to make basic clothes, basic tools and a tarpaulin and cords to make a simple shelter. Effectively, the box is filled with new items that people, who have lost everything, would need to survive the critical weeks following a catastrophic event.  Since starting Water Survival Box has shipped out nearly 9000 boxes around the world.

Full information on the service that Water Survival Box provide can be found on http://www.worldwaterworks.org . Anyone wishing to support or donate can do so online.

The Rotary Club of Newbury is one of 1,855 clubs within Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) which has in total over 55,000 members. It in turn, is an integral part of Rotary International, the world’s first service organisation.

Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide. By combining our skills and resources, we are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

Contact address:    Chris Bartlam,

                                 49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB

                                 Tel: 01488 658540

                                 Email: ctbartlam@googlemail.com

Rotary Club of Newbury web address: http://www.newburyrotary.org

Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. There are 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world who all share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary Club of Newbury is one of those clubs.





















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