District 1145

Welcome to the website for Rotary Clubs in District 1145

The District includes the London Boroughs of of Croydon, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond Upon Thames, parts of Merton and Hounslow together with West Sussex, Parts of Surrey & East Sussex and the far northeast corner of Hampshire.

You will find a wealth of information in our website pages about Rotary in these areas, starting with latest club news in the slide show below.  To read more of these stories, simply click on the Title or the Read More link.  Below that are a number of Rotary videos.  Click on any of the thumbnails to select a video and then on the Play symbol to watch the video

Rotarians, school staff and families joined District Governor, Doug Price, and his wife Rosemary, in the Resource Centre at the Weald School for the presentation of awards in the Rotary Competitions.   George Rendell won the District Senior Young Photographer and went on to be Highly Commended in the National Final.   He explained that he had wound led lights round his body for the photographs!  Libby Morris won the Intermediate Section.

Out of forty entries seven were submitted for the District Final Young Writer Competition.   Nicky Kemp won the District Intermediate Section with her piece on Chestnut Tree House. Isabella Stevens was the runner up writing about The Cats Protection League.  Both pieces were read to the audience.

All four winners were presented with trophies and certificates, together with ‘King Pins’.   These came in the form of a crown as inspired by Peter King, the current National President of RIBI.   We were told that the ‘King Pins’ qualified for Jewellery Points on blazers.

Sally Catchpole presented Sandy with a bouquet for all her help with the competitions and Sandy congratulated the school for taking park in all the Rotary Competitions this year.

Phoebe and Josie were sponsored by the Club to take part in the recent district annual RYLA challenge, and on Wednesday 27 May they  joined us for lunch to share some of their experiences.
Team work proved to be essential, as well as some degree of bravery! Phoebe was less than enthusiastic at the idea of ascending the high ropes and confessed that she cried all the way up. The trapeze was also somewhat scary, but she was clearly happier with the raft competition in which her team won the Golden Paddle.
On the Wednesday of the week the whole group went to a Theatre in London for a breather, then back into the fray with rock climbing - they got to the top eventually! Then on to abseiling where Josie was quite happy, Phoebe less sure.
Hiking. The plan was to be dropped off somewhere and get back to base 7 miles away. Somehow Phoebe's team managed to get back eventually after 15 miles. This time though Josie's team were the  winners.
For the last night, they spent time with a big bonfire camping in tepees. Well done to both of them, we wish them well.

Another first for the Youth and Vocational Services Committee this year has been a Young Photographers Competition. Entries were invited from three age groups, 7 – 10 years, 11 – 13 years, and 14 – 17 under the theme of Light up the Community. Photographs were accepted in colour or black and white either on photographic paper or in digital format and competitors were advised to use their imagination to show their interpretation of the chosen topic. Faced with this challenge the photographs covered a wide range of topics and showed off very well the breadth of vision of the entrants in deciding what to submit. 

The Club is indebted to Nick Wiseman of the Seaford Photographic Society for kindly judging all the entries and to Barry and Nigel Trigwell of Fotobox in Broad Street for all the assistance they gave in helping the organisers through this new venture.

The overall winner was Oscar Sodeau who is to be presented with the first prize of £50 on Friday 5 June by Club President Ray Hazan. The two runners up were Elizabeth Duffy and Jamie Logan who will receive Fotobox vouchers, and the entries  of all three will be displayed in the Fotobox window. All the other entrants were given a small award to encourage their interest in photography and in the hope they will have another go when the competition is staged again later this year!

Once again the doors at Newbridge Nurseries were manned by Rotarians from the Billingshurst and District Club with collecting buckets in aid of those suffering.   This time it was for people who have been bereaved, need medical care, been made homeless and lost all possessions in Nepal.   Many people would have been aware that the Gurkhas are celebrating 200 years of service with the British Army this year, and their homeland is of course Nepal.   More and more people are visiting this beautiful, rugged, poor and least developed of countries. 
It is not surprising therefore that £1,851. 97 was raised over the three days, with one donor leaving a cheque.
The collection in progress with a ShelterBox to the right with its contents on display across the siteThe three clubs in the Rotary movement in Farnham were in the entrance arch of the Bush Hotel Farnham on May 1st jointly raising funds for Nepal. At short notice it is difficult to get permission to collect on the streets but the Bush allowed the stall to be set up on their land. The public gave over £1800 during the day and a further £300 was added to the buckets at the Duck Race the next day. Because the Rotary Club of Farnham is registered for these purposes and raises sufficient funds from its own members during the year it is also able to claim gift aid on the cash collection which will raise the total still further.
The funds will be used to purchase Shelterboxes and Shelterkits. The Shelterbox was invented by the Helston Rotary Club and has since grown into a substantial Charity. The boxes are packed with essentials such as tents, water purification and cooking equipment as well as packs for children. They also produce smaller ShelterKits which contain specific individual items.The Charity stockpiles boxes and kits as they are paid for and then dispatches them as required. It is possible to track where individual boxes are deployed.
Fifteen Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Club travellers headed off to twin Club Franeker in the Netherlands for the long weekend of 15/16/17 May - some by plane, where Franeker Rotarians collected their guests and others making the journey by car. Sue and Tony Vaughan had their trip interrupted when another car crashed into theirs damaging their tow bar and giving them both a fright but thankfully no injuries.
En route we crossed the Afsluitdijk a 35km man-made dike that separates the sea from the sweet (fresh) water interior and is an amazing sight. 
Our visit was also a time of learning as we marvelled at the story of the country’s water management scheme on our tour of the DF Woudagemaal - the world’s largest operating steam pumping station which is still used on occasion to drain excess water from Frisian land - much of which is below sea level.
The welcome meeting over tea and Friesland cake was warm, friendly and set the tone for what was a great weekend of fellowship and fun. We then went on a choice of local attractions around Franeker.

Recently  Claude Bertin President of Caterham Rotary Club and Graham Woodcock President of Caterham Harestone Rotary Club jointly presented a cheque for £2500 to Dawn Lewin Team Leader of The Caterham Community First Responders in recognition of their support to the community,

Claude Bertin said “ Caterham First responders provide a very valuable service to the local community in helping to save lives. The money we have jointly donated will enable the group to fund equipment for a new volunteer Sally Monnery who has joined their ranks.”

The Caterham Community First Responders provide an emergency response ahead of the NHS Ambulance for 999 emergency calls, which the South East Coast Ambulance Service deem to be 'serious and/or life threatening' or other calls where a fast response will make a difference to the patient. The Responder Groups are totally voluntary but are strictly managed and governed by the South East Coast Ambulance Service who are responsible for the training and governance.

On Tuesday 12 May, 2015, 49 brave souls abseiled the 320 foot Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, and collectively raised in excess of £25,000 for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH).  Among them were two members of West Worthing Rotary Club, Jeremy Flaskett and Richard ‘Duffy’ Duffield, who raised £2,000 between them towards that sum.

West Worthing Rotary Club are enthusiastic supporters of the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, which currently is the only hospital home south of London, which provides specialist nursing care for ex-servicemen and women.