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.
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!
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.