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

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.
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.

The Rotary Young Chef Competition Regional Final hosted by District 1250 was held at Westminster Kingsway College in the heart of London on Saturday 21st March 2015. Two entrants came from each of 1090, 1120, 1140 and 1250 Districts.

Eight very talented young chefs from Senlac, Gravesend and Meopham, West Grinstead Meridian, Ruislip ad Northwood,  Banbury, Farnborough,  Horsham and Morden arrived in good time and in good spirits.  They were amazingly cool and calm when it was discovered that the prestigious kitchen and Escoffier Room were after all unavailable due to a water leak through the ceiling the previous evening.  Fortunately, Christopher Basten, one of the Judges, lectures at the College and found us another kitchen, albeit with an interesting walk from there to the display are and supporters’ room !

The Judges were equally talented and experienced – the aforesaid Christopher Basten, who is also  National Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs,   Tony Tobin from  BBC TV’s Ready Steady Cook  and the Dining Room in Reigate,   and Stuart Williams who is Operations Manager for Thomas Franks, contract caterers with a great reputation for using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Everyone finished on time and the food cooked was amazingly good. The Judges had a very difficult task deciding who should go through to the National Final and all entrants were sincerely complimented on the standard they had achieved and urged to have another try next year.

Runner up was  Christina Welz , age 16 who attends Banbury College in District 1090. She served :
Cashew nut crusted Goat’s Cheese with black pudding, and a root vegetable, butter bean and chorizo salad;  Roasted Monk Fish wrapped in pancetta served with risotto Milanaise, charred baby leek, broccoli and tomato consommé;  and Chocolate Mousse with mandarin, raspberry and almond granola, served with vanilla bean cream.

The Winner and competing in the National Final was Lewis Wilson, age 15 from The Forest School in Horsham in District 1250. He prepared and served:
Seared Mackerel served with pickled and charred fennel and a blackberry dressin;  Roasted breast of Gressingham Duck served with wild mushrooms, asparagus and quinoa;  and Apple Tart Tatin served with poached rhubarb and elderflower cream.

The National Final was held on Saturday 25th April at the Coleg Cambria, Deeside in North Wales.  The fantastic news is that Lewis Wilson, cooking nearly the same menu as for the Regional Final, won the competition and will be receiving a week’s cookery course in Tuscany, courtesy of Filippo Berio, and a cash prize as well as the trophy.  Well done Lewis.
What a super finale for District 1250 who have put forward the entrant who has become the National Winner, each year for the last three years.  What a challenge for the new District 1145 to maintain !

Vivien Gillman  District 1250 Young Chef Co-ordinator.

Seaford young musician winner, Hambel Goodchild, recently came along to the Rotary Club of Seaford’s lunch to play her flute and to tell us about her selection to take part in the next Commonwealth Resounds project where a team of young musicians from the UK will visit Malta in November 2015 to run workshops with underprivileged children who are interested in learning how to play an instrument. They will also be performing to them and letting them experiment with their instruments and teaching them the basics of music with the aim to bring some happiness, enjoyment and interest to their lives.