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Club of Royston,Herts, UK
President: Graeme Dargie
Club History (“potted” version)

The Beginnings

The  

club  

began  

as  

an  

idea  

in  

June  

1961  

following  

an  

unsuccessful  

attempt  

some  

years  

earlier  

(when  

the  

prime  

move  

had

to  

move  

away  

from  

the  

area).  

  

It  

was  

important  

from  

the  

start  

to  

find  

a  

"mother"  

club  

to  

sponsor  

and  

encourage  

this  

new

venture  

and  

this  

was  

achieved  

through  

the  

good  

offices  

of  

the  

Rotary  

Club  

of  

Cambridge,  

and  

it  

was  

Rotarian  

Bill  

Warren

of  

that  

club  

who  

did  

a  

great  

deal  

of  

the  

"hand-holding"  

in  

the  

early  

days  

in  

liaison  

with  

Mr  

Derek  

Walker  

of  

Royston,  

one

of the founder members.

Granting of Charter

The  

newly  

formed  

Royston  

club  

was  

given  

the  

status  

of

"Interim  

club"  

until  

a  

critical  

mass  

of  

members  

had  

been

achieved,    

and    

a    

charter    

was    

approved    

by    

Rotary

International  

by  

the  

President  

of  

R.I.,  

Mr.  

Joseph  

A.  

Abey

on   

23rd   

March   

1962.   

   

The   

club   

started   

with   

31

members.  

The  

charter  

was  

subsequently  

presented  

to

the  

Founder  

President  

of  

the  

Club,  

Mr  

Peter  

Limbach,

on  

18th  

May  

1962

  

at  

a  

dinner  

held  

at  

the  

University

Arms  

Hotel,  

Cambridge.  

  

A  

toast  

to  

the  

new  

Club  

was

made    

by    

Rotarian    

Bill    

Warren,    

a    

member    

of    

the

Cambridge  

Club  

(Royston's  

"mother"  

Club)  

and  

a  

past

District Chairman.  (click to enlarge photo)

A  

reading  

desk  

was  

presented  

to  

the  

new  

club  

by  

the

Cambridge club which is still used to this day.

The  

picture  

at  

the  

RH  

side  

shows  

the  

presentation  

which

was  

made  

at  

the  

dinner  

by  

Rotarian  

C.N.  

Burgess  

of  

the

Sudbury  

Club  

(shown  

on  

right)  

who  

was  

the  

Chairman  

of  

R.I.  

District  

8  

(equivalent  

to  

the  

District  

Governor  

of  

present

days).  

  

The  

other  

person  

in  

the  

left  

of  

the  

photo  

was  

Right  

Rev.  

Tom  

H.  

Cashmore,  

Bishop  

of  

Dunwich,  

a  

Past  

President  

of

R.I.B.I  

,  

a  

past  

member  

of  

the  

board  

of  

R.I. and  

was  

the  

honoured  

guest  

at  

the  

dinner  

to  

welcome  

the  

new  

club  

to  

the

Rotary Family.

Founder Members

The  

photo  

below  

is  

the  

earliest  

record  

record  

we  

have  

of  

the  

founder  

members  

of  

the  

Club  

which  

was  

taken  

in  

early  

March  

1963.  

  

They

are named below:

Silver Jubilee Celebrations 2012

The  

Club  

held  

a  

Silver  

Jubilee  

Celebration  

on  

18th  

May  

2012  

at  

a  

dinner  

at  

Homerton  

College  

Cambridge.  

  

Special  

guest

was  

Royston's  

MP  

Mr  

(now  

Sir)  

Oliver  

Heald  

  

and  

was  

also  

attended  

by  

Annemarie  

Harte,  

Chief  

Executive  

of  

Rotary

International  

of  

Great  

Britain  

and  

Northern  

Ireland  

(R.I.B.I.)  

and  

also  

Rotarian  

Tom  

Griffin,  

the  

District  

Governor.  

  

More

than  

100  

Rotarians  

and  

guests  

attended  

which  

was  

on  

the  

exact  

date  

the  

Club  

was  

formed  

50  

year's  

ago.  

  

Mr  

Heald

observed  

that  

there  

had  

been  

some  

marvellous  

characters  

belonging  

to  

Rotary  

who  

had  

helped  

shape  

the  

Club.  

  

"The

members  

today  

are  

what  

we  

can  

call  

the  

great  

and  

the  

good  

of  

the  

community  

for  

the  

work  

being  

done  

not  

just  

locally

but  

on  

an  

international  

scale  

too"  

he  

said.  

  

As  

an  

example,  

Mr  

Heald  

highlighted  

Rotary's  

Shelter  

Box  

Scheme  

which  

was

currently  

providing  

for  

people  

in  

Pakistan  

in  

desperate  

need.  

  

"There  

was,  

too"  

he  

said,  

"the  

commitment  

to  

the

community  

with  

Rotary  

being  

involved  

with  

fundraising  

many  

charities".  

  

In  

his  

response,  

the  

current  

President  

of  

the

Club,  

Neil  

Heywood,  

said  

that  

during  

the  

past  

year  

the  

Club  

had  

helped  

26  

different  

charities  

and  

had  

raised  

more  

than

£17,000 from its various activities. 

The  

Club  

also  

decided  

to  

mark  

the  

Jubilee  

Year  

by  

the  

presentation  

of  

a  

flagpole  

to  

the  

people  

of  

Royston,  

to  

be  

erected

in  

the  

Priory  

Gardens  

of  

the  

town.  

  

This  

was  

formally  

presented  

to  

the  

Town  

by  

the  

(then)  

Club  

President,  

Chris  

Hardy,  

in

the  

presence  

of  

Mr  

(now  

Sir)  

Oliver  

Heald  

MP  

and  

Councillor  

Lindsay  

Davidson,  

the  

Mayor  

of  

Royston.  

  

Speaking  

before

the  

unveiling,  

Chris  

said:  

“When  

we  

started  

talking  

about  

our  

50th  

year  

we  

wanted  

to  

ensure  

that  

part  

of  

our  

anniversary

was  

to  

provide  

something  

for  

the  

community.  

  

“We  

had  

a  

number  

of  

ideas,  

but  

in  

the  

end  

the  

provision  

of  

a  

community

flag  

pole  

seemed  

to  

be  

the  

most  

practical  

and  

workable.”  

  

He  

stressed:  

“This  

is  

a  

community  

flag  

pole  

and  

that  

means

any  

club  

or  

group  

in  

our  

town  

will  

have  

the  

opportunity  

to  

fly  

its  

own  

flag  

to  

mark  

an  

event  

or  

occasion.”  

Chris  

continued

that  

the  

project  

would  

not  

have  

been  

completed  

without  

the  

help  

of  

Rotary  

members  

and  

the  

generous  

support  

of  

the

Brian  

Leslie  

Racher  

Charity  

Trust,  

Councillor  

Fiona  

Hill  

from  

her  

County  

Council  

locality  

budget  

and  

a  

grant  

from  

the

Royston  

area  

committee  

of  

North  

Herts  

District  

Council.  

  

Rotary  

will  

work  

with  

Royston  

Town  

Council  

to  

ensure  

there  

is  

a

turn-over  

in  

flags  

being  

displayed  

and  

will  

also  

recognise  

national  

events  

with  

the  

hoisting  

of  

the  

Union  

flag.  

  

Just  

before

the end of the ceremony a town crest flag donated by Rotary was presented to the town council.

List of Past Presidents

Back Row (L to R)

John  

Pigg,  

Peter  

Mills,  

Albert  

Read,  

Harold  

Richmond,  

Sam  

Wilkinson,  

R  

Candler,  

  

Don  

Humphris,  

Ivan

Wickstead

Middle Row (L to R)

Bob Logsdon, Bill Darling, Chris Paice, Geoff Snell, Hubert Stearn, Roy Haywood, Jeff Gray,  Roy Cowell

Front Row (L to R)

"Peri"   

Peregrine,   

Arthur   

White,   

Norman   

Northgraves,   

Derek   

Walker,   

Peter   

Limbach,   

Ian   

Milne,   

Edward

Devonshire, George Haddock, Richard Cox