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Club of Royston,Herts, UK
President: Graeme Dargie
Graeme    and    Linda    Dargie    welcomed    us    to    their    lovely    house    and    garden    to    participate    in    the President’s   Hello.         The   afternoon   got   off   to   a   great   start   with   a   fly   over   by   the   Red   Arrows      -   even previous   President   David   Williams   didn’t   manage   that   despite   all   his Royal Air Force connections. The   sunny   weather   was   also   just   about   perfect   and   a   good   turn   out of    Rotarians    and    guests    stood    around    conversing    happily    until    Graeme    made    the    magical announcement    ‘foods    ready’.        After    meals    were    duly    chosen    from    an    amazingly    wide    and appetising    selection,    conversations    were    resumed    from    seated    positions    between    delicious mouthfuls. Graeme   and   Linda   have   a   beautiful   garden   which   includes   a   water   feature   with   water   cascading over   some   shiny   stone   spheres,   rumour   has   it   only   very   recently   installed   for   the   benefit   of   the Hello. The   forecasted   rain   (well,   on   some   phones   anyway),   did   not   appear   and   the   weather   seemed   to get   hotter   later   on.      Everyone   agreed   it   was   a   wonderful   day   and   felt   well   and   truly   welcomed,   a   great   hello   from   our   new President   Graeme   and   from   Linda.      Thanks   to   them   and   to   all   who   helped   by   providing   food   and   helping   with   set   up   and   take down. Words by Ray Munden.  See the photo album here.
9th July - President’s Hello

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What   a   beautiful   day   it   was   for   our   annual   event   on   Therfield   Heath,   the   winds   were about   12mph   and   the   sun   was   out   for   most   of   the   day   -   and   the   rain   stayed   away,   thank goodness. We   had   many   hundreds   of   visitors   again   this   year,   many   staying   for   the   whole   day rather   than   just   the   morning   or   afternoon.     This   year   we   also   had   the   historic   vehicles on    display    and,    although    it    was    their    first    time    at    the    show,    approx    65    vehicles attended. The   kite   festival   had   all   the   usual   attractions,   not   the   least   being   the   famous   “Teddy bear   drop”   where   a   few   bears   are   hoisted   aloft   by   kite   but   come   down   on   their   own little parachutes.  The youngsters really enjoy that spectacle. Many   thanks   to   our   Kite   Festival   organiser   for   this   year,   Jonathan   Berks,   and   to   his   committee   and   all   the   various   helpers   (including partners) who always do so much to make this event the success it was. Click on the link to see the photos of the Kite Festival here  and for the Historic Vehicle Show here .
6th August - Kite Festival & Historic Vehicle Show
This    was    the    first    Rotarian    walk    we’d    organised    so    we    were    a    little concerned   that   the   weather   would   be   foul,   that   no-one   would   turn   up, that   the   pub   would   get   the   meal   choices   wrong,   or   worse,   that   I   had booked the wrong weekend; it has happened to me before! But   what   a   morning!      We   were   blessed   with   good   company   (twenty   one Rotarians,    spouses    and    guests),    bright    sunshine    along    with    a    cooling breeze and a pub that was ready and willing to welcome us back. It   was   a   gentle   walk   starting   from   the   village   of   Aspenden,   along   a   mixture of   farm   tracks,   shady   footpaths   and   Roman   roads.      After   six   miles   we   were   all   pleased   to   see   the   pub   and   judging   from   the   lively conversations in the restaurant everyone seemed to have enjoyed the morning.
13th August - Monthly Walk - Organised by Steve and Sue Higginbotham

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A   beautiful   Summer’s   day   for   this   eagerly   awaited   event   with   more   than   a   dozen   entrants   in   a   variery   of   cherished   vehicles.      The teams   were   despatched   with   true   military   precision   by   our   organiser,   Phillip,   from   Royston   Town   Hall   car   park   from   10.30am   with   a few   minutes   between   each.         Each   team   was   provided   with   a   route   guide   and   questions   about   points   on   the   route   to   answer   on   the journey. And   it   was   a   beautiful   day   for   it,   driving   through   the   quiet   Hertfordshire   and   Essex   villages   and   stopping   off   to   answer   some   of Phillip’s   fiendish   questions.      Inevitably,   a   certain   amount   of   “bunching”   took   place   wherever   Rotarians   had   stopped   and   were scurrying   about   looking   for   answers   in   churchyards   or   village   greens.      And   although   most   teams   managed   to   navigate   the   41   mile course there was the occassional wayward team who deviated to places such as the town of Baldock! Everyone   made   it   in   the   end   to   a   really   enjoyable   barbecue   at   David   and   Diane   Blundell’s   house   in   Melbourn.      The   Sports   and   Social Team   (and   their   helpers)   had   been   hard   at   work   laying   out   the tables,   chairs,   food   and   drinks   and   also   erecting   gazebos   to keep   us   all   cool.      Once   all   the   good   things   were   eaten   it   was   the time    to    announce    the    winners    of    the    treasure    hunt:        the winners    were    declared    as    the    Berks    team    with    a    runaway score, with runners up Tony and Bryony. Grateful    thanks    to    Phillip    and    Ruth    Martin    who    did    all    the ground    work    to    devise    this    very    enjoyable    treasure    hunt.      Thanks   also   to   David   and   Diane   Blundell   for   hosting   and   to   all the helpers and contributors to the barbecue. See all pictures of the event here.
28th August - Rotary Treasure Hunt/Road Ramble
We   are   so   sad   to   announce   the   death   of   David   Williams,   who   has   been   one   of   our staunch   members   for   many   years.   David   had   such   a   charming   manner   that   he   would immediately   put   you   at   your   ease   and   was   always   interested   in   what   you   had   to   say   to him.      He   had   a   wealth   of   stories   and   anecdotes   to   entertain   which   were   suitable   for every   occasion.      He   had   been   a   very   successful   President   of   the   Club   for   the   Rotary year   2015/2016   and   during   this   year   was   able   to   present   a   cheque   for   £6,000   on behalf of the Club to the Willow Foundation, a charity very close to his heart. David   began   his   career   as   an   RAF   officer,   gaining   his   navigator’s   wings   and   posted   to 617   Squadron   (The   Dam   Busters)   flying   Avro   Vulcan   jets   during   the   cold   war.      A   later posting   saw   him   commanding   a   squadron   of   Victor   refuelling   tankers   during   the   first Gulf   War.   He   finished   his   military   career   with   the   rank   of   Air   Commodore   having   just   previously   been   the   station   commander   at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. On   retiring   from   the   RAF   David   joined   the   Willow   Foundation   as   its   CEO   and   spent   many   years   with   them   building   it   up   from   a   small local   charity   into   one   that   now   has   a   national   presence.      It   was   natural   therefore   that   the   Willow   Foundation   would   be   David’s nominated charity during his presidential year. David’s   funeral   took   place   on   31st   August   at   Barley   Church   and   it   was   such   a   tribute   to   him   that   over   300   mourners   from   all   over the country came to pay their respects.  The church was full to overflowing with standing room only. David   was   a   real   family   man   and   we   pass   our   condolences   on   to   his   wife   Sue   and   to   their   two   sons   Simon   and   Jamie   and   their families. David will be sorely missed!
15th August - Our Past President, David Williams OBE, Has Died
It   was   a   pleasant   summer’s   morning   when   Martin   Berry   and   John   Wahlich   set   off   on   their   75   km   (47 mile)   walk   along   the   Norfolk   Coastal   Path   from   Hunstanton   to   Cromer.   The   walk   was   in   memory   Chris Hardy,   who,   if   he   had   not   tragically   died   of   cancer   a   couple   of   years   ago,   would   have   celebrated   his 70th   birthday   this   year.   To   commemorate   his   life,   and   to   raise   money   for   charity,   Chris's   children   had organised   several   fund   raising   events   on   the   theme   of   70,   and   this   inspired   John   to   organise   this   70 km   walk.         The   walk   would   take   two   days   and   by   clicking   on   the   map   at   the   right   you   can   see   the   route taken. Within   the   first   200   yards   or   so,   our   intrepid   walkers   had   established   their modus   operandi   -   they   had   taken   a   wrong   turn   but   were   still   going   in   more   or less   the   right   direction.   The   beauty   of   this   walk   is   that   –   as   long   as   you   keep the sea to your left - you can't go far wrong! The   first   part   of   the   walk   took   them   past   Hunstanton   golf   course   and   literally miles   of   blackberry   bushes   -   all   with   deliciously   ripe   fruit.   Picking   blackberries as   they   walked   in   the   sunshine,   with   a   cool   breeze   blowing   in   from   the   sea, and   with   glorious   views   of   the   North   Norfolk   coast,   they   reflected   on   how lucky they were to be alive – and to be here. If only they knew what lay ahead! After   passing   Holme   and   Thornham   the   coastal   path   takes   an   annoying   3   mile   detour   inland   before   returning   to   the   coast   at   Brancaster. Here   the   path   runs   along   the   coast   through   Brancaster   Staithe   to   Burnham   Overy   Staithe   with   a   vast   expanse   of   marshland   between   the   sea and   terra   firma.   This   section   of   the   walk   has   its   own   unique   –   almost   other   worldly   -   beauty.   It   also   has   a   lonely   feel   to   it   –   emphasised   by   the lack   of   other   walkers.   Approaching   Burnham   Overy   Staithe   there   is   a   little   inlet   that   forces   the   path   inland   again   through   the   edge   of   the village   before   returning   to   the   coast   and   an   ice   cream   van   by   the   sea.   But   our   heroes   didn’t   stop   for   refreshment.   No,   they   only   paused   to remove rocks, and jagged bits of dead seagull from their boots. Pressing   on,   the   marshland   gives   way   to   a   beautiful,   sandy   beach   at   Holkham   –   with   horses   galloping   along   the   shoreline   and   dogs   doing what   dogs   do   when   they   go   to   the   seaside.   Our   heroes   had   booked   a   modest   bothy   for   the   night   at   Holkham   and   their   plan   had   been   to   go straight   there   from   Holkham   beach   –   but   they   had   made   good   time   and   only   walked   20   miles   that   day,   with   27   miles   to   walk   the   next   day.   So they    decided    to    press    on    to    Wells-Next-the-Sea.    The    path    between    Holkham    beach    and    Wells-next-the-Sea    runs    through    delightful woodland, busy with holiday makers, and it emerges onto a giant levy that runs, straight as an arrow, for a mile or so inland to the town. Here they were met by their adoring support team. The   following   day,   after   a   hearty   breakfast   (which   in   John’s   case   consisted   of   some   fruit,   some   cereal   and   a   glass   of   orange   juice)   they   set   off   - on   very   stiff   and   tired   legs   -   from   Wells-next-the-Sea   on   the   second   part   of   their   journey.   This   would   be   slightly   longer   –      at   least   25   miles   and much, much, tougher. Shortly   after   leaving   Wells-next-the-Sea   it   started   to   rain.   Not   very   hard   at   first,   but   it   got harder   as   time   went   on   –   and   it   didn’t   stop.   From   Wells-next-the-Sea   the   Coastal   Path   runs in   a   straight   line   past   Stiffkey   to   the   edge   of   Morston   where   there   is   a   National   Trust Information   Centre   and   Tea   Room   –   though   our   intrepid   travellers   didn’t   dally   there.   They pressed   on   past   Blakeney   and   then   out   to   sea   before   coming   back   inland   to   Cley-next-the- Sea.   Here   they   found   a   delightful   tearoom   right   on   the   Coastal   Path   –   and   they   stopped   for some   refreshment.   It’s   funny   isn’t   it?   How   you   can   get   used   to   walking   in   the   rain   –   but   be depressed   by   the   prospect   of   going   back   out   into   it,   after   you’ve   been   in   the   dry   for   a   short time.   Anyway,   they   pressed   on   and   walked   about   half   a   mile   out   to   sea   to   get   to   a   point   that was   no   more   than   a   few   hundred   yards   from   where   they   had   been   an   hour   before.   They then   started   on   the   toughest   part   of   their   journey   –   a   five   mile   section   of   shingle   beach   that runs    past    Salthouse    and    the    Muckleburgh    Collection    of    military    hardware    and    on    past Weybourne.   Feeling   really   quite   tired   after   the   shingle   beach,   our   two   heroes   now   had   some hills   to   climb   along   the   cliffs   at   Sheringham.   They   had   run   out   of   conversation   by   this   point and   were   just   pushing   on   –   though   they   did   stop   to   watch   a   lone   golfer   playing   the   beautiful Sheringham   Golf   Course   in   the   rain   and   a   steam   train   on   the   North   Norfolk   Railway   puffing its way towards Holt. After   walking   along   the   promenade   at   Sherringham   they   climbed   the   63m   “Beaston   Bump”   from   which   they   could   see   their   final   destination –   Cromer,   and   it   didn’t   look   that   far   away.   But   it   was   further   than   it   looked!   The   coastal   path   between   Sherringham   and   Cromer   had collapsed,   so   the   route   had   been   diverted   inland   through   seemingly   endless   caravan   parks.   They   came   to   a   town,   which   they   thought   was Cromer   and   the   end   of   their   journey   –   but   it   turned   out   to   be   West   Runton.   They   pressed   on   and   came   to   another   town   they   thought   was Cromer   –   but   it   turned   out   to   be   East   Runton.   They   started   to   wonder   how   many   more   Runtons   they   would   have   to   walk   through   before   they came   to   Cromer,   but   then,   there   it   was   -   Cromer!   Not   a   particularly   attractive   town   but   after   walking   at   least   73   km   in   just   over   14   hours   it looked beautiful to them.        
29th - 30th August - 70 Km Coastal Walk to Remember Chris Hardy
Saturday   16th   September   saw   the   annual   Rotary   contribution,   jointly   with   the   Royston   Methodist   Church,   to   the   Royston   Arts   Festival.      We were privileged to hold one of the first events of the Royston arts festival, featuring the Phoenix Chorus. The   Phoenix   Chorus   can   be   up   to   80   strong,   but   on   this   occasion   we   had   50.      Phoenix   is an   award   winning   women’s   choir   (they   were   wearing   medals   as   proof)   who   have   sung   at the   Albert   Hall   and   have   recently   won,   by   merit,   a   place   in   a   forthcoming   international competition   to   be   held   in   St   Louis,   Missouri   (and   Jonathan   via   TaxAssist   kindly   offered   to sponsor   them   as   there   will   be   significant   costs).      They   sing   “a   cappella”   songs   in   the barbershop    style    and    their    harmonies    were    beautiful.        Even    more    impressively    the singers   for   each   voice   weren’t   standing   together   but   were   interspersed   throughout   the choir, so managing to stay in such close harmony was amazing. We   were   treated   to   a   wide   range   of   tunes,   including   pop   and   rock   songs   from   Queen   (Don’t   Stop   me   Now),   Simon   and   Garfunkel   (Bridge Over   Troubled   Water),   Adele   (Rolling   in   the   Deep),   a   hymn   by   Horatio   Spafford   (All   is   Well   With   my   Soul,   written   after   a   series   of   horrendous disasters   in   which   he   lost   most   of   his   family   and   his   wealth   –   its   worth   a   web   search   on   his   name)   and   tunes   from   musicals   such   as   Anthem from   Chess.      Several   times   quartets   broke   out   to   perform,   again   with   very   close   harmony,   and   we   even   had   a   Hen   Party   quartet   along   with jokes      –      the   bride   to   be   was   wondering   how   she   could   remember   the   stages   of   the   wedding.      Easy   she   thought,   I   have   to   go   up   the   aisle, then I have to change my name, then there will be a hymn, so all I have to remember is ‘Aisle Change Hymn’ (say it out loud and you’ll get it)! The   audience   obviously   appreciated   the   performance   as   was   evidenced   by   the   very   loud   applause.      Many   thanks   to   those   from   Rotary   who helped   with   the   tea,   coffee   and   biscuits   at   the   interval,   to   Howard   for   doing   ticket   sales   and   of   course   the   Methodist   Church   for   providing   the venue   and   for   booking   Phoenix.      The   end   result   was   £100   raised   for   the   Church   and,   including   the   retiring   collection,   £240   for   the   Garden House Hospice - and all whilst everybody had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Words and picture by Ray Munden
16th September - Concert By The Phoenix Chorus
At   our   meeting   tonight   we   were   delighted   to   welcome   MIKE   DAY   and   NICHOLA SHARPE   to   the   Royston   Rotary   Family.      Following   their   successful   election,   club President    Graeme    Dargie    presented    both    of    them    with    their    badges    and    a welcome pack.  The   photo   shows   (from   left)   Graeme,   Mike,   Nichola   and   Martin   Berry   who   was   their membership sponsor. We   look   forward   to   getting   to   know   Mike   and   Nichola   even   better   in   the   months ahead.
26th September -  Election of New Members
About   30   Rotarians   and   partners   met   up   at   the   American   Cemetery   at   Madingley   near   Cambridge   for   a   tour by   Tracy,   one   of   the   permanent   guides.      On   first   arriving   one   cannot   fail   to   be   impressed   with   the   layout   of the   site   and   the   neatness   of   it   all.      There   are   over   3,000   headstones   placed   in   a   series   of   semi-circles, radiating   outwards   from   the   raised   flagpole,   which   is   intended   to   be   the   focal   point   of   the   site.      Apparantly every single headstone is washed three times every week. We   were   taken   to   the   “Wall   of   the   Missing”   and   our   guide   explained   that   over   5,000   names   were   carved   into   the   long   tablets   of   Portland Stone.      She   proceeded   to   bring   some   of   these   names   to   life   by   relating   stories   of   how   specific   people   were   lost   and   showed   a photographs of those persons.  It was a sobering experience listening to the stories of these brave men and women. We   visted   the   Chapel   of   Remembrance   with   it’s   stunning   mosaics   on   the   ceilings   and   all   down   the   east side.      On   one   wall   was   an   enormous   frieze   showing   in   relief   the   various   theatres   of   war   of   WW2   and   the involvement   of   the   US,   British   and   Canadian   forces   in   each   of   them.      At   that   point   the   tour   ended   and   we individually browsed around the physical burials and the very interesting visitor centre. At   4.30   we   were   privileged   to   be   involved   with   the   lowering   of   the   American   flag.      Once   lowered   there   is   a   set   sequence   of   folding   until there   is   just   a   small   triangle   showing   the   stars   on   the   flag.      President   Graeme   performed   this   with   aplomb   but   with   more   than   a   little help! Photos by Neil H, Bryony and Tony
29th September - Visit to The American Cemetery at Madingley
Many a Yee-Haw was heard today at our Wild West Party as Rotarians gathered for a fancy dress evening kindly hosted at David and Liz Beardwell’s home.  As is typical of these events a fiendish quiz had first been set to test out our knowledge of the Wild West.  Your scribe’s team only managed to score 6 out of a possible 15 whereas the winning team scored a creditable 11 points. It was soon time for chow-down and the cookhouse staff had prepared a typical cowboy’s meal of sausages, bacon and plenty of beans.  The delicious puddings and cheese that were to follow were never experienced in any old westerner’s ranch house but were nevertheless much appreciated by all. We then came to the shooting competition where we were each given three shots to knock down a few empty bean cans.  What a dismal failure we all were!  There was many a shout of “aim low” and “shoot high” but without much success.  Only a few of our sharpshooters were able to knock down any of the cans despite the fact that the distance from gun to target was only 5 feet! Linda Dargie announced that the prize for the best outfit went (deservedly) to David Easthope for also bringing his horse along (see picture)!  There were a few other honourable mentions which included Jon and Linda Berks (pictured above).  A great night’s entertainment and grateful thanks to the army of caterers who prepared the food, and to the Sports and Social team for arranging it all.  Thank you also David and Liz for risking so much bean juice on your carpets and furniture! Pictures and words by Tony
7th October - Wild West Night
This month’s walk began at Stansted Abbots on the River Lea Navigation.  Although there were fourteen walkers in all to do the  six mile figure of eight, two walkers opted for an easier (and shorter) hike along the river towpath. The main group set off along the “New River” whose name is a misnomer.  It is actually a man-made aquaduct which was constructed in a most imaginative way in the early seventeenth century to bring fresh water from springs near Ware all the way to London.  The river exactly follows the 100 foot contour line for 40 miles, thus needing no bridges or tunnels in order to transport the water.  After a couple of miles New River converged fairly close to the River Lea and the group diverted across this to visit the Rye House.  This is a very old (15th century) grade 1 listed structure with attractive barley-twist chimneys and gateposts, but which, sadly has only the gatehouse remaining (see photo);  however it is clearly marked out where the important rooms on the ground floor would have been.  This building is famous for being the home of Katherine Parr, the sixth (and final) wife of Henry Xlll.  In the seventeenth century the house was also the headquarters of the so-called Rye House Plot to (unsuccessfully) assasinate King Charles ll and his brother James, Duke of York. The walk continued along the towpath of the River Lea passing on the other side, a go-kart track with drivers roaring around.  This track was the place which first saw the very young Lewis Hamilton learn his craft and which proudly contains many of his old trophies and posters in the clubhouse. The main group continued following the River Lea for another mile or so until they reached Dobbs Weir.  At this point they were planning to cross back to the New River but eventually decided to walk the full return route along the towpath of the River Lea. Both parties met up for lunch at the Jolly Fisherman pub at Stansted Abbot where a convivial time was had by all.  Many thanks to John Kelly for organising this walk Photos by Bryony
8th October - Monthly Walk Organised by John Kelly
The   defibrillator   paid   for   by   the   Rotary   Club   of   Royston   club   has   been   officially installed at the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust shop in Fish Hill Square. At   the   unveiling   were   Graeme   Dargie   (club   President)   and   Karin   (Last   year’s   Club President)   from   our   Club,   Maria   Alexander   (Head   of   Fundraising)   and   Tina   Jolly (shop    manager)    from        EHAAT    and    a    representative    of    the    supplier    of    the defibrillator. Graeme    said    ‘Our    Club    was    already    considering    providing    a    defibrillator    in Royston   when   we   heard   that   EHAAT   were   going   to   raise   funds   to   put   one   outside their   new   shop   in   Royston.      As   we   think   that   EHAAT   is   a   very   worthy   charity   we   immediately   offered   to   fund   the   whole   cost   of   the defibrillator   and   were   delighted   that   our   offer   was   enthusiastically   received.      Our   club   is   committed   to   helping   in   the   local   community so were very pleased to be able to provide this service.’ Words and picture by Ray Munden
2nd October -Presentation of Defibrillator to EHAAT
Our   Club   held   the   Annual   Charity   Swimathon   event   last   Sunday,   October   15th   at   the   Royston   Leisure   Centre.      Once   again   it   was   a   highly successful   event   and   well   supported   by   organisations   from   around   the   town   with   16   teams   and   with   a   total   of   80   swimmers.      The swimmers covered a total of 1611 lengths of the swimming pool – very impressive! The organizations participating were: 5th Royston Rainbows, 10th Royston Cub Scouts, 5th Royston Brownies (3 teams), 3rd Royston (Methodist) Guides, 2nd Royston Guides, Greneway School Year 8 Girls, Greneway School Year 8 Boys, The Wilderness Explorer Scouts, Greneway School Boys, Home Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire, Royston Methodist Church, Royston & District Town Twinning Association, Royston Freewheelers Rotary Club of Royston A   substantial   amount   of   money   has   been   sponsored   for   the   event,   we   expect   that   several   thousands   of   pound   will   be   available   for   a wide selection of Charities, the final figure will be published when all has been collected. See more pictures of the Swimathon here (all photos courtesy of Neil Heywood).  
15th October - Swimathon
This   month’s   walk   was   a   variation   on   a   route   we   had   used   earlier   in   the   year.      It   was   a   circular   walk   alongside   the   river   Great   Ouse   in what   turned   out   to   be   glorious   sunshine,   if   a   little   cool!      We   had   10   walkers   for   the   day   plus   Tony   and Bryony who were both medically below par so just supporting.  It   was   so   good   to   see   John   and   Jennifer   Kelly   back   with   their   new   black   labrador   Emmy:   We   have missed   seeing   their   old   dog   Bess   who   used   to   come   on   many   a Rotary walk with us, so let’s hope Emmy enjoys these walks as much as Bess did. We   started   from   the   Axe   and   Compass   pub   in   Hemmingford   Abbots   shortly   after   10   o’clock   and followed   the   route   marked   in   red   in   a   clockwise   direction.      The   walk   finished   back   at   the   pub   by 12.45 just in time for a most welcome and hearty meal. Thanks to Bryony for organising the walk and to Martin for leading the party round.
5th November - Monthly Walk
On   Wednesday   8th   November,   Studland’s   Rise   School   hosted   the   20th   annual   ‘Youth   Speaks’   event   for   Year   4   Students.   This   event gives   young   people   the   opportunity   to   speak   on   a   subject   of   their   choice   to   an   audience   of   parents,   family   members,   teachers,   fellow students and members of the Rotary Club of Royston. This   year   we   were   delighted   to   have   fifty   speakers   (that’s   20   more   than   last   year)   from   eight   local   schools   (three   more   than   last   year): Icknield   Walk   First   School   ,   Studlands   Rise   First   School,   Tannery   Drift   First   School,   Barley   First   School,   Barkway   First   School,   Therfield First   School,   Reed   First   School   and   St   Mary’s   RC   Primary   School.      The   children   spoke   on   nineteen   subjects   ranging   from   Michael Jackson   to   Japan;   from   the   Chocolate   to   Dinosaurs.   All   the   presentations   were   interesting   and   informative.   Lukas   Thirlwell   (a   child   in year   3)   deserves   a   special   mention   –   he   stood   in   for   his   older   brother   at   very   short   notice   to   speak   about   Michael   Jackson   when   his older brother was taken ill. The full list of speakers and their topics was as follows Martin    Berry    (Junior    Vice-President    of    Royston    Rotary    Club)    presented    each    student    with    a    certificate    to    commemorate    their participation in this event.  We are very grateful to Mrs Alison Rinna, Head Teacher of Studland’s Rise School, for hosting the event.
8th November - Youth Speaks Event (year 4 students)
Tannery Drift School: ·         Holly Cobb                         Hobbies ·         Khadija Eyitayo                 Hobbies ·         Vienna Peacock                Hobbies ·         Charlotte Lye                     Music           Cameron Foley                  Japan ·         Kai Perkins                         Japan Studlands Rise School: ·         Luke Baker                         Harry Potter ·         Sam Falconer                     Harry Potter ·         Iris Flin                                Harry Potter ·         Oscar McKinnell                Metals ·         Harry Miller                        Metals           Emily Wilkinson                 Metals ·         Darcy Estwick                     The Great British Bake Off ·         Roisin Johnson                  The Great British Bake Off ·         Alice Parnwell                    The Great British Bake Off Barley & Barkway Schools: ·         Archie Cox                          Forest School in Newsells ·         Jasmine Carder                  Forest School in Newsells ·         Jamiey Brinkley                  Forest School in Newsells ·         William Brown                    Forest School in Newsells ·         Benjamin Gower               Forest School in Newsells ·         Riley Valk                            Forest School in Newsells ·         Sonny Peverelli                  Forest School in Newsells   St Mary’s Primary RC School: ·         Arthur Barber                    Sharks ·         Orla Patmore                     Irish Dancing ·         Ben Lambie                        Insects  
Icknield Way School: ·         Toby Webb                          The Egyptians ·         Charlie Hardy                      The Egyptians ·         Benjamin Paterson            The Egyptians ·         Samuel Gardner                 Sharks ·         Ashton Felstead                  Sharks ·         Julius Crosby                        Space ·         Joshua Waites                      Space  Therfield School: ·         Donnie Rigaut                      Michael Jackson ·         Lukas Thirlwell                     Michael Jackson ·         Matilda Temple                    Matilda (by Roald Dahl) ·         Nellie-Emma Brizil               Matilda (by Roald Dahl) ·         Lulabelle Hardman             Matilda (by Roald Dahl) ·         Amelie Challis                      Dinosaurs ·         Grace Wilson                        Dinosaurs ·         Amelie Ellis                           Dinosaurs ·         Charlie Barrett                     Dinosaurs ·         Tomas Hewitt                       Dinosaurs Reed School: ·         Amber Gration                     Chocolate Facts ·         Chester Clarkson                 Chocolate Facts ·         Jago Nottingham                 Chocolate Facts ·         Daisy Trigwell                       Where Chocolate Comes From          Harrison Dela-Nougerede  Where Chocolate Comes rom ·         Charlie Ward                        Where Chocolate Comes From ·         Aidan Liebenberg               The Story of Chocolate ·         Jacob Bartlett                       The Story of Chocolate  
Words by Martin Berry.   Photos of the event can be seen here  
The   Club’s   very   first   memory   cafe   was   held   in   The   Old   Barn   in   Upper   King   Street, Royston.      It   was   a   very   successful   event   with   a   total   of   eighteen   clients   attending plus   ten   Rotarian   helpers   (including   two   from   the   Cambridge   South   Rotary   Club who   run   their   own   Memory   Cafe).      The   event   is   under   the   capable   organising skills of Rotarian David Izod. The   Memory   Cafe   is   intended   to   be   an   informal   “drop-in”   centre   for   people   with various    memory    disorders    (plus    their    carers)    to    provide    a    safe    and    friendly environment   and   where   their   various   failing   faculties   can   be   stimulated.      It   will be a regular event occurring on the second monday of each month. This   first   event   included   tea,   coffee   and   biscuits   for   attendees   followed   by   a   brain   training   game   of   Lotto.      After   this   we   had   a   singalong to a number of popular songs from the 1950’s accompanied by Lesley Izod on the piano. The event lasted about two hours with many of the vistors expressing the wish to come again to the next session.
13th November - First Ever Memory Cafe!
A    total    of    23    Rotarians    and    partners    helped    with    this    year’s    collection    for Children   in   Need   over   the   two   days,   some   being   deployed   to   stand   in   the   foyer at    the    local    Tesco    supermarket    whilst    the    others    braved    the    biting    wind whistling down Royston High Street. The   result   was   a   massive   £3,712    being   raised   -   an   amazingly   successful   sum which    was    primarily    due    to    the    generosity    of    Roystonians    but    also    to    the organisation that Rotarian David Izod had put into the collection.
17th and 18th November - Children In Need Collection