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  • The young, the old and a special visitor for the new year

    I love Rotary!

    It has only been a few weeks since we last met, but I have missed the contact, the swapping of ideas, the banter and the support I personally get from all my Rotarian friends.

    So I am very happy that our weekly Rotary lunch meetings have resumed after the Christmas break.

    And this week’s meeting epitomised so much of what I love about our great organisation.

    Firstly, members of our Contact The Elderly (CTE) group attended as our guests, along with Mary Robinson, CTE Executive Officer and her husband, Bruce. The regular drivers, hosts and their partners were delighted to sit amongst them at lunch and we celebrated the life of Horace, one of our longest standing CTE members who very sadly passed away the day before, aged 99 years and 364 days!

    We shall all miss Horace very much indeed. He had been attending our monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties, held in the homes of Rotarians, for several years.

    We always enjoyed his company and the tales of his life. For myself, I never tired of his anecdotes, particularly those about Whitley Bay, as I am a Geordie lass myself.

    And his family tell us that they knew how much he enjoyed coming. He once commented to us that he liked the food, but he appreciated the company and conversation more as, although he had people coming in to see him at home regularly, no one had time to stop and talk - one example of exactly what these two great charities, Rotary International and Contact The Elderly, are about -

    Secondly, we were entertained by the lively, enthusiastic and perfectly executed singing, with actions, of the choir from Farnham Primary School where we have one of our three Rotakids clubs. These children were a credit to the school and their fantastic teachers. The CTE guests were singing along with them and seemed to know all the actions!

    Thirdly, the lunch, provided by the Ring of Bells Restaurant, was excellent too.

    Fourthly, there was time to catch up with what had been happening over the Festive period, both to individuals and also various examples of Rotary support to the local community.

    Fifthly, and the icing on the cake, was the presence of the Lord Mayor, Cllr Joanne Dodds who gave us a refreshing insight into her year in office so far, with amusing asides provided by her consort/husband, Robert. We were happy to be able to give her a contribution to her charities, 'Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity' and 'Spread a Smile’.

    Definitely a great start to the New Rotary Year.



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