Rotary Club of Reading

New members inducted

New club members

Our new club members

At our lunchtime meeting on Tuesday 28th January we were delighted to welcome three new members into the club.  Read more >

Reading Rotary Community Projects

RRCP's (part of the Reading Rotary Club) latest grants made in November 2019 were:

Mencap £1000
Funding Mencap enables programs for adults over 18 to get out and about, participate in the community, grow in confidence, stay healthy. The things they do are a balance between social, creative, wellbeing and physical i.e. Drama, cooking, drumming, Zumba, gardening, tennis etc.

Mustard Tree Engage befriend £500
To Increase the number of people they can provide befriending service to .

PACT Alana house ( freezer) £800
This is for a freezer for their cafe so that they can make things to sell. The cafe is to help (vulnerable) women who attend the project to learn and practice valuable new skills to boost confidence and increase employability.

£600 to Together in Mission - Cafe B
This is to help fund a new barista machine for their cafe.

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A powerful energy advance.

Two of our Club Members have been helping Reading Hydro to progress their plans to build a Hydro-Electric scheme adjacent to Caversham Wier
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A master class in Pasta making

Toni at work

At our meeting on the 5th November Toni Sale demonstrates how to make pasta

RYLA candidate receives her certificate

Lucy receiving her certificate

Lucy receiving her certificate

Another excellent presentation by Lucy of her RYLA experience. Read more >

Village of Hope update

Please follow links to see the latest Read more >

Annual Golf Day - 10th September 2019

Golf Course

This year saw another successful golf day and, in spite of fewer teams playing, over £4,000 was raised. Well done to the organisers!

Why not make a note in your diary for next year when it will be held on the 15th September.

At our meeting on the 3rd September 2019 our own Rorarians remember WW2

Rotarians Chris Nicholls, Stewart Scotchbrrok and Eric Moyse recall their childhood memories of the last world war. Read more >

Opening Ceremony of Orum Primary School   We built a school in Orum village, Uganda

We built the first two classrooms but need to build the final five urgently. Please donate here:

RYLA candidate receives his certificate

RYLA certificate is awarded

Sylvester gave a good insight to the RYLA course speaking mainly of the 30 hour expedition at the end of the week in Rhos-y-Gwaliau but referring back to the training undertaken earlier in the week. Read more >

A thank you from CIRWC

Follow the links to see the letter of thanks. Read more >

Orum Primary School - Uganda

Orum Primary School

The contractor shaking hands with a teacher, both kneeling. School management and parents are also in the picture.

The International team's major project 2018/2019 has been the construction of a primary school in Orum north east Uganda,

The school was sponsored by the club and was built in memory of Nick van der Borgh a great friend of a club member. Nick was a trustee of Tge charity Missio (red boxes )

Fr Boniface, the resident priest in Orum, gave a presentation to the club. He managed the project in Uganda and classes are planned to move from the temporary school in the church to the new building later this month on 20 May.

There will be two classrooms each classroom with have 45 pupils. There are currently two teachers employed. Read more >

Caen Abbayes Club visit

French Connection

At Saturday evening's twinning dinner Jean-Pierre Benamou explains the D-Day operation with the help of a map of Normandy and his glamorous assistant Tony Cowling. Read more >

Cheque Presentation to Footsteps

footsteps cheque

£5,000 of the Santa Run proceeds went to this well deserving charity. Read more >

Our President presents our cheque to Macmillan Cancer Care

The Cheque

Five thousand pounds from the monies raised in The Rotary Club of Reading's 2018 Santa Run was presented by our President at our regular club meeting on the 9th April.
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Give Old Coins & Notes to Charity

Thank You
Alzheimer logo

A huge thank you to all Rotary Club of Reading members who donated coins and items for recycling by the Alzheimer's Society.
The Items were well received by the staff when delivered to them.
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MS Society

Please follow the links for a report on the presentation to the club Read more >

Graham Broadhurst's report on visit to Living Paintings

Follow the links to see Graham's report Read more >

The Mayors Visit

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Action on hearing loss

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Santa Run on the News

Not a very good quality video but the run did make the news!
Follow the links to view. Read more >

The Footsteps Foundation

Footsteps logo

The thriving Charity, The Footsteps Foundation, was one of the charities we sponsored for the 2018 Santa run. Graham Broadhurst visited the charity to hand over their Banners from the Santa run and arrange for Maggie Davies, Manager of the Footsteps Foundation, to attend a Club meeting soon to receive the cheque that represents the funds raised at the Santa Run.  Read more >

The Fridge we donated is put to good use

Please follow the links to see how important the fridge is to New Beginnings Reading and The Reading Sustainability Centre Read more >

A thank you from the Mayor

The Mayor says thank you for the Santa Run
Follow the links to see her letter.
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The 2018 Reading Santa Run   

Text Giving for Santa Run

Text to donate to Santa Run

kida off

The kids race is off

kids start

The Kids start



Warming up

Warming up

In the centre of Reading on 9th December on a slightly damp and windy morning as the dawn arrived a flurry of activity began in the Forbury Gardens. It is the long- awaited day of the Rotary Club of Reading 2018 Santa Run.
The weather improved as hundreds of runners arrived in the Forbury to join in the fun event that would raise thousands of pounds for charities. Nine thirty saw the Reading Mayor Debs Edwards start the 1 km route run with around 350 children taking part followed at 10 am with the 5km run. Altogether over 1300 people took part dressed in Santa outfits or Elf outfits, plus many dogs dressed for the occasion.

Folow the links for youtube video!

By the way, It's not too late!
You can still donate to the Santa Run by text message.
or via the web through 'Just Giving' by following the link. Read more >

Reading Rotary collecting on behalf of the ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY DAY APPEAL   THE ORACLE, READING - Saturday 3rd November 2018

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This has been an annual commitment for the Rotary Club of Reading for many years & this year was no exception, especially with the Centenary of the World War I Armistice being especially commemorated.
14 Reading Rotarians generously gave their time to help the Royal British Legion Reading Branch with this year's Poppy Day Appeal in the Oracle Shopping Centre on Saturday 3rd November.
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A very successful International Dinner 2018

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The 2018 International Dinner held at the Elephant in Pangbourne in aid of the Village of Hope and the Primary School at Orum, Uganda, was a most enjoyable evening.
Plenty of chatter and laughter made this a fun evening and very successful raising over £1000 for the charities - many thanks to all concerned. Read more >

MS Thank you

Please follow the links to see this letter Read more >

Canals and Waterways talk

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During our evening meet at the Crown Plaza this week we enjoyed a Halloween themed meet. The evening was concluded by a delightful and informative talk by Graham Horn a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, who gave us a some very interesting facts on how the canal systems have been renovated after they fell into disrepair mainly due to the railway arriving. Many years of toil and trouble have produced a network of canals that we can all now enjoy.
A most enjoyable and informative talk with pictures bringing back many memories to us all.
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Didn't they do well!!!
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The Link visiting system

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At the meeting on 9th October 2018, Marjie Walker, from the Link Visiting Scheme spoke to us on the how the charity works within the borough or Wokingham, explaining how they aim to reduce loneliness, promote friendship and improve the health and well-being of our Link friends. They want to celebrate and honour older people in our community. Read more >

Noreen's Kids

Presenting the coasters

Our talk this week, the 2nd of October, was from Dr Robin Dunn, from Noreen's Kids charity. Dr Dunn and his wife have been involved in this charity from 1998 and since then they both have been helping to raise funds.
Noreen's Kids is a UK charity, registered in 2007 (charity no. 1123407), helping to support the work of the Romanian charity Fundatia Cuvioasa Paraschiva (Foundation of St Paraschiva) or FCP. The FCP was founded in 2000 by Noreen O'Gorman and is based in Slobozia, the county town of Ialomita district about 70 miles east of Bucharest.
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95th Reading Scout Group

95th Scouts

We welcomed Ron Spencer and Rita Curran, Scout leaders of the 95th Reading Scout Group, to lunch on the 25th September to update us on how they spent the funds that our Rotary club donated to the scout group. Read more >


£4,500 raised for charities

On Sept 11th, 2018 the day arrived, a warm but overcast day, perfect for our annual golf day. 20 teams of four took part in the event. Organised by Simon Creffield, and supported by other members of Rotary, the event got off to a flying start. All players took to the course after enjoying a tasty Bacon Buttie Breakfasts, that set them all up for the challenge ahead. Read more >

Charity Race Night

Race Night

A thoroughly enjoyable and very well organised Race Night was held at the Dolphin Centre in Pangbourne on Friday 8th September. Over 80 people turned up to support the event. On arrival guests could enjoy a drink purchased from the two extremely efficient bar staff - Reading Rotarians Angela and Simon. Halfway through the evening, punters were served a tasty supper of Fish and Chips or Chicken and Chips.
The evening was a great success raising over £2200 for the Rotary Charity Fund and the Dolphin Centre. Thanks to all who contributed to this very successful evening. Read more >

Rotaract Club

Rotaract Logo

Our Tuesday meet on the 4th of September we all enjoyed a short presentation from Sam Penn- Simkins about Rotaract in our area,
Sam told us about activities in the area, their latest being a Big Sleep Out 2018, where they were able to raise funds for the homeless. Rotaract members also plan to help with our Reading Santa Run again this year. Reading Rotary Club hope to build a closer relationship with Rotaract in the future.
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Diana & Bill

An informative and very interesting talk at our August 28th meet was delivered by Diana Roberts of Macmillan services. Diana went through all the services that Macmillan cover and emphasised how funds are so necessary to keep the services going. Macmillan is one of our main Charities we will support at this year's Santa Run and Diana aims to put a Macmillan team in to raise further funds. Read more >

Disability Awareness Day   Thank you letter

I am writing to express thanks on behalf of the Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Network for the very generous donation of £250.00 towards the costs of your Disability Awareness Day which took place on 8th August 2018.
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Sport in Mind

Sport in Mind

On Tuesday 7 August 2018 the Club was blasted by an earthquake in the form of Laura Brooks speaking with speed, passion and clarity on the subject of 'Sport in Mind.'
Sport in Mind® is the independent Berkshire mental health sports charity formed in Reading in 2011 to use sport and physical activity to help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health problems and encourage individuals to move their lives forward in a positive direction. Read more >

New Beginnings

Eric & Grace

Grace Gomez from the New Beginnings Charity was welcomed by Eric when she joined us on the 24th July meet to update us on the progress of her charity. A very upbeat Grace revealed that this project, that was so close to her heart, was now operating well for the homeless of Reading.  Read more >

The Rotary Club of Reading Retain The Terry Simpson Memorial Golf Trophy


The Rotary Club of Reading Triumph Again to Retain The Terry Simpson Memorial Golf Trophy
Reading Rotary Club Members met with Reading Abbey Members at Mapledurham Golf Club to compete for the annual award of the Terry Simpson Memorial Trophy. Terry was a member of the Reading Abbey Club for many years and a very keen golfer.

The Trophy was won by Graham Broadhurst in a tight contest with Mike Mortimer of Reading Abbey finishing with the same score, Graham winning by the countback ruling. The result meant that a Reading member retained the Trophy after Jack Holt's victory last year.

A nice thank you letter

YPWD logo

'Young People With Dementia' have written to say thank you for our help. Please follow the links to see the letter.
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The Perfect Partnership

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Liz Terry, Chief Executive of Berkshire Women's Aid gave us an update on progress at our meeting on July 3rd. Liz told us about the exciting times since the seed was planted of a partnership between BWA and Rotary. Some members have helped BWA obtain a building and expand their accommodation for women requiring refuge. Liz admitted it has not always been a smooth ride but as a group they overcame their problems only to evolve a stronger a very successful working Partnership. Read more >

Reading Rotary gives a helping hand to Reading based charity, New Beginnings



A commercial size refrigerator was desperately needed to store food and drinks that are being donated by local supermarkets for free - Reading Rotary came to their rescue! Read more >

Reading Bluecoat School Foundation

Jesse Elzinger

Jesse Elzinger

On 19 June 2018 we were visited by Jesse Elzinga, the headmaster of Reading Blue Coat School, in Sonning, a foundation that dates back to the seventeenth century. Jesse started at the Blue Coat School in September 2016 where, in addition to maintaining high academic results, he seeks to educate his pupils socially and spiritually. He is also in the course of increasing the number of scholarship children.
Reading Blue Coat School is an Independent, day school for boys with a co-educational Sixth Form in Holme Park in the village of Sonning, in the English county of Berkshire, to the east of the town of Reading. Read more >

Congratulations! Rtn. Michael Bissell MBE

Mike Bissell MBE

Rtn. Michael Bissell MBE

We are delighted to announce that one of our long serving members, Michael Bissell, has been honoured by the Queen for voluntary work in Reading, Newbury and Sri Lanka
Michael, who has been a part of the Rotary Club of Reading since 1971, was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours on Friday, June 8. Michael has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE).
He commented: 'It's a privilege to be granted this reward. 'I'd like to say thank you to all who believed in me and put me forward. 'I'm humbled and will stay humble as well! It's a great honour, being recognised by your countrymen and being put forward for such a reward.'

Picture - Michael Bissell, at the Royal County of Berkshire Show. Credit: Matthew Webb photography Read more >

Rotary Club of Reading Summer Social event Raises £340

The mad hatters tea party

On Sunday 10th June, The Club held a very enjoyable Afternoon Tea and 'Amateur Bake-Off Competition' in a member's beautiful garden. A big thank to all our members, who made some excellent cakes for this competition, and for supporting this great fun afternoon.


The Miller

Corry the Miller

The Miller of Mapledurham, Corry Sterling, joined us after our enjoyable meal at this month's evening meet to give us an overview of Mapledurham Mill where Corry and his wife run an inspired commercial business. Mapledurham Watermill is located in the grounds of the historic Mapledurham House, a privately owned country estate which has been in the same family since 1492.
There has been a watermill at Mapledurham for over 1000 years and it appears in The Domesday Book written in 1086.
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Building project for BWA hostel


The Club is funding a major part of the cost of this project and building is now at roof level.
Follow the links for more photos of the project as it developed. Read more >

'Memories of Medicine before the NHS and other things!' or David Goodwin on Medicine, Midwives, Magic and Mr Netball!

Working magic

Working Magic

Netball Captain

Netball Captain

Rtn. David Goodwin treated us to a very humorous and informative talk on Tuesday 24th April. Tales of David's upbringing within the medical profession prior to the introduction of the NHS that came into being when Labour came to power in 1945. An extensive programme of welfare measures followed - including a National Health Service (NHS). The Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan, was given the task of introducing the service.
However prior to this David spoke of how his Father attended Cambridge University to study medicine to become a doctor. and his mother was educated at an East End College training to become a Midwife.  Read more >

We are all sitting comfortably- thank you!


The bench

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The plaque

We have received a thank you letter from Chris Scott, Willow House, Service Manager at the Salvation Army, thanking us for the funds to purchase a bench for Willow House.
As requested Chris has sent a picture of the bench and the plaque placed on the bench, paid for by our Rotary Club. Under the advice of the sign makers they did not choose brass as these require regular cleaning. The material used is long lasting and has a good finish (as the picture will show).

This bench now remembers bright young lives lost too early to overdose and provides a space to sit in the calming environment of the gardens.
We are very grateful to Rotary Club of Reading for their valued support and friendship.
Chris Scott

Visit of Rotarian Surendra Joshi

Rtn. Surendra Joshi

Surendra is a member of the Rotary Club of Yala (District 3292) in Nepal, which meets not far from Kahtmandu centre. On a visit to England in order to see his new grandchild he came to our meeting on 10 April 2018 and gave us a talk on life in Nepal.  Read more >

'The Future of UK Agriculture'

Tim with cows

Tim with his cows

At our meeting on the 3rd April Rtn. Tim Metcalfe gave his view on the future of UK agriculture following the UK decision to vote for BREXIT.
Tim is a local farmer, a West Berkshire Councillor and an active Rotarian. He explained to us why he felt that the majority of farmers voted to leave the EU. This seemed a strange vote considering that many farmers in the EU receive handsome subsidies that can contribute to a good lifestyle.
''It is the future of farming and our children's future that made us vote that way, as the present system is unsustainable,'' Tim explained.
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Christian Community Action Ministries (CCAM)

Gill Kaiser

Gill Kaiser

On Tuesday 27th March we were visited by Gill Kaiser, the CEO of CCAM, a local Charity that has been helping the vulnerable of Reading for over 20 years. For a synopsis of her talk follow the link Read more >

Younger People With Dementia

YPWD logo

YPWD logo

The talk at our meeting today (6/2/18) 'Young Onset Dementia 'attracted a lot of attention and interest from our members. We were all quite unsure exactly what the word 'Young' implied, however speaker Charlie Draper, Operations Manager for this charity, soon explained and told us that dementia does affect many adults often under the age of 65, and nationally there are about 40,000 younger people with dementia.
Traditionally our UK services are designed to meet the needs and expected therapeutic out-comes of older adults and subsequently, access to activities appropriate for younger adults with dementia is limited. This is where the YWPD Charity stepped in.
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Rtn. Simon Creffield's Job Talk

Simon & Graham

Simon joined Reading Rotary Club in 2017 and on 27th February 2018 he told his fellow-club members about his work. He was born and grew up in London and it was there that he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. At times he lived and worked in New Zealand but 26 years ago back in the UK with his brother Nigel he set up a timber business, which now employs 18 people at its premises in Tilehurst. They specialise in flame-proof boards and have a strong clientele in the film, TV and entertainment businesses. The materials they supply are used to build sets - Simon was particularly taken with a reconstruction of Westminster Bridge - and the latest films they have been involved in are 'Dark Crystal' and 'Artemis Fowl.' The firm's website is certainly worth a look.
Simon is already a valued member of the Club. He has been a yachtsman and is still a keen golfer and he has kindly agreed to take charge of the arrangements for our Golf Day in September.
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Footsteps Foundation

The Spider

The Spider

We have received a thank you for our help. Please follow the links.
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A visitation from the District Governor

DG 2018

On Tuesday 20th February 2018 we had a visit from David Pope, District Governor. He spoke very highly of the achievements of Reading Rotary Club but emphasised that Rotary needs an influx of younger people. Nationally, Rotary has started a campaign called Rotary2 which is aiming to set up satellite and independent new clubs and our District 1090 is already involved.
David praised the ongoing achievements of Reading Rotary Club and asked individual members to consider participating in activities at Area and District level.
During the meeting, which was also attended by Val Robinson, President of Reading Matins Rotary Club, our President Eric had the pleasure of inducting Alan Nicholsby into membership.

Bikes for Africa

B4A logo

Roger Butler gave an excellent presentation on Bikes4Africa at our February 13 meet. Roger explained that it is a charitable joint venture between Jole Rider and RIBI Rotarians. The aim is provision of bikes to children in Africa, who otherwise would not be able to attend school due to distance limitations with travel by foot.  Read more >

The Volvi Refugee Camp

- a continuing story by Maggie (Magdalena Filipova-Rivers) from Grass Roots International. On this return visit, the 6th February, Maggie explained how her work is continuing helping refugees and displaced persons throughout the world. But mainly in Greece. Most of the refugees her charity deals with originate from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
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HOPE worldwide

We now have a report back from Ali Clark-Morris after her latest visit to the village. Please follow the links to see the report. Read more >

The Accessible Boating Club

Ramp after

Ramp area after installation


It is always good to get feedback from charities we have helped and here we have photographic evidence showing the new pontoons. This goes back to a talk on the 22nd August by Rotary Club of Reading Matins member, Greg Wilkinson who thanked the RRCP for their donation of £1000 to the Accessible Boating Club. Greg explained it would be put to very good use as the club has been desperate to renew their old pontoon that is used to get the disabled youngsters on board the boats. The existing pontoon is far too narrow and barely allows for a wheelchair and helper to be on the narrow pontoon at the same time. Read more >

The Great Train Robbery


Our evening speaker on January 30th was Simon Williams, an expert on the Great Train Robbery.
He began his talk by taking us all back to that infamous year 1963.
1963 gave us the Profumo Scandal, then the Spy Scandal began unfolding with Philby, Burgess and Mclean plus of course we had The Beatles!
However, Simon's story began in the month of August 1963 at and, as Simon reminded us, it was going to be just another day for most of us, although elsewhere in the UK plans were afoot to carry out the most daring of robberies.
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'The Charity for The Buscot Babies Ward'

Elizabeth Josif

Rotarian Charles Hubbard's daughter, Elizabeth Josif was our speaker this week (23/1/18) telling us about 'The Charity for The Buscot Babies Ward' at the Royal Berks, their fund raising is quite remarkable and Elizabeth told us that they raised over 2k via the Santa Run!
Quite an achievement especially when we heard that they also raised many thousands of pounds for new high-tech equipment.
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The Mayor of Reading speaks to the Club   First New Year Meet- we welcomed the Mayor of Reading

The Mayor

At our first meet of the New Year we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Reading, Rose Williams as our speaker. 2017/18 is the Mayors second term of office, her previous term being 1997/1998. Rose was born and bred in Reading she talked us through her busy schedule, revealing a very full and varied diary.  Read more >

The Club receives a Message of thanks


Warm hats welcomed at the Drop in Centre Reading.
Our thanks to John Osborne who purchased warm winter hats and delivered them to Myra Fowler at the Drop In Centre.

Poverty and loneliness impact millions at Christmas

Loneliness and poverty are problems that ruin Christmas for millions of people each year.
In response to this, a festive lunch was organised by Christian Community Action at Caversham Baptist church in Reading, for those in need.
Age UK say that 873,000 people will have little or no contact with others on Christmas Day and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates around 20% of the UK population is living in poverty.
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The Club's Christmas Lunch

Graham and Paul Harris

A thoroughly enjoyable and lively Christmas Lunch at Pepe Sale welcomed the 'end of term' festivities for members on December 19th. The meeting was further enhanced by presenting one of our members with the 'Paul Harris Award'.
A big surprise was in store for Graham Broadhurst. Graham has stepped up to the line on many occasions. Not only had he in previous years been our President, but this year he agreed to take on the Santa Run event when the previous organiser stepped down. That turned out to be no mean feat and it was a great success. Add to this stepping up to organise the Golf Day 2017 Graham's year was very busy and productive. It was with great pleasure that Eric Moyse, our President, presented Graham with the award for his services to Rotary.
Congratulations Graham!
For more about the lunch follow the link.
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Young Carers

young carers

During our December 12th meet we enjoyed a very inspiring talk by Tracey Daniels who works for Reading Borough Council in charge of Young Carers Assessment. Tracey also runs a Young Carers' Project for young people aged between 5 and 19 who are defined as 'carers'. Tracey explained how they define a young carer.:
'A child or young person who cares for a relative and carries out an inappropriate level of duties around the home or provides emotional or physical support to their parents or siblings.'
This means that the young carer might help around the house doing the cleaning, making the beds or making the dinner. They might help get their younger siblings to and from school or do their homework. Perhaps they are responsible for helping their disabled relative get around, so they might help lift them in and out of the bath or on and off the toilet. Or they might support their relative after they have been drinking, or when their mood is low. Each young carer is unique, and their responsibilities differ.
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The finishing line!

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The Reading Santa Run 2017 was a great success! Despite the drizzle and cold the participants were in great spirits and all seem to thoroughly enjoy the event.

Once the 5km runners had been 'warmed up' by an instructor from Buzz Gym, one of the main sponsors of the race, The Mayor of Reading Rose Williams started the race of Santa's at 9.30.

Follow the links to the official pictures of the day: Read more >

The Medaille Trust

The Medaille Trust

Despite a later arrival at our meet on 28th November 2017, Speaker Sharon Westby from the Medaille Trust. gave us a very interesting overview of the work her charity did.
The Trust is a charity based in the United Kingdom and founded by several Catholic Congregations in 2006. Its main aim is to end the trafficking and enslavement of women, children and young men to the sex industry. The trust provides safe homes for many of the victims.
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A thank you from the MS Society

Please follow the links.
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Christmas Puds for the Salvation Army Hampers

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Eric Moyse, President of the Rotary Club of Reading seen handing over the first of 500 Christmas puddings to Major Richard Welch, Commanding Officer, Reading Salvation Army Citadel. Also in the picture is Matt Stone, Salvation Army Community Development Officer who is in charge of distributing hampers to needy families in the area. This is the second year that the Club has donated puddings. Matt stated that this Christmas they will be feeding about 3,500 people and these puddings will add a real touch of Christmas Fare to the hampers. Read more >

Children In Need

Sandra & Alan

Rotarians Sandra Tucker and Alan Haine were part of 35 Rotarians (including Pudsey) from all the Reading Rotary clubs that took part in the Children in Need collection at Reading station.
This year we collected over£4200 - a 25% increase on last years collection

Poppy Day

Lest We Forget

A big thank you to the 14 people who gave up their time on Saturday 4th November to sell Poppies for the British Legion n the Oracle Shopping Centre. Also a big thank you to Rotarian John Osborne who stepped in at the very last minute to run the collections. Initial indications are that we collected around £2,000, similar to last year. This money goes to a very good cause.

The National Trust

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On Halloween evening the Reading Rotary met at the Caversham Golf Club, after a social gathering in the bar the evening began with a very enjoyable meal followed by a fascinating talk by a well-informed Sebastian Conway, House and Collection Manager at Basildon Park in nearby Pangbourne.  Read more >

Why I am a Rotarian

To find out why follow the link.
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MLMS and a better BREXIT for young people

Amy & Eric

Our meeting on October 24th gave us a talk by Amy Longland who works for the charity 'My Life My Say' (MLMS) based in Paddington, London. MLMS is a national, non-partisan, youth-led movement on a mission to secure a better Brexit for young people and to evolve relationships between young people and decision-makers.
During her talk, Amy described to us the report that MLMS has produced in partnership with the London School of Economics, which outlines what young people want to see from Brexit.
This self assured and confident young speaker was very well received, with the audience completely absorbed in what she had to tell us. A refreshing and informed view from a young person ..... food for thought!
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The Rotary Foundation


All members present at the October 2nd meeting were addressed by Karen Eveleigh, District Rotary Foundation Chair. Karen explained to us the meaning of the Rotary Foundation, how their aim is to do good in the world, mostly through humanitarian projects.
Foundation has existed for over 100 years having started with a donation of USD26.50 in 1917 by a Rotary Club. Today most donations to the charity are from individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.
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Water Survival Box

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water survival box

Our President received a letter of thanks from Tony Quinn, Chairman of Rotary Humanitarian Projects, thanking the club for their cheque for £500 towards the Rotary Hurricane IRMA appeal.
Tony stated that they are very grateful to clubs like ours for helping them contribute to support people who have lost everything, he continued: 'The current situation is that we have 500 boxes ready to be flown to the Caribbean and until 2 days ago (1st Oct 2017) we had plans to send them to St Croix via the District 7020 Rotary Disaster Committee for onward distribution to several islands in the vicinity. Unfortunately, Hurricane Marie hit the island yesterday and we are awaiting news about the state of the airport and warehousing.
Your donation is very much appreciated and will help us replenish the stock we are sending. I have no doubt that we will continue to send boxes to the Caribbean for some time yet'
Tony ask the President to thank members on his behalf.
As a result of our funding a Water Box a matching anonymous donation has been made to send, in addition, a Shelter Box for the hurricane disaster in the Club's name. Read more >

A thank you from the MS Society

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'Thank you so much for all your hard work finding the donation (for 8 oxygen masks). This is fantastic news and we are very grateful to receive it. Living with MS is a lifelong battle and oxygen treatment is a very beneficial, cost effective, life changing treatment.'
Samantha Harper - Fundraising Manager.
PS We have recruited most of our physiotherapy team and their children for the Santa run - we can't wait! Read more >

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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Our speaker on 26th September 2017 was Kevin Dennis, Field Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for West Berkshire. Some members remember Kevin's father Clem Dennis, who was our Club President in 1982 /1983..
In his youth, Kevin told us he was a candidate in the forerunner of RYLA courses, he enjoyed it very much and it set him on his career course as a teacher and DofE award supporter. Kevin explained how there are three levels of awards, Bronze for 14-year old's Silver for those aged 15 and Gold.for youngsters of 16 years and upwards.
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Rtn. Jack Holt announced the launch of the Rotary Crocus Campaign 2017.
Jack also stated that this must have been one of their most popular school projects ever. Six local primary schools (with whom we have previously been in contact regarding our School Dictionary Project, Life Education and more specifically some interesting gardening projects) were written to and offered either 500 or 250 FREE purple crocus bulbs as part of the 'Ridding the World of Polio 2017 International Campaign'. The team was delighted when all the six schools replied immediately with four requests for 500 bulbs and two for 250 bulbs. 100% success rate!
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2017 Reading Charity Santa Run is Launched!

On Thursday 14thSeptember we officially launched the 2017 Reading Santa Run. Roc Search hosted the launch reception at their offices at The Blade in Forbury Gardens. Based on the seventh floor of this impressive building over 50 of our guests enjoyed the panoramic view of Reading at night, as we all met and sipped our welcome drinks.
Members of charities who will benefit from the funds raised at this year's race, joined the organising and production teams along with other dignitaries to hear from Graham Broadhurst who gave an excellent speech on the 'state of play' to date for the Reading Santa Run 2017.
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The Fate of the Yazidi Tribe in Iran

Magdalena Filipova-Rivers

Magdalena Filipova-Rivers

I met with Magdalena Filipova -Rivers - who along with a team of volunteers spent the summer working in Greece with refugees who have fled conflicts in the Middle East. Maggie works on various refugee related projects including managing Reading City of Sanctuary.
Reports alleged that Islamic militants have trapped up to 40,000 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority communities on mount Sinjar, without food or water, have generated an international outcry and spurred the US into considering a military led humanitarian action. The Yazidi or Yezidis are a Kurdish religious minority or an ethno religious group indigenous to Northern Mesopotamia who are strictly endogamous. They have been subject to much persecution throughout history due to their misunderstood faith.
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A Magnificent Man in his Flying Machine!   Alan James on 'Flying your own Spitfire'


Our 2017 August evening meet was brought alive when Alan James took to the floor to tell us how like many other small boys his childhood passion was to build model aircraft, he remembers saving his pocket money to rush out to buy a model aircraft from the local craft shop to build.
Alan's passion with flying was inspired by the planes he watched take off and land at the RAF base near his home in Reading. As a teenager he took glider lessons, and he was hooked! Alan explained how from building balsa wood model airplanes as a child he progressed to building his own Spitfire plane in his garage as a grown up!
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Well done Reading Mencap

Please follow the links to see how this charity benefited from a Reading Rotary Community Project grant.
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