Rotary Club of Great Missenden

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A very comprehensive range of support is given to locals and their carers who need them at the South Bucks Hospice in High Wycombe - according to Ruth Pettit, their Appeals Manager who addressed the club. 

They have 100 to 120 patients per year making over 1,600 appointments. About 80% have cancer, and an average life expectancy of 18 months. They also have a lymphoedema clinic at Hazlemere.

They have a budget of 700k, and about 10% is from NHS through the Primary Care Trust. One of our member's wives, Pat Rainford, is a volunteer physiotherapist. 

More information on their website. [19 Feb 2009]

Two members of the Rotary Club of Great Missenden, Paul McDowell and Gavin Plews, and two other climbers accomplished the Rotary Mountain Challenge on 28/29 June 2008. With a number of slides, they gave an account of the challenges that faced them and how they overcame them. They were one of the seven teams that completed the course within 24 hours. Eight other teams could not complete it.

The team raised around 3,000 plus gift aid refunds for Sight Savers International. See also another story filed on this website. [26 Jan 2009]

L to R: Paul McDowell, Audrey Hughes (one of the two drivers), and the other two climbers - David Barnard (Treasurer of MS Centre in Halton) and David Walker (Chesham Rotary Club). Gavin Plews is not in the picture. 

Four members of Rotary Club of Great Missenden met up with the President of RIBI when he visited Chesham Rotary Club. L to R: Richard Waterfield, John Knight, RIBI President Ian Thomson and Mike Rainford. The fourth member, Guru Guruswamy, took this picture. [20 Jan 09]

The MS Centre in Halton helps 250 patients a week. With a staff of just 18, mainly clinical, they provide a whollistic treatment - physiotherapy, pilates, oxygen chamber, complimentary therapy etc.

Lynda Oatley[left] - a trustee as well as a patient, and Marian Bryant [CEO] described their set up. They also outlined the plans for a new unit which is to be funded significantly by the builder but has been delayed. 

Click here for details of the centre. One of our club Rotarians, Paul McDowell, is closely associated with them. [19 Jan 2009]

Roger Young of the Defence Academy of the UK (former boss of our our Rotarian Martin Bolton) gave a very detailed insight into the Buncefield oil depot explosion. He was there on the site to cover the incident as a reporter.

It happened at 6:01 am on Sun 11 Dec 2005. There were three explosions, registering 3.5 on Richter scale. The blast did much of the damage. Fortunately and surprisingly, there were no deaths and no serious injuries. Roger explained the reasons for the accident and its impact on social, business and transport aspects. [12 Jan 2009]

Announcement: Rotarian David Mitchell passed away peacefully at his home on the afternoon of Saturday 13 Dec 2008.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Winifred and the family.

David was a founder member of the Rotary Club of Great Missenden, since 1984. He was the Club President during 1987 - 88. He will be fondly remembered by all his friends at Rotary.

Please click here for a photo-archive showing some of his involvement in Rotary [Dec 2008]

Wondering what to do after the Xmas excesses? 

Why not come and enjoy a Cabaret, with Fish & Chips Supper, organised by Great Missenden Rotary. A group called 'Vamp til Ready' will be performing. Tickets cost only 15, incl. Fish & Chips. Click here for details ... Saturday 7 March 2009, 7 for 7:45 pm at the Drake Hall in Amersham Community Centre.

Elaborate, but tasteful choreography, colourful costumes, and witty and sparkling repartee guarantee a sophisticated evening of fun, enjoyment and laughter.

Tesco of Amersham have been again kind enough to allow us to collect for Charities in front of their stores on 6th and 7th of Dec 2008. Many members took part in the collection. In the picture are Ann Faircloth, Santa John Faircloth, Peter Singleton and Ho Ho Ho Santa Steve Gill. The main charities to benefit from the collection are Chiltern Air Ambulance, Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and Tesco's own charity, Marie Curie. [Dec 2008]

Great Missenden Rotary's Xmas Float season started with a collection at Hazelmere Shopping Parade on Saturday 3 Dec 2008. Rotarians Alan Maizels and Mike Rainford are in the top picture. Santa Terry Cann brought cheer to the children on the Great Kingshill route while John Knight did his magic with his tractor. Main Charities to benefit from the Float collection are Pepper Foundation (a Children's Charity, specialising in nursing care for children and support for families) and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Click here for the routes, more photos and money raised.[Dec 2008]

Great Missenden Rotary's Santa with his huge reindeers may be coming to a place near you .... Main Charities to benefit from the Float collection this year are Pepper Foundation (a Children's Charity, specialising in nursing care for children and support for families) and Hearing Dogs for the DeafClick here for the routes.

Jim Rodda emphasised the importance of preserving our rich and diverse plant heritage. He represents an organisation called NCCPG - National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens. Their work has resulted in hunting for plants, introduction and careful breeding of plants for use in communal parks and gardens.
There are over 650 National Plant Collections and the organisation is looking for enthusiastic supporters. [Nov 2008] 

BBC Children in Need Appeal: Several Club members and Ann Faircloth helped Misbourne Matins Rotary Club in their collection at Heathrow's New Terminal 5. Over 10,000 were raised on that day.

Through Operation Raleigh, Rebecca Castle of Challoners Girls School took part in installing a water distribution system in a small village in Borneo. She gave an excellent account of the project and her experience with a number of photos. She is seen here with the President of Rotary Club of Great Missenden, John Skrimshire.

She thanked the Club members for their contribution towards her fund raising efforts. 

The picture below shows the members in her team and the happy villagers along with some parts of the water distribution system. [Oct 2008]