Gill Aston of Guys and Thomas' Hospital spoke about 'Domestic
Violence'. It tends to be a secretive subject. She comes
across cases in her work at the Maternity unit, and she is
researching the subject. She is also a Trustee of Ealing Refuge.
[20 Sep 05]
Help Line number in cases of
Domestic Violence is: 0808 2000 247
Respect Phoneline if men are
worried about their behaviour towards the partner: 0845 122 8609
||Geoffrey Wicks, a
District Judge, gave a light hearted account of 'Life at Law'.
He covered the history, changes in law from the days of local
justice, and some prominent cases. On a lighter note he said
that 'a Probate lawyer gets what is coming to you' and 'we
have a doubt on this matter but you are not getting the
benefit of it' etc. He is clearly not a fan of the TV series
on Judge John Deed.
[12 Sep 05]
Club Member Peter
Hook is on a winning streak. After recently winning the Larder
Golf Trophy, he wins the Ten Pin Bowling competition again! He won it
despite strict instructions from his wife Tricia to lose the
Bowling trophy. The trophy is a pig and his wife would
rather do without it on the mantle piece for another year.
[22 Aug 05]
||Club members are having
a supper at 'Hit and Miss' after a stroll in Penn Woods. The walk
was organised by Honorary Rotarian, Margaret Larder.
[15 Aug 05]
year, besides the Larder Golf trophy game for Rotarians and spouses of Great
Missenden Club, a fund raising competition for the Amersham based
Toybox Charity was added. The charity helps 'street children' in Central
America. We were able to donate a cheque for £500. Further
details and pictures are on a separate
page.[13 July 05]
Above: Peter Hook, winner of Larder
Left:Ian Bampton, organiser of the
Right: Paul McDowell,
record for longest drive
President Steve Gill's message ...
Great Missenden Rotary Club website ...
If you are new to Rotary, you will see how we can help you or you can
help us in a range of activities - at local, national and international
level. We aim to combine fellowship and fun with service to
Our club will be forward-looking. We have a strong-team in place.
Being small, we will work more closely with the neighbouring Clubs
in Amersham and Chesham. This year marks our club's 21st birthday.
We will do fewer projects but well. Projects for consideration
include Rotary's national projects - 'Hearing dogs for the deaf',
'Prostate Cancer Charity' and Mercy Ships (a mobile hospital
helping countries around the world).
President Gavin Plews ends his term
as President with two great accolades - a trophy for being the best
club in the District for PR and a Presidential Citation for overall
performance during the year.
Above: Gavin recives the Trophy from District Governor Janet Peirce.
Right: Gavin with the citation. [30 June 05]
unravelled the mysteries around locks and traced their development
over the ages at a club meeting. Peter Oakden is a Rotarian from
Great Missenden's mother club, Amersham. He is due to become their
President from July 05. [13 June 05]
Jubilee 2000 project managed to get the world's powerful
nations to reduce the third world debt burden. Willie
Reid, one of the organisers of the project, outlined at a club
meeting how they mobilised the general public around the world
to effect this to mark the Millennium. [23 May 05]
More info at:
(on the right) made a revisit to the club to give an update on
the progress of Lake Victoria Children's Homes. The school
is for HIV Orphans in Africa and it is at the top end of Lake
Victoria, Uganda. The Club has supported the school, and our
funds were used in installing solar panels. Our Club has also
arranged for a Rotary Foundation grant. [9 May 05]
Chris Boxall was accompanied
by another volunteer, William Champion, a microbiologist. They are
collecting mobile phones with a view to recycling and raising money.
More info at: www.lvch.org
Some of the club members
joined Rotarians from all over the UK at a Rotary Gala Concert in the Royal
Albert Hall. The event was organised to mark the Rotary Centenary
Year. Over £40k was donated to Leukaemia Research. The bands of The
Coldstream Guards and Scots Guards were in action. The programme included
'The Rotary Centenary March' and a brief appearance by the Calendar Girls,
[29 Apr 2005]
President Gavin Plews (left) inducts a new Rotarian, Paul
McDowell, into the Club. Paul lives in Prestwood. His vocation
is Marketing, and he is the MD of McD Marketing dealing with
products such as Corian and Zodiac from DuPont. He is keen on Rugby
and runs marathons - the last one in 2002. His wife is Anne and they
have a son (Philip) and daughter (Hanna). [18 Apr 2005]
Great Missenden Rotary
Club have supported the Shoe Box Scheme in a record manner over several
years. It is master-minded by George Rivas (left) with keen involvement
from the local schools, a number of other organisations through the Light House
project and individual members of the community. Others in the picture
are: President Gavin Plews, and special guests for the evening - Mrs
Denise Nanya (Head Teacher of Speen CE School), Rozalin Thomson (Head
Teacher of Great Missenden CE Combined School), Rev. Bernard Cocker and
his wife Elaine.
Rev. Bernard Coker, a
Rotarian, gave a
moving account of how he got involved in the shoe box scheme, and what
each item - even something as mundane as a comb - means to the
recipient. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of
International Aid Trust*. They are also involved in helping RIBI channel
the aid efforts in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami. * websites: www.internationalaidtrust.org.uk
[11 Apr 2005]
Hood combined a personal challenge with fund raising for
National Deaf Children's Society. Tessa is a colleague of our club
member, Rotarian John Coates.
She cycled in the Yucatan
region in Mexico and visited some Mayan remains. As a
part of the group, she cycled over 600 Km in six days and
raised £2,500. The group met deaf children en route.
More info. about the Society at: www.ndcs.org.uk
[21 Mar 2005]
surgeons collecting for Scanappeal in High Wycombe Town Centre
on the appeal's 18th birthday! President Gavin Plews and
Josefina Guruswamy were joined by other Rotarians - Guru
Guruswamy and Mike Rainford on Sat 5 Mar 05. This particular
appeal is towards breast cancer equipment. [Mar 05]
Rotarian Kathy Hunter
demonstrates various aspects of fitness - during a talk entitled
'Everything you always wanted to know about fitness but were afraid to
ask'. President Gavin Plews volunteered! [28 Feb 05]