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News Archive 2 - from 28 Feb 05 to 20 Sep 05
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Dr 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]

This 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 trophy

Left:Ian Bampton, organiser of the event

Right: Paul McDowell, record for longest drive

President Steve Gill's message ... 
Welcome to 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 community. 

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).
[July 2005]


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]

Peter Oakden 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]

The 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]


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Chris Boxall (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:

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, fully dressed. [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: and  [11 Apr 2005]

Tessa 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:
[21 Mar 2005]

Two 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]