Changeover Dinner is our annual event to celebrate the changing of our current president of the club to the new president for the coming Rotary year (effective 1st July). It’s also an excuse for Rotarians and their partners and guests to dress up in their finery and enjoy a pleasant evening with good food and in the company of friends.This year the event was held at Madingley Hall near Cambridge and was the first time the club had visited there which proved to be an inspired choice. The hall is set in beautiful surroundings and the perfect weather showed it off at its best. A few Rotarians were unfortunately delayed by traffic so our meal was postponed until 8pm to allow for everyone to be present; but the catering staff were easily up to this challenge and the food courses were both timely and delicious.With the meal over, outgoing President Graeme Dargie thanked all who had supported and assisted him over the last 12 months, particularly his wife Linda (to great applause). He then proceeded to formally hand over the chain of office to our new President, David Blundell. President David made his acceptance speech before handing over the vice president’s chain to Martin Berry who, in turn presented the junior vice president chain to Nichola Sharpe.With the formalities now over, Rotarians mingled with all the other guests, some of whom had travelled a long distance to be there, and many who had had long associations with the club. A really great evening to celebrate our changeover.Words by Tony Briar, Photos mainly by Ray Munden. To see all the photos, click here.
New President David with wife Diane
8th July - Monthly Walk
We had a glorious English summer day for this 6.6 Km. walk. Hats and sun-cream were necessary. Had we given some thought to how hot it was going to be we might have taken swimwear too for a refreshing paddle in Ashwell springs. From the lovely village of Hinxworth we strolled to Ashwell and did enjoy a rest by the springs. But there were a number of families messing about in the water so poor Emmi, the Kelly’s lively Labrador had to make do with a paddle on her lead.As we neared the end of our walk we stopped by the medieval Hinxworth Place and admired the sculptures in the garden. The sculptor’s wife greeted us and invited us to look around the garden. She also kindly fetched a bowl of water for Emmi. The walkers who also needed a drink had to wait another ten minutes until we arrived at the Three Horseshoes. This pub is well worth a visit. The food and the service was excellent. We enjoyed a most congenial lunch in the shady garden.We were eleven in the group including regular walkers Jim and Sephrone Webb; Ray and Joan Munden; Peter Ross; Sandra Scott and John and Jennifer Kelly. We had a very special guest walker with us. Sophia Daoudi from Paray le Monial who is working in Cambridge for three months. She is a charming young lady who intends to come on the August walk. John Kelly had also invited along Keith and Marian Taylor. All told it was a very relaxing and enjoyable day.Words, pictures and walk arrangements by John Kelly