26th June 2020 - Donation to Therfield Village School
Royston Rotary Club have once again been able to support its local community with some much needed funding for Therfield First School. The small village school have been busy planning to build a small extension to their site to create an additional ‘teaching and learning space’. When the school appealed recently for funds for their project, Rotary members decided to step in. Tara McGovern, the Headteacher at Therfield, said: “The email from Rotary, was the best news I had received all week! The money is appreciated particularly under the present challenging circumstances and it will certainly help us to get our project started as soon as possible.”The school – which has 51 pupils, around half from surrounding villages and the rest from Royston – are looking forward to creating a space that can be used for larger numbers of pupils. “Our school is wonderful, but an extra learning space will make a huge difference to us. Our school is regularly over-subscribed and pupil numbers are high. We are always looking at how we can offer the very best provision possible. We have worked exceptionally hard to secure the funding necessary to bring this project to life’. The school has recently opened up to all pupils, following the extensive school closure period with currently 96% of pupils attending school on at least a part-time basis. This is a phenomenal achievement. Martin Berry, President of Royston Rotary Club, added: “I’m delighted that we have been able to make a donation. It has had to be a fairly modest amount of £300 because of a limited charity account this year as a result of having to cancel the annual Royston Kite Festival. However, we do hope we have been able to bring the school a little closer to its target.” Tara McGovern, stated that “We would like to thank everybody within the Rotary Club for their continued support to help others. They offer a shining light in times of need”.
16th July 2020 - A tribute to Rotarian Ken Charles
Ken Charles 1932 -2020A member of the Rotary Club of RoystonIhaveknownKensince1972soonafterhecametoRoystonandwasheadof GrenewaySchool.Ourfirstmeetingdidnotgetofftoagoodstart,aswehada differenceofopinion.Howeverthisdidnotdetractfromourrespectforone anotherandlateronin1983hebroughtmeintoRoystonRotaryClub,something for which I have always been very grateful. Kenwasaveryhardworkerandafantasticorganiserbothinourcluband elsewhere,beingchairofmostcommitteesovertheyearswithinthecluband wentontobePresidentin1983followedbyDistrictGovernorin1997ofdistrict 1080. Ken being the only member within our club to achieve this position. A list of just a few of his other achievements over the years includes:Awarded a Paul Harris Recognition in 1997Presented with a certificate honouring his 40 years’ service in 2018Awarded MBE in 1986 for services to sport and educationAn avid supporter of young people, he introduced the following events to our Club:-oYouth Makes Music (unique to Royston Rotary)oYouth SpeaksoKids OutoMock InterviewsoTechnology TournamentoKite Festival in 1990 (estimated to have raised £100,000 since that time for charities and good causes around Royston)oChristmas FloatoRYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards-Rutland Water)oChildren in Need (street collection in Royston)We shall all miss him.Words by Rotarian David Richmond.