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Club of Royston
President: Martin Berry
Club History (“potted” version)

The Beginnings

The

club

began

as

an

idea

in

June

1961

following

an

unsuccessful

attempt

some

years

earlier

(when

the

prime

move

had

to

move

away

from

the

area).

It

was

important

from

the

start

to

find

a

"mother"

club

to

sponsor

and

encourage

this

new

venture

and

this

was

achieved

through

the

good

offices

of

the

Rotary

Club

of

Cambridge,

and

it

was

Rotarian

Bill

Warren

of

that

club

who

did

a

great

deal

of

the

"hand-holding"

in

the

early

days

in

liaison

with

Mr

Derek

Walker

of

Royston,

one

of the founder members.

Granting of Charter

The

newly

formed

Royston

club

was

given

the

status

of

"Interim

club"

until

a

critical

mass

of

members

had

been

achieved,

and

a

charter

was

approved

by

Rotary

International

by

the

President

of

R.I.,

Mr.

Joseph

A.

Abey

on

23rd

March

1962.

The

club

started

with

31

members.

The

charter

was

subsequently

presented

to

the

Founder

President

of

the

Club,

Mr

Peter

Limbach,

on

18th

May

1962

at

a

dinner

held

at

the

University

Arms

Hotel,

Cambridge.

A

toast

to

the

new

Club

was

made

by

Rotarian

Bill

Warren,

a

member

of

the

Cambridge

Club

(Royston's

"mother"

Club)

and

a

past

District Chairman. (click to enlarge photo)

A

reading

desk

was

presented

to

the

new

club

by

the

Cambridge club which is still used to this day.

The

picture

at

the

RH

side

shows

the

presentation

which

was

made

at

the

dinner

by

Rotarian

C.N.

Burgess

of

the

Sudbury

Club

(shown

on

right)

who

was

the

Chairman

of

R.I.

District

8

(equivalent

to

the

District

Governor

of

present

days).

The

other

person

in

the

left

of

the

photo

was

Right

Rev.

Tom

H.

Cashmore,

Bishop

of

Dunwich,

a

Past

President

of

R.I.B.I

,

a

past

member

of

the

board

of

R.I. and

was

the

honoured

guest

at

the

dinner

to

welcome

the

new

club

to

the

Rotary Family.

Founder Members

The

photo

below

is

the

earliest

record

record

we

have

of

the

founder

members

of

the

Club

which

was

taken

in

early

March

1963.

They

are named below:

Silver Jubilee Celebrations 2012

The

Club

held

a

Silver

Jubilee

Celebration

on

18th

May

2012

at

a

dinner

at

Homerton

College

Cambridge.

Special

guest

was

Royston's

MP

Mr

(now

Sir)

Oliver

Heald

and

was

also

attended

by

Annemarie

Harte,

Chief

Executive

of

Rotary

International

of

Great

Britain

and

Northern

Ireland

(R.I.B.I.)

and

also

Rotarian

Tom

Griffin,

the

District

Governor.

More

than

100

Rotarians

and

guests

attended

which

was

on

the

exact

date

the

Club

was

formed

50

year's

ago.

Mr

Heald

observed

that

there

had

been

some

marvellous

characters

belonging

to

Rotary

who

had

helped

shape

the

Club.

"The

members

today

are

what

we

can

call

the

great

and

the

good

of

the

community

for

the

work

being

done

not

just

locally

but

on

an

international

scale

too"

he

said.

As

an

example,

Mr

Heald

highlighted

Rotary's

Shelter

Box

Scheme

which

was

currently

providing

for

people

in

Pakistan

in

desperate

need.

"There

was,

too"

he

said,

"the

commitment

to

the

community

with

Rotary

being

involved

with

fundraising

many

charities".

In

his

response,

the

current

President

of

the

Club,

Neil

Heywood,

said

that

during

the

past

year

the

Club

had

helped

26

different

charities

and

had

raised

more

than

£17,000 from its various activities.

The

Club

also

decided

to

mark

the

Jubilee

Year

by

the

presentation

of

a

flagpole

to

the

people

of

Royston,

to

be

erected

in

the

Priory

Gardens

of

the

town.

This

was

formally

presented

to

the

Town

by

the

(then)

Club

President,

Chris

Hardy,

in

the

presence

of

Mr

(now

Sir)

Oliver

Heald

MP

and

Councillor

Lindsay

Davidson,

the

Mayor

of

Royston.

Speaking

before

the

unveiling,

Chris

said:

“When

we

started

talking

about

our

50th

year

we

wanted

to

ensure

that

part

of

our

anniversary

was

to

provide

something

for

the

community.

“We

had

a

number

of

ideas,

but

in

the

end

the

provision

of

a

community

flag

pole

seemed

to

be

the

most

practical

and

workable.”

He

stressed:

“This

is

a

community

flag

pole

and

that

means

any

club

or

group

in

our

town

will

have

the

opportunity

to

fly

its

own

flag

to

mark

an

event

or

occasion.”

Chris

continued

that

the

project

would

not

have

been

completed

without

the

help

of

Rotary

members

and

the

generous

support

of

the

Brian

Leslie

Racher

Charity

Trust,

Councillor

Fiona

Hill

from

her

County

Council

locality

budget

and

a

grant

from

the

Royston

area

committee

of

North

Herts

District

Council.

Rotary

will

work

with

Royston

Town

Council

to

ensure

there

is

a

turn-over

in

flags

being

displayed

and

will

also

recognise

national

events

with

the

hoisting

of

the

Union

flag.

Just

before

the end of the ceremony a town crest flag donated by Rotary was presented to the town council.

List of Past Presidents

Back Row (L to R)

John

Pigg,

Peter

Mills,

Albert

Read,

Harold

Richmond,

Sam

Wilkinson,

R

Candler,

Don

Humphris,

Ivan

Wickstead

Middle Row (L to R)

Bob Logsdon, Bill Darling, Chris Paice, Geoff Snell, Hubert Stearn, Roy Haywood, Jeff Gray, Roy Cowell

Front Row (L to R)

"Peri"

Peregrine,

Arthur

White,

Norman

Northgraves,

Derek

Walker,

Peter

Limbach,

Ian

Milne,

Edward

Devonshire, George Haddock, Richard Cox

President’s Charity