Club of Royston,Herts, UK
President: Martin Berry

Scrapbook For The Rotary Year 2019/2020

President’s Charity

25th June - Presidential Handover
Once   again   this   annual   event   was   held   at   Madingley   Hall,   a   fine   Jacobean   mansion   owned   and   run   by   Cambridge   University.   Over sixty   Rotarians,   partners   and   guests   dressed   up   in   their   finest   for   the   event   and   were   all   provided   with   a   glass   of   bubbly   on   arrival   in one of the upstairs reception rooms. All   too   soon   dinner   was   announced   and   we   trooped   down   to   the   main   dining   room   to   find   our   respective   places   on   the   seating   plan.     Although   we   had   all   pre-ordered   our   meals   some   time   ago   from   the   provided   menu   this   year,   your   writer   had   had   initial   doubts about his choice but unnecessarily as it turned out, the food was absolutely superb. Once   the   meal   was   out   of   the   way   and   the   coffee   served   President   David   rose   to   conduct   the   first   part of   the   formal   handover.      After   a   short   speech   which   included   thanking   everybody   for   their   help   in   the last   year   he   made   particular   mention   of   the   enormous   help   he   had   received   from   the   outgoing secretary   (Neil   Guttridge)   and   the   continuing   club   treasurer   (David   Smyth).      President   David   also presented   a   bouquet   of   flowers   to   his   wife   Diane   for   all   her   help   and   support   over   the   past   year.      The presidential chain(s) of office were duly passed over to the incoming president Martin Berry A   series   of   handovers   were   then   made   to   the   incoming   vice   president   (Nichola   Day),   the incoming   junior   vice   president   (Mike   Day)   and   the   outgoing   president   (David   Blundell).      A “Best   PR   Campaign   “   special   award   was   made   by   the   incoming   assistant   governor   Karin Weston   to   Di   Charles   on   behalf   of   District   1260   in   the   form   of   an   engraved   shield,   for   the excellent work she produces for our monthly Rotarian magazine. Incoming   president   Martin   made   an   amusing   address   in   which   he   expressed   his   total   confidence   in his   team   of   club   officers   for   the   coming   year   and   hoped   that   with   such   an   excellent   team   in   play   he would   be   able   to   take   some   well   earned   time   off!      He   proceeded   to   make   a   special   award   to outgoing   president   David   in   the   form   of   an   engraved   spade   as   an   acknowledgement   to   David’s comments at the start of his year that “what you put in to Rotary you get back in spades!”        Vice   president   Nichola   stood   up   and   expressed   the   club’s   admiration   for   Rotarian   Karin   Weston   who   is   shortly   to   become   an assistant governor for District 1260.  The applause was well deserved. The   formal   part   of   the   evening   being   over   diners   were   able   to   mingle   and   chat   for   a   while   before   eventually   setting   off   home.      A most enjoyable evening. Words by Tony Briar, Pictures by Neil Heywood.  Click here to see all photos of the event
30th June - President’s Hello
A   lovely   summer’s   afternoon   brought   over   forty   Rotarians,   partners   and   guests   to   the   village   of   Meldreth   to   be   welcomed   by President   Martin   and   partner   Josephine   into   their   lovely   garden.      A      great      deal      of      trouble      had      obviously      been      taken      to   erect several   sails   between   trees   at   the   end   of   the   garden.   These   sails   were   intended   to provide   shade   for   the   guests,   but   they   did   more   than   that   –   in   the   gusty      winds   they billowed      and   snapped   and   left   some   people   nervously   wondering   if   they   might   be caught up in them and carried away! A   President’s   Hello   is   an   annual   tradition   of   our   club   and   enables   a   newly-elected president   and   partner   to   host   a   social   occasion   in   which   to   welcome   members   to their   home.      Today   we   were   welcomed   with   a   glass   of   bubbly   and   the   chance   to enjoy one or two enormous strawberries with it. There   was   a   tremendous   cold   buffet   laid   on   in   the   vast   kitchen   followed   by   a range   of   enticing   desserts   and   cheeses.      Out   also   came   some   chocolate   mousse and, I’m told, Josephine is a real whizz at these and guards the recipe closely. After   three   and   a   half   hours   of   friendly   conversation   and   banter   plus   eating   and drinking,   we   reluctantly   said   our   thanks   and   farewells.      So   thank   you   Martin   and Josephine   for   welcoming   us   to   your   lovely   garden   and   for   all   your   hard   work.        Thank      you      also      to      the      social      committee      for      their   support,   and   a   huge   thank you to the Freewheelers for all your mouthwatering culinary delights Words by Tony Briar, pictures by Tony Briar, Ray Munden and Neil Heywood.  To see all the photos of the event click here
4th August - Annual Charity Kite Festival and Historic Vehicle Show
Rotarians   were   on   a   high   on   Sunday,   when   over   5,000   people   came   to the   2019   Royston   Kite   Festival   which   took   to   the   air   again   over   Therfield Heath.        The    day    was    "a    roaring    success"    said    Royston    Rotarian    Ray Munden,   who   managed   this   year's   event.   "Everything   seemed   to   work   in our   favour   this   year,"   he   said.      "The   weather   was   warm,   but   not   too   hot, a   good   breeze   pleased   the   kite   fliers,   the   historic   vehicles   sparkled,   and of   course   Royston   families   turned   out   in   strength to support the show."   The   teddy   bear   parachute   drop   sessions   proved   to   be   as   popular   as   ever   with   youngsters   queuing   up   to   give their treasured friends a fur-raising experience! The    space    round    the    arena    was    filled    with    family    groups,    many    with    picnics,    and    there    were    more    traders    and    community organisation   stalls   than   ever.      Ray   said:   "It's   become   a   real   community   event,   which   is   what   Rotary   is   all   about.   It's   wonderful   that   the festival raises money for charity , but it's just as important that we bring our local community together on this unique day out." The   car   that   won   the   cup   in   the   Historic   Vehicle   Show   was   a   1935   Austin   Chalfont   6/18 owned   by   Mr   &   Mrs   John   Ives.   This   vehicle   is   totally   original   and   unrestored   having   spent most    of    its    life    in    a    museum.        It    has    a    one-off    bespoke    interior    and    was    originally commissioned   by   an   unknown   person   of   royal   blood,   hence   the   interior   privacy   screens. Originally   10   were   bodied   like   this   of   which   6   remain   worldwide   mainly   in   museums.   John acquired   the   car   last   year   and   prior   to   his   ownership   it   had   only   enjoyed   4   outings   in   the previous 14 years About   5,000   people   came   to   the   Festival,   and   although   the   full   accounts   won't   be   ready   for   some   days,   Rotarians   are   sure   that   there will   be   a   healthy   surplus   to   benefit   president   Martin   Berry's   chosen   charity,   the   Sick   Children's   Trust.   Ray   paid   tribute   to   the   hard work   of   the   many   Rotarians   whose   effort   and   commitment   made   the   day   a   success.      "It's   an   amazing   piece   of   teamwork,   and   it shows that when we all pull together, we can do amazing things," he said. Words by Neil Heywood.  To see the complete album of photos of the event click here.
There   were   fourteen   walkers   this   month   who   assembled   at   Ashwell’s   oldest   pub,   the Rose   and   Crown.      Everyone   having   arrived   we   set   off   early   on   a   route   that   took   us   along Back   Lane   in   the   village   and   then   very   quickly   on   to   open   land   for   a   mile   and   a   quarter gentle   (for   some)   climb   until   we   had   a   magnificent   view   over   the   countryside   which   took in many distant sights in both Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  After   some   gentle   flat   walking   on   established   paths   we   descended   into   the   little   hamlet of   Hinxworth   where   we   stopped   to   admire   the (reputably     haunted)     medieval     14th     century Hinxworth   Place.      This   protected   building   is   evidently   constructed   with   clunch   (a   chalky stone   once   extensively   quarried   in   this   area)   with   infilling   of   loose   flint.      The   larger   part   of the   building   is   currently   owned   by   the   rather   famous   sculptor   John   William   Mills    and   we admired some of his works which we could see in the garden. Shortly    after    this    we    stopped    for    a    well    earned    coffee    break    before    continuing    on through   clearly   marked   tracks   back   in   the   direction   of   Ashwell   church   steeple   (also   called a   Hertfordshire   Spike)   which   we   could   see   far   away   in   the   distance.      After   traversing   fields   of   corn,   farm   tracks   and   minor   country lanes we soon found ourselves back at Ashwell village, straight opposite the Rose and Crown.  A welcome sight after 5½ miles! We   were   joined   for   lunch   by   Jim,   Phillip   and   Ruth.      Despite   the   pub   having   lost   their   chef   that   morning   with   only   half   an   hour’s notice, the meals were both tasty and timely; and the beer tasted particularly good after the walk! A big thank you to Neil for organising the walk and lunch. Words by Tony Briar, photos courtesy of Bryony
11th August - Monthly Walk
18th August - Garden Party
A   great   turnout   for   the   August   social   event   of   this   Rotary   year.      Members   and   their partners   descended   on   Mike   and   Nichola’s   lovely   garden   near   Saffron   Walden   for   a leisurely   garden   party.      This   was   a   great   occasion   to   catch   up   with   friends   for   a   good   old chin-wag    and,    any    lull    in    the    conversations    was quickly    filled    by    the    antics    of    the    pet    kittens    and chickens   who   were   just   as   interested   in   seeing   who   all these visitors were. A   well   stocked   bar   and   a   really   good   spread   was   laid on   by   the   Sports   and   Social   committee   and   their   army of   helpers.      There   was   plenty   of   food   to   go   round   and   many   took   the   opportunity   for   second helpings! A   few   games   were   set   out   for   those   wishing   to   try   out   their   skills, with   petanque   in   the   gravelled   forecourt   of   the   house   to   croquet   on the   back   lawn.      There   was   another   more   fiendish   looking   game involving   tossing   wooden   bricks   (or   something)   -   this   scribe   couldn’t quite   grasp   the   rules   and   I   suspect   Phillip   might   have   been   making them up “on the hoof”! Grateful    thanks    to    Mike    and    Nichola    for    hosting    this    event    and putting   up   with   us   all,   and   to   the   Social   Committee   for   organising   it.     Particular   thanks   also   must   go   to   the   ladies   who   put   on   such   a delicious range of dishes. Words and picture by Tony Briar.  (Click on any of the images to enlarge)