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News from Stafford Rotary Clubs

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Here’s the latest from our friends at Stafford Rotary clubs….

Gurkha lunch

Stafford Rotary Clubs fund raiser for the Gurkha project in Nepal was a great success with a sell out lunch of Nepalese food and entertainment.

150 people sat down to a Nepalese curry lunch. The purpose of the meal was to raise funds towards the provision of water and sanitation facilities at Shree Balaranjan Primary School, Majhkot, Syangja, Nepal.

Four Rotary clubs are joining together to fund the project. Eccleshall, Stafford, Stafford Castle are  hoping for a District grant to match fund the money.

Stafford Knot can’t be included in this as we are hoping to get another grant for the Urban Explorer project we have successfully supported this year, so we are just raising funds whereas the grant system matches the promised amount thus making it a more substantial donation.

The meal was super and John Davies from Stafford Club gave a good introduction about the Gurkha’s. They have been in Stafford 10 years now, so an apt celebration. It’s believed one of the military Charities paid for the food, which meant that all the ticket money will go to the project.

Health Awareness Day

Last Saturday in the guildhall Rotary held their 12th Health Awareness Day. Nowadays the 3 Stafford clubs put the event on and free BP and blood sugar levels are offered as well as Abdominal Aortic scans to gentlemen over 65.

Last week 126 BP taken (including Peppa Pig makes 127)

13 men over 65 had their abdominal aortas scanned

Stafford FM raised awareness on the day. Some people were referred to their GP, some advised their BP was dangerously high and most went away happy that they were within normal limits.

Young Photographer awards

These are to be given out this evening (Thursday 11 May) at Weston Road High School. The standard this year was even higher than 2016 and there were over 300 entries from the Stafford Schools. If you want to enter, look out for the information in the schools or on Stafford Knot’s web site after Christmas.

Duck Race

Stafford Knot will be holding their 11th duck race on the afternoon of the party in the Park on July 2nd at Victoria Park. This year there will be 1000 yellow plastic ducks entering so please sponsor a duck. Tickets are on sale now and will be available on the day n the park. Just a pound and all the money goes to the worthy causes such as the Ghurka school project and Urban Explorer scheme.

Staffordshire Way

Stafford Knot (again) will be attempting to walk the Staffordshire Way from North to south on the weekends in July form the 9th onward. Please sponsor and help us raise funds for our nominated charities.

Find out more about Stafford Rotary Clubs here, Stafford Rotary Clubs

Stafford Rangers – ‘the Robbo years’

 

robbo

On Stafford FM’s mid-morning show on Wednesday 29 March, I’m delighted to be joined in the studio by former Stafford Rangers Manager Phil Robinson (now the International Youth Scouting and Recruitment Manager at Manchester City FC) and former chairman, now club President, Jon Downing. We’ll be looking back at ‘the Robbo’ years 2002–2007 when the club finished Southern Premier runners up, as well as winning the Staffordshire Senior Cup and making it to the 1st Round of the FA Cup (for the first time in a decade).
The following season, Rangers finished 3rd and qualified for the newly formed Conference North.
After topping the table for much of the 2005/06 season, Rangers eventually finished runners up, but won promotion back to the non-league top flight thanks to a Play Off victory over Droylsden.
If you have a question I can put to either Phil or Jon for you, please email to [email protected] by March 28th.  I hope you can tune in!

Last chance to get tickets to Katharine House Hospice Spring Ball!

Spring Ball sparkle portrait

 There are less than 10 tables left for this year’s Spring Ball and we are urging local people to book their tickets before Friday 24th March to avoid disappointment!

Hosted by Katharine House Hospice and the Rotary Club of Stafford Castle, the Ball is sure to be an unmissable evening of glamour, celebration, fabulous food and money-can’t-buy prizes. To top it off, well-known local band, The Cartoon Kings will entertain guests with a  wide range of songs that are guaranteed to get everyone up on the dance floor.

Katharine House Hospice Events Fundraiser, Lisa Carson said “We are delighted to be working with the Rotary Club of Stafford this year to present the first ever Katharine House Hospice Spring Ball. This is set to be a night to remember and we are urging people to book their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Since the Ball is very kindly being sponsored by Arnold Clark, more of the money raised on the night will go towards ensuring Katharine House Hospice can continue to provide vital free care for people in Stafford and the surrounding areas who are living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families.

Corporate Fundraiser at Katharine House Hospice, Holly Addison said “We are so grateful to Arnold Clark for their generous sponsorship. They have continued to support our Annual Ball for 9 years now which is incredible and their support means that even more money raised from the Spring Ball will go towards providing free care at the hospice”

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.

 

Pictured: Lisa Carson (Katharine House Hospice) & Richard Mitcherson (Stafford Castle Rotary Club).

For more information call 01785 270808 or e-mail [email protected]