SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS
6000 purple crocuses are being planted on Saturday 28th October. Poynton Rotary Club have provided the crocuses in recognition of the achievements in eradicating polio in the world. Our club helped to plant these working towards a cleaner, greener Poynton in partnership with Poynton in Bloom, Poynton Home Gardeners Club, Coppice Road Allotments Association, Poynton Pick and Tidy and the Heritage Garden Group.
On Thursday 26th October 2017 we had a talk by Sir Peter Harrison about his careeer and 'The Peter Harrison Foundation', founded in 1999. A Deed of Gift under which he and his family gave the Foundation a capital endowment of £30 million, to which the Harrison family contributed a further £15 million in 2010. The Foundation aims to maintain the value of this capital while distributing annual income of approximately £2.2 million for charitable purposes. In fact, over the past 18 years the Foundation has made 1132 grants to 673 charities, totalling over £40m.
We took a group of elderly people on the Mary Sunley Canal Narrowboat from Higher Poynton to Marple on 12th October 2017.
It is with great sadness that Tim Lilley, our amazing Club Secretary, passed away on 28th September 2017. Our thoughts are with his wife and family. The very well attended service was held at Altrincham Crematorium on Thursday 12th October at 11:30am. Donations in memory of Tim will be split between RNLI, British Heart Foundation, Alzheimers's Society and the NT.
End Polio Now - - Get your tickets for the meal on the 4th July 2017 at the Purple Pakora @ £18 - click for details
The whole Party In The Park 2017 was a resounding success. All the planning and preparation went well. The weather forecast was hot and sunny all day. The performers were top notch. The huge audience were totally happy and really enjoyed the whole day. The Rotary Team even managed to get the whole park cleared of litter, equipment and tents by 1pm on Sunday. The proverb 'Many Hands Make Light Work was especially true throughout the weekend. A huge thank you to the Poynton Rotary Team, their families, other organisations and the supporters.
On 13th June 2017, the whole of our club turned out to clear the main area of Poynton Pool Park of Sheep 'poo'. This was very well organised, leaving time for a buffet supper and trip to the Bulls Head near by.
Know Your Blood Pressure day was on the 20th May 2017. Read all about it at KYBP.
At the Charter Evening held on 18th May 2017, Stan Bowes, District Governer presented Mike Ashton and Honorary Member Andy Marion with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) award. This Rotary Foundation Award is in recognition of tangible and significant achievements.
The April 2017 Easter Bunny event raised £1,558 surplus for worthy causes. We thank all the businesses and organisations who enthusiastically and lovingly looked after the large chocolate bunny until the final draw.
Poynton Rotary's Christmas 2016 street collection from near Waitrose, Aldi and the Post Office on the 10th and 17th of December raised a fantastic £1,457 which will be used for a number of good causes. Thank you to the people of Poynton for your generosity and support once again.
Some of the Donations made in 2015-16 can be found here.
Lots of people visited the Family Model Railway Fun Day organised by Poynton & District Rotary Club, held at the Poynton Community Centre on 8th October 2016 raising money for Francis House. Childrens Hospice. There were many incredible exhibits from the Romiley Methodist Railway Modellers, Anson Museum, Marrionettes small theatre, and displays of Minatures. We thank all the volunteer exhibiters, as well as the Rotary team, for giving up their Satuday to make this event so fantastically successful. Our visitors really enjoyed it and gave generously towards the work and running of Francis House. Recall that we had Peter Forster from Francis House as a speaker at our meeting in September.
Every month the Poynton Waitrose branch will donate £1000 between three local good causes that you choose. From the 9th October 2016, our Rotary Club was one organisation selected by Waitrose Community Matters. The other organisations selected are 'The Wellspring' in Stockport and 'Grow and Sell Seed Kits for Schools'. At the checkout customers receive a token, which can be placed in the box of the good cause you'd most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Thanks to Community and Young Generations Committee for submitting our application.
Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, President Eve Conway, invites you to the next
Rotary GBI Conference which is to be held in Manchester on 7th – 9th April 2017
We took a group of elderly people on the Mary Sunley Canal Narrowboat from Higher Poynton to Marple on 6th September 2016 and on 29th June 2016, when it took 41 local residents to Southport by coach for the day.
On 11th June 2016 Poynton & District Rotary Club very regrettably had to cancel this year's musical spectacular for all the family at very short notice due to very severe weather major incident. Read more here.
Just as everything was ready in place for Party In The Park 2016 - stage, generators, lighting, sound, tents, toilets, signage, food and drink outlets and an army of volunteer helpers, the rain poured heavier than ever previously experienced.
Flash flooding rapidly occurred all around Poynton Town Centre blocking a number of main and access roads to Poynton Park. At this time lakes were forming in the grass areas where gazebo plots were marked out. It was impossible to proceed with the event. London Road was just passible but many other roads were completely closed. Cheshire Police declared this flood as a "major incident" and Cheshire Fire and Rescue service received numerous calls. Six fire engines were brought in together with water rescue boats with general flooding up to eight inches deep. It is not known how many homes were flooded
Poynton Rotary Club supports Poynton Town Council and Cheshire East Council in 'Clean for the Queen' 5 March 2016 at Poynton Park
The Poynton Street Collection coupled with Santa's Grotto on the 2 Saturdays prior to Christmas 2015 raised £702. Thank you Poynton!!
Our club meeting on the 10th December 2015 was rather exciting. Firstly we welcomed two new members, our club was then presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, and also we confirmed that Mike Tibbitts would be next but one president of our club, following Trish O'Neill as next president.
Read about our donation to Poynton Community Centre to help with some vital renovation work, and see the before and after pictures.
On the 26 November 2015 members of the Club supported the 'Development Day' at Poynton High School for Year 11 students. Along with staff and external business representatives they used their interviewing skills to run workshops for all Year 11 students to guide them through the interview process, help them understand the do's and dont's of interviews and prepare them for the interviews that most of the students will experience at the end of this academic year for either a place at college, sixth form, an Apprenticeship or work.
Libby Harkins has sent a thank you message to Poynton Rotary Club for our donation towards her recent trip to North Africa. Libby had the opportunity in August 2015 to take part in a Girlguiding NWE trip to Morocco. Girlguiding have taken a group of girls out there every year for the past 5 years to work in the same village, with the women's association there. She has provided an interesting write up of the trip to share some of the things they did, with photographs. With her permission we have published a pdf version of her account - here on our website. Press <- to return.
With the dedicated help from the members of the Rotary Club, and support by those attending, we are able to continue to contribute to worthy causes and community projects that have trouble supporting themselves in Poynton and district, as well as work with Rotary International in its major drive to promote peace, combat hunger, provide education with job training and eradicate polio overseas.
If you are reading this and thinking that you may be interested in joining Poynton Rotary Club, please take a look at Our Club and Visit Us pages. Rotary Club welcomes men and women from all walks of life to join as members.
ROTARY NEW DISTRICT 1285
Read about the new 1285 District and find out who's who, how the areas are structured, and where Poynton sits with the list of 10 areas.