Category Archives: Rotary Club Senlac

The cars were the stars……. Oh! and Senlac members helped a bit too!

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Bodiam Castle is again the setting for that (now rather large) summer event that is the ‘RC Senlac Classic Car Show’ This year they had a record number of cars, military vehicles, and motor-bikes, and a large number of visitors on a warm, if cloudy day. Indeed they recorded the highest gate ever! RC Senlac members turned out in force to man the gates, and the ‘Yellow men’ stand. (Amongst other duties).
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They had their own pub – ‘Senlac Arms’ (wouldn’t you know!), and their own barby stand – hot work eh lads! ~Whoops, and lasses!
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A very good time was had both by members and the public. And the bottom line? a net £19K for the charities – the beneficiaries: Medical Detection Dogs, Hastings & Rother Samaritans, the Yellowmen of Kadongdong (of course), and for other Senlac Rotary causes. Here is RCS member Rod Farrow with his? Bull-nose Morris, talking to a visitor.

Well done to all concerned, I wanted to go! Next year perhaps.
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Hey, nonny, nonny, Senlac welcome St. George’s Day with Musick & the Bard!

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‘Bards and Heroes’ was the theme for the Rotary Club of Senlac recently. Always an inventive club, it excelled itself with members, partners and guests seeing in St. Georges Day in style. Early music was played on traditional instruments and – after dinner, Iain Robinson , member, and ‘a verrai trewe and parfait gentil knighte’ assisted the troubadours, with much hilaritie!

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And, as if this was not enough, a presentation on Shakespeare’s heroes was given by Mike Stewart. The evening was rounded off by a raffle of English wines, and two hampers of victuals, donated by members. Phew, what an evening!

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Senlac don’t just pay the piper – they give him a medal!

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As you know ‘Anything’ is always on the look-out for the weird, the wacky, and the touching. In a world of rather posh Rotary, I love the personal touch from many of the clubs in District 1120. And in their own discreet way….! they do not disappoint. As I have hinted in the Facebook comment connected to this story I find RC Senlac one of the most interesting clubs in ‘my manor’. They have members from three boroughs in East Sussex, (despite Rotary competition from all 3), and have a stoically individual sense of purpose. Perhaps best illustrated by their ‘Yellowmen’ project in up-country Kenya which they continue – (pause) without TRF assistance.

At this Burns Night Supper, which was in the Cooden Golf Club – ooh, watch out RC B-o-S! they had a full house. Current President Jimmy Carroll ‘called for the Malts’ (I say – what’s that? – Ed.) served by Eddie McCall, and Iain Robinson – no need to investigate their provenance! IPP Bob Wren, gave the ‘Address to the Haggis’, & John Relfe – gave the toast to the ‘Immortal Memory’. This was followed by a ‘toast to the lassies’ – then an ode from the lassies!, followed by a Scottish themed raffle. Oh, and somewhere in between, they snarfed a plateful of the eponymous, with neaps, and tatties – that’s ‘swede & potatoes’ to you and me.

But the piper, ‘Anything’ – what did they do for the piper? I was coming to that…. the piper is one Jon Bartholemew, ‘Piper in Residence’, and for him they had something rather special – A Senlac Rotary award (alas! No picture). Do I need to say what a good time they had all had? No, but will a possible separatist Scotland make it more, or less exotic than it clearly already is!
(Notes from the evening by Wendy Cocker – Press Officer RC Senlac)

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Senlac Rotarians return from a successful project-full visit to Pokot, Kenya

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Open wider! You never look at your best when you are having your teeth done, or when you are covered in mud after re-building a foot-bridge over a muddy stream, but this, painting and decorating the village clinic in Marich, and sundry educational and medical bits of assistance are all in a day’s work for the ‘Yellowmen’ in their latest sortie to the Pokot district of West Central Kenya.

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For those of you who don’t already know about the ‘Yellowmen’ here is a brief outline: RC Senlac is Bexhill’s ‘other’ club, and also has links into St. Leonards. Ten or eleven years ago one of their members happened to visit the Pokot area of Kenya and was moved by the needs he saw there, on returning to his club he persuaded them to raise money and send a small group there. They are called the ‘Yellowmen’ because of their yellow tee shirts. Eleven years later they are still working in this area and they don’t get any money from Rotary Foundation for their actions!
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On this occasion there were ten members of the team – Team Leader, Eddie McCall, Pat Connor, Geoff Gander, Iain Robinson, Chris Folley, Tony Hawkes, Mike Stewart, Marcia Bryant, Wendy Wood, and Nick Wood. Anything is pleased to name them all – this is Rotary in action of the highest order! Which is one reason why I have named them all individually. Congratulations Yellowmen, keep up the good work Senlac Rotary Club!

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Senlac Presentation Evening Honours Community Heroes

If ‘We’re for Communities’ means anything in Rotary – and it does! Then honouring people in our communities who have done outstanding things, or given exceptional service need recognition by us for these actions, because we are working on the same side. Recently RC Senlac, based in Bexhill, but with coverage also eastwards into St.Leonards had a presentation evening for three women who, in their view had merited recognition.

Sue Adey – manager of the RVS (Royal Voluntary Service) for their St. Leonards Centre. Over six years she has conducted several initiatives to strengthen and broaden the service given by this group, from a starting point of ten volunteers she now manages over 90, and serves 10,000 people per month in the St. Leonards area.
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Club President Jimmy Carroll gave each of them a framed certificate and a cheque to assist them in their work. A very good example of ‘We’re for Communities’ in action.

Joan Harding a serial fund raiser for Save the Children over 20 years. More recently she has been also giving her talents to the Macmillan Cancer Charity. She is a compassionate pragmatist who offers support to friends and neighbours. Joan has also fostered several young people.
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Barby Keel, who runs an animal sanctuary for dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, ponies, goats,sheep, pigs, and many other creatures.Beginning this work in 1971 she now looks after over 600 animals. She also has a charity shop, which supports her work.

Senlac - Barby Keel

“The Yellowmen” of RC Senlac build schools and clinics in Kenya

‘The Yellowmen’  is the name given for the RC members working on  the Kenyan RC Senlac project. The project has been running in the Pokot area of Kenya for the last eleven years, where a group of club members; who pay for their own flights, go out to Kenya as a work party.

Throughout the project they built clinics and schools, and assisted in other ways.  The funding has largely been made by the club and the members themselves.

This year they brought back with them Justus Wambua;  a Kenyan who  assists them on the project.  On their return they held a party for him.

P.S. They are called the  ‘Yellowmen’  because of the yellow T-shirts they wear.


Sussex Rotary Clubs welcome President and District Governor at ‘Showcase’

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‘Showcase’ is the name of the Rotary Awareness event held in the Arndale Centre Eastbourne on Saturday 25th February and Wednesday 29th February. On Wednesday, the display and Presidents of all the clubs represented were visited by the U.K. Rotary President Ray Burman, and District 1120 Governor Lynn Mitchell.

The Showcase event was an opportunity for the twelve Rotary clubs in the area to show what achievements they had made in the last year, and to continue the ‘#End Polio Now’ campaign which has raised over 200 million dollars worldwide in the last four years.

The twelve clubs from Hastings to Eastbourne, and including Battle, Heathfield and Hailsham have over 350 members and are involved in both local and overseas fund-raising and charitable projects, which were clearly illustrated.

Also on show was a ‘Shelterbox’ tent and equipment.  This is a British Rotary initiative to supply accommodation for disaster victims, which is strongly supported by clubs in the Sussex area.

During the two days, members of the public talked to Rotarians about their voluntary work, and contributed to the fund raising appeal.

(Presidents in the line-up were:  Lloyd Hammer, Battle; Michael Garner, Beachy Head; Simon Dodds, Eastbourne; Hilary Lewis, Eastbourne a.m.; John Cheeseman, Eastbourne Sovereign;  David Ashdown, Hailsham; Brion Purdey, Hastings; Trevor Goldsmith, Heathfield; Tony Leslie, St. Leonards; Robin Poll, Senlac; Peter Thomas, Sovereign Harbour, Liz Wilton, Area Governor)

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