Monday, 19 December 2011

Santa is making an extra visit to Aylesbury

By popular request, Santa will pay a special visit to Hale Leys Shopping Centre on Friday  23th December in the afternoon. He will still be visiting Bedgrove in the early evening, as planned.

New Member Judy Freeman welcomed at her first meeting

Sarah Fraser (right) welcomes Judy Freeman (left) to her first Rotary Meeting.

If you're interested in joining Rotary, please contact us

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Why Santa isn't getting to your street

We have posted information before about why Santa may not be on your street this year.  As some of you are worried about this, here is some more information to help you understand what happens which may leave you feeling like you've been left out.

We are a small group of volunteers who collect funds which are put into a separate charitable trust where they are managed properly. We go out every night in December until the 23rd, and collect every Saturday and Sunday in December before Christmas, We provide, along with others who volunteer their time, around 700-800 hours to get the Float around Aylesbury and manned at the Hale Leys Shipping Centre. If you walked every night with us, you would walk around 100 miles.

It's a big deal - and we love doing it - for the children and for the local charities who benefit from the generosity of Aylesbury residents.

By public demand we publish a schedule according to the area we'll be in. We can't guarantee to be in any specific street, and we change the routes from year to year. Safety is very important to us and we try to respect other road users and also try to manage the balance between access to Santa and the safety of children who come out onto the streets to see him. At times, we also change the route minute by minute - for the reasons listed below:


  • We go out in all weathers. In 2010 we went out in all but the most severe of snow storms. In 2011 we are experiencing drenching downpours which leave even the best protected volunteer soaked through to their underwear. Sometimes we abandon a trip part way because the safety of the volunteers and the public may be endangered.
  • We try to get down as many streets as possible. The main problem we face is parked cars, especially on some of the narrow estate roads. We need to be considerate of other road users and at times we are unable to get down a road, and turn around safely. Heavily parked areas will also slow down our progress.We ask for your understanding of our need to be safe. 
  • We love to see the children and do our best to allow them to experience Santa - whilst being safe. We do encounter groups of children, unsupervised, who try to climb on the Float. This slows our progress. We also encounter children running across roads, in their excitement, and again, we try to manage this as best we can.
  • We have to be off the streets by 8pm and we tend to start once the worst fo the traffic is over.
  • We rely on volunteers. Sometimes we are a bit short - sometimes we get let down at short notice - and this means we can't cover as much ground as we'd like, or at the speed we may like to. 
Thank you for your interest in the Carol Float. If you'd like to help us in any way, we'd love to hear from you.





Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Santa is still planning to visit these places in Aylesbury

It's a good job Santa's red velvet coat and hat can be tumble dried - he has got very wet in the last week! He's hoping the weather gets better in the next couple of weeks. Obviously he would like to visit as many places as he can, but he is also conscious of the need not to take too many risks in his travels.  If the wind doesn't get too bad and the snow keeps away he plans to visit:


Tues 13th*
Turnfurlong
6pm
Weds 14th
Watermead North
6pm
Thurs 15th
Southcourt
6pm
Fri 16th 
Broughton Ave
6pm
Sat 17th
Wing
4.30
Sun 18th
Elm Farm South
4:30
Mon 19th
Watermead South
6pm
Tues 20th
Langdon Ave
6pm
Weds 21st
Ingram Ave
6pm
Thur 22nd
Bedgrove
6pm
Fri 23rd
Bedgrove


(If you want to know the exact streets - see previous notes on this website explaining how we can't plan the exact route in advance.)

New Member - Judy Freeman

 On 12th December we held our Christmas Dinner at the Five Arrows at Waddesdon. At this event, we inducted Mrs Judy Freeman into Rotary. Judy is a financial manager and works for the solicitors Horwood & James in Aylesbury.  She's no stranger to the club - over the last 15 years she has attended many events and she has been an active supporter of our charitable, community and international service.

It's a real pleasure to gain a member so committed and experienced to helping others - while being able to have a great time doing so.


Welcome Judy!



Saturday, 10 December 2011

Which street and which time is Santa around Aylesbury?

We do get many queries from Aylesbury Residents who are keen to know exactly which street we will be on and at what time. We've learnt over the years that the best we can do is advertise which area we'll be in. There are a number of reasons why we can't guarantee a route. For example, we sometimes find that cars are parked in such a way that we can't ensure safe passage for the Carol Float. We can do more streets if we have many volunteers to help - and sometimes we are a bit short. And there are unplanned events such as heavy snow or electrical failures.

We'll do our best to stick to the timetable. Listen out for the music - then you'll know where we are!

Santa sends his apologies

We're sorry to disappoint those of you waiting for Santa on Wednesday 7th December in the Mandeville Rd area. We had a fault on Santa's Sleigh which meant he wasn't travelling that night. This was unfortunate and meant you have missed out - so sorry about this.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Santa is out in Aylesbury on his Carol Float

Have you seen Santa round the suburbs of Aylesbury?  We're hoping he appears in his chimney...

If you would like to be one of Santa's helpers and learn more about the Rotary Club of Aylesbury and what we do for local charities, then please contact us.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

2011 Carol Float Schedule - Aylesbury

Santa has let us have a sneak preview into his schedule for visiting Aylesbury. We'd like to share this with you so you know when and where to see him. As a reminder, the money raised goes to Rotary and Local Charities.


Date

AREA
Time
Sat 3rd
Elm Farm North
4.30
Sun 4th
Southcourt
4.30
Mon 5th*
Haydon Hill
6pm
Tues 6th 
Hawkslade
6pm
Weds7
Mandeville Rd
6pm
Thurs 8th
Coppice
6pm
Fri 9th
Quarrendon
6pm
Sat10th    
Weedon Rd
4.30
Sun 11th
Elmhurst
4:30
Mon 12th
Weedon/Hardwick
6pm
Tues 13th*
Turnfurlong
6pm
Weds 14th
Watermead North
6pm
Thurs 15th
Southcourt
6pm
Fri 16th 
Broughton Ave
6pm
Sat 17th
Wing
4.30
Sun 18th
Elm Farm South
4:30
Mon 19th
Watermead South
6pm
Tues 20th
Langdon Ave
6pm
Weds 21st
Ingram Ave
6pm
Thur 22nd
Bedgrove
6pm
Fri 23rd
Bedgrove
6pm

Monday, 21 November 2011

Santa at Hale Leys Shopping Centre

Santa will be at Hale Leys Shopping Centre, on the Aylesbury Rotary Club Carol Float, on Saturdays and Sundays in December (3rd December through to Christmas).

The Rotary Club will be collecting for local charities and Rotary Foundation.

The "round-the-house" Carol Float schedule will be published very shortly - watch this space!

Aylesbury Rotary donates to Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance


Past President Roger Simmons (2010/11) handed over a cheque to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance last month. Each year the President of the Club has a nominated charity and this was Roger's.

This money will go towards one of those charities we hope never to be personally acquainted with - yet is so vital when we really need it.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Carol Float 2011 - We're busy organising the schedule

Wow - it's always gratifying to receive early interest in our Carol Float schedule. We're an Aylesbury Tradition. Did you know we now have some collectors who say their first experience of Christmas that they can remember is the Carol Float coming past their house?

We are busy organising the route schedules, which is never as simple as it sounds. As soon as they are known, they will be posted on this website on its own special page. In the meantime, for those of you who would like to help either with the "Round-the-housse" float or the Static display at Hale Leys, then please contact us.

Helping out is a great way to discover what we do as Rotarians, how we do it, and who benefits. It could be your first step to becoming a member so we welcome your contribution.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Max Tucker wins the Essay Competition



Who wants to be a policeman? Max Tucker does!
The Aylesbury Rotary Club runs an annual essay competition entitled, “What I want to be when I grow up”. Hundreds of entries were assessed by Rotary Co-ordinator Keith Highfield and Max Tucker won the prize of spending a day testing his ambitions. Chief Inspector Henry Parsons helped co-ordinate a day to remember which included spending time with PC Roger Jarvis and his dog Oscar.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Presidential Citation for Aylesbury Rotary Club

The Club was awarded a Presidential Citation at the District's Annual Conference in Scarborough. Basically, this meant that during President Roger Simmons year, the club met or exceeded a number of targets including membership gain, fundraising and other Rotary specific initiatives and goals.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Essay competition won by a pupil from William Harding Combined School

Each year, the club runs an essay competition where pupils are invited to submit a short essay on the topic of "What I would like to be when I grow up".  The prize is to have a go at doing just that.

Max Tucker wrote a compelling essay about wanting to be a Police Office or a Police Dog Handler.  Rotarian Keith Highfield organised with the local Chief Inspector who has now provided Max with a half day experience into the mysteries of the police, including dog handling.

This is the inaugural year for the new trophy for this competition and the club would like to thank Rotarian Les Sheldon for donating the cup and Rotarian Keith Highfield, who has organised this competition for a number of years.

This competition would not be possible without the support of teachers and their schools and we would like to offer them our thanks and we look forward to their continuing support.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Rotary Rounders Competition - Aylesbury Rugby Club 30th July 2011 pm start

The competition is on! Will your team will the first trophy for what we hope will be an annual event - or will you delight in putting the wooden spoon in your cabinet? The profits form the day will go to a good cause - The Healthy Living Centre in Walton Court.

If you'd like to enter a team, please email us for an application pack

Monday, 13 June 2011

Opportunity to travel to Australia on a funded professional learning experience: GSE

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is one of Rotary's International programs. Four professionals from District 1260 which includes the Aylesbury Area, will be selected to travel, with a Rotary Team Leader, to Sydney, Australia from 3 - 31 March 2012.  During this time the GSE team will visit local businesses, make presentation, stay with local families and be part of the Rotary experience.  Travel and accommodation is covered.

The Aylesbury Rotary Club would love to put forward for the team one or more of our own local professionals. You need to be in full time employment and between the ages of 26 and 40. You also need to be available for the whole time period of 3 - 31 March.  The theme for the exchange will be media and communications but if you are not directly associated with those industries (well, who doesn't include communication in their role?) then still please contact us. This isn't a holiday - it's a unique opportunity to share and learn with like-minded professionals.

If you're interested, please email us for further details.  You need to let us know by the end of June 2011.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Twinning Weekend with our German and French Clubs

We've had a glorious long weekend with the Eckernforde Club and Bourges Club with whom we are twinned. They visit us every four years. This year we hosted an arrival supper at the Red Lion in Wendover ad then on Friday a trip to Warwick Castle and then a meal in Rotarian homes. On Saturday, Rotarian Les Sheldon gave the guests a tour of Old Aylesbury, followed by lunch at Horwood and James offices in town. The gala evening was held at the Quainton Railway Centre.

This is always a reminder of the importance of developing relationmships with those who live in other countries and brings home the International perspective of Rotary.

(The costs for this event is born by the clubs involved and we raise funds in the intervening years from our own pockets, to support his activity. No charitable funds are used.)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Club Assembly and Handover: 27th June 2011

The Rotary "year" runs from 1st July to end June. This is when the handover from one team to another happens. Prior to this we hold a Club Assembly where the incoming President goes through the program for the year and the planned activities and projects.

We are holding our Assembly and Hanover on Monday 27th June at the Holiday Inn, Tring Road at 6:45 for 7pm. Partners are invited. This is a good time to find out what we're doing and plan to do so if you'd like to join us then please email us.

(Rotarians:  please advise the Luncheon Office of your attendance)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

June 2001 Meeting / Events Schedule

2 - 5th June: Twinning events with our German and French Clubs
6th - Lunchtime meeting, project updates
13th - Lunchtime meeting, fellowship
20th - Lunchtime meeting, job/service talk, followed by a Council Meeting
27th - Evening mtg (partners invited), Club Assembly and Handover

Rotarians - please advise the luncheon officer of your attendance. Guests are welcome at any of these, so please contact us if you'd like to attend.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

You heard it here first! Aylesbury Rotary Rounders Tournament is on Sat 30th July 2011

Are you a local business in Aylesbury? Do you live or work in or near Aylesbury? Fancy a fun afternoon networking with like-minded colleagues and raising funds for charity?

On Saturday 30th July, we'll be hosting a town rounders tournament. It will be at the Aylesbury Rugby Club. Teams are 8 - 12 in size so find some colleagues and join in. It costs only £20 per team. Come dressed in an eye-catching team outfit and you may get extra publicity for your team / business!

If you haven't played rounders since you were nine, then that's fine. We'll be on hand to show you the ropes - or rather the bats.

If you're interested in bringing a team, then please email us:

John Reddington of Horwood & James, proposing the new event

Welcome to our new member: Cheryl Whiting

On Monday 23rd May, Cheryl Whiting joined Rotary.

She is a Senior Lecturer and Educational Manager for a Masters Program at St George's University Medical School in London - though she lives locally.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

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Rotary District 1260 Foundation Committee has funds available for an Ambassadorial Scholarship for the academic year 2012 - 2013. The Rotary Club of Aylesbury is in this district.




The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.
Nominations from Clubs should be made by July 1st 2011.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship, then please contact us as soon as possible.

 The successful candidate will be: 
  • Ready to study overseas
  • Be from our District
  • Have shown academic capability and a commitment to a particular vocation (usually a post-graduate)
  • Not be a Rotarian or a relative of a Rotarian

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Stroke Awareness is now on Sat 9th April at Hale Leys Shopping Centre

Did you know that 40% of strokes could be avoided if everyone was aware of their blood pressure?

On Saturday 9th April 2011, we'll be in Hale Leys Shopping Centre, all set up and ready to take your blood pressure. We'll also explain the FAST way to assess whether anyone is having a stroke.

Friday, 18 February 2011

New member: Robert Steele

On Monday 7th February, Robert Steele joined our Club. He has transferred from the Dunblane and Bridge of Allen Rotary Club in Scotland and we are pleased to gain his experience.
Robert retired as the Assistant Police Commissioner in Hong Kong and has recently moved to our area.
Welcome!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Technology Tournament, Aylesbury 7th March

On 7th March 2011. the Aylesbury Hundreds Rotary Club will be organising the annual Schools Technology Tournament. The Hundreds organise this on behalf of five local Rotary Clubs and we will be there in a supporting role. This is always a challenging activity for school teams and a fun one for the observers and organisers. Good luck to all teams!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Gardeners Question Time - Cuddington Village

On 28th February 2010 the BBC Gardeners Question Time comes to Cuddington Village Hall. On hand, in their fluorescent yellow tabards, will be members of the Rotary Club of Aylesbury, helping with traffic and other duties.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Stroke Awareness & Rotary Day, Aylesbury 26th February 2011

On Saturday 26th February 2011 we'll be holding a Stroke Awareness Campaign in the Hale Leys shopping centre. Come along and have your blood pressure tested! You can also learn more about what we do and see whether you'd like to join us.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Aylesbury Rotary continue to despatch Aquaboxes

We have a rolling plan to make up and send to the co-ordinators a number of Aquaboxes each year. These boxes are essential for disaster zones as they provide for the  basic survival of a family and double as water filters / carriers.

We recently sent two fully filled boxes and are working on completing another two.

If you'd like to contribute to an Aquabox, then please contact us. We take donations ranging from hammers and string through to cash and vaseline! Maybe you would like to sponsor a box on behalf of your company?

Local Charities receive donations from Aylesbury Rotary Carol Float



On Monday 31st January we held a celebration dinner to hand out cheques for local charities from the money we raised during the Carol Float in December. We like to get the money to the recipients as quickly as possible. The following groups benefited this year:



Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs
Scouts
Wing District Guides
Mandeville School Association
The Buckinghamshire Community Foundation
St John Ambulance
Gateway Club of Aylesbury
BACO
Air Ambulance
Stoke Mandeville Eye Unit Appeal
Aylesbury Voluntary Group British Diabetes UK
Stoke Mandeville Spinal Unit

A total of just under £5,000 was handed out. If you are interested in supporting the Carol Float in December 2011, in any capacity, then please contact us.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Essay Competition

It's that time of year again. Schools in Aylesbury are about to receive an invitation for students to send in their essays. The topic of the essay is "What I want to do when I grow up" and the prize is ---- a day doing just that! In previous years, the winners have ended up at Buckingham Palace, in a theatre, at the A&E Department at the hospital and other really interesting places. There is an age limit on this - if you want to join in then please ask your teacher or school.