Saturday, 8 December 2012

Rotary Club of Aylesbury Carol Float

The Carol Float has been out and about in Aylesbury this week.

It was seen in the Elm Farm area on Saturday night.

Santa Claus was waving at all the children, big and small as the float toured the streets.

We are collecting for local charities.

On Sunday December 9th the float will be at Hale Leys Shopping Centre from 10 am to 4.30 pm.  It will then be in the Weedon Road area in the evening.

Come out and give Santa a wave.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

We are sorry that Southcourt missed the Carol Float

We are very sorry that everyone, especially the children, in the Southcourt Estate in Aylesbury missed seeing Santa and the Carol Float on Monday evening.

Our generator broke down and we could not repair it on the night.  This meant we were unable play Carols & Christmas songs.

We now have a new generator and so we will be able to carry out the rest of visits around Aylesbury.

For more details of when we are in your area please see our rota on this blog site.

We can also be found on twitter at @aylesburyrotary so please follow us.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Aylesbury Rotary Carol Float Schedule 2012

Schedule for December 2012

Mon 3     Southcourt
Tues 4     Buckingham Park
Wed 5     Mandeville Road
Thur 6     Coppice
Fri    7     Hawkslade
Sat   8     Elm Farm North
Sun  9     Weedon Rd
Mon 10   Weedon/Hardwick
Tues 11   Turnfurlong
Wed 12   Watermead (North)
Thu   13   Southcourt
Fri     14  Quarrendon
Sat    15   Wing
Sun   16   Elm Farm North
Mon  17  Haydon Hill
Tues 18  Landon Ave
Wed 19  Watermead (South)
Thur 20  Imgram Ave
Fri  21  Broughton Ave
Sat 22  Elmhurst
Sun  23  Bedgrove

We are a group of volunteers who organise this activity, to raise funds for local/Rotary charities. We try very hard to make the experience the best we can for children and families. There are limitations, so please bear these in mind if planning to see Santa:
  • We cannot guarantee visiting any specific street
  • We cannot guarantee going out exactly as planned
  • We are unlikely to do the exact same route each year as time is limited and we try to share out the fun
  • We take the safety of children, family, other road users, and our volunteers very seriously
The reasons things don't pan out as you may like them to are:
  • Cars parked so the road is too narrow for the driver to tow the float
  • Cars parked or tight cul-de-sac where turning round is difficult
  • Whilst we go out in all weathers, heavy snow, heavy rain and high winds are dangerous for all involved, so we may cut short a route if it is proving unwise to continue
  • Unsupervised children who try to climb on the float mean we sometimes have to stop to ensure they are not harmed
  • We may be limited in the number of volunteers we have, and this means shortening a route (we can do 3 - 5 miles in an evening, every night)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Two more Aylesbury young leaders awarded places on Rotary Group Study Exchange

Ollie Moore, Appeals Officer, Wheelpower
Maria Villarico, Trainee Solicitor
We are thrilled to announce that Ollie Moore and Maria Villarico have been awarded two of the four places on the Rotary District 1260 Group Study Exchange (GSE) to New Zealand in March 2013.

Ollie is the Appeals Officer for Wheelpower, and Maria is a Trainee Solicitor.

This is the second year in a row that the Rotary Club of Aylesbury has had two participants in GSE. This year there were 22 applicants in the District, of which 12 were interviewed and four chosen as the team to travel to New Zealand.

We are looking - NOW - for the next candidates who will participate in GSE in 2014. Are you interested? If so, please contact us as soon as possible, as it's important you're involved early.  See below for more information about the program.

"The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practised abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.
For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district."

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Aylesbury Rotarian Olympic Gamesmaker - Judy Freeman

 We are very proud of Rotarian Judy Freeman who took time off work to be one of the Olympic Gamesmakers. She worked as a driver in London. Her shifts were long, with many early morning calls and a rush to get the last train home.

"It was a privilege to be able to drive around some of the magnificent sights of London, to cruise past Big Ben and around all the places you wouldn't normally be able to access. It was hard work, but worth it. I met many interesting people and have memories to last me a lifetime."

Aylesbury Rotary Club will be selling Programmes at the Bucks County Show

It's that time of year again - the Bucks County Show is happening on Thursday 30th August 2012.  When you arrive, please look out for the Rotarians who will be selling programmes. We receive a small donation to our charitable Trust for doing this so know that you're not only getting all the information you need in the form of a programme, but you're also part of our community and charitable work.

See you there!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Rotary Essay Competition - All the 2012 Results

Rotary Essay Competition – Results for 2012
Weston Turville School
1St           -              Joseph Parkhouse           (overall Second – will receive a prize)*
2nd          -              Max Dykes
3rd           -              Louis Johnson
Highly Commended        -              Tallulah Woodward / Jack Nuttall
William Harding School
1st           -              Ben Gorman                      (overall Winner – receives main prize and Cup)*
2nd          -              Dominic Histeds
3rd           -              Amy Batt / Charlie Pitchford
Highly Commended        -              Jessica Mabey
St Mary’s School              (School Award for Best Overall Standard)
1st           -              Kieran Howlett
2nd          -              Alex Wadlow
3rd           -              George Harvey
Highly Commended        -              Benjamin Thompson / Georgia Essex / Lorne Hyde
Wingrave C of E Combined School
1st           -              Charlotte Armitage
2nd          -              Téare Hawkes
3rd           -              Beth Featonby-Roberts
Broughton School
1st           -              Jake Turney
2nd          -              James Storey
3rd           -              William Richards
Highly Commended        -              Morgan Garricks

Overstone School – Wing
1st           -              Rachel Jones
2nd          -              Dominic Neenan
3rd           -              Alex Lockley / Sophie Lambros
Highly Commended        -              Isabelle Patience-Slade / Sophie Flecknell
Elmhurst School
Highly Commended        -              Gemma Guille / Taiba Azram
Unknown School            
Highly Commended        -              Emily Payne

Rotary Club Essay Competition winner is Ben Gorman

Congratulations Ben!  You are the winner in our annual essay competition. The judges were very impressed with your submission where you pretended to be a journalist. We're working on organising a day out where you can test out your career dreams.

Ben Gorman is a pupil at William Harding School and the certificate was presented by Coleen Allen, a Rotarian who organised the competition.

Essay Competition: St Mary's School Fairford Leys - Best overall school

Coleen Allen was thrilled to present St Mary's School in Fairford Leys with the of Certificate for the Best Overall Standard of Essays of all the Aylesbury Schools.

In addition to this overall prize, the other internal School winners are:

Kieran Howlett – 1st
Alex Wadlow – 2nd
George Harvey – 3rd

Highly Commended – Benjamin Thompson/ Georgia Essex / Lorne 

Well done St Mary's. This was the first year we awarded this overall certificate and we felt we just had to give the school extra praise for the superb standard of all the essays submitted by them. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

2012-21013 Meeting & Events Schedule is now available

The Rotary year begins on the 1st July.  The new schedule for meetings and other events is now available. It will be updated with more details as the year progresses.

The new schedule reflects demands from potential new members that we provide times of meetings more suited to the busy professional - so you will see we now offer a Twilight mtg mostly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month) starting at 5:45.

If you'd like to come along to a meeting to see what we're all about, and considering joining the Club, then feel free to just turn up, or contact us first if you prefer.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

New Member joins Aylesbury Rotary Club: Welcome Graham Webster

Roy Collis (left), at his first meeting as President of Aylesbury Rotary Club on Monday 2nd July, had the splendid task of inducting Graham Webster (right) into Rotary. We are all thrilled to have Graham join Rotary and look forward to him playing an active role in Club activities.

Why does The Rotary year begin 1st July?

Rotary has been around for over a century. Around 1911 the administrative year was set as 1st July through to end June. There's not a lot of information around as to why those dates but if you are interested then you can find out more here:

Monday, 2 July 2012

GSE Banner Handover from Australian Trip

We received a bumper crop of Rotary Club Banners at the Presidents Dinner on 23rd June 2012. Traditionally, when members visit another Club they exchange banners. In our Club we stitch these onto large felt panels (thank you Charo Cornter-May for managing this!) and then display these at our meetings. They are a constant reminder of how Rotary Clubs all over the world are connected.

Our club nominated two of the GSE (Group Study Exchange) candidates who went on the March trip to Sydney, Australia.  Emma Eyles and Andrew Kay did us proud in the professional way in which they have embraced the Exchange and Rotary in general. They gave us a presentation about their trip and we were pleased to hear they are already putting new ideas into action in their Aylesbury jobs.
(If you are interested in applying for the New Zealand GSE in 2013, applications are open.)

President's Dinner, Assembly and Handover to new Club Officers 2012/13

On the 23rd June we celebrated the end of the 2011/12 Rotary year and handed over to the new Club Officers.
From the left:
Dr Helen Falcon - Jnr Vice President
Charo Cornter-May - Snr Vice President
Roy Collis DL - President
Dr Sarah Fraser - outgoing President
Jenni Muir - outgoing Assistant District Governor

Sarah, as outgoing President, listed the highlights of her year:

  • Inaugural Young Photographer Competition, which was organised jointly with Wendover & District Rotary Club
  • Inaugural Rotary Rounders Tournament, which was organised and run by the Club's New Generations group
  • Change of mtg times to include Twilight meetings (5:45 - 7pm), tomake us more accessible to potential members
  • Success of the Carol Float in raising money for local charities
  • Stroke Awareness Campaign day which once again worked well - especially when combined with Shelterbox
  • Reconnection with District and more joint working with other Clubs.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Rotary Rounders Tournament - Next up in June 2013

It's a bumper year for sport in England - this week alone we have Wimbledon, Cricket against the Australians, the end of Euro 2012 football - and we're about to start hosting the Olympics.

So we've decided to be pragmatic and to hold the next Rotary Rounders Tournament in Aylesbury in June 2013.  If you'd like to get your team on the list then let us know so we can contact you nearer the time.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Essay Competition - watch this space!

Many thanks to all the children who have entered the Rotary Essay Competition from the Aylesbury area Schools. 

We have now completed the marking of all the essays and were very impressed with both the wonderful response from schools and the very high standard of the work submitted – well done everyone!

We will be announcing the winners for each school involved, and visiting the schools - we will contact the Head Teachers very soon

Monday, 11 June 2012

Group Study Exchange to New Zealand 2013 - Applications Open

In March 2012 we were fortunate to have TWO applicants from our Rotary Club who were part of the five person team who went to Australia for a month. Emma Eyles and Andrew Kay have done us proud as representatives of Rotary, but perhaps even more importantly, as exemplar young professionals working in Aylesbury.

Applications are now open for the New Zealand Group Study Exchange in 2013.
The closing date to get your application into our Club is 23rd July 2012

Click here for the application form

The Group Study Exchange programme offers young people a once in a lifetime  opportunity to experience the vocational, educational, social and cultural elements  of a foreign and unfamiliar  country, at the same time enabling Rotarians in both exchange districts to really make a difference in terms of Rotary friendship, fellowship and international co-operation.  

Please see the notes below to assess whether you qualify.  If you would like to apply and seek the sponsorship of our club, then please complete the form and then email us. Sarah Fraser will then contact you to arrange a meeting and to organise for you to present to the Club. This is a competitive process...

*  Candidates must be between the ages of 25 and 40 at the time of application.

*   They should have been in their current occupation/ chosen vocation for at least two years.  

*   Applicants need to be in good health, and of good appearance.

*  They need to be of sound, general educational background and cultural awareness.           

*  Able to travel for four weeks with their employers’ support and consent..

*  Reside within the District 1260 area.

*   Be open minded, tolerant and flexible.  

*   UK citizenship is essential.

The exchange will be a single vocational event based around Education with a specific slant towards Adult Literacy and Numeracy. The variety of occupations can be fairly widespread, and might  include the following:

*        Teachers – Maths or Literacy
*        Those engaged in getting across information – leaflets and publications.
*        Story Writers or Story Tellers

*        Further Education – working with those who haven’t been able to pass GCSE’s in
 maths/ numbers.
*        Those teaching English as a second language
*:       Librarians
*        Prison or institution officers employed in teaching literacy and numeracy
*        University/ college lecturers.
*        Specialised IT communications.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Stroke Awareness event in Aylesbury

All over the UK, Rotary Clubs are holding days in town centres and shopping malls where we provide a free service to test blood pressure.  Having a stroke is devastating to everyone involved. High blood pressure as one of the main causes.

On Saturday, 17th May, we ran an event in Hale Leys shopping centre.  We tested 177 people of whom 31 were referred to the GP as their blood pressure was worrying. One person was sent immediately to hospital and their blood pressure was so high and they had other worrying symptoms.

A number of non-Rotarians friends and family helped us and we are always grateful for the support.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Rotary GSE: Young Leaders go to Sydney

Our Club put forward two of the team of five young leaders who have just completed their Group Study Exchange to Sydney, Australia.

Their experience has been highlighted in our local paper.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Updated Programme
1 March to 30 June 2012

All meetings continue to be held at the Holiday Inn, Tring Road

Meeting start times and eating arrangements
Lunch : 12:45, 2 course meal
Twilight: 5:45, soup and sandwiches
Dinner: 19:00, 2 course meal

The following routine is in place, though there are exceptions (this is especially as we make the transition to different times and also where there are events connected to certain dates, e.g. St Georges Night)
1st & 3rd Monday of the month is a Lunch meeting
2nd and 4th Monday of the month is a Twilight meeting
Where there is a 5th Monday in the month, there’s a dinner meeting

5th March
Lunch: Committee Report Back followed by Council at 2:05
LUNCH (should be Twilight but already evening arrangements)
Lunch: Rotary Awareness
Dinner: joint with Wendover Rotary Club @ Holiday Inn, with partners/guests
2nd April
Lunch: Committee Report Back followed by Council at 2:05
Bank Holiday – no meeting
Lunch: AGM
Dinner: St Georges Night @ Holiday Inn, with partners/guests
7th  May
Bank Holiday – no meeting
Twilight: Committee Report Back preceded by Council at 17:00
Lunch: Business
Twilight: Rotary Awareness
4th June
Bank Holiday – no meeting
Twilight: Committee Report Back preceded by Council at 17:00
Lunch: Club Assembly and Handover
Dinner – President’s night

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Rotary thanks youngsters for their support for the Carol Float

Dr Sarah Fraser (President), Faith Probitts, Sam Foster

The Rotary motto is "Service above Self" and, as Faith Probitts and Sam Foster demonstrated, this is applies to  anyone, at any age. Faith's grandfather is a Rotarian and she has already helped the Rotary Club raise charitable funds for the last three years. She has helped on the Carol Float as well as at the County Show.  Sam knew about the Carol Float as it passed his house each year. He contacted the club offering to help. His Dad, Dave, supervised Sam, and a number of other youngsters, all of whom gave of their time to raise money - and on one particular night got very wet!

Both Faith and Sam received certificates of appreciation from the Club at our annual dinner where we hand out cheques to local charities.  So they also got to see where the money they helped collect ends up.

Annual Essay Competition - Enter now


 Rotary Club of Aylesbury
School Year 6

“What I want to be when I grow up”

THE PRIZE - A very special day

Rotary will use its best endeavours to arrange a day with an appropriate organisation linked to the chosen vocation of the winner.
Only in very rare cases has this proved impossible.

Essay to be around 250 words (500 maximum)

What the judges will look for:
·         A clear explanation of the child’s ambition, with the good and bad points for their choice.
·         Presentation, originality and enthusiasm.

Entry is free - limited to one entry per child

Closing Date:
SATURDAY,31st March 2012

Send by post or deliver by hand to Coleen Allen, Harriers, 96A Churchway, Haddenham, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP17 8DT
or telephone  07977 989009
or email to, if you have any queries

Prize Winners will be announced at the beginning of May/June
 and the winners' day then organised and certificates presented.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Aylesbury Rotary Club Group Study Exchange to Sydney March 2012

We're thrilled to be sponsoring two candidates as part of our District's team of five who are going to Sydney, Australia for a month in March 2012. This is a personal development opportunity for Emma Eyles, Aylesbury Town Centre Projects/Events Officer and Andrew Kay, Journalist with the Buckinghamshire Herald.  They will spend time shadowing, visiting and learning from people and organisations who do similar media and events related work in Sydney.  It's Rotary's way of supporting young leaders and promoting international understanding.

It looks like 2013 will be New Zealand... if you are between 25 and 40 years old and a full time working professional in the Aylesbury area and want to be considered for the next trip, then please send us a message.