Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Aylesbury Business Show gave Rotary a chance to reconnect with business community

Aylesbury held its first Business Show on 22nd October in the new premises of the Aylesbury Vale District Council. It was sold out with 55 Exhibitors and 400 visitors. We picked up on the Show via Twitter and were invited via Twitter! We the only non-company there and the space was provided free by the generosity of the organisers, Wild Events. The Shelterbox tent had prime position at the entrance and created a great deal of interest from businesses and Council staff. The Club is gearing up for a big campaign and the Show provided the opportunity to generate awareness and interest, as well as commitment to purchase Shelterboxes.  

Aylesbury Rotarians found candidates for RYLA 2014 amongst the businesses present, invited potential members to a forthcoming membership evening, promoted World Polio Week including collecting a few donations, promoted the use of their new donation texting service, and generally, very quietly, raised awareness about Rotary and what their Club does for their local community.  But mostly it was about taking in more than putting out. It was a day when the Rotary Club of Aylesbury got the chance to reconnect with the community of Aylesbury, to listen and watch, and to be reminded of the diversity of business in the town.

We'd like to give a BIG shout out to Wild Events - they are not in Rotary but they they embody ourmotto of Service above Self. Thank you guys for being so generous.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

End Polio Day 24 October - Wear purple and donate

We have nearly eradicated polio. Estimates suggest the world could be clear by end 2015.

The final push needs your help.

Wear purple and donate £2  sending  ARCH40 £2 to 70070.
(To donate up to £10, change the amount.)

The Aylesbury Rotary Club has supported End Polio since the program began in 1985. We will send all donations received by text on 24th October to Rotary Foundation for the campaign.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

What are we up to? What are you missing?

You are welcome to join in any of our activities - it's the best way to find out who we are and what we do.

During October, November and December:

  • We'll have had presentations from the Army, ARLA and the Rotary Group Study Exchange (to New Zealand in March this year) team.
  • attended / exhibited the Aylesbury Business Show
  • toured of Bletchley Park (led by two of our own members), a Halloween/All Souls safari supper, pub meals out, celebrated the President's birthday, and a posh Christmas Dinner at Hartwell house
  • laid a wreath at the Aylesbury memorial
  • operated the Carol Float around Aylesbury, raising significant funds for local charities
  • had a membership evening (you're invited - just contact us)
  • organised and prepared for a Shelterbox event at a local school
  • prepared for the Young Photographer competition (last year our winner won the National competition)
  • finalized a water project in Uganda to benefit local schools there
  • and probably more things we've forgotten about!
We need more help so please contact us if you'd like to join in. There's nothing secret about what we do or how we do it!  Just commitment to "Service above Self", using our networks and skills, and having some fun while we do it.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

An Invitation to discover Aylesbury Rotary Club


You are invited to

Discover Aylesbury Rotary Club
4th November 2013
18:00 - 19:00

The Charter Pub
Rimmington Rd


  • how we support out local community
  • what we do for fellowship and social events
  • how we support young Aylesbury professionals
  • when you can network with like minded business professionals
  • what we do internationally
  • how Rotary can e a part of your business/community activities

Monday, 7 October 2013

Advance notice from Santa - 2013 Carol Float Schedule

This is an advance notice. Please go to the separate page on this weblog for updates and changes to the schedule.  There will always be changes!

Ours is not the only Carol Float in town so please check with others if your area is not being covered by us.

The 2013 schedule is listed after the following provisos:

The Carol Float is a tradition for many people in Aylesbury. It raises money for local charities and brings a smile to many children and parents during the Festive Season.

If you would like to support the Carol Float and local charities by helping in the collections then please contact us

We are a group of volunteers who organise this activity. 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, and we are unlikely to do the exact same route each year as time is limited as we try to share out the experience. 

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 in a 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, which can be exhausting)

2013 Schedule

Buckingham Park
Prebendal Ave area
Bedgrove area
Haydon Hill
Hale Leys 
Hale Leys  
Elm Farm 
Hardwick area
Mandeville Rd area
The Coppice
Broughton Ave area
Ingram Ave area
Hale Leys 
Weedon Rd Area
Hale Leys 
Langdon Ave area

Thursday, 3 October 2013

This is how we support young professionals in Aylesbury. Are you interested?

Supporting Young Professionals in Aylesbury
In the past few years we have been very successful in supporting young workers in Aylesbury to develop their leadership, teamworking and professional skills.

We are proud to have sponsored Emma Eyles, Andrew Kay and Ollie Moore on Group Study Exchanges to Australlia and New Zealand in 2011 and 2012.

Our District holds an Annual Rotary Young Leader event at RAF Halton most years. Again, we've been very successful in discovering and then sponsoring young professionals to attend, in support of their personal development. Kevin Brook, Maria Villarico, John Reddington, Gregory Falcon and George Allen have all come back from these events saying how important they have been in their personal development. 

We are looking for a further 2 - 3 young people aged 18 - 30  from Aylesbury to sponsor in 2014. Please contact us if you'd like to apply.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Stoke Mandeville Combined School wins this year’s Rotary Club of Aylesbury Essay Competition

Coleen Allen (Rotarian), Alexander Bennett, David May (Deputy Head) 

Stoke Mandeville Combined School wins this year’s Rotary Club of Aylesbury Essay Competition

The Rotary Club of Aylesbury invite all Year 6 pupils from schools in and around Aylesbury to take part in the annual ‘Essay Writing Competition’. The Year 6 pupils are given a brief to write about “What I want to be when I grow up”, to provide the good and bad points of their choice, and showing originality and enthusiasm. 

Nearly 200 pupils took part this year and the standard was very high. The essays were marked by a panel of judges from the Rotary Club of Aylesbury. Winners were selected from each school taking part and from these, one overall winner of all the schools, was awarded the prize of a ‘Very Special Day’. 

The aim of the Aylesbury Club is to give the winner a day in a local organisation linked to their chosen vocation. 

This year Alexander Bennett from Stoke Mandeville Combined School won the prize, receiving a certificate and an engraved cup presented by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury. The Club are arranging a special day for Alex, who wants to be an ’Engineer’. He will be able to experience a memorable day later this year with his parents at a new large local engineering organisation. 

Ready to contribute to your local community? Join us.

We are always looking out for people who live and work in the Aylesbury area and who wish to put back something into their local and international community.

We are far less formal than many similar clubs
Our focus is on members finding a way to contribute to their local and international community, in a way that is fun, social and makes use of skills and networks.

We are aware than money is tight for many working professionals. As such, we have an annual subscription as low as we can go, and we have no other fees.
We do not believe you need to eat to be a Rotarian, so if and what you choose to eat at a meal is your choice - from a coffee through to a fancy steak - we don't mind. What we are interested in is your commitment to be a member active in community work.

We do scrub up for some events, getting out the posh frocks and black tie, but normally members come to meetings wearing what they feel comfortable. Again, we are interested in activity, rather than imposing dress rules.

We are less focused on regular attendance than in helping members be actively involved in community work. Some members run important community projects without attending many meetings. 

Interested? Contact us for more information.