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Santa rides Again Christmas 2023

Check out the dates for Santa in your area. He’s racing around Bourne End, Wooburn, Flackwell and Cookham between the hours of 6pm and 8pm!

Mon 4th Dec Cookham 1 – starting in Westwood Green, Whiteladyes Lane, Southwood Road, Broom Hill, Gorse Road, Whyteladyes Lane

Tue 5th Dec Cookham 2 – Cookham Station Parade, High Rd, Pearce Ln, Worster Rd, Graham Rd, Briar Glen, Halldore Hill, Lower Road, Hatch Place, Hatch Place Mews, Station Rd.

Wed 6th Dec Wooburn Manor Park – Wooburn Manor Park, Town Lane, Wycombe Lane, Baker’s Orchard, Old Station Way, Red Lion Way, The Green, Western Drive.

Mon 11th Dec Bourne End 1 – Start at the lay-by off Blind Lane, Greenside – Meadow Walk – (R) Goddington Road – Telstone Close – (L) Goddington Road – Avalon Road – (back to) Goddington Road – Chalklands

Wed 13th Bourne End 2 New Road – East Ridge – Westridge – New Road – Isis Way – Wabourne Road – Roman Way – Cherwell/Kennet Road – Fisherman’s Way

Thu 14th Bourne End 3 Stratford Drive (and off) – Cores End Road – Frank Lunnon Close – Willows Road (and off) – Bridgestone Drive – Hellyer Way – Millside

Sat 16th Come and meet Santa at Bourne End High Street between 10am and 2pm

Mon 18th Flackwell 1 Chapel Road – Highlea Avenue – Chiltern Green – Carrington Avenue – Sedgmoor Road – Sedgmoor Gardens & Close – Sedgmoor Road – Hedley Road – (if time) Highlands/Greenlands

Tue 19th Flackwell 2 Woodside – Woodside Avenue – (R) Blind Lane – (L) Green Dragon Lane – Bracken Way – Churchill Close – Cherry Close /Gardens/Rise – Green Dragon Lane – Northern Woods – Beckings Way – George’s Drive

Wed 20th Flackwell 3 Fennels Farm Road – Southfield Road – Oaklands Way – Buckingham Way – Oakwood – Ring Road – Rugwood Road – Heath End Road (Stag)

Please note, we do our very best to get round everywhere but be aware that we are prey to the weather and road conditions. Please make sure that children don’t wander in the road and wear something warm – especially shoes!! Sorry, but we have to finish at 8 o’clock prompt as Santa and the Elves need a rest. Rudolf will get a bucket of carrots if he’s lucky!

Peace Garden Poem

We are entering the time when we ask those living in Bourne End and surrounding villages to write a poem for Peace. The winning poem will be made into a plaque and displayed at the Peace Garden in Penny’s Corner at the end of Bourne End High Street. The poem should not be more than 60 words long.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awardee Alys

To make a floating boat and paddle across accomplished successfully – not so the other team behind!
Building a coracle that floats with the team on board from plastic piping, sheeting and string is another of the team-building skills learned in the first two days of the course. Extra points if you can get a supervising Rotarian or instructor on board without sinking! — at Rhos y Gwaliau Outdoor Education Centre.
How to carry a box of eggs up a river and over obstacles as a team.
Alys our #RYLA candidate, pictured here with her Dad, has arrived home safe and sound after an exhausting but highly rewarding week in Snowdonia!

Peace Garden News

The final Garden, a great focal point for Bourne End.
Parish Council Chairman Sue Wagner and Ian Fraser unveil the Plaques
Mollyanne Flynn, winner of the Peace Poem seen here showing her friend the poem printed on the centre plaque.
President Ian addresses the community.

There was not a cloud in the sky when the Peace Garden at Penny’s Corner in Bourne End was formally opened on Saturday 21 September, International Day of Peace. This project in partnership with the Parish Council has been a truly inspiring one for our club. Principally funded by the Parish Council and Bourne End & Cookham Rotary Club, including support from Rotary in the Thames Valley District and Rotary International, with welcome ideas and donations in cash or in kind from other members of the local community and friends further afield. Throughout the months of planning, development and final construction, the spirit of cooperation and words of encouragement have made it a real joy to be part of. The number of people who have enjoyed the space once the safety boards came down bodes well for the future. Thank you to the Parish Council and good citizens of Bourne End for this great opportunity. It is so rewarding to see so many gathered here today to enjoy the formal dedication. Thank you all for coming and hope everyone enjoys the Garden for many years to come.

RYLA news

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programme is an intensive training experience for young people aged between 15 and 30. Nominated young people attend a residential seminar, camp, or workshop of three to ten days in duration, organised by Rotary and run by fully qualified professional activity instructors in a specialised environment. Participants’ expenses are paid by sponsoring Rotary clubs as part of their investment in the future of our young people.

If you want to contact us go to the contact page on the menu bar. If you are interested in what RYLA has to offer you, please make sure you leave your contact details and mark it RYLA enquiry. 

Here is RYLA awardee ALYS being given her certificate after completing a successful course in ‘uncharted’ Wales. Alys is a worthy candidate and a role model for the leadership scheme and we are sure she will carry on and benefit from her experiences into her working life. Here seen with Past President John.

Nepal Trip

A really exciting time was had by those from our club visiting the schools we are refurbishing after the dreadful earthquake in Nepal.
Here we are visiting the repairs to a school we have been involved in; yes that’s
Chris our President on the far left! You can also just see Maureen, Liz and Ian from our club.
With the help of the Ghurkas and Sahara UK, we’ve been funding repairs to get this damaged community up and running again. You can see the refurbished school, compound and the new completed wall and gate. We paid for our own travel to see how Rotary money has been spent.