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All thanks to Robin for taking our club through lockdown

Ian Fraser is again our leader! Ian’s past presidency was cut short by the pandemic before he could instigate any of his plans. Ian has worked behind scenes to keep our club working, and has been invaluable with his surveying and budgeting skills. He has kept the Peace Garden project on track and will now help on the new project of Day Care garden in Bourne End.

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.