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2012 10K ROAD RACE RAISES £4000 FOR ACTION HEART

Race leaders behind the lead car at the top of the Sheepwalks

The weather was kind for the 2012 10k Road Race in aid of Action Heart. Although it was cloudy as local M.P. Gavin Williamson started the race, the two hundred and seventy runners completed the course before the rain arrived later in the day. The runners wound their way around the Kinver countryside, dotted with Kinver Rotarians, family and friends who acted as marshals to ensure the safety of all. Many of the 10K competitors were from running clubs, whilst some were fun runners. While the main event was running a further twenty-five people entered a 2K fun run.

HARVEST AUCTION SUCCESS

Auctioneer Roger Sadler weaved his magic once again at Kinver Rotary Club's annual Harvest Auction, extracting £2058 from Rotarians and guests in his usual inimitable way.

CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER CHILD A RINGING SUCCESS AT KINVER ROTARY CLUB

Andrei brings Kinver Rotary Club to order.

The highlight of Andrei Buiko’s 10th birthday, spent hundreds of miles away from his home in the Grodno region of Belorussia, was to ring the bell to call members of Rotary Club to order when he visited the club as part of a month-long visit to the U.K. organised by a charity that supports children suffering as a result of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 26 years ago.

Along with his friend Dima Khabian (9), Andrei is staying at the home of Ann Becke, who has run the local branch of the Chernobyl Childrens Life Line for the past 18 years.

KINVER ROTARY SUPPORTS ENVILLE FAIR...AND PAST PRESIDENT KEN WINS A PRIZE

Rotary Football Shoot Out

Kinver Rotary Club supported the Enville Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday. Despite the weather a good time was had and £160 was raised by the Club with the football shoot-out and name the teddy. Perhaps the most notable achievement of the day by a Kinver Rotarian was the award of third prize in the competition for the owner who looks most like his dog to Past President Ken Graham and his dog Jack...or should that be Past President Jack ...?


Photographs by Past President Neil Brazier


 

BEST KEPT VILLAGE SUCCESS

Rotarian Matt Pickett and Lin Hingley of Kinver Best Kept Village Committee receive the award from the Leader of the South Staff

Kinver Rotarians answered the call to help Kinver's efforts in the Best Kept Village competition. Rotarian Matt Pickett led a willing team of Rotarians on forays around the village, armed with brushes, shovels, buckets, litter pickers and sundry other implements. The original brief for Rotary was to keep Church Hill clean and tidy, but as the weeks progressed, so the area grew in size, taking in the High Street.

ARVIND JOINS KINVER ROTARY CLUB

President John Brown with newly inducted Rotarian Arvind Sharma

Kinver Rotary Club’s newest member is Dr Arvind Sharma. Arvind was inducted at our meeting on August 13th.
Arvind graduated from Medical School at Punjab University in 1970.
After initial training he became a lecturer in Paediatrics, gaining his Master’s Degree in 1974.
He came to the UK in 1980 and did further training in Paediatrics at Guildford, Aberdeen, Liverpool and Birmingham.
During this time, he gained a Diploma in Tropical Child Health and his MRCP (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians) in London.

FORMER TOP FIREFIGHTER IS NEW PRESIDENT

John Brown, President of Kinver Rotary Club 2012 - 2013

John Brown, holder of the Queen’s Fire Service Medal, is the new President of the Rotary Club of Kinver.

Prior to his retirement in September 2010 after 41 years’ service with the West Midlands Fire Service,  John had been an Assistant Chief Fire Officer for seven years. As a member of the Service’s Corporate Management Team his areas of responsibility, apart from operational command of major incidents, included the ‘999’ Fire Control Centre, Emergency Vehicle Fleet, Fire Fighting and Rescue Equipment, Communications and Contingency Planning with other emergency services including Terrorism.

RIGHT UP OUR ALLEY - £350 RAISED FOR CHERNOBYL CHILDREN

A fun night was had at The Fox Inn on Friday 20th July, 2012 where 21 teams of 4 competed in a two round skittles competition. The eventual winner of the team competition was a Rotary / Friends team comprising Alan and Sue Stevens plus their friends Kevin and Vicky Portman. They managed a team combined score of 62 points, beating their nearest rivals by a margin of 3 points. The highest male scorers of the two rounds were Paul Collacott and Kevin Portman with a total of 20 points each.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD AND A PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP

Past President Ken Graham presents Community Service Award unaware that he is about to receive Paul Harris Fellowship

While one of Kinver’s most prominent Rotarians was making a presentation to the recipient of the Kinver Rotary Club Community Services Award he was unaware that he himself was about to receive the highest honour a club can bestow on one of its members.
 

SPRING CLEAN - CONTINUED

KINVER ROTARIANS CLEARING THE CANALSIDE PICNIC AREA

Kinver Rotarians, under the leadership of Matt Pickett, have helped with the cleaning of the village over recent months in the lead up to the Best Kept Village judging. In addition to the cleaning efforts, a large number of hanging baskets have been put up along the High Street, led by Vice President Nick Geoghegan and Roger Howe.


This photo shows a working party at the canalside picnic area, created to commemorate the centenary of Rotary International.

KINVER ROTARY CLUB PLANS FOR ANOTHER 10K RACE SUCCESS

Plans are well ahead for a repeat on Sunday september 30th of the annual 10k run organised by the Rotary Club of Kinver, in association with Action Heart.


All operational and administrative costs have already been covered by the sponsorship of Pensnett-based vehicle body repair centre BodyKraft, with additional funding by Dudley Motor Company. This will result in all proceeds from runners' entry fees and, in many cases, their individual sponsorships going to Action Heart, which received more than £4000 from last year's event.

CULTURAL MIX

Kinver Rotarians have experienced two vastly differing aspects of “cultural education” in a weekend.
A group of members and friends took part in a private whisky tasting event, sampling, giving their opinions and in some cases purchasing a wide selection of malt whiskys.

DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

John Brown Vice President of Kinver Rotary presenting the award to Lucien Fereday.

Working in conjunction with staff at Edgecliff High School Kinver we were pleased to be able to submit two entries into the District Rotary Photography competition 2012, from a number of photographs submitted by pupils of the school.  Judging of the District finals took place in March and our entry from Lucien Fere

Christmas sleigh hand out to almost 40 groups

More senior citizens than ever were entertained by members of the Rotary Club of Kinver at this year’s annual new year party.  Well over 150 pensioners were treated to a supper provided and servied by club members and their wives, and entertainment from Rob Pitt.  Also, for the first time, students from Edgecliff School performed exerpts from  their recent production.

KINVER ROTARY CLUB VISITS MORVILLE HALL

Kinver Rotarians and families with Chris & Sarah Douglas, tenants of Morville Hall

On Sunday 15th april a party of twenty-nine Kinver Rotarians and wives enjoyed an interesting day out at Morville in Shropshire. After coffee in the Dower House, its garden was the focus of the pre-lunch visit. In 1988 writer and garden historian Katherine Swift took a twenty year lease on a 1.5 acre field in the grounds of Morville Hall, together with the lease of the Dower House.

ROTARY'S SPRING CLEAN COMES TO KINVER

Kinver Rotarians ready to clean up

Kinver Rotary Club has thrown its weight behind the village’s participation in Staffordshire’s Community Council’s Best Kept Village competition as part of its support for the movement’s nationwide Rotary Spring Clean.

PAST PRESIDENT KEN LEAPS INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Kinver Rotarians were astounded to receive the news that Past President Ken Graham has acquired an email address. The actual address, however, is being kept as a closely guarded secret within the Club whilst Ken undertakes arduous training in the use of emails. It is hoped that he will soon be able to receive and open his emails, though sending them may take a little longer. It is expected that sales of red wine will increase dramatically during the training period.

For the first time in the Club's history all members can now be contacted by email.

Club fellowship visit to Prague

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This year's February Kinver Rotary Club overseas fellowship weekend saw twenty members, partners and friends enjoy as excellent few days fellowship in Prague, staying at a very central hotel on Wenceslas Square.

The weather was kind, enabling members to sightsee, visiting the largest castle complex in Europe, St. Vitas Cathedral, Charles Bridge and Prague Old Town. Some members have been asked to give a talk to the Club following their very enlightening - in their words - visit to The Sex Machine Museum!

Rotary sleigh collection tops £5,000 for the first time

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The generous people of Kinver, Enville and Wollaston have excelled themselves in their donations to Kinver Rotary Club’s Christmas Sleigh, putting more than £5,000 in the collecting tins for the first time in the 26-year history of the annual fund-raiser.

Kinver Edge toposcope repaired in preparation for full refurbishment

The toposcope on Kinver Edge, designed and paid for by the Rotary Club of Kinver as its first major public project after its formation in 1985, has been given a temporary repair while funds are raised for a permanent refurbishment.

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The Fox Inn, Bridgnorth Road, Stourton,near Stourbridge, West Midlands DY7 5BL at 20:00 on Monday.

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