Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Hello, everyone, our District Governor Frank would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas Break and a Great New Year.
In the true spirit of Christmas Frank and the Rotary Club of Thatcham and District have been delivering Presents in their area.
Frank will tell you himself below
“Every Year Thatcham & District Rotary Club help deliver hundreds of Christmas Parcels to the over 80s in the area. This includes a retirement home for an order of Missionary Nuns based in Cold Ash.
Due to my long connection with the order and St. Finians Primary School next door it has been my privilege to deliver a box of fresh fruit for the ladies to enjoy over the Christmas Holiday”.
The picture shows Sister Romana accepting this year’s gift courtesy of The Newbury Weekly News. Please state that the picture is used by kind permission of The Newbury Weekly News.
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The Public Image Team would also along with Frank like to wish you all a lovely relaxing Christmas Break.  We will see you in the New Year.

Christmas Spirit at Douai Abbey

On Saturday the 14th the roof was raised by members of  Rotary in the Thames Valley D1090 celebrating  Christmas at Douai Abbey.  District Governor Frank Quinns theme the Christmas spirit ran through with readings from  A Christmas Carol to hearing about the peace amnesty in world war 1 on Christmas day from District Governor nominee Marius Hopley.    Audience participation with the Pangbourne Choir was fantastic fun led by Ellie Carver who did a brilliant job of leading us with old favourites from O Little Town of Bethlehem to Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

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Christmas In Maidenhead

The Maidenhead Rotary clubs get really festive in December with Reindeer Racing from Maidenhead Bridge and with Santa’s Grotto from Maidenhead Thames in the Nicholson Centre which was a hub of festive cheer on Saturday.  Reindeer racing can get very competitive and showed that everyone taking part were indeed people of very festive action.  The charity they supported this year was hearing dogs for the deaf.

“Maidenhead Bridge were hosting their very popular Reindeer Racing in the Nicholson Centre . Great to see children of all ages doing all they can to win their races  the proceeds were going to “Hearing Dogs for the deaf.


After such an energetic start a visit to Santa and the elves was called for and a hello with the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Mascot @HearingDogs

“This was followed by a visit to a very special Santa’s Grotto where Maidenhead Thames were resplendent as Santa’s elves.  The District Governor was awarded a prize that is going under the Christmas tree ready for December 25”
Well done Maidenhead Rotary Clubs for continuing to Put Rotary at the forefront of the Maidenhead community.”
Photos show the District Governor Frank Quinn receiving a well deserved cuddle from the Hearing Dog’s mascot and with Santa and his helpers.   Find out more about Rotary In your area Here.


Frank’s Handbag Campaign

We had some exciting news form our District Governor whose HANDBAG CAMPAIGN for End Polio Now and Hope and Home for Children is raising money for these important causes.  The links will give you more information.

Due to the generosity of last weeks Council Attendees the HANDBAG CAMPAIGN has reached over £1000.00  Frank wants to Thank  all the clubs and hopes we can achieve even more for Hope and Homes For Children and End Polio Now.

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Santas Fun Run In Marlow

The past couple of weeks have been a busy one for our District Governor Frank and as always for our area around Christmas time looks to get even more so!   The Rotary clubs in the Thames valley do many things over the Christmas period from carol singing to Santa sleighs but most famous of all are the Santa fun runs.

It was to one of theses that Frank attended in Marlow, jointly run by Marlow Rotary club and Marlow Thames Rotary Club.   There were 3000 Santas all shapes and sizes running!  I will let Frank tell you in his own words.

“In the crisp December air. As a community event it couldn’t be beaten! Marlow High Street was a cloud of red with smiling Santas, some in crazy suits just having fun
After 15 years one would expect the Marlow Rotary Clubs to have the event down to a fine art – and they have. Water Bottles,  bananas  healthy bars were available to all as were the treasured Runners Medals.
It was a genuine pleasure for us to there watching 1090 in action by engaging with the community and raising funds”
Photo shows Brian Jonson, Marlow President. District Governor Frank and Peter Reynolds President Marlow Thames.  Photo by Malcolm Granger
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