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.

Franks Bag 1

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
Malcolm Granger Photo Santa run

Meet the International Rotary Scholars

Thursday evening was “Meet The Scholars Dinner” at the Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford and what an occasion it turned out to be.

Rotary in the Thames Valley really pushed the boat out in supporting the young people from across the Globe. It was a genuine pleasure for Ros and I to hear of their plans and how they intend to improve the lives of the needy via the six areas of focus. With over 100 attendees it was clear that the clubs enjoy their role as hosts. 

Richard Kirby was born to the role of MC as he navigated the scholars throughout the evening keeping their presentations to a two minute deadline. Well done.  Richard is taking over from Karen Eveleigh as she joins the District Governor succession team

We can only hope that the legacy the Scholars receive will ensure their participation within the Rotary Family in the years to come.

Girl Power in the Thames Valley

Thursday 24 October was the date of District 9 Inner Wheel District Rally and it was my privilege to be invited as Rotary District 1090’s representative.

The day started off with a service of thanksgiving at the Church of St Mary the Virgin led by Canon Nicholas Kerr. This was followed by a splendid lunch at

The Oxford Belfry where the guest of honour was Association President Enid Law. Greetings from numerous Inner Wheel Districts were rounded off by District 9 Chairman Zannifer Mason .

We are fortunate in 1090 to have such strong support from the ladies of Inner Wheel and the hats were magnificent!!!!

Photo below shows Peter Allen from Thame R/c  Canon Kerr and myself surrounded by the ladies from Inner Wheel. 

Association President (L) Enid Law and Zannifer Mason Seated.