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Adventure to Chickenshed

Rotarians were granted access to a “Rotary Performance” of Adventure to Oz at the Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate, on Thursday 8 December 2016, organised by the Rotary Club of Golders Green.  The Chickenshed Theatre is a theatrical group open to all, regardless of any disability, that puts on shows at their theatre in Southgate, and occasionally further afield.

Pictured above with our District Governor Helen are Scarecrow, Dame Margolet and Patchwork Girl, some of the key characters taking the story through the next episode after the famous Hollywood film made of L Frank Baum’s story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The production was enormously enjoyed by a full house of Rotarians, and would not have been one jot out of place on the West End Stage in London.  Well done Chickenshed – we all wonder what delights we will have next year!

Lambeth Palace Opens for Rotary

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Rotarians from as far as California, USA were at the Tea Party held in the gardens of Lambeth Palace, the London residence of His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury on Friday 7 October 2016.

The weather was clement, dry and warm but not too sunny, and District Governor Helen took full advantage of the opportunity to meet the Rotarians, their friends and family who visited the gardens during the afternoon.

The event was a fundraiser for the Christmas Day Lunch organised by the Rotary Club of Battersea Park, and was a great success.

Christmas Parcels Delivery

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The Christmas Gifts and Parcels bought by the Rotary Clubs in London were collated and sorted into the two recipient charities – The West London Mission and The Marylebone Project.

Picture above is our District Governor Toni, catching her breath before loading the parcels into her car for delivery to the two organisations.

The West London Mission (WLM) is a Circuit of the Methodist Church.  WLM has two city-centre churches at Hinde Street in Marylebone and King’s Cross, and three Circuit mission projects.  Each of the churches engages in worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism in ways that reflect Methodist tradition and their distinctive identity, history and context.  The circuit mission projects are professional Social Work, a student community at Methodist Chaplaincy House at King’s Cross and work with students and young adults based in both churches. These projects are expressions of our historic roots and the current convictions of Hinde Street and Kings Cross churches.

The Marylebone Project continues to develop and sustain its transformational work with women affected by homelessness.  We have sought again to invest in the women who use our services and the themes of Hospitality, Spirituality, Empowerment and Resettlement have informed our strategy and direction.  Each woman is unique and special and our ambition is to deliver outstanding services to our community, pursuing and celebrating improvement and achievements.  Below you will see some of the stories of women’s transformed lives.

DG Toni said, “I am amazed at the generosity of the Rotary Clubs in London, and I know that each of these gifts will be an event in these people’s lives that will be remembered for many years to come.  I thank you myself, and I thank you on behalf of all the recipients.”

New Year’s Day Rains on Parade

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Despite pouring rain, the contingent of Rotarians supporting Rotary in London made their way to Green Park to join the London Borough of Harrow’s entry in the London New Year’s Day Parade. The theme was Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds – here we are with Thunderbird 3 ready to start the parade.

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In addition to Thunderbird 3, we had Lady Penelope’s Rolls Royce  (converted from a mini-bus) with the registration number “HARROW 1”.

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The float was supported by a team of dancers from Flash Dance in Harrow, who carried on with the ponchos provided by Rotary despite the pouring rain. But all their hard work, and the crew that built the float had their just desserts when the London Borough of Harrow was awarded 3rd Prize for the entry, as you can see at this location.

A Busy Christmas Day

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The morning started with a visit to the Christmas Lunch organised for people in Barnet by the Rotary Club of Barnet. The Club brings the guests to the United Reform Church in Barnet where they enjoy entertainment and a Christmas lunch organised by the Rotarians and their helpers.

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Then it was off to Battersea to attend the Christmas lunch organised by the Rotary Club of Battersea Park. This is an enormous enterprise, with some 400 guests brought to a specially constructed building in Battersea Park resulting in a car park full of mini-buses. The meal is served by 200 volunteers, ably supported by the staff of Smart Catering. There is an entertainer to keep the guests active and involved whilst the superb meal is served.

Both are wonderful examples of the dedicated service that Rotarians give in London, and are worthy of much wider publicity than they are currently given.