Archive for Month: July 2019

German Rotary buzzing about bees – July 2019

 

By Henrik Thiele, a member of the Rotaract Club of Paderborn, Germany, and president of the Rotaract Germany Committee 

Recently, Rotaract clubs throughout Germany were looking for a signature project and decided to concentrate on the environment. After watching a Swiss documentary on bees, “More than honey,” one Rotaractor became passionate about focusing our attention on protecting these little superheroes. Did you know, for instance, that wild bees are responsible for pollinating more than 80 percent of our crops and wild plants? We can’t survive without them.

Most of the dangers to bees are man-made. Climate change, monotonous agricultural landscapes, and pesticides are just a few of the many reasons why our little yellow friends are dying in ever-increasing numbers.

With the project “BeeAlive” German Rotaractors began to support wild bees by building bee hotels, educating people about the threat to the bee population, and sowing wildflower meadows. All German Rotaract clubs participated, starting with the most northern club of Flensburg, which visited a beekeeper with their sponsor Rotary club. The southern-most Rotaract club in Germany, Kempten Allgäu, planted a meadow of more than 32,000 square feet for bees to pollinate.

The Bundessozialaktion (BuSo) project, as it is called in German, is divided into three parts:

Inform

All the Rotaract clubs in Germany worked together to education the population about bee mortality and the associated consequences for our environment, organizing theme days and informational events. We found many opportunities to cooperate with beekeepers’ associations and nature conservation associations. Efforts ranged from the Rotoract Club of Berlin organizing an online presentation that was promoted across the country, by Dr. Kaspar Bienefeld, a renowned scientist and professor in the field of insects and bees at the Humboldt University of Berlin, to the Rotaract Club of Rheda Wiedenbrück holding a local fair.

Fundraising

Many of the projects are costly. Therefore, fundraising is an integral part of our efforts. The Rotaract Club of Duisburg-Niederrhein organized a Bee-Pong tournament, raising over $1,000 and the Rotaract Club of Paderborn hosted a Pub Quiz on the topic of bees. Clubs also got creative by selling homemade products, from beeswax chapsticks by the Bad Wörishofen-Mindelheim Club to bee-hotels (Herne-Wanne Eickel). There are also many organizations that do great work with our fundraising, like the NaBu; the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, or the local beekeepers associations.

Hands-on

By building bee hotels and diversifying local beds, we make room for wildflowers and create a better environment for insects. Over 100,000 square feet of meadows were planted by clubs in District 1841 and by the Rotaract clubs of Lemgo-Lippe and AC Landshut-Trausnitz. In many of these, Rotaractors, Rotarians, family and friends joined together.

Building a few thousand hotels, we were already able to surpass our goal of 500. The reason is simple. All you need for a hotel is a wooden frame for the outside, hardwood with holes drilled into it, and hollowed out bamboo for the inside. The best part is that you can put up a plaque reading “Made by Rotary/Rotaract” and you have the perfect ambassador for Rotary in your local community.

All in all, we hope to make the world a better place by raising awareness of this important issue and working to solve the problem in our local communities. But this is not an issue that can be solved locally. It is a global problem and we need to make a global impact. Join us in our efforts.

Timely talk on Middle East – July 2019

 

Our speaker on 19th July 2019, Robert Aplin, gave a fascinating talk about a period of his life serving in the middle east with the Jebel Regiment, Sultan’s Armed Forces at the time of the Dhofar Rebellion and general political unrest in Oman. He emphasized the complexity of this region of the world and  the approach of the British – including use of special forces working alongside locals – to achieve change by winning “hearts and minds” rather than just raw military power. It was a fascinating insight into what Robert described as ‘in some ways a secret war which received little coverage in the British press.‘

The talk turned out to be particularly well timed given troubles in this general area being the main news this week.

Rock Climb Achieved – July 2019

Charity Challenge

Banbury Rotarian Andrew Fairbairn has just completed a challenge to ascend the 1,000 metre sheer rock face of the Daubenhorn (Leukerbad, Switzerland). An 8 hour via ferrata route and the longest in the Alps.

Why? To raise money for two charities – a building project for a school in The Gambia and Katharine House Hospice, Banbury.

Education in The Gambia

Three years ago the Rotary Club of Banbury along with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge engaged in a project – spearheaded by Andrew and his wife, Marilyn – to fund a borehole at Prospects Upper Basic School, Mariama Kunda Village, The Gambia. It aimed to provide improved quality water thereby reducing health risks to pupils and staff. The borehole has been completed.

The school is currently expanding and has a two-storey building under construction but this can only continue as funds become available.

This project is being overseen by the Rotary Club of Bijilo and the ground floor and some of the walls are in place taking it to the stage of needing the structural concrete floor of the second storey to act as an interim roof over the three classrooms and examination hall to make it useable in the rainy season.

The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.

Banbury Rotary has donated £5,030.68 but is now seeking to fundraise a further £5,600 towards the approximate £10,600 needed.

 

Katharine House Hospice

Many people have cause to appreciate the services provided by this hospice in supporting a family member or friend. It not only provides accommodation and day treatment but is also active in care in people’s homes. More information is available on the following website – www.khh.org.uk.

 

Fundraising

If you wish to sponsor Andrew on the ascent of the Daubenhorn, you can choose for your donation to go to either or both recipients. If you are a tax payer then a Gift Aid form can be forwarded to you for you to complete in order that an additional 25% can be added to your generous donation.

If you wish to make a donation, you can either forward a cheque made out to The Rotary Club of Banbury and sent it to Andrew Fairbairn, Orchard Clare, Overthorpe, Banbury OX17 2AF (specifying which recipient you would like it to go to) or there is a JustGiving page for donations to Katharine House Hospice at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/daubenhorn.

Please contact Andrew on either 07711 142887 or via e-mail at andrew@whitecommercial.co.uk if you wish to have a guest speaker and/or are willing to make a donation to these deserving causes.  100% of your donation will go to the recipient(s). No amount will be deducted for expenses.

Alternatively, or in addition, if you know an organisation who would like a presentation regarding the ascent then please forward contact details to Andrew.

Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn, Rotary Club of Banbury

 

Children Singing for Children Concerts – Nov 2019

 

The CSFC Concerts are now an established part of the Banbury Calendar.

Typically they consist of around 25 primary schools performing over a period of 4 evenings in St Mary’s Church, Banbury. The massed finale’s each evening are something not to be missed!

Organisational aspects are dealt with by Banbury Rotary who donate all the surplus from the admission fees to children’s charities. (Decisions on which are pending.)

The admission fee has been held at £5 / person for several years which is what it will remain at for the 2019 concerts on November 11th -14th.

So – if you want to inject an uplifting event into the potential gloom of the approaching winter, then get those dates into your diary!

The following dates are currently tentative

Allocated Evening
Monday 11 Tues 12 Wed 13 Thur 14
St Johns Priory Bishop Loveday St Mary’s Dashwood
Harriers Hill View Queensway St Joseph’s
The Grange Hanwell Fields Wroxton Orchard Fields
Carrdus School Deddington Christ’ Rawlins St Leonard’s
Shenington Middle Barton Bishop Carpenter King’s Sutton
Cropredy Greatworth Sibford Jnr Frank Wise
Chacombe NewBot-Charlton St John’s Prim (tbc)

 

Rotarians help out at Park Centenary – July 2019

Last weekend Banbury Rotary played their part in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the town’s first real park: the People’s Park.

The town council had organised a well balanced mixture of celebrations of the past whilst providing plenty activities (several free of charge) for children and adults of the present.
As usual Rotarians lived up to their reputation as ‘people of action’ by assisting with the event

Surinder Dhesi (current president of Banbury Rotary and Town Mayor Elect for 2020/21 ) noted that that the Park holds happy memories for  generations of Banbury families.

Mark Recchia (Town Clerk and  retiring Honorary Secretary of the Rotary Club of Banbury) was also present helping ensure things went smoothly.

Sir Tony Baldry attended in his role as High Steward of Banbury.

 

Tony Baldry, Surinder Dhesi and Mark Recchia at the celebrations.
Rotarian Alan Wolstencroft assisted with traffic control.

Welcome to Banbury Rotary’s new President – July 2019

The Rotary New Year begins on 1st July!
We’ll spare you the explanation of why – but this is the date when each club changes the roles for its members including the important position of club president.
So – Banbury Rotary Club recently thanked Mr Paul Gardiner for his year as president and welcomed into his place Surimder Dhesi.
We all look forward to your leadership Surinder as we head into another active Rotary Year engaging with the community at a local, national and international level

So – remember:

  • The western New Year starts on January 1st.
  • The Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.
  • But the Rotary New Year starts on July 1st

Rock-Face Challenge for Charity – July 2019

Charity Challenge

Banbury Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn is planning a challenge to ascend the 1,000 metre sheer rock face of the Daubenhorn (Leukerbad, Switzerland). An 8 hour via ferrata route.

Why? To raise money for two charities – a building project for a school in The Gambia and Katharine House Hospice, Banbury.

Education in The Gambia

Three years ago the Rotary Club of Banbury along with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge engaged in a project – spearheaded by Andrew and his wife, Marilyn – to fund a borehole at Prospects Upper Basic School, Mariama Kunda Village, The Gambia. It aimed to provide improved quality water thereby reducing health risks to pupils and staff.

The school is currently expanding and has a two-storey building under construction but this can only continue as funds become available.

This project is being overseen by the Rotary Club of Bijilo and the ground floor and some of the walls are in place taking it to the stage of needing the structural concrete floor of the second storey to act as an interim roof over the three classrooms and examination hall to make it useable in the rainy season.

The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.

Banbury Rotary has donated £5,030.68 but is now seeking to fundraise a further £5,600 towards the approximate £10,600 needed.

 

Katharine House Hospice

Many people have cause to appreciate the services provided by this hospice in supporting a family member or friend. It not only provides accommodation and day treatment but is also active in care in people’s homes. More information is available on the following website – www.khh.org.uk.

 

Fundraising

If you wish to sponsor Andrew on the ascent of the Daubenhorn, you can choose for your donation to go to either or both recipients. If you are a tax payer then a Gift Aid form can be forwarded to you for you to complete in order that an additional 25% can be added to your generous donation.

Please contact Andrew on either 07711 142887 or via e-mail at andrew@whitecommercial.co.uk if you wish to have a guest speaker and/or are willing to make a donation to these deserving causes.  100% of your donation will go to the recipient(s). No amount will be deducted for expenses.

Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn, Rotary Club of Banbury

 

 

 

Thanks from APS Support UK – June 2019

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a disorder of the immune system that  increases the risk of blood clots and therefore of a range of major problems including deep vein thrombosis, heart attack and strokes but may also manifest in a range of more minor symptoms.  For more information check the APS Support UK website here.

Rotary recently made a donation to this society: here is part of the text of thank you letter dated 4 June 2019  from APS Support UK

On behalf of APS Support UK, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Banbury for the kind and generous donation of £100 towards Phil Godfrey’s APS awareness and fundraising campaign.
As you know, Phil is fundraising in memory of his lovely wife Christine who had APS and his efforts have allowed us to launch the first ever GP e-Learning training courses about antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) with the Royal College of GPs.
Thanks to the support of people and groups like yours, we have been able to set up our new research fund to further scientific research into APS.
Your generous donation will help us continue with this project, so thank you again.
With Kindest Regards  Kate Hindle  Charity Manager

Rotary help at Banbury Show – June 2019

The Banbury Show was held on the second Sunday in June and Rotary had a stall and also a Shelterbox display.

Members spoke to many people about the club and distributed some of our Membership leaflets.

They also provided a presence on the huge site offering a safe option for returning lost-children to their parents.

Many thanks to all involved in planning and manning the stall and patrolling the grounds.

Final Crocus Concert – June 2019

On June 11th we had our last Crocus Concert of the Rotary Year at St. Mary’s.

The singing was provided by BGN, St. John’s and St. Joseph’s choirs – it was a great evening and many congratulations and thanks to the choirs and their teachers and accompanists.

This was our third Crocus concert this year all in aid of Helen and Douglas House Hospice for children and our own Polio Eradication work.