Duck Race & Family Fun Day came back with a bang!

The sun shone, the crowds came, the ducks raced. Great fun had by many.

Winners (all have been contacted)

Race 1 – 1st 1896, 2nd 1560, 3rd 1082
Race 2 – 1st 2657, 2nd 2479, 3rd 2683
Race 3 – 1st 3629, 2nd 3431, 3rd 3824
Race 4 – 1st 4614, 2nd 4471, 3rd 4218

The picture below is of Bob Stephenson at a previous Duck Race day. Bob died recently of Motor Neurone Disease, which is one reason we are supporting the charity this time. We all miss Bob, his infectious humour and his contribution to events like the Duck Race.

Rotary and Ukraine

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Our collection in the Village Square on Saturday March 5th raised £2,913 THANK YOU BRAMHALL!!

Fun days for Afghan children refugees

We (the Rotary Club of Bramhall & Woodford) collaborated with Care4Calais, Manchester Council and local Rotary Clubs to put on two Fun Days for the Afghan families at local hotels. The smiles on the children’s faces said it all. The entertainer was brilliant, the bubble man brought his bubble friend and circus workshops were superb. There were lots of games, colouring, a parachute, mosaic crafts and face painting as well as henna tattoos. Nine Rotary Clubs donated money and volunteers, all of whom were amazing and must have been exhausted at the end of very long days as 100 children can get quite boisterous!  All of this was achieved with very few of the Mums or children speaking English. A disco was the finale and the friendly DJ even played Afghani party music!

What’s been happening at your Rotary club?

Just look at our programme and if you like the look of something then contact us to arrange a visit (Currently using Zoom or meeting at the Ladybridge Club) – no need to join or make any commitment. You will be welcomed and if you like it then come again!

Wed 25th May – We enjoyed a splendid Thali meal at Bombay to Mumbai on Fir Rd. Great food and super hosting by Sandeep and Donya.

Wed 18th May – Duck Race debrief. Discussion on how to make it even better!

Sun 15th May – Duck Race and family fun day. Back again after missing 2020 and 2021

Wed 11th May – Lots of planning/brieifng for Sunday’s Duck Race day

Mon 2nd May – our stall at Paws & Play 2022

Wed 27th April – Howard Green – Staircase House

Wed 20th April – Malcolm McFarlane – Sounds of the Sixties

Wed 13th April – Committees

Tues 5th April – Scarecrow festival well under way and many enjoyed a special tapas meal at the Trunk Lounge before attending the International concert at the Methodist Church

Wed 23rd March – Our Vice President, Pat, took charge of her first meeting and handled it well. Unfortunately the speaker did not make it!

Fri 18th March – “3 Presidents” Night at the Pinewood Hotel. Another step towards normality. A black tie event, with an after dinner speaker! Peter Turner gave a talk/demo about the art of magic. Very entertaining.

Wed 16th March – Bowling at Parts Wood – wearing sim specs to simulate various blindness conditions

Wed 9th March – Steven Shakeshaft, a Chester tour guide, took us through a beautifully illustrated (with real 35mm slides!) tour of Chester. His in depth knowledge shone through.

Wed 2nd March – Committees. Scarecrow Festival. Duck Race. International concert. Ukraine.

Fri 25th February – Another “stuffing” session at Walthew House

Wed 23rd February – Thelma Ridgeway updated us on her progress over the last 2 years. A very informative and emotive talk , but with great positivity. Again we zoomed the talk out for members who could not attend. Screenshot from Seattle below.

Wed 16th February – Back to Ladybridge again! A really interesting talk about the eye and ageing by Deepak Oberai. We zoomed the talk out for members who could not attend. Screenshot below.

Wed 9th February – 21 of us enjoyed a meal at The Church Inn. Cold but fun!

Wed 2nd February – Committees. Scarecrow festival, Presidents’ night and more.

Wed 26th January – Almost nostalgic! A very good zoom quiz. Good fun.

Fri 21st January – We returned to CHADS for our theatre evening. Reduced audience numbers, everyone double jabbed and covid tested. No mix and mingle buffet with the cast afterwards. Despite these covid precautions a very pleasant evening for an Alan Ayckbourn play.

Wed 12th January – a sociable Zoom chat.

Wed 5th January 2022 – Back to zoom for the first committee meeting of the new year. COVID safe theatre evening, scarecrow festival, international concert etc.

Fri 17th December – Christmas party at Bramall Park Golf club. Good time had by all (but no flying balloons or hooters!!)

Wed 1st December – Three Afghan guests and Jackie’s Christmas turkey. Good evening.

Wed 24th November – A busy committee night. Christmas is coming!

Wed 17th November – We had a fantastic tasting meal at Noks in Bramhall. Wonderful flavours, friendly service and raising money for charity at the same time. Well done Nok, Reece and Richard.

Wed 10th November – Peter Webb gave a fascinating talk on volcanoes. Our newest member, Lynn, was inducted.

Wed 3rd November – Another hugely successful fashion show, with almost 100 attendees

Sat 30th October – Collecting at Bramhall’s Spooktacular event, raising £400 to help Afghan refugee children in Manchsester.

Wed 27th October – Committees. Normally on the first Wednesday of the month but clashes meant we had November’s early. Plenty of planning for fashion show, Xmas activities and social events. A busy period coming up!

Wed 20th October – We had our 35th Charter Night (i.e. club’s birthday party) at the Crown & Conspirator. Fun had by all.

Wed 13th October– Covid task Force = Our very own member, Dev, who has been on the front line throughout the pandemic, updated us with news about the Rotary task force on which he serves. He covered data from the UK, news from around the world and what Rotary can do to help

Wed 6th October- Our monthly committee meeting. Plans for the next fashion show and help for Afghan refugees were hot topics.

Wed 23rd September – We had a games evening at Ladybridge

Wed 15th September – Crown Green Bowling

Wed 8th September – Neil Smith presented “Have guitar will travel”

Wed 1st September – Committees by Zoom. Lots of discussion about future fund raising and social plans.

Sun 29th August – Ari and Joan hosted a fund raising barbecue at their home. Another wonderful social event – this time raising hundreds of pounds for the Rotary Foundation.

Wed 25th August – Our member, Mark, gave a talk illustrating his varied career, mostly in supply chain management, currently in a start up developing a new and promising cancer treatment.

Sun 22nd August – The circus came to Bramhall Park!

Wed 18th August – After 17 months we returned to Ladybridge club and had an actual face to face meeting! Mark Llewellyn gave a talk about the history of cruise lines, in particular Cunard. An excellent speaker to mark this special occasion.

Thurs 12th August – We held a very successful fashion show in the village square

Wed 4th August – Committees. Lots of discussion re the circus and fashion show.

Sun 25th July – Bob and Sue’s garden party defied the weather forecast and a great, sunny, time was had by all

Wed 21st July –   George English gave his presentation of The Mayflower Journey in 1620

Wed 14th July – Christopher Peskett gave an insightful talk on Medecins Sans Frontieres – he himself has direct experience from many of the world’s problem areas.

Thurs 8th July – Committees were held on Thursday because England played (and beat) Denmark on Wednesday! Circus, Fashion Show, Garden Party, Barbecue all in the offing. President Sue’s first full meeting.

Wed 30th June – The last day of our Rotary year and this was the handover meeting where the programme for next year was presented and the chain of office handed over from Harry to Sue, in the presence of ADG Paul. The chain moved physically, everything else on Zoom!

Wed 23rd June – just an informal chat because on Sun 27th we had our second LIVE post lockdown social event – a “picnic” lunch in a member’s garden. Again wonderful to see each other not on Zoom!

Wed 16th June – Another (maybe this will actually be the last? But we’ve said that before!) excellent tasting session, this from the Trunk Lounge in Bramhall.

Wed 9th June – Gloria Barnett gave us a fascinating talk about life in the oceans and the importance of the seas to all life on earth.

Wed 2nd June – Committees. Plans being made for resumption once “new normal” emerges

Wed 26th May – Dogs for Good – A talk by Linda Montgomery and Vicky Blackmore accompanied by Obi the dog

Wed 19th May – just an informal chat because on Sat 22nd we had our first LIVE post lockdown social event – a drinks and nibbles lunch in a member’s garden. Great to see each other not on Zoom!

Wed 12th May – Larry Fryda gave a talk about  Teaching Hospital Equipment Repair in the Developing World 

Wed 5th May – Committees. Lots more planning, including emergency fund raiser for helping with the terrible situation in India.

Wed 28th April – We heard from Paul Williams, head of Bramhall High about his history and philosophy for the school.

Wed 21st April – Herbert Chatters gave us an interesting talk on the history of gin. Several members had purchased the purple gin and honey gin to taste along with the talk!

Wed 14th April – Our first tasting back in September was with Chilli Banana, now renamed Noks. This time we had even more variety and sampled some of the new dishes. They were wonderful! A great evening for what might be the last in this series of tastings with local restaurants. Here’s hoping for the real thing quite soon!

Wed 7th April – Committees Another evening making plans for the future

Wed 31st March – Our very own Dev reflected on a year at the front line on a covid ward, giving lots of insights into the pandemic.

Wed 24th March – Brian White showed some wonderful photographs from a trip to The Amazon

Wed 17th March – Another excellent tasting, this from Peking Garden, Bramhall. Joined by Vera to guide us, and to introduce Aric, we enjoyed some wonderful food.

Wed 10th March – An inspiring talk by Billie Coleman Jones about the well established Contact Hostel, which supports 16-19 year old girls in need.

Wed 3rd March – Committees where we considered when/if we hold the circus event among other things.

Wed 24th February- Jo and Anna, from Handy Ladies Feeding the Community, told us about this amazing organisation, formed during lockdown, which distributes about 500 meals per week in our local area.

Wed 17th February – Another fine tasting session. This one from Trattoria D’Agostino in Cheadle Hulme. Yummy garlic mushrooms, lasagne, pizza etc.

Wed 10th February – We were joined by members of Kavala Rotary Club, in Greece who were twinned with the now closed Hazel Grove club, several former members there having joined Bramhall and Woodford. A good evening of mutual updates and renewing of friendships between those that had visited each other whilst twinned.

Wed 3rd February – A good committee evening beginning preparation for when we are allowed “out and about” again.

Wed 27th January – Keith Paver gave a comprehensive and stimulating talk on virology – including updates on Polio and Covid 19.

Wed 20th January – Another in our series of restaurant tastings. This time from Juniper in the centre of Bramhall. Despite the best efforts of storm Christoph we got our takeaways and enjoyed some fantastic food. It even snowed during our gastronomy!!

Wed 13th January – Hayley Fallon gave a presentation on fraud – covering many scam methods by face, phone and computer. Very useful in current times.

Wed 6th January 2021 – Committees and EGM. The EGM was to elect officers for the Rotary year starting in July. The committeees covered a wide range of planning matters.

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