Pictures from Events taken throughout 2023

Rotary Art and Craft Fair

At the end of October 2023 we ran a very successful Art and Craft Fair at Leighton Park School which raised funds for supplying packaged meals for food share organisations in the local area.

Pudsey and Children in Need

In November we worked with the Rotary Clubs of Reading Abbey and Binfield and Winnersh to support Children in Need. Merchandise was delivered to three schools by our club (Winnersh Primary, Crosfields and Whitley Park). Pudsey visited them too and helped the fundraising. With other local schools they raised £6482 for the BBC charity. This, added to the collections at the Reading Station and the Oracle resulted in a total donation of £13,092.

Charity Bridge Drive

We held a Charity Bridge Drive in the Charvil Village Hall on 27th January and raised over £1000.  The players were treated to a splendid afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee all served by Rotarian and Inner Wheel volunteers. Everyone, bridge players and catering team, had a very enjoyable afternoon.

Feeding Communities

Funds raised from our recent Art and Craft Fair are paying for 2500 frozen meals prepared by the chefs at Leighton Park School in Reading who are supporting a project called Feeding Communities run by the Thomas Franks Foundation catering company. We are currently delivering the packaged meals to many food share charities in the local area (see all the gallery photos by clicking on the photo above).

Meet the Charities

On 24th January we organised a gathering of 16 of the many charities that the club has worked with in the past and some which it is currently supporting. It was a really vibrant evening with enthusiastic presentations from the representatives of the charities and an excellent opportunity to hear about the amazing support they provide for many people in the local community.

Camp Mohawk Working Party

On 1st February a working party of club members carried out garden maintenance at Camp Mohawk near Wargrave, a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs.  Everyone enjoyed the companionship and working in the fresh air. If you are interested in helping the community with projects like this, please get in touch via the Contact Us tab above.

Tree planting at JAC

On 25th March a team of Rotarians and friends planted approximately 400 tree saplings at JAC (Just Around the Corner).

RotaKids Easter Cake Sale

The Greenways RotaKids Club at Winnersh Primary organised an Easter-themed cake bake competition and sale. Over 400 children came to buy a cake for 50p each with money going to the RotaKids chosen charity.

Monthly Walk

Once a month we go on an organised walk and end up at a local pub for lunch. Rotarians enjoy keeping fit and enjpying company as well as supporting communities.

Handover 2023

President Paul Cunningham (left) handed over the reins of the club to Richard Nicholson (right) on 27th June. Both have been Presidents in previous years. Rotary changes Presidents every year in late June. The two presidents are with their wives and Assistant District Governor Tony Smith (centre) in the photo.

Meander Walk

Every month a group of Rotarians, wives and friends go on a walk in the countryside followed by a lunch. This time the lunch was hosted in their garden by Rtn Tony Cornell and his wife Beryl. As well as keeping fit and enjoying the countryside, it is a very sociable way to keep in touch with friends.

Award of Paul Harris Fellowship

Congratulations to Rotarian Maura Williams-stock on receiving the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship award from President Paul Cunninham. Named after the founder of Rotary Paul Harris in 1905, this is one of Rotary's top awards for dedication to service making a significant positive impact on communities. Well-deserved recognition! #Rotary #ServiceAboveSelf #CommunityLeadership

Leighton Park Interact Sweet Sale

On 1st July the Oakleaf Interact Club at Leighton Park School ran a sweet sale table at a Music for a Summer's Evening event. The Photo shows Rotary Youth Team Lead Pat Holloway (left) Isabelle Lauzeral (Leighton Park Teacher) and Alistair Knox with the Rotary Gazeobo. Note no children in view due to respect for safeguarding.