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Lutterworth Rotary Celebrates its 65th Anniversary with a Charter Night

Lutterworth Rotary celebrated its 65th Anniversary Charter on Friday 9th March at the Lutterworth Golf Club where in excess of 80 members and guests celebrated the occasion in style.

Photograph: Alberto CostaOur various speakers – Chris Davies (District Governor) and Alberto Costa MP congratulated the club on our activities in the local community over the past 5 years since we celebrated our 60th Charter and went on to congratulate the club on a thriving membership and a range of projects currently being undertaken under the presidency of our current President John Howell.

During the evening seven members of the club were presented with certificates denoting their membership over very many years which included Graham Johnson (40 years) - David Haynes (40 years) – Bernard Johnson (35 years)  Philip Duncan (35 Years) Steve Tallis (35 years)  John Wells ( 35 years) and Tom Dalby (35 years) unable to be with us tonight.

The meal provided by the Golf Club was excellent as usual along with the service the staff provided.

Sheila Howell (wife of our President) introduced us to an excellent evening by playing some well chosen music as members and guests arrived which set us off to a well organised and smooth running evening appreciated by all who went and enjoyed an evening amongst friends.

Photo: Club members display their Long Service Awards.

Left to right

David Haynes – Steve Tallis - Graham Johnson – Bernard  Johnson – John Wells – Philip Duncan

An award was also given to Tom Dalby who, at the time of the event was absent due to illness.



Lutterworth Big Indoor Bike Ride - Sunday 4th March, 2018.

Photograph: Static Bike riders in action at Lutterworth Sports Centre.

Lutterworth Sports Centre played host [for a second year]on Sunday March 4th to Lutterworth Rotary Club’s ‘Spin into Spring’ Indoor Cycling event. The club teamed up with spinning instructor Richard Stannard to run six one hour spinning sessions giving cyclists a ‘virtual trip’ around some of the world’s more famous cycle rides, all with musical accompaniment. The event itself was a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Stroke Association & other Rotary supported charities.

Photograph: Presentation to Richard Stannard.There was a great response, with entries for over 170 time slots ranging from people who had never stepped onto a static bike before to others who were used to cycling marathons and had booked to ride for all six hours. Entrants were plied with free refreshments and responded generously by supporting the raffle, cake stall and 100 square competitions. A physio was on hand to revive flagging legs and the whole afternoon proved to be great fun for those involved. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of spinning at the Sports Centre, Richard was presented, at the end of the event, with Honorary Life Membership of the Centre by Councillor Mark Bannister, Leader of Harborough District Council. 

It is expected that approx £2,400 will have been raised for the nominated charities. Particular thanks are due to the management and staff of Lutterworth Sports Centre for providing the venue and for all their support in its delivery. Thanks also to Radio Leicester for including the event as its final destination for the week’s Sunday morning show, ‘Clueless’. The next Rotary Club cycle event will be the Lutterworth Big [Outdoor] Bike Ride which this year will be held on Sunday 19th August and will be based, as usual, at Misterton Hall, just outside Lutterworth.


Photograph: Frank the Polio Mascot on the Bridge of Queen Elizabeth 2Frank the bear our ambassador for “Ending Polio” has recently returned from a three week cruise on “Queen Elizabeth” which started in Singapore travelling to Port Kelang and Penang in Malaysia.  From there he gained his sea legs before going to Colombo in Sri Lanka and travelling on to Victoria in the Seychelles having crossed the line meeting many people who were very interested in his “End Polio” jacket.  While on board he was introduced to the Captain before he went on to Mauritius and Reunion Island leaving the ship in Port Elizabeth where he went on a trip to a game reserve in South Africa. Cape Town was seen for the second time this year where he met yet more people who were interested in his jacket.

We, as a club, are proud of Frank in his ambassadorial role in broadcasting Rotary’s role in ending Polio Worldwide. 

Frank having just returned and still with itchy feet to do more travelling was taken to Cork in Ireland to meet their Rotary President and surprise, surprise met Anne Thompson who he had met earlier this year in South Africa at the Rotary Club of the Hibiscus Coast   ‘Margate and Uvongo’ meeting yet more friends.

What more can we ask of our ambassador to promote the eradication of Polio.

Peter J Osborn, Lutterworth Rotary.

Photograph: Frank visits Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

Annual Plant Craft & Food Fair

Lutterworth Rotary held its Plant, Craft and Food Fair at Misterton Hall on Sunday 14th May 2017.

There were 43 stalls on the day enjoying wonderfully warm and dry weather making for a highly successful day with 1,100 adult visitors plus many children who had free entry.

Misterton Hall gardens a delight to see and a wonderful setting for this event, our thanks to the owner Mrs Craven her hospitality. Our thanks must also go to the hard work and organisation put in by our team of Rotarians on our 11th Annual Fair, masterminded by Mark Thompson.

Visitors commented on the wide variety of stalls, displaying a wide range of different plants which were all on sale along with good advice and tips in how to make the most of them in the garden.

Crafts from jewellery to art and garden gifts, plus homemade cakes and preserves were all on sale as were a choice of refreshments including a Hog Roast and Ice Cream making it a good day out in such lovely surroundings.

We had a number of new stall holders this year who were impressed by the event and the friendly atmosphere saying that if we hold it next year may they have the opportunity of coming again.

The Concourse d’ Elegance of cars prompting many appreciative comments on the cars displayed, the winning car was an immaculate 3 litre 1962 Austin Healey owned by Ian Robertson who was presented with a trophy by Albert Costa Conservative MP for South Leicestershire - the runner up was an MGA 56 owned by Michael Ricketts.

Peter J Osborn
Lutterworth Rotary

Photograph: Bric a brac stall at the fayre.

Photograph: Plant seller with collection of Hostas.

Photograph: Stall with selection of antique items.Photograph: MG with open bonnet showing engine.