JORDANS ROTARY CLUB
THE club welcomed Dorothy Dix, the founder of the ‘Creating Better Futures’ charity, was welcomed as Guest Speaker at the dinner of Jordan’s Rotary Club, held at the Beaconsfield Golf Club.
Rotarians and guests heard about Dorothy’s childhood in Zimbabwe, and the help she and her single mother received from Rotary International’s charity arm, enabling her to receive an education, and later attend university.
Dorothy spoke movingly about the challenges that exist – especially in Africa – for children to be educated and receive a good upbringing, enabling them – in turn – to repay society for the help received, as Dorothy is doing with her charity.
Based in Reading, Dorothy’s charity – ‘Creating Better Futures’ was founded in 2012 and currently provides 135 orphans and vulnerable children with direct access to education.
Approximately 1,000 children are supported through weekly feeding programmes ,with over 100,000 meals served to date.
A £15 donation supports a child’s education, food and accommodation – the schools are often three to six hours’ walk away from their villages.
Jordans Rotary Club will be making a donation to the charity.
Rotary Clubs throughout the world support a wide range of charities, and work in their local community throughout the year.
Jordans Rotary Club is currently collecting for Nepal, and will be giving its annual Afternoon
Tea for older residents in Seer Green.
The club has named a local girl – Charlotte Wells, 18, of Stoke Poges as their nominee for the annual UK-wide Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and Charlotte will be attending a special week’s course in Snowdonia in July.
With a wide range of guest speakers, Jordans Rotary meets weekly on Monday evenings, alternating between The Woodlands Centre in Seer Green, and Beaconsfield Golf Club, while their usual ‘home’ at the Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, is being re-furbished as a Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Further information can be found on the club’s website – Rotary Club of Jordans & District
CHILTERN AND DISTRICT HARD OF HEARING CLUB, formerly Amersham & Chesham Hard of Hearing Club,
THE Budding Ballerina talk by Ann Chapman.
The evening started with Kate Weber welcoming everyone including a new member to the group. She greeted Ann who most members know from her previous visits to us.
Ann started by saying she had several photos of herself as a young girl when she first started on what was to be a wonderful career for a short time.
At the age of 11 she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Ballet and had to attend twice a week traveling up to London.
Her mother was extremely keen for her to go, travelling with her.
Ann can remember her mother saying to her ‘she would be dancing for her as she once dreamed she would’.
Then at the age of 16 as she was just about to take her O levels she was whisked away to full time ballet school however she still managed to achieve four 0 levels.
At the ballet school they did everything dancing, singing, drama and theatre. The very best highlight whilst she was a student there was at one production Margot Fonteyn came and danced. Ann disclosed she was actually on the door selling tickets that particular night.
Ann then passed around several of her old ballet shoes and said how often ballerinas came off the stage with bleeding toes. They were allowed six pairs of shoes per term. At the age of 17 her mum said she needed a job... so she went for an interview and audition in Sweden.
Ann was successful and joined the Gothenburg Ballet company it was extremely hard, living in a different country not knowing anyone at first and working six days out of seven.
No time to do any sightseeing just practice and performances. Ann stayed there for a couple of years initially as a student dancer but also as an understudy for other parts.
The company performed operas and musicals but all in Swedish!
In her second week the young couple she was staying with decided they would only speak in Swedish to her so a real crash course in learning another language, which was actually very helpful although hard work.
The ballet company had a large international cast which Ann found stimulating as she became used to everyone and many different cultures.
There were several English dancers as the training in England was very highly rated so gave her a great advantage.
Whilst in Sweden Ann participated in musical’s as well because she had done some tap dancing previously.
The company were involved in a schools educational programme where she took part in a ballet based on Mozart’s music which was performed to a wide variety of schools.
At the age of 20 Ann decided that she would give up her career in ballet she decided she would rather stop when she was a good ballerina and deviate into another career, although to this day she does still miss her ballet.
At this point we stopped for refreshments, raffle and an update on members news.
After the break Anne answered one or two questions from the members and then she danced for us it was beautiful and it was obvious she is still an accomplished dancer.
Kate thanked Ann and everyone said how they had enjoyed the evening.
For more details phone Kate Weber on 01494 773359.