Rotary club celebrates 18th year with 18 hours of talks
On March 2, the Gerrards Cross Golf Club will open its doors at 6am, running talks throughtout the day on a wide variety of subjects, with the last one taking place at midnight.
Members and guests are not expected to attend the whole day and are encouraged to turn up regardless of whether they do so for just one or all of the nine sessions.
Tony Shinner, member, said of the day: “I’m looking forward to it enormously. There are many of us who are going to do the full 18 hours.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to meeting in particular the Rotarians from local businesses and things like that.”
President Mike Leyland said: “It’s really just getting the name of Rotary out there, as much as the name of Misbourne Matins.
“It’s going to be tremendous fun. I’m going to be there from 6am until 12 at night.
“It’s going to be total chaos but the whole thing is just to enjoy ourselves, and anybody can come along and enjoy themselves.”
Considered one of the ‘new breeds’ of rotary club, membership of the Misbourne Matins is almost equally split between men and women, with the first president of the club a woman.
The club is heavily involved in the communities of Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross, working with schools, youth clubs and the elderly and specific causes like Rennie Grove Hospice, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Scannappeal.
Keen to dispel the myth surrounding Rotary clubs, Mr Shinner said: “It’s not just elderly gentlemen playing golf, it’s much more than that. It’s quite a lovely club, despite the fact we are getting older.”
Agreeing, Mr Leyland said Rotary has a ‘perception of being old men’ and added: “Rotary is about raising money in the community, doing things in the community, making a big impact.”
He continued: “Most of us are only recently retired, so we’ve still got massive amounts of energy.
"If you have an image of an 80-year-old man striding out to do good in the world, that’s it.”
Mr Leyland said he first joined as a way of meeting people - because he worked from home, most of his contacts were through business and he wanted a break from that.
“Nobody wants to be a volunteer and think, oh that was awful,” he said. “We get together as a group and do some activities together.
"The purpose of it is to see if you can do some useful things in the local community.”
Misbourne Matins will use the occasion to chart its history, including its fundraising activities, Christmas collections and the Heathrow Children in Need collection.
In November last year the club managed to get 260 collectors to Heathrow Airport, raising £29,000 for Children in Need.
The club has a strong record of support for international projects, such as in Bali, Nepal, and with youth clubs in Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles.
In 2015 the club gave Chalfont St Peter Parish Council funds for a defibrillator to be installed outside Budgens in Market Place, it sponsors a Know Your Blood Pressure stand at Chalfont St Peter Feast Day in partnership with the Stroke Association.
One of the speakers on March 2 will be talking about RotaryPolioPlus which began in 1983 and has so far put $1,103 million towards eradication of the disease, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organisation.
Visit www. misbournematins.org for more information and contact lrm@ misbournematins.org to book. BUCKS County Council has this week awarded new contracts for care provided in people’s own homes.
The council currently provides 15,000 hours of home care each week to some of the most vulnerable adults in the county through a mix of fixed and short-term contracts. With the new contracts there will be four main providers delivering care split across nine areas of the county.
The new contracts come into effect on April 1 and will be delivered by Clece Care services, Prime Care, Simply Together and Westminster Homecare.
Prime Care is the new provider for the Chesham area, while Westminster Homecare will look after the South Bucks district.
With fewer providers and through the introduction of specialist equipment that can, for example, make it possible for a single carer to manage personal care safely where previously two carers would be needed, the council has estimated that it could save as much as £1.5 million per year. These savings also take into account the costs of the National Living Wage due to come into effect this April.
The council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing Mike Appleyard said: “We have over 1,500 vulnerable people in our county who need care and support at home. Our priority and focus is to make sure we provide the highest quality service possible. That we can make savings, without cutting services, is an absolute bonus in the current financial climate.
“Our current providers, some of whom have been successful in winning the new contracts, have given an excellent service over the last five years and I would like to thank them for their commitment to keeping those who use our services safe and cared for.”
Misbourne Matins president