Ro­tary club cel­e­brates 18th year with 18 hours of talks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

Mike Ley­land

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