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This years charity is the Oxford Childrens Hospital 10th Anniversary Appeal. - Runner registration to open shortly This years charity is the Oxford Childrens Hospital. Timing Chips being used for the 1st time this year

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A £1,500 cheque, from a District 1090 grant, was presented to Alan Wolstencroft by President David Thompson and District Governor Joy Arnott to support the rainwater harvesting project. The total cost will be £3,100 of which the remaining £1,600 will be raised by 100 Club entries.

While at camp the girls did Camp Craft & outdoor cooking badges. They did crate stacking, zip wire, made octopuses as part of their craft badge, tie dyed tee shirts and went to an outdoor pursuits centre for kayaking. The group took the boat out to Brownsea Island which is where the first scout camp was held by Lord Baden Powell.

During their stay they cooked their own lunch in individual tins, attended the site camp fire & led a few of the songs and had their own camp fire every evening. One of the girls made her guide promise and one of the leaders renewed hers as an adult leader. A great experience for all concerned.

£3360 raised by the club was used to buy monitors to help people with poor eyesight read books, newspapers etc

Thank you letter for another charitable donation from the club....

"Our Union Street Scout and Guide Hut is home to the 2nd Woodstock Guides, 1st Woodstock Brownies and 2nd Woodstock Brownies, a newly formed Rainbows Group and the Army Cadets. The hut is used regularly by around 80 children a week for a variety of activities including first aid, crafts, drama and fun and games. The hut is over 30 years old and until Easter this year still had the original floor. It was looking very tired and was limiting the activities the children could do. With Rotary and other organisations help, in April 2016 we were able to replace the floor, creating a much safer welcoming environment. Hopefully able to withstand the next 30 years of wear!"

Bill and Rotary Chums take a break from fundraising

"Bill & Kath, Peter & Gay and Bob & Freda headed off for a late May 4-day break at Warners Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in North Wales. Great fun had by all exploring the area; everyone agreed Bodnant Gardens (National Trust) are the most stunning gardens they'd ever seen. Other delights included top of Snowden by train for Puffing Billy; an amazing mural by artist Rex Whistler at NT's Plas Newydd House on Anglesey and Conwy Castle. Great fun time had by all. Roll on the next trip."

District Conference News

The financial support the club gives to the Good News Community School in Sierra Leone, through the 100 club, is recognised at District Conference by Alan Wolstencroft of Gaga here pictured with President Tony McHugh.

£400 Donated to the North Oxfordshire Food Bank

On Friday 18th December President Tony McHugh presented a £400.00 cheque to Melvina Fawcett of the North Oxfordshire Food Bank. North Oxfordshire Food Bank serves Kidlington, Woodstock, Charlbury & Chipping Norton. The charity relies on donations of food (tinned or 'long life') from people and organizations in the community. The charity then creates and delivers food parcels to people in crisis in exchange for vouchers issued by Social Services or a registered Voluntary Agency. It operates on Wednesdays at Woodstock's Baptist Church and every Friday from Kidlington's Baptist Church. Charlbury & Chipping Norton are covered on other days.

Woodstock and Kidlington Rotary Club are a young member of a worldwide service organisation with many different facets. When the combined talents and energy of Rotary's 1.2 million members are channelled in one direction its impact can be immense. For example, Rotary International set out in 1985 to eradicate polio. Since then Rotarians worldwide have worked with the WHO (World Health Organisation), UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the world is now close to becoming polio-free. Equally important is the fellowship each Rotarian obtains from regular club meetings, and friendships borne through Rotary are often worldwide and long lasting.

The club has raised over £160,000 for many causes since it formed in 1985. (click here for history) It has provided Shelter Boxes for various disasters throughout the world and in 2005-6 helped build and equip a pottery and metal-working workshop in Zambia to teach orphans the skills to make fuel-efficient stoves, a need all too evident in the copper-belt region. Closer to home the club has helped well over 100 local organisations from Action Research to Yarnton Boy's Football Club through its annual fund raising programme which includes the Rotary Blenheim 10 and the Father Christmas Sleigh. Every year it joins forces with other Rotary Clubs in Oxford to organise Youth Speaks.

We meet at the Kings Head, Woodstock, on Monday evenings for a varied programme of speakers (mostly entertaining!), fun and fellowship. We have men and women members from all sorts of backgrounds and our geographical region covers many villages around Kidlington and Woodstock.







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We meet on Mondays at 1915 for 1945 (1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays - Standard Rotary Meeting 2nd and 4th Mondays - Please contact the Club Secretary) THE KINGS HEAD,

OX20 1UD tel: 01993 812164

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