Support locally and internationally

There is no separate fundraising committee but that does not mean the club is no longer raising money for good causes. On the contrary, in recent months Chelmsford has distributed donations to more local organisations than ever before as we'll as continuing to support international projects.

Spring Jumble Sale

Twice a year our Rotary Club holds a jumble sale in Danbury Village Hall. Our first of 2019 was held on Saturday, 27 April. A number of our members went along in the morning to set things up and start sorting out the jumble. We had the help of local volunteers who regularly assist at jumble sales in the village hall. We have to admit that they are much more proficient than we are!

The locals know exactly how the tables should be placed and what sort of jumble should go where. This helps their regular customers to go straight to the spots where there are likely to be things to interest them.

Once the tables had been put up, we started to get things in from the cars and pile them up in the lobby. Since there is very limited parking space outside the village hall, it was more urgent to get everything into the hall rather than try to sort them at that stage. As each car was emptied the owner was able to take it across the road to the public car park.

Then we each grabbed bags and started to sort through what was inside in order to put them in the right places. A few times a member would hold something up and ask “Does anyone know what this is?” A member sorting out clothes could be seen holding something up from time to time in an effort to work out whether it was for a man or a woman.

Really good clothing went on a central table, other better-quality items went on another designated table and expensive items like vacuum cleaners went on to the stage for auction.

People looking at tables of jumbleThe picture shows a few of our members looking to see whether there was any more setting-up to be done. Some planned to go home after morning coffee but another car full of jumble arrived, so they stayed for a while to carry it in and sort it out.

The jumble sale itself started after lunch, with other members helping alongside our local volunteer friends. The proceedings were as manic as jumble sales usually are.

We raised £467.41. We are grateful to all those who turned out to help set up, sort and sell the jumble and clear up afterwards. We also thank everyone who cleared their attics and donated jumble and to those members who helped ferry it to Danbury.

Quiz Night

The quiz at Writtle Sports and Social Club on 13 April 2019 was a new event for our Club and we spent many sleepless nights worrying that no one would turn up. We need not have worried as twelve teams took part including one from the chosen beneficiary, Essex Dementia Care. The winning team, “Don’t tell him, Pike”,Groups of people sitting at tables each won a Thorntons Easter Egg decorated with the words “Quiz winners 2019” and the bottom team had a box of mini eggs.

We raised almost £700 from the quiz, raffle and “heads and tails” plus a further £58 from separate bucket collection as people were leaving.

Special thanks go to Jenny Black who organised the evening, Richard Black for his bespoke pivot table which made it easy to pick out the winning team, and Stephen Moriaty for acting as Quizmaster and sourcing extra questions and parts of the marathon round. We also had help from Katharine Loveday of Kids Inspire who sent over the questions they used at their quiz and Janice Goodman who provided the Dingbats.

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