Rotary events

Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell Meeting: Thursdays 6.30pm at The Blue Boar, Abridge RM4 1UA

Club contact: Pesh on 020 85002527 / 07973166940 or website: facebook:

We’re a lively, friendly and social club with a good mix of local people who care.

We’d be very happy to talk to you further about our club and you would be very welcome to join us at one of our fellowships (with no obligation).

Some of the charities we’ve helped over the last year include Chigwell Riding Trust, Loughton Food Bank, St Clare Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer and End Polio, Diabetes UK.

Last week, we surprised one of our longest-serving members, Ken Arbuckle, who was celebrating a double - 90 years young and 45 years’ Rotary service.

He was a founder member of the Chigwell club, of which he was President twice.

He was also made a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the most prestigious accolades that Rotary bestows for ‘Service above Self.’ Ken said: “My first encounter with Rotary was when I was 17 whilst on holiday in Sweden.

“I was introduced to other young people who were being entertained in a youth club.

“One person from each of 10 or so European countries were there and as they had no one from England I was invited to join them.

“I had a great 5 or so days with them. Everyone was so friendly. I later found out that it was an International Student Camp run by the local Rotary Club.”

Thank you Roger Widdecombe of Motor Neurone Disease Association for an inspiring talk on June 1.

LBC Rotary donated £1,000 to help support and fund research in this incurable disease.

The Rotary Club of Leytonstone & Woodford Meeting Thursdays 6-6. 30pm Chigwell Convent 803 Chigwell Road IG8 8AU

Club contact Alan 020 850 44692.or

The annual President’s charity golf day was took place at the Manor of Groves, Sawbridgeworth and the fund-raising dinner provided much conviviality and raised in excess of £2,750.

Of this, £500 has been donated to provide a ‘helivan’ for the London Air Ambulance service. Local good causes will benefit from the remainder of the money raised.

The club held its stroke awareness know your blood pressure day in George Lane, South Woodford.

This annual event is held in partnership with the Stroke Association, the UK’s leading stroke charity, and offers the opportunity for members of the public to ‘drop in’ for a free blood pressure check. High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor in the cause of stroke and around half of all strokes could be prevented if high blood pressure were diagnosed and treated. Over 150 blood pressures were taken during the day together with advice and guidance being given to participants.

Our monthly Memory Café continues to provide a couple of hours of entertainment which includes a quiz, bingo, singing and the all-important tea/coffee/cake. This cafe is for guests with early dementia, along with their carers, held at the convent in Chigwell on the last Friday of each month from 10am -12noon.

On the social scene, 24 members, partners and guests enjoyed a day out at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hyde Hall.

Rotary Club of Ongar Meeting: Alternating Thursday evenings, 6.30pm at the Two Brewers Club contact: Colin Freeman

The Rotary Club of Ongar, was founded in 1969 and normally meets at the Two Brewers Public House, Ongar, on alternate Thursday’s. We are a small club which over the years has raised my thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities, and in response to world wide disaster appeals.

You are invited to an “Antiques Valuation Day” at the Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, on Saturday, July 1, 10am until 3pm Doors Open 9.30am.

Public Valuation & Admission £5 (Limit to 5 items) Tickets from the Budworth Hall, also John Sear (Estate Agent). Valuation of Jewellery, Books, Paintings & Pottery Furniture (Photographs only) All profit to charity Free blood pressure check on Saturday, June 24, at the Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, 9.30am until 3pm. BE AWARE OF THAT SUDDEN STROKE Get your blood-pressure checked, in a peaceful and private environment, by a group of local medics

To find out more about Rotary, and how YOU can make a difference email Colin at:

Rotary Club Chingford The Chingford Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7- 7.30pm at the hotel in the grounds of Gilwel Park.

Contact Mike Spall 01992 760191 email:

On the last Tuesday of May we held our monthly partners evening and we were entertained by Bob Paice, and the lady was his wife Sue. Bob who talked about his job as Keepers of the Queens Jewel House at the Tower of London. and provided an interesting insight into this piece of National history. His wife Sue spoke about her role and the history of the White Tower at the Tower of London.

On Saturday, June 27, the Club had a night out at Romford Dog Stadium, where the Club and their friends enjoyed a meal and fellowship in a relaxed environment.

The Rotary Club of Chingford continues to support the local Blind Club and recently they took the Members of that Club on a river boat cruise along the River Lea and enjoyed a fish and chips dinner.