Our January meeting was held on the 28th rather than the 21st because of bad weather. We were pleased to welcome Ros from Look Local as our speaker. Ros told us that having three children at school she decided that it would be a good idea to work from home. A friend who lived in Farnham was producing a magazine from home and Ros decided to do the same. Working from her garage the first Bookham Look Local was distributed at Christmas 2005.The magazine along with the advertisements has interesting articles on gardening, cooking recipes and reports on restaurants and other places that Ros visits. One advertiser in the first issue of the magazine is still advertising today. Ros also started the Cobham Look Local and is taking over producing a magazine for Esher and the surrounding areas.
Our February meeting should have been our last meeting at Bookham Grange Hotel but had to be hastily rearranged to be held at St. Nicolas’s Pastoral Centre. It was disappointing that we were unable to meet at the hotel for one last time as the club had been meeting there for 38 years. Sadly the hotel has closed.
Trevor Bates, President of Bookham & Horsley Rotary Club was our speaker for the evening. He spoke about his life concentrating on his involvement with the scouting movement. He started as a cub in 1947 and is still involved today as Secretary of the Leatherhead & District Executive Council for Scouting.
Our March meeting will be a joint meeting with Ashtead Inner Wheel Club at the Police Federation building in Leatherhead. The speaker will be June Robinson from the Leatherhead Community Association.
On March 1st we held our annual overseas tea party at the Old Barn Hall, Bookham. This year the charity we chose to support was The Literacy in a Box Trust with the speaker Ian Parker. The charity is supported by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland in partnership with the Rotary Club of Roborough, Plymouth. The object of the Trust is to advance education in schools primarily but not exclusively in Zambia and in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Education gives the children hope to enhance their very basic lives. They develop skills that will allow communities to become more in control of their own destiny. Working with another charity Operation Sunshine boxes are sent out containing materials for 25 children. Each box sent costs £275 inclusive of transport costs. With proceeds from tickets sold a raffle, a card stall and knitted goods the club raised over £1300 enough to send four Literacy boxes to Zambia. The knitted goods not sold will also be sent abroad.
On Tuesday 5th March Ann Cummings and I visited Keswick Care Home, Bookham and presented them with six Knee blankets which club members and friends had produced from knitted squares. The home was very grateful for these. We will be donating more blankets in future.
From April Bookham & Horsley Inner Wheel Club will meet at Effingham Golf Club on the 3rd Monday of the month.