Raising money for SASBAH with the new Eastbourne Pier owner
Posted on October 24, 2015at 3:46 pm
ON Friday November 6, Mr Sheikh-Abid Gulzar – the new owner of Eastbourne Pier – and Eastbourne AM Rotary Club are together organising a charity breakfast, and we are hoping very much you will attend.
Mr Gulzar has worked with Rotary for a number of years to support charities in Sussex and he is very proud to be doing so once again.
At the breakfast – which will run from 7.15am until 8.30am at the Lions Mansion Hotel along Eastbourne seafront – we will be raising money for a charity which both Eastbourne AM and Mr Gulzar support.
It is SASBAH – the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 – and which supports 500 disabled people across the county.
Cost to this breakfast is just £5 per person – which includes a full cooked breakfast plus tea and coffee – and every penny will go direct to the charity.
Because of this week’s news about the Pier, Mr Gulzar will also be talking about the pier and why he wanted to buy it, plus some of his plans going forward.
To book, please email Peter Lindsey, the President of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club, at email@example.com or call 07710 934 574.
Eastbourne AM raises £1000 for Macmillan
Posted on September 27, 2015at 11:00 am
WE held our annual Macmillan breakfast on Friday – and we raised £1000 for the wonderful charity.
Brewers staged the event at their new shop in Birch Road and we estimate there were more than 70 people there, including our MP Caroline Ansell.
AM welcomes German visitors
Posted on September 13, 2015at 5:22 pm
MAYOR Janet Coles hosted a group of German Rotarians at the Town Hall on Saturday morning as part of an exciting new exchange project.
Eastbourne AM Rotary Club is now officially an International Partner with the Rotary Club of Pirmasens-Sudwestpfalz in Germany after a three-day visit to Eastbourne at the weekend.
The partnership was sealed with a signing of certificates from AM President Peter Lindsey and German President Michael Straesser witnessed by the Mayor in her parlour.
The 20-strong group of visitors spent the weekend at The View Hotel, and they ate at The Ship Inn at Meads and then the Sussex Ox at Milton Street.
Breakaway 2015 – what a weekend!
Posted on September 07, 2015at 7:43 pm
We had to raise £6400 to make the holiday possible for more than 50 SASBAH service-users and their families, who absolutely loved it. SASBAH contributed the rest of the money.
Among the activities were orienteering, abseiling, zipwiring, tunnelling, archery and rifle shooting. It was amazing to see what the disabled people achieved.
Six of our Interactors joined us for the Saturday, while on Saturday lunchtime we welcomed Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council.
Rotarians joined the group for some – or indeed all – of the weekend.
Cash boost for Breakaway
Posted on August 25, 2015at 9:41 am
TWO generous donations have given Eastbourne AM Rotary Club’s annual Breakaway holiday for the disabled a much-needed boost.
Each year the club organises and fully funds a weekend away for up to 35 young people, providing a break for those going and also much-needed respite care for their families and carers
The cost is more than £4000, which Rotarians stage a variety of events to raise, and this September the trip will take place at Lodge Hill Centre in Pulborough, West Sussex.
Pevensey Masonic Club has donated £513.68 and Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club has chipped in with another £250, and representatives from both organisations attended this week’s AM meeting to hand over the money.
Pictured left to right: Mason Graham Buchanan, Rotary President Peter Lindsey and David Phillips.
Lyn’s Garden Party a great success
Posted on August 24, 2015at 6:50 pm
AROUND 120 guests enjoyed the amazing Lyn’s Garden Party organised by AM and held at Friston on the afternoon of Sunday August 23.
The rain fell on the morning so we were mightily relieved that we were blessed with fine weather for the very special occasion.
So many Rotarians supported this event, in a variety of ways, and we are grateful to everyone who played their part, however small.
We are also grateful to the members of Micheldene WI for their hands-on support, and of course to Phil and Carolyn who hosted everyone. It was just great.
It looks like around £1400 was raised for Rotary charities – a great afternoon and a great outcome for AM.
AM’s breakfast at Airbourne
Posted on August 16, 2015at 11:43 am
Patrick Trowell and Dave Cooper organised – and cooked – the breakfast, and around 25 members and friends attended the event.
Patrick and friends were out on the jet skis while some of the other members preferred to spend the time on the beach, eating bacon sarnies and drinking coffee.
All money raised is being donated to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Summer breakfast at Redoubt
Posted on August 16, 2015at 11:35 am
We went to the Redoubt for our meeting on Friday August 7, welcoming 34 members and friends. It was a lovely morning and the breakfast – provided by the Redoubt staff – was excellent. Our speakers were Rob Cotterill, chief executive of the borough council, and Graham Cook, programme manager for the new Devonshire Park development. They provided an enlightening presentation.
Eastbourne AM to support Michael Fish evening for SASBAH
Posted on August 16, 2015at 11:28 am
An Evening with Michael Fish is being hosted by SASBAH – the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – at the Lansdowne Hotel, Eastbourne, on Thursday September 10 at 7pm. John Wilton from Eastbourne Sovereign is the host.
Cost for a three-course meal, plus listening to Michael, is £25, and there will also be a raffle which funds going to the charity, which is based at Gun Hill, near Horam.
It provides support for around 500 people across Sussex affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and other disabilities.
To book your seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01825 873045.
Kids Out Theatre Trip
Posted on August 10, 2015at 11:25 am
EASTBOURNE AM was once again delighted to take part in Kids Out 2015.
We paid for 100 children and their families from two organisations to attend Legally Blonde at the Congress Theatre on Saturday August 1, staged by The Rattonians.
The groups were The Salvation Army Eastbourne and SASBAH – the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
We are grateful to Mel and Mark from The Rattonians, who subsidised the tickets.
Beachy Head Lighthouse Walk
Posted on August 10, 2015at 10:55 am
Almost 700 people took part in this year’s 2015 Beachy Head Lighthouse Challenge, organised by AM.
The annual walk took place on Saturday with 685 people registering for the charity event.
Organisers estimate more than £3,000 was raised which will be donated to local charities including the Eastbourne RNLI.
Both lifeboats were out at sea to keep an eye on walkers and Eastbourne Coastguard volunteers were also on hand as were Raynet and St John Ambulance volunteers.
The walk, the third event, started just before 5.30pm and walkers were able to walk to the lighthouse and back before sunset and before the tide turned
Organiser Martin Wellings said, “It was a huge success and we are delighted.
“The annual walk around the lighthouse is a rare opportunity when a low spring tide occurs at the right time, and during daylight hours to enable people to walk around the lighthouse.
“The walk was originally started to raise funds for the re-painting necessary, together with some worthwhile charities, and was organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM in conjunction with the Save the Stripes campaign and supported by the Eastbourne Herald.”
“On their return walkers were presented with a certificate to authenticate that they are one of the few people who have undertaken the Lighthouse Challenge.”
Organisers are already planning next year’s event.
The walk was originally held three years ago to pay for the iconic lighthouse to be repainted.
Trinity House, which owns the lighthouse, said back then it could not justify the cost of repainting the red and white stripes and wanted it to return to its natural granite grey. Campaigners set about raising £30,000 to pay for the cost of repainting with paint donated by Brewers.
Airbourne “Give a Quid” Campaign
Posted on August 10, 2015at 9:40 am
Local Rotary clubs have joined forces to raise funds for Airbourne flying displays and local charities, in this year’s ‘Give a Quid’ campaign.
The campaign, organised by Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham Rotary clubs, will see collectors out in force from mid-afternoon all four days of the airshow, which runs from August 13-16.
Joined by volunteers from Eastbourne, Eastbourne AM, Eastbourne Sovereign and Beachy Head Rotary Clubs, residents and visitors are being urged to show their appreciation through donations that will support both future flying displays and local charities.
Last year’s collection raised more than £35,000, the biggest collection in the show’s history, and this year Eastbourne’s Rotary Clubs are calling on even more volunteers in the hope of topping last year’s success.
Collection organiser Don Perman of Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club said, “Last year was a new record, but this year we have some extra collection points and I hope to break that record; accordingly, more than ever, we need every volunteer collector we can get!”
Friends of Eastbourne Hospital, Riding for the Disabled (Eastbourne) and Kent, Sussex & Surrey Air Ambulance are the three charities who will each receive a split of 30 per cent of all proceeds from the collection, with the remainder funding many of the highlights in the flying display programme.
This year’s show is already set to be memorable as the Vulcan makes its final appearance before retiring at the end of the year, and the Blenheim and MiG-15 wow the crowds for the very first time on Super Saturday.
Red Arrows, twilight pyro-aerobatics, fireworks and a performance by chart-toppers Scouting for Girls on the beach, also look set to bring in a bumper crowd.
With more than 70 flying displays over the four days, the cost of keeping Airbourne flying high is increasingly borne by public donations, in order to attract the best displays.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “We want to make sure Airbourne continues to keep our local businesses busy for many years to come.
“The bucket collections really do make a huge difference – without these generous donations we wouldn’t be able to display some of the big attractions that we’ll be seeing in our skies this August.
“The more we can achieve in the buckets, the bigger our flying programme will be for next year!”
Flying displays have also been part funded this year through generous donations by Sussex residents David Dickens, Brian Bunce and Jayne Howard.
Collection boxes will be available on the Western Lawns every day, at the Airbourne Information point on the Wish Tower Slopes, at the Tourist Information Centre and with bucket collectors touring the crowds each afternoon.
Southern Railway have also this year added Eastbourne station as a collection point for the first time, for the many visitors departing at the end of each day.
Local Rotary clubs will also be running stalls with collection boxes in the town centre at Bankers Corner and at Airbourne on the Western Lawns.
Airbourne fans can also support the event by donating online or by purchasing the souvenir programme at just £4 plus P&P, available for pre-order online, or at the Tourist Information Centre and Seafront Office from 7 August.
Airbourne Lottery tickets costing just £1 can also be purchased here for the chance to win a range of prizes including hospitality and a flight with The Blades, with all proceeds supporting future flying displays at the show.
To join the volunteer collection team contact Don Perman on email@example.com or telephone 01323 479713.
Past President Attends Queen’s Award
Posted on July 23, 2015at 8:39 am
PAST President of Eastbourne AM Fred Cox attended Herstmonceux Castle on Sunday afternoon to represent the club at a very special event.
It was a celebration for the Polegate-based Children with Cancer, which has just received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
It’s the equivalent of an MBE, and was created by the Queen in 2002 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.
Chris Downton, chairman and one of the founders of the charity said, “It’s fantastic to have been recognised and we really appreciate the award. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us over the years and to all ‘our families’ who have allowed us into their lives at immensely difficult times – you are amazing and truly inspirational and this award is for all of you too.”
The Children With Cancer Fund was founded in 1998 and has steadily grown.
Over the years, it has helped hundreds of families in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove, as well as letting cancer families from all over the country use its caravans for holiday breaks.
The charity also supported the building of family rooms within the Eastbourne and Hastings hospitals, allowing families to stay together during isolation treatment.
It has also helped with the purchase of a new mini bus for children with cancer and their siblings to go out on respite trips.
Individual wishes and group events have been organised, giving families going through cancer a way of meeting up with other local families going through the same treatment, but in a more relaxed environment. Chris said, “Funding is also a very important part of the charity and as we have got larger we now need staff to help us run the charity. We are always looking for support from individuals, groups and companies. They can donate either via the web site www.childrenwithcancerfund.org.uk or regularly through the bank. We can help so many with just a little financial help from others.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said, “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups rewarded for community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
“The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Pictured is Fred Cox with the High Sheriff of East Sussex Juliet Smith.
Lighthouse Walk Will Support Eastbourne RNLI
Posted on July 21, 2015at 1:36 pm
MORE than 330 people have already signed up for what will now be a record-breaking Beachy Head Lighthouse charity Challenge on Saturday August 1.
And after reading an appeal in last week’s Herald, organisers Eastbourne AM Rotary Club has decided to pledge some of the funds raised to the Eastbourne RNLI, one of the two charities Mayor Janet Coles is supporting this year.
AM President Peter Lindsey and David Phillips, event co-ordinator for the Eastbourne branch of the RNLI and Community Safety Volunteer, met Mayor Janet Coles on Tuesday morning at the Town Hall.
Peter said, ‘This looks to be the biggest and best Lighthouse Walk yet, in what is now its third year, and we are delighted the RNLi is now on board.
‘There is still time to register for what is a very special and unique walk. The Mayor has been very supportive of AM and we want to do our bit for one of her charities as well.’
The walk started three years ago as part of a successful campaign to raise funds of £27,000 re-paint the ionic Beachy Head Lighthouse.
Martin Wellings from Eastbourne AM organised a walk along the beach so that everyone could see the lighthouse close up at in all its newly-painted glory – and now it has become an annual event.
He said, ‘This is a rare opportunity when a low Spring tide occurs at the right time, and during daylight hours to enable people to walk around the lighthouse.
‘The walk was originally started to raise funds for the re-painting necessary, together with some worthwhile charities, and was organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM …in conjunction with the “Save the Stripes” campaign and supported by the Eastbourne Herald.’
Those taking part this year will check in at the kiosk at the foot of the Downs by Bede’s between 16:45 and 17:15 and be given full information of the walk, plus safety guidelines.
‘Timing is important, as we need to arrive at the lighthouse in the small window that allows people to walk around it, and at the same time to return before the tide turns and sunset. Maximum low water is forecast to be at 19:11 BST, and sunset is 20:44 BST,’ added Martin.
‘On return, everyone will be presented with a certificate to authenticate that they are one of the few people who have undertaken the “Lighthouse Challenge”. ‘
David Phillip said, ‘I am delighted the organisers have chosen Eastbourne Organiser RNLI and the walk will enable us to highlight the RNLI’s 2015 national drowning prevention campaign Respect the Water to keep people safe on and around water.’
Martin Wellings can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the walk, go to www.eastbourneam.org/events
Pictured: Mayor Janet Coles with Peter Lindsey and David Phillips.
Donation to Eastbourne Allotments
Posted on July 20, 2015at 8:42 am
EASTBOURNE AM has donated £500 to help life easier for disabled gardeners at Eastbourne Allotments.
The group has made an appeal for donations because it needs to raise £12,000 for raised garden beds so disabled people can play an active part.
Rotarian Chris Purcell – himself a keen gardener – asked the club for support and can be seen handing the money over to Gywn, one of the organisers.
BBQ For Cancer
Posted on July 13, 2015at 9:31 am
EASTBOURNE AM supported Cancer Research UK by taking part in the charity’s annual BBQ weekend on Saturday July 11.
This was the second time that Rotarian Mel Adams and husband Mark have hosted the event – and a whopping £845 was raised.
David Barker, chair of community, organised the BBQ with Mel, including the raffle which raised £200 alone. There were around 60 people present.
President Peter Lindsey said, ‘This was a great afternoon and showed why AM is so good. There was great fellowship and service at the same time, and all for a wonderful cause.’
Celebration Breakfast at Ratton Academy
Posted on July 13, 2015at 9:05 am
MP Caroline Ansell and Mayor Janet Coles were among the guests at a celebration breakfast at Ratton Academy on Friday.
Eastbourne AM Rotary Club normally meets every week for breakfast at Chalk Farm, but changed its venue to mark the outstanding efforts of its Interactors – a group of young people from the school.
The Interactors organised a very successful community fair on Wednesday July 8 – and our MP presented them each with certificates for their work.
Pictured, Caroline, Interact President Fletcher Burton and the Mayor.
First Interact Community Fair
Posted on July 10, 2015at 9:35 am
We have a thriving Interact club – that’s Rotary for young people – and we work with Ratton Academy pupils to ensure that it does thrive.
Rotarian Chris Purcell takes the lead on this, and we have started doing a number of projects with them.
On July 8, the Interactors staged their first ever Community Fair – and it was a great success, led by Interact President Fletcher Burton. Around 20 organisations and charities were in attendance, and Years 7 to 10 came into the hall at different intervals to learn about them.
The day was sponsored by some of the proceeds of the Eastbourne Half-Marathon – thanks to Mike Reid from Reid and Dean for organising this.
And to be clear – the whole event was organised by the Interactors. And they did an absolutely fantastic job.
Visitors from Down Under!
Posted on July 07, 2015at 10:04 am
This is the club that one of our former – and very fond – members Bill Bailey now belongs to.
Pictured left to right: AM member and Assistant District Governor Chris Brenchley, President Peter Lindsey, immediate past President Fred Cox, Janine and Bill, and incoming President Faiza Shafeek.
Posted on July 07, 2015at 10:02 am
HANDOVER has taken place at Eastbourne AM – pictured left to right, Fred Cox is the outgoing President, he is replaced by Peter Lindsey, and Faiza Shafeek will take over on July 1, 2016.
At Handover, Peter, on behalf of all members, thanked Fred for the considerable amount of amazing work he has undertaken for the club in the past 12 months.
£1000 from Faiza and Johnston Press
Posted on July 07, 2015at 10:00 am
Faiza Shafeek – the incoming President of Eastbourne AM – has donated a further £250 to the club’s charity funds, bringing the total to £1000.
This is from raffles she organises at events she runs for Johnston Press and represents only a portion of the large amount that she donates to charity.
She is pictured with new President Peter Lindsey.
Interact Community Fair – 8th July
Posted on June 30, 2015at 8:05 am
EASTBOURNE AM’s Interact Club is organising its inaugural Community Fair at Ratton School on Wednesday 8th July
They have invited a number of organisations from the town in order that students can discover areas of need in the community and how groups are working to support this.
During the day, each year will have an opportunity to interact with groups as diverse as the Food Bank, Greenpeace and Eastbourne Borough Council Museums.
At the end of the school day, the event will be opened to parents and carers from 3.15 – 4.00pm.
Friends of the Earth, Edible Eastbourne, Eastbourne Community Energy, Matthew 25 Mission, Age Concern UK, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Rotary AM, ER Interactors, Greenpeace, GSA, MS Association, Old Town Library, Band of Brothers, Eastbourne Food Bank, Children with Cancer Fund, Eastbourne Borough Council Museums, Sasbah, Woodland Folk, Salvation Army, Eastbourne RNLI.
Citation for Bill Plumridge
Posted on June 24, 2015at 11:40 am
FRED Cox, President of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club, has presented a Citation Award of thanks to Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge, right. Bill has run Win a Car in the shopping centre for many years during December, and this proves to be a great fundraiser for many local charities. Eastbourne AM is always given the popular Christmas Eve slot, and Fred said the certificate is the club’s way of saying thank you to Bill and his team.
Presidents Night 2015
Posted on June 15, 2015at 9:56 am
Here are a selection of pictures taken from our President’s Night on Saturday June 13 at the View Hotel.
The evening started with a display by the belly dancers Sea Gypsies, then after dinner there were a series of presentations to President Fred and wife Val.
They were both also made Ambassadors of SASBAH for their voluntary work.
Mayor Janet Coles and former MP Stephen Lloyd both spoke of Fred’s passion for serving the community in a voluntary way.
Marianne Williams Music Scholarships
Posted on June 11, 2015at 10:55 am
EASTBOURNE AM was once again very proud to host the 2015 Marianne Williams Music Scholarships recently at the Birley Centre, which is part of Eastbourne College.
The event was run in association with the East Sussex Music Service – with special thanks to Marcus Plant – and was first started by Marianne, a stalwart of AM.
Sadly she has now died but we still organise the event annually in her memory. We gave a total of £2040 prize money this year to the contestants.
The results were:
Grade 3—5 class –
1st prize – Rachel Sparrow (flute)
2nd Prize – Brendan Harris (trombone)
3rd Prize – Eleri Evans (violin)
Grades 5+ class
Julliette Zeilmaker -Winner of the Marianne Williams Trophy
BBQ to Beat Cancer 11th July
Posted on June 09, 2015at 2:33 pm
The club is supporting Cancer Research UK with its annual BBQ To Beat Cancer Weekend in July.
Mel and Mark Adams are kindly hosting the event at 4pm on Saturday July 11 in their back garden. Last year AM raised around £750 with a similar BBQ.
The club has been badly affected by members suffering from cancer in recent years, and we feel this is an important event to support.
Cost is £10 per head, with all proceeds to this very worthwhile cause.
Air Ambulance Talk at Hailsham Rotary Club
Posted on May 29, 2015at 3:57 pm
AROUND 60 Rotarians- including seven from Eastbourne AM – attended a talk by a top doctor from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance on Tuesday evening.
This was Hailsham Rotary Club’s weekly meeting, but ADG Chris Brenchley invited other clubs who attended, included us, Bexhill and Eastbourne Sovereign Harbour.
The service costs £9 million a year to run with no government funding. It runs a very successful lottery, and both Hailsham and Sovereign will be supporting the cause next year.
Eastbourne Half Marathon £300 Donation
Posted on May 29, 2015at 3:54 pm
We were delighted to welcome to breakfast Mike Reid, a good friend of the club who also runs the Eastbourne Half-marathon each year.
They always donate some of the funds raised to local charities – and on Friday we were delighted to learn we had been picked to receive a £300 donation.
The money will go towards our annual Kids Out event at the end of July, where we send families from the Salvation Army and SASBAH to a summer show at the Congress Theatre.
This is a great treat for them as many of them will have never been to the theatre. This year’s show is Legally Blonde staged by The Rattonians.
Pictured: Mike with Rotarian Lynda Dean.
Dave King of Hearing Link talks to Eastbourne AM
Posted on May 13, 2015at 6:21 am
He spoke about Hearing Loop Awareness Week which has been organised by Hearing Link to run in tandem with the ‘Let’s Loop the UK’ campaign. That strives to create greater awareness and access to hearing loops in communities across the UK.
The week runs from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November 2015.
Dave (right) is pictured with Eastbourne AM President Fred Cox.
Nadine Runs Brighton Marathon in aid of SASBAH
Posted on May 13, 2015at 6:14 am
ROTARIAN Nadine Ashford, pictured, ran the Brighton Marathon on Sunday April 12 for SASBAH and raised around £1000.
Nadine – a partner at Lawson Lewis Blakers in Hyde Gardens – completed the 26 miles in 3 hours and 40 minutes.
‘It was tough but I really enjoyed it – and it was all for a good cause,’ she said.
She chose SASBAH – the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – based at Gun Hill because she says it is a charity she has drawn inspiration from.
‘I have seen a lot of the good work the charity does through my involvement with Eastbourne AM Rotary Club, which supports SASBAH and has both the chair and chief executive as members,’ she said.
‘And what a better time to support SASBAH than 2015 – the 50th birthday for the charity.’
You can still sponsor Nadine by going to www.justgiving.com/N-ashford/
or email email@example.com