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 –

Bursary 3-5

1st prize – Rachel Sparrow (flute)

2nd Prize – Brendan Harris (trombone)

3rd Prize – Eleri Evans (violin)

Grades 5+ class

Bursary 1st1st prize – Oliver Plant (Euphonium)




Bursary 2nd2nd Prize – Matthew Flood (Drum Kit)




Bursary 3rd3rd Prize -Solomon Fitzpatrick (violin)





Julliette Zeilmaker -Winner of the Marianne Williams Trophy

BBQ to Beat Cancer 11th July

Posted on June 09, 2015at 2:33 pm

BBQ to beat cancer

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

Air AmbulanceAROUND 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

Half Marathon chequeWe 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

Dave King visitWe were delighted to welcome Dave King to our meeting on Friday May 1 2015. He works for Hearing Link, a charity based in Sovereign Harbour.

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

Nadine marathonROTARIAN 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
or email

Rotary Music Scholarship

Posted on May 13, 2015at 6:03 am

The 2015 Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM’s Music Scholarship Awards in memory of club stalwart Marianne Williams takes place on Saturday May 16 at the Birley Centre.

Come and support the local talented young musicians from the East Sussex Music Service as they demonstrate their skills for the various bursaries available.

The event is a partnership between the Rotary Club and Marcus Plant from the Music Service and was organised by Marianne before her death. It was decided to keep the bursaries going as a suitable memory for her.

Rotary President Fred Cox said, ‘This a wonderful evening where the public will be able to see the very best of our local musicians.

‘It is amazing to see them pitch against each other before a panel of judges, and it is our pleasure to be able to award bursaries of around £2,000.

‘Marianne was very passionate about this event, and together with her family, we are proud to stage this once again in 2015.’

Everyone is welcome to the evening which starts at 6.30pm. Entrance at door £5 and £3 (under 16s).

Music Scholarship

Garden Party

Posted on April 28, 2015at 9:52 am

Community Garden Party2014 was the first year we staged Lyn’s Garden Party – but there is no doubt we will stage it for many more years to come.

It was held at the East Dean home of members Lynda Dean and Dave Cooper.

More than £1000 was raised for rotary causes and around 90 people attended.

Macmillan Cancer Relief’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Posted on April 28, 2015at 9:05 am

macmillancoffeeeeWe like to support annually Macmillan Cancer Relief’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which normally takes place on the last Friday in September.
This picture is from 2013 when we were kindly hosted at the Mansion Hotel by chairman of Lion Hotels Sheikh Abid-Gulzar. He is pictured with the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd, who is an AM member and was also the guest speaker.
Macmillan is a charity close to our heart!

Marianne Williams Music Scholarships

Posted on April 28, 2015at 9:05 am

Youth 1ONE of our proudest events we stage annually is the annual Marianne Williams Music Scholarships at the Birley Centre, part of Eastbourne College.
Marianne was a leading light in our club until her death two years ago, and amongst the many things she did for AM was to set up and organise the annual bursaries, in association with the East Sussex Music Service.
Each May we host an evening where the very best young musicians locally take part in a competition to win bursaries, normally around £2000.

2015 is the fifth year this has happened and obviously we have to fundraise during the year to make sure that we can cover the total cost of around £2500.

We are very proud to stage this event – and thank Marianne’s family for their continued support in making this happen.

The picture is from 2013 and shows the competition winners, judges and The President of the Rotary Club in that year Fiona Tritton.

Every Christmas we Support the Local REFUGE

Posted on April 28, 2015at 9:05 am

Community refuge hamperEvery Christmas we support the local REFUGE, which helps women and their children who have had to flee their homes due to domestic violence.

Jo Egan-Smith from the charity attended a meeting of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club at Chalk Farm in Willingdon in December 2014 to receive nine bumper hampers for the Refuge over the festive period.

President Fred Cox explained, ‘This is a cause very close to Eastbourne AM and one we have now been supporting for a number of years. There is a very active Refuge locally and it is a privilege to be able to support what it does.

‘We provided hampers packed with festive food, crackers and even a present for the mothers, and we hope it gave them a lift – however small that may have been – over the Christmas period.’

Pictured left to right: Rotarian Di Hammond who co-ordinated the hampers, Jo from Refuge, and AM President Fred Cox.