The sun was shining, the bouncy castle in prime place, stallholders ready to welcome families and the clues to the treasure hunt laid out round Grenfell Park. The 5th Annual Easter Family Fun Day had arrived!
This year children enjoyed the many activities on offer including bouncing like bunnies on the bouncy castle, having their faces painted, playing skittles and trying their luck at the coconut shye. Of course the main attraction was hunting around the park following clues to answer the Easter-Themed quiz so they could be rewarded with chocolates.
Once again the event was a huge hit with local families and a great success, with more than 900 people joining in the fun, the most to ever attend.
Sima’s Action Kids ran a 30 minute active movement and song session which saw children jump around to some great music, as well as the Easter Rabbit joining in with sleeping bunnies!
Event Organiser Adam Hunter, commented “For the fifth year running we have had a great day with excellent support from the local community. We’re thrilled with the number of people who came to enjoy this superb park in the centre of town, and join in the fun”.
The following companies and people kindly donated to the event, both in the form of eggs and their time on the day, without them we would not have been able to put on this free community event: The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, The Shanly Foundation, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Mars, Sima's Action Kids, Bill Traylen, Steph James, Ultra Quick Hire Ltd and Maidenhead Rotaract Club. Your contribution was very much appreciated by our club and all the local families who came to enjoy the day.
Hearing of the lack of food at the town’s foodbank the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge leapt into action and purchased £250 worth of food to re-stack the shelves at the FoodShare store on Saturday.
The club has worked with FoodShare for over 5 years, supporting them every Wednesday and Saturday managing food distribution but also supporting them with practical issues such as helping to devise the food stacking/storage process to ensure all donated food is distributed to families in need.
Rotarians Kevin Gower and Lisa Hunter, with help from Debbie Gee from FoodShare, were stood outside Tesco Maidenhead as it opened and filled 3 trolleys with tinned vegetables and fruit, rice, cooking sauces and jams to help fill the current shortage of these food items.
Lisa Hunter commented “We must at this point say a huge thank you to Tesco Maidenhead for their amazing generosity as they gave us an additional £100 to spend in store, boosting us to be able to purchase £350 worth of much-needed food. We should also apologise for clearing them out of all tinned carrots and peas!”
Kevin and Lisa were joined by fellow club members, Nisha Chhetri, Don Pearce, Carlos Sepulveda and Siobhan back at the FoodShare Centre to help date and stack the newly purchased food on the shelves ready for distribution.
Kevin comments “This is just one of the ways our club tries to make a difference to our community. The Foodshare volunteers that are members of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club can be proud of the contribution they have made to helping local people who have hit a difficult period in their lives.”
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Dozens and dozens of Easter Bunnies came to life in the Nicholson Centre at a special Easter craft session yesterday as Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club brought fun and laughter into the town centre.
The community-based club organised the free session to give our young Maidonians a chance to let out their creative sides without creating a mess at home and were thrilled to see so many people, young and old, transform their masks into very impressive bunnies!
Adam Hunter, Club Member and Event Organiser, commented “It was loads of fun and great to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they went crazy with glitter, cotton wool and feathers! We’re really looking forward to seeing all our newly created bunnies hop down to Grenfell Park on Easter Saturday to join in the free Easter Family Fun Day”.
This is the third year the club has organised this free craft session as a pre-cursor to their FREE Easter Family Fun Day, being held in Grenfell Park on Saturday 15th April from 11am to 3pm.
Brave members of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club took on 24 physical and mental challenges in 24 hours in a bid to raise money for End Polio Now and The Rotary Foundation at the weekend.
The club has a history of weird and wacky fundraising ideas including The Big Climb, which saw members climb the outside climbing wall at Longridge 256 times, the equivalent of base camp to the summit of Everest; and not to mention taking on the Thames Path Challenge - a gruelling 50k walk against time from Runnymede to Henley. But this is going to be their biggest challenge to date!
Members took part in a wide range of challenges starting at 8am on Saturday and finishing at 8am on Sunday at The Magnet Leisure Centre. The challenges included, but wasn’t limited to:
Why? The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity, is celebrating 100 years in 2017 and this is a great way to raise money so that Rotary can continue doing good in the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. This challenge was just one way to raise money so the club can make lives better in your community and around the world.
Lisa Hunter, event organiser commented “It had to be the toughest thing I have ever done but I am so proud of myself, as well as fellow club members Mike and Elisa-Jade, for successfully getting through the full 24 challenges in one piece! The funds raised are going to make such a difference to people’s lives, not only right here in Maidenhead, but all over the world. It’s one of the reasons I joined Rotary, to be able to make an impact and make a positive difference. I’m not going to lie, I was worried about doing my first ever spinning class but that was great fun, however body combat 12 hours in was most definitely a challenge, especially as I punched myself in the face!”
A total of 27 club members took part at some point, along with their children. It was a great day, members had lots of fun and have raised over £1,500 for the charities in the process too! However you can still support the club by sponsoring the team here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/24Challenges
Lisa continued “We would like to say a massive thank you to The Magnet Leisure Centre for letting us use their facilities, to all the instructors who gave up their time to facilitate a sessions for us including Gemma Rose Thomas (yoga), Ian Walker (Spinning), Leah Evans from The Cheerleading Academy, Niki Kitt from Clubbercise Maidenhead with Niki, Dorn Kipping (Body Combat), Michelle Andrews (cycling) and Mariya Kaloferova (Zumba) – we really could not have done it without you.”
The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge hosted the Thames Valley finals of the Rotary Young Chef competition at Claires Court last weekend. Seven budding young cooks were asked to design and prepare three courses for a panel of judges. The competition is part of a nationwide search for the best young chef in Britain & Ireland and is sponsored by Rotary Clubs around the country.
Participants were chosen from schools around the Thames Valley region through local heats, and were then asked to prepare a three course meal for a budget of £15. Marks were awarded for costing, planning, the range of skills displayed, as well as the taste and presentation of the courses. The candidates presented their menus and courses to a panel of three judges, including two professional chefs.
Judge and Maidenhead Bridge Rotarian, Elisa-Jade Gratton, said “The standard of food far surpassed our expectations, and the competitors conducted themselves with a professionalism beyond their years. The industry is facing difficulties sourcing new talent, so seeing young people with such passion for food is really encouraging.”
Claires Court became involved having initially enquired about taking part in the competition, but later volunteered their facilities as a venue for the district final. Paul Bevis, headteacher of Claires Court Girls and Sixth Form said, “We were delighted to host this round of the Rotary Young Chef competition. It is vital to keep children and young people engaged with food and with cooking. Rotary's Young Chef competition encourages those with a passion for food to express their ideas and creativity and that was certainly on show here today.”
The winner of the Thames Valley final was Harry Hutchins from Hungerford, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Thatcham who prepared a squid starter, followed by salmon and wild rice, finishing with a pear poached in spiced red wine. Harry, and the runner up Elizabeth Vila Creus from Northwood, will now progress through to a regional final for the south east of England.
The District Young Chef Competition is just one of the many local youth based activities carried out by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, alongside a free Easter family fun day in Grenfell Park.
The Maidenhead Zombie Walk and Ball in October was hugely successful, so much so the organisers handed over
£1000 to local charity Number 22 Counselling Services on Sunday.
The not-for-profit event was run entirely by community based volunteers from the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, Maidenhead Live, and Maidenhead Round Table. It saw more than 200 zombies, with their clothes ripped and blood dripping from their rotting faces, limp and groan their way to the Town Hall through the Nicholsons Centre!
Shula Tajima, from Number 22 Counselling, joined members of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club and Vicky Lunt, Chief Zombie, at their club meeting to tell them more about how the money they raised would be used.
The charity, which has been running for 40 years, supports many local people by providing free counselling services. Since the charity was formed they have supported more than 18,000 people, volunteers have given up more than 70,000 hours of their time and they have worked with 318 counsellors.
Currently they have 110 counsellors that give up 6 hours of their time per week completely free of charge to support people who need their help in the Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough areas.
Shula spoke with passion and thanked the club and Zombie Team, commenting “this money is going to make such a difference to us. A thousand pounds doesn’t seem much but to us that can support the work of 10 counsellors for a whole year; as well as enable us to train new counsellors so we can increase our services!”
Victoria Williams, President at Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club member, commented “we are thrilled to be involved in this unique, quirky and fabulously fun event for the whole family. To be able to support such a great charity in Number 22 Counselling is amazing as they provide such incredibly important services in Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.”
Vicky Lunt, Zombie Walk organiser commented "'it was such a pleasure to meet Shula and hear about all the great counselling help Number 22 have been able to provide to young people in the area. It's amazing to think that thanks to the people who attended and helped put on the zombie walk last year, we've been able to help this great charity to support people this coming year!"
THE ROTARY CLUB OF MAIDENHEAD BRIDGE INVITED TOWN RESIDENTS TO PICK UP SOME HEALTH TIPS AND INFORMATION ALONGSIDE SALE SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND. OVER 80 PEOPLE TOOK THE ROTARIANS UP ON THEIR OFFER, RECEIVING BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS, CHOLESTEROL CHECKES, DIABETES CHECKS AND ADVICE ON EXERCISE AND HEALTHY EATING.
The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge invited the community of Maidenhead to kick off 2017 in a healthy way with a free, informal Health Awareness Day in the Nicholson Centre last Saturday, joined by teams from Lloyds Pharmacy and The Stroke Association.
The Rotary Club took over a unit in the Nicholson Centre from 10am to offer advice and information on getting fit, eating healthily, the effects of high cholesterol and how to manage it, diabetes, and the risks of high blood pressure – all completely free of charge with no obligations. Over 80 people took the club up on their offer.
Neil Gow, event organiser, commented “After having their blood pressure checked 21 people were advised to visit their GP within a month and five were advised to visit their GP within a week. This proves that these events really do potentially reduce ill-health and perhaps save lives.”
For the first time this year the club teamed up with Lloyds Pharmacy to offer free cholesterol checks and blood sugar tests; giving advice on how to lower cholesterol levels and avoid contracting diabetes, which is an increasing healthcare concern. Of those who were tested 10 were advised to make changes to their diet immediately, 5 were asked to visit their GP for further tests and 1 person was referred immediately for in-depth cholesterol checks.
Neil added “The diabetes testing proved to be such a popular addition to the day that we are considering running the same event in a few months’ time, so do keep an eye out for details if you missed them last weekend.”
The Health Awareness Day is just one of the many local community based activities carried out by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, alongside a free Easter family fun day in Grenfell Park and a close working relationship with FoodShare helping to feed the hungry in Maidenhead and the immediate area.