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1st, July 2017 Presidents Handover

Firstly, it is an honour to be asked to serve as the club’s President for the next year. I hope that, with the support of an excellent team of club officers and committee chairmen as well as all other members of the club, we will have a successful and enjoyable year.

As most of you know, although I was not born in Heathfield I grew up here and returned to live here about 15 years ago. My father was a member of Heathfield and Waldron Rotary club and served as President. I am sure that he would have been pleased to see his son follow in his footsteps.

We currently have a small number of members who, for a variety of reasons, have found it difficult to attend club meetings on a regular basis. We are just about to start our annual membership renewal round and I expect that we will start the New Rotary Year with a small reduction in numbers. With the help of membership secretary, Roger Clark, and plans for a visit from the District “visioning team” I would hope we will be able to recruit new members during the year and expand the numbers in Friends of Rotary.

I would like to include a few more outside activities and visits in our calendar in the coming year. There are one or 2 already in the diary and I would welcome your thoughts so we can compile a varied and interesting programme.

15th June 2017 Wealden Talking News—Bob Eaves 

Bob is a Trustee and Treasurer of Wealden Talking News which is a Charity ( Registered Charity Number: 270183) set up by Uckfield Lions in 1970 to provide blind and partialy sighted local people with access to local news it produces weekly memory sticks of news and features taken from the local papers.

It produces 4 editions each week covering a wide area of the East Sussex– Heathfield & District (including Battle & Wadhurst with surrounding villages), Crowborough & Uckfield, Hailsham & Polegate and Seaford & Newhaven. It also has a weekly features section that is of interest and available wherever you live. The WTN Monthly Magazine is produced and read by Richard Foster who, blind from birth, has a special insight into the needs of the sight impaired and has a wide following across the county. Anyone who is unable to read a news-paper due to sight problems can receive the Talking News free of charge. There are currently around 150 listeners and anyone that is sight impaired is invited to join the WTN mailing list.

All of the recordings are sent to the listeners on memory sticks. When you first join, one of the volunteers will call and see you and provide you with a small simple device, known as a “Boom Box”. It is simple to use and only measures 6′′ by 4′′ by 3′′. You will be shown how to use it and you will then be ready to listen to your memory sticks which will start arriving in the post. (You do not need a computer.)

There are around 70 volunteers who give their time freely in the studio based in two attic rooms in Cherwell Road The studio is in the process of being upgraded as is the “boom box” system and funds are urgently needed to enable this to happen. Rotarians are and have been involved practically, the Chairman is an ex Heathfield Rotarian, Members have been readers and recorders for many years.

WTN relies entirely on donations from the public and local businesses and fundraising events including an annual street collection. The annual street collection for 2017 will take place on the 21st October. Anyone available to help shouldreply via the contact form – all offers gratefully accepted.

Waldron Fun Day Sunday 6th August 2017


Human Fruit Machine at Le Marche.

Rotary Ladies in Charge - Bank Holiday Monday 2017


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Ladies with the Carmen Miranda version of the human Fruit Machine


Battle Abbey Rotary 70th Celebrations.

Rotary 70th Battle Abbey



We celebrated our 70th anniversary with a Dinner dance at Battle Abbey School. Those attending included 11 from our contact club, Nevers, Denis Spiller – the President Elect of RIBI, Peter West, our District Governor and the Presidents of Bexhill and Uckfield Clubs. In addition, all the members from Nevers, together with a very good turnout of our members and their partners, joined us for a regular weekly meeting on the Friday night.

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