The Senlac Rotary Club

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Last week the Rotary Club of Senlac held a gala presentation evening at the Cooden Beach Hotel following their hugely successful annual Car Show which took place at Bodiam in June. The evening was attended by members of the Senlac club with partners and guests including Nigel Jarrett from the Bexhill Observer and David Davies from the Rotary Club of Windsor.

The Car Show raised in excess of £12,000 and this year’s recipients were in attendance to receive their donations. Senlac President Jimmy Carroll presented a cheque to Alison Marchant from the Pelham Trust in Sidley. Alison updated us on the progress of the Trust which was formed after Sidley Baptist Church bought the Pelham Hotel in order to provide a centre for local people. Now that the outside of the building is secure and watertight they are hoping to make a start on the inside to provide a coffee shop/breakfast club and meeting rooms for various community groups.

Chris Connor was next to receive a cheque on behalf of the Hastings Sea Cadets who provide very valuable construction help and security for the car Show. He said that the money would go toward new equipment for the marine cadets including bivouacs for sleeping out.

Peter Burnett and Rose Thomson received their cheque on behalf of SERV (Service by Emergency Volunteer Riders) also known as Bloodrunners who provide voluntary night time cover for the NHS by delivering blood products from the national blood transfusion units to hospitals in the south east area.

Roger Young of Senlac Rotary was on hand to receive the donation for Help for Heroes. This charity was nominated by the pilot who flew the Mk 9 reconnaissance Spitfire at low levels to thrill the crowds at the Car Show.

Iain Robinson of Senlac Rotary received a donation for the club’s Yellowmen of Kadongdong who visit Kenya twice a year, at their own expense, to continue work on projects in a remote area of Kenya.

The final presentation of the evening went to John Cosson from the Parchment Trust in Hastings which serves people with learning and physical disabilities in East Sussex. This presentation came from the proceeds of the Senlac Rotary Jazz Picnic held every year in Westfield, St Leonards.

The raffle with a difference ‘spot the spot!’ raised a further £105 for Rotary Charities.