The  Rotary Club of Sleaford

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Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

The Rotary Club were mentioned in the Autumn /Winter newsletter.  2018-19 President John Elkington is pictured handing over a cheque, making donations of over £80,000.  Thank you to everyone who has supported the Club raising this fantastic total.

Calvert Trust 2018

Every year Sleaford Rotary take a candidate to Calvert Trust, and this year's candidate was Sheena, who as you can see thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity, in fact her own words she had 'The best time of my life'.  

Trip to Twinlakes

A 'Kids Days Out' was enjoyed in glorious sunshine by Rainbow Stars at Twinlakes near Melton Mowbray.  Funded jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Sleaford and Sleaford Kesteven.

Handover 2018

Following a meal attended by most members and partners, outgoing president John Elkington handed over The Chain of Office to the incoming President Susan Waring.   Donations were made to St John Ambulance and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance as well as the British Heart Foundation and LIVES. 

Rotary Gin Fest 

Organised by rotarians, this was Sleaford's first Gin Festival held at Sleaford Cricket Club.  The event was well supported with many different gins for sale. 

Young Chef Competition 2018
President John Elkington with the entrants for the Young Chef competition from local secondary schools.  

Their task was to prepare ,cook and serve a two course meal plus dessert for two people at a cost not exceeding £10, all within a time of two hours. Three judges led by Chef Chris Spencer from The Queen's Head, Kirkby La Thorpe awarded points for cooking skills, presentation and taste together with other requirements. The marks were so close it was decided to award the title to two successful 'cooks' , who went forward to the District Final. The winners will also receive the opportunity to have some private tuition prior to the final,  kindly provided by the chief  judge Chris Spencer .

Tommy at the Calvert Trust
The Calvert Trust has over forty years of experience in delivering challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sleaford, Tommy is pictured at the centre in Kielder.  

Children of Courage Awards 2017

Rotary Young Chef 2017

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sleaford, the annual search for the 'National Rotary Young Chef of The Year' was held at the KSHS Academy.

Six cookery students from three of the local secondary schools were given 90 minutes to plan, prepare and cook a healthy meal for two within a tight budget of no more than £10.

The marking was over nine categories including healthy choices, planning, hygiene and cookery skills with taste and final table presentation.

All the judges were impressed by the high standard shown by the competitors in producing such 'mouth watering dishes' and unanimously agreed 15 year old Rebecca Parr from St. George's Academy Ruskington, to be the winner for her tasty and colourful dish of ' spinach stuffed chicken with potato gratin' followed by a delightful ' pavlova decorated with fruit'

Rebecca will now go forward to represent Sleaford in the District finals in Peterborough.

Crocus Planting to highlight the Campaign for Polio Eradication

To mark the Centenary of Rotary Foundation and to continue to raise awareness of Polio Eradication (one of the main initiatives supported by Rotary Foundation), The Rotary Club of Sleaford, together with pupils from the Alvey School and members of Sleaford in Bloom planted over 8000 crocus bulbs on Gregson Green and alongside the footpath leading into Sleaford. The Rotary Club appreciated the help given.


Twelve year old local schoolboy, Thomas Talbot, is seen here with President Alan Thomas, being presented with a complete set of competition wheels donated by the Rotary Club of Sleaford. Suffering from Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, Thomas uses a Racerunner, specifically designed for people with impaired balance to propel themselves around a stadium race track.
Thomas has recently represented England in the CPISRA European Racerunning Championships, held in Denmark, where he achieved gold in the 100,200,400 and 800 metres track events. He competed against 86 competitors from 22 nations.
Well done Thomas!!

A Day's Ploughing
At a recent Centenary Harvest Supper and Auction for Foundation, one of the auction lots was a day's ploughing on with a Veteran Tractor and a Vintage Tractor. The photo shows the successful bidders waiting to enjoy their day on the farm. A ploughman's lunch was also supplied. 

Swimathon 2016

Eighty six swimmers swam a total of over 7000 lengths (110 miles ) or  from Sleaford - Manchester in the 2016 Rotary Swimathon.

The Schools Challenge was won by Carre's Grammar School in the Secondary Schools section, second were Kesteven and Sleaford High School. In the Junior Schools section, the Alvey School were worthy winners over the Winchelsea School and Leasingham.

Ann Waldeck enjoying a moment of humour with Alan Thomas, President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford, following her induction into the worldwide organisation of Rotary at a recent meeting of the Sleaford lunchtime club.



Motorcycle Ambulances for Uganda Money was donated towards this project in Uganda.  The Rotary Club of Sleaford have provided three motorcycle ambulances to transport patients to hospital.  Without the ambulances it can take hours to walk to the nearest hospital, by which time it is often too late.