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District Conference Torquay

gala dinner Neil and DOREEN BEETON WITH ANDYGSE Team 2

In a spring that has seen the wettest April and May on record we were afforded the most beautifully sunny weekend imaginable in Torquay the English Riveria.

The weekend started with the golf and bowling tournaments. Andrew and I particpated in the bowling, and enjoyed it enormously. In the morning we had walked around the harbour and enjoyed the glorious weather. Next to the conference centre are the Torre Abbey grounds and ruins. Currently being rennovated using Lottery funds, they were beautiful (pictures)

Friday night is traditionally club night and as there was just the two of us from The Brickhills we joined New Portnell and Wolverton and Stony Stratford clubs at their hotel for a delicious dinner and lively conversation. Luckily everything was well within walking distance so we were able enjoy a good drink with friends.

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District Conference Eastbourne

Rotary Club of the Brickhills running a fun casinoRotary District Conference in EastbourneWe were asked to provide some of the entertainment for our District Conference in Eastbourne at the end of March. Fourteen of us from the club arrived in Eastbourne with all the casino equipment and duly set up in the place ollocated for the Friday evening entrtainment..

The guests were supposed to arrive at 21:00 but this time came and went and there was only a trickle of Rotarians from other clubs in the district arriving. Then all of a sudden, they were pouring into the hall and the space we had allocated ourselves did not seem big enough.

Around 200 people collected their chips and played the tables all night long. It was hard work but very enjoyable indeed. Everyone agreed it had been a most succesful evening of entertainment, the music was supplied by Gentel Jazz from Hemel Hemstead. It was just a shame that Les lee our DG could not be there.

The rest of the conference was enjoyed by Andy Forgham, Elizabeth and Andrew Sheldon. The highlight was the performance on Sunday morning of the Chicken Shed theatre group. An inspiring group of able and less able young adults. Delightful.

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District Conference in Bath

Rotary district 1260 conference in BathDG Sandy Aked-WalkerThis years District Governor, Sandy Aked-Walker, chose the historic city of Bath for the District Conference of her year. A rare trip away from the seaside for Conference, and a later time within the Rotary year.

Club memebrs Andrew ForghamI arrived for the start of Saturday’s proceedings, so he hadn’t attended the gala dinner on Friday – a good one by all accounts. Saturday started with the return of a unique show after a few years, by artist Charles Evans. Proving that you don’t need weeks in a studio or outdoors to paint a good watercolour, he did one on stage in half an hour and talked through it too! Then some tips for the painters amongst us – later the watercolour was auctioned, nearly £500 to Thanks For Life. Following a Presidents Parade (prize for the loudest club cheers), we had a stunning performance by four students of the Orpheus project in Surrey. Richard Stilgoe started this school to help disabled people improve their confidence and communication through song. They each sang their own works, whilst all four then sang a tribute to different works – the workers on the road. Self-written with funny lyrics.

Free time took us through to the evening and I enjoyed dinner with both of the Group Study Exchange (GSE) teams from the exchange with Chennai, India.

On Sunday, after the GSE teams and Rotary Scholars spoke, there were the Rotary VIP closing speeches, and then a real treat which didn’t leave a dry eye. Two men spoke who had been helped by a project (with Rotary support) to ease their stammering condition. Inspiring stories about the will to overcome and the help that’s out there.

I would give the real star of the show, though, to the city of Bath itself, on a superbly warm weekend. The River Avon is always a popular sight along with the bridges, and there is also the contrast between the old Roman baths and the fantastic new Thermae Spa. By night, we seemed to be in an area that drew both Ghost Walkers (pictured) and many stag and hen do’s, much to our Indian GSE guests’ amusement!

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