We’re All Young at Heart


Correspondent Brian Evans

Having enjoyed meeting Kim Merry from local charity Hope4Havering, which helps rough sleepers by providing overnight accommodation in church halls, we were pleased to present Kim with a cheque for £720.00 at our meeting on January 12th.

£600.00 had been raised at our Conker Evening, £62.00 through market collection in the run-up to Christmas, plus £58.00 from odds and ends of book sales. Tom Richardson, who accompanied Kim, described how he had been helped by the charity when addicted to drugs. He is now able to help people with similar problems.

Following our Young Musician competition which gains tremendously from the efforts of Havering Music School, Sue and Brian attended a tea party/ meeting where activities of 2014 and those projected for 2015 were discussed. Our competition is on behalf of the three clubs in the London Borough of Havering and our co-ordinator and Honorary Member Colin Freeman was present at the meeting. We were thrilled when our French Horn player Stephen Payne went on to success at the District Competition in Chelmsford Cathedral. Unfortunately our vocalist, Ciara Halkes, although an outstanding competitor, was unable to compete at this level due to a prior commitment.

Our Youth Speaks teams from Marshalls Park School went on to the Area Final at Brentwood Town Hall and were declared runners-up in Intermediate and Senior levels., both putting in good performances.

Jamie and Diane - Romford Rotary Club

On the same evening that Hope4Havering visited, we put on a valuation evening, our President’s partner Tom Renvoize examined items of interest brought in by members. These included jewellery, figurines, coins, a model toy Pullman car and an early 20th century tooth powder container with entertaining graphics!

The age range of our club is now extended by the induction of our newest member, 21 year old Jamie Carr. At the other end of the age range we have 90 year old Ron Arnold. Ron is a member of the music club run by our member George Saddington, so George knew exactly what sort of music Ron would want to hear on the evening where the club celebrated his birthday, and made a CD for him. After the meal and the presentation of a cake, ex-soldier Ron did a quick march in military fashion, round the dining table. Rotary can keep you young!


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