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Quiz Night
On Wednesday 29 November – the last general meeting of 2017 – members and guests gathered at the Hotel to enjoy a Quiz Night,
accompanied by a delicious hot and cold buffet.
Chris Hamson kindly acted as our Quizmaster, and the questions were supplied byJohn Easter. On several subjects, the questions were varied – and sometimes the answers were questionable (!), but all in all it was a very good evening indeed.

Wednesday 22 November
Talk by Amelia Hilsdon and Charlotte Hackett

On Wednesday 22 November, at The Eagle House Hotel, two young midwives, Charlotte Hackett and Amelia Hilsdon joined us for dinner. After dinner they presented a very interesting and informative talk about their varied experiences whilst at the Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. Although things were not always easy, both girls said they would love to return there. The girls are pictured at the Hospital - Amelia on the left with baby Eva, and Charlotte holding baby Brightness. The babies are wrapped in shawls which are provided by the mothers when they arrive at the hospital – each with its own design – so the babies don’t get mixed up!
Together with others, the St Leonards on Sea Rotary Club had acted as sponsors for the girls.  Tony Leslie proposed the vote of thanks, and Members applauded the girls for joining us, and giving such a fascinating talk.

Visit to The Rotary Club of Edenbridge and Westerham, Tatsfield on Tuesday 21 November to celebrate the 54th Churchill Commemoration Dinner

On 21 November, five Club Members travelled to Tatsfield, to represent the Rotary Club of St Leonards on Sea at this ever-excellent event. On 30 November 1964 the Rotary Club of Westerham held a dinner to celebrate the 90th birthday of its Honorary Member, Sir Winston Churchill KG OM CH MP, the Speaker on that occasion being Major Sir Charles Pym CBE P DL.
Subsequently commemorative dinners have been held with a list of Speakers that read like the pages of Who`s Who – among many others, the past Speakers include:
Rt Hon The Lord Shinwell CH DHL, The Hon.
Nicholas Soames MP, The Rt. Hon. Enoch Powell MBE MP, The Lord Deedes, Mr Randolph Churchill and The Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP.
The Speaker this year was The Viscount De L`Isle MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Kent, who did actually know Sir Winston, and gave us an interesting and informative speech. As always, this was a thoroughly enjoyable event, and thanks must be extended to Bunny Cruttenden, who very kindly drove us to Tatsfield, and Tony Leslie who travelled down from East Anglia especially to attend.

On Friday 10 November, over 80 people, including several Rotarians, gathered at Crowhurst Village Hall, to enjoy an evening of mystery and dark intrigue, with a production boasting the dubious title of `Murder – My Farce!`!

The Playden Players did a grand job of setting the scene, and acting out the characters, whilst also laying several red herrings along the way – just to confuse everyone!
Peter Blackman`s team won the overall prize – (when six bottles of wine changed hands!), whilst Chris Hamson`s team came a close second (and we all enjoyed the chocolates!)!
The evening was a great success, and very grateful thanks must
go to Eric Garland and his whole team for all their hard work in putting the event together, and making sure everything went smoothly.

Visit to Club by Andre Palfrey Martin who spoke to us on
`The Story of The White Rock Theatre`

White Rock

On Wednesday 8 November, Andre joined us for dinner, and then gave a very interesting insight into the history of the Theatre, which we all found very interesting indeed, and quite a few questions were asked by members after Andre`s Presentation.

Derek Norgate gave a well-thought-out vote of thanks to Andre.

Saturday 4 November - Fireworks at Frognal


On Saturday 4 November some Rotarians, together with friends and neighbours attended Carol and Ian Porter`s Annual Firework Party. As always, it was a splendid event, with copious amounts of food, drink, good company and some amazing fireworks. We even had two guys on the bonfire this year!
Well done and very many thanks Carol and Ian for their kind hospitality.

Visit to the Club by Kerry Rubins who spoke to us about The Martha Trust

Martha Trust

On Wednesday 1 November, Kerry Rubins, the Fundraising and Events Officer for the Martha Trust joined us for dinner, and afterwards spoke to us about the work of The Martha Trust. This is a small charity, which offers support for people with profound physical
and learning disabilities, and provides them with a home for life. This year, the charity is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. They have a team of dedicated volunteers who work hard to transform the lives and futures of those who otherwise would struggle.