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Mayor of St Ives - Charity Fun Quiz
Once again our crack quiz team was in action, when last night, at Mayor, and Hon Rotarian, Debbie Townsend's Charity Fun Quiz, in support of The MacMillan Woodlands Centre Appeal, we turned up in numbers at The Corn Exchange to do intellectual battle.
Fielding enough players for two teams, (imaginatively called Rotary Team 1 and Rotary Team 2), we took on 21 other teams representing the finest quizzers in the area, and performed heroically, with Team 2 finishing fourth and Team 1 somewhere that wasn't fourth.
This really was good fun, with an excellently run quiz and the Mayor and Consort Peter, plus all their helpers, are to congratulated, not least for the funds raised. As is to be expected we also did our bit in support of the bar takings and our team of John and Sheila Rhodes, Mike and Tracey Raettig, Alan and Pauline Ward, Simon Townend and Shirley Hand, Juliet Cole, Sue Duma, Alan Smith and Bob Chasse can all feel pleased with their efforts. And who knows, one of these days we will get to play our joker on a round where we actually score some points.
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Our hero indeed. Well played Adrian - this looks like a good night. ...

Adrian Acton (our hero from St Ives Rotary Club) singing and entertaining club members tonight!

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Huntingdonshire Concert Band - War & Peace Concert
It's happening tomorrow Saturday 25th- and it's not too late to go. This is going to be a smashing evening's entertainment presented by the acclaimed HCB, so don't miss out. Full details are on the poster, for a 7.30pm start, at Bar Hill Church.
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Afternoon Tea in Aid of Parkinsons UK
Organised by Rotarian John Hughes and accompanied by his wife Ann, on Tuesday we helped to put on afternoon tea at Wyvale Garden Centre, near Huntingdon, for Parkinson's sufferers and their supporting family members. Accompanied by Rtn Sue Duma - who confirms that she only ate one cheese and cucumber sandwich, (honest - and they were delicious), twenty-six people came along and all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
As John said, Parkinson's is a very debilitating disease with many different facets. Some people have bad tremors, whilst others experience rigidity and balance problems, and this is far from all. As a group we cover all of Huntingdonshire with meetings in St Ives, St Neots and Ramsey each month.We fund a number of exercise, dance and singing classes to help with mobility.
All of our money comes from donations and fundraising activities that we carry out and we receive no Government funding. We are very grateful to St Ives Rotary and Inner Wheel who together with other agencies, help us to provide support..
Further info can be found at www.huntspds.org.uk/index.html
or a message can be left on this page.
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John Pilbeam -Sung Hero
Normally we would use the phrase Unsung Hero for a post like this, but given JP's musical talents, that really isn't appropriate. John tries hard to keep the work he does, and the funds he raises, under the radar, but his cover was well and truly blown this week by an article about him in The Peterborough Telegraph. This article tells of but one of the many events John supports, and we thought we would copy it here. Well done JP, this really is good work.
Here's the extract from the Peterborough Telegraph:-
A dull February day was brightened up for members of the Peterborough Rotary Memory Cafe (Crocus Cafe) when St Ives Rotarian John Pilbeam played his guitar and sang for us. His repertoire is extensive. There was music from a variety of genres representing many different eras. Members soon joined in with familiar songs. After a break for further refreshments John produced his banjo and sang some lively numbers for everyone to accompany with tambourines, maracas and jingle sticks. All too soon it was time to draw to a close with a beautiful rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with community arm waving. Rotary helping make life enjoyable for those living with dementia and their carers – they know they are not alone.
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