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What a Whooper - We Have Winners!
On a warm summer's evening at Slepe Hall the much anticipated Sunflower competition winners were announced - and what a giant amongst helianthuses they produced. Our impeachable judging duo had spent all day measuring, cutting down and photographing sunflowers across the patch. In fact we have so many pics of sunny Rotarians that we will run a separate post showing everyone, but for now lets celebrate the achievement of Rtns Sally Heffer and Iain Martin in producing a flower head of no less than 11 and 3/8ths inches (29cm) across. Well done Sally and Iain - must be all that clear air out in sunny Old Hurst.
And as a special treat they even got to have the trophy and bubbly presented by our visiting District Governor John Dehnel, who treated us to a highly entertaining talk - and more on that in a later post.
Joint runners-up with 9 and 1/2 inches (24cms) were Rtns Jim Murdoch, John Hughes and Adrian Acton, and a special mention for Ralph the Sunflower Kid, who finished with a highly respectable flower of 7 and 3/4 inches (20cms).
Very well done indeed Philip and Adrian, and every pound raised will go to Rotary Foundation and its fight to end polio - totally and everywhere. Roll on next years pumpkin competition - can't wait.
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Funflower Sunflower
Wow, look what that fine Rtn Simon Townend has discovered over the Bank Holiday. As every Rotarian knows there is a Four-Way Test for everything we do, and we think that Simon has broken them all - and in style. We at Facebook Control reckon that this is a winner, although if this sunflower isn't one of Philip's originals then surely an additional entry fee will have to be paid. And to think that this helianthus has come from the other side of the world - or at least that's what the label on the back says.
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Rotary North of the Border
Our very own intrepid Arctic explorers, Sue and Pavlo Duma, despite warnings of blizzards and hurricane Daisy, have bravely fought their way across the border, and look at how they have been rewarded. Not only have they found spectacular sunlit beaches, but they can even explore safe in the knowledge that The Rotary Club of Ayr has provided them with a coastal path and even signposts. How could anything possibly go wrong? Great pics Sue, and well done to our fellow Rotarians in Ayrshire - what a fine thing to do.
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Bunfights Are Back
A sight to cheer all mischievous Rotarians - and are there any other sort? Perhaps we may have to work on the aerodynamics.
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Fun and Games at the Hartford Cottage Bun Fight
..... aka The Garden Party, a great afternoon was had on Saturday when 70 guests were entertained with cream teas, cakes and a mountain of sarnies ,and where, thanks to the weather, we had some unscheduled activities such as gazebo hang-gliding, grass slope slaloms, and under-gazebo waterfalls. Adrian would like to apologise to all those damp guests who were sat in his gazebo and confirms that given his gazebo is only thirty years old, he will seek recompense from the House of Holland.
Much fun was had, not least in the beer tent, the games tent, the Acorn raffle tent, and in particular with the showbiz debut of our very own musical duo Acton and Pilbeam, who despite the hazards of water and electricity, made sure that the show went on.
Thanks firstly must go to everyone who attended and donated to the Acorn Cancer Support Group and to the Rotary charities and good causes, to Juliet and Pat Cole for the misappropriation of their garden, and especially to all the friends and family, as well as the members, of the Acorn Cancer Support Group, St Ives Inner Wheel and the Rotary Club of St Ives, who put so much hard work into making this a smashing day. Well played peeps.
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