Once again we were cooking Onion Bhajees and Lentil Dahl at Truck Festival in Steventon on the 20th and 21st July, keeping the festival goers happy with a continous supply of food.
We had a Games Evening at the Red Lion, Islip on Tuesday 28 August.
We celebrated the end of Naomi's presidential year with a picnic and boules in Cutteslowe Park on Sunday 2 September.
It was "Oxford Spires Invites" on Tuesday 30th October. We met in the village hall in Long Hanborough and invited four guest speakers from local charities as well as friends from other Rotary clubs and from elsewhere. Since our fundraising efforts have been so successful over the last few years, we were able to give each of the four speakers a large donation for their charity.
The Red Lion, Islip was the venue for our Children in Need Quiz that raised over £200 for the charity. Thanks goes to the Red Lion for hosting the event and for some of the great prizes and to Kenneth as Quiz Master.
On Friday 14 December a group of members, friends and family visited Woodstock once again for the Club's annual carol singing around pubs, clubs and restaurants to raise money for the President's charity of the year, which this year is Vale House, Sandford-on-Thames. We would like to thank all the residents and visitors to Woodstock who gave so generously and helped us raise over £300.
The Rotary Club of Bicester brought the District's visiting GSE team from District 9670, New South Wales, Australia to join Oxford Spires on Tuesday 12 February for a meal of Fish 'n' Chips and a game of Skittles. The winners of the skittles was the GSE Team, followed closely by Oxford Spires and then Bicester. Read about the evening and the presentation.
The Rotary 1090 District Conference took place from 1 - 3 March in Bournemouth. Alan Wolstencraft received the Service above Self Award which is believed to be the first time the District has received this. The Conference also raised £3,000 over the weekend for the Laurie Holloway and Montgomery Trust (£780), Skidz (£500), Wheelpower (£500) and Polio (£1,300) thanks to the generosity of the clubs.
Katy, Steve, Debs and Karen attended the Charter Night for the Wallingford, Sinodun and District Rotary Club on 19th March.
We were hugely disappointed to have to cancel the 30th World World Pooh Sticks Championships that was planned for Sunday 24th March. Along with much of the country, we have been struck by horrible winter weather, and the river was just too high and fast for our safety boats. We have rescheduled for 13th October.
Katy and Karen helped Wallingford, Sinodun and District Rotary Club with a collection in Wallingford on Saturday 6th April. The team of over 20, each doing one hour shifts at points around the town centre, collected £500.86 for McMillan Nurses.
On Saturday 20 April, members from Oxford Spires and Oxford Isis offered free blood pressure checks to shoppers in Templars Square, Cowley from 9am - 5pm. They tested the blood pressures of 133 shoppers - 77 required no further action, 55 were recommended to pay a routine visit their GP and 1 was advised an urgent visit to their GP. It would appear that the state of health in the East Oxford Area has improved since last year when we had 3 Hospital referrals. Read more about blood pressure testing by Rotarians acrosss the UK.
On Thursday 16th May, two of us went to the Oxford Gives evening at the Old Fire Station in the centre of Oxford. Read more about the evening.
On Saturday 18th May, thirteen of us went out for dinner in Oxford to celebrate the end of Lesley's year as president.
And we are planning..............
This month will see the change of Rotary Club presidents and the end of Lesley's year as President, and the start of Richard's. The Rotary theme for 2013-14 will be "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".
TruckFest is due to return to Steventon on Friday 19th - Saturday 20th July 2013 so we will again be getting the team together to make and serve Lentil Dahl, Onion Bhajis and Chapatti to festival goers.
Instead of a normal meal meeting, we are going to visit a few pubs in Kidlington - ok - just a pub crawl....
7pm for 7.30pm
Looking back at Lesley's year and forward to Rich's year.
We have 10 tickets for Jekyll & Hyde at the Blackwell's shop on Broadstreet. One ticket left. Contact...
7.30 for 8pm
Meal and Guest Speaker
We will be selling onion bhajees and lentil dahl again at Truck Festival on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th...