Graham Bucksey local Property Management Consultant and Building Services Project Manager has joined forces with Stephen Tester, co-founder of Tester & Jones Funeral Services to bring a brand new Rotary Club to Crowborough.
“Stephen and I were members of the previous Rotary Club in Crowborough which sadly closed at the end of 2016 having been established in 1953.” Graham explains. “We got chatting and realised we both missed being Rotary members and having community involvement. So with the support of the South East District Regional team, we have launched a new Rotary Club for the town.”
Graham continued by saying “In the addition to the social and networking aspects of the club we are focused on how the new Rotary Club will support, assist and benefit the Crowborough community. This is such a wonderful town and we hope to be able to celebrate and support its community.”
We have already recruited a number of both male and female members from local businesses, support agencies and the wider community.
We have to date held several meetings initially on Zoom and since the relaxation of the Covid restrictions in person. These meeting have been informal approximately 60 minutes in a local coffee cafe and pub. This is the format we want to continue with, and not be a formal organisation with structured lunch or evening dining.
We have already formed a support alliance with the Wealden Dementia Forum which is a very proactive section of Wealden District Council supporting Dementia in the community. They are actively in the process of starting community café’s in the key Wealden towns. The Crowborough Community Café commences on the 30th September this year and will continue monthly on the last Thursday of each month.
We at Crowborough Rotary are attending these Café events to assist with set up and clear up and to provide help and support during the two hour sessions.
We are holding a charity golf day at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club on the 27th October 2021 which will raise funds to support the Crowborough Dementia Forum. The team leaders from the Wealden Dementia Forum are attending the evening dinner to present the prizes to the successful golfers.
We are planning further events for 2022 including a ladies fashion show on the 11th March we will also be supporting the Town Council at the 5th November 2021 firework display at the Freedom Leisure centre by acting as marshals and charity collectors.
We are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm for this new Rotary Club for Crowborough from the members. We have the support of the Town Council having presented to them at a Council Meeting in June.
Our aim is to be a club supporting gender diversity is very much paying off as we currently have slightly more ladies than men as members. Which we are very happy about. We want to be an all-inclusive organisation.
About Rotary International
Rotary is one of the world’s leading membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members globally.
Through membership of their local club, individuals volunteer on community and humanitarian projects which make a difference locally, nationally and globally.
Rotary members are determined to tackle the world’s biggest issues, including promoting peace, fighting disease, supporting education and so much more.
Rotary was formed as a networking organisation and this still plays a part in Rotary life today. Rotary provides the opportunity to expand personal and professional circles, meet new people and make lasting friendships, all while having fun in the process.
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves”