INNER WHEEL CELEBRATES ALL DRESSED UP FOR CHARITY
The venue for the IW December meeting was Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Hoddesdon
a change from George IV at Great Amwell. One of The Treasurer of the Over 60s Club, herself in
the recently joined Inner Wheel members, Mimosa her eighties, is an eager knitter and produces the
• Club Number 19256 • Chartered 1947 •
Thomas-Bassir invited the entire club to her home most beautiful dolls clothes. June Edington has • District 1260 • Charity Number 270925 •
to share in a pre-Christmas get-together. Some of recently completed the “Little Bo Peep” complete
the refreshments had a distinctly Nigerian flavour, with knitted hat and boots, while one of her friends, Service Above Self
coming straight from Mimosa’s kitchen; others had namely Bernard Wooster was responsible for the
been prepared by various IW members. extremely fine knitwear on the Barbie doll. As a Issue Number 77 ~ March 2010 ~ Personal copy for:
Both of the two joint Presidents, Millie Skelton member of the Craft Group at the Over 60s Club in
and Trish Waddington, are here depicted in the Hoddesdon, Bernard is used to being surrounded JOHN NEIGHBOUR’S LONG SERVICE AWARD
photo by Glenys Lardi as they cut the cake together. by admiring ladies who marvel at his delicate FORTHCOMING EVENTS
The cake was made by Joan Duley and stitches. He patiently explains that it was his sister Tuesday 16th March - ESSAY COMPETITION
was thoroughly enjoyed by all! who taught him needlecraft which he still enjoys. Results of the winning entries will be announced in
Hoddesdon Library with parents and teachers on
hand to congratulate the young writers who will be
representing nine local junior schools.
Saturday 20th March - 50th Anniversary of our
twin club in Sweden, Torsås-Bergvara - where we
hope to be represented by Eric Cockman and PDG
Meirion Morris - “Skol!”
Thursday 25th March - EASTER DINNER
We shall once again host about 300 elderly and
frail people in Broxbourne Civic Hall. It is planned
that pupils from Sheredes School and Hailey Hall
School are to help serve the food as well as assist
people in wheelchairs to get to their places.
At our Christmas Lunch at Brickendon, Monday 26-28 March - RIBI ASSEMBLY, Birmingham
21st December, in the absence of the President, An opportunity to see Rotarians gathered from
President-Elect Eric Beard gave a Rotary Long all corners of these islands in an enlarged version
Service Award to John Neighbour. of the District Conference.
John Neighbour joined the club when Tom Sell
was President, in 1984, and became Chairman of Monday 12th April - “D-Day” by Andrew
The other new member of Hoddesdon Inner Preparing for our visit, Andrew Hambling will give
the International Service Committee in 1986.
Wheel is connected with Hoddesdon Rotary an extended talk.
Both these dolls, and dozens of others in recent For his next appointment as a Club Officer he
through her stalwart effort shortly before Christ-
times, have been donated for sale at the Isabel became Treasurer for six years in 1994 then he 16-18 April - RIBI Conference, Bournemouth
mas, encouraging family and friends to fill Rotary
Hospice Shop in Bishop’s Stortford. chaired the Vocational Committee for a year. John
Shoeboxes. Thursday 22nd April - THE NORMANDY TRIP
Any Rotary members, family or friends, who may became Vice-President in 2000.
Sally Burke came to lunch at the Civic Hall on Coach party, led by Andrew Hambling, to D-Day
have unwanted items of clothing or household Following his year as President, 2001-2002,
the day when Colin Kidby, our District Shoebox landing beaches and the Bayeux tapestry. Names
goods in good condition, which they are prepared John became Club Secretary and he continues to
specialist, came to talk to the club. are on a waiting list in case any of the listed party
to donate for sale in the shop, are invited to tell the act as Deputy Secretary when John Hiscock, our
When Colin collected over one hundred finds it impossible to travel. A report will appear in
Editor who will be glad to provide full details. current Hon. Sec., is away.
Shoeboxes, these included a high percentage for our next issue, so photos emailed to the Editor,
Selling small items is the usual routine, but when John has been the driving force behind many of
which Sally had been personally responsible. and comments, will be most welcome.
recently a member of our Rotary club offered a the visits arranged by the Vocational Committee; it
We congratulate Inner Wheel on gaining three 21-23 May - 1260 District Conference, Bath
chaise longue it was a challenge not to be resisted. has been his enthusiasm which made possible the
new members during recent months and wish them
By displaying a photo of the chaise in the shop, trip to Lloyds of London, and the Whitechapel Bell Wednesday 26th May “What’s My Line”
and acquiring a sample of the cover material, a Foundry, to Southend on a Thames barge, and A fun session at The Broxbourne School.
The IW Club Correspondent, Cherryl Browning,
buyer was found and The Isabel Hospice has there- many other interesting outings.
had little to report because, as she commented in
fore benefited by a substantial sum. On some of these occasions John has snapped GENTLEMEN . . . EARLY ENTRY FOR DIARIES
her email, the recent weather caused cancellation
It should be stressed that, in general, electrical a sequence of informative photos which readers Thursday 4th November 2010 our annual
of Hoddesdon Inner Wheel Day celebration - it was
goods are not required but as long as items (large of this Bulletin have enjoyed seeing. Thank you CELEBRITY DINNER - Broxbourne Civic Hall
snowed off. Other clubs suffered similarly.
or small) are in good condition they can be turned John, for all you have done - and continue to do - A tremendous evening is being planned, in the
Help from Inner Wheel will be appreciated at
into cash and so benefit Isabel Hospice. for our club.. mean time tell your friends, neighbours and family
the Rotary Easter Dinner on Thursday 25th March.
the date - and ask them to keep it clear.
PRESIDENT DAVE BONDY SAYS . ABSENT FRIENDS THE BEST BANKER STORY OF ALL TIME... RETIRED PEOPLE SHOPPING
Now that we have entered the New Year and a JESS LITCHFIELD has regretfully decided that The Salvation Army realised that it had never Yesterday I was at my local Co-Op buying a large
new decade, I am in the last six months of my his “age and infirmity” prevent him from attending received a donation from the city’s most successful bag of Purina dog food for my loyal pet and was in
year as President. It certainly is true that time club meetings in future. He welcomes visitors to banker. So a Salvation Army volunteer made an the checkout queue when a woman behind me
appointment to see the banker in his lavish office.
passes very quickly. It doesn’t seem like five his comfortable home at Broad Oak Manor, Please asked if I had a dog.
The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, “‘Our
minutes since I was inducted as President by phone to confirm arrangements: 01992 557160 What did she think I had, an elephant? So, since
research shows that even though your annual income
Rtn Neil Haynes. GERALD COOKSON who was also born in is over one million pounds, you don’t give a single penny I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told
Since our last bulletin we have held our 1918 has said he can no longer attend club meet- to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give something back to her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the
Charter Dinner the highlight of which must be the ings. We were glad to see him at Brickendon re- your community through the Salvation Army?” Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t,
presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to cently at the Past Presidents’ Dinner when he The banker thought for a moment and said, ‘“First, because I ended up in hospital last time, but that
Rtn Lindsay Jones. Our District Governor, seemed in very good form. did your research also show you that my mother is dying I’d lost 2 stones before I woke up in intensive care
Sandy Aked-Walker found time in her busy RON MAYHEW is now restored to mobility and after a long, painful illness and has huge medical bills with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and
schedule to join us, along with her husband is again enjoying our meetings after a protracted that are far beyond her ability to pay?’” IVs in both arms.
David, and make the presentation. time in hospital, followed by a spell recuperating. Embarrassed, the Salvation Army volunteer mumbled, I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet
We have continued to enjoy some excellent Good to have you back with us, Ron! Sadly we “‘Uh... no, I didn’t know that.” and that the way that it works is to load your pockets
“Secondly,”’ says the banker, “‘did it show that my
speakers at our lunchtime meetings and learn that Liz is now the one suffering illness and with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every
brother, a disabled veteran of the Afghan war is now
Rtn Jeff Ryan has done a superb job this year. we wish her a swift recovery. time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally
blind, confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support
Our perambulation of the boundaries of the TOMMY KNIGHT has been making good his wife and six children?” complete so it works well and I was going to try it
old Hoddesdon UDC was damp but enjoyed by progress following his operation and the initial prob- The stricken volunteer began to stammer an apology, again.
all. Again DG Sandy joined us and we can say lems he suffered immediately afterwards. He is but was cut off again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone
that we celebrated Rotary Day in a most now at home and we are looking forward to seeing “Thirdly,”’ the banker said, “‘did your research also in the queue was now enthralled with my story.)
memorable fashion. Rtn Neil Haynes’ Tommy back with us shortly. show you that my sister’s husband died in a dreadful Horrified, she asked me if I ended up in intensive
organisation, ably assisted by Rtn Stuart BILL STATHAM had several days in hospital in car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage care because the dog food poisoned me. I told
Bambridge, was much admired and appreciated. Harlow after falling downstairs at his home at the and the burden of supporting three children, one of her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter’s
We now look forward to our Boxing Dinner end of January. He severely damaged tendons whom is disabled and another who has learning bottom and a car hit us both.
and to the International trip to the D-Day and suffered much pain although he did not break disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?” I thought the guy behind her was going to have
Completely beaten, the humiliated Salvation Army
beaches of Normandy in April. We also have the any bones. He was held in hospital with a weighty a heart attack he was laughing so hard.
volunteer said, “‘I’m so sorry. I had no idea.’”
presentation of prizes for the essay competition cast on his leg for a week, making it impossible to I’m now banned from the Co-op.
And then the banker said, ‘“So, if I don’t give any
this month, the photographic competition and, of move, and is now immobilized at home. money to them, what makes you think I’d give any to
course, the Technology Tournament fast MEIRION MORRIS gives every appearance of you?” Sending this to me by e-mail, our younger daughter,
approaching. The Easter Dinner is almost upon being in rude health after his heart operations and (With apologies to generous, unselfish bankers Helena, warns us to watch what we ask retired
us and it is marvellous to see the whole club continues to rush about in a manner guaranteed everywhere.) people. They have all the time in the world to think
pulling together for these events. to upset his medical advisers. Borrowed from Amwell Spring December 2009 of daft things to say by way of reply.
It won’t be long now until I hand over to
Rtn Eric Beard and I am sure that he will enjoy
as much support as I have. I am sure that he will THE OBJECT OF ROTARY
have a great year! MORNING SEX
She was standing in the kitchen, preparing our is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and,
usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast, in particular, to encourage and foster . . .
NOTICE FROM INNER WHEEL wearing only the ‘T’ shirt that she normally slept in. the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, high ethical standards in
via ROSEMARY RYAN As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me business and the professions,
“Yorkshire Tea” won many Rotary friends in and said softly, ‘You’ve got to make love to me the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each
2005 with special fund-raising terms - now this very moment! Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
there’s a new scheme based on collecting the My eyes lit up and I thought, ‘I am either still
the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community
barcodes from packs of tea bags. dreaming or this is my lucky day!’
Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her life, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world
Ten “credits” earn £1 towards a wheel- fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
chair (£75 via Rotary Wheelchair Foundation). and then gave it my all; right there in the kitchen.
So when you buy packs of Yorkshire Tea Afterwards, she said ‘Thanks’ and returned to
the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck. THE FOUR WAY TEST OF THINGS WE SAY OR DO
snip off the barcode and let Rosemary add it
to her collection. In next to no time she will be Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked: ‘What was
that all about?’ Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned?
able to provide a much-needed wheelchair! Will it build goodwill and better relationships?
She explained: ‘The egg timer’s broken.’ Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
HAILEY’S COMETS DOWN UNDER LETTER FROM ELLA MCELLIGOTT ROTARY DAY WITH THE HODDESDON SOCIETY & BROXBOURNE BOROUGH COUNCIL
Pupils from Hailey Hall School headed Down Sorry it has taken me a while to write, but I just
The weather forecasters were right! The day
Under for the race of a lifetime. It is the latest craze wanted to tell you about the lovely time I had on chosen for Beating the Bounds, Feb 28th, continu-
to give daredevil participants a huge adrenaline rush the day you arranged for me at Orion Publishing ous rain fell, but the indomitable spirit typical of
– racing space-age tricycle ‘pods’ at high speed. Group in London. Rotary inspired a fearless band to step out in their
I had lots of fun hearing about how the different varied wet weather gear to face the elements.
parts of publishing work. First we went into Nina’s Ian Orton from Broxbourne Borough Council
ofﬁce and had a drink and some croissants. Then the was among the ﬁrst to reach the Lido Car Park,
ﬁrst thing I heard about was the process that Orion where the entrance was already ﬂooded, and the
goes through to get from a manuscript to possibly puddles became steadily deeper as the morning
publishing the book. I now realise how hard it is to proceeded.
actually get your book published because only about By the appointed start time there were a few more
4 in a year are published! I am still going to try and walkers than marshals and at 9.30 the photographer
maybe get a book published when I’m older! from the Mercury lined up the company for a group
The next thing I heard about was how the books photo which you should see next week.
get published in different countries and turned into Lindsay Jones says: “Ten minutes before the ap-
CDs, Tapes and more. I was surprised to ﬁnd out that pointed time I arrived at my marshalling station near
Teachers and pupils at Hailey Hall School the Great Amwell roundabout. As I drove up I was
even in places like America where they speak the
looking forward to their Australia trip. aware of a small bedraggled, huddled ﬁgure dressed
same language, the book still has to be translated
in all weather clothing, under an umbrella but still
Our help was much appreciated and four lads because they spell certain words differently! START Wheelchairs
frantically trying to crawl into a leaﬂess hedge to get 9.30 am in
or buggies at
came to tell the Club about their trip on 22nd After that someone came in to talk about how Car Park of
some shelter from the driving rain and arctic winds. Broxbourne Lido
Feb. We were shown some pictures of the “car” Orion advertise their books using posters and going Meirion had dropped Jasmine off a few minutes
and follow the
pedal powered and attractively decorated which to visit schools to talk about the books they are earlier and of course needed the comfortable, heated,
competed with nearly 100 others. publishing. four wheel drive car for his own use – quite rightly so Holy Cross Hill
Teams come together from all parts of Australia Finally Nina came in to talk to me about how of course, we chaps must look after ourselves.
but Hailey’s Comets were the only team from UK they plan to publish the books and then she talked Having parked the car I invited Jasmine Morris to
this year. In fact the eight of them made up the ﬁrst me through some of the books she had put in the join me. I left the engine running, put the heated seats BROXBOURNE BOROUGH COUNCIL,
THE ROTARY CLUB OF HODDESDON
Britons to take part in a special 24-hour race. The goodie bag for me, two of them aren’t even out on and fairly soon Jasmine’s uncontrollable shaking and THE HODDESDON SOCIETY
event in Australia is challenging enough for anyone yet. The ﬁrst one, which I have just ﬁnished, is and ﬁts of shivering subsided and we sat in comfort
called ‘The Prince of Mist’. This is the one Nina has waiting for the walkers. This map was issued to potential walkers but it did
– but it is even more remarkable for these 15 and
asked me to do a review on. The other one was Eventually I poured a coffee, which Chris had not prevent some from exploring a different path
16-year-olds because they have special needs,
the third in a series by one of my favourite authors, provided for us together with a piece of lemon drizzle through the woods. It is unfortunate that so much
with conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome and cake, and we watched the elements doing their
Liz Kessler. rain had fallen overnight, and continued to teem
attention deﬁcit hyperactivity disorder. worst. Then shock, horror we saw some strange
After that, the taxi whizzed us round to the almost without a pause - but some intrepid walkers
The trip was a life-changing experience for the troglodyte ﬁgures appearing over the skyline. As they
Museum of London where I went to Caroline battled through to the ﬁnish. No surprise that there
pupils, many of whom have never travelled abroad approached we realised that this must be our walkers
Lawrence’s talk and then got her to sign one of her were no onlookers!
before. and we had to get out of the car into the rain and the
books that Orion gave to me.
They needed to raise £20,000 to pay for ﬂights wind and guide them across the road. It must have
I had a fantastic time and I want to thank everyone
and insurance – generous help from Mail on taken several minutes to do this but what an imposition
at the Rotary club and also at Orion for organizing
Sunday readers and other donors (including our to put on marshals!
Club) enabled the trip to go ahead. We then went back to Eric Cockman’s and had a
We didn’t take large scotch. What a morning!
The team took it in turns to race their one-man
many photos on
‘pod’, complete with lights and a speedometer, at the day. Here is
speeds of up to 37mph around a Tarmac track for one of Caroline ST DAVID’S DAY
24 hours starting at 1.30 pm on a Saturday. Lawrence, author Meirion dazzled us
The team of eight – plus two reserves and four of the Roman with his dragon shirt
school staff – competed against dozens of other Mystery series, while John Neighbour’s
schools in the RACV Energy Breakthrough race in signing a copy of friend David Emery
Maryborough, Victoria, last November. one of her books was clearly delighted to
Teacher Trish Turner, who organised the trip, for me. THANK win “Chase The Ace”. Waiting for the walkers in the Lido Car Park, here
said: ‘When we told the boys they simply put their YOU!!! Ella He was among several you see The President, The Bulletin Editor and
heads in their hands as they could not believe it. xxx visitors on 1st March President-Elect, Eric Beard, sheltering from the
who came to hear An- rain. The new style ‘high-viz’ jackets could not rise
We had planned to include more photos of Hai- drew’s talk about Ag- to the challenge of circumnavigating the President’s
ley’s Comets but they did not arrive. Ed. incourt. girth, even with “XL” on the label. Photo “Fis-
FLAG FLYING FOR CHESHUNT SEA FLYING IN THE BLACKOUT
MARQUETRY BY ALLA KOSAREVSKAYA
CADETS On 14 December, Dennis Sharp spoke on the and other professional artists
subject of why we should mind our Ps and Qs.
Dennis’s story started in 1940 when a Wellington
bomber returning from a raid over Germany suffered
the loss of its compass in an electric storm. The UK
was under complete blackout, they had no idea where
they were. Eventually they saw a lit airfield and
although they couldn’t raise the operations tower, they
lined up with considerable relief and came into land
but it was strange how rough the surface was and
they were even more surprised when they went
through a hedge and stopped in a deep valley. They
then realised that they had landed at a dummy airfield,
four miles from North Weald which had been set up
specifically to fool the Luftwaffe. TWO EXAMPLES OF HIS OWN MARQUETRY
It turned out that most sector airfields all had decoy EXHIBITED BY JOHN HISCOCK
airfields nearby. This particular one was on Nazeing
Common. There was a complete department of the
War Office called Colonel Turner’s Department
responsible for decoys and Colonel Turner turned to
Shepperton Film Studios and professional set builders
to set up the decoys. A field would be equipped with
full working flare paths and landing lights, together
with all the necessary building lights, all run by a few
Ernie Havis challenged us as a club when men from an underground bunker. These decoy
he spoke on 4th January, particularly any airfields were referred to as K sites. They had to be
clearly visible during daylight and had to look
members with influence on the local Coun-
absolutely authentic to fool the German spy planes
which were constantly overflying the country at high
Ernie was himself a street kid in the 1930s
altitude. All of them would be photographed by the
and knows the problems at first hand. Of
Germans and then relayed back to headquarters.
course, the problems are now much greater.
The airfields were permanently manned and the
Ernie believes a common sense ap-
fake aircraft and vehicles were moved round every
proach can help and is very much in favour
day to give them authenticity.
of stronger legislation; Government and po-
The decoy lights could be phased so that they
lice initiatives fail.
could be blacked out in sequence simulating an
Ernie has been President of the Sea Cadets
aircraft taxiing past them. Hooded searchlights
since 2001 and has had the pleasure of dealing
mimicked taxiing aircraft, Lord Haw Haw the traitor,
with a group of well disciplined, courteous and
actually broadcast to Germany about Nazeing Airfield
dedicated children. The existing club house is
but it still lasted until 1941.
in terrible condition and in any event is now
Even towns and cities were partially mocked up
needed by Cheshunt School, on whose land
by creating fires and explosives, shining lights on
it is situated. The decision was therefore taken
dummy walls and using other lighting devices so that
to build a new clubhouse which would
when the German bombers came over, they would Imagine the intricate
accommodate the present group of sea cadets
think that there had been an earlier raid and would care and patience
and, hopefully encourage more kids off the
bomb the site of the fires. Until the information was required to place the
leaked to the Germans, 50% of airfield bombs leaves, feathers or
A site has been obtained in Albury Ride,
dropped by the Luftwaffe were actually on decoys. shades of skin tone,
Cheshunt, but the whole project is at present
The site in Nazeing is now listed and remains a
bogged down in red tape and in spite of all effects that are
testimony to the importance that these dummy
everything being in place to proceed delays
18 January 2010 John Hiscock on INTARSIA, PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY NEXT STOP BORNEO SHIP BROKER
At the meeting on 7th December, Rebecca Yule Our speaker on 11 January was Bill Northrop
from John Warner School brought some of the who spoke on the life of a Chartered Shipbroker.
members of her team who went to Kenya in August Bill has been a Fellow of the Institute of
2009 on a community project, partially sponsored Chartered Shipbrokers for over 30 years and it is
by our Rotary Club. clearly a fairly exclusive organisation as there are
The team of six came to the Club and gave a only about 3,000 members worldwide.
presentation on behalf of all 21 members of the Shipbroking is a 365 day a year job, 24 hours a
Sixth Form and illustrated their visit with a series day. As brokers are intermediaries they live on the
of slides of which here is a selection. information and interaction between owners and
operators, cargo movements - and cargo includes
passengers. Clearly with ships all over the globe,
time zones give rise to the 24-hour day.
Charter Parties are where the business is carried
out and historically a contract would be torn into
two after signature, half being given to the merchant
and half to the ship’s captain.
Nowadays a broker will see a deal through to
Marquetry may be described as painting in wood. art in pictures, containers, furniture and decorative the final delivery of the cargo and because they
For as long as I can remember I have loved its infinite objects like pencil boxes. One of these Is the lovely are dealers on behalf of the parties involved, a great
variety of colour texture and grain and the many ways 34 year old Russian American Alla Kosarevskaya deal of social networking goes on with lunches most
it feels. whose pictures have genuine warmth and vitality that days, inevitably involving a fair amount of alcoholic
Three similar decorative formats are: seems to reach out from the woods she uses.
The UK Marquetry Society, set up in 1952, has a
consumption while business is being discussed. It
INLAY or INTARSIA - where the solid surface of one
material like wood or marble is cut out to receive very informative web site and active membership sounds a rotten job but I suppose somebody has
pieces of another material, forming a pattern or who exchange expert advice and take part in regular to do it!
picture within the surface. This format is thought to competitions. I am not in that class, strictly a hobbyist,: The market is split down into various sectors
have originated in the Islamic world, reached Europe I may spend 40 hours on a picture and could never including dry cargo, bulk cargo (which includes
through Sicily and was perfected in Siena and N Italy charge enough to make a living. grain, coal and iron) liquid cargo and containers.
in the 15th and 16th centuries My tools of trade are
There are also specialist brokers who will deal only
• Veneers from the hundreds of varieties from plain
MARQUETRY - creates pictures on top of the natural colours of pale birch and beech through to darkest in tugs or tankers or any other specialised sector
surface of a wooden carcase (baseboard, box, table, Macassar ebony and Indian Mahogany. I take advantage of the market. While on the subject of tankers, Bill
objet d’art) by fitting together selected pieces of of the whorls in Birdseye maple and walnut, the sand told us that there are over 70,000 tankers in the
wood veneer. This format took the place of intarsia dune effects of Sweet chestnut, the tiny knots in Masur world.
from around 1620 (though John tends to do it birch and swirls in yew. Brokers also cover buying, selling and building
around 05.30). • A scalpel with 10A surgical blades that can slice off of new ships and some even do ‘paper trading’
the edge of a finger in the blink of an eye - believe me! Their work involved helping with school building
• Sandpaper or wire wool extremely hard manually as everything had to be which is a bit like the futures market on the Stock
PARQUETRY - geometric shapes of tiles, trelliswork
or basket-weave in furniture and (parquet) floors • Friction polish or varnish done by hand and all water had to be pumped or Exchange.
Craftsman Stuart King believes earliest evidence • Hot sand for dipping edges where graduated shade carried to the site. 1744 saw the start of the Baltic Exchange and
is a casket with ivory designs set in bitumen depicting on a veneer is needed.
They were also involved with work with goats as is often the case with business institutions it
royal and daily life in Mesopotamia (the cradle of started in a local tavern. The Baltic Exchange was
civilisation) around 2600 BC. Text books advocate a Windows Technique where two and elephants, including clearing around an
the last trading floor in London outside Lloyds but
Ulysses mentions it in Homer’s Odyssey and John veneers are taped together and a shape cut so that when elephant watering hole and worming the goats,
separated one will fit into the other like jigsaw.
sadly was blown up by the IRA and although the
thought some Rotarians may recollect Pliny the Elder They did not describe their visit as a holiday
mentioning the quality of maple, box, holly, palm, I prefer to stick down my base shape (say a field or sky building has gone the Baltic Exchange is still going
because they only had one real day off during the
elder root and poplar. or house wall) cut the next shape I want (a tree, strong, with about 500 members.
three weeks they were in the country, but they still
Today there is a thriving marquetry industry in mountain or window), put it on top of the first piece, cut The Institute of Shipbrokers regulates its
Sorrento though sadly youngsters are drifting away round it and then fit one into the other. It requires careful managed to find time to climb Mount Kenya. members and also controls the training of brokers.
from traditional craftsmanship. chess-like planning of the order in which you cut and fit In 2011 the team is hoping to go to Borneo on a It is a widely respected Institute.
The European zenith for marquetry was late 17 th successive pieces to create the overall picture. similar project. As for the future, attempts have been made to
and early 18th century when Louis XIV commissioned I have been making marquetry pictures for over a
quarter of a century, for my own home and as gifts. I replace brokers and do everything electronically
Versailles furniture from the celebrated Charles
Boulle. In UK the use of veneers was restrained until made Mary a large sewing box and covered the top in but so far this has not proved successful because
1689 when William of Orange and his wife Mary a picture of mountains lake and sailing boats. Our human contact is so vital in the broking business.
introduced skilled marquetry artisans to make fine apartment in Portugal has a marquetry nameplate. I ‘Our word, our bond’ is the Institute’s motto and
long carriage clocks and other furniture of which find marquetry very therapeutic - calming, relaxing and this is the proud boast of shipbrokers worldwide.
many examples remain. Today there are a hands-on tonic for a tired brain. However, it is easy to Thanks to Lindsay Jones for this report which
professionals who make a living using advanced become engrossed and reclusive so I do not indulge my
love of wood very often.
delicately refrained from saying our speaker was
techniques to produce superb marquetry works of
short in stature, but of worldwide knowledge.
HAILEYBURY’S NEW MASTER ON 1st FEB Finally, the Master said that inspite of all the A SHAGGY RABBIT STORY from John Hiscock THE SHAGGY PARROT - Courtesy of Hiscock
At our meeting on 1 February, the speaker was pressure on pupils children should still be children, Sid received a parrot as a gift but Polly had a
failure should be tolerated and most importantly Rabbit hops into a pub and asks: ‘Please barman,
Joe Davis, the Master of Haileybury who spoke on may I have a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie’ bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every
aspects of education, children on leaving should be well balanced. word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious
The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint
The Master was born in Harlech in North Wales, of beer and a ham and cheese toastie. Rabbit drinks and laced with profanity.
went to school in Brecon and then did a history the beer, eats the toastie, and leaves. Sid tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude
degree at St John’s College, Cambridge. After The following night Rabbit returns and again by consistently saying only polite words, playing
graduating he stayed on for another year in order asks for a pint and a ham and cheese toastie. soft music and anything else he could think of to
to get a Rugby Blue as scrum half but unfortunately The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the clean up the bird’s vocabulary. Finally, Sid was
in the interim two international scrumhalves came extra drinkers in the pub (word gets round), gives fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled
there first. He eventually got his blue but as a centre. the rabbit the pint and the toastie. Rabbit consumes back. Sid shook the parrot and the parrot got
Joe’s love of rugby enabled him to play not just them and leaves. angrier and even ruder.
for Cambridge but also for London Welsh and The next night, the pub is packed. In walks the Sid, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed
although he had initially no wish to be a teacher he rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a ham and
the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few
cheese toastie, please barman.’
ended up teaching history at Tonbridge School for minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and
The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the
fourteen years before moving to Sutton Valance Andrew Hambling, who gave the vote of thanks to screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet.
Joe Davis, Master of Haileybury, and Dave Bondy. rabbit his pint and toastie, and then bursts into
and then coming to Haileybury last September. applause as the rabbit wolfs them down. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
One of his first impressions of Haileybury was The next night, it’s standing room only in the Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, Sid opened
gained while standing in a lunch queue when a 14 pub. Coaches are bringing crowds of patrons. the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out
year old in front of him turned around and asked him L E T T E R F R O M AT H L E T E L A U R A The barman is making more money in one week onto Sid’s outstretched arms and said:
how he was getting on and was he settling in all right. Dear All, than he did all last year. Then in walks the rabbit “I believe I may have offended you with my rude
The Master was impressed by this approach which I would like to give you an update for the end of and says: ‘A pint of beer and a ham and cheese language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for
was natural and confident as well as being courteous. the year so you know what I am doing at the toastie, please barman.’ my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend
He reflected that if (a few years ago) he had moment. I am now studying at Loughborough The barman says: ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate, to do everything I can to correct my rude and
been the fourteen year-old, he would have stared College doing a course on Sports Coaching. The old mucker, but we are right out of them ham and unforgivable behaviour.”
at the floor and prayed that the Master would not work is really interesting and I enjoy going out cheese toasties..’ Sid was stunned at the change in the bird’s
talk to him. The rabbit looks aghast. The crowd is hushed attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what
into the local schools and working with the
Haileybury is obviously very keen to achieve a children, although we did get thrown in at the to a whisper, when the barman clears his throat had made such a dramatic change in his behaviour,
high standard of academic success but also wants deep end! It is great to be able to pass on some nervously and says, ‘But we do have a very nice
the bird spoke very softly and asked, “May I enquire
cheese and onion toastie.’
to instil a spirit of enquiry and aspiration and knowledge to the young children and they are what the turkey did?”
The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are
encourage social skills, teamwork skills and usually very enthusiastic.
you sure I will like it?’ The barman, with a smile
leadership. They also believe it is important for My training is going well. I am living on the says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my “During a recent password audit, it was found
parents to give children the right values including university campus and that is also where I train best friends? I know you’ll love it.’ that a certain blonde girl was using the following
integrity and sympathy. which is handy. I train with Nick Dakin up here ’Ok’, says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and password:
For a campus school a degree of containment but Dave Rice is still involved with some aspects a cheese and onion toastie.’ The pub erupts with “Mickey - Minnie - Pluto - Huey - Louie -
is inevitable but the school does stress the too. Dave went to a relay squad day in Slough glee, as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the Dewey - Donald - Goofy - Sacramento”
importance of community relations and every with me recently, which I was invited to attend for toastie. He then waves to the crowd and leaves.... When questioned as to why such a long password,
Wednesday 50 or 60 VI Formers go out into the the UKA junior 4x100m relay squad. NEVER TO RETURN!! she said she was told that it had to be at least eight
community to help in any way that they can. The I am now well into my winter training it was quite One year later, the barman (who has only served characters long and include at least one capital.
school also supports a youth trust in Uganda hard the first couple of weeks getting used to a four drinks tonight, three of them his) calls time.
where they are involved with a village and different training programme and group. There Cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a Complaint letters received by the Council:
provides financial and practical help. The school are about 14 in the group and we get on well so small white form, floating above the bar.
* He’s got this huge tool that vibrates the whole
gives almost £10,000 per year to charities and in training is good. It is colder up here than in ‘Who are you?’ he asks. ‘I am the ghost of the
rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’ house and I just can’t take it any more.
this respect it was interesting that the Hertfordshire so I am pleased with the extra * It’s the dog mess I find hard to swallow.
The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made
Baccalaureate requires one hundred hours of layers when training! I am hoping to go to the * I want some repairs done to my cooker as it
me famous. You would come in every night and
social responsibility as part of the curriculum. warm weather training camp at Easter, not sure has backfired and burnt my knob off.
have a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie.
The charitable status of the school has many where it will be yet but a couple of the Crowds came to see you. The barman said, ‘I * My lavatory seat is cracked. Where do I stand?
imposed responsibilities and some 110% possibilities were America or South Africa. remember, on your last night we didn’t have any * The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the
bursaries are offered, equating to between 4% and I hope to do a couple of indoor races over the ham and cheese toasties. You had cheese and children until it is cleared.
5% of the annual turnover. Numerous rules and next few months and will keep you informed of onion instead. But you never came back. What * This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is
regulations have to be complied with and at the my progress throughout the winter. happened?’ broke and we cannot get BBC2.
last inspection Haileybury passed with flying Best wishes to all in Rotary for 2010 ’I DIED’ - said the rabbit. - ’NO!’ said the barman. * I want to complain that my father hurt his ankle
colours. Laura Wake ‘What from?’ After a short pause, the rabbit said: . badly when he put his foot in the hole in his
. “Mixin’-me-toasties”. back passage.
ROTARY SHELTERBOXES IN HAITI AND IN SERVICE WITHIN HOURS OF THE EARTHQUAKE THE ROTARY CLUB OF RUSHDEN HIGHAM DISTRICT QUIZ
“When three friends, Miranda, Claire and Steve, Bill Duley organised our two teams, both did
found themselves at a loose end on weekday nights creditably, avoiding responsibility for organising
they decided, as thirtysomethings are prone to do, next year’s event. The result of the quiz:
to go clubbing. But it wasn’t the hip-hop and alcopop Hitchin 186 points, Hatfield 184, Amwell 182.
scene they had in mind. Hoddesdon 1st were fourth with 178 points.
“The threesome from Northamptonshire, looking That team included: John Glover, Roger Lee,
beyond the traditional culture of young adulthood, John Neighbour and Chris Waddington.
took a firm grip on their sense of social responsibility Our “Second” team came lower down in the
and founded a Rotary Club of their own. results table, and wish to remain anonymous, but
“As UK Rotarians step up a campaign to let’s make the record complete: Andrew Hambling,
increase regional membership, the youthful Peter Haynes, John Hiscock and Jeff Ryan. All
Rotary Club of Rushden Higham, now over 20 had an exciting evening and good fun as well. This
strong and growing, is a glimmer of hope for a year each member of Amwell “First” team even
service organisation which has been wallowing won a bottle of wine for their efforts.
in predictions of its own demise.”
‘The New Rotarians’ is the title of an article
THE HODDESDON ROTARY 200 CLUB
in the Jan 2010 issue of SAGA magazine (see
page76) and it’s interesting reading for us Roger Abraham asked the President during
Author Maurice Weaver was a Daily Telegraph lunch on January 25th to select winners, using the
journalist and is President of The Rotary Club of numbered balls hidden in a sack; these Members
Walton-on-Thames. of 200 Club were awarded prizes as listed below.
The article runs to three pages, so it’s too long PRIZE WINNERS JANUARY 2010
for inclusion here - but it merits our attention and
I suggest you make an effort to get hold of a copy.
Here are some more extracts . . . . NAME NUMBER AMOUNT
“Worthy and proud as Rotary undoubtedly is, Joan Duley 150 £330.00
it is hardly cool and RIBI has been stunned by a Alan Chapman 185 £165.00
warning from David Bryant, its 49-year-old head Mrs ME Feldon 137 £100.00
of marketing, that unless decisive action is taken - Ronald Cooper 190 £50.00
and taken quickly — the outlook is decidedly bleak. Jennifer Merton 174 £20.00
Bryant, a former advertising executive, speaks Alan Wiffen 51 £20.00
bluntly of a ‘demographic time-bomb’ as the years Paul Leadley 112 £20.00
take their toll and younger people shun the Peter Leigh 132 £20.00
Nearly 100 tonnes of additional aid was flown to Haiti John Leach, Head of Operations for ShelterBox, said: movement. Promoting a new recruitment Ron Mayhew 68 £20.00
this week as thousands of people who lost their homes ‘The need in Haiti is massive. Our team in Port au Prince is programme, he exhorts: ‘Unless we act to reverse Martin Shepherd 186 £20.00
in the devastating earthquake are being given the chance working with Dutch marines to ensure the safe and effective this trend now, RIBI will very probably not survive Jo Fisher 39 £20.00
to start rebuilding their lives in Rotary ShelterBox tents. delivery of disaster relief tents and hundreds of these are beyond 2025, if it lasts that long’.Against such a Andrew Shepherd 188 £20.00
Emergency shelter for more than 20,000 people is already being used in four locations.
background it is not difficult to understand why Mary Hiscock 93 £20.00
now in Port au Prince with small camps already set up. ‘Distribution of aid by our highly-trained ShelterBox
Response Team members is underway but the need for the emergence of lively new clubs such as the JM Gray 193 £20.00
Hundreds more ShelterBoxes containing relief tents
and other life-saving supplies are being sent to the city emergency shelter is still desperate.’ branch in the twin Midland market towns of TOTAL £845.00
in the next few days from Miami, Curaçao and France, Speaking from Bernard Mews Hospital in Freres, a suburb Rushden and Higham Ferrers is viewed by
of Port au Prince, ShelterBox Response Team member Wayne Rotary’s leadership as so significant. ROGER ABRAHAM COMMENTS:
meaning another 11,000 people will be given emergency
shelter. Robinson (US) said: ‘Right outside the hospital there have “The club’s three founders, Miranda Barley,
On 29th January, ShelterBox chartered a 747 aircraft been hundreds of people who have been lying in the sidewalks, Claire Mercer and Steve Wilkins, have demonstrated This is the fourth quarterly draw in the 7th year
with 1,800 boxes to fly from Stansted Airport to the on the streets and in blankets right on the ground in unbelievable that it is possible to drive a wedge through Rotary’s of the operation of the Club.
Dominican Republic, to be taken overland to Haiti. conditions. They are bleeding, they have missing limbs and There were 132 entrants in this draw with a total
time-hardened facade of middle-aged male
It is the second flight chartered by the international there are even women giving birth. prize payout of £845.00
‘We felt this was a good use of the initial boxes that we dominance, and in doing so they have provided the
disaster relief charity for the Haiti response after a plane The 200 Club is an important part of the
loaded with 700 Rotary ShelterBoxes and 100 tents flew had here on the ground and we’ll be bringing more here and organisation with a banner to rally behind.
using them as a transitional point to get people out of the “Their faces appear on promotional DVDs and Charitable Income of Hoddesdon Rotary Club and
out of Newquay Airport last week. ShelterBox Response
Team members Jane Nash and Gary McCafferty travelled elements while they are waiting for treatment at the hospital. in recruitment leaflets aimed at giving impetus to to the continuation of the charitable work of the
overland from Santa Domingo with an aid convoy to Buildings have crashed down all around us here and people a membership-boosting strategy, launched in the Club
ensure the ShelterBoxes reached Port au Prince. are just waiting and waiting to get in here for medical services.’ East Midlands last October and aimed at (in On behalf of the Rotary Club a big thank you to
Bryant ’s words) ‘changing people’s outdated all contributors and hope that you will continue to
NOTE: Hoddesdon Rotary Club has provided three ShelterBoxes this year at £450 each. perceptions’ of the Rotary movement. support us and be successful in future draws.
CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER AT BRICKENDON GRANGE GOLF CLUB LINDSAY JONES IS MADE A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AT CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER
It was a focal point of the Charter Evening when
our President rose to make a speech.
“PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS were established
in 1957 in memory of Rotary’s Founder, initially to
recognise substantial dollar contributions by
individuals to the various worldwide educational,
peace and humanitarian programmes of Rotary
Foundation, our global Charity.
· “Donation of $1000 entitled the donor to a Paul
Harris Fellowship Award. Back then, this could
save the lives of 3000 children through
The President with the DG and her husband. immunisation or provide several African villages The Paul Harris Fellowship Certificate as well as
with water. the lapel badge worn with pride by all Paul Harris
· “By 2007-08 The Rotary Foundation’s total Fellows were both presented by Sandy, the 1260
Before Peter Garside gives his talk “700 Years of revenue from all Clubs was $201.4 million and District Governor.
Hoddesdon Pubs” he and his wife Sue, take the around 87% was spent on humanitarian projects
opportunity to relax at the President’s table. including Polio Plus
· “In this country the practice evolved that Paul By this point Dave Bondy had reached the point
Harris awards should be reserved solely for those when it was time to explain:
who have provided outstanding service – whether ”I am of course describing Lindsay Jones and
local national or international. UK Rotary Clubs it gives me pride and pleasure to invite him
regard the Fellowship as a truly prestigious award forward to receive his Paul Harris Fellowship
that must be earned not simply purchased.” this Charter Evening”.
The illustrious names of golfers on the wall must Tonight I wish to honour just such a member
inspire all wannabees among the diners. of our Club, Dave Bondy announced . . .
At this point, seated nearby, your Editor could
see Lindsay with his usual flourish putting his pen
to work as Dave was saying
· “He was born on 17 July 1936, and joined Rotary
29 years ago in November 1980”
Lindsay’s inscrutable expression suddenly came
alive as Dave continued:
· “He was President of our Club in 1990-91
· “In his earlier years he mastered the frustrations
of Youth Speaks with his friend Tom Sell, and since
Ø He has very effectively managed our Mercury
and other PR coverage linking with Peter Lardi and
the Club’s Bulletin
Ø As Chief Steward for many years he has guided
over 100 youngsters annually participating in our
Technology Tournaments. District Governor Sandy Aked-Walker was on
Ø He has Judged and supported the annual Essay hand accompanied by her husband, smartly attired
Andrew is certainly entertaining Betty and Zena Competitions. in his kilt.
Lindsay Jones is seldom at a loss for words but,
Ø This year he has been the prime mover and that evening of our Charter Anniversary, Monday
organiser of a highly successful Creative Writing 30th November 2009, he was for several moments
Competition for over 400 local school pupils. genuinely speechless.
Ø Throughout his Rotary life he has approached a He did recover his characteristic sang froid in
huge number of events as a willing volunteer in a time to express his thanks for this highly esteemed
very quiet, modest and effective manner and with Award which we may be sure he will be displaying
a wicked sense of humour. in a place of honour.