Rotary Corner: Cafe fitted the bill for students

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Isn’t it wonderful when a plan comes good! How amazing when local organisations find they can work together to mutual benefit.

Rotary operates a Memory Café for people with dementia living in our city.

Peterborough Ortons Club also works closely with Nene Park Academy supporting students by arranging mock interviews and the Rotary Young Chef competition featured last week.

Some students at the school are studying for their BTEC Level 2 in Hospitality.

As part of their assessment they needed to stage an event and wanted to invite people from their local community for afternoon tea.

Abbie Mann contacted Orton Rotary Club to ask for suggestions. Of course our Crocus Café fitted the bill perfectly.

The students spent hours planning the event; researching, deciding on the menu and shopping for the food.

They created menus and designed table settings.

On the morning of the event students worked together preparing food for their guests.

As Crocus Café members arrived students directed them to reserved parking bays then escorted them safely to their destination.

Once seated tea was served and a wonderful selection of home-made sandwiches, scones and cakes were brought to the tables, all temptingly arranged on tiered cake stands.

Both students and guests thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

It was a pleasure to see young people interacting with those with dementia and getting great satisfaction from doing so.

In the future Nene Park Academy hopes to offer different events for the benefit of the community.

A member of Crocus Café said: “We were so happy to be invited for this special buffet.

All the young people were smartly dressed and so attentive; the food was delicious.”

A fantastic example of Rotary in action and our symbiotic relationship with other organisations.

One of Orton Rotary Club’s major fundraisers, an annual quiz, needs a large room to accommodate the ever increasing following.

Nene Park Academy kindly offered the perfect venue. This year 22 teams entered, keen to pit their wits against quiz master Rotarian Dave Pennell with his interesting and challenging range of questions.

There were anagrams to solve keeping our brains ticking over at the interval when plates of delicious cheeses, pork pie, ham and salads were served with home-made mince pies to follow.

(Do people come every year for the quiz or the refreshments?) The quiz raised a very creditable £1,700 to support our charitable activities.

Over in Whittlesey the Letter B pub team won their Rotary Club’s 18th anniversary quiz supporting Life Education.

Steve Hodson said “A mobile classroom visits primary schools, equipped with all sorts of electronic wizardry, which the children love.

It promotes healthy life choices in a fun way.  Parents and teachers are very keen as it really works.” 

One hundred and seventy people attended and over £2,000 was raised. A brilliant time was had by all.

Next year’s date is 20th November.

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