Rotary Corner: We were dancing the night away

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Never believe that Rotarians are old and decrepit, such a misleading image. Rotary helps people of all ages but also attracts people of all ages to join.

If you did think we were ‘past it’ that then you should have been at Longthorpe Village Hall for the Ceilidh organised by Werrington Rotary with dancing to the inspiring Claddagh Band.

For those never having been to a ceilidh it was initially a shock to the system. It was soon clear, despite a cool night, the heating system in the hall did not need to be in operation!

This is nothing like Strictly Come Dancing, it is better! Having warmed up with the odd vocal number couples were invited to promenade and twirl around the hall with the odd break for recovery and musical interlude. Not a place for the faint hearted, but a good excuse for a quick glass of liquid refreshment.

Rotary teams up with lots of charities and organisations to help others.

Two tickets for the Battle of the Proms that takes place at Burghley Park next summer year were in the raffle, a great prize to raise funds for charities supported by the club.

The Werrington club supports local schools by providing Usborne Dictionaries to children leaving their primary school at aged eleven, something to remind them of early school years but also for later, a Dictionary for Life.

They are so popular that orders have to be placed in early December for donation at the end of the school year in July!

Will Werrington be holding a ceilidh next year? Probably yes – it is a great social event, a way to keep fit and it shows Rotary is for all ages.

Alice aged eleven had a lovely evening and has already asked to join in again – Rotary is for families.

Peterborough Rotary Club is moving with the times. Each Rotary club celebrates their birthday (formation of the club) every year.

Breaking with tradition President John Wilkinson decided, instead of having a formal evening dinner with speaker, celebrations should take the form of a family lunch complete with musical entertainment.

Over 100 members and guests enjoyed the 83rd birthday celebrations at the Holiday Inn.

A jazz/ blues band made up of students from King’s School provided entertainment – Rotary always encourages young people to develop their talents.

Celebrating Rotary’s international flavour members of Peterborough then journeyed to France to attend the 80th birthday of their twinned Rotary club in Bourges.

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