On Saturday 11 July 2015 the Rotary Club of Eastbourne held its annual croquet afternoon courtesy of the Compton Croquet Club at the Saffrons.
Superbly organised again by Bob Hamblyn, 16 (including partners and guests) enjoyed an afternoon of golf croquet under the supervision and guidance (much needed) of members of the croquet club who kindly gave up their afternoon on our behalf.
The weather was excellent as was the tea again provided by the Croquet Club.
As to the game itself, it is true to say that there was a large variety of ability (or lack of) demonstrated but after a hard fought competition – where Rotary Fellowship was sadly, occasionally, put to one side as opponents balls were unceremoniously dispatched to the far end of the lawn! – the winners were the “Paradise Swingers” in the form of Ian and Claire Hunt, with David Garlick and Brian Higgins as worthy runners up.
The Rotary Club of Eastbourne paid its annual visit to the Bourne Primary School to present free dictionaries to each of the 58 six year pupils who will be moving on to secondary education at the end of this term.
Rotarian Barrie Gent has been the contact with the school for more than 20 years representing the Rotary club and said “I have always been impressed by this “in town” school without a blade of grass where pupils come from around the globe with more than 40% who do not have English as their first language.
Rotary President Nigel Greaves was making his first visit to the school and told staff how impressed he was particularly seeing the happy atmosphere and the friendly approach of the Staff.
Picture shows Rotary President Nigel Greaves with Rotarian Barrie Gent presenting the dictionaries to year six teacher Catherine Hennelly and some of her pupils