On the 3rd of December 2012 On the 26th of November 2012
Peter Robson Margaret talking about radio in Warwick Hospital
Peter Robson gave fellow members a comprehensive "My Job" talk illustrated in a manner which emphasised his strong commitment not only to his skill but his belief in a management system based on a remarkably simple democratic structure.    Demonstrating the growth of a small manufacturing unit into an industry playing a major part in the design and manufacture of hydraulics, Peter drew a number of detailed questions from a keenly interested gathering.

The Radio Warneford started in 1973 in the Warneford hospital and retained its name when moving to Warwick Hospital. It has 60 volunteers working for it. Margaret Legge is one of them. She came to inform members of the Club what a wonderful job the radio is doing and asked for helpers to run it.

To get more information click here

On the 19th of November 2012 On the 12th of November 2012
Philip Worral Peter Cutts
Philip Worrall spoke about the Life of Barrister Peter Cutts came to talk about Community Safety and his experiences of dealing with it.
On the 5th of November 2012 On the 22nd of October 2012
Chernobil Children Speakers Roy Sheppard

Ken & Kath Ruane from Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, a children’s charity which was founded in 1991, came to talk about the organisation's work.

Children who have suffered or are suffering from the results of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a quarter of a century ago are offered recuperative holidays in many parts of the world. Britain plays a major role and as an example the Chernobyl Children's Project Group in Solihull have hosted over 300 children over the past few years. Through photographs and related experiences Ken and Kath Ruane told the Rotarians of the effect of visits, outings, trips, days at the seaside and such like enjoyed in a "clean environment" by the 23 youngsters on the 2012 visit. The President handed over a cheque from the Kenilworth Club to aid the Project's programme.
A three day visit to London marking the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations was described by Ray Sheppard. His talk was illustrated with pictures of work by notable contemporary artists while he described the use of colour by painters Mary Anne Aytoun Ellis and David Hockney and the composition abilities of jewellery designer Wendy Ramshaw. And all done on a "keep the cost down" premise including the use of the Megabus for the journey to the capital.
On the 15th of October 2012 On the 24th of September 2012
Justine Potts Judy Grove
Talented Oxford graduate Justine Potts enthralled the members with, as she termed it, " a few thoughts and reflections on a year in Italy". That year was spent centred on Bologna University as a Rotary Club's locally sponsored Ambassadorial Scholar . That university is the largest in Europe with 90,000 students and Justine -- a talented Latin scholar -- took the advantage of learning Arabic and Mandarin (to gasps from the Rotary members). To her credit she has returned to her home town and is giving the benefit of her experiences by assisting at the Kenilworth School and Sixth Form.
A development proposal raising strong feelings among local people, the Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway Scheme was explained in detail by Judy Groves.    The objective is to take in land around the Coventry Airport and create a "Technology Hub" to the north of the airfield and erect logistics and distribution warehouses to the south.   Although it is claimed that up to 14,000 jobs could be created it would mean building on green field sites.  
 For more information go to: http://www.cwlep.com/news/cw-lep-coventry-and-warwickshire-gateway-enterprise-zone.
On the 17th of September 2012 On the 20th of August 2012
Rishabh Dudheria Patricia Cain

Rtn Rishabh Dudheria, who was born in India and completed his degree in Bath, gave a very interesting talk about his home town in India and his job in England. Rushabh works for Jaguar, a British luxury and sports car manufacturer, headquartered in Whitley, Coventry. It is part of the Jaguar Land Rover business, a subsidiary of the Indian company Tata Motors.

Present chair of the Kenilworth Society, Patricia Cain told of the founding of the Society in 1961 following the demolition of historic houses in Bridge Street.    Since then had compiled historic data and played a major role in preservation including the struggle against the proposed super coal pit. She gave an interesting presentation re the Society. Key points were :

The society was formed in 1961 following the demolition of period cottages in high St which caused a public outcry .

The first big issue was then a call for a bypass which eventually opened ion 1971.

Opposition to the proposed super coal pit was an issue in 1985 this went away after changes in government policy.

Support for a Kenilworth Station is ongoing as is opposition to HS2.

Planning issues are a continuous item for the society .

The Society works to protect everything that makes Kenilworth special and a pleasant place to live.

On the 13th of August 2012 On the 6th of August 2012
Chris Goodman &bShirley mare of King Hill Nurseries
Liane Dugal came to talk about her vision for a local internet radio and why Kenilworth needs it. Below are some of the points she made in favour of the project that Kenilworth Town Council asked her to develop. "Coventry's Best Kept Secret" was disclosed by Shirley Marwille and Chris Goodman when they told the Club about the Kings Mills Nurseries on the edge of Kenilworth. As well as describing their project as providing home grown - seed to crop - products they also enourage people with learning difficulties to work and train with them catering for around a score of learners daily.

On the 30th of July 2012

Colin Chatham

Wartime experiences were recalled by Rotarian

Colin Chatham on a week when the history of RAF's Bomber Command was in the public eye. A Flight Engineer in a Hampden heavy bomber of a RCAF Squadron, he completed over 3O missions against German targets including the powerful Tirpitz harboured in a Norwegian fjord.



On the 16th of July 2012

Justin Miles -the explorer 

Justin Miles has joined us to talk about his latest plans. He joined a team to get to a place deep in the Arctic where man has yet to reach. This place is at the very centre of the Arctic Ocean, the furthest point from any land mass; it is known as the Arctic Pole of Inaccessibility.

To find out more go to: www.justforthechallenge.com

On the 2nd of July 2012

Phil Highley carrying a torch

Phil Highly from the Kenilworth Rotary Club carried the Flame through Northampton on the 2nd of July 2012. http://youtu.be/qZdXJzjboDI

For Philip's nomination story click here

On the 28th of May 2012

Philip presentin the new Tee shirt

Race Director modeled 2012 Run Tee shirt and talked about the race. Click on the picture for the larger version

On the 21st of May 2012               

Tamsin Rosewell

A wealth of knowledge about chocolate, its history and how it grew to become predominant in Europe, provided a captivating talk by Tamsin Rosewell. In an Illustratrd address she told how over centuries kakawa developed into the drink cocoa and she explained the association between the product and differing religious bodies as it spread from Asia to Europe.

On the 1st of May 2012

Liz Turner representing Woodlands

Saving the nation's trees was the subject of Elizabeth Taylor of the Woodlands Trust. She explained that the preservation and care of over 1000 small woods and copses also provided food and shelter for extensive natural flora and fauna threatened by deforestation. Started nearly half a century ago the Trust has done a great deal not only in saving the woodlands but also pioneering the planting of mixed species of trees as over 60 percent of those already in the country are not native to the United Kingdom.

The Jubilee Woods project will see millions of people come together to plant 6 million trees.

For more information go to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk or MoreTreesMoreGood.org.uk/jubilee


On the 19th of March 2012

Zoe Rose, Maya Child Care

On Monday 19th March 2012, the Club welcomed Zoe Rose, Trustee of the Maya Child Care Charity, to talk about recent developments in Guatemala, & in the Centro Bellota Infantil (Acorn child care centre) which the Maya Charity operates. Last year the Club funded a project aimed at improving literacy for these seriously disadvantaged pre primary children.Zoe talked about the difficulties involved even in buying books & other materials in Xela, which meant at times a bus trip of several hours to Guatemala City. The project was seen to have been a great success & members of the Xela Rotary Club attended a ceremony to witness the results & to see a Rotary Wheel, presented by Kenilworth Rotary, fixed on a wall by the President of the Rotary.
The centre is located in Quetzaltenango (Xela), the second largest city in Guatemala, an area which has suffered greatly from natural disasters in recent years, floods being the latest one in Autumn 2011.
Resulting damage to the Centre was considerable & essential repairs were needed to enable the children to continue to receive care in an acceptable environment before we could consider the next step in literacy development. The Rotary Club was able to approve a grant to assist with the repairs.
It was a very interesting & informative presentation.
A vote of thanks was given by John Stanton

December 2012

Karen Shortt of Macmillan Nurses

Karen Shortt  of Macmillan Nurses receiving a cheque from President Tony Thompson

The money was collected by The Rotary Club of Kenilworth through the Tree of Thought event organised in cooperation with Kenilworth Town Council.

On the 5th of March 2012

Dr Angela Clarke

In one of the world's poorest countries, Namibia, the Bernard Nordkamp Centre provides education and a safe environment for a daily intake of 140 children. Dr. Angela Clarke, who herself taught in Namibia for three years, defined the needs for practical voluntary help and financial assistance to benefit the nation's children.

On the 6th of February 2012

Remap is a national charity working through local groups of skilled volunteers to help people with disabilities achieve independence and a better quality of life.

They make or modify equipment when nothing suitable is available through mainstream sources. Items are tailor-made to be suitable for individual needs and to make a real difference to people’s ability to rise to a particular challenge and achieve something not otherwise possible for them.

Robin Kenward, one of the volunteers, came to talk about Remap.


On the 9th of January 2012

Richard Marr from Kenilworth School

Richard Marr, the Head of the Kenilworth School & Sports College Expressive Arts Department receiving a cheque to help with the Music at the school.

On the 7th of November 2011


Kenilworth was represented among the 40,000 Scouts at this year's international jamboree held in Sweden in July.  Half a dozen teenagers attended from the Kenilworth Explorers Group and two of the girls gave the Rotary weekly meeting an interesting and illustrated account of their experiences while expressing thanks for the Club's financial support of the event.

On the 7th of November 2011

Scouller's talk

The  fascinating story of  Sir George and the Scott family and their contributions to the architectural heritage of Britain, was demonstrated to the Rotarians by John Scouller, a Warwickshire resident, who through discovering his own distant relationship to the family, has become interested and researched its history. Sir George Gilbert Scott is one of the lesser acclaimed but the most prolific architects of the Victorian era and was acknowledged to be master of the nation's so-called Gothic revival.   In fact he was responsible for designing or altering over 800 major premises including domestic and public buildings, well over 100 churches, abbeys and priories and 25 cathedrals among which were those at Ely, Worcester, Gloucester, Durham and St. Asaph. 


On the 19th of September 2011

Andy Norman-Youth Centre Manager

Over 800 people each week attend Kenilworth's state-of-the-art youth centre, explained the centre's organiser Andy Norman.   In his presentation to the Rotary members he told of the extensive facilities provided including sports, games. outdoor activities, musical events and learning courses, each tailored to cater for all age groups "from under 8 to 80" to quote Andy.  He described how changes in local authority finances have made it necessary to seek more support from the  public and vice-president John Boothroyd handed over a cheque from the Club which already has a strong commitment to the Youth Centre.  

Paul Bamford who lat week spoke on his six week placement in a children's hospital in Cambodia

Speaker at the first August meeting  was Paul Bamford, a medical student in his fourth year at Warwick University.   Paul had chosen Cambodia for his elective and gave an enlightening and informative talk on the medical services available following the Pot Pot regime.   In spite of having a modern purpose-built hospital in the capital, Paul described the lack of doctors and trained nursing staff and the extreme shortage of drugs and surgical equipment severely limiting  progress in dealing with Cambodia's  extensive medical requirements.


Sandy Robertson







Sandi Robertson talked about the history of ballet in general and more specifically about the history of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham City Council recognised the talents of Simon Rattle as a conductor and build a new concert hall to celebrate his talent which encouraged the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet to come to Birmingham in 1990. Many of the best ballet studios relocated to Birmingham and are still there.
The Birmingham Royal Ballet received a huge boost when Powergen sponsored their production of the “Nutcracker”.


Amazon talk

Rotary friendships begun on a lengthy cruise taking in the massive Amazon river complex led to a talk by Roger Plumb of the Penryn (Cornwall) Rotary Club. Accompanied by his wife Laura, Roger gave a detail and beautifully illustrated address about the world's second longest river and its environs examining the wild life, the ecology, the environment and the livelihood of the many tribes it sustains. Roger's club has since supported a small group of Brazilian sea scouts met on the journey and received a financial donation from Kenilworth. At the outset the Plumbs were introduced by local Rotarian John Stanton whose friendship with them began during the six week cruise.

Asami Nakayama








On the 23rd of May 2011 during our Monday meeting Ambassadorial scholar Asami Nakayama told of her family in Kyoto and the steps in her career which have taken her to lecturing in a university in her home country.  At present Mrs. Nakayama is studying advanced English Language Teaching at.the University of Warwick.   Fittingly her host for the evening Rotary Meeting was David Tall formerly a professor at the university

Richard Davies








Richard Davies, one of the newer members of the Club and a serving councillor and former Mayor, regaled the weekly meeting with his job talk. He told of the early days of his career including humourous anecdotes of his time in the Arabian Gulf states.  

John Bowman

On the 16th of May 2011 John Bowman visited our weekly meeting to tell us about the latest developments of The Joe Homan Charity. John and his wife visited the Joe Homan homes in South India recently and he described to us how this charity helps thousands of children to escape from poverty and provides care and assistance for boys and girls of all ages. The aim of the charity is to help disadvantaged children to improve their opportunities and lifestyle by encouraging them to obtain an education, vocational training and to develop their self-esteem.

John Lockwood

On the 11th of April 2011 John Lockwood the young violinist came to our club meeting to thank Rotary for the donation we made towards the purchase of a new violin of sufficient quality to enable him to pursue his ambitions to become  a professional musician . John played two pieces for us and impressed us all. 

Robin Kemp and Youth Speak

On the 17th of January 2011 Robin Kemp, Kenilworth School Teacher in charge of Youth Speaks teams came with two teams on Monday. We had two presentations from pupils.

Sam Wynne

On the 4th of April a well attended weekly meeting included a presentation of the financial problems facing Britain in the aftermath of the 21st Century recession.  Sam Wynne, Barclays Bank's Regional Director of Wealth, lucidly explained the present challenges facing the country especially following three major political and economic upheavels.  These included the Japanese earthquake disaster, unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and the threat from the European Sovereigh Debt. Several questions resulted with Keith Dixon, President elect expressing thanks to the speaker and his colleague