ROTARY ROUND-UP: A jolly good time at the summer strawberry tea party in Lancing

Music at the strawberry tea party at Tabernacle Hall, Lancing
Music at the strawberry tea party at Tabernacle Hall, Lancing

This week, Gerald Illsley, from the Rotary Club of Worthing Steyne, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

Last week we invited 70 local Lancing residents to a summer strawberry tea party at the Tabernacle Hall in Lancing.

With Rotarians and friends there to serve a full tea, strawberries and cream, and with music and entertainment from an accordion duo and a country singer, we all had a great time; lots of sing-a-long and great fun.

Thanks to those who provided raffle prizes, which raised £70 for local charities.

A good time all round.

Next on the menu is our one-and-only annual car boot sale on Saturday, August 15.

It is at the Adur Rec, Brighton Road (near Norfolk Bridge) from 7.30am – just right for the early birds.

Each year we try to raise extra money to support local charities and support groups.

This year we are sharing the day with the Hove and Adur Sea Cadet Unit, TS King Alfred, which is named in memory of the thousands of Royal Navy officers who were trained during the Second World War at HMS King Alfred, in Hove.

The unit was formed in 1942 as part of ‘Warship Week’, when the first parades were held in the basement of a church in Davigdor Road, Hove.

The unit is now based at the Cadet Centre in Marmion Road, Hove.

In 2006 the unit opened their Lizard Boating Station on the site of the war time training establishment, of that name, on Shoreham Port, not far from Maxwell Wharf.

The Lizard, which has just been reopened after a major refurbishment, is used for many Sea Cadet boating and sailing events, making the Hove and Adur unit one of the leading boat-work units in the South of England.

Find out more about Hove and Adur Sea Cadets with a visit to their website

We are always pleased to meet local people and support local events.

After the car boot sale, our next big event is joining up with the other two Rotary Clubs in the town over during August Bank Holiday Rotary Carnival weekend, with some great things going on each day – such as the Beach House Festival, the Big Top Pop-Up, Steaming on the Steyne and the Carnival Parade.

Why not get a float together and join the fun, or support us in other ways?

And come along and meet us – no obligations – to find out what else Rotarians do and our club plans for the rest of the year.

We meet Monday evening at the Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing. Please phone ahead on 07788 638757 to confirm.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 262222.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 535900.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 01903 234957.

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