Technology Tournament

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Leicester Grammar School paid hosts to the 2nd annual technology tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Leicester on the 26th February 2016.

The event was thrown open to nine Leicestershire schools to send students studying design to test their mental ability to solve a technical problem. In this year’s challenge the students needed to design and build a bridge crossing two imaginary bodies of water on a wooden base. The advance students needed to make not only a fixed bridge span but also an opening span similar to Tower Bridge on the Thames.

The working time was limited to 4 hours and during this the students needed to design, test, build and catalogue their work. Points were awarded for each step of the process including their thought processing and management. At the end of the allotted time the bridges were tested and marks added together for their achievements in meeting the technical brief.

Derek Sadd & Colin Derek of Leicester Rotary provided the inspiration for this project and coordinated the event along with supplying the materials and model bases. Another 12 Rotary members acted as judges and master of ceremonies keep the event running like clockwork.

Without a doubt the imaginations and attention of all 130 students and 11 teachers was captured by the event. The bridge building results were amazing and all that attended were looking forward to the 2017 event.

Our thanks to Colin and Derek for their considerable efforts and to Leicester Grammar for the venue.


The winning groups are featured below

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RIBI Golf Championships

The annual championship event will be held at The Leicestershire golf club on Monday 5th September 2016. Please go to the Charitable Activities page for a copy of the rules and an entry form. Last year’s event raised in excess of £12,500 for the End Polio Now Campaign, and we hope to achieve at least that sum this year by widening the entry criteria to encourage participation from smaller clubs. Entries of teams comprised of members of two different clubs within a District are permitted.

Young chef competition

The competition was held at Leicester High School for Girls on Saturday 10th October.

The photos below show some of the mouth-watering exhibits and President Paul with the competitors.

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Thank you to Amanda Mansfield for giving up her time to act as judge on the day.


Golfing greats for 2015


President Paul Bonnett, in the centre presented the Tarratt Trophy to Simon Gravett (left). The trophy, better known as the ‘naked lady’, is awarded to the winner of the annual knock out competition within the club.

Mark Simpson (pictured right) won the ‘golfer of the year’ award for his fine performances at the weekend away event at Thorpeness.

The Jewel in the Crown

Dominic Gomersall, chief exec of Lumbers jewellers, gave an entertaining talk on the changing scene in retail in Leicester.

Lumbers have recently moved to larger premises on High Street, occupying what was for many years the Dominoes Toy shop

Historically Market Street, their former location, has been the premier location in the Midlands for retailers of luxury goods, with occupancy costs reflecting that elevated status. In recent times, following the development of The Highcross Centre, there has been a significant shift in the ‘retail centre’ of Leicester and after much soul searching, Dominic decided to take the plunge and relocate to High Street.The new premises are substantially bigger and have catering facilities on the upper level. The company now offers not only watches and jewellery but also gift items.

Single diamond rings and ear-rings remain the best sellers, proving that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.




Kids of Heroes

Andy Tilney described the activities of this charity, launched in January 2014. It was set up to benefit the children of serving military personnel, many of whom suffer with mental health issues as a result of their parents involvement in conflict.

The charity provides counselling and play therapy for children up to age 21. It also pays for family holidays at the end of counselling sessions.

There are currently 170,000 full time ‘military children’ , 10% of whom are scarred with emotional or behavioural problems.

UK casualties of war during the period covering the Falklands war to the Afghanistan conflict amount to 1,770. There is help available from other charities for the victims’ families, but little or nothing for those affected by the Balkans crisis, nor Iraq. Kids of Heroes does not exclude any qualifying children from benefit. Since July 2014 180 children have received help through the counselling programme.

The charity works with Play Therapy UK, the British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Counselling costs are at a special low rate of £15 per hour, holidays average out at £690 each and administrative costs are at a low £15,000 per annum. There are no wages or salaries, all such services being provided by volunteers. 80% of all monies raised goes to the cause and the charity does not indulge in cold calling, doorstep selling or any other unpopular methods of approach.

Our thanks to Andy for bringing the charity to our notice, and a most informative talk.

Results of the 29th RIBI Rotary Club Golf Championship


On a splendid early autumn day RC Tamworth retained the RIBI Rotary Club Golf Championship.

The Final of the 29th running of the Championship was held at The Leicestershire Golf Club on Monday 7th September 2015. A total of 96 teams from 19 Districts entered the knock out stage. Rotary Club teams from 17 Districts came to the Final when the best two scores from three players counted for the Team Championship.

Team Championship

Winners – TAMWORTH with 80 Stableford points, represented by Mick Cart, John Rowland and Steve Turner secured the Championship Lectern for the third year running, 1st Place trophies and a cheque for £2,000 payable to Rotary Foundation.

2nd Place –CONSETT with 74 points, represented by Bill McMaster, Jeff Farnsworth and Richard Burton received trophies and a cheque for £1,000 payable to Rotary Foundation.

3rd Place –CHELMSFORD with 72 points, represented by Roger Scothern, Bryan Powell and Malcolm Shead received trophies and a cheque for £750 payable to Rotary Foundation.

TAMWORTH WINNERS - Copy-min Singles Competition

Winner –- Mick Cart, Tamworth – 41 Stableford points

2nd Place – John Rowland, Tamworth – 39 points

3rd Place – Malcolm Nutt, Banbury – 38 points

Nearest the Pin – Bernard Goodchild, Banbury

Longest Drive – Malcolm Nutt, Banbury

Next year

Anyone interested in playing in the Championship next year should view the website and send an email to

Simon Gravett,

Championship Organiser, Rotary Club of Leicester