Rotary Club of Letchworth Howard
A brilliant welcome for two new Letchworth Howard members
A magnificent Christmas lights display welcomed two new Letchworth Howard Rotary Club members for their induction into Rotary on 11th December.
Ukuleles bring Christmas cheer to Letchworth Howard and Inner Wheel
A ukulele orchestra formed the unlikely – and hugely enjoyable – centrepiece of Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s annual Christmas meal with its sister organisation, Letchworth Inner Wheel, on 5th December.
This year’s event, organised and hosted by Inner Wheel, was a grand success. A raffle raised £400 (with a further £50 added by Inner Wheel to bring it up to £450) for Garden House Hospice Care in memory of Mrs Anne Jarman, an Inner Wheel stalwart who was cared for at the hospice before her recent death after a long illness. Her husband, Arthur, is a former president of Letchworth Howard and was accompanied at the dinner by their daughter Cara. The donation is particularly timely as the Hospice launches its new frailty care service.
A second raffle raised a further £287 to help Huntington’s Disease sufferers and for other local charity work.The musical entertainment came from the Letchworth Ukulele Group, LALUKE, who delighted the diners as they played and sang a wide range of Christmas music, including carols that everyone joined in with
president for Letchworth Howard
Letchworth Howard Rotary
Club has inaugurated a new president and vice-president under a
previously arranged job change part way through the Rotary year. Angela
Silver, who had steered the club from the start of the year, stood down
at the club meeting on Monday November 13, relinquishing her chain of
office to Paul Jeffery, her successor.
Stepping up to the role of senior vice-president,
ready in due course to take over from Paul, is Colin Green. Both Paul
and Colin have had experience as Letchworth Howard presidents in past
Pictured at the meeting are Angela and Paul, his neck bowed as he receives the presidential chain of office from Angela. Meanwhile Colin Green tries his new senior vice-presidential chain of office for size.
and Inner Wheel dinner helps some of the world’s poorest children
Letchworth Howard Rotary
Club and Letchworth Inner Wheel have given some of the world’s most
deprived children a £500 Christmas present as a result of their joint
annual Christmas dinner on December 5, with another £500 coming from
matched funding from generous external donors.
Assistance to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust
On Wednesday 3rd of August The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance trust opened their new charity shop at 17 Eastcheap in the town centre and the Letchworth Howard Rotary Club was invited to attend on their special day. Rotarians Dawn and Paul Jeffery can be seen 2nd & 3rd from the right.
It was a well organised event with several of
their staff and other local dignitaries. The shop was well stocked
and a credit to them. They did a trial business open day in the
previous week and took £1847, the most they have ever taken in one day
so they will be likely to keep the lease for a while !
Letchworth Howard looks
to full programme despite pandemic
Letchworth Howard Rotary’s 2020-21 president sees a bright future for the club despite all the problems created by the coronavirus crisis.
That was the optimistic message from Arthur Jarman as he laid out his plans for his presidential year at the club’s annual assembly on June 1.
It was an assembly with a difference, as members met for their second online meeting thanks to Zoom and to club IT guru Colin Green who set it all up.
Members were delighted
to extend a big, virtual welcome to Mary Whitehead, District 1260
Governor, and Karin Weston, our area Assistant Governor who were logged
in to the meeting.
deals hospice a winning hand
Bridge enthusiasts played their cards right on
Friday March 13 when Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s bridge drive raised
over £500 for Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth Garden City and
other Rotary charities.
The annual event has long been a fixture on the
local bridge playing calendar and, despite the possibly inauspicious
date of Friday the 13th, was once again thoroughly enjoyed by all who
In addition to the bridge tournament, there was
a raffle that alone raised £180 and participants also enjoyed a
sumptuous home-made afternoon tea prepared and served by Rotarians and
The hospice is the principal beneficiary from
the event, while other Rotary charities will also benefit.
Pantomime outing fun
Letchworth Rotarians and Inner Wheel members guessing
Howard event helps young cancer sufferers
The event, Sounds of the Season, featured City Chorus, one of the area’s leading musical ensembles, with a programme of Christmas music old and new performed at Letchworth Garden City Free Church.
With hot mince pies – generously donated by the Letchworth branch of the Morrisons supermarket chain, which has made CLIC Sargent its charity of the year – and wine and soft drinks on sale to complement the glorious music, audience members were lavish in their praise for what was widely agreed to have been a terrific evening.
The photographs show the full Choir, and of Eirra giving her performance.
Howard scores bullseye for Hospice
The last photo shows a winner of one of the many spot prizes, with that T shirt nobody argued !
A smiling welcome for
Letchworth Howard’s new vice-president
It was smiles all round at Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s November 4 meeting when new president-elect Arthur Jarman was formally inducted as vice-president. Doing the honours is the current president, Angela Silver, while club secretary John Bush looks on approvingly. When he succeeds to the top role next year it will be Arthur’s second time as club president.
Arthur is a former top
executive with the National Union of Teachers and has been a local
councillor in North Herts and a governor of the Letchworth Garden City
Heritage Foundation, the charitable body that is responsible for
ensuring the continuing vibrancy of the world’s first Garden City,
maintaining its distinctive atmosphere, and devoting the profits from
its large property and farming portfolio to improving well-being in the
keeps it in the family
was all in the family at Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s handover
evening on Monday July 1 when president Tony Silver stood down at the
end of his year of office – to be succeeded by his wife, Angela.
The sun shone – mostly – and threatened rain held
off as Rotarians and guests enjoyed a garden party at the home of club
member Colin Green and his wife Karen to mark the Rotary year end.
Among the guests were representatives from various
organisations the club had fund-raised for during the year, who were
presented with ceremonial cheques. Sue Plummer, chief executive of
Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth, received a cheque for £2,883;
Faith Hojeer from Herts Home-Start, the charity that helps families with
young children, was presented with a cheque for £500; and Ray
Shakespeare-Smith, chairman of Helping Herts Homeless, received a cheque
The club also welcomed Sean Abbiss and Peter
Mountney, winners – both on points and in level of sponsorship moneys –
of its darts marathon evening in November, who were presented with their
The event came a day after club members had enjoyed
a fascinating visit to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance base at North
Weald, which left everyone far more knowledgeable about the invaluable
work of the air ambulance service. The only sadness was that the
ambulance normally based at North Weald had been called out just as club
members arrived, continuing its vital life-saving work rather than being
available to inspect.
The pictures show:
1. Guests at the Garden party.
2. Darts winners Sean Abbiss (in the dark shirt)
and Peter Mountney receive their prizes from outgoing Letchworth Howard
president Tony Silver.
3. Sue Plummer, chief executive of Garden House
Hospice Care, with Tony Silver
4. Faith Hojeer, from Home-Start Hertfordshire,
tells Rotarians and other guests a little more about the charity.
5. Tony Silver presents a ceremonial cheque to Ray
Shakespeare-Smith, chairman of Helping Herts Homeless
6. Having told guests that the Rotary president’s chain of office was actually deceptively heavy around the neck, outgoing Letchworth Howard president Tony Silver has difficulty removing it as he passes the presidency on to his wife, Angela.
Rotary public relations award
Rotary Club has been named winner of the 2018 public image award in
Rotary District 1260, which covers 59 Rotary clubs across a wide swathe
of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Howard quiz raises £1,500
They may not have known
all the answers but enthusiastic quizzers came up with the right result
on Saturday March 30 when Letchworth Howard Rotary Club raised around
£1,500 for charitable causes.
The principal beneficiaries from the club’s
annual quiz night will be Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth Garden
City and Mary’s Meals, the charity that provides a sustaining daily meal
to over 1 million schoolchildren worldwide who would otherwise stay
hungry or be unable to attend lessons.
With 14 teams of eight players, St George’s Church
Hall was filled to capacity as they tested their knowledge across a wide
range of topics and enjoyed a luxury ploughman’s supper during the
midway interval. The fund-raising was boosted by a raffle that
contributed £243 to the total.
The picture shows contestants enjoying a good tuck-in as they get their brains in gear for part two of the quiz.
deliver £400 prize for Letchworth Howard pantomime outing
Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s annual pantomime
outing for under-privileged children was the clear winner at the club’s
race night on January 26, which produced net proceeds of £400 to pay for
this year’s visit to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Gordon Craig
The evening included a bumper raffle which saw one
lucky punter have no fewer than three of the tickets in his strip of
five drawn for a prize. He
insisted that two of them be discounted and tickets re-drawn.
Working in conjunction with Home-Start, the charity that helps families with young children, the club had already taken 22 local children and nine accompanying adults to the Gordon Craig show earlier in the month.
Hospice scores again at darts marathon
There was another great score for Letchworth
Garden City’s Garden House Hospice at Letchworth Howard Rotary Club’s
darts marathon evening, which raised an estimated £2,000-plus for Rotary
charities with the hospice the principal beneficiary.
The event, at the town’s Broadway Hotel on November
15, attracted some 70 participants playing in 13 teams across two
sessions in a lively, fun-filled atmosphere.
The full financial results will not be known until
January when all the sponsorship monies come through, but the total is
thought to have been at least £2,000, including about £250 from the
The club has another charitable event coming up.
On January 26, is a race night to raise funds for
the annual pantomime visit for under-privileged children organised by
the club. Other Rotary charities will also benefit.
Tickets are £10, which includes supper (though it’s bring your own drinks). The evening starts at 6.30 for 7.00, See our Special Events page for details.