Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell

Pesh Kapasiawala

We hosted our free monthly Memory Cafe in Loughton for people with memory issues and their carers. It’s an activity session with singing, a quiz, bingo and games with free refreshments. We hold it every 2nd Friday of the month 10-12pm at The Loughton Club 8 Station Road, Loughton IG10 4NX. Everyone welcome. Please contact Pesh for further details 07973166940

Congratulations and a warm welcome to our newest member Geoff Towesy, careers adviser at West Hatch School. Geoff has been supporting Rotary for 6 years and we’re very pleased to have inducted him as an honorary member.

We are proud to support and work with LOUGHTON TOWN COUNCIL We recently donated £600 to assist them to purchase 3 defibrillators for Loughton Town
They are great supporters of the community and even when budgets are tight they have given out grants worth over £23,000 in the last financial year. At their Meeting on 14th March they presented certificates to the grant recipients
Associates of Epping Forest Field Centre, The Breastfeeding Network, Community First Responders – Loughton Group, Cruse Epping Forest, Epping Forest Re-Use, Epping Forest Sportability Club, Grant a Smile, GROW Community Garden, Loughton Festival, Loughton Voluntary Care, Loughton Youth Project, New Vistas, Restore Community Centre, Restore Com Church, Revitalise, Samaritans of Redbridge, South Loughton Cricket Club, Spark, St Marys – Ignite, St Marys Church – Love Loughton Voluntary Action Epping Forest, YES Partnership Youth Employment Strategy.
The meeting finished with a passionate and heart felt presentation by Heather Scholer from Epping Forest Foodbank

The first crocuses are springing up! These bulbs were donated by us to the Grow Community Garden. The Crocus is a flower which symbolises the story of the Rotary Polio eradication programme. The Crocus was chosen as the purple colour matched the dye painted on the little fingers of children to show that they have been immunised.



We had two heroes Keith & Ron from amazing charity Essex Blood Runners talk to us about their work. They’re a charitable organisation that delivers blood, samples and emergency plasma to hospital departments across Essex. They do this free of charge whenever and wherever it’s urgently needed. They’re on call from 7:00pm to 7:00am 7 nights a week, 24 hours Weekends and Bank Holiday, and all main holidays. They’re all volunteer bikers/car drivers and do not receive any payment for the work we do. Please support them.


EF Food Bank update
Through your efforts today we collected and sorted 33 (crammed full) trays of food and a whopping £236.92p in cash, This is truly Rotary – Making a Difference. Today’s food donations go to the Islington Foodbank to help those in real need.
So that’s 70 trays of food and £550 in cash so far over the 3 days. A fantastic result and, remember Tesco will add 20% of the value of the food by weight and give it to the Trussell Trust (85% of that is given back to the foodbanks). Thanks again for doing your bit.

Please get in touch if you want to get involved in anyway with Rotary – we are for communities.