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Jonathan, Frances and Tony Miles at the 50:50 Charity Ball

Tony and Frances would like to express their sincere gratitude to all who attended and took part in the
‘50:50 Charity Ball’ on Saturday March 1st 2014.

It looks as though the Rotary Club of Loughton and Buckhurst Hill will have raised over £4,800.00.
This is more than was hoped for and we want to give thanks for our guests’ generosity
and for making the evening such a success.

We are particularly thankful to:

  • The Prince Regent Hotel, especially Matthew & Nicola and their colleagues.



  • String Fever (weren’t they amazing!)
  • Ian Leigh – our singer, DJ, technician, master ceremonies, and dancer … what a guy!  (Shame we had to end the dancing at 1am.)
  • Craig Edwards – our talented pianist.
  • Barclays:  for approving, in principle, a matched grant of up to £1,000.00 (included in the above figure) in recognition of the work and support of Norman Darling, our auctioneer and banker!

Norman Darling – our autioneer and banker

  • Louise Keeble and Daniel Robinson and Sons Funeral Directors who helped with organisation and also organized our ‘Heads and Tails’ competition with ‘Tea for two at the Savoy’ as a prize.
  • Michael Steven’s Estates who supported our printed prgramme.
  • Dick Nathan, London Rotary District Governor and Eve Conway, who will be a future President of Rotary in Britain and Ireland
  • Pesh Kapasiawala, our photographer.
  • Shirely Kirk and Adrian Faiers for bringing and errecting the ShelterBox.
  • Deborah Hall from Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs.
  • Revd Dr Joanne Cox – for saying Grace.
  • All memebrs of the Rotary Club of Loughton and Buckhurst Hill.
  • And everyone else who we’ve not named but who helped, donated prizes, attended,  or made donations!

Should anyone still feel so moved, we will leave our online donation page open at:



Guests enjoying reception drinks

Among the quotes after the event:

‘What a night! I can honestly say that was the best and most enjoyable occasion I have ever had the pleasure of attending … I can’t thank you enough for putting on such a great event. To have raised that amount of money is phenomenal and I’m sure you must be very pleased and at the same time relieved that it went so well.’

“Just a note to thank you and Frances for a fantastic evening. All your hard work certainly paid off. Stringfever were the best act I have seen in a long while.  They created such a great atmosphere and had the whole room buzzing. The singer/DJ was also excellent …”

‘Just a note to thank you for organising such a fantastic evening; the pace was fast; clearly you are not slowing down just yet! We really enjoyed the evening; in particular Stringfever – very entertaining, fun and different! Well done on the event and raising such a tidy sum for two excellent causes.”

Ten-year-old Archie Williams visited our club on Thursday evening 11th July and inspired us with his determination to raise money to build houses in Romania through the charity Grassroots

Tony Archie & Karla

Among his various impressive efforts, he gave £100 of his own birthday money to this good cuase. We were delighted as a club to match this amount and give a cheque for £100 to add to his fiundraising total. Archie will be coming back to tell us how things are going in the New year of 2014.


On Thursday evening 27th June 2013 we held our Presidential Handover Dinner at The Blue Boar, Abridge.  67 people attended the evening including visitors from other Rotary Clubs, Loughton Probus, and other special guests and friends.  The Blue Boar served an excellent three course meal and we had entertainment from Cameron Bloomfield.

Cameron Bloomfield

Fran Maskell spoke about her year as club President and was thanked for her fruitful year of service.
Fran handed over her Presidency to the Revd Tony Miles for 2013/14.

Fran Maskell and Tony Tony Miles

Tony then took over and invested others officers – including Pesh Kapasiawala who will be the club’s new President Elect.

Pesh and Tony

Also as part of our evening the club was delighted to present Dick White with an award for 45 years of service to Rotary and also to recognise that he had become an Honorary member – aged nearly 93.  Dick will continue to attend meetings as and when he is able to do so.

Fran Maskell and Dick White

Tony Miles spoke about his plans for the year ahead, which included the club supporting the Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs as they were preparing to mark their 50th anniversary, and also supporting a clinic in Northern Ghana.  The club will also continue supporting other worthy causes, such as End Polio NowShelter Boxes, and Rotary Foundation.

The raffle for the evening raised £295, which will be for the Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs.