News 2018

Prince Edward opening the Soft Touch Arts building in 2016

How arts help disadvantaged youngsters

Rotary Club of Leicester Novus members visited Soft Touch Arts for their weekly meeting. Business Strategic Director Christina Wigmore gave 10 members an insight into the work of the charity and a tour of its premises, at 50 New Walk, Leicester. She explained that soft Touch was formed in 1986 to benefit disadvantaged young people …

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Lee Horsefield admires his shot which would have made Robin Hood green with envy

Better than double top… double darts, two in one!

The second weekend in April was busy for Novus members. On Friday Jasbir Mann, headteacher of the Sikh-ethos Falcons Primary School took time out to advise Warning Zone on which Sikhs might wear the Kirpaan, the ceremonial knife all baptised Sikhs pledge to carry to defend themselves and their faith. On Saturday, six members …

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Bert Thurston gives advice to a shopper after he had taken her blood pressure

Busy shopping? No pressure!

Once again, Emeritus Professor Bert Thurston led the way for seven volunteers from the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus helping shoppers stay healthy. Bert, a doctor of medicine, recorded the blood pressure of shoppers at the Asda store in Abbey Lane, Leicester, along with other medical professionals while Pam Spokes, Jason Chauhan, Deepak Karia, Sarita …

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The Carers Centre Quiz Night

Moira’s memories of Maundy Money

Moira Bartlett not only talked about the Maundy Money she was handed by The Queen at Easter 2017, but she passed the coins round so that members of Leicester Novus Rotary and their guests could touch them and see them up close. Moira explained the history of the tradition in which the monarch hands specially-minted …

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Sarita Shah sits in the ornamented chair of the President of the Rotary Club of Leicester

Sarita in the Big Seat

Four members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus visited the Leicester club to see their friend Diana Esho, wife of Mark, inducted as a member of the Leicester club. While there, Sarita Shah was photographed in the heavily-ornamented wooden seat reserved for presidents of Novus’s ‘mother club’. The photo was taken by past president …

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Hollywood/Bollywood: Jollygood

  President Pradeep and 13 of his club members welcomed about 150 guests to their Hollywood/Bollywood diner dance at St Martin’s House. Delicious food, good music and great company made the evening a great success. The food, of course, was provided by Mirch Masala, the Belgrave restaurant of Pradeep and his wife Nisha, who were …

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A central feature of the Peace Garden is the Peace Pole and the water feature surrounded by trellises and seats

Peace Garden completed

  Despite forecasts of heavy rain, or even snow, volunteers turned up to help Leicester Novus Rotary Club complete the Peace Garden it is building at Falcons Primary School in the city. Overseen by Frazer Robson, who has led the project from the start, and by Rotarian Jim Matthews, and school premises officer Viren Shah, …

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Six dartboards outside Stamford, Lincs

Please help us hit target for disabled competitors

Rotary clubs achieve a lot, but often can do so only because they are helped by members of the public. Leicester Novus is now asking for help… With many other clubs from across the East Midlands, we are contributing to a days of games in April at Stamford. Our task — and we have chosen to …

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Trained to save lives

President Pradeep Popat with President Elect Jason Chauhan and past president Frazer Robson with the certificates issued by the charity Heartwize, marking their completion in January of a course which made them feel more confident about trying to save a life by using CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)

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Speakers Laura Hutchenson and Peter Coopey with President Pradeep Popat

Helping baby feel welcome…and safe

When teacher Laura Hutchinson arrived in Leicester from Bristol in June 2017, she wanted to continue doing some voluntary work. Within weeks she had founded Baby-basics Leicester  one of about two dozen branches of a charity which started in Sheffield in 2009. Based in Narborough Road, the registered charity now has half-a-dozen regular volunteers contributing …

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Emily, Lauren and Leah suggest proposals to help the homeless

Where law meets morality

Novus meetings with guest speakers are often thought-provoking. But when eight students from the University of Leicester Law School asked Rotarians to ponder on several issues where UK law meets ethics and morals, members found themselves properly and rigorously challenged. Firstly, Leah, Gabrielle and Lauren gave some startling facts about the number of homeless people, …

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Novus crash out of Minor sports

There are about 32,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. To enable collaboration, neighbouring clubs are assigned to areas, districts and regions. To foster good relations they compete against one another in ‘minor sports.’ They always travel in hope — the hope that they don’t win so many knock-out matches that they have to travel further and …

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Rtn Viren Shah presents to Kiran Purohit, president of the Rotary Club of Pune the banners of the Rotary Club of Leicester and the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus which he received when he visited Novus

Flagging up international friendships

Every one of the 1.2 million Rotary Club members are entitled — encouraged even — to visit other clubs, near or far. Traditionally, they will mark their visits by exchanging banners or small flags bearing the name of their clubs. When the visitor next returns to her or his club, they will present the banner to …

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The Guildford Rotary Eye Project – Global Sight Solutions

Rotarian John Miles (member of Rotary Club of Leatherhead)  presented on the great work the charity Global Sight Solutions have been working on.The charity was founded in 1998 by Dr Sam Da MBE, former eye surgeon and opthalmic consultant at Guildford’s Royal Surrey Hospital. It is understood that there are an estimated 350-650 million people …

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Jasbir Mann and President-Elect Jason Chauhan with Gary Farnfield. of Rainbows Children's Hospice and the memory boxes given to parents

Rainbows: Where parents get to be parents

Community Fundraiser Gary Farnfield returned to update the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus on Rainbows Children’s Hospice since his visit a year or so ago. He reminded members that the hospice opened in 1994 to help the families of young people aged up to 30 with life-limiting illnesses and conditions. When he last spoke to …

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Learning how to save lives…

Twenty-one members and invited guests learned from volunteers with the charity Heartwize how to save lives. The meeting was staged in the spacious and airy hall of Falcons Primary School in Leicester whose headteacher, Jasbir Mann, is a member of the Rotary club. President Pradeep Popat welcomed the guests, who included staff from Falcons, two teachers …

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