News archive 2014

Here you will find reports of our events and activities from June to December 2014.
We hope you find it interesting to revisit them from time to time to remind yourself of the fun we have had and the wonderful support we have had from so many people.

Gone... Peter Mortimer upsets the Jenga tower, but reacts quickly enough to catch most of the bricks

Novus table another skittles win

Amid the usual Rotary banter when the Rotary Club of Wigston hosted Leicester Novus in the second round of the District Minor sports, there was a lot of talk about the teams’ ability to throw. The speakers were not assessing abilities to throw the cheeses at the table skittles, but the ability to ‘throw’ the …

The Cheney Arms

Rotarians hold Christmas dinner and support charities

Members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus and guests enjoyed a delicious meal at The Cheney Arms, Gaddesby, and added a few pounds to the coffers of two charities. Among the guests was Charlotte, an employee of member Adrian McGreevy. The last time members met Charlotte was when she made them personalised high-vis jackets, pens, mugs …

Becoming aware of dementia

Leicester Novus is, in several ways, an unconventional Rotary Club. It often does not eat when it meets. Often, it meets away from its base, The Stoneycroft Hotel. And often it invites other clubs along to its meetings. When the club met on Thursday, November 13, it did so at the Aigburth Methodist Home for …

Team captains David Clorley and Paul Moss with the scoreboard

Depleted Novus skittle Hinckley out of minor sports

  Leicester Novus edged home in the first round of the District 1070 Minor Sports competition. After three rounds, they finished three points ahead of their hosts, the Rotary Club of Hinckley. The event was held at the Heathcote Arms, in Croft, who laid on a delicious traditional skittle meal arranged by Hinckley team captain …

Rotary collectors Jason Chauhan and Sarita Shah... and Sarita's new friend, a teddy in a Rotary vest

Generous shoppers join fight against polio

  A total of £151 was donated by shoppers and passers-by to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. The money will be passed to the international campaign and will become £453 thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 1985 Rotary has immunised 2.5 billion children. Now polio is endemic in only three countries, Pakistan, …

Charlotte shows visitors the dye-sublimation printing process

Adrian treats his fellow-members during a vocational visit

Adrian McGreevy, Managing Director of Beaumanor Engineering, invited his fellow-members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus to his firm in New Star Road. Joined by Rodney Spokes, from the Rotary Club of Leicester, and by guest Jason Chauhan, they learned that the company stocks 27,000 lines ranging from 4mm olives for joining high-pressure pipes and costing a …

Rotarians experience thrills of unique learning experience

A dozen members of the Rotary Clubs of Leicester Novus, Leicester and the Rotary Club In Formation of Bradgate toured Warning Zone to experience the dramatic learning environment visited by 9,000 schoolchildren last year. Warning Zone is a charity established in a former warehouse in Frog Island, Leicester, which helps children aged 10 and 11 to assess …

Dipan takes the ice bucket challenge

Dipan dunks

President Dipan Bhagalia took the ALS ice bucket challenge. Click on the image to reach the Facebook page containing the video and find out who he challenged…

Questions of membership

Fittingly, when David Morris, the man who did so much to create the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus in 2009 spoke to the club about membership in the autumn of 2014, he raised more questions than answers. He started by saying that the future of Rotary is in the hands of individual Rotarians working within their clubs. …

Spinney Hill School smashes Rotary target

In the final fortnight of the last academic year, the children, parents, staff and supporters of Spinney Hill Primary School did a remarkable thing – they raised very nearly £3,000 to provide artificial limbs for people in developing countries who had been stricken by disease or some other trauma. When Jasbir Mann, the school’s Interim …

President Dipan gives new member Jim Matthews his Rotary Club of Leicester Novus badge

New member gets badge

President Dipan Bhagalia puts a membership badge on the club’s newest member, Jim Matthews. Jim was a member of the Rotary Club of Oadby from August 1986 to the end of June 2014 and was its president in 1995-96. For his new club, Jim, who was a Leicester Mercury journalist from 1975 until 2009, will …

Selling Rotary at Indian Summer event

Members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus used the Indian Summer event as an opportunity to promote their club and the Rotary movement. The event started on Saturday morning with typical English summer weather, but as it brightened later so the footfall past the Rotary Club stand in Southampton Street also perked up. With …

Who needs PowerPoint?

Gemma Kiddy told the club meeting at the Mirch Masala on 19.06.2014 what she had been getting up to in recent months. Instead of relying on a PowerPoint presentation, as many less confident speakers might, Gemma laid out a couple of dozen photos and challenged members to place them in chronological order. As members selected …

Club hears about Ricky’s trip Down Under

Ricky Hallam, President of the Rotaract Club of Leicester, spoke to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus about his visit to the recent four-day International Rotary Youth Leadership Award event in Sydney, Australia. Ricky was accompanied by Cara Cugley, from Philadelphia, whom he had met in Sydney and who had been a member of Ricky’s …

Nathalie brings the news from Down Under

Nathalie Craig spoke to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus about herself and her work in Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney. Nathalie also spoke about her work at the Leicester Mercury, which has been arranged as part of her three months here as Rotary District 1070’s Youth Exchange candidate. She was collected from the …

Pizzas and plans

Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus enjoyed a meal at Sholay’s pizza corner off Melton Road, Leicester while making plans for the future. The evening was arranged by Sarita Shah, whose sister Sonal and brother-in-law Sailesh gave them a memorable meal with super sweets. The next meeting, to be held at …

Thai jungle trek recalled

Mother and daughter Karen and Sophie Storey visited the club to tell us about their 10-day trek across the jungles of Thailand. Oadby Rotarian Karen Storey and her daughter Sophie visited the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus to deliver a PowerPoint presentation about their trek across Thailand. The pair showed hundreds of photos and talked …