News archive 2015

£1,000 donated to hospice

  During his year as president of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus Dipan Bhagalia encouraged members to support Leicestershire hospice charity LOROS. Throughout the year members not only raised funds by taking part in a sponsored walk, and by holding a chef demo at which they and their guests learned how to make curries. And they also marshalled two …

Club plans are praised

Members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus were praised after presenting their plans for the year from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The praise came from assistant governor Les Aldrich, who said the club was clearly very lively with members committed to giving service. Among the proposals accepted by members were plans to support …

Collecting accolades

  Many national and international charities rely on the support of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians. Often, Rotarians will hold events to raise money for charities and just as often, they will step in to help charities run their own events. Half a dozen members of the the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus stepped up to help Marie …

Cooking up a grand profit for LOROS

  To celebrate the sixth anniversary of it being chartered, the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus held a birthday party with a difference. Chef Ram demonstrated how to create delicious meals, including Chilli Paneer and filled dosas. President Dipan Bhagalia and other guests took turns at trying to emulate Ram’s creations. The 60 guests at The Peepul Centre …

Disasters highlight need for Shelterboxes

 Shelterboxes being carried to the remote areas of Nepal devastated by the earthquake No-one could have predicted when Alan Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Hinckley Ambion, spoke to Leicester Novus Rotary Club a couple of weeks after Typhoon Pam struck in the Pacific that Nepal would have been devastated by an earthquake only …

Forty years of sending aid to Africa

A baker’s dozen of Leicester Novus Rotarians visited the Syston warehouse of the charity Intercare www.intercare.org.uk/ which has been sending drugs and other medical equipment valued at more than £12 million to Africa since 1974. Carol Austin, who recently retired after 22 years as an employee, but is soon to become a trustee of the charity, showed …

From asylum seeker to media mogul

Romail Gulzar, Managing Director of Pukaar News Ltd, told the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus the remarkable and moving story of how he fled his native Lahore as a persecuted Christian and became Managing Director of a media group which publishes a glossy quarterly magazine in Leicester and which provides video journalism to dozens of broadcasters in the …

Games and fun maintain Rotary fellowship

  Table games including Connect 4, Scrabble, snobs, pairs, and Jenga kept eight members of Leicester Novus entertained. The evening provided the fun and fellowship which is the bedrock of Rotary and which enables its members to unite in the service of others. Can you guess who is pictured behind the Connect 4 board? It’s …

Gemma’s best bit of the year

“District Assembly,” says President-Elect Gemma Kiddy, eyes shining with enthusiasm, “is the best Rotary event of the year.” Gemma was speaking just before Geoff Blurton, incoming District Governor — lead Rotarian of the 87 clubs in the East Midlands — spoke at Loughborough University to introduce his team of officers to the District 1070 Assembly. Gemma was …

Alan Jones shows a Shelterbox to visitors to Falcons Primary School's summer fete

Generous school buys a Shelterbox

Shelterboxes — big green plastic boxes which contain a well-equipped tent for up to a dozen people whose lives have been turned upside down by disaster — have helped saved thousands of lives. At £590 they are not cheap, but they are absolutely vital in areas like earthquake-hit Nepal or Syria. The generous parents and pupils at the Falcons …

Helping LOROS twilight walk

Leicester Novus Rotarians step up for the LOROS twilight walk President Dipan Bhagalia chose LOROS, the Leicestershire hospice charity, as his charity of the year when he took office in July 2014. In the autumn of that year he led members of his club to visit the hospice, soon after members took part in the charity’s …

High-flying head welcomes Rotary friends

  Rotary member Jasbir Mann welcomed members of the Novus club to her brand-new school. Falcons Primary School in Gipsy Lane, Leicester, opened just before Christmas, several months later than had been planned. The original board of governors and the original head left and Jasbir, an experienced headteacher who last summer oversaw the raising of more …

Noted success backstage

  On the day that thousands of people lined Leicestershire’s roads to see the procession taking the body of King Richard III to his final resting place, hundreds of competitors, parents and teachers went to Leicester Grammar School for the day-long District 1070 finals of the Young Musician of the Year competition. The standard of …

Nothing square about De Montfort University project

  Old friends met when the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus welcomed Mark Charlton, head of De Montfort University’s Square Mile Project. This unique project encourages the university students to do community work within a square mile of the city. Mark had, earlier that day, been inspecting a sports field which will benefit residents. He has also …

Pam meets Number One Rotarian at One Rotary Centre

During their recent holiday in America, Pam Spokes, Assistant Secretary of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus, and her husband Rodney, past president of the Rotary Club of Leicester, went to the global headquarters of Rotary. At Rotary One Center (the American spelling) in Evanston, Chicago, they felt honoured (English spelling!) to meet RI President K …

Treasure hunt funds narrowboat trip

A walking treasure hunt around the pretty village of Tugby raised nearly £200 – almost enough to enable the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus provide a narrowboat trip for 26 elderly or disabled people. Twenty-five people spent a little over an hour solving 37 rhyming clues before enjoying a delicious meal at the Fox and …

Welcome, Deepak and Sheema

Accountants Deepak and Sheema Karia decided they “wanted to give something back” but did not know how to go about it. They looked on the internet and found the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus website. Within days, they had made contact and had started attending the club at its weekly meetings at the Stoneycroft Hotel …

Why I’m so passionate about Rotaract

Twenty-seven-year-old Luc Malherbe may have been a member of the Rotaract Club of Leicester only since November 2014, but the sociology graduate reckons joining is one of the best things he’s done. Speaking to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus — whose president Gemma Kiddy played a major part in re-forming Leicester Rotaract — Luc explained that after …

Rotarians Pam Spokes and Diana Thurston flank headteacher Mrs Patricia Mason behind the winning Young Writer pupils from St Thomas More Academy

Young writers rewarded

At the invitation of Head Teacher, Mrs Patricia Mason, Rotarians Diana Thurston and Pam Spokes attended an assembly at St Thomas More Academy on 18 June to present prizes and certificates to the winner and runners-up in this year’s competition. The winning entry was from Sofia Lotto, second prize was awarded to Rosie-Mae Connolly, and …

Captains David Clorley (Novus) and Mike Jewkes (Ambion) shake hands at the end of the fun competition

Ambion beat Novus at Skittles

The Leicester Novus Rotary Club’s hopes (?) of progressing further in the District Minor Sports competition came to an end at the Black Dog pub in Oadby when the Rotary Club of Hinckley Ambion beat them at skittles. As always in these matches, there was lots of excellent banter about the competitors’ prospects of going further… possibly …

Charlie could hardly wait to tuck into his birthday cake

From Curry Club to Canal Boat

The Rotary Club of Leicester Novus enjoyed a busy couple of days. It started with a most enjoyable social evening at The Tamarind Restaurant in The Peepul Centre where Diana Thurston had convened the latest meeting of our Curry Club. We welcomed a former member of the club, six other guests and one visiting Rotarian who …

Past President Dipan abseils for The Spark Arts for Children charity

Dipan Bhagalia, the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus, was one of a couple of dozen brave souls who abseiled down Gateway House, De Montfort University, in aid of The Spark Arts for Children. Current Rotary president Gemma Kiddy has chosen Spark Arts as her favoured charity during this year and …

Gong Hey Fat Choy!

Two snakes, two dragons, two tigers, a rooster, a pig and — auspiciously — a sheep sat down to dinner at the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus on February 19. They were, of course, celebrating The Year of The Sheep, which began that day. They exchanged the Cantonese “Happy New Year” greeting above and the Mandarin equivalent …

Scattering far and near

Like many Rotary Clubs, the Novus club occasionally holds a Scatter Week when members are encouraged to visit other clubs to share the Rotary fellowship. When Novus held its Scatter Week in February 2014, Pam Spokes visited the Rotary Club of Leicester and Gemma Kiddy visited the Rotary Club of Leicester De Montfort. The week …

Rotarian Jason Chauhan welcomed into the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus by President Dipan Bhagalia

New year, new member

At its first meeting of 2015, the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus inducted a new member. Even though IT analyst Jason Chauhan will not be 24 until May, he has not significantly altered the average age of the club, whose name implies that it wants to remain new and youthful. In keeping with its aims, …

Novus team helps get the message across

President Dipan Bhagalia and President Elect Gemma Kiddy led a team of eager communicators keen to learn about social media. At the office of IT expert Dipan, and aided by Leicester Rotaract member Luke Malherbe, they taught eight Rotary club members how to use Facebook and Twitter to most effectively promote Rotary events. You can find …

Jitesh Joshi (left) and his partner Surinder lead the session with President Dipan Bhagalia and new member Jason Chauhan refusing to give up

Rotarians refuse to give up

Fitness instructor Jitesh Joshi led seven members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus through an hour-long aerobic fitness session at Soar Valley College for their second meeting of 2015. The high-stepping Rotarians were left ‘clammy’ and slightly out of breath, which is exactly what Jitesh had promised when he had spoken to them the …