News archive 2016

The label from our collecting buckets

Generous Asda shoppers fund Rotary projects

Generous Asda shoppers donated £265.66 to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. The money will be used to part-finance club projects including planting 2,500 crocuses in Abbey Park, Leicester, taking people on a narrowboat trip and creating a Peace Garden at Falcons Primary School in Gipsy Lane. Organiser Jim …

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Speaker’s talk on parks contains surprises

  Penny Brown, of Leicester City Council’s parks services department, spoke to Leicester Novus Rotary about the work of the department. She revealed that 20 per cent of the land area within the city is managed by the department which she joined in 1985 as a trainee gardener at Evington Park. Now, as the officer …

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Bhakti Limbachiya, Mellor Rotary Star

Youngsters are Rotary Stars

Eleven pupils at Mellor Primary School, Checketts Road, Leicester, have been recognised as Rotary Stars. Nominated by teachers, friends or themselves, all 11 have demonstrated that they have have worked for the benefit of others. All received a certificate and a lapel badge from Pam Spokes, the secretary of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus, and …

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Rtn John Niblett presents a cheque to school principal Rtn Jasbir Mann

Clubs work together on Peace Garden

  The Rotary Club of Leicester Novus and the Rotary Club of Oadby Launde are working together to create a Peace Garden at Falcons Primary School, Gipsy Lane, Leicester, whose head is Jasbir Mann, a past president of the Novus club. To further the project, the two clubs held a joint meeting at Launde’s meeting …

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Job Done... the volunteers are happy with a job well done

2,000 crocus bulbs will mark End Polio Now campaign

More than 2,000 crocus bulbs were planted in Abbey Park, Leicester, by members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus, helped by 18 Chinese business students from De Montfort University. The project is the second collaboration between the club and the city council, the first being the clean-up of the ‘pocket park’ in Walnut Street. …

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Where the crocus bulbs will be planted from 10am on Sunday, November 20

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go….

As part of its service to its local community, the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus is to plant about 2,500 purple crocus bulbs near the pond in Abbey Park on Sunday, November 20. The bulbs should provide a colourful foreground to the pond in the early spring. They mark the 30-year campaign of Rotary International …

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Artist Faiza Butt discusses her work with Rotary President Gemma Kiddy

Artist gives Rotary guided tour

President Gemma Kiddy, who works in arts administration, arranged a visit to the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester which is currently hosting a touring exhibition of work by Faiza Butt. The Lahore-born artist, now based in London, told Rotary members and guests that she is inspired by the Indian tradition of miniature painting. Using pointillism and …

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The passengers pose for a group photo while the boat crew take a lunch break

Canal boat trip in autumn sunshine

Twenty guests of Leicester Novus Rotary enjoyed a canal boat trip with the Peter Le Marchant Trust on the final day of the charity’s season. They set off from the trust’s headquarters in Beeches Road, Loughborough, at 10am and stopped near the Waterside Inn at Mountsorrel for lunch before returning to Loughborough at 3pm. For …

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Jenny Hand, CEO of LASS

LASS — helping HIV patients

Leicester is the English city sixth in line behind London with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. The city has 771 people accessing HIV care — 3.59 people per thousand population — when the national average is about 0.9 people. Most of those are known to LASS which next year celebrates 30 years since it was …

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Rabiha Hannan, co-founder of the charity New Horizons in British Islam

Exploring Islam in modern Britain

Rabiha Hannan, one of the founders of the charity New Horizons in British Islam, was guest speaker at a meeting of Leicester Novus Rotary Club when she outlined its history and objectives. Mother of four Rabiha, a former pharmacist at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said that the national charity was started about four years ago but has …

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Headteacher Jasbir Mann and Rotary Club Vice President Deepak Karia with children holding the donated tablet PCs. Click on the photo to hear their thanks

Donated tablet PCs to help pupils learn

Thirty-nine tablet PCs were presented to Falcons Primary School by the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. The presentation was made by Vice President Deepak Karia to headteacher Jasbir Mann, who is also a member of Novus Rotary, during the first assembly to be held in the school’s brand-new assembly/dining hall. The tablet PCs were donated …

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Two teams united in Rotary fellowship

Winners and losers united in fellowship

One of the reasons Rotarians members enjoy being a member of a Rotary Club is the fellowship that it brings, not only within their own club, but between clubs. To engender and enhance that fellowship is the annual Minor Sports competition. Often held in pub skittle alleys and involving all manner of friendly games, neighbouring clubs compete …

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DG John Dehnel and President Gemma Kiddy with John's much-travelled End Polio Now teddy

DG John – and Teddy – spreads the End Polio Now message

  Fresh from a hugely-successful District 1070 Conference, District Governor John Dehnel paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. Accompanied by one of the teddy bears that all District Governors are using to promote the message that although Rotary’s 30-year campaign has reduced infections of polio from 387,000 a year to 26 so far in …

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Takeover Radio boss Graham Coley explains the studio to the members of Leicester Novus Rotary Club

Rotarians tune in to Takeover Radio

Takeover Radio is one of Leicester’s least-known charities. Its founder, Graham Coley, took time to show a dozen members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus around the office and studio. He explained that he had joined Radio Gwendoline and then Hospital Radio Fox four decades ago and then seized the opportunity when he found …

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Muralist Leigh Drummond is pleased by the comments he has heard

Tigers mural unveiled. Praise for Novus and student volunteers

The new mural featuring Leicester Tigers legends Martin Johnson and Manu Tuilagi is almost finished. Artist Leigh Drummond has been widely praised for the work, which has greatly improved the ‘pocket park’ on the corner of Walnut Street and Aylestone Road, immediately over the road from the new Robin Hood stand at Leicester Tigers.. Among the first to …

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President Nominee Jason Chauhan with a Rotary End Polio Now poster featuring double Olympic champion rower Helen Glover

Communicating Rotary… and celebrating another Olympic gold

President Nominee, Jason Chauhan, who this year leads the club on Communications, gave a presentation to the club sharing his thoughts about an effective strategy to help the club provide a good service to its community, to help it promote itself and the Rotary movement generally and to help it increase its membership. Jason’s talk generated a …

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Enjoying the fellowship and the game

Hoops of fun

The competition wasn’t as intense as that going on in Rio, but the fellowship enjoyed during the croquet challenge issued by the Rotary Club of Oadby to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus was second to none. The result didn’t matter. It wouldn’t have mattered even if Novus had whupped Oadby, instead of it being …

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Leicester City of Sanctuary… and simple humanity

  Mick Walker, the Lead Co-ordinator for Leicester City of Sanctuary, told Rotarians about the work of Leicester City of Sanctuary, the second city, behind Sheffield, to establish a branch of the charity in 2007. There are now 55 such groups helping asylum seekers and refugees. Mick explained that the Leicester group’s 80 volunteers do not ask refugees …

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Even more Rotary Stars at Mellor Primary School

New secretary Pam Spokes visited a celebration assembly at Mellor Primary School, Checketts Road, Leicester, to present certificates to the latest batch of young Rotary Stars. The awards are designed to to encourage children to ,care for others, care for the environment, show initiative and show a good attitude towards schools. Earlier in the school …

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Designs on future success

As part of its commitment to youth, the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus supported a team from Sir Jonathan North Community College in the local round of the Rotary Young Designer competition. Four girls won through to the next round, to be held held on Saturday, June 18, at De Montfort University. They are pictured here …

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Busy night for President and Speaker Gemma

President Gemma Kiddy had three jobs at our meeting on May 12. Not only did she chair the meeting but she was the speaker, too. Her topic was The Spark Arts For Children. Gemma, who is an arts manager, chose the registered charity as her charity of the year and has been working for it, …

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Young Writer winner Matt Byrne with Pam Spokes and Diana Thurston (right)

The write way to express creativity

Rotary Young Writer is a well-established and successful competition designed to support the development of writing skills and to encourage young people to write with imagination and creativity. This is the fourth year that the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus has run the competition with St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy and we were delighted …

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All smiles during the boat trip

Refugees and asylum seekers get a new view

Leicester City of Sanctuary is a charity run entirely by volunteers with a range of projects supporting asylum seekers. Seventeen of its members were treated to a boat trip on the Grand Union Canal by the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus, who had collected money from pre-Christmas shoppers in Queens Road, Leicester, to fund the project. In …

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Rotary volunteers transform scruffy area

  More than a dozen volunteers transformed a ‘pocket park’ at the junction of Aylestone Road and Walnut Street in Leicester on St George’s Day.   In June 2015, members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus agreed to undertake a community service project in the local environment. The club asked Leicester City Council to identify a …

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Mark Charlton talking about DMU Square Mile India

Rotary gets update on DMU Square Mile India project

The Rotary Club of Leicester Novus welcomed back Mark Charlton, head of public engagement at De Montfort University, to give an update of the DMU Square Mile India project. Almost a year ago Mark told the club about the university’s commitment to the Leicester community with its Square Mile project and its outreach plans for …

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Prof Bert Thurston records the blood pressure of a shopper during Rotary's Know Your Blood Pressure event at Asda, Abbey Lane Leicester

Rotary blood tests reassure shoppers

Two hundred shoppers had their blood pressures taken as part of a Rotary free initiative aimed at reducing the number of heart attacks and strokes. Working together, members of the Rotary Clubs of Bradgate, Leicester De Montfort and Leicester Novus set up stall in Asda, Abbey Lane, Leicester, from 10am to 2pm. Eight medically-qualified volunteers …

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Maya Vansia presents cheque to Roger Neuberg with Deepak Karia

We are saving lives

When Roger Neuberg,who leads District 1070’s Jaipur Limb efforts, spoke to Leicester Novus he received a cheque for £2,974.78 from treasurer Maya Vansia with Deepak Karia looking on. The money will provide about 40 limbs for disabled people in Third World countries. The rubber-based prosthetic limb was designed and developed in Jaipur, India, in 1968 by Ram …

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Young Chef Joseph Warren

Joseph takes on the crème de la crème

Leicester Novus sponsored a candidate in the District 1070 Young Chef competition. This is Joseph Warren (wearing the apron we provided) taken at the start of the District Final North at Samworth Academy on February 6. Sadly, Joseph did not reach the Disatrict-wide finals, but we understand that he enjoyed taking part. To see who was judged …

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Neil Patel, winner of a £5 voucher and his certificate presented by Pam Spokes (left)

Rotary rewards the young stars

242424Youth Services lead Pam Spokes has been busy introducing a new (to Novus) project called Rotary Stars, which is designed to encourage children to Care for Others Care for the Environment Show Initiative Show a good attitude towards schools. In asking local schools to collaborate, Pam asked teachers to regard the scheme as An opportunity …

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John Dabrowski A life in balance

Inspirational speakers visit club

The first quarter of 2016 saw four particularly inspirational speakers engage the attention of Rotarians and their guests. First up, on February 11, was Rik Basra who developed cancer of the blood which very nearly killed him. However, with only weeks to live, a suitable bone marrow donor was found in Germany. After treatment Rik battled his …

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Bert and Diana Thurston brave the elements with Carolyn Robson during the Christmas collection in Queens Road

Rotary looks back on December and ahead to busy 2016

As 2016 approaches, members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus have been reflecting on a busy December. On December 12 – a rainy and windy day – they collected in Queens Road, Leicester. Despite the appalling weather, generous shoppers donated a total of £376.36, enabling the club to send £100 to children’s charity Menphys …

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Novus team announced for 2015-2016

President-Elect Gemma Kiddy has been making plans… And she has filled all the positions to run the Rotary Club in her year as president, running from July 2015 to June 2016.   Here they are… President                                            Gemma Kiddy Immediate Past President                Dipan Bhagalia President Elect                                  Maya Vansia Secretary                                            Frazer Robson Treasurer                                          Channi Riyait …

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