On average, Surbiton Rotary Club raises £750 per month for good causes
For many residents of Surbiton, the sound of the Rotary Santa sleigh coming down their street is the beginning of Christmas. For nearly 50 years, our erstwhile milk float sleigh has helped us collect tens of thousands of pounds from the generous folk of the town.
Playing festive songs, carols and hymns on it's journey down as many streets as we can manage, Santa will give a wave, a hug and have his picture taken to help kick off the festive season. Long may we yo-ho-ho for another 50 years.
Every March we invite friends, relatives and our sister clubs in Kingston to enjoy a night of fine food, great wine, much frivolity and, most importantly, a chance to have a flutter on the horses. The big event takes place at The Holiday inn.
Regularly, over 100 guests get the chance to bet on horse races projected on to a large screen and nominated charities gain much needed funds from those who don't back a winner.
Since 1992, Surbiton Rotary have been at the forefront of the town's main festival. It is a time when everyone involved in the Surbiton Community can come together and celebrate how great living, working or playing in such a lovely place can be.
In addition to insuring the whole event, key Rotarians have played their part on the organising committee for over 25 years. The main festival day – normally the last Saturday in Septemeber each year – attracts over 20,000 people into the town.
SURBITON CAFE BRIDGE
We have run two very successful Cafe Bridge events in recent years. The latest was organised by Victor Lesk and Pauline Finn for Rotary Charities including African Vision Malawi.
There were 96 entrants who played duplicate bridge rotating around six cafes where they also had lunch. We are grateful to the Surbiton Brasserie, Italian Taste, Victoria, Duke and Zizzis for helping us out. A special thanks to the Surbiton Club who were our host venue for the day.
The winners were Shirley Pritchard and Julie Gardiner who are pictured receiving their prizes from the then President Malcolm Finn. Just under £1000 was raised for the Charities and a fun day was had by all.