President’s parting gift will benefit young pupils

Bletchley Rotary Club''''MPMC WK 23 M11
Bletchley Rotary Club''''MPMC WK 23 M11

RETIRING Bletchley Rotary president Tim Hill has made five parting presentations to boost a string of worthy causes.

His first task was to hand over a shiny red minibus to the city’s White Spire school.

Delighted headteacher Marie Penicud said: “The gift of the minibus has enabled us to continue with our outside activities, which are so important to the pupils.”

Donations from the President’s Fund have also been sent to St Mary’s Church charity in Bletchley and the Lakes Estate community support programmes called Food Cupboard and Crosslinks.

Crosslinks, based in Serpentine Court, provides practical help, lunch clubs, clubs for the disabled and drop-in sessions for the community.

Two more Rotary cheques were sent to educational charities, one to help young people in Gambia and one based in Bangladesh.

The presentations took place at a high tea at Woughton on the Green’s Parkside Hotel.

Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Alan Richards attended along with 90 members, fellow members and friends from the Rotary Club of Bletchley and the Inner Wheel club of Bletchley.

Special guests were mounted police officers, constables Tim Pollack and Andy Barkus with their police horses Spartan and Caesar.

Quipped Mr Hill: “There is no truth in the rumour that it took a police escort to make me give up the Presidency!”

He added: The club has had a very good year during which we have been privileged to support the local community and some international charities as well as having some very happy social occasions.”

He said the club was always on the lookout for new members.

Anyone interested in joining can contact secretary Mary McGowan on MK 663186 or email

Pictured is Mr Hill , far right, with pupils from White Spire school, headteacher Marie Penicud and Councillor Richards.