Thursday 20th September saw me heading over to The Saracen's Head at Southwell for the 37th Charter Celebrations. Southwell was chartered in 1975, some 37 years ago. Incredibly the club still has seven active Rotarians who had been original founder members. Five of them were present this evening.
With some seventy persons present, a little down on average numbers I was told, the atmosphere in the room was still jovial and light hearted.
After a traditional three course meal, the toast to Rotary International was admirably given by Vice President Harold Huxtable. I responded to this toast and proposed the toast to the Rotary Club of Southwell.
The main speaker for the evening was Mr Peter Cook, now a headteacher and previously a first class rugby player. He entertained the audience, recounting his progression through the various stages of rugby, to being called up for England trials and then to becoming a headmaster.
The Club President, Peter Littlewood, was an absolutely excellent host throughout the evening, despite being somewhat under the weather with an inner ear infection.
My thanks to Peter and the Rotary Club of Southwell for their hospitality and their welcome and also to Rotarian David Harris, of my own club for driving me tonight.