About Nonsuch Rotary
The Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch was chartered in 1986. We are one of nine Rotary Clubs in North Surrey and one of six based in the London Borough of Sutton. Sutton is an outer London borough situated about 12 miles south of Central London. Details of all the Rotary Clubs in Sutton can be found here Rotary in our Area (District 1140)
The Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch meet on Wednesday evening at the Chipstead Golf Club (7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m.). Visitors from other clubs are most welcome and should contact our Secretary, John Mitchell (01372 276511), for details of our programme and to make arrangements to attend.
Rotary is as much about friendship as it is about our community work but here are some examples of Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch projects.
Big Band in the Park
In partnership with The Friends of Nonsuch, Nonsuch Rotary organises a Big Band Concert in the gardens of Nonsuch Mansion House. Held in June this event attracts many local residents for a very pleasant evening out whilst raising funds for The Friends of Nonsuch and Rotary charities.
Every December Nonsuch Rotary’s sleigh carries Father Christmas around the streets of Worcester Park, Cheam and Stoneleigh as well as visiting local supermarkets at the weekend.
As well as bringing pleasure to the children (and many adults!) in the area, this is the Club’s major fund raising events supporting a range of local charities.
Every November Nonsuch Rotary organises a Swimathon event which is held at Epsom College’s swimming pool in Epsom. A swimathon is a sponsored swim that raises money for good causes.
Taking place on a Saturday, the Nonsuch Rotary Swimathon helps local organisations (such as schools, brownies and guides and local charities) to raise funds for their own organisation and Rotary charities. Funds raised from the event are split between the swimming team and Rotary.
New teams are very welcome. There is no requirement to swim any particular distance so all levels of swimmers can participate. To find out more or to book a place contact Colin Kennedy (tel: 01737 243509 email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2010 Swimathon will be held on Saturday 6th November.
Bizz Quizz is an annual project. We are organising a quiz open to local companies and organisations in the area. Teams will compete for the Bizz Quizz trophy and help raise funds for The Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children’s Neo Natal Unit appeal.
This is an annual event that we hope stimulates communication between local organisations, help the local community and increase the visibility and understanding of Rotary in our area.
CATS – Carers Assistance Teams
CATS stands for Carers Assistance Teams. We provide a very important support service to our local Carers Centre helping individuals to complete application forms for carers allowance, attendance allowance and disability living allowance.
The forms are very complex and daunting to complete but we provide a fortnightly service at the Carers Centre to help potential applicants complete the documentation.
All this costs us is our time but is much appreciated be those we help who might give up if they had to complete these complex forms by themselves.
There are many other projects that we are involved with. We support Stroke Awareness Day – encouraging people to check their blood pressure. We take the old and young in need of a break out for the day and have recently helped a local school to create a new nature garden.
In additional to local activities, Rotary is well known for its international work and Sutton Nonsuch Rotary Club also supports international as well as local initiatives
Unfortunately there always seems to be a major disaster somewhere in the world. We see the pictures of suffering and despair on our television news – we want to provide aid but how can we be sure that donations actually reach the people in need?
A very practical solution developed by Rotary is the Shelter Box. Rather than send money that may get delayed, lost or misdirected the Rotary Shelter Box is a very practical resource or channelling assistance to where it’s needed.
Developed by Tom Henderson and the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, a Shelter Box is simply a large plastic box containing a tent, ten sleeping bags and a set of useful tools and equipment. Over the years literally hundreds of shelter boxes have been sent to disaster areas throughout the world.
Following the Tsunami Disaster, Nonsuch High School collected £5,000 that was donated to the club to purchase ten shelter boxes. These boxes went to Pakistan to help 100 victims of the Kashmir earthquake.
Books for Africa
In partnership with Rotary Foundation and Books for Africa we are shipping a container of educational books to Chipata in Zambia. Around 24,000 books will be distributed to local schools and libraries in this area.
One of our members, John Goodhead, spent a year working as a volunteer in this part of Zambia and has coordinated the project on behalf of the club.