New Notice Board for Paxton Pits Nature Reserve
A new Notice and Information Board was presented to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve on Friday 2nd March 2018.
Pictured on this snowy Friday afternoon are Rotary Club President Dot Morfett and Rtn Gordon Johnston from the Community Committee who arranged the Board along with Mike Thomas, Chairman of the ‘Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve’ and Senior Ranger Jim Stevenson.
Mike and Jim were delighted to accept the Notice Board and quickly made use of its prominent position with information for visitors to the Reserve.
The following is not an exhaustive list but gives a flavour of other work of Rotary within the St Neots community.
We work with young people in various ways:
- We run an annual ‘Young Writers’ competition for Longsands and Ernulf students.
- We provide ‘Rotary Stars’ awards as citizenship prizes at local junior schools.
- We have provided many ‘Dictionaries for Life’to junior school students.
- We sponsored a Longsands Science Project on Energy/Hydroponics.
- We gave practical assistance for Ernulf students to visit the ‘Big Bang’ science exhibition.
- Financial support allowed a member of the Boys Brigade to attend their camping trip.
- In conjunction with St Neots St Marys Rotary Club, we carry out annual’Mock Interviews’ for 6th form students at Longsands and Ernulf Accademy. For some, it is the first experience of being interveiwed and we have received very positive feedback.
- Again, with St Neots St Marys, we support the Kids Out charity, both practically and financially.
Helping in the community
- As well as the personal involvement of several Rotary Club of St Neots members in local charities, three are founder members of the ‘Friends of St Neots Library’.
- We provided funds to enable local artist, Richard Walker, transport his unique First World War memorial to be exhibited at the Houses of Parliament. The work is recognised as an important contribution to remembrance of that period in history.
- St Neots Rotary Club purchased two training defibrillators and a Resuscitation Annie to present to Huntingdonshire Volunteer Centre, which entered into partnership with The British Red Cross to provide training in “Every Day First Aid”. This includes Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillator training. There are several defibrillators around the town and people need to know how to use them.
Over the years, The Rotary Club of St Neots has been involved in a number of projects within the town.
Our own projects include:
- St Neots Town Sign
- Town Clock
- Bridge art
- Art wall at back of (just outside) Cross Keys mews
- Crocus bulb planting for St Neots in Bloom
Projects in conjunction with St Marys include the sun dial in St Neots Market Square and Hinchingbrooke Sensory Wall. In 2017, we joined forces again to make a donation to St Neots Miniature Railway, which we expect to support tourism by attracting families and enthusiasts into the town.
Although not a Rotary project, as such, one of our members was instrumental in not only obtaining the funding for the Skate Park but also led its development.