What a great evening we had on Saturday 19 March, when almost 90 guests sat down to a super selection of home-made puddings and a live jazz band at the second Aurora Pudding Club. The silent auction featured items as diverse as a didgeridoo and a hamper full of chocolate for Easter. Guests were generous with their money and support, as were local businesses, and the grand total raised from the event is over £2,400. Many thanks to all who contributed time, money and expertise.
Rotarians meet together usually weekly for friendship and to work to help their local as well as international communities. They find many ways, to exchange ideas, apart from at meetings by using online discussion boards and travel opportunities.
On a recent trip to Nepal Rtn Kathryn Manderson of the Melton Aurora Rotary club met with Rtn Mr Ramesh Ojha of the Kathmandu North East Rotary club and exchanged ideas relating to supporting the rebuild of a school destroyed in the earthquake region of Rasuwa.
In the photo Rtn Mrs Manderson presents the Aurora Rotary Club pennant to Rtn Mr Ojha at Kopra, Nepal. The Annapura mountain range can be seen in the background
Oasis Family Centre and Nursery is run as a charity and community based resource committed to promoting the welfare and early learning of a diverse range of children and families by providing an ‘Outstanding, Inclusive, flexible service, maximising individual potential” (Ofsted 2015) The centre supports over 70 families in a week and has developed a range of nurturing and creative ways to address the varying needs of the children and families we serve.
The additional funds, that the Aurora Rotary has kindly gifted us, will make such a difference to what we can offer our children and families this year. It will enable us to reach beyond our normal limitations and offer the children additional activities such as professional music sessions, visiting a farm park with families and children and additional support for families over Easter and Summer when the centre would normally be closed. The extra funds will also allow us to ‘bring the outside in’ buying seasonal fruits, flowers and vegetables so the centres children can discover and wonder at the world in which they live.
A huge thank you from all the children and staff of Oasis Family Centre
The ever popular Aurora Pudding Club, to be held on Saturday 19 March, is sold out! Over 80 guests will enjoy a feast of puddings while listening to a talented young jazz band. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to Melton Aurora-supported charities and organisations by taking part in the raffle and silent auction. Some great items have been donated, including a beautiful hand-painted didgeridoo and a hamper of chocolate for Easter!
Last year’s Aurora Pudding Club raised £1667.27, which supported club initiatives including Oasis Family Centre’s Summer Activities Week and cereals/milk for the Storehouse Project’s emergency food bags.
Scalford Village Hall
Sunday 1st May
Watch this space for more details
After years of effort the young Mayor of Melton opens The Venue
Melton Aurora has been working with PERA, The Hub and Melton Borough Council to deliver a coffee bar for young people. But the result far outstripped expectations with pool tables, computers, stage and a sound system as well as the bar.
The original idea came from a competition arranged by PERA for students from the Hub who put forward business plans to provide for the needs of young people in the town. Although it was not the winning presentation the idea was taken up and coordinated by the director of the Hub with PERA, Melton Borough Council and Melton Aurora Rotary Club. Money was donated by the four sponsors and additional money was given as a grant by The National lottery Fund.
Earlier in the year Fraser Guy was appointed to direct the youth work and it is his design for the venue which has been used. He has been assisted by Ben and in thirteen weeks the build has been completed.
and to all Aurora members who helped with painting, papering and cleaning. It was mentioned how at the end of a busy day a team from Aurora would come in and clean and when the youth workers came in the next day the areas were ready to be worked on again. “Without Aurora we might not have finished on time.”
At the reception on Thursday 16th June Certificates of Appreciation were given by Fraser to the four sponsors.
The young Mayor of Melton filled in her application form at the new bar.
Some of the others who had been invited to the reception and those who have helped (with apologies to any not included in the photographs).
Friday 19th June saw the culmination of one of our youth projects. Early in 2015 we supported a teacher from Birch Wood Special School enabling her to do the Arts Mark qualification. From this came her vision of having an art week in the school.
“In May 2015 all pupils from Birch Wood had the opportunity to work with a visiting professional artist on the theme Nature. It was wonderful to see every pupil participating to make something beautiful. With this exhibition, we aim to celebrate the creative efforts of all pupils and to raise funds for more enrichment activity at Birch Wood.
Thank you to all of the artists and The Melton Aurora Rotary Club for making this exhibition possible!” taken from their flyer.
Our club provided canapés for the reception and we received a donation from Tesco to provide drinks.
Certificates of achievement were presented by President John Clayton to all pupils who came to the reception.
On Wednesday 24th June a team travelled to Toft to play in the final of the Minor Sorts Challenge. Despite heroic effort we unfortunately came second! Though I have to say from the photograph you wouldn’t think so.