Castle Concert July ‘21
A wonderful Summer’s
evening with picnics and a
lovely, lively audience
enjoying the boisterous but
mellifluous charms of Illyria
aboard HMS Pinafore.
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Martin started his campaign in the Men’s Singles WH2 Group Play Stage - Group B, defeating Dumnern Junthong of Thailand.
He then came 2nd in his Group but was unfortunately knocked out by Chan Ho Yuen of HK in the quarterfinals
Over the last 5 years Berkhamsted Rotary has helped towards self-funding Potten End resident Martin’s expenses and helping
him realise his dream of representing his country at the Tokyo Paralympics. We have written to him to congratulate him on all
his hard work and determination which earned him a quarterfinal place.
Martin replied: ‘Yes , I’m always disappointed whenever I lose a game. More so when it’s at the biggest tournament of my life. However
eight weeks ago, I was 95% sure I wouldn’t make it to the Paralympics due to injury. I
couldn’t hit the shuttle hard. I was in so much pain. I travelled to Leeds , Manchester to
see specialist after specialist. I had Cortizone injections into the elbow that were
unsuccessful. With constant physio, rehab and huge desire, I managed somehow to turn it
around. That alone was a monumental achievement.
The Paralympics itself has been and unforgettable experience. I’ve played against the best
players in the world on the biggest stage in the world.
I can’t thank Rotary enough. I’m extremely grateful for your constant support throughout
my incredible journey.’
Tokyo Paralympics - Local Hero Martin Rooke represents GB in
wheelchair badminton team
ROTARY CENTENARY CIVIC AWARD – 2021
WINNER – JOAN FISHER
much to our civic life – so we came together to set up these joint awards.
which are displayed on the wall of the Council Chamber in the Civic Centre.
Veterans Visit to National Memorial Arboretum -
7th September 2021.
The Rotary clubs of Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead jointly organized a trip for veterans to visit the NMA (National Memorial
Arboretum). After several postponements due to COVID-19 this went ahead in September.
37 veterans signed up for the trip including a 98 year-old RAF aircraft crew, a 97 year-old Royal Marine, a 91 year-old Paratrooper and
several WRAC ladies whose ages shall not be revealed.
Rotary Seniors Out trip to Waterperry Gardens 14th
The Rotary Club of Berkhamsted with help from the Happy Wanderers, which is a local group that provide help for senior
citizens, organised this years outing for senior citizens. This year the visit was to Waterperry Gardens.
A Party of 32 Senior citizens, helpers and carers, as well as Rotarian and Inner Wheel helpers travelled by coach to the gardens.
The coach left from Berkhamsted Sports Centre at 1pm.
Waterperry Gardens were made famous by Beatrix Havergal who established her School of Horticulture for Ladies here from
1932 to 1971. It is now home to 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, with a plant centre and garden shop, a
gallery and gift shop, and a museum and tea shop.
The day was helped by exceptionally warm and sunny weather throughout the afternoon. After exploring the beautiful gardens,
we congregated in the Tea Rooms for a welcome “Cream Tea”. We departed from Waterperry at 4.40pm and after the coach
driver managed to avoid numerous road closures, we arrived back in Berkhamsted. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all.