Canterbury Sunrise Rotary visit Winchester

In 2019 a group of four Rotarians, Gill Russell, Kordo Saeed, Robert Parsons and Nick Bell travelled to India as part of the team from RotaryGBI to take part in India’s polio immunisation programme. There we met a Rotarian from Canterbury Sunrise Rotary Breakfast Club, Sinitta Nightingale, with whom we have stayed in touch and which resulted in a visit to Canterbury for 6 of our members last October.

It was now time to return the favour and they came to visit us on 16 September. There were six in their team which included Sinitta who is now President, their past President and their President-Elect.

We enjoyed a social evening on Friday which Diana kindly hosted with assistance from Graham P who provided the catering. Diana also home-hosted Sinitta. Then on Saturday morning we were treated to a tour of Winchester cathedral led by one of the cathedral’s volunteer guides, retired GP Amanda Davis who gave our guests and ourselves a real insight into the history of the cathedral and its features. After a hurried coffee, we moved on to St Cross where we all enjoyed learning about another historical Winchester church and its links to the cathedral. 

A tasty meal followed at The Bell Inn where we were able to sit outside in the sunshine after which Colin Cook treated everyone to a city tour full of facts and gems of information finishing up at Peninsula Barracks. After a quick drink for some at The Westgate and a freshen up at home, we then spent the first part of the evening at Bangkok Bistro treated to a Thai Banquet which Miff Kayum had organised. We then climbed the hill of Romsey Road to enjoy a Jazz evening at St James Tavern. Finally, we said goodbye to our guests with a Brunch at Crowded House with Nick’s son-in-law as resident chef!

Everyone went away happy, although a little tired, to relax and reflect on the new friends made in Rotary and with some new ideas as to how we can consider other projects in Winchester Rotary.

A total of 17 Rotarians and partners participated in one or more events over the weekend. However, only 9 Rotarians enjoyed the opportunity which was a little disappointing as more could have made it an even more enjoyable weekend for the effort involved.

Nick Bell

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