The boring but important stuff.....
THE GENERAL BENEFIT OF THE INHABITANTS AND FORMER INHABITANTS OF ROTHWELL AND IN PARTICULAR FOR THE PROVISION OF ASSISTANCE TO AND RELIEF OF THOSE SO QUALIFIED WHO ARE IN NEED BY REASON OF AGE, INFIRMITY, SICKNESS AND ECONOMIC SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
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We keep local traditions alive such as the ANNUAL CARNIVAL & FETE in July and we try to engage children through the election of the carnival queen and the design of the programme. . We raise funds for Rothwell people, such as providing vouchers for the over seventies at Christmas..these are used in local shops.
We try to provide fun through the year by arranging events for children and adults such as the Rothwell Carnival and Fete, The Halloween Party and the Baby Show and much more. We are also trying to revive traditions such as the annual Rothwell panto.....In fact we are all together good eggs who work like maniacs to make good things happen in Rothwell and add a little fun into people's lives....and we do it all for love . We are always looking for new recruits.
- MISS ANN ROWLETT
- MRS PAT HEALD - SECRETARY
- MRS JOAN WILLIS
- MRS KATE LEY - CARNIVAL SECRETARY, & CHAIRWOMAN
- MR RICHARD SWOBODA - WEBMASTER
- MRS KEELEY BRIGGS - CARNIVAL QUEEN COORDINATOR
- MRS ROSEMARY ROFFEY - DOG SHOW & PARADE COORDINATOR
- MRS TRACY COYLE - ADVERTISEMENT COORDINATOR &TREASURER
- MS ANNE CANTLEY - RAFFLE COORDINATOR, VICE CHAIR
- MRS ZOE IRWIN - HALLOWEEN EVENTS COORDINATOR
- MRS SANDY LUDWIG
- MR KARL SUMPTER
- MR CLIVE CROSS - AUDITOR
The first meeting of the Rothwell Citizens Welfare Committee was held in the Tresham Hall, Rothwell on Thursday 22nd March 1962 at 8.45pm.
15 members were present and Mr W. Rowe was elected as Chairman,
Mr J, Knights as Secretary and Mr W. Wilson as Treasurer.
Co-opted members of the Committee were the local clergy and doctors.
The first fundraising events were a Rummage Sale and a Town Collection which was held on May 18th -10th and members of the committee covered various areas of the town. The first Financial Report was given as the Town Collection raised £73.11.0d. The Rummage Sale £15.11.0d and £8.1.0d from the former Old Peoples Welfare Committee. The rest was made up off donations from Businesses, Clubs and individuals.This made a grand total of £132.13.1d.
A visiting service was set up whereby Committtee members visited the elderly to see if any help could be given or just to have a chat.
A vehicle was purchased in 1962 for the WVS to deliver Meals on Wheels and also help was given for the rent of a garage.
Financial help was given to the Chiropody Service for the elderly.
The First Christmas gifts to the Over 70’s were given in December 1962, this consisted of 614 bags of wood, 315 packets of tea and cards. Visits were made to St Crispins Hospital Northampton and St Marys Hospital Kettering, fruit and sweets were given to the patients. December 1964 saw the first vouchers of 10/- given to the elderly with hampers, tea and sweets also given to the more needy. This has continued over the years and and 2014 the vouchers given were for £5.00. At present Christmas visits are made to Glenkindie, Beech Close and Cheaney Court in Desborough.
‘Welfare’ grants of £1.00 a month were given to anyone needing financial help and this carried on for many years.
The first AGM was held on 1st May 1963. The treasurer reporting that £489.4.11d had been received, expenditure was £371.4.11d. leaving a balance of £117.7.6d.
Yours magazines were also distributed at a cost of 1p to the elderly and the remainder paid from committee funds, this increased over the years until it was decided to discontinue this as it was felt it was too expensive to subsidize and the magazines were available in newsagents.
In September 1976 a Day Centre was set up in the Manor House. Chairs, settees, crockery etc were donated and Mondays saw the start of dinners being provided for the elderly.
Over the years Rummage Sales, Dances, BBQ’s, Dutch Auctions, Car Rallies have been organised to raise funds.
The Fete is our main fundraiser. The first one being held in 1962 at the Manor Park, the WVS providing refreshments and the Fete Queen to be chosen from Gladstone Street school.
From the only records we have the Fete held 1969 saw the Latvian Dancers, Finedon Bugle Band, Keystone Boys Club with a Boxing Exhibition and a Fortune Teller entertaining. The Parade commenced in Harrington Road and finished on Hospital Hill. The Fete made a profit of £320.00.
In 1965 a gentleman employed to clear the Manor Park after the Fete complained that he hadn’t been paid enough and after much discussion it was agreed to give him an extra 10/-.
In 1976 it was agreed to change the date from September to July. The Fete in 1976 was reported as the procession being one of the best ever. With the street collection there were a lack of collection tins and it should have been more organised. The field was not as good as it could have been. There was a lack of supporting help and basic manpower and people who promised to support did not materialise.
If anyone would like to join the RCWC or help with the Fete please get in touch with any of the Committee members.