Rotary Donation to Rayleigh 1476 Air Training Squadron 29th November 2017 – Posted in: News and Events, Rayleigh MIll Rotary Club – Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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Warrant Officer Kris Barnes

Rayleigh Air Cadets 1476 Squadron

A few weeks back Carl’s Rotary group, The Rotary Group of Rayleigh Mill, welcomed Warrant Officer Kris Barnes to their weekly Monday night meeting to hear a talk about the great work that he does with this local squad.

Based in Connaught Road, Rayleigh 1476 Squadron is open to all young men and women between the ages of 13 and 20. The Royal Air Force Air Cadet Squadron  is the largest youth organisation in Britain and encourages the cadets to take part in activities that range from hiking, canoeing, kayaking and a whole host of other outdoor pursuits.  They learn general skills that will be valuable to them in later life such as fitness, team work and communications but they are also encouraged to gain specific skills such as first aid qualifications. The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is very popular and for those cadets thinking about a career within The Royal Air Force they can even work  towards gaining their Btec in Aviation Studies.

Check out their website  for more in formation at

Kris explained during his talk that one member of the group spent time in Canada last year as part of her studies. What a brilliant way to inspire and motivate youngsters who may be thinking about joining.

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Kris giving his presentation to the group

If you think that your children or grandchildren may be interested you can email them direct for more information at :               or call 01702 521476

If you are a company, or private individual, looking to donate to the group they are fundraising towards a new mini bus and always welcome any help with this.

The Rotary Group themselves donated a cheque for £1000 towards the mini bus on the night. 1476 squadron have  built up a good relationship with Rayleigh Mill Rotary having supported them on their own fundraising events such as the inaugural 10k run last April in Cherry Orchard Park.

It was a busy meeting as that same night a second lady Rotarian was inducted into the group.


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Pat Bowlas being inducted into the Rotary Group

Rayleigh Mill Rotary group warmly welcomed Pat Bowlas into the group. Pat is the second female to join following Jackie Welman who has been a member since last year. Many Rotary clubs are now adapting to this change to include both ladies and men and Pat attended several meetings and social events prior to making the commitment to join. She said that one of the reasons that she felt comfortable to do so was that she found the group to be  very friendly and that they participated in many worthwhile charitable causes which she looked forward to helping with. She also recognised that it was  fun group to be apart of as well.

As an aside, any ladies who would like to join but would rather keep with an all female group could consider joining the groups sister club.The Inner Wheel Of Rayleigh Mill.  Email them at      


The Rotary Group will be in The High Street for the Christmas light switch on tomorrow, Thursday November 30th. Please pop by and have a chat.