Saddleworth Rotary Club helps community links flourish

ROMANIAN STUDENTS and the founder of the ‘Chatty Café’ scheme provided an eclectic guest list at the latest Rotary Club of Saddleworth Lunch.

Romanian students Julia Jakab and Balazs Szoke with Rotary Club President Barbara Howse, Alex Hoskyn from Chatty Cafe and Clint Elliott, Rotary Club Vice President

The event, at the White Hart, Lydgate, welcomed 18-year-old students Julia Jakab and Balazs Szoke from Cluj, Transylvania during their first visit to the United Kingdom.

Barbara Howse, Rotary Club President, explained: “Every year we fund a trip for two students to come to England for what is usually a life-changing trip. For these two, it was the very first time they had flown.

“Not just satisfied with a three-leg trip from Romania via Munich and Frankfurt, they were taken on a small plane flight, courtesy of Rotarian Malcolm Hill’s son, Martin, to get bird’s eye view of Saddleworth.”

Julia and Balasz were being hosted by Rotary Club’s Vice President Clint Elliott and his partner, Angie and enjoyed a packed schedule, including a visit to the Isle of Man.

Their trip culminated in a ten day visit to Petty Pool Trust and Activity Centre in Northwich to participate in activities with other international students from all over the world.

The second special guest at the Lunch was Alex Hoskyn, who spoke about her new venture ‘The Chatty Café’ scheme, which she has launched across Oldham and Tameside.

Participating cafés have a ‘Chatter and Natter’ table where people can take a seat and talk to anyone else there, for just a few minutes or much longer, to help combat loneliness.

Meanwhile new President Barbara and husband David played host to members of Saddleworth Rotary Club for a sunny Summer Supper and fundraiser.

Barbara said: “We were blessed with glorious weather. Everyone enjoyed a delicious picnic supper and convivial company on a perfect summer evening.”

To find out more about the Rotary Club of Saddleworth, call Clint Elliott on 07778 160008 or go online:


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