New Rotary Club in Crowborough support Dementia Café


The new Rotary Club in Crowborough have chosen to support Wealden Dementia Action Alliance.

Sadly, the previous Rotary Club folded in 2016, because of falling membership. The Club had been in existence for 63 years. However, elsewhere the movement is still a force for good; with 1,600 clubs across Great Britain & Ireland and 1.2 million members globally.

Members of Rotary volunteer their time to make a difference in their local communities and also around the world. At the same time as getting involved, Rotarians make new long-lasting friendships and have a good time.

Some of the members of the fledgling Rotary Club in Crowborough
Some of the members of the new Rotary Club in Crowborough

Graham Bucksey said:

Earlier this year myself, and another former member, Stephen Tester decided to form a new club in Crowborough. We think by being more relaxed, we will welcome a broader range of people from more diverse backgrounds.

We are pleased to say we are already well on the way to having the 20 members we need to become Chartered by Rotary in Britain and Ireland.

One of the things the pandemic has shown us is that there is still a willingness for people to volunteer in their communities. We hope that some of the people who got involved in supporting Crowborough during lockdown will think about joining our new Club.

Graham Bucksey

Less Formal

In order to facilitate attendence, meetings are being held at a variety of times of the day, including breakfast meetings and some in the early evening. Meetings have also been held on Saturday mornings

This year they are organising a charity golf day and a wine tasting event, and in 2022 they are holding a ladies fashion show on the 11th March and a quiz night next October.

Good Cause

Members will be helping at the Dementia Community Café which is starting back in Crowborough later this month. The sessions are at the Oasis Centre on Beacon Road. They will be held on the last Thursday of the month with the first on 30th September from 2pm until 4pm. It is free to attend and there will be entertainment and activities, as well as refreshments.

Charity Golf Day

In order to raise funds for Wealden Dementia Action Alliance, the organisation responsible for the café, the Rotary Club are organising a charity golf day on Wednesday 27th October at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club. People can enter as a team of four. Players need to have a ‘reasonable’ game of golf, but an official handicap is not required.

Non-golfers can support the event, by going along to the evening dinner in the Club House.

If you run a local businesses, you can help by entering a team, sponsoring a hole or donating raffle prizes.

To find out more about the Rotary Club of Crowborough, please contact Graham Bucksey on 07836 232075 or email



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