Pumpkins Galore with a hint of ‘spooktakular’ fun

Pumpkins Galore with a hint of ‘spooktakular’ fun

As we reached Halloween, a Rotary club in South England got busy painting and selling their pumpkins, while North of the country in Derbyshire, local Rotarians took on some new identities.

Rotary of Sovereign Harbour, South England have been busy selling pumpkins in aid of Eastbourne Care For The Carers and Eastbourne RNLI.

The club members were present at the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront during the day, from October 25th until October 29th.

Painted and non-painted pumpkins were sold in aid of the two charities. Painted designs included Dory from Nemo, Iced pumpkins, and BB8 from Star Wars.

The colourful pumpkins and the dedication of Rotarians caused a real stir. The team were busy with all members of the community, big and small, helping the cause.

Following on with the spooky celebrations, Rotary of Belper and Duffield, Derbyshire, got down to business with their Rotary Spooktakular while completing their gravely silent task.

The Halloween weekend saw mystical and terrifying creatures of little Eaton congregate for one night at The New Inn.

During the evening, usually friendly Rotary faces changed into garish Halloween characters, including vampires, witches, zombies and skeletons.

Freddy Krueger look alike (aka Dave Ashley) whose face appeared to have been run over by a bus before partially re-inflating.

The social event helped renew pre-COVID-19 friendships and allowed the Rotarians to eat, drink and be scary!

The reason for the celebrations was the completion of the club’s summer project: cleaning up the oldest and most neglected part of the local cemetery.

The best dressed ‘ghoul’ was judged to be Hilary Surga whose black dress and horns were spooky indeed and she went happily home with a bottle of dark blood looking liquid but definitely alcoholic!

The spooktakular organiser, Coral Breach commented on the clubs first social event and the success of the night.

She said: “It is our first social event since covid, so we wanted a truly ‘eerie’ evening.

“Everyone’s costumes really made each other laugh and we could put last year’s sadness behind us for a while.”

The deathly princess, aka Spooktakular organiser Rotarian Coral Breach.

She followed that up with even more praise of the special spooky night and the club’s plans for the following weeks.

She explained “It was great to eat, drink and be scary, we had a fang-tastic night, giving ghostly greetings to each other face to face. But never fear, you’ll see us out around Belper this week selling poppies ahead of Remembrance Sunday at our Dementia Café.


“Also with Christmas not too far away, we are busy servicing our Santa Sleigh and Santa is having his beard trimmed.”

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