Duo help scholarship fund

David Wilson and Richard Oberman, known as Duo
David Wilson and Richard Oberman, known as Duo

Two Rotarians have raised money to help a Kenyan scholarship fund by putting on educational performances at schools and societies.

David Wilson, a member of the Rushden Chichele club, and Richard Oberman, a former member, who are known locally as Duo, have come to the end of their run of The Chichele Entertainment – an instructive yet humorous account of the life of Henry Chichele.

Since February they have performed the programme 20 times for junior schools, women’s groups, historical societies and U3As.

They only asked for travelling expenses (although for schools it cost nothing) but the pair were often given a donation for their chosen charity, The Langalanga Scholarship Fund.

The fund provides secondary and university education for young Kenyans who are gifted but very poor. Duo was able to send £365 to support this project.

Although two years ago David and Richard retired from the speakers’ circuit they decided there were two final events to which they wanted to contribute.

One was to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the enthronement of Henry Chichele to Archbishop of Canterbury in 2014, and they also felt that they could not allow the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War to pass by unmarked.

They have prepared a programme of poetry and memories called Centenary to be performed between April and September 2014 which they hope will appeal to a wide audience.

Donations will go to the Help For Heroes charity. However, they are in desperate need of two props for their performance – a Tommy’s tin helmet and a Tommy’s cap.

If any reader has such items and is willing to lend them to Duo they would be very grateful and very careful with them. Contact David on 01933 663572.

Santa Saunter

Kettering Huxloe Club’s annual Santa Saunter, in aid of Cransley Hospice, takes place on Sunday, December 8, at 11am with a stroll around Wicksteed Park, ending with mince pies and coffee.

The Rotary Club has been fundraising for Cransley Hospice with this event for the past five years.

Everyone is given a Santa suit as part of the entry fee of £6.Further details from John Webster on 01536 482308.