The Rotary Club of Kinver has commissioned one of the country’s leading stone masons to carry out the refurbishment of the Toposcope on the top of Kinver Edge. The 4ft diameter piece of slate that displays the information has been attacked by the weather and is to be replaced with a piece of black granite.
The lettering on the new top which will be an exact replica of the original created in 1990 is being carried out by Perfitt of Norfolk whose work is to be seen extensively at the National Memorial Arboretum at Arlewas. The Kinver Edge project is in fact to be executed immediately after the completion of a memorial commemorating the Battle of the River Plate.
An unveiling ceremony of the refurbished Toposcope is planned for Saturday May 17 when Gavin Williamson, Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire will be guest of honour.
After a comparatively quiet start to the year, members of the club are back in the swing of raising money, handing out money, working for the community and enjoying themselves at the same time.
The club has completed the distribution of the proceeds of the record-breaking Christmas sleigh collection, with more than £5,000 going to charities in the collection areas: Kinver, Stourton, Enville, Wollaston and Wall Heath. As usual the beneficiaries cover the entire spectrum of society: schools and pre schools, the elderly, sporting organisations, the two Kinver village buses, hospices and other medical charities and social and recreational groups.
Club President Nick Geoghegan says: “Being able to donate to so many worthwhile causes in the area makes the soakings many members received during the collection all worthwhile.”
Replenishing the funds in the club’s charity accounts has been possible through a number of events. A “frugal evening” was held when Stef Caron at The Fox at Stourton served up bangers and mash at a rock bottom price while members paid their usual meal price, with the balance going to Rotary International’s initiative with the World Health Organisation to eliminate polio throughout the world. It is expected that up to £200 will be raised for the charity.
More than £500 profit came from an evening of magic provided by local magician and illusionist John Milner, attended by almost 100 members and guests.