ROTARY Club members raised enough money in 1976 for two ‘eye camps’, to help save the sight of scores of people in Indian villages. Chairman Charles Bradley is seen in the first picture handing a cheque for £280 to Mary Shellan, Midlands organiser for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind.

It was a gay day when the town welcomed comedian Larry Grayson in 1979. He is chatting to residents at the Royal Berkshire Court home in Queensway. He also visited Ladygrove old people’s home and handed out bingo prizes at a local supermarket.

Tradition was broken when Michele Robbins, warden of Didcot Youth Centre, and Christine Crawley, chairman of Northbourne Arts Centre, attended a Rotary Club lunch in 1980 to receive cheques totalling £600. Club lunches were usually men-only occasions.