To see our new video just click BLACKPOOL SOUTH ROTARY IN ACTION DURING 2017 Get a snapshot of what we did in 2017.
To accompany the visuals you can listen to Peter Jebson playing 'I do like to be beside the Seaside' on the Mighty Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer .
Honorary Member and Rotary Town Crier Barry McQueen sings 'Doing it the Blackpool Way', followed by his rendition of ‘My Little Ukulele’ from George Formby’s1935 film ‘Off the Dole’.
We are proud to be a Rotary Club in Blackpool, arguably Britain’s Premier Seaside Resort.
Picture by Thomas Meadows
Blackpool Tower is a welcome sight to those coming to Blackpool and promises a warm welcome to all.
You will also find a warm welcome at Blackpool South Rotary Club. We are a small, happy and friendly club. As Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google said, " Small groups of people can have a really huge impact".
If you wish to make an enquiry about joining Rotary you can click on 'Contact us' on the top of this Home Page and complete the e-mail form. We will then get in touch with you.
DON'T FORGET TO VISIT THE PHOTO GALLERIES
The Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust was set up in 1974 by members of Blackpool North Rotary Club in memory of their member Superintendent Gerry Richardson, who was tragically murdered by armed robbers in Blackpool on the 23rd August 1971.
The Trust has to date supported over 17,000 young people, 25 years and under and given grants totalling over £280.000. Since Blackpool North Rotary Club ceased to exist, other Rotarians and supporters have kept the Trust going. Two members of Blackpool South Rotary are Trustees and one is a Patron.
Every year the Trust organises a Music Festival for children from the six Special Schools in Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde Boroughs. Ribby Hall Village very kindly allow us to use their splendid facilities and Harry Ramsden provides every child with a 'goody bag'.
It is a joyous occasion attended by the Mayoral Parties from all three Boroughs and Rotary District 1190 (Lancashire & Cumbria) District Governor.
Gerry who was passionate about youth work would have been so proud.
Above: (L-R) Cyril Squirrel, President Diane of Blackpool Palatine Rotary Club (who was presenting a cheque for £250 to Gerry's widow, Maureen), Jeff Meadows (Trust Chairman) Mrs Maureen Richardson, Blackpool & Rotary Town Crier Barry McQueen and Dizzy Duck.
Photograph by Bethany Gradwell.
Highfield Leadership Academy once again demonstrated that they have some very good young artists. Students entered the 2017/ 2018 Rotary Young Artist, the subject being ‘A Different Perspective’.
Club members decided to award two joint first places in the Senior Category (Year11) and three joint first places in the Intermediate category (Year8).
Each winner was presented with a Blackpool South Rotary Club Young Artist Certificate and received a £25 iTunes Gift Card.
President Eric Hind and Past President Jeff Meadows attended the Year 11 Assembly on Monday 16th April and Year 8 Assembly on Thursday 19th April when President Eric presented the winning students with their certificates and Gift Cards.
Executive Principal Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE attended both assemblies and was joined by Mr Paul Fearnley, Chair of Governors at the Year 8 Assembly.
Above (L-R): Past President Jeff Meadows, Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE, President Eric Hind and Mr Paul Fearnley with the winning students.
Above: (L-R): Past President Jeff Meadows, Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE, President Eric Hind with the winning students.
Above: An example of the certificate awarded to students.
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF HIGHFIELD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
President Eric had a very pleasant duty on Monday 27thFebruary when he inducted Peter Westhorpe into Honorary Membership of Blackpool South Rotary Club. Peter was accompanied by his wife Liz.
Members decided to invite Peter to join the Club as an Honorary Member because of the great support he has given to Blackpool South Rotary.
He joined Highfield High School (now Highfield Leadership Academy) as a young science teacher on completing his university degree at Bangor University. Throughout the years promotion came and in 2008 he was appointed First Deputy Headteacher with various spells as Acting Headteacher.
Peter was instrumental in creating the excellent working relationship between his school and Blackpool South Rotary, encouraging his students to participate in Rotary sponsored projects. He was very much involved in the design of the new building which opened in Sepetmber 2012 and was responsible for creating the Rotary Wall in the main entrance of the splendid new school.
Since his retirement in 2015 he has supported Blackpool South Rotary as a photographer at Club events and has been a willing helper with our Christmas collections. For the last 10 years, he has been a Vice President of Lancashire Outward Bound Association. He is Trustee, Treasurer and Protocol Officer of Blackpool Windmill Youth Group. Peter more than qualifies for his honorary membership.
After his induction, he thanked members and he said he was honoured to join our small and friendly club; a club which he said ‘punched above their weight’.
Above: President Eric (left) congratulating Peter.
Photograph by Jacqui Longden.
Above: The Rotary wall at Highfield leadership Academy created by Peter Westhorpe when he was Deputy Headteacher. This is a unique tribute to Highfield and Blackpool South Rotary 'Working Together'.
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 28th May 06.00
THERE IS NO MEETING TODAY WITH IT BEING A BANK HOLIDAY.
Monday 4th June 06.00
We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is our Club Assembly when incoming officers officers present their plans for the next Rotary year commencing on the 1st July.
Monday 11th June 18.00
We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is a special event. Please see below in main body of page.details
Monday 11th June 19.00
WORK EXPERIENCE IN GHANA
Two young student nurses will talk of their experiences in Ghana.details
Monday 18th June 18.00
We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is an informal meeting.
Monday 25th June 18.00
We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is The President's Valediction.
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(We do not meet on Public Holidays. Please check 'Meetings & Events' on the Home Page for any variations to time or venue.)
Blackpool Park Golf Club
North Park Drive
Blackpool FY3 8LS 01253 393960