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I am Duncan Robson and I am the president of our Rotary Club  for the year 2015-2016.

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Please browse and look at some of the projects we have carried out this year, both in the community and internationally. I hope you will find it interesting, and if you do and would like to know more, or would like to visit us please contact our secretary  at


Remembrance Day Services 2015.

At the War Memorial Whickhamwhere there was a wreath-laying ceremony at 11am. This was followed by a Service at St Mary’s Church, Whickham. 

Wed. 3rd. October. Lancastrian suite. Dunston.    Whickham Rotary.

What a fantastic fund raising event, with approximately 300 people there.  We were hosted by Steve Keys and David Auton , who both did a wonderful job of organising every thing.  The place was absolutely bussing with everyone wanting to help the causes, which are  Neuroblastoma and the Rotary’s  new community fund.

Excellent meal, fabulous entertainment and a joy to be there.   Well done to all the people that where involved with this great fund raising event.

All the pictures here.               http://whickhamrotary.weebly.com/      You are probably in one of the many photographs.

11th.Sept. Banquet at the Pagoda. Whickham.

What a fantastic night we had, magic from Steve Keys - Magician : DJ : Compere, who mesmerised the 60 guests with his very clever tricks.
Really good food and attention from the staff, and of course great company with the Rotary Club.
Thanks to David Auton who organised the event, and did a wonderful job, we raised £1000.  All the proceeds will be going to Shelterbox.

Could we possibly buy two boxes, after our Treasurer reclaims the Tax ?

Wednesday 5th August 2015.

President of the Rotary Club of Whickham Duncan Robson welcoming our three new Honary members into our club. We wish them well with many years of fun and fellowship to follow.

President of the Rotary Club of Whickham, Duncan Robson, and Club Secretary, Graham Harris, and his wife, Penny, hosted the Deputy Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Allison Thompson, and her Consort/husband, Billy, at the reopening of the Bay Horse, Whickham on Friday 17 July.


The party enjoyed an outstanding lunch and associated conversation!  Allison and Billy are superb representatives for Gateshead and we wish them well for the remainder of their year in office.


Please try the new Bay Horse ... it's impressive!

Whickham Rotary Bowls competition July 15th. 2015

Wonderful weather, great fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. Tie for first place between Brian and Graham with Ron being runner up.  Afterwards at Norman’s house for a buffet, prepared and setup by his daughter Trysha.

Rotary Foundation will benefit to the sum raised of £80.00.

Once again this year the Rotary Club of Whickham is pleased to support Gateshead and Whickham Amateur Swimming Club (http://www.gawswim.org.uk/) by providing T-shirts for their “Diddy League” team which consists of enthusiastic young swimmers aged 9 - 12 years.
Many congratulations to the team for winning the first division in the region, and good luck for the Northern semi finals in Sheffield in October!!


What a great night, wonderful company, great entertainment, and a very nice meal. 
Ps. Happy birthday Ron. You have had a great year. 
Thank you from all of the members.

All the photo's here.             http://whickhamrotary.weebly.com/   

May Fayer 2015.

What a great idea David. Where did all those Teddies come from?

Last night's Speaker. 13th may. 2015.

What a tremendous talk last night on Dreadnoughts battleships.  With nothing more than a flip chart, some wooden models, huge knowledge and witty speaking, Malcolm Byrne entertained and informed our members and their guests from Birtley Rotary Club on the rise and fall of the battleship in the world's navies.  His talk genuinely kept the audience silent as they listened intently.   Air Ambulance, was Malcolm’s favoured charity which the club donated to.

25th. March. 2015. 

Last night's speaker was one of our own members. Stuart Trotter.

Stuart gave  an extremely interesting talk about the work going on at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, and Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend.

Lost Roman baths which once served Segedunum have been found under, what was until recently, the Ship in the Hole pub. Wallsend.  

The story is fascinating and you can read the full story at the link below.

Thank you Stuart from all the members for giving us such an interesting talk.

Full story.    http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/roman-baths-discovered-underneath-former-7387645

Also.   http://eu.earthwatch.org/   another part of the story.

The members of the Rotary Club of Whickham were privileged to have a team from Gateshead College to speak on an exciting project �Pathway to Work� which develops the work skills of students with learning disabilities/difficulties. The team led by the project manager Stephanie Smith and two of their young clients Chris and Haydon informed the members of the difficulties that many of our local young people are experiencing in obtaining access to work placements.

   The members were delighted to hear of the success achieved by the team in supporting young men and women into the world of work, monitoring their progress and being available for support.

   The team members gave a professional presentation; however the stars of the evening were Chris and Haydon who, although professing to being nervous about speaking in public, captivated the Rotarians with their polished and entertaining performances.      

   President Ron and Rotarian George were pleased to show the club�s appreciation of their visit and wished everyone good luck for the future.   

On their visit to the Mayor's Parlour this evening, The Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Neil Weatherley, presented the Swalwell Swifts with a cheque for �200 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Whickham. The Swalwell Swifts supported Rotary with bag packing at Morrison's, Blaydon on the last weekend before Christmas.
Last year the Rotary Club of Whickham was approached by a Whickham resident who informed us that her friend, the mother of two young children, had recently suffered a stroke and was now confined to a wheelchair. Owing to her mobility problems she had been rehoused into a bungalow in Whickham, however the gardens were overgrown, strewn with litter and the fences were dangerous. Consequently she could not access the gardens or allow her children to play there.The lady asked if the members of the Rotary club could help. We visited the bungalow and were initially able to make the fences safe. However the footpaths and garden were beyond our capabilities; therefore, we organised a fundraising event at the Coachman pub and secured the assistance of a local gardening firm, Paul Kelly Driveways and Landscaping Servicing, the owner of which provided hours of work in his spare time and useful recycled material.
   The result is that following the neighbours plea for assistance the fences are mended, the gardens are neat and tidy with safe wheelchair friendly footpaths. The children are free to play in their garden watched over by their mother who now has safe access to the footpaths.
   The concern of a friend, the interest of local Rotarians who were greatly assisted by the wonderful generosity of a caring local businessman, Paul Kelly, has resulted in joy for the children and peace of mind for their mother. 
A job well done.    




Paul Kelly Driveways and Landscaping Servicing.Thank you Paul for a job well done.


The members of the Rotary Club of Whickham were honoured to host the Worshipful the Deputy Mayor of Gateshead Alex Geddes and the Deputy Mayoress to judge the Whickham Front Street Christmas Window Competition on Saturday 13th December 2014. The Deputy Mayor and his wife were escorted along the length of Front Street on a fine but cold day by President Ron Hart and his wife Yvonne.
Once again the competition was close as many of our Whickham business people had made a sterling effort to decorate their windows. 
The winner this year is the Oxfam Charity shop with a lovely display that includes a Christmas music theme. The runner up is - once again � Linda�s Coffee Shop. Well done to them and everyone else who has so beautifully decorated their business windows.
 George Craig.
Wednesday 7th. January 2015. Christmas Window Display Results.
The winners of the best window display this year is  Oxfam, 
Gillian Humble and Molly Cochrane the representatives of Oxfam where presented with a cheque for �100.00 by the Deputy Mayor Alex Geddes and Freda his wife the Deputy Mayoress.
 Gillian told us the money will be used to buy four goats for poor families in Africa. What a wonderful  and generous thing to do.
The second prize �50.00 went to Linda's Coffee House.
A wonderful night of entertainment was had by all the members and guests. We are all  looking forward to next year�s displays.

Tree Planting at the Methold Houses Beamish on Saturday 29th November 2014.   

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Rotary District Governor Jean Thompson.  President Ron Hart and members of Whickham Rotary Club.  President Alan Hobbs and members of Stanley Rotary Club met to plant an Oak tree which Whickham and Stanley Rotary Clubs had generously donated.

Mr Graham Knight of Master Glaze also planted the Purple Beech tree which he also had kindly donated. Four trustees some residents and friends were also present. Trustee chairman David Coxon thanked everyone for coming and the two rotary clubs and Mr. Knight for the donation of the trees. Everyone then adjourned to the Shepherd & Shepherdess for tea coffee and biscuits where good fellowship was enjoyed . David

The Rotary Club of Whickham where delighted to sponsor the new shirts for the Whickham AFC under 17 years.  President Ron is having a great time with the boys. We wish them a happy season with plenty of wins.

ROTARY BOWLS COMPETITION.       23rd  July. 2014 .at 6pm.

24 members and guests had a fantastic night at the bowling club.  The weather was amazing, very warm, with no breeze at all.  We played 18 ends and the winner was David Coxon with a very high score of 14 shots. Well done David, the cup is yours for another year!

We then retired to 24a for a meal and drink,  all donated by Trysha, ( one of the members daughters)

A raffle and donations from the members and guests, plus a keyboard recital  by Marius.

 raised   �165.00   for our Foundation Charity.

Thank you to members of the Whickham Bowling Club who set up the bowls for us  and made sure that the Rotarians did not cheat!!!!!!!!!!!!!


President�s Night.  Saturday 10th. May. 2014

Last night we all had a wonderful time at the Beamish Park Golf Club.   A visit from our District Governor David Sadler and Anne was much appreciated by the members and guests.

Good food, great company, and a lovely singer called Fayley entertained us and we all danced the night away.

More pictures here.       presidents night 2014


A Gateshead Trio of Rotary Clubs serving together to provide wheel chairs to the Developing World


The Rotary Club of Whickham together with the Rotary Clubs of Gateshead and Felling is part of a trio of Rotary Clubs that has raised USD $14,850 to work with The Wheelchair Foundation UK to provide specially designed sturdy wheelchairs for those in the Developing World who would otherwise be confined to a life of immobility.

    We form only a small part of the efforts of Rotary Clubs throughout the World that together with the Wheel Chair Foundation and their local communities raise funds to provide wheel chairs to many countries. To date Rotary clubs in the UK and Ireland have enabled in excess of 24,000 wheelchairs to be sent to 21 countries.       

   We Whickham Rotarians are immensely proud to be part of this immense ongoing project that has had an immediate effect on so many people across the Globe.


Great news.................https://twitter.com/rotary

Rotary releases $35.9 million in funding to fight polio in Africa and Asia.


Worshipful the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Jack Graham and the Mayoress Helen,  accompanied by President David Coxon  and his wife Cynthia,  and Ron Hart and his wife Yvonne, who are representing  the Rotary Club of  Whickham,  looked at all of the window displays.

What a fantastic display this year with 12  businesses taking part.


The winner of this year's Window display to Brighten up Whickham is  No5 Hairdressing and 2nd place is Linda's coffee shop.

All pictures of the winners and all the entrants here.



 This year they also called in to see the fund raising event in the marquee on the village green. This was held inside the Rotary Marquee and funds raised are going to the Lighting up Whickham Group to help with next year's Christmas lights.

 Pictures here.   http://www.rotary.

Santa and his sleigh pictures,        http://www.rotary.


    11th. November. 2013. St Marys Church. Whickham. Armistice  Parade.

All of the pictures here.    more here   rotary

What a wonderful  turnout this year.   Very cold weather but it did not seem to put anyone off from being there. More wreaths were placed than ever before.

The club received an E mail via this website asking if we could possibly help a lady who needed her garden made safe for the children to play in.

 The problem was there were two large concrete post with metal pins protruding from them, in one section of her garden and the children could come into contact with them and injure themselves.

 Representatives from the clubs community and vocation committee arranged to meet the lady to see what could be done.

 As you can see for the pictures the pins were removed and the posts suitably covered by a new timber , screen fence which was erected by members of the Whickham club.

We are ever present in the community and � Can we fix. it Yes we can .