Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left
RWB Street Collection for Polio Eradication 20 October
please help Rotary to finally eliminate polio worldwidedetails
Dog Racing at Blunsdon Stadium 31 October
Join us for supper and some gentle betting on the dogs - a great night out!!details
Coffee Morning in the Croft raises over £200
RWBTRC took over the Croft on Saturday 7 July 2018 and raised £223 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance - including a raffle, cash donations and a 'Sunday Sale' of cakes. Thanks to all who came and enjoyed our cakes and pies.details
Annual Charity Golf Day - 15 July
Our annual Charity Golf Day raised over £1500 for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Unit Appeal. Thanks to WPGC for allowing us to hold the event there and to everyone who played or contributed in any way.details
All photographs on this website are protected by Copyright of WBTRC or the individual photographer
Thought for August
" Giving is the greatest gift you have to offer to others! Whether it's monetary, material, words of encouragement, a caring embrace, a pat on the back or a simple smile of appreciation... the gift is yours to share! Another day of living is another day of giving! Give your all everyday!
Do it and DO IT BIG!!!"
Copyright © 2011 Jimmy Hagewood
Charity Golf Day Raises over £1600 for the Radiotherapy Appeal
A brilliant day on 15 July saw 18 teams register at Woodbridge Park Golf Club to compete in our annual Texas Scramble competition that was eventually won by a team from The White Hart Hackers who swept the board of prizes with their 5 teams! The course was in great condition - bearing in mind the current heat and lack of rain - thanks to the efforts of Mike Bacon and his team, and there were cold water points around the course donated by Aldi Supermakets. The after-play barbecue was run by Gillian and Bob Vaughan from our Mother Club - RWB&DRC with sous-chef help from 'Friends of Rotary' Eleanor and Jan - who had earlier sold over £350 of raffle tickets! President Ian took the role and responsibility of Scorer and John - with Lesley - was the Starter. Individual holes were sponsored by Club Members and local businesses with an especial thank you to:
Woodbridge Park Golf Club who allowed us to stage the event and provided the bacon buttiees and coffee to kick start the day
Loveday who provided a nice, new ball for every golfer (I wonder how many ended up in the bushes and ditches around the course)
Hulbert & Woodall Print who arranged, transported all sorts of 'stuff' and donated the 'Nearest the Pin' prize - a lob wedge (that's a golf club!!).
All-in-all it was a great day with terrific team work from the Rotarians and Friends and adds another significant donation to the £10,000 that we recently handed over to the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal.
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to the event in any way - the photographs can be seen via the "Featured Page" above and if anyone would like a better definition version, please email "email@example.com" with the photograph number.
Not a very good metaphor for an ex-Royal Artillery officer but 'President Ian fires the Gun' doesn't sound quite right! Monday 2 July 2018 was an excellent day for the annual Handover Ceremony in conjubction with outgoing President Alan's Night. The event was held at our regular 'home', Marsh Farm Hotel where we wined and dined extremely well - and were then entertained by Bob Charles, an Elvis Tributre Act.- and he certainly got us all singing along. But before all that, both ougoing President Alan and incoming President Ian made speeches in which they complimented the Club on a year of excellent friendship and fundraising or encouraged the Membership to continue the good works. Especial mention was made of the two Charity Shops that were run last year under the guidance and exceptional commitment of Marie Bernhardt - who was presented with a bottle of Irish Whiskey as a token of the Club's thanks.
More photographs of the event are available from the "Featured Pages" link above.
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We're Supporting "Brighter Futures"
Please help when you see the Brighter Futures logo
Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. We are a small but active group of ladies and men committed to changing people's lives through our fundraising activities in the local community. We have supported charities in our own community and as far afield as Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. Alongside our charitable work, we aim to have fun and enjoy each other's company through an ongoing programme of meetings and events.
RWBTRC is proud of its connection with the Town which is situated towards the southern extreme of the Cotswolds and just north of the Marlborough Downs. Now a small market town, Royal Wootton Bassett was originally larger than its neighbour, Swindon but has become very well known around the world for the dignified respect that was given when the bodies of servicemen killed overseas were repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham. As a result of these selfless and spontaneous acts of respect and remembrance, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the Town in October 2011 when HRH The Princess Royal handed the Letters Patent to the Mayor, Councillor Paul Heaphy. Although the repatriations moved to RAF Brize Norton following the closure of RAF Lyneham, the Town - and RWBTRC - maintains close contact with the new occupants of the Lyneham base - The Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering - and the military in general. RWBTRC has been a proud supporter of Help for Heroes through the annual calendar project although, at the moment, all our efforts are focussed on Brighter Futures, the project to bring a radiotherapy capability to the Great Western Hospital (see above). More information on the Community and the Local Area may be found on the Town Council website.
The Club's annual activities have now become focused on 4 activities: a Charity Shop; a Golf Day; a Remembrance Ball and a Charity Calendar. The Charity Shop depends upon the availability of empty premises in the Town and a more permanent site would be welcomed, as it is a very popular 'fundraiser' for the Club's charities raising over £2000 in 2016 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. If any of our readers knows of a suitable shop that we might use, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page.
We have managed, each year, to secure the generous support of local businesses for the calendar so that the Limited Edition print run can been entirely funded by donations. This has meant that every penny raised has, and will, go to "worthy causes" and the sum raised from the 2016 calendar was divided between Help for Heroes, Brighter Futures, and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Local businesses also help our cause by selling the calendars on our behalf. The summer event is the Golf Day, usually held in July and from which the proceeds have recently been channeled to Brighter Futures. In the days leading up to Christmas we take "Father Christmas" in his sleigh around the streets and neighbourhoods of Royal Wootton Bassett with a band of eager helpers and some joyful seasonal music. The wonderful folks of Royal Wootton Bassett regularly donate over £1500 to Rotary charities during the 3 week period.
In addition, we hold annual Street Collections for our Worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign and to raise money to support the victims of natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippinnes in November 2013; the generosity of the Townsfolk is always humbling in its selflessness. We also raise funds to send a local teenager each year on Rotary's own "Leadership Award" course.
But our efforts are not solely geared to fund raising, and we have a regular programme of Speaker Evenings and Fellowship Evenings as well as an entry to the District Quiz, District Skittles and - recently - District Boules competitions. Our motto is 'Service Above Self' but we try to make sure that every 'service' or fundraising activity is founded on a strong fellowship between the Members and their families. Recently we have enjoyed Dog-Racing Nights at Blunsdon Stadium, Curry Supper Evenings at the Ganges Restaurant and a Treasure Hunt. We also hold an annual Quiz Night, a Horse Racing Night and produce an entry for the Town's Carnival.
Reports of our past fun and fundraising activities appear on this page for about a month and are then filed under the major activity groups: International, Community and Youth - and Rotary's own charity - Foundation. These folders, photograph galleries and reports can be accessed through the menus at the top of the page.
An Invitation to You
The Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) welcomes visitors to its meetings on a Monday evening and is always seeking to increase the Club membership. Please visit our Meetings and Events pages to see what we do, or Contact us if you would like to send an e-mail to the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club on any topic.
The direct access website address is www.wbtrc.org.uk and if you would like to visit the website of our 'Mother Club' - the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett and District (RWB&DRC) - which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, please click here.
As a final reminder, there are two Rotary Clubs in Royal Wootton Bassett. This is the website of the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) but the Events calendar sometimes includes events that are being organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club (RWB&DRC) ; you should go to their Website for more information on these activities.
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 20th August 19.30
Business Meeting - MFH
Monday 27th August 19.30
Public Holiday - No Meeting
Monday 3rd September 19.30
Speaker Evening - MFH
Monday 10th September 19.00
Council if Required
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(for a 1945 start on the First and Third Monday only - for Second and Fourth Mondays contact Secretary)
The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts SN4 8ER 01793 842800