YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - BACK FOR 2016!

The Rotary Club of Horwich invites applications for a number of monetary awards, to support the development of individual talent in Sport, Music, Dance, Drama, the Arts and other fields of interest, to be used for the provision of Equipment, Coaching or Tuition in their chosen pursuit.

Applicants must be resident, or attending School or College in the BL6 Postal District and be under 19 years of age on 31st August 2017. Click here to find out more:


Memories of Geoffrey Waine

by Peter Fletcher

When Geoffrey Waine first came to Horwich in 1988 he believed he had secured his ideal job. Not only had he been appointed principal of the Horwich College of Further Education but that he had got it in a 'railway town' where the college's main function was to teach its students all the engineering skills needed in the manufacture of everything to do with the railway industry.

It was a tragic irony that just about that time new technology was overtaking the age of steam and the skills required for that type of heavy engineering were about to disappear into history. Consequently the college would close and the last few years of Geoff's working life would be spent as deputy principal of Bolton Technical College in a more general administrative capacity.

You will have gathered that Geoff had a lifelong passion for railways starting from train-spotting as a boy. In adult life numerous holidays were spent, accompanied by his long suffering wife Jean, on train journeys in this country and abroad and there wasn't much he didn't know about that mode of transport. This became evident on a Rotary trip to York Railway Museum some years ago. I was in his company with 3 or 4 others at the time and as soon as we crossed the threshold of the museum he became an entirely different person. His knowledge and enthusiasm got hold of him, and us as well to some degree, and we learned more about steam locos from Geoff that afternoon than we had ever known. This sudden change of character I had not experienced before and remains in my memory as a wonderful day out.

As soon as Geoff arrived in Horwich he came to a Rotary meeting, being already a member of a club in the north east and a few weeks later was made a member of our club. The ideals of Rotary obviously suited Geoff's temperament and he entered into all its activities with gusto taking in all the offices including presidency in 1994/5. There was one slight hiccup in his presidential year when he lost his chain of office. It was several months before it was eventually found; he never said anything but I think it rather spoiled his year. One major activity I must mention is that along with Cedric Holt he was editor of 'The Barn Owl' for over 20 years and during that time the publication was produced once a month without frail. For that and many other projects Geoff undertook the club awarded him a Paul Harris Fellowship.

One other passion in Geoff's life was Horwich Heritage and he was a joint founder of that organisation some 30 years ago. From very humble beginnings it has grown into a thriving organisation: it has its own premises and new displays are regularly mounted. For this and many other activities Geoff was awarded the Horwich Civic Medal, a recognition and thanks so thoroughly well deserved.

Finally, and on a personal note, I can claim to be one of Geoff's personal friends. He and Jean, my wife Ann, Cedric and Shirley Holt, Brian and Chris Curzon, Ian and Wendy Powell, Derek and Trixie Hyde and David and Sheila Howarth spent many happy times together and we along with countless others will miss him greatly. Geoff was a man of integrity and generosity and I'm sure many people will be richer for knowing him.


Ironman UK and Rotary Help Children To Have Lunch

Urban Outreach is working with an army of volunteers to help make a lunch for 1300 each day for children and young people in Bolton during the summer holidays who would normally receive a free school meal due to low incomes.

During the summer school holidays, these families face a six week struggle to find the money to feed their children.

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Ironman: 2016

Rotarians from 10 local Clubs who assisted at the Ironkids race event on Saturday 16th July in Bolton presented £1000 to the Harmony Youth Project.

The Project is a Bolton based charity which has worked primarily with the most disadvantaged young people in the town for over ten years.

It assists young people in realising their true potential through the medium of creative arts and positive social activities.

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Dragon's Den: 2016

KINDLY “dragons” gave away more than £4,000 to local charities when the Rotary Club of Horwich organised a special event.

Eight local organisations made their case for cash to help their work at Horwich RMI which followed a successful similar event last year. 

Horwich Rotary President Tom Mather, Chairman of the Community Committee Keith Maher and Bolton News’ columnist and freelance journalist Angela Kelly took the role of “dragons” for the enjoyable occasion.

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Ironman and Rotary Help Build For The Future

Horwich Rotary President David Winstanley and Vice President Revd David Griffiths called at Bolton Hospice recently to present a cheque for £200 to fund raiser Josie Fowler to help the Hospice build for the future.

The cheque presented was raised by Rotary Charity Fundraisers through the sponsorship of competitors taking part in the very demanding Ironman UK Bolton event.

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Ironman & Rotary Helps Traumatised Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Money raised by Rotary Charity Fundraisers who take part in the Ironman UK triathlon at Bolton were donated to Fortalice, which means a small fort.

It is a Bolton based charity that assists woman and children who are affected by domestic abuse.

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KidsOut: 2016

As part of KidsOut's 25th Anniversary, The Rotary Club of Horwich was once again thrilled to help take youngsters and staff from Rumworth School for a day out at Blackpool Zoo.

President Tom Mather and Rtn. Margot Mather accompanied them and had a lovely day. The children were so excited when they saw the sea lions entertaining them with their tricks.

The group were very lucky with the weather and it was so nice to see the kids having such a good time looking at so many different animals.

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Barge Trip: 2016

We filled the boat with 11 Inner Wheel Members and the rest from Rotary and Guests for our trip along the Bridgewater Canal.

This 3 hour trip allowed to travel from Worsley through Monton,Barton over the Manchester Ship Canal to the Trafford Centre. We came back on the same canal to Worsley.

On the way we traversed the swing bridge at Barton, which was a highlight of the trip.

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Carren Bell & Lagan's Foundation

When Carren Bell spoke at a Horwich Rotary lunch meeting members were moved to hear this Mum, triathlon competitor, and CEO of Lagan’s Foundation, telling of how the organisation she started in Horwich has developed heart felt care across the UK.

When Carren Bell spoke at a Horwich Rotary lunch meeting members were moved to hear this Mum, triathlon competitor, and CEO of Lagan’s Foundation, telling of how the organisation she started in Horwich has developed heart felt care across the UK

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Great British Afternoon Tea 2016

Pupils win Rivington and Blackrod High Schools’Great British Afternoon Tea

Two pupils from Blackrod Primary School have won the final of a Great British Afternoon Tea competition which was held at Rivington and Blackrod High School.The competition was held for students from local primary schools and was sponsored by Horwich Rotary Club.The competition enabled students from year 4 and year 5 to showcase their cookery skills, creativity and come up with imaginative recipes for their afternoon tea menus.  Read More>


Senior Citizens Party: 2016

On Wednesday evening, 18th May, Horwich Rotary Club once again organised the Annual Senior Citizen's party at Horwich R.M.I.

This year held special significance as there was an ongoing theme celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday.

Rotary supplied Union Jack hats and flags; helping bring an apt touch of patriotic verve to the R.M.I, alongside colourful bunting and pictures of our Queen.

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Winter Hill Memorial 2016

Twenty Rotarians from Horwich and Douglas, Isle of Man, gathered at the Winter Hill transmitting mast above Horwich on 5th May

They were gathered to remember the 35 people who were killed on Thursday 27th February 1958 when one of the worst air disasters in the region’s history happened.

Many lost loved ones when the Bristol 170 Wayfarer, which was ferrying passengers on a visit to Manchester from the Isle of Man, careered into the hill in atrocious weather conditions. Seven people survived.

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Defeat A Dragon & Grab Your Slice of £5000!

GROUPS and organisations in the Horwich and Blackrod area are being invited to bid for a slice of £5,000.

The Rotary Club of Horwich is giving away the cash via a Dragon’s Den event in June at Horwich RMI. 

The cash will be mostly in £500 amounts for deserving local groups which are helping local people.

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Saturday Night At Horwich Palladium

Saturday 12th March 2016 held in the Aspinall Suite at the RMI Club

Well if you didn’t attend you missed a really excellent show, organised by the Community Committee and the aim was to have a fun social evening and if possible to raise funds for the Club. 

Those who did attend will agree the aims were met in full. 

It must be remembered that all the performers were amateurs and they gave up their Saturday night (and many of them their Saturday afternoon to rehearse).

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Horwich Business Alliance

A rousing talk from our excellent speakers yesterday at the Rotary Club of Horwich.

Cllr. Marie Brady and Craig Rotherham visited to tell the club about Horwich Business Alliance, a new local initiative to help promote, develop and enhance what Horwich has to offer in terms of local business and trade.

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We are a very active Rotary Club based in the Horwich and Blackrod area with a membership numbering over 40 but always keen to have new men or women join us.

We help LOCAL PEOPLE, NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND SUPPORT THOSE ABROAD that need our IMMEDIATE and LONG TERM assistance.

We meet weekly each Thursday, for a meal and a speaker, usually at 12.30pm, but we have an evening meeting on the third or the fifth Thursday if there is one, of each month. (Evening meeting at 7.00pm) Contact Brian Gittins by Wednesday 4pm if you would like to book in for a meal on 01942819383 - the meal costs £10

We have a very varied range of activities including social and fund raising events which raise about £30,500 and help to support around 30 charities each year, usually within the Horwich and Blackrod area, but also nationally and internationally. 

Our main fund raising events are our Beer Festival  in September http://www.horwichbeerfestival.co.uk  (see "Events"), and our Christmas Float collection during December. 

If you wish any further details about us browse the links on our website and contact us using the link at the top of the website and we can arrange for you to come and meet us.


Meeting Information...

Horwich RMI, Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton. Contact Brian Gittins 01942819383 to book for meal �10 or to apologise before 4pm on Wednesday. 
We meet on Thursdays at 12.30pm (Third and fifth Thursday of the month - 6.30 for 7.00pm meeting) Horwich RMI, Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton. Contact Brian Gittins 01942819383 to book for meal �10 or to apologise before 4pm on Wednesday.
BL6 5NH tel: 01204 468395

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