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         If you are a new visitor to our site, the Club main page, below, displays a photographic record of some of our events and activities during the current Rotary Year.

We are a dual-gender Club with 27 members. Our usual meeting day is Tuesday at 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm at the Deanwater Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Woodford, Cheshire, SK7 1RJ, where we have a one-course meal. 

If you want to see more of our current activities, including the Rotary Swimathon, please select "What We Do" above and then select "Happening Soon". Details of Swimathon can be found on this page.

The Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean thanks Armadillo Self Storage for the continuing support of the Club in 2017/2018. 


The Rotary Year starts on 1st July, with the handover of the chain of office to the new President.

We celebrated this important event at the Deanwater Hotel

We are now in the New Rotary Year 2017 - 2018

Below, before the handover, President Elect Frank McCarthy enjoys the support of the ladies.

Past President Colin Eggleton hands over to President Frank McCarthy

The new team - President Frank with Vice President Carol Parry

Our speaker entertained us to a amusing presentation entitled "Its not what you say, it's the way that you say it" 

Heald Green Festival

We supported this annual eventc complete with our Buzz Wire

Below the show opened with a pipe band

Past Presiden Colin shows his technique to a young visitor

Rotarian Marianne shows how it's done.

Some of our team at the show


This year the parade was headed by Town Crier, Rotarian Reg Lord with the Co-op Band

Another change this year was the introduction of the Mini Scarecrows, which were sponsored by many organisations in Wilmslow.

Below, Rotarian Ian Ferguson displays his new innovation.

Below, Ian with Tatton MP Esther McVey handing out a mini scarecrow

Children prepare for the parade with their mini scarecrows

We were pleased to welcome in the parade our MP Esther McVey and the Chairman of the Wilmslow Town Council Cllr Martin Watkins

The end of the parade in Bank Square



President Frank with Michael from Lacey Green Academy

Kate and Michael who built BATMAN

Below third place Eskey Hairderessing



ROTAGYM is a new facility for the Wilmslow Community.

It was conceived by Wilmslow Dean Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine, who saw the need for a facility that was available for all residents, and the idea finally became a joint venture between the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean, Cheshire East Council and Wilmslow Town Council.

The Opening Ceremony

Geoff pictured here to left of Cheshire East Council Mayor Cllr Arthur Moran as he cuts the ribbon to officially open the ROTGYM. Also in the picture, President Frank and Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council

The Mayor tries it out

as does the Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council Cllr Martin Watkins along with Town Crier Rotarian Reg Lord.


This year's Show at a new venue - the Carnival Fields

We were there with the Float and two Gazebos

We displayed some of the winning scarecrows from our Scarecrow Festival, which ran for the week before the show

One of our guests - Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council with his winning prize from our fund raising Tombola

Rotarian Charlotte watching some guests checking their tickets!

President Frank, who is also Chairman of the Wilmslow Show and District Governor Eric Cowcill with another President


President Frank with Professor Ian Morison who gave us a fascinating talk on the subject of TIME


Every year we charter the Mary Sunley 2 to give residents of care homes a day out on the boat with lunch.  This time, we chartered it for members of the Rotary Club.

The crew for this cruise

Full ahead - at three knots

Coffee up front

The ladies producing lunch

A very pleasant, relaxing day


We joined with an event organised by the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle at Gawsworth Hall, where we were entertained by the Houghton Weavers

22nd AUGUST 

Our speaker today was Rotarian Charles Britnell, who recounted some of his experiences dating from the days when he was an Articled Clerk to being Deputy Head of Manchester Crown Prosecution Service

29th August

we spent the day out on the Salford Quays Canal System

Webmaster Bernard with Vice President Carol

Ready for our lunch

12th September. This evening our speaker was Terry Roeves, from the Hearing Dog for Deaf People. 

we were later joined by his wife Caroline with Hearing Dog Daphne

19th September

New Rotariam Margaret Bradley is welcomed by President Frank

10th October
Tim Boddington gave us a talk on the Macclesfield Canal

below with President Frank

24th October

Below, with President Frank, Victor Crawford who spoke on 'The History of Concorde'

Not The Beaujolais Brunch 2017

This popular annual event, with over 40 guests, was held at The Deanwater on the morning of November 4th. This year,  the presentation of the wines was given by David Wagstaff of Laithwaites Wines of Alderly Edge. Below, David being introduced by Vice President Carol.

Below, VP Carol with Asst District Governor Rosemary Boardman

David Wagstaff pours VP Carol the first sample

14th November.

Mystery Shopping was the title of the talk give by Kieth Vigurs, below with VP Carol

Remembrance Sunday 2017

The Rotary Wreath was laid by Second Vice President Paul Almond

Charter Night 2017

A Special Celebration - Our 80th Birthday

President Frank with District Governor Eric Cowcill and Newly Appointed Wilmslow Town Crier Rotarian Reg Lord

The 8oth Birthday Cake

Town Crier Reg Lord introduces the Top Table Party

District Governor Eric Cowcill, who proposed the Toast to the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean

President Frank Cutting the Birthday Cake 

The Club presented Barry Richards from the Deanwater Hotel with a gift in appreciation for his long and valued support of the club

Below L - R  Guest Speaker Prof Nigel Linge, District Governor Eric Cowcill, Town Crier Reg Lord, Mrs Dorothy McCarthy, President Frank, Asst District Governor Rosemary Boardman and Wilmslow Town Council Chairman Martin Watkins.

Prof. Nigel Linge, below giving his fascinating talk on 'The History of the Smart Phone'.



Deanwater Manager, and Honarary Member, Bary Richards acknowledges Christmas Greetings from President Frank.

Bernard Davies presents "What is the mysterious object in the sock"?

There are ten of them!

Our Ladies present an incredibly short version of "Cinderella"


Once again the club engaged in our Rotatoy project.

A Gift from a Child to a Child

Helping to load boxes ready for distribution

Above,  Wilmslow Dean Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine pictured at Christies Hospital having presented them with a wonderful collection of childrens hats, shown below, all knitted as special Christmas gifts


A wave from Santa


23rd January 2018
We again held this popular annual Burns Dinner at the Deanwater
Below President Frank McCarthy gives a welcome

Addressing the Haggis

Toasting the Haggis

The Dinner - Haggis with Tatties and Neaps

Dorothy McCarthy with a lovely performance of Scottish Music

Alderley Edge Caladonian Society entertained with a wonderful display of Scottish dancing.

Liz and Peter with the Star Raffle Prize

Before the Auld Lang Syne, in his closing remarks and thanks President Frank made special mention of the Caladonian Society and Dorothy McCarthy for their fine contribution to a splendid evening. 

Auld Lang Syne at the end of a very enjoyable evening

26th January 2018

Last year, Anita Morris, a Psychologist and Managing Director of Hack Back CIC, which uses owls as a theraputic tool, visited the Club to talk about their work with young children.  The Club decided to sponsor two sessions in local primary schools.  Several members of the Club joined Anita at Wilmslow Grange Primary  for the first of these .

Below, Murray, one of the owls who has since become famous on TV!

 January 30th 2018

Mike Pain, from North West Ambulance Service, talked about, and demonstrated the emergency procedure known as CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Rescusitation).

Below, with President Frank.

Chest  compression

Rotarian Peter Friend receiving instruction.

Food for Life

A member from the Rotary Club of Bolton visited us to request that the club takes on this year's event for the south of the region. Details to follow.


In appreciation for their support for the Rotatoy boxes .

At this meeting we were pleased to welcome some of the people who's organisations contributed to this year's project.

Pictured above with President Frank, Jennifer Limond, Governor of Ryleys Preparatory School and Olimpia Malaescu of Pepperberry Nursery, who contributed toys to Rotatoy.

Our picture below includes Francess Davis - Tagoe, our speaker from "Tree of Life" one of the many recipients of boxes from this project.

20th February

Dr Aravind Vijayaraghaven from Manchester University, gave us a fascinating insight into the new wonder material Graphene, which was discovered and being developed at the university. Below with President Frank and Asst Governor Rosemary Boardman.

                                     27th February

After a short business meeting, Mavis Britnell shared with us stories from  her very varied business life. As one of her activities, Mavis became a Beautician, and she now uses these skills at local care homes, where she raises money for charity. In the picture below, Mavis with President Frank and her husband Past President Charles.

SPEAKER MEETING  13th.March 2018

Next to President Frank is MarianBasu, President of Cheadle club
Dr. Partha Basu and our club
 Vice President Carol Parry.

The three  have recently returned from India were they helped, with other Rotarians to iimunise children against Polio.

Marian gave a splendid presentation s on this International project,  supported with screen shots and herknowledge  from this "Hands on"  experience.-----

Some  pictures follow from year 2016/17 

 Three of our Club memb

rs join with the Rotary Club of Warrington at their 100K Meal Pack event.

Here are packed boxes ready for distribution.

During the morning session, the group of Rotarians produced 50,000.



Left to right: Charlotte McCarthy, daughter of member Frank McCarthy, Mike Neal, neigbour of member Paul Almond, and Gloria Friend, wife of member Peter Friend, with President Colin.


28TH February - We were pleased to welcome speaker Mahala McGuffie
Governor of Styal Prison

Below, Tuesday 14th March, Vice President Frank with speaker John Twigg, who gave a very comprehensive appraisal of current and future developments at Manchester International Airport.

Tuesday, 28th March - Mark Conway Project Director for the joint venture consortium, and Sue Stevenson representing the client - Stockport Council, below, with Vice President Frank, gave a very detailed update on the progress of the SEMMMS relief road, which will run from Manchester International Airport to the A6 in it's present form, and hopefully extending to the M60 in the future.


Swimming for Charity

Rotarian Reg Lord blows his whistle to start the swim.

Some of our swimmers with their certificates.

Some of the organising Rotary Team


Some pictures of the surrounding buildings


The BBC studio tour.

Many well known shows are set in this fully equipped studio.

Note the props for Blue Peter.

One of the audio control desks.

 Mike Ramsden about to present the weather forecast.

A short break after an enjoyable tour, thanks to the BBC guides.

11th APRIL  

Dr. Roger Small, and Cllr David Pincombe gave a presentation of the Handforth District Plan.

2nd May, we hosted the District Annual Scholar's Dinner

Picture below L to R:  Rotary Scholar William Von Schrader from the USA, District Governor Stan Bowes, President Colin Eggleton, and Rotary Peace Fellow Sasha Davis also from the USA

Both our guests gave a presentation depicting the international work they had undertaken during their studies. William recounted his experiences in Mongolia, and Sasha hers in Ethiopia


This evening we had an illustrated talk on the history of Boat Trains in the Northwest of England, from John Hooley, ably assisted by his wife.

Final of Rotary Junior Youth Speaks Competition

Our club arranged and hosted this annual event, held at the Deanwater Hotel.

Winners: Marlborough School

Below, with the winners cup are Thomas Radnall, Erin Corcoran, Best Vote of Thanks, Isabelle D'Arcy, Best Speaker, with President Colin Eggleton and Headteacher Mrs Pollard.

This Year, we supported the Great Get Together, at our Garden Party held in Marianne's garden on a wonderful sunny summer day.

If you have found our the record of this year's activities of interest, and feel able to commit some of your spare time to community service, and would like to know more about Rotary membership, please contact Rotarian Mike Ramsden Tel 01625 535580, email: ramsden453@btinternet.com , or Rotarian Ian Bradley Tel: 01625 266761, email: ian.bradley@manchester.ac.uk

Pay us a visit at the Deanwater Hotel

Telephone Marianne Martyn on 01625 524706 email mmartyn@talktalk.net before 12 Noon on the day before the meeting for more details.


Some of last year's events 2015 - 2016

What about Wilmslow in Bloom?

The Rotary Rose Garden planted a few years ago in the Memorial Garden,

  was in full bloom for the Judges to see.

The club set up gazebos for the  light refreshments which were provided

by Hawthorn Deli.

We hope that Wilmslow Town will gain a Gold Award this year

and this wonderful display will help when the Judges make their decision. 

The rose garden has been tended by club members and we anticipate another wonderful display for 2016 shortly. 

The Rotary gardening team



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Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 22nd March 10.00

Wilmslow Swimathon

School session 2 for Wilmslow Swimathon. Contact wilmslowswimathon@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday 24th March 10.00

Monthly Gardening Working Party

Monthly Gardening Working Party at either or both the Handforth Train Station garden or Jubilee Rose Garden in Wilmslow.

Saturday 24th March 15.30

Wilmslow Swimathon

Public session 1 for Wilmslow Swimathon. Contact wilmslowswimathon@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday 25th March 17.00

Wilmslow Swimathon

Public session 2 for Wilmslow Swimathon. Contact wilmslowswimathon@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday 27th March 19.00

Meeting and Speaker (Eddie Terry, Probation Service)

Tuesday 3rd April 10.00

Visit to AVRO Museum, Woodford

Note: precise timings to be confirmed

Tuesday 3rd April 19.00

No Meeting

Tuesday 10th April 19.00

Meeting and Committees

Tuesday 17th April 19.00

Meeting and Speaker (Brian Price - A former cruise director)

Wednesday 18th April 19.30

Council Meeting at The Deanwater

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

The Deanwater Hotel
Wilmslow Road
Cheshire We meet on Tuesdays at 18:45
(No meeting following a Bank Holiday)
The Deanwater Hotel
Wilmslow Road
Cheshire SK7 1RJ  Venue: 01625 522906 (apologies to 0162 5 524706 12:00am on day of meeting)

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