Members of Gillingham Rotary wish to thank all those people who have helped with items for the Bridgewater Flood Relief fund it has been  a very worthwhile exercise.

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At the Olive Bowl on Friday 24th January 

Despite a fall in numbers and the absence of a piper due to sickness, the Burns Night celebration at the Olive Bowl was successful in raising £400 for Rotary charities.
Hambledon Hopstep Band provided the music and Nick Crump and Tim Laycock stepped in at the last minute to ‘pipe in’ the haggis.
Pearl Smith addressed the haggis in the traditional Robbie Burns style! Cliff Shean, MC for the night, (President Pat Kenyon had lost his voice!) toasted the lassies and Ann Dethick, recruited at the last minute to reply, gave a splendid poetic response.
The Haggis was presented by Mel the Chef.


Philippine Disaster Relief
Members of Gillingham Rotary collected in aid of the Philippine  Disaster Relief on Saturday 16th November They raised money for both Water Aid and Shelter box which will help those devestated people in the Philippines. In total over £2000 was raised.

The latest Rotary Programme can be accessed via this link and the Rotary activities can be followed via the following links.

February Club News

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April Club News


Wheels of Success - Charity Challenge

Two Cycling Rotarians raise just over £2500 for  Diabetes UK & Rotary Charities
On Sunday 13th October, Peter Cook and Roland Martin started a Charity
Tandem Bike Ride around part of Dorset. Over a 4 day period they raised funds for Diabetic UK and for local Gillingham charities, with a 50-50 split for these charities.
When they left the Olive Bowl at 10.15am it wasn’t long before the rain set in and they got soaked. What a great start! The first goal was to reach Winterbourne
Houghton for a B&B. They got lost looking for it and on the way the brakes failed
as they descended a hill. It turned out that the B&B was at the top of the hill they had
just come down! Roland got the short straw to push the bike. They were well
looked after at the B&B but discovered they now had a puncture! On the second day, after mending the puncture, they cycled towards Wareham and again the brakes failed. They approached The Silent Woman Pub as they thought it would be a good spot for repairs and a hot drink. Guess what - the Pub was closed on Mondays! They arrived at Wareham earlier than expected so sat and relaxed with a
hot drink alongside the River Frome . On the third day they set off from the B&B in Sandford to the next destination, Milton Abbas. This was a good journey and they again arrived a little earlier than expected. On their final day ride back to Gillingham, they started their journey in the pouring rain again, until a stop at Sturminster Newton for lunch. They got dried out in the Poet Café under the wall heater and got some funny looks! Arrival back in Gillingham was mid afternoon and Peter & Roland met up later that evening, in full kit with the bike, at the Olive
Bowl to  fantastic 'welcome back' from fellow Rotarians. The plucky duo had been pledged just over £2,500.00 and in addition hope to receive more from the gift aid. They would both like to thank every one for their kind support that made this event very memorable.

The Duck Race Held 5th October is organised in conjunction with the Town Carnival Committee and the Hot Rock Carnival Club and the proceeds are divided equally between the three organisations. This year over £700 was raised.

Race Night 8th November 2013

On the 8th November members held a Race Night when Hobby Horses raced against each other. 74 people enjoyed an excellend fun evening which raised a total of £960 which will be divided between Young Carers in Dorset and local Good Causes. Thank you to all of you who attended.

Sponsored Walk

Gillingham Rotary organised a 4k or 7k sponsored walk on the 8th September. The walk started and finished at the Town Meadow and walkers were given a choice of the following local charities to sponsor. Gillingham Scout Group, Dorset Young Carers, Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Town Meadow Development, Gillingham Primary School PTA, St Mary's Primary PTA, Wyke Primary PTA or Milton Primary PTA. To view the route follow this link. Walk Route. A total of £670 was raised and divided between the above charities as directed by the 25 walkers.


We are an organisation of over 25 volunteers who are members, men and women from Gillingham and the surrounding area. Using the menu on the left you can find out some of what we do. Over the past 12 months we have supported a number of local charities and overseas disasters. Shelter Boxes were sent to Haiti and Water Purification Boxes to Pakistan. By activities of members worldwide Rotarians Change Lives if you wish to know how or why please contact the Secretay using the contact button above and ask your questions.                  

As part of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, an organisation of more than 55,000 volunteers, men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is part of the world wide Rotary International Organisation.If you are a Rotarian visiting or new to the area and wish to pay us a visit then please make contact and we will arrange a suitable evening for you to join us when you will be made most welcome.

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 If you would like to attend a meeting of The Rotary Club of Gillingham please contact the Club Secretary by using the Contact form above. As a member of a Rotary club, you have the opportunity to give something back, to give hope to those less fortunate and to make lives worthwhile and fulfilled. You'll make firm friends as well as worthwhile business contacts; you'll learn valuable new skills and grow as a person; and you'll be sure of a warm welcome from other Rotarians around the world whenever you're on your travels.