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Members and guests celebrated Blackpool South Rotary Club’s 65th Charter Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool on the evening of Friday 3rd November 2017.  The evening was presided over by Club President Eric Hind.

Stanley Parr C.B.E a former Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary was a respected member of this Club and was president in 1965 and 1970. In his memory, club members decided to award a silver salver annually to a member/s who had given outstanding service to the Club and Rotary and made a significant contribution to the well-being of the Club.

The award is in the gift of the Club President for the previous year and Immediate Past President Jeff Meadows awarded the salver to President Elect Pat McCarthy and President Nominee Lesley McCarthy.

District Governor Larry Branyan carried out the presentation.

The special guest was Roger Lloyd Jones, a popular local singer and entertainer who l provided cabaret featuring "American Musical Legends" including Sinatra, Elvis and Neil Diamond.

Those attending enjoyed an excellent meal and service.

 Above: President Eric addressing the Members and Guests.

Above: Pat and Lesley receive the Stan Parr Award from District Governor Larry (Centre).

Above: Entertainer Roger Lloyd Jones.

Above: Guest and Event Photographer Peter Westhorpe in the balloons with Jean Holland.


Past President Jacqui Longden, her daughter Sarah and their friends love a party, so Jacqui’s award of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to veterans gave them a chance to have a party and then celebrate again at her investiture on Friday 22nd September at the Shire Hall in Lancaster Castle.  Jacqui was presented with her award by The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth KG, KCVO.

All her friends and Rotary Colleagues offer their heartiest congratulations to a well deserved winner and this very popular lady.


On the 2nd October our guest speaker was Honorary Member Barry McQueen.  Barry gave an interesting and entertaining talk about his life as a Town Crier including Ludlow, Birmingham, Blackpool, Virgin Trains and Boddington’s Brewery. He proudly showed off his Blackpool South Rotary Club badge having been appointed the world’s first official Rotary’s Town Crier.  


Photograph by Jacqui Longden. (note his Blackpool South Rotary Club Badge on the right shoulder of his cape). 

Above: Outgoing President Jeff Meadows (left) congratulates President Eric Hind who received the presidential chain of office.(see photo galleries in menu on top left for some more pictures)

On Monday 11th September, members and guests  listened with interest to a talk by Olive Carroll who together with her husband Alan Whelan (author of 'Empire Road) are working to build and..staff a school in Irovo in Kenya.  Olive gave a power point presentation which showed the progress they were making.


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Above: Olive with President Eric.

Blackpool South Rotary donated 5,000 crocus bulbs to Highfield Leadership Academy to promote the Purple4Polio campaign.

Pictures courtesy of Highfield Leadership Academy

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Tuesday 20th June, a beautiful summer’s evening, saw the annual croquet match between Blackpool South and Blackpool Palatine Rotary Clubs taking place at the Fylde Croquet Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool.  It was a most enjoyable evening organised by Blackpool South’s Barbara Charlton who also served the supper.

There were joint winners, Rotarian Colin Noble of the Palatine Club and Organiser Barbara.  In the true spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship, Barbara agreed that the cup should be presented to Colin.

Congratulations to Colin and well done to Barbara for organising a great evening.

Above: Some of the semi finalists battle it out.

Congratulations to Blackpool South Rotary member Cllr John Singleton JP who on the 10th May 2017 was elected as Mayor of Fylde Borough for the municipal year 2017/2018.  John's wife Mrs Geraldine Singleton MBE was appointed Mayoress. We are sure that John and Geraldine will be excellent ambassadors for Fylde Borough and give  great service.

Councillor John Singleton JP being led in for his induction.

Above: The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor John Singleton JP with his Mayoress Mrs Geraldine Singleton MBE.

On the 6th April, the artwork and presentation skills of Highfield’s young students resulted in a full page in The Gazette’s ‘Study Zone’ columns.  Our thanks go to Education Reporter Sonja Astbury and The Gazette for their support.


Above Picture courtesy of The Gazette.

Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria & Lancashire) 2017 Conference took place at Southport’s Theatre & Conference Centre during the weekend of the 10th – 12th March. The theme for the conference was ‘Be Inspired’ and there was much inspiration on show from Blackpool’s Highfield Leadership Academy students.

Ten students submitted artwork for the District Rotary Young Artist Competition in the 14 – 17 years age group. The theme was ‘Reflection’ and the judging criterion was: Imagination & style; Content and composition; and Interpretation of the theme.

All the artwork was on display in the Conference Exhibition Hall. The high standard of the artwork made judging a difficult task but it was pleasing to see that in the 14 – 17 year age category the Highfield students were once again triumphant, (having taken a District first place last year):

·        Amy Tomlinson was District Winner with her work ‘Double Reflection’.

·        Codie Cooper was Runner Up with her work ‘Reflection through a horse’s eye’.

·        Maddison Scharmann was Highly Commended for her work ‘The Black Dog’. 

All the students deserve congratulations for producing such talented work.

Above: Amy Tomlinson's winning entry 'DOUBLE REFLECTION'

Note: If you wish to see a short slide show of the 10 submissions, click on Photo Galleries above, then on 'Rotary Young Artist 2016 - 2017'.

Also appearing at the Conference was Highfield’s Head Boy & Head Girl Aiden Fairclough and Lauren Jones.  They had been selected by the District Governor to give a short presentation about their experience attending the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), at Castle Head Field Study Centre, Grange-Over-Sands last October.  RYPEN is an Outward Bound type course.  It was great experience for Lauren and Aiden who spoke during the Youth Section on the Sunday morning. They had an audience of over 200 delegates and guests including Eve Conway, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) President.  Their presentation was well received.

Also appearing on stage that morning was Guest Speaker Nicki Chapman the TV presenter.

All the young artists and the Head Boy & Head Girl were fine ambassadors for Highfield Leadership Academy and Blackpool South Rotary Club.

Above: The Sergeant at Arms going over a few things with Aiden and Lauren.

Above: Lauren and Aiden giving their presentation.

Care & Share is a Christian family & friends run faith group; which believes in the saying ""Charity begins at home"

Their facebook states, " We ask the general public to help us by donating their unwanted clothes (mens, womens, childrens, babies) bedding, curtains, bric a brac, gifts etc.  These donated goods are then sorted out and redistributed to those in need. If you have anything that you don’t want and it’s in good condition please contact us; we will pick up donated goods

All items are given free of charge”

On Monday 6th March, the founder Linda McEvilly gave a most interesting talk about her life and the inspiration which guided her to setting up this wonderful organisation.  Linda was accompanied by Secretary/Treasurer Louise Ashworth and these two ladies gave many examples of the good work they do. Contact details can befound on the leaflet below. Club members also brought clothing and goods for Care and Share.


Above: (L-R) Linda, President Jeff and Louise.

At an Awards Ceremony at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday 11th March 2017, Linda won the 'Fylde Coast Woman of the Year 2017' Award.  Congratulations to a very worthy winner from all at Blackpool South Rotary Club.

Above: Linda with the High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnett MBE DL.

The life of Robbie Burns was celebrated on Monday 23rdJanuary at Blackpool Park Golf Club when members and friends of Blackpool South Rotary Club held their Annual Burns Supper.  The Traditional Scotch Broth, Haggis and Cranachan was served and enjoyed.  The meal was delicious.

Burns Orator, Cllr Alf Clempson gave the toast to The Immortal Bard and in his inimitable animated style regaled the audience with tales of Scotland’s famous son.  Alf was accompanied by Piper Frank McQuade.

A great night was had by all and Burns would have been proud of these two former members of the Scots Guards.

Above (L-R) Burns Orator Alf Clempson, Chef Jamie and Piper Frank McQuade

On Monday16th January, two Highfield Leadership Academy students, Lauren Jones and Aiden Fairclough gave a presentation about their recent experience on a RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of  Enrichment) course. The course is highly motivational and based upon adventurous activities and team-building exercises.  It is specifically designed to develop self-belief and confidence.

The two students gave an interesting presentation and answered questions.  One comment they made was that the 'Natural World was awesome'.

Lauren and Aiden were fine ambassadors for the Academy.

They have been invited by the District Governor to give their presentation at the Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria and Lancashire) Conference being held  from the 10th - 12th March at Southport's Ramada Plaza Hotel.  They will speak during the Youth Section on the 12th March. Very well done Lauren and Aiden.

Above: Aiden and Lauren with President Jeff and some of the members and friends who attended the presentation.  On the back row - far right is John Kerr, Head of Year 11 at the Academy.

Excerpt from Houndshill Press Release:

Santa spent Saturdays at Houndshill Shopping Centre in the run-up to the big day with kind-hearted shoppers digging deep to raise £2,400 for three main local charities through its association with Rotary Blackpool South.

The charities – North West Air Ambulance, the RNLI Blackpool and North West Blood Bikes Lancashire – will each receive £600, while other local causes will also benefit from a further £600.

Houndshill became a winter wonderland last month with Santa and his elves taking up residence in a grotto following a sweet-laden sleigh ride around Blackpool town centre in an event arranged by the shopping centre, Radio Wave and Blackpool Business Improvement District.

Children were given the chance to post their letters to the North Pole while shoppers took part in a number of festive activities, as well as getting their Christmas shopping in and raising money for good causes.

This is the first year Houndshill has worked with Rotary Blackpool South to raise awareness of local causes and put something back into the community.

Jeffrey Meadows, President of Rotary South Blackpool, said: “This very big-hearted offer from the Houndshill to give the Rotarians and our friends the opportunity to collect £2,400 for our three main charities.

“It was a great parade through the centre of Blackpool and this is a great example of the Rotary working with business for the benefit of others. We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this the success it was.”

Debbs Lancelott, manager of Houndshill Shopping Centre, said: “We are always delighted to work with the Rotary and event was such a huge success again.

“It’s always a pleasure to put something back into the community and we cannot think of more worthwhile causes which do so much good for the local area.”

Above:  (L-R): Paul Darlow and Debbs Lancelott (Houndshill), Jeffrey Meadows (Rotary Blackpool South), Ian Stewart (NWAA) and Gary Eastham (NW Blood Bikes).   It was not possible for a Lifeboat representative to attend the photo call.

 Photo courtesy of Happy Creative Ltd.

Honorary member of Blackpool South Rotary Club Tony Jo of HRH Entertainments Ltd, once again brought professional entertainers to Highfield Leadership Academy to raise funds for Highfield Students to participate in Rotary Sponsored Projects.  Entertainers Matt Andrews, Nikki Miller, Lois Charlton and Johnny O’Connor who are BOND LEGACY presented a stunning 45 minute show performing many Bond classic songs.  Tony and the Team deserve the greatest of thanks

Mrs Claire Parker, the Academy’s Head of Music arranged an in-house talent competition and the finalists performed on stage, the winner being offered the chance to appear in the ‘Music for Heroes’ show produced by Tony at the Blackpool Opera House in June 2017.

Students under the guidance Mrs Larraine Barrett produced a delicious hotpot and vegetarian option, followed by scrumptious apple and pear crumble and individual Victoria sponges.

Above: BOND LEGACY (From Left) Matt Andrews, Nikki Miller, Lois Charlton and Johnny O'Connor.

Above: El Presidente Jeff shares a joke with Tony Jo.


Above: Head of  Music Claire Parker in discussion with Deputy Principal Chris Wardle.

Photography by Peter Westhorpe.

For slide show click on 'Photo Galleries' above then on 'BOND LEGACY'.  

On the 18th November 2016, we celebrated our 64th Charter Dinner at the Blackpool Park Golf Club. District Governor Malcolm Baldwin and his wife Jacquie attended. It was a most enjoyable evening with excellent food and service from the catering and bar team.  Our guest vocalist was Suzanna Fox, a delightful and talented local vocalist.  The Stanley Parr Silver Salver for the club member who the ‘went the extra mile’ was awarded to Past President Jacqui Longden.  Jacqui was on holiday in Las Vegas and the Salver was presented to her on her return.

Above: District Governor Malcolm Baldwin and Blackpool South President Jeff Meadows - former work colleagues and now Rotary colleagues 

Above: Vocalist Suzanna Fox. 

Above: Immediate Past President Barbara (right) presenting Past President Jacqui Longden with the Stan Parr Silver Salver on Jacqui's return from holiday. 

To view a slide show of the evening, click on ‘photo galleries’ above and then click on ’CHARTER DINNER 2016’.  Many thanks to our photographer Peter Westhorpe.

Above: Highfield Humanities College.

Blackpool South Rotary Members are fundraising and joining Santa Claus in the Houndshill Shopping Centre on every Saturday in December and for every day in the week commencing Monday 19th up to and including Christmas Eve.  Santa can be seen between 10am and 4pm each day. Rotary Club Members assisted by representatives of the main charities and friends will be collecting.  The main charities we are supporting are the North West Air Ambulance, RNLI (Blackpool), Blood Bikes and of course not forgetting local worthy causes.

We very much appreciate the invitation to collect in this major shopping Centre and would like to thank Centre Manager Debbs and her team for the splendid throne and backdrop in the main mall.  It is an absolute pleasure working with the Houndshill Team.

Santa had a great Parade on the 3rd December on the Musical Santa Sleigh travelled along Victoria Street and Bank Hey Street before alighting to take his place on the throne.  He was greeted by many happy children who each received a bag of chocolates courtesy of the Centre.   Radio Wave was represented on the parade.


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Above: Santa's Sleigh.

Above: Santa on Parade.

Above: Centre Manager Debbs getting close up with Santa.  What did she want for her Christmas present?

Above: The Perfume Shop team descended on Santa as he was about to leave at 4pm on Christmas Eve.  It was a fragrant moment. In the true spirit of Christmas they invited a member of the maintenance team to join them.

Above: Norma and Simon from the security team.  We very much appreciate the support and assistance the team gave us.

ABOVE: Sergeant Kirstie Whyatt had been a good girl so Santa gave her a bag of cocolate coins.

Above: The backdrop to Santa's throne designed by Happy-Creative. Blackpool Marketing & Brand Agency.

For a slide show visit the Home Page, click on 'Photo Galleries' then click on 'Santa visits the Houndshill Centre, Blackpool'. 

Above:  Our members can tackle anything!  Darling Elaine dealing with the Winnipeg winter.


On Sunday 18th December 2016, Blackpool South Rotary Club Members arranged for Santa to visit the Bugs 2Butterflies Christmas Party at Bloomfield Road Football Stadium. The many children present were thrilled to see Santa and receive their presents. Bugs2 Butterflies provides educational, recreational and leisure activities to young people aged 4 – 16 years living primarily in deprived areas of Blackpool and surrounding area. They give the young people help and support, develop skills and capabilities enabling them to participate in society as mature responsible adults.

Above: Santa waving to the children at the Bugs2Butterflies Christmas Party.      

Photography by Kathy Meadows.

Friends gathered at the Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool for a 45th Anniversary Celebration Commemorative Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 23rd August 2016.  On this day, in 1971, Gerry Richardson a Superintendent in the Lancashire Constabulary was shot and murdered by armed robbers.  They had just carried out a raid on a Blackpool Town Centre Jewellery Store.

In 1974, Gerry’s Rotarian colleagues from Blackpool North Rotary Club set up the Trust.  The Trust remains active and since its inception has assisted over 18,000 young people and disbursed well over £250,000 in grants.

The Guest Speaker was Michael Barton QPM the Chief Constable of Durham who had previously served in Blackpool.  Lancashire’s Chief Constable Steve Finnigan CBE QPM was also present.

Above: Gerry's light still burns brightly.

Above: Chief Constable Michael Barton our Guest Speaker.

Above: Singer Jess Jones with Master of Ceremonies Tony Jo.

(Photography by John Singleton JP)  See Photo Galleries above for a slide show.

Webmaster Jeff and his wife Kathy were among guests at the VIP Launch of the New Generation Harry Ramsden’s at Blackpool Tower on the evening Monday 25th July.

Jeff is Chairman of the Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust which was set up in 1974 by Gerry’s Rotarian colleagues in Blackpool North Rotary to perpetuate his memory.  Gerry, who was passionate about youth work, was a 38 year old Lancashire Constabulary Superintendent who was killed by armed robbers following a raid at Blackpool Town Centre jewellers on the 23rdAugust 1971.  The Trust has helped over 18,000 young people and disbursed well over £250,000 since it was set up.

Thank you to Harry Ramsden’s for a spectacular evening and a very big thank for being such great supporters of Gerry’s Trust.    Thank you Harry Ramsden’s, your support helps us to keep Gerry’s legacy alive.

Picture: We get some tough jobs!

The 4th July saw the change-over of presidents at Blackpool South Rotary Club at their meeting at Blackpool Park Golf Club.  The outgoing president Barbara Charlton’s duty was to welcome the incoming president Jeff Meadows and hand over the chain of office.  Custom dictates that the chain of office is actually placed so it rests on the recipient’s shoulders.  Barbara is considerably smaller than Jeff and had difficulty in placing the chain over his head.  Being a friendly club, Jeff thought he would make it easier for Barbara by sitting down much to the amusement of those present.  The task was completed and as can be seen, by the time Jeff stood up he was properly dressed.

(Photography by Barry Birch)

Congratulations to the students from Highfield Humanities College (now Highfield Leadership Academy) for submitting some outstanding artwork for the Rotary Young Artist 2015 - 2016 Competition. 

Above:  The ten winning students: (From Left to Right) Elisha Daniels; Hannah Lally; Lucy Flynn; Codie Cooper; Cassandra Casey; Elle Humphries; Lauren Tucker; Jay Hooper; Tommy Wright; Freya Pugh.

To read more about their achievement, click on 'photo galleries' above - then on ROTARY YOUNG ARTIST 2015 - 2016 where you will be able to read a summary and see a slide show .

On Friday 6th May 2016, there was a very special event at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green.  Over 100 children took part in the 23rd Annual Special Schools Music Festival. Those lucky enough to be present were treated to these talented children singing, even signing and dancing as they embraced many aspects of musical genre.  Some of the dancing was most energetic.

The Festival was organised by The Trustees of the Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust which was set up in 1974 by members of Blackpool North Rotary Club to perpetuate fellow club member Gerry’s memory.

In his capacity as Chairman of the Trustees, your webmaster truly entered into the spirit of the Festival by posing with two chipmunks. Well he'll pose with anyone!  And Chuck and Charlie are nice guys.


Photo courtesy of Radio Wave.

  You can see more photographs on the Radio Wave website  Just look on their photo gallery.

Click on 'photo galleries' above, then click on SPECIAL SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 (top left hand)  for a short slide show.

Members and Guests gathered at the Blackpool Park Golf Club on the evening of Monday 25thApril 2016 to celebrate St George, our English Patron Saint.  Following a delicious three course meal, President Elect Jeff Meadows then told the story of St George, explaining who he was and how he came to be England’s Patron Saint. 

In view of the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the Loyal Toast was accompanied by the singing of the National Anthem, including verse two.

Music Man Dave Miller provided the music and ensured that the evening finished off with rousing renditions of English songs.

Above: There was some great singing and flag waving.

Above: Our Parisian member Danielle shows her support for St George

(Photography by Jeff Meadows and Barry Birch.)

Click on 'Photo Galleries' above then ST GEORGE'S DAY EVENT for slide show of the evening.


On the evening of Monday 25th January 2016, Blackpool South Rotary Club members and guests celebrated the life and achievements of Robbie Buns at the annual Burns Supper.

The Address to the Haggis was given by Alf Clempson, an imposing figure in his traditional dress and a fine Orator.  Alf also recited other Burns poems and gave his interesting account of the true Robbie Burns.  His good friend Dougie Hall, a great accordionist entertained in style.

These two top performers, together with the Blackpool Park Golf Club catering team who served up some delicious Scottish Fayre made for a most enjoyable evening.

President Barbara hosted the evening.

Above: President Barbara.

Above: Alf Clempson (left) and Dougie Hall.  Two top performers.

Click on 'Photo Galleries' above, then click on 'BURNS NIGHT - 2016' for a slide show of the evening.

The lead Rotarian for Lancashire & Cumbria is District Governor Arthur Jones. On the 4th January, DG Arthur was the first speaker for Blackpool South Rotary Club in 2016. He spoke to members about the challenges for Rotary in the future.  More importantly, he opened himself up to questions from members and did not evade any questions and answered in a forthright manner.  Well he is a Lancastrian!

Arthur is different from other District Governors we have encountered.  He will sport the official Rotary regalia but he is comfortable in leathers because this District Governor is a biker!

Arthur would have found a small but happy band of fun loving Rotarians at Blackpool South.  Members were pleased to welcome our District Governor and were most appreciative of his visit.

One of our members, Darling Elaine Fossett was away and was so sorry she could not be there, not that she would have given up her holiday in a luxurious villa on the Caribbean island of Mustique (famous for Pirates!).  

Nevertheless, she wanted to send District Governor Arthur greetings and wish him and his family a Healthy and Happy New Year and all success during his tenure of office.

Above:  Darling Elaine in elegant pose on the flight out and as a female pirate at the New Year’s Eve Pirate Party toasts DG Arthur and Rotary.  This lady may have performed in circuses but you will not catch her on a pillion!


Blackpool South Rotary Club Honorary Member and Town Crier enjoys a challenge.  The weekend of the 28th and 29th November 2015 saw him on duty at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham as the Birmingham International Tattoo Town Crier.  Barry opened the Tattoo before a capacity crowd of 20,000.

This was Barry’s 20th year as Birmingham International Tattoo Town Crier.  He is thrilled to be invited to participate in such a prestigious and spectacular event.

We are grateful to the Birmingham International Tattoo for permitting us to reproduce Barry’s photo and details from the Official 2015 Souvenir Programme.

On Tuesday 22nd December 2015, the Blackpool South Rotary Club team asked Santa Claus to visit the Tesco Extra Store at Clifton Retail Park, Blackpool.  Of course at this time of the year, Santa is very busy sorting out presents for the children but he took time out from his busy work schedule and visited the store.  He brought much joy not only to the children but to the grown-ups as well.

We would like to thank TESCO for their support and cooperation in permitting a collection for charities and worthy causes during Santa’s visit.Our collections on the 18th and 22nd December raised just short of £500.  Thank you to all Tesco's very generous customers for contributing this significant amount.

The Blackpool South Rotary Club Team wish our all our viewers, friends and their families a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Above: Blackpool South Rotary Treasurer Ron Greenhough gets close to see if Santa has any advice for him.

Above: Blackpool South Rotary Club President Barbara Charlton sported a Christmas Pudding jumper and gave Santa a cuddle. Santa likes his cuddles.

On the evening of Friday 20th November 2015, President Barbara Charlton hosted the Club’s 63rd Charter Night Dinner.  It was a windy and cold night outside but inside the Carousel Hotel, New South Promenade, Blackpool there was a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal and those attending enjoyed some great entertainment from two superb singers Ann Cookson and Peter Baldwin who perform as the duo ‘Classical Sound’. 

The District Governor was excellently represented by Assistant Governor Cyril Wildon who attended with his wife Carol.

We are most grateful to all our friends who supported President Barbara for what was a great Birthday party for our small but lively club.

Above: President Barbara Charlton (third right) with her Top Table Guests who are from left: President Gary Pretty (Palatine Rotary Club), Mrs Carol Wildon, Assistant District Governor Cyril Wildon, President Brian Walker (Blackpool Rotary Club) and Mrs Daphne Walker.

Every year the President of the previous Rotary year (Immediate Past President) which ended on the 30th June, decides which member of Blackpool South Rotary should receive the Stanley Parr Trophy.  This prestigious award is made to the Rotarian who in the opinion of the Immediate Past President (i.e. Ron Greenhough) has made an outstanding contribution to the Club and Rotary during their presidential year.  Ron decided to award the Trophy to Secretary and Past President Anne Hind and Past President Eric Hind.  This was a very popular decision and we send the heartiest congratulation to two very hard working and committed Rotarians.  On hand to present the Trophy to Eric and Anne was former Rotarian and Past President of South Ribble Rotary Club Ian Parr, son of Stanley Parr, a former well respected member of Blackpool South Rotary.

Above (from left): Immediate Past President Ron Greenhough, Secretary & Past President Anne Hind, Past President Eric Hind and Ian Parr.

To hear CLASSIC SOUND perform their version of the popular Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion song 'The Prayer' just google 'Classic Sound - The Prayer on Vimeo'.

If you have the stamina to view a 50 image slideshow, click on ‘Photo  Galleries’ at the top of this Home Page and then click on CHARTER DINNER 2015.  We are very grateful to your webmaster’s personal guest Peter Westhorpe, who performed the duty of photographer for the event.


Blackpool South values its relationship with Highfield Humanities College who produced a Rotary Dedicated Wall on ground floor of the main entrance and gallery area. (See Below).

Blackpool South Honorary Member Tony Jo is a comedian and theatrical producer.  He visited the College and was very impressed with the £22 million building and the pupils and he decided to help to raise funds for Highfield Students to participate in Rotary Sponsored Projects.

Tony was producing the 2015 summer seasons shows for the North Pier, Blackpool.  In May 2015, he produced a professional show at the College called ‘That’s Entertainment’.  All the entertainers were appearing at the North Pier that season and the star of the show was the legendary comedian Johnnie Casson.

The show raised sufficient funds to send two Highfield students, Liam Chow and Max Eldershaw to RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) in October 2015. This is an Outward Bound type Course.

The two students gave a presentation to members and guests at a Blackpool South Rotary Club meeting on Monday 16th November 2015.  The new headteacher Mrs Lynette Norris (formerly headteacher of The Whitehaven Academy) attended the meeting and she was impressed with the presentation by Liam and Max who were fine ambassadors for the College and Rotary.


      Above: Max Eldershaw (left), Dave Elphick – RYPEN Course Leader and Liam Chow. 

      Dave Elphick was a former teacher at Highfield Humanities College.

Above: Tony Jo with Max and Liam.

CLICK ON ‘Photo Galleries’ above, then RYPEN – 2015 for a short slide sh

French Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, "Commitment is an act, not a word". 

In the ‘The Rotarian’ magazine in June 1951, Rotarian John R Callum of Norfolk, Virginia wrote a letter headed “How not to be a good Rotarian”.  His comments were both humorous and barbed.  One of his comments was, “Don’t bother about getting new members, let the secretary do it”.  When we join Rotary we all commit to Rotary's guiding principles. Of course, we do have to adapt to the changing circumstances of individual clubs but whether a large club or small club such as Blackpool South we can and do give commitment.

The subject of commitment was brought to mind when your webmaster saw the picture below of his great grandson Dylan.  Sammy Davis Jr said, “You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear”. Dylan is certainly giving his full commitment and this boy has no fear!  Oh for the commitment and energy of the young.

On the 14th September a top sporting event graced the bowling-greens at Stanley Park, Blackpool.  A match took place between Blackpool Palatine and Blackpool South Rotary clubs.  In a tightly fought contest, Palatine claimed the ‘crown’.  The Blackpool South team were very gracious in not challenging Palatine for playing a ringer!  However, Palatine guest Colin Brown was an exceptionally talented bowler.  In the true spirit of Rotary, Blackpool South offer heartiest congratulations to Blackpool Palatine.

Everyone then adjourned to Blackpool Park Golf Club for an excellent meal and a good chat between friends. It was a night of fun and good fellowship.

Above: Blackpool South Secretary Anne Hind delivers a bowl with great accuracy watched by team mate Trevor Bennett (blue sweater) and opponents Colin Brown and Colin Noble (brown sweater).

Above: Palatine team members Brian Rogers (navy blue sweater) and Jack Cowpe (green anorak) discuss tactics whilst opponents Eric Hind and guest Marjorie Hayward wait patiently.

Above: Blackpool South President Barbara Charlton chats with team supporter Darling Elaine Fossett.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Amy's experience in Borneo

On Monday 21st September, our speaker was Amy Cartmell.  Amy spoke about her recent experience on a Raleigh Expedition to Borneo.

Amy applied whilst at Blackpool & Fylde College but now attends UCLAN.

According to Raleigh International’s website, In the Sabah region of Malaysian Borneo, our work focuses on providing access to safe water and sanitation, building resilient communities, and contributing to biodiversity conservation, protection and research”, the latter being Amy’s project.  

Amy had to raise over £1,000 for the trip.  Through Blackpool South Rotary, she was put in touch with The Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust who gave her a grant of £250 and she had attended to express her appreciation to all who had supported her, enabling her to experience this ‘once in a lifetime’ trip.

She gave an excellent presentation and members and guests, (who included trustees from the Gerry Richardson Trust), were most impressed.  She is an excellent ambassador for young people and there is little doubt that the experience has given her confidence and will stand her in good stead for whatever path she chooses.

Above: Amy Cartmell.

Top  Row:  Left: Amy aiming high; Right: They had to build these hammocks from scratch.

Bottom Row: Was this an accommodation shortage!

Above: THE GOOD A colourful rufous-backed Kingfisher.

Above: They are certainly tame birds.

Above: THE BAD AND THE UGLY - An unwelcome guest, found next to Amy's bed.


Above: Jumping for Joy

There was a happy occasion on the evening of Monday 6th July at Blackpool Park Golf Club when Rotarian Barbara Charlton was installed at President of Blackpool South Rotary Club for the next 12 months.

The outgoing President, Ron Greenhough handed over the presidential chain and wished Barbara all success.  In reply, Barbara thanked Ron for guiding the club through the last 12 months.

Yorkshire lass Barbara joined the Nursing Profession at the age of 17 years and had a varied career.  She became a lecturer in ‘Health and Nursing Studies’ at Preston Polytechnic remaining there when it became UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire).  She left lecturing in 1999, and after a 12 month break took employment locally as a District Nursing Sister eventually retiring in 2010.

Barbara has given great service to the Nursing Profession and in her retirement has continued to give service embracing Rotary’s guiding principle which is, “Service Above Self”.   She was clearly thrilled and honoured to lead a very laid back and fun filled club which, although small in numbers continues to give great service, locally, nationally and internationally.

Above: Immediate Past President Ron hands over the presidential chain to President Barbara.

Above: Is this an emulation of Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson's famous 'Brief Encounter'!

Check the 'Photo Galleries' for more pictures. See 'President Barbara takes over'.

President Ron meets Our Gracious Queen.

In his role as The Deputy Mayor of Wyre Borough Council, our own President Ron met Queen Elizabeth II.   The meeting took place on Friday 29th May 2015, the occasion being Her Majesty’s visit to Myerscough College, Saint Michael's Road, Bilsborrow.

Ron was so thrilled to meet the Duke of Lancaster, and we are sure that when in the future, he proposes the Loyal Toast, it will bring back this very special memory.

Former Blackpool Borough Councillor Val Haynes, was privileged to undertake the office of Mayor of Blackpool for 2014 -2015.  On the 20th July, Val visited Blackpool South Rotary Club and gave a most interesting and enjoyable talk about her Mayoralty. Whilst having a most enjoyable year it became clear that Val and her husband Alan who was her Consort, were most committed to their duties and carried out many engagements.

Members and Guests were invited to ask questions which Val dealt with admirably.  Those present were left feeling that in Val and Alan, Blackpool had two great ambassadors.

Above: President Barbara Charlton (left) and former Blackpool Mayor Val Haynes.

The weather was kind to President Barbara on the afternoon of Sunday 16th August when she hosted her ‘President at Home’ get-together for members and spouses.  The sun shone and those attending were able to chat and socialise on a pleasant summery afternoon.

Barbara also served a delicious buffet with a choice of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. She also introduced a charity game, when for a donation, the player had to guess the name of a toy she displayed.  There was a bear, whose name was taken from a popular children’s comic/book of yesteryear; an elephant from Liverpool, and a Penguin.  Few clues were given but Jacqui Longden successfully named the elephant ‘Scouse’.  There were other claims which were discounted. No one guessed the name of the bear ‘Toby Twirl’, or the Penguin ‘Cyril’, who was named after Barbara’s late husband.  Apparently Cyril had received a birthday card with many penguins illustrated, one of whom was called “Cyril”.  It was the type of quiz that could only be devised by a Yorkshire lass but no one was stressed and the money collected went into the club's charity account.

It was a most enjoyable afternoon.  Well Done Madam President.

Top: President Barbara ready to serve the buffet.  The tastiest of desserts were under the white cover on the right.

Bottom: Barbara with Toby Twirl, Cyril & Scouse.

On a glorious summer evening (yes we have had one!), members and friends met at Fleetwood Promenade Crazy Golf Course.  The course certainly lived it to its name ‘crazy’.  There were plenty of laughs and some very high scores, which actually worked in favour of those whose efforts to get a ‘hole in one’ were frustrated.  The President (being a Yorkshire lass!) awarded the top prize to Secretary Anne who scored the most points!

We also welcomed friends of Anne and Eric Hind, Christian and Maggie from France. Perhaps Christian will stick to Boules in the future!

It was an excellent occasion and thanks must go to President Barbara for organising the event.  The evening finished off with a fish and chip supper at the award winning Pisces Restaurant in Fleetwood.

Unfortunately, the webmaster’s sister-in-law Rose fell whilst playing and fractured her left wrist.  We all wish Rose a speedy recovery.

Above:  Trevor may well enjoy a game of snooker but this was crazy golf.

Visit 'Photo Galleries' for a short slide show.  (Main picture and slide show pictures courtesy of Trevor Bennett)

Above: Our Crazy Golf Casualty Rose Beard.

A Lancashire Night was held at St Kentigern's Parish Centre, Blackpool on the evening of Friday 6th March 2015 to raise funds for The Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust, a Trust set up by the former Blackpool North Rotary Club.

Superintendent Gerald Richardson GC, who at 38 years of age, was murdered, having been shot by armed robbers following a raid at a Blackpool Town Centre jewellery shop on the 23rd August 1971.  At the time of his death Gerry was an active member of Blackpool North Rotary Club.  He was passionate about helping young people.

TO SEE A SLIDE SHOW OF THE EVENING - Go to Photo Galleries at the top of the Home Page and you will see the picture of Gerry - just click on the title and enjoy the short slide show.

Blackpool South Member Ken Parkinson PHF is a retired Heraldic and Hand Engraver and has not let his retirement stop him from using his skills to promote Rotary. 

When members at Blackpool South decided it was time for a new club pennant, Ken volunteered to produce a design. He consulted with members at various stages of the design and he produced an exceptional piece of work.  It was even more remarkable in that all the art work was done by hand.  Ken is a true craftsman and does not use a computer.

Ken should be congratulated for still promoting Rotary at the grand old age of 82.

Members and guests were privileged to hear a presentation on the 9th February from members of the Windmill Youth Group.  The group was founded in 1978 by Stuart Sykes MBE and almost 40 years on, with the help of volunteer leaders and support from Business and the Community, young people aged from 13 to 25 years of age are still inspired to follow their dreams.

A check on the group’s website reveals that:

The Group specialises in creating future team leaders and managers in Commerce, World Affairs, The State Sector and Voluntary Bodies. We are not interested in how academic you are. We are just interested in you as a person. We involve ANY young person.  If you have a Spark, we will bring it to Life”.  The members are not charged any membership fee but are expected to raise their own funds for the various projects they undertake.

Three young members, Sam Taylor (Youth Group Chairman) 17 years, Lauren Kenyon 14 years and Jacob Trainor 18 years, gave a most interesting talk.  The youngsters were the main presenters with additional comment from Stuart and Leader Pat Appleton. 

Former American President John F Kennedy said, “We must do all that we can, to give our children the best in education and social upbringing – for while they are the youth of today, they shall be the leaders of tomorrow.”   The Windmill Youth Group has certainly embraced that philosophy.

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From Left: Sam Taylor, Lauren Kenyon and Jacob Trainor.

Above: Windmillers are to spend a 'Dark Vigil' in a cave to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Research.

Above: Windmillers visited patients in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Chrristmas Day morning 2014.


The annual Special Schools Music Festival took place in the Woodland Suite at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, on Friday 8th May 2015.

The stars of the show were the wonderful pupils of the six special schools in Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde Boroughs.

Joining the children to ensure that they enjoyed themselves were Bloomfield Bear and Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen.  Barry delighted the children and audience with his rendition of the Post Horn Gallop, played to perfection on his post horn.

Above: Chairman Jeff Meadows is joined by Bloomfield Bear and Town Crier Barry McQueen to welcome everyone and open the 2015 Music Festival.


(Thanks to Derek Spence of The Blackpool Football Club Communty Trust for taking the photographs)

You would expect to find the stars of the 2015 North Pier Summer Season Shows appearing on stage at the famous North Pier Theatre, Blackpool.  But for one night only members of the public could see the same stars treading the boards at Highfield Humanities College, Blackpool.

Theatrical Producer & Blackpool South Rotary Club Honorary Member Tony Jo produced the show ‘THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT in the theatre of this stunning state of the art school building.

Tony was producing and directing this professional show starring top class performers from his North Pier Summer Season Shows to raise funds for Highfield Students to participate in Rotary Sponsored Projects.  The activities supported by Blackpool South Rotary Club can be seen on the Rotary Wall in the magnificent main entrance hall (see photos at bottom of Home Page).

Photo Above: The Queen Medley Group take a bow.

Tony invited Highfield students to open the show and they performed a Queen medley which was received with rapturous applause.  The students appeared with their music teacher Mrs Claire Parker supported by Extended School Coordinator and Aztex Theatre School Director Mark Dufour.  Tony was so impressed that he has invited the students to open one of his Summer Season Shows at an evening to be arranged, an offer which was met with much excitement.

Photo Above: The Queen Medley Group.

A post show buffet was being served and during the preparation, Tony visited the school kitchen where he was delighted to see seven young students under the watchful eye of Mrs Laraine Barrett, Food Technology Teacher, preparing what turned out to be a scrumptious buffet.  After some very tasty hors-d'oeuvre, the main course included beef and chicken lasagne, stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon and vegetarian dishes.  There was also a selection of tempting desserts.   The students not only cooked the meal but were present to serve the guests. As any top chef would do, one of the young boys was seen testing the lasagne with spoon of ample size!

Photo Below: The students who prepared the scrumptious buffet with Tony Jo and Mrs Barrett.

Photo Above:  The students serve the buffet they cooked.


(Photography by Peter Westhorpe and Jeff Meadows)

Blackpool South Rotary Club are very pleased to be involved with Highfield Humanities College.  Currently the school take part in RYPEN (See below), Rotary's YOUNG WRITER and YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER competitions. To recognise this association, the College has a dedicated Rotary Wall.

Photo: Courtesy of Highfield Humanities College.