Mountain Bike Challenge                        9 May 2015

The 2015 Dairi-Pak Mountain Bike Challenge took place on 9 May.  Based at the Community Centre at Rhiwlas in the foothills of the Berwyn mountains, just under 100 intrepid riders took part in this 23 mile off-road challenge.

On the day, over £3000 was pledged in sponsorship and the main beneficiary this year is Wales Air Ambulance.

Bikes4Africa                                            31 January 2015

About 2 years ago, Borderland Rotary organised its first Bikes4Africa collection.  42 second-hand bicycles were donated and forwarded to HM Prison Service for refurbishment before shipment to WestAfrica.   In addition, participants made a donation to cover the cost of shipment and refurbishment.

Borderland Rotary recently repeated the exercise and, on a bitterly cold Saturday morning in January, set up in the central car park in Oswestry.  A total of 40 bikes were collected on the day with the promise of several more to come.  In addition, donors contributed 245 towards the cost of shipment and refurbishment.

CHRISTMAS PARADE                            6 December 2014

Santa arrived in Oswestry on 6 December to take part in the Christmas Parade around the town.   He was accompanied by over 50 floats and walking groups, sponsored by local businesses and voluntary organisations.

In bright but chilly weather, record crowds turned out to witness the spectacle and cheer on the participants.  As always, the people of Oswestry were generous in their contributions to the street collection which will be used to support local good causes.

Our thanks also go to the town businesses and shopkeepers for their financial support.

WINNERS of the awards for the best floats:

                     Commercial category:    Lindstrand Balloons         (Alice in Wonderland)

                             Non Commercial            Hope House                       (White Christmas)

                             Youth                                  Gobowen Scouts               (Jungle Book)

                             Junior                                 Oswestry Cubs                  (3 Days of Christmas)

                            Walking                                Shlurp! Milk Shke Smoothie Bar



On 15 November a charity concert was promoted by Borderland at the Marches School.  The Very Nice Production Company royally entertained over 250 people with a variety of new and not so new songs from West End musicals. The evening raised in excess of 4000 for Rotary supported charities and local causes and our thanks go to the performers, supporters and advertisers who made this possible.

Formed in 2008 by Tracy Knowles from Oswestry, The Very Nice Production Company comprises a talented group of amateur singers, whose primary aim is to have a lot of fun while they raise money for local charities and community events by performing and entertaining.

Since their inception, The VNPC have themselves helped to raise over 20,000.

Over the past 5 years The VNPC has grown in stature and popularity, through their versatility and ability to perform everything from a short choral performance to a full 2-hour cabaret show.


Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club obtained 105 mixed tree saplings from The Woodland Trust for the purpose of planting them to commemorate the start of the First World War and the fallen.

The saplings trees were planted along a metal fence around the outside of the Shropshire Sculpture Park at The British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry and will be known as Remembrance Row.

Borderland Rotary made this a community event and included the involvement of 50 local primary school children from four schools in Oswestry. The children planted the saplings  watched by Borderland Rotarians and British Legion representatives. Once planted, a plaque was unveiled by the Oswestry Mayor then Rotarian Reverend David North from Borderland blessed the trees and said a prayer for the souls lost to the war. A lone bugler ended the proceedings by playing The Last Post.

The children were very excited running between the pre-dug holes to plant the sapling and bed them in with some compost, totally unaffected by the appalling weather that beset us.


Clive Knowles said "As the children grow in Oswestry they will be able to watch the trees grow with them". Clive also wishes Remembrance Row to be a resource over the years for schools for nature studies, field studies, measuring growth rates of the trees etc. In addition it will act as a natural corridor for birds and mammals between the other adjacent wooded areas.

SHOEBOX APPEAL                    Nov/Dec

Once again Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club is supporting the Rotary Shoebox scheme, sending hundreds of boxes full of gifts to people in Eastern Europe. The Club supplies specially made boxes to schools in the area for the pupils to fill with gifts suitable for teenagers, babies, elderly people and youngsters of their own age.

The boxes are sent to a warehouse ready for distribution across Eastern Europe and hopefully will arrive in time to put a smile on hundreds of peoples faces this Christmas. The children can include messages and pictures among the presents and decorate the boxes to make each one individual.

Last year over 300 boxes were sent to countries such as Moldova, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. They were distributed to orphanages, hospitals , disabled children and needy people.

This year, with the participation of two senior schools, Adcote and Oswestry, plus the three  primaries :- Whittington, Meadows and Holy Trinity over 200 boxes will be collected and assembled with thousands more from all around Britain.

Pictures Show, from Oswestry :- Ben Dugan, George Tomley, Laura Kendal, Fahi Beyonce.

                                                                          Nelli Liverova and  Verity Bowen.

From Whittington :-            Eva McArthur, Daisy Lewthwaite, Matthew Goodes and Emily Fearne.

From  The Meadows :-         Libby-J Ramsay, Kayleigh Roberts, Alfie Wrigley and Jack Wrigley.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)   24-29 August

33 young people attended the RYLA2014 Camp at Arthog Activity Centre from 24 to 29 August for an intensive course in leadership skills and team building.  The activities included a mixture of outdoor practical challenges, team based exercises within the centre and learning new outdoor skills such as climbing and canoeing.

In addition, each participant ended the course having made 32 new friends!

RYLA is organised by Borderland Club on behalf of District 1180.  Responsibility for outdoor activities is taken by professional instructors and Borderland members provide facilitation, support and administration.

OUR NEW PRESIDENT                              25 June

"Out with the old and in with the new!"

Wednesday, 25 June, was our 'handover' evening when President Merrick completed his year of office and our first Lady President, Linda, began hers.

The occasion was rather more formal than usual with a dinner to which partners were invitied.  The formality did not detract from the conviviality of the evening and after a splendid meal provided by the hotel. guests were entertained with the singing of Libby Glicksman and her accompanist, Dean.

At the end of the evening, President Merrick reviewed some of the highlights of the year and thanked members for their support.  He then passed over the regalia to incoming President, Linda.  In turn, President Linda invested Rotarian Stan Smith with the vice-president's medal.


The annual challenge to mountain bikers, sponsored by Dairi-Pak and organised wholly by Borderland Rotary Club took place on 10th May and was another great success for the club and especially for the main organiser, Rotarian Jonathan Jones.

Over 22 miles of tough hill country to the west of Oswestry, 121 riders started from Rhiwlas village hall.  Despite challenging weather conditions most riders managed to complete the course.

Club members, supported by St Johns Ambulance and Raynet, provided registration, catering and marshalling services to the ride which, as a sponsored event raised nearly 5,000 which will be directed to local Air Ambulance and other charities.

The club is grateful for the support of local landowners who gave access to private land for the route. There was also an easier six mile family ride for the not so tough. A complementary buffet lunch was provided for all entrants and officials who are all now looking forward to next year's event.

TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT 2014            7 March

The annual Oswestry Technology Tournament took pace at The Marches School on Friday, 7 March.

Seventeen teams, representing Marches School, Adcote School, Oswestry School and St Martins School, competed at three skill levels.  This year's project was to relocate a 'radioactive meteorite' without approaching closer than 1.5 metres.  All kinds of ingenious solutions were proposed and theeventual winners were Marches School (advanced challenge), St Martins School (Intermeniate challenge) and Marches School (foundation challenge).

The Chief Judge was Chris Lakey of Fullwood Ltd, assisted by Clive Knowles of the British Ironworks Centre.

Were are indebted to Marches School for again hosting the event and to Fullwood Ltd and the British Ironworks Centre for their sponsorship.