Latest News from Magna

All the latest news on events and happenings

1st October 2017

Our Rotary @ Haskins evening is well underway with tickets at £20 each now available.

Or you can download the flyer Haskins_2017.pdf

29th July

Our James Lapage met up with Richard and Tami today and gave them a walking tour of Southampton. Tami took some photo's as a momentum.

James with Tami...

and James with Richard, who is quite a tall guy...

27th July 2017

We had some visitors this evening. First up was President Elizabeth Carter and Rosemary Hall from RC Hedge End Breakfast Club. Then we had Richard and Tami Valentine from the RC of Boynton Beach Lantana, which is in Florida, USA. Richard and Tami were staying in the Novotel for a couple of days before joining a cruise ship to visit the Baltic. Richard & Tami are both Past Presidents and a wonderful couple, we all hope they have an excellent but, not to hectic, cruise. Our resident photographer was not at the meeting but Tami took a photo of Richard and myself exchanging Club Banners. Hopefully we might get a copy of the photo. Watch this space.

13th July 2017

We had an excellent speaker this evening. Jason Murphy is the Early Years & Youth Offending Manager at Southampton City Council. He gave us a wealth of information about his work with children & young people in Southampton. This fits in well with our plans to increase the involvment we have with schools and young people. Hopefully we can discuss doing some joint projects with his department in the near future.

We also had the pleasure of David and Mary Shaw from RC Thornton-Cleveleys in District 1190. They were on their way to holiday in the I of Wight, staying overnight at the Novotel. Typical Rotarians, full of life and a wonderful couple. 

1st July

Shoebox leaflets are now available for distribution.

29th June 2017

Handover

John Bennett receives the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from President Chris...

Tasha Smith from the Rainbow Trust receives another cheque from President Chris...

Now it's the turn of Shaun Butler to be President of Magna

17th June 2017

Our Family Week Holiday was once again extremely rewarding for both the family, and for us in Magna to see the effect the holiday has on families. This is this years family, with John B the organiser.

Mum Niki said they had never had a day out before so a week was beyond their dreams. She had never heard of Rotary before and was not sure what part we had played in their holiday.

Isn't life rewarding...

7th May 2017

We had our annual New Forest Car Run today in the wonderful sun.

We managed to raise £1500 for The Rainbow Trust.

23rd February 2017

We had the pleasure of Lily Simpson talking about the Rainbow Trust this evening. This is one of those small charities that really needs support, it's amazing what they achieve with so little help.

24th November 2016

We have a new member, goes by the name of Sam Callaway. This is him being inducted by President Chris.

30th June 2016

Once again we change Presidents, this time David is passing on to Chris Lait. This is the second time Chris has been in the hot seat!

30th June 2016

We had great pleasure in handing over £4000 to the Community Playlink.

This is the big cheque..

and this is the 'Chocolate' version... we raised the money from our Easter Egg Raffle, hence the 'chocolate'

12th May 2016

Just to prove we do have fun and we are not all 'fuddy duddy', this is when we caught out our President 100% at the Presidents Evening. Poor David did not know what was happening, but David being David, he caught on fast and really enjoyed himself...

May 2016

While we were all enjoying life James was over in India helping out at the Polio Plus project.


18th November 2015

This is the Gregg School entertaining us at our annual Rotary @ Haskins evening.

We were raising funds for Gift of Sight.

16th September 2015

Shoeboxes collected by the staff at Haskins Garden Centre in West End were very gratefully received by President David. David is flanked by Katheryn and Jess. The boxes were full but we decided they were a bit heavy for the girls.

27th August 2015

We had the privilege of Alison joining us for dinner this evening.

Alison is from the Rotary Club of Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. Here she is with some of our members. Peter, who has a protective arm around her, has worked with Alison over the years as they have similar businesses.

26th August 2015

We have changed our domain name from rotarymagna.co.uk to rotarymagna.uk so please amend any paper work as needed. 

Apart from allowing me to type less, this will save our club members a few pounds each year as these costs come out of our pockets. Which leads me into answering a question that is often asked...

In Rotary, every £ we collect goes to charity. You could say, £1 in is £1 out

5th July 2015

Handover at the Braziers.

This is outgoing President James passing the 'mantle' to President David watched in awe by...

The Magna Press were also in attendance...

It was an excellent day out with plenty of sun, wonderful food and superb hosts. So many thanks to Jon and Lizzie Brazier for letting Magna take over their house and garden for the day.

2nd July 2015

We had the priviledge of two guests from Toronto this evening. Peter and Joy stayed in Southampton a couple of days prior to going on a cruise. It was a real pleasure to meet you both. Hope you have a wonderful cruise.

22nd June 2015

The Magna Hundred and friends Fathers Day Rotary Charity Bike Ride for Prostate Cancer was a huge success.

This is some of them having a well earned refreshment stop at Beaulieu. They all made Hythe safely and then some of them decided to cycle home from there...

As well as the group in the photo, Chris Edmonds, Geraint Davies, David Hobbs and Terry Ozanne had gone ahead as they were a little faster and shorter on time.

So far we have collected £1,180 which is outstanding as our target was £500. If you would like to increase our total you can go to www.justgiving.com/magnahundred.  

2nd June 2015

To-day we  presented a 'chocolate' cheque for £3367.14 to The Elizabeth Foundation on behalf of all those who supported our Easter Egg Competition and those who just supported us.


10th May 2015

Do you remember these...

Yes, these are the 61 Easter Eggs that we circulated around Southampton to raise money for the Elizabeth Foundation.

Well, we are really pleased to say that we have been able to send a cheque for £3367.14 to the Elizabeth Foundation to help with their work supporting infants and preschool children with hearing loss, and their families.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the thousands of people who bought raffle tickets for the Easter Eggs, and those who donated money without the raffle ticket.

For more information on the Elizabeth Foundation click here for their web site.


12th March 2015

Jon, Richard and Chris entered as a Rotary team at this year's Rotary Technology Tournament held at the Crossfield Hall, Romsey. The aim was to get first hand experience of how the competition is run in anticipation of Magna joining with other Southampton Rotary Clubs in the organisation of future competitions involving Southampton Schools.

19th November 2014

A great time was had by all at our annual Rotary @ Haskins event. This year we are supporting Rose Road. More info will be up coming when the total money raised has been clarified.

The Christmas Market was a great success, we may have to enlarge it for next year.

13th November 2014

Today we presented a cheque for £2400 to Honeypot, this was raised at our 2014 Car Run in the New Forest.

The event was sponsored by Turley Associates

20th July 2014

Last Thursday(17th) our new President dragged us to an activity evening at The Countryside Education Treehouse in Beaulie. We had a sumptuous buffet, and a 60's music quiz, hence the crooning in the picture. You can see President James in the background giving his all. It's a hard life in Rotary, but hey, someone's got to do it. We also raised £1000 for Rotary Foundation.   Many thanks to James for organising a truly great evening.

22nd June 2014 - Our new President

James Lapage took over the mantle of presiding over the Rotary Club of Southampton Magna today.

Shown here with the two Davids to assist.  I'm not sure whether his outstretched arms are a plea for help, or giving forth his plans for the next 12 months... Nevertheless, we all wish him the very best for his presidents year.

11th June 2014 - Kids Out @ Paulton's Park

Rotary's raison d'etre is to be of service to the community-locally, nationally and internationally.  What better way than spending a day with 57 children from two local schools from within the city of Southampton, Forest Park, Totton and Polygon.

Some 6 Rotarians from Magna and two young adults from Irwin Mitchell accompanied the teachers and staff. To support, and accompany some of the youngsters on those exhilarating rides, especially the 'wet ones' all done without a whimper, you understand, so the 'kids' could enjoy this special day out.

Some 1600 'special children' had a great day, thanks to those who meticulously plan and coordinate the whole event.  From arranging ticket numbers, lunches, parking facilities for disabled vehicles and the many coaches that come from across Hampshire and Dorset.

It might be a lot of work, but to see those children's faces, their expressions, and their little hands using sign language to us, is what makes those few hours of fun all worthwhile.

The vast range of rides available at Paulton's allows 'kids' of all abilities the opportunity to experience the thrills and maybe spurred on by their classmates to leave their wheelchair in not wanting to miss out on a ride.  If they needed a 'buddy' on a ride there was always Rotarian James to go down that water slide again and again.

It's a real leveller of a day, in taking part you only begin to realise the complex magnitude of most of these children's lives, and the day to day issues that their parents deal with.  The patience of teachers and classroom assistances, and their understanding of each of those child's needs and the reciprocal affection they have for each other.  So our few hours amongst their midst I find is very, very rewarding.  A fellow Rotarian was left with a lump in his throat when one lad said to him "it was the best day of my life"

Thank you, Paultons Park.  Thank you to those school officials who allow the staff and children this 'time out' and whoever organised this year's lovely weather.

This is a fine example of Rotary in the Community, we all got out more in taking part than we could have ever imagined, we went home exhausted and emotionally drained, but have already pencilled in the date for next year. Hope to see you there. JBee 

7th April 2014

Over the past 25 years Magna has been carrying out Mock Interviews for 14 to 16 year olds at Schools in . This year we interviewed over 100 pupils at 3 schools, giving them practical experience of what the job interview would be like and offering advice and encouragement on honing their interview techniques.

 Teachers tell us that they see a real difference in pupils self confidence, pupils are a little more outgoing after talking to 'elders', and parents are delighted with the 'life' experience their children receive.

30th January 2014

With New Year comes new resolutions. Throughout 2014, Southampton Hospital Charity has some once in a lifetime running, cycling and one-off challenges, and even a cake sale month for those who wish to take it a bit easier.

Any support is appreciated by spreading the word about our events or by getting involved yourself. Simply contact my office for more information about any of the events

Check out our new website at www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org for more information.

Regards from Donna Parsons, Southampton Hospital Charity

 

28th January 2014

Syrian Collection

Very many thanks to all your members who volunteered to help with the Group 6 collection at Southampton's West Quay Shopping Centre last weekend to raise money to buy Shelterboxes for the Syrian Refugees. I am delighted to say the we raised a total of £1008.16 which I'm sure you will agree is a good result when seen against the background of the current economic climate and the high number of other charitable collections being carried out at this time.

Once again my sincere thanks. Best Regards, Nick Barrett 

9th January 2014

Jude Todd from New Forest Nightstop

Jude gave a very interesting talk to about 30 Rotarians last night. From starting as a volunteer, Jude now runs the New Forest Nightstop. You could feel the emotional enthusiasm she has for an obviously worthwhile career in helping young homeless teenagers in the New Forest area. If you would like to find out more for yourself go to the New Forest Nightstop web site.

2nd January 2014

Philippines - update on the good work our contribution to The Philippines Relief with the Water Survival Boxes is achieving...

The first 600 Water-Survival Boxes sent to Roxas City (one of two Government Forward Command Posts) have been distributed by the Canadian Humanity First team acting for our Rotary charity - Worldwaterworks Ltd. Following confirmation that access to clean water remains a major unmet need for many of the families displaced or affected by the typhoon a second consignment of 200 WSB's left on a flight to Manila on 18th December and reached Roxas City on Boxing Day. A further 240 boxes packed before the Christmas holidays have been provisionally held for the Philippines pending an update from Dr Daud who heads the HF team there.

A selection of photographs - courtesy of Humanity First - can be seen on the website www.worldwaterworks.org. As well as distributing our boxes the HF team has been involved in a range of other disaster response activities including weather-proofing of schools, provision of medical aid, installation of water treatment units in the larger villages. We are greatly indebted to them for their work on our behalf.

17th December 2013

Screenwash - Pics to follow

We all had a great but wet and cold session of screen washing at Sainsbury's Hedge End. Some familiar faces, some people putting notes into the bucket and some paying us not to wash their car windscreens... In the end we raised £794 of which £500 went to the voluntary services who will buy food parcels for needy families in the New Year through the Food Barn in Millbrook managed by Ian Smith. Well done to all who suffered and especially to John B who organised so well. 

 

12th December 2013

Our Christmas Party at the Novotel Hotel had a surprise guest this year, we had Polio Bear visiting to get his passport stamped. President Keith was only too pleased to help, at the bar.

21st November 2013

Haskins Garden Centre in West End, Southampton, was another great event where we raised £890 for Southampton Young Carers and The Myositis Support Group.

We also officially handed over the Rotary Wheelchair to Haskins on behalf of District 1110 Group 6. The money for the Rotary Wheelchair was raised at last years Haskins evening.

We have already booked Haskins West End for 19th November 2014. If you would like to join Rotary and Friend at Haskins, more information will be on the web soon...