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News updated on 20th July 2017
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20th July 2017 - Talk to the Club by Ronald McDonald House Charities

On Tuesday 18th July the club was given a presentation about the Ronald McDonald House Charities which included an explaination of the work done at the nearest House in Southampton.

The Charity provides a free "away from home" accommodation at specialist children's hospitals across the UK, enabling families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of mormal family life.

Our president Ken Armstrong presents a cheque to the ladies from Ronald McDonald House in Southampton.

If you want to learn more about the charity or make a donation then please visit the website via the link below.

20th June 2017 - Presentation to the Club by Nick Butter

On Tuesday 20th June Nick Butter, Cranborne born Endurance Athlete and Ultra Runner, gave a presentation to the club where he shared some of his experiences as an ultra runner and charity fundraiser as well as sharing his next big fundraising project - "Run the World".  Nick is planning to run 196 marathons in 196 countries in 550 days (and set up a few world records on the way) in order to raise £250m for Prostrate Cancer.

We were pleased to make a donation to his cause and Nick agreed to come back later in the year to let us know how he is progressing.

If you want to learn more about Nick and his fundraising or make a donation then please visit his website.

6th June 2017 -Presentation to Naomi House & Jack's Place

On Monday 19th June President Ian and his wife Pat presented a cheque to Naomi House and Jack's Place.

This was Ian's chosen charity for the year and there have been a number of activities over the last 12 months to support this organisation.

This was started off in June last year when Ian completed a sponsored walk from Winchester to Salisbury Cathedrals as part of a fundraising activity organised by NHAJP.  This was then followed up with a Murder Mystery fundraising event organised by Sandra Grove in November 2016 and finally the annual Swing Band dance run in March 2017.  In total Ian and the club have donated a total of just over £3200 to this worthy cause.

The photo shows the latest cheque being presented to Sarah Hudson (no relation, honestly!) by Ian and his wife Pat.

6th June 2017 -Presentation to Don McMath Foundation

On Sunday 28th May 2017 members of the club attended the annual barbeque in aid of the McMath Foundation organised by Mike and Judy McMath.

Our Internation chairperson, Clive Grove, Is pictured here handing over a cheque for £524 from Verwood Rotary to Judy McMath to support the education of a number of pupils for the year ahead.

As shared earlier the McMath Foundation supports the runnig of a school for children in the Gambia (see link for futher details as to what they do.

4th April 2017 - And then there were 4.

We are pleased to share that another new member joined Verwood Rotary Club at the meeting on 4th April.  This now takes the total of new members joining the club this year to 4.

We welcome Mike Armstrong, who has recently moved to the area, into the club and hope that he enjoys his involvement for many years to come. 

4th April 2017 - Presentation on behalf of the Don McMath Foundation 

At our latest meeting members & guests were entertained by Mick and Judy McMath who gave a talk regarding the status of the Don McMath Foundation.

The Foundation is a not for profit organisation set up to provide schooling for children in the Gambia.

As well as sharing the progress of some of the pupils Mick also give a unique insight into some of the challenges the school has faced over the last few months due to the political uncertainties within Gambia.

 Verwood Rotary club has been a supporter of this charity for many years and continues to sponsor a number of children who attend the school for the life of their education.

 If you wish to learn more about this charity then please visit the website by following the link below

Link to the Don McMath Foundation

21st February 2017 - Presentation by Ambassador from Naomi House and Jack's Place 

On Tuesday 21st February the club was given a presentation by Helen Talbot, an ambassador from Naomi House and Jack's Place, which is the choosen charity of this year's club president.  We were pleased to be able to hand over a cheque for £1,000 to support this cause.

These funds were raised from a "Murder Mystery" evening which was organised by local council Sandra Grove along with a team of willing helpers which included ladies from the Verwood Townwomen's guild.  We were pleased to be joined by Sandra plus 2 ladies for the Townwomen''s guild, Carol Sheldon-Couch and Margaret Wright for the evening.

Click here for a couple more photos from the evening

Click here for some photos from the Murder Mystery evening on November 2016

 18th February 2017 - Verwood Rotary present SOUNDBEAM equipment to Verwood Day Centre 

On Wednesday 15th February members of the Rotary Club of Verwood visited the Verwood Day Centre in order for the staff and clients to demonstrate the SOUNDBEAM equipment that Verwood Rotary Club donated to the centre. As well as demonstrating the equipment the centre kept the Rotary members well entertained with singing, home made cakes plus tea and coffee as well as demonstrating the work that they do at the centre and presenting a thank you card.
The Soundbeam is a musical instrument which uses motion sensors and switches to translate body motion into sound and can be used by individuals with all levels of learning difficulties to create music.
Thanks to Sue and Rachel at the centre for making us so welcome and for the work that Vern Harris and Ian Warburton did for working with the Day centre and the supplier to make this happen. Also in attendance from the Rotary Club were Ian Hudson (president), John Wadge, Peter Strugnell and Vern Harris.

Click here for further photos of the day

16th January 2016- Tickets go on Sale for the Annual Swing Band Dance 

I am pleased to announce that Tickets are now on sale for the Swing Band Dance to take place on Saturday 18th March at the Verwood Memorial.

Please click on the link below to go to the specific page where you can see all the details for this event.

to get to the Swing Band Dance page click here.

4th December 2016 - And another new member joins 

I am pleased to share that we have made it "3 in 3" this month i.e. we have now had 3 new members in the last 3 months.

Our latest member, Martin Geary, was inducted at the club meeting of Tuesday 4th December.

We welcome Martin to the club and look forward to his participation and contribution in the future.

 22nd November 2016 - Rustic Handout Evening 

On the evening of Tuesday 22nd November 2016 the Rotary Club of Verwood handed out over £11,000 in donations collected from the August Bank holiday Rustic Fayre (held at Potterne Park) to local good causes and charities.  The event was held at the the Memorial Hall in Verwood and was presided over by Vern "Rusty" Harris and president Ian Hudson.

As is usual the event was well supported by members of the Rotary Club of Verwood plus representitives from the various good causes and charities that received donations.  All participants were refreshed with wine and nibbles throughout the evening.

We would like to thank all those present (and those who couldn't make it) for continuing to help support the Rustic fayre across the year.

Please click here to see some photos from the evening.

 5th November 2016 - Murder at the Memorial Hall !

On Saturday 5th November 120 people were brought together at Verwood Memorial Hall to help solve a murder!.
The murder / mystery evening was organised by Sandra Groves and her team of helpers who not only planned the event but also prepared and served a 4 course meal during the evening.
The murder and investigation was enacted with great aplomb by Verwood Town Women's Guild who had us all guessing who could possibly the murderer.
All procedes from the event will go to this years President's choosen charity; Naiomi's House and Jack

1st November 2016 - Verwood Community Event

On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November, Verwood Methodist Church hosted a 'Verwood Community Connect' Event.

Sponsored by HGWalker solicitors who are based opposite the church, the event helped to strengthen links between the church and community as well as providing a chance for charities and local helping organisations to find out more about each others' work.

The Rotary Club had a stand at the event for the 2 days helping he public better understand what we do and looking to recruit new members.  Thanks to all those who visited the Rotary Club stand during the 2 days as well as those members who were present to share what we do. 

1st November 2016 - Second New Member Joins the Club

On Tuesday 1st November we are pleased to announce that a second new member was inducted into the club in as many weeks. 

We welcome Angela Bowring to the club and look forward to her active involvement and contribution over the future months.

 23rd October 2016 - New Member Joins the Club
On Tuesday 18th October 2016 this year's president, Ian Hudson, inducted a new member, Roger Sweet, into the rotary club of Verwood.

A warm welcome is given to Roger and trust that he will enjoy his membership for many years to come.

17 January 2016 - 2016 Big Band Swing Dance

Details for this year's swing dance are now finalised and tickets are available for the event on Saturday 12th March 2016 at Verwood Memorial hall. 
Please see the details under the "Rotary Swing Band Dance 2016" page by selecting it from the scrolling pictures, selecting it from the drop down menu under "What we Do" or by clicking on the following link.
Tickets details can also be found on this page.

12 December 2015- Christmas Extravaganza

On the evening of Saturday 12th December 2015 the Rotary Club of Verwood helped to support the Christmas Extravaganza on Ferrett's Green organised by Verwood Town Council.

The members helped to set up and run Santa's Grotto as well as providing festive cheer via the winter Pimms tent.  Mulled wine was provided by by Heathland Heritage Centre and burgers and hot dogs by the Verwood Scouts.

Music entertainment was provided by Verwood Concert brass and Forrest FM.

As well as entertaining all the children Father Christmas also took time to turn on the Christmas lights (with the help of Verwood's Mayor).

Click on the link to see additional photos of the event

25 November -Rustic Fayre Handout

On the evening of Wednesday 25th November the Rotary Club of Verwood handed out £5,000 in donations collected from the August Bank holiday Rustic Fayre (held at Potterne Park) to local good causes and charities.  The event was held at the Hideaway in Verwood and was presided over by Vern "Rusty" Harris and president John Wadge.

Please click on this link to take you to the detailed page where you will be able to see details of the recipients as well as some pictures taken on the night.

14 November - Christmas Shoebox Appeal

On the morning of Saturday 14 November members and partners of the club met at Verplas in order to sort through and collate the Christmas shoeboxes collected by various local schools, youth groups and others.  The shoeboxes were then transported to Andover where they were added to the contributions from the other clubs in the Wessex Region.   This is a project supported by the majority of Rotary Clubs in the Wessex Region.
Please click on the link below to see further pictures of some of us at work as well as learning more about this charitable cause.
Link to 2015 Shoebox Appeal

18 october 2015

Bristol Conference.

On Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday (9th to 11th October) 8 members (plus 7 partners) of the club attended the annual Rotary District 1110 conference which this year was held in Bristol.

The Theme of the weekend was 'food for thought' and not only did we hear about the great things that Rotary was up to in the district, but we also heard about the charitable projects abroad, about lives that are unusual and the issues that face the workld due to massive increase in population.

We were also well entertained both verbally as well as musically with musical arrangements from 2 of our Young Musician winners as well as some thoughts and talks from some well known personalites that included Jan Leeming, Michael Protillo, Jonathon Porritt and Geoff Mackey.

We also were well dined with diner on both the Friday and Saturday evenings.

click here to see some pictures from Friday's dinner

18 october 2015 - Re-live Rustic Fayre 2015

As earlied advised a group of media study students from Lytchett Minster College recorded the day's events at this year's Rustic Fayre as part of their course work.

The results of their endevours are now available for all to see on You tube by simply clicking on the image alongside.

18 October 2015 - PSA Testing 7th November postponed
Due to a double booking the prostrate PSA testing session planned for the memorial hall on the above date has had to be postponed until a later date.  Will will update the website when we have a new scheduled date for the tests.

2nd September 2015 

Rustic Fayre 2015

A huge thank you to all that turned out on a cloudy bank holiday to support the rustic fayre.

please visit the Rustic Fayre web pages to see further comments plus some pictures taken on the day.

Link to the Rustic Fayre page

3 August 2015

Hats for Nepal Update

You may recall that a couple of months ago our president at the time, Clive Grove, made an appeal to ask for local people to knit a hat or 2 for distribution in Nepal.

The response to this appeal has been truly overwhelming as you can see from the attached photo.  The total quantity of items knitted and donated are

Hats - 1,945

Blankets  - 102

Jumpers - 346

Scarves - 75

Gloves - 195 (pairs)

This is a truly inspirational response.  Please click on the link to go to the 'Knit for Nepal' page and see further comments from Clive

Link to knit for Nepal page

21st June 2015 

Members take part in Rotary Ride 2015

On Sunday 21st June 2015 2 of our fitter members, Stephen Maycock and Tony Hewitt spent Father's day by completing a 25ml cycle ride from Hythe to New Milton in support of Rotary Ride 2015.

This event was a national wide cycling event to raise money for Prostrate Cancer charities.

Well done to Tony and Stephen

If you want to see more about this charity event or check out some of our other news then please visit the 'Latest news' page from the 'What we do' option above for further details

16th June 2015 

Donation to the Alzheimer's Society

At the regular Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday 16th June our President, Clive Grove presented a cheque for £1,000 to his chosen charity for the year - the Alzheimer Society.

Clive is seen here presenting the check to Laura Kelly, the Alzheimer Society Community Fundraiser for Dorset and Somerset.

For further details regarding the activities of the Alzheimer Society in the area check out the website via the following link.

2nd June 2015 

Donation to Verwood & 3X Dementia Friendly Community Group

The Rotary Club of Verwood were pleased to be able to support the Verwood & Three Legged Cross Dementia Friendly Community Group by making a donation of £500. This enables the Group to purchase items essential to the promotion of their cause. They are a voluntary group that work to raise the awareness of the public and businesses in Verwood to the Dementia condition and related issues.

The group visited the club and gave the members a presentation at the last club meeting.

Please feel free to check out more details on their work on the Dementia Action Alliance website 

25th May 2015 - Verwood Carnival

Verwood rotary members launched the Grand Prize draw at the Verwood Carnival at the Spring Bank Holiday held at the Fuzzy bit in Verwood. Here are a couple of photos of the team in front of our stall.  We even had a visit from the Mayor


17th May 2015 -

Don McMath Annual Summer Party

On Sunday 17th May a number of our members attended the annual Summer party for the Don McMath foundation - one of our regular supported charities.

The picture here shows our president Clive Grove presenting a check for £540 to education sponsorship for kids in the Don McMath School.  Check out the details on the 'Don McMath School' page by following this link

8th April 2015 -

Annual Swing Band Dance

We are pleased to announce that this year's swing band dance proved to be extremely successful with the night being a complete sell out. 

The planning for next year's dance has already commenced so put the date of 12th March 2016 in your diary now!

9th November 2014 - President Clive places a leaf on Naomi House & Jacksplace "Giving Tree"

On Friday 6th November President Clive and his wife Sandra visited Naomi House and Jack's Place to place a leaf on the 'Giving Tree'. 

Earlier in the year the rotary Club of Verwood sponsored a 'leaf' for the tree to support the refurbishement of Naomi House and Jacksplace where the hospices hospices provide care and support to children and young people who suffer from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Although based at Sutton Scotney, near Winchester, this organisation supports a number of children/ young adults from the Verwood Area.

Sponsor a leaf or an apple on our very special Giving Tree and youll be helping us to build a more spacious and up-to date hospice for seriously ill children and their families. - See more at:
Sponsor a leaf or an apple on our very special Giving Tree and youll be helping us to build a more spacious and up-to date hospice for seriously ill children and their families. - See more at:

Here is a picture of President Clive and Peter Abrahams of Naomi House and Jacks place in front of the 'Giving Tree'

If you want further information about Naomi House and Jacksplace or the giving tree please follow the link below

4th November 2014 - Over 100 men complete PSA test in Verwood

On 1st November 2014 PCaSO completed PSA tests on 119 men with a small number being referred onto their GP for further follow up.  The event was organised and was well supported by the Rotary Club of Verwood.  Such was the demand for these tests that a further 25 men were unable to be seen.

 PCaSO is a charity has been running 10 years and is one of the largest support groups for Prostate Cancer within the UK.  It's aims are to offer information and support through it's free confidential help line, newsletters, publications, Library and regular meetings throughout the South Coast region.

If you want to learn more about this charity visit their website at

Rustic Fayre takes Place in spite of the Rain

Well what can I say?!!  After 20 years of the Rotary Rustic Fayre the sun didnt shine on the righteous. In fact for our 21st birthday the weather monster really gave us a stinker!! Obviously a lot of attraction and visitors didnt brave the rain quite understandably; but for those who did, my sincere thanks for your perseverance and optimism. Unfortunately there are no real options in this scenario as the years planning and effort by so many people, just cant be moved by a day here or there. So are We down hearted?? Well yes actually! But onwards and upwards, believe it or not there are already some arrangements in place for Rustic 2015 (Monday 31st  August by the way) and what lessons there are will be learnt. Well be there and trust YOU will join us for Verwoods favourite day out,

Best Regards from  (very) Rusty  Vern,  Chairman

See how some of the local press reported the event

Mags4Dorset                             Bournemouth Echo                           Blackmore Vale Magazines

Verwood Concert Brass Celebrates 150 Years 

On Saturday 12th July 2014 Verwood Concert Brass Band helped to celebrate their 150th Jubilee by holding a Jubilee Fete at the recreation ground.  As part of this celebration 2 rotarians ran a couple of stalls in aid of the Rotary Club of Verwood.  Richard Robinson organised a 'Tin Can Alley' game aimed at the children whilst Clive Oldridge ran a non alcoholic drinks stand.  In this endevour they were both strongly supported by friends, family and other members of Verwood Rotary.

President Anthony presents to Basingstoke Rotary

On the last day of his presidency Anthony, along with David Renouf, Peter Strugell and Ian Hudson, had the opportunity to visit Basingstoke Rotary.  Anthony was able to give a presentation about his recent visit to Uganda in support of dentaid (his chosen charity for 2013/14) and to thank Basingstoke for their support of this worthwhile cause.

Here we see Anthony being thanked by the outgoing Basingstoke president - Bob Jenner

For more details of what Dentaid do please click on this link.

Verwood & Bransgore Rotary Support Kids out

On Wednesday 11 June 2014 Rotarians, Residents & carers from the Sheilings Trust and Sturts Farm visited Paultons Park as part of the annual Rotary Kids Out event.

Check out more details and see some photos by clicking here

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