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Rotarians take a breather after hectic Christmas

TURTON Rotary Club members will take a bit of a breather after a hectic Christmas on the sleigh, before launching into their next bid venture - their annual duck race.

The popular event, held again on Bradshaw Brook at Bradshaw Cricket Club, will take place on Sunday, June 10.

Each year the club asks local businesses to support the duck race and add their name on our businesses supporters list, which goes on to all 18,000 tickets. This type of support is vital to help with the costs of the event and also as a timely boost to our charity fund.

Anyone who would like details on how to help call Jim Turner, the duck race promotor, on 01204 853363.

Many local charities benefit by taking duck race tickets and selling them for their own cause. They keep all the money they raise and it is a great way for any charity to a make some serious money.

Once again this year there will be several great cash prizes on offer for the first ducks over the line.

Members of Turton and Bolton-le-Moors Rotary Clubs give a cheery wave around the Christmas sleigh as they make a collection for local and rotary charities outside Morrisons Superstore at Harwood

Sleigh raises bumper amount of donations

TURTON Rotary Club is celebrating another bumper year of donations after it raised £7,666 on its Christmas sleigh appeal.

The club, in conjunction with Bolton-le-Moors Rotary Club, had a busy time during the festive fundraiser, which ran for four weeks in the lead up to Christmas.

Father Christmas and his sleigh, with the help of snowmen, toured the streets of north Bolton, handing out sweets and collecting donations and also made appearances at local supermarkets, where shoppers gave generously.

Peter Gaskell, the club president, said: “I am delighted with the generous response from the people of Bolton.

“A lot of hard work goes into making sure the sleigh is operational, and our members give up their time generously, but it is all worthwhile when you see the look of joy on the children’s faces.

“It has been another successful year with donations more than £1600 higher than last year. I can assure everyone that every penny collected will go towards worthy charities.”

The president added: “Thanks must be given to supermarkets Morrisons at Harwood, Asda at Astley Bridge, and the Co-operative and Sainsbury's supermarkets and Greenhalgh's bakery at Bromley Cross for allowing us to collect at their stores.

“We must not forget to thank our colleagues at the Rotary Club of Bolton-le-Moors for their help and assistance in what has proved to be a very successful collaboration. The money will be split between a range of local good causes and rotary charities.

“We also want to thank organisations for their help during the appeal, including the RRG Toyota group, which provided a vehicle to tow the sleigh, and the Last Drop Hotel for the use of its facilities.”

The Christmas Sleigh Appeal has been in operation for more than 20 years and has raised more than £260,000.

Anyone who has seen what the Rotary Club of Turton do at Christmas with the sleigh collections, and like what they see, then there is an open invitation to come and visit the club. They meet each Thursday at the Last Drop at 6pm or visit our website at to find out more about what we are about.

Turton welcome Mark and Lynne to the fold

Welcome to the club. One of Turton's latest members Mark Telleck (right) is inducted by president Peter Gaskell (centre), with his sponsor Neil Wharmby looking on.

Welcome to the club. One of Turton's latest members Lynne Joule is inducted by president Peter Gaskell (right), with her sponsor Andrew Whaller looking on.

Helping hand for Chethams

Turton Rotary Club vice-president Alan Smith hands over a cheque to Chethams School of Music for  £1000 which will help fund the school's recent trip to Uganda where they held workshops in schools and orphanages before playing before the heads of Commwonwealth states. The money was raised when the club organised a concert at Dunscar Conservative Club, where the pupils performed.

Lydia leads the

way for Turton

Turton High School student Lydia Collins shows off her certificate after taking part in the rotary sponsored RYLA scheme.

The club are fully supportive of the scheme and every year sponsor at least one student from local schools to go on a five-day course at Petty Pool outdoor centre in Cheshire.

RYLA is a leadership programme coordinated by rotary clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate and are sponsored by rotary clubs to attend the event.

Participants are chosen for their leadership potential.. The format of the event takes the form of a seminar, camp, and workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice.

For more information on this year's scheme go to:



Nursery grateful for donation

Turton Rotary Club's donation of £500 to the Alexandra Nursery in Bolton, was gratefully received by headmistress Mrs Barbara Kenny as it helped the nursery buy a large amount of outdoor play equipment and trollies for wheeling them in at night to prevent vandalism, which is a serious problem in their area. 

Andrew's gift to charity

Past president Andrew Waller hands over a cheque for £580 to the Wipe your Tears charity based in Farnworth, which helps families with young children, especially from broken homes. Andrew presented the cheque to Wendy Hutchins, chief executive and her daughter Genny the charity coodinator with Liz Waller looking on.


Turton's successful big night out


TURTON Rotary Club raised £2000 when when they held a charity evening in aid of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Star performers Arthur Writeus and the Hip Joints, pictured above, topped the bill at Dunscar Conservative Club with Gary Ryan, starring as Neil Diamond, in support.

Helping hand for local charity

Immediate past president Andrew Waller (left) hands over a cheque for £500 to Christine Ogden, a local organiser from Muscular Dystrophy UK, as president Peter Gaskell looks on.

Former members make a welcome return

Welcome home for Graham Howarth (centre) and Bill Taylor, former members who returned to the club and were inducted by president Peter Gaskell.

Peter's 'Smarties' idea proves a winner

TURTON Rotary Club's new president has come up with a smart plan to raise money. 

Peter Gaskell has decided to replace the weekly 'box for others' collection at the Thursday meetings with a box of Smarties he is hoping the members will fill with 20 pences.

He said: "I thought 20 pences would fit in there nicely so decided to give every member a box of Smarties and hope they return it full at the end of 12 weeks.
"Each box holds about £10 worth so we could raise about £200 every three months.
"That will be divided equally between Foundation and local charities and the club will also benefit as it will be gift aided."

Peter takes the Turton hot seat

Peter Gaskell (right) takes over as President of Turton Rotary Club from Andrew Waller

Big finish to another duck race succes

TURTON Rotary Club members pictured with their basket of ducks just prior to the big race. (Picture courtesy The Bolton News)

IT was a photo finish at this year's Turton Rotary Club duck race when thousands of pounds were raised for 35 local charities.

The final stretch saw a group of a dozen ducks all bunched together as they bobbed their way down the fast-flowing Bradshaw Brook, cheered on by a large crowd who had come out to support the annual event.

It was an exciting finale to another successful day at Bradshaw Cricket Club, with families lining the route.

The final figure of £7,500 was not as high as in recent years but organisers were still delighted with the outcome.

The competition sees 2000 numbered plastic ducks, which all correspond to tickets sold, released into the brook over two heats with each of the winners going into a grand final. First duck home wins the £1,000 first prize with four more cash prizes. There is also a children's race, with tickets bought on the day, which was won by Shannon Parkinson.

Race organiser Jim Turner was delighted with the response.

"It was perfect duck racing weather as we had a fast-flowing stream that kept the ducks moving," he said. "Thanks must be given to our sponsors and everyone who helped make it another successful day and all the hard work worthwhile."

Some of the many charities to benefit this year include Lagan’s Foundation, Walmsley Unitarian Church, Griffin Explorers and Derian House.

Mr Turner added: “The duck race has probably been going now for 25 years and it has grown over the years.

It has become a part of the social calender.

A number of charities sell tickets to raise money and we and other rotary clubs sell tickets too.

This year we have had a lot of local businesses support the duck race and from that alone we have raised £3,000 for which we are very grateful.”

The first prize of £1,000 went to Jon Makin from Little Lever, second prize of £200 to Edith Pierce from Horwich, third prize of £100 won by Graham Howarth, fourth prize of £75 by Joy Sherlock and fifth prize of £50 was won by Roy Edge.

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“We also want to thank organisations for their help during the appeal, including the RRG Toyota group, which provided a vehicle to tow the sleigh, and the Last Drop Hotel for the use of its facilities.”