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Turton Rotarians and managers at the Last Drop, Bromley Cross, are pictured in front of the charity wishing well which was cleaned and emptied and the collection raised £131.20. The well is situated in one of the forecourts of the hotel and has been a popular attraction and helped raise funds for many years.

 

Local children are happy to help

Six local schools helped Turton Rotary Club to another successful year with their shoebox scheme.

Pupils from the schools are asked to fill boxes with items which will go to deprived children in eastern Europe in time for Christmas.

Last year six schools took part and returned a bumper 320 boxes. The schools involved were St Brendans Harwood, Eagley Infants, St Johns Bromley Cross, St Columbas Tonge Moor, Walmesley and Egerton Primary Schools.

David Magilton, chairman of Turton Rotary's International Committee, said: "We had another a terrific response from the children and the schools. They love helping to give deprived children something to open at Christmas.
 
"Many of the boxes were decorated with good wishes from the children and I am sure they will be well received by their counterparts, who for many, it will be their only present this Christmas."

Turton makes charity smile

Ironman made a donation to Turton for supplying members to help run the adults and childrens competition held in Bolton and the money has been handed over to two local charities.

President Andrew Waller and his wife Liz are pictured presenting a cheque to Wendy Hutchins, the CEO of Wipe Your Tears childrens charity and her daughter, and to fundraiser Jo Moss from Derien House Childrens Hospice.

Blooming success for Turton

TURTON is blooming thanks to more than 5000 bulbs planted by Turton Rotary Club to highlight their target of eliminating polio worldwide.

The club planted the bulbs at the entrance to Egerton Park, on Darwen Road, Bromley Cross and opposite The Barlow at Edgworth.

This year is the centenary of the Rotary’s own charity, called the Rotary Foundation, which since 1985, has spent almost one billion pounds on a worldwide campaign of polio eradication, which has seen 2.5 billion children vaccinated.

The Rotary symbol for the campaign is a purple crocus, purple being the colour of the dye used on childrens' fingers around the world, to signify that they have been immunised.

The planting will form an attractive floral display for years to come and of course, promote and support the ongoing campaign for the total elimination of polio.

Business appeal to back duck race

TURTON Rotary Club are looking for local businesses to help them raise a bumper amount of cash for charity by sponsoring their annual duck race.

This year's event takes place on June 11, at Bradshaw Brook and Turton hope that local businesses will step forward with a minimum donation of £50. This entitles the business to its name on the back of the tickets and the equivalent in tickets to use as they wish.
The tickets get entered into the race with a top prize of £1000.
Anyone wishing to contribute email Community Service chairman Jim Turner at jim@jktdesign.co.uk or ring him on 01204 853363 or 07976 395157.

 

Sleigh is back in time for Christmas

TURTON Rotary Club's Christmas sleigh is back in business after being taken off the road last year over safety fears, just days before its first planned outing.
Repairs have now been completed and the sleigh is as good as new, to allow Santa and his snowmen to once again tour the streets of north Bolton raising money for charity.
The first outing is at Edgworth, on Friday, November 25, for the lights switch on and a delighted President Andrew Waller said it was wonderful to see the sleigh back in operation.
He said: "It was heartbreaking that the sleigh had to be taken out of service just before Christmas last year, but the previous president Mike McNicholas stepped in with his 1968 shiny red MGC classic red sports car to enable us to at least make our street collection.
"The sleigh is always popular as much with adults as the children and it is great to see it back in action. Our members, along with Bolton le Moors Rotary Club, will once again be on the streets and at local supermarkets raising money.
""The club's Christmas Sleigh Appeal has been in operation for many years, and we are very proud of the fact that nearly £270,000 has been raised in that time and we are hoping for another bumper year again.
"We must also thank RRG Bolton Toyota for the loan of their liveried car, plus local supermarkets Asda, Morrisons and the Co-op for allowing us to collect outside their stores.
"I must also give a secial mention to structural steel specialists Severfield UK Limited who carried out the necessary repairs free of charge."

When Santa and his sleigh will be in your area

Friday St Anne"™s Church Chapeltown Lights Switch On and Edgworth Barlow Institute
 
Saturday December 3rd Morrisons Harwood 10am to 6pm
 
Sunday December 4th Co Op Bromley Cross 11am to 5pm
 
Monday December 5th Egerton Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Tuesday December 6th Oldhams Estate Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Wednesday December 7th Templecombe Drive Area (off Belmont Road) 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Saturday December 10th Asda Astley Bridge 10am to 4pm
 
Sunday December 11th Morrisons Harwood 11am to 5pm
 
Monday December 12th Hall "˜ith Wood Estate 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Tuesday December 13th Turton Heights Area Bromley Cross 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Wednesday December 14th Bradshaw Meadows, Bradshaw Hall Drive Areas 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Monday December 19th Bromley Cross Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Tuesday December 20th Sharples, Holden Avenue Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Wednesday December 21st Morrisons Harwood 10am to 6pm.

Youngsters get chance to lead the way

Turton Rotary Club are fully supportive of the Rotary Youth leadership Award scheme and every year sponsor two students from local schools to go on a five-day scheme at Petty Pool outdoor centre in Cheshire. This summer two students have been invited from St Catherine's School. They are Nicole Farnworth and Bethany Whittle, who are pictured alongside Turton past president Mike McNicholas. Rotarian Jeff Todd, who organised the scheme, is on the left with teacher Daryl Thomas on the right.

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

http://www.rotary-ribi.org/districts/page.php?PgID=495949&DistrictNo=1285

Bowling champs retain title

LEADEN skies and heavy rain did not deter Turton Rotarians who turnd out in force for the annual crown green bowling championships at Dunscar Conservative Club.

Defending mens champion David Magilton, pictured in the final with Colin Roberts, retained his title as did Sue Todd  in the ladies event. She is pictured with her trophies and a mischevious David Howarth.

Another bumper year for Christmas appeal

 
TURTON and Bolton-le-Moors Rotary Clubs are delighted to have raised £6,125 in their 2016 annual Christmas appeal.
With their sleigh back in action after undergoing major repairs, the clubs were once again out and about on the streets and at local supermarkets raising money for local and Rotary charities.
Turton President Andrew Waller said: "I must thank all the people of Bolton who gave their support.
"We are delighted to report another successful year of donations and I can assure everyone that every penny collected will go towards worthy charities.
“The club's Christmas Sleigh Appeal has been in operation for many years, and we are very proud of the fact that nearly £275,000 has been raised in that time."

"We must also thank RRG Bolton Toyota for the loan of their liveried car, plus local supermarkets Asda, Morrisons and the Co-op for allowing us to collect outside their stores."

 

Turton Rotary Club's members with the sleigh that has been restored and will be back on the streets in time for this Christmas

Sleigh is back in time for Christmas

TURTON Rotary Club's Christmas sleigh is back in business after being taken off the road last year over safety fears just days before its first planned outing.
Repairs have now been completed and Santa and his snowmen will once again be on the streets of north Bolton raising money for charity, with the first stop at Edgworth, on Friday November 25, for the lights switch on.
President Andrew Waller said: "It was heartbreaking that the sleigh had to be taken out of service just before Christmas last year, but the previous president Mike McNicholas stepped in with his 1968 shiny red MGC classic red sports car to enable us to at least make our street collection.
"The sleigh is always popular as much with adults as the children and it is great to see it back in action. Our members, along with Bolton le Moors Rotary Club, will once again be on the streets and at local supermakets raising money.
"“The club's Christmas Sleigh Appeal has been in operation for many years, and we are very proud of the fact that nearly £270,000 has been raised in that time and we are hoping for another bumper year again.
"We must also thank RRG Bolton Toyota for the loan of their liveried car, plus local supermarkets Asda, Morrisons and the Co-op for allowing us to collect outside their stores."
 
Friday November 25th St Anne’s Church Chapeltown Lights Switch On and Edgworth Barlow Institute
 
Saturday December 3rd Morrisons Harwood 10am to 6pm
 
Sunday December 4th Co Op Bromley Cross 11am to 5pm
 
Monday December 5th Egerton Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx..
 
Tuesday December 6th Oldhams Estate Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Wednesday December 7th Templecombe Drive Area (off Belmont Road) 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Saturday December 10th Asda Astley Bridge 10am to 4pm
 
Sunday December 11th Morrisons Harwood 11am to 5pm
 
Monday December 12th Hall ‘ith Wood Estate 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Tuesday December 13th Turton Heights Area Bromley Cross 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Wednesday December 14th Bradshaw Meadows, Bradshaw Hall Drive Areas 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Monday December 19th Bromley Cross Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Tuesday December 20th Sharples, Holden Avenue Area 5.30pm to 8pm approx.
 
Wednesday December 21st Morrisons Harwood 10am to 6pm
 
(Venues, dates and times are subject to change)

Club bounce back to record another bumper return at Christmas

 
TURTON and Bolton-le-Moors Rotary Clubs were delighted to have raised £7450 in their 2015 annual Christmas appeal, despite suffering a body blow with the loss of their sleigh just days before its first planned outing.
The figure is close to the £8000 raised the previous year despite the loss of the sleigh. It left rotarians devastated when they were told it was unroadworthy and therefore not safe to go out on the streets .
Turton president Mike McNicholas came to the rescue when he brought out his 1968 shiny red MGC classic sports car which made for a successful alternative as a last-minute replacement.
He said: "We dressed the car up with lights and had the music on the back and I think it gave many people a pleasant surprise to see Santa being driven round in a sports car.
"I know it is not the same, as it is quite magical for the youngsters to see Santa's sleigh coming round the estates, but we tried our best and I must thank all the people of Bolton who gave their support.
"“We are delighted to report another successful year of donations and I can assure everyone that every penny collected will go towards worthy charities.
“The club's Christmas Sleigh Appeal has been in operation for many years, and we are very proud of the fact that nearly £270,000 has been raised in that time."
"We must also thank RRG Bolton Toyota for the loan of their liveried car, plus local supermarkets Asda, Morrisons and the Co-op for allowing us to collect outside their stores."

 

Santa races in to rescue Christmas

TURTON Rotary Club may be without a sleigh this Christmas but that has not stopped Father Christmas arriving in style.

The club were devastated when they were told their sleigh was unroadworthy and could not be repaired in time to tour the streets of North Bolton as they do every year.

It is a popular sight for children and parents alike, but not to be outdone the club's president Mike McNicholas, had the bright idea to loan Father Christmas his classic sports car - a shiny red 1968 MGC.

Mr McNicholas said he was delighted with the response: "The loss of the sleigh was a terrible blow, but its replacement has been a real winner. The response from everyone when they see Santa riding round in a swish sports car has been fantastic.

"We have dressed the car up with fairy lights and put a loud speaker on the back and we feel it has really come to our rescue."

Santa and his snowmen will be at  following venues.
Fri Dec 4 Morrisons - Chorley Old Road 
Sat Dec 5 Morrisons - Harwood 
Sun Dec 6 Morrisons - Chorley Old Road
Mon Dec 7 Oldhams Estate
Tue Dec 8 Templecombe Drive Area
Wed Dec 9 Bradshaw Meadows and Lea Gate
Dec Sat Dec 12 Morrisons - Breightmet 11am-4pm. Dunscar Conservative Club 4.30-5.30pm
Sun Dec 13 Morrisons Harwood 11am-4pm. Dunscar Golf Club 4.30 -5.30pm.
Mon Dec 14 Turton Heights
Tues Dec 15 Holden Ave area
Wed Dec 16 Bromley Cross 5.30-8pm
Sat Dec 19 Coop Bromley Cross
Sun Dec 20 Asda Astley Bridge
Mon Dec 21 Morrison Breightmet
Tues Dec 22 Asda Astley Bridge

Father Christmas is still on his

way despite loss of sleigh

THERE will be a lot of disappointed children this year as the famous Turton Rotary Club Father Christmas and sleigh will not be touring the streets of North Bolton.
The sleigh is a huge attraction in the lead up to Christmas but rotarians have been left devastated by the news that it is unroadworthy and therefore not safe to go out on the streets.
Jeff Hibbert, chairman of the club's community services committee, which deals with the sleigh, said it was a huge shock to discover the sleigh could not be used, just days before its first planned outing on Friday.
"It was taken in last week just to have the brakes looked at, but we were told that the sleigh was unroadworthy," he said.
"If anything had happened we would not have been covered by insurance, so we couldn't take that risk.
"It is a real blow as the sleigh is one of the highlights of the year and unfortunately it is too close to Christmas to sort out a replacement. The sleigh is about 30 years old so it has served us well."
Turton, supported by Bolton-le-Moors Rotary Club, will go ahead as planned with manning local supermarkets and have decided still to tour the streets with just the liveried RRG Toyota vehicle that is used to pull the sleigh.
Mr Hibbert added: "We will dress it up with lights and music playing and have Father Christmas in the back. We want to have some presence but we will just have to see how it goes.
"I know it is not the same, as it is quite magical for the youngsters to see Santa's sleigh coming round the estates, but we hope the people of Bolton will give their support.
"“We are still hopeful of another successful year with donations and I can assure everyone that every penny collected will go towards worthy charities.
“The club's Christmas Sleigh Appeal has been in operation for many years, and we are very proud of the fact that more than £260,000 has been raised in that time. We raised more than £8000 in 2014 after another bumper year of donations and rotarians are hoping that despite the setback we can still raise a substantial amount in 2015."

Colin's 40 years in the business

Colin Roberts celebrated 40 years as a Rotarian in April and to mark the occasion Turton Rotary Club presented him with a cut-glass decanter. Colin, centre, is pictured with his wife Sue and Turton president Mike McNicholas at the surprise presentation.

Colin, aged 82, is the oldest member of the club and as treasurer plays an important part in the running of the club.

A retired solicitor, he joined Turton in April 1976 after being previously being a member of Bolton Round Table.

Students thanks for Turton help

STUDENTS from Chetham Music School in Manchester welcomed several Rotarians and wives to a lunchtime concert. This was followed by the official presentation of a cheque for £1,000 raised by a concert held at Dunscar Golf Club to help fund the students trip to Malta, where they performed at the Commonwealth Heads of State conference. The staff and students of Chetham were extremely appreciative of our support.

Mike takes charge

NEW TEAM: Turton Rotary Club have three new officials in place to run the club for the coming year. Mike McNicholas (centre), is President with Andrew Waller (left) the new Vice President, while Peter Gaskell has taken over as Club Secretary

Mike McNicholas is the new president of Turton Rotary Club after taking the reins from Jim Turner.

Born and raised in Darwen he moved to Egerton in 1996 after a number of years living and working in Carlisle, Preston and Lancaster.

Michael retired from engineering and digital business management and started up on his own, supporting high growth businesses as an eBusiness coach.

The new president, who joined Rotary in 2011, said: “I am very honoured to have been asked to become president of the club now in its 49th year and I am looking forward to supporting some of our traditional fund raising, but also bringing new ideas and events to the club, including working closely with the other six rotary clubs within Bolton.”

The president said he had three guiding principles in his year in office:

To support young people within the Bolton communities to help them become the best that they can. With an emphasis on helping those who can become business and community leaders of the future.

To grow the membership of our club and develop it into a vibrant, effective Rotary club which will attract young professionals and business leaders. keeping this club running for another 49 Years

Whilst maintaining our support for the communities and charities of Bolton, develop programmes which will support communities within developing countries and help their local Rotary club to support them.

He added: “Above all it is important that we have some fun doing this work. Our Duck Race and Christmas Sleigh are very important to us because they are fun to do. They also provide Turton Rotary club with most of the donations which we distribute.

Turton is one of the most active fundraising clubs in the Bolton area. We are proud to have consistently raised and distributed to local charities an average of £25000 per year.

We are actively involved in a wide range of events that support young people, the elderly and sporting groups within the local community. Such as organising an entertainment evening for our senior citizens, food entertainment and a little drink for free. Our Annual Duck race raises over £12000 each year every penny of which is distributed to local charities, community groups and sporting clubs.

Our Club has a total of 22 members who are active in all Rotary Service and we are a club that is made up of members from a variety of business and professional backgrounds.

The Rotary club of Turton is looking for ambitious professionals and business leaders who want to make a difference to local living and international projects. We are open to membership to anyone who is interested in supporting the Bolton community and we encourage both men and women to come along and help.

The money that we distribute relies on fundraising and every pound collected is put back into our local community.

We are a very social club and regularly get together for club functions.

To learn more about Rotary clubs and what we do, look through our web site and the web site of Rotary GB and Ireland www.rotarygbi.org website and feel free to contact us for more information about volunteering, working with us on the sleigh and Duck Race.

if you like us, maybe you will become a member and help us to make an even bigger difference.”

 

Double award for rotarians on Charter night

Rotarians Ray Edge, left, and Jeff Todd, right, were each presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship at the 2015 Charter night. Ray has been a member for 30 years and Jeff for 28 years and received the award from District Governor Stuart Sawle for their loyal service to rotary. Paul Harris was one of the Founders of Rotary and was very involved in the development of Rotary which grew from a single club in Chicago in 1905 into the global organisation we know today. The Paul Harris Award was set up in memory of his work to recognise outstanding contributions to Rotary.

Previous recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship are:

2014 Peter Gaskell

2010 Mike wood

2007 Neil Hardman

2005 Eric O'Neil

2005 Brian Wrigley

2001 Frank Lord

1999 Colin Roberts

1999 Nat Lofthouse

1999 Doug Farnworth

1997 Peter Ward

1997 Arthur Juliff

1997 George Aldridge

1995 Billy Fairclough

1988 Dennis Warr

 

1986 Les Howard

New members for Turton

 

President Mike McNicholas was delighted to welcome two new members to the club at a recent meeting. He is pictured greeting Neil Wharmby and Jean Bradley, the club's first lady member.

Members mourn loss of former president

TURTON Rotary Club are mourning the death of Past President Leslie Dewhurst, aged 94.

Born in Halifax Leslie spent his working life in the paper manufacturing industry, where he was highly regarded and it was there he met up with Past President Ivor Samuel (President 1996/7).

He met his wife to be June while working in Cornwall and they had two sons Steven and Andrew.

The family moved to Fort William where Les first joined Rotary and he spent several happy years in an executive position in a large paper mill in Fort William.

They moved to Bolton in the 1970s and met up again with Ivor Samuel who proposed Leslie for membership to Turton in the mid 1980s.

An active cricketer into his 60s and umpire into his 70s, Les enjoyed all aspects of Rotary and it was no surprise when he took over as president in 1988 and did an excellent job. He was an all round Rotarian who supported the Rotaract club in its early years. He was always active and it was no surprise when he teamed up with Frank Lord in the 1990s to start the Turton Probus club, of which he remained a member all his life.

Leslie and June loved caravanning and were members of the Rotary Caravanning Club and often attended meetings of that Club and found their way to National and International conferences where they would meet up with members of the Caravan club at Rotary campsites.

When he was near to 80 Leslie decided that the less demanding calls of Probus were enough for him and he left Rotary towards the end of the 90s but often returned at Christmas to help out on the sleigh at supermarkets.

He lived on Turton Road before moving to Bradshaw Hall Road 20 years ago. While Leslie has had poor health for the last few years he was blessed with good health well into his 80s.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

His funeral took place on Friday January 29 at St Maxentius Church, Bradshaw.

 

 

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