Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left
All photographs on this website are protected by Copyright of WBTRC or the individual photographer
Thought for February
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. We are a small but active group of ladies and men committed to changing people's lives through our fundraising activities in the local community. We have supported charities in our own community and as far afield as Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. Alongside our charitable work, we aim to have fun and enjoy each other's company through an ongoing programme of meetings and events.
RWBTRC is proud of its connection with the Town which is situated towards the southern extreme of the Cotswolds and just north of the Marlborough Downs. Now a small market town, Royal Wootton Bassett was originally larger than its neighbour, Swindon but has become very well known around the world for the dignified respect that was given when the bodies of servicemen killed overseas were repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham. As a result of these selfless and spontaneous acts of respect and remembrance, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the Town in October 2011 when HRH The Princess Royal handed the Letters Patent to the Mayor, Councillor Paul Heaphy. Although the repatriations moved to RAF Brize Norton following the closure of RAF Lyneham, the Town - and RWBTRC - maintains close contact with the new occupants of the Lyneham base - The Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering - and the military in general. RWBTRC has been a proud supporter of Help for Heroes through the annual calendar project although, recently, all our efforts are focussed on Brighter Futures, the project to bring a radiotherapy capability to the Great Western Hospital. More information on the Community and the Local Area may be found on the Town Council website.
The Club's annual activities have now become focused on 4 activities: a Charity Shop; a Golf Day; a Remembrance Ball and a Charity Calendar. The Charity Shop depends upon the availability of empty premises in the Town and a more permanent site would be welcomed, as it is a very popular 'fundraiser' for the Club's charities raising over £2000 in 2016 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. If any of our readers knows of a suitable shop that we might use, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page.
We have managed, each year, to secure the generous support of local businesses for the calendar so that the Limited Edition print run can been entirely funded by donations. This has meant that every penny raised has, and will, go to "worthy causes" and the sum raised from the 2016 calendar was divided between Help for Heroes, Brighter Futures, and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Local businesses also help our cause by selling the calendars on our behalf. The summer event is the Golf Day, usually held in July and from which the proceeds have recently been channeled to Brighter Futures. In the days leading up to Christmas we take "Father Christmas" in his sleigh around the streets and neighbourhoods of Royal Wootton Bassett with a band of eager helpers and some joyful seasonal music. The wonderful folks of Royal Wootton Bassett regularly donate over £1500 to Rotary charities during the 3 week period.
In addition, we hold annual Street Collections for our Worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign and to raise money to support the victims of natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippinnes in November 2013; the generosity of the Townsfolk is always humbling in its selflessness. We also raise funds to send a local teenager each year on Rotary's own "Leadership Award" course and hold a "Youth Challenge" for teams from local youth organisations and clubs
But our efforts are not solely geared to fund raising, and we have a regular programme of Speaker Evenings and Fellowship Evenings as well as an entry to the District Quiz, District Skittles and - recently - District Boules competitions. Our motto is 'Service Above Self' but we try to make sure that every 'service' or fundraising activity is founded on a strong fellowship between the Members and their families. We have enjoyed Dog-Racing Nights at Blunsdon Stadium, Curry Supper Evenings at the Ganges Restaurant and a Treasure Hunt. We also hold an annual Quiz Night, a Horse Racing Night and produce an entry for the Town's Carnival.
Reports of our past fun and fundraising activities appear on this page for about a month and are then filed under the major activity groups: International, Community and Youth - and Rotary's own charity - Foundation. These folders, photograph galleries and reports can be accessed through the menus at the top of the page.
An Invitation to You
The Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) welcomes visitors to its meetings on a Monday evening and is always seeking to increase the Club membership. Please visit our Meetings and Events pages to see what we do, or Contact us if you would like to send an e-mail to the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club on any topic.
The direct access website address is www.wbtrc.org.uk and if you would like to visit the website of our 'Mother Club' - the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett and District (RWB&DRC) - which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, please click here.
As a final reminder, there are two Rotary Clubs in Royal Wootton Bassett. This is the website of the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) but the Events calendar sometimes includes events that are being organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club (RWB&DRC) ; you should go to their Website for more information on these activities.
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 24th February 19.30
Ganges Supper Evening
Monday 2nd March 19.30
Speaker Evening - MFH
Monday 9th March 19.00
Saturday 14th March 19.00
Race Night in St Parts Church Hall (tbc)
Proceeds to Community projects especially Youth
Monday 16th March 19.30
Business Meeting - MFH
Monday 23rd March 19.30
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Flexibility creating new opportunities for new members
RotaKids supporting their local community
Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(for a 1945 start on the First and Third Monday only - for Second and Fourth Mondays contact Secretary)
The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts SN4 8ER 01793 842800