Water Project in Nepal 2024-25

more A new water system in Dudhekuna in conjunction with Dorchester Poundbury Rotary and the Okhle Village Trust

Community Award 2023

more Do you know someone who has ‘gone the extra mile’ within the Portland community over the last year?

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

more The scale of this disaster is truly horrific. Our club is funding ShelterBox for cover, Water Survival Box for safe water and via in country Rotary, winter survival. If you would like to donate please see below

Rotary is 116 years old

more Thank you to the Weymouth Pavilion for lighting up the theatre this week in the Rotary Colours of blue and gold

Presidents Diary

more September 2022

New Rainbows Unit

more To be set up on Portland

Community Award 2022

more David Camp is our winner this year for his extraordinary work in the Community. He was presented with a certificate and a cheque for his nominated Charity the Three Ells Trust

Handover Celia hands over to Mark as President.

more Garry is President Elect and Stan President Nominee Members receive Long Service Certificates

Paul Harris Fellow

more Awarded to Carolyn at Handover

Chat Bench for Victoria Gardens

more The brainchild of Ash Jones of Chant Bench UK and with the support of Portland Rotary and the Portland Town Council

Completed! Water Project in Nepal 2021-2022.

more Rotary Clubs of Portland, Poundbury and Casterbridge with the Okhle Village Trust have completed a water supply system to Madkina

Handover Celia hands over to Mak as President.

more Garry is President Elect and Stan president Nominee

Water Project Nepal 2022 -23

more A village called Deuralitar.

Community Award 2022

more Say ‘THANK YOU’ by nominating them for the Rotary Community Award for 2022

Portland Town Mayor becomes Honorary Member

more We are delighted have Peter Roper join us for the next year.

Janet and the Jubilee Celebrations!


Ukraine Appeal

more Thank you to everyone on Portland for your support and for the huge amount of £2011 donated in two days. Thank you to Tesco for allowing us to collect on your premises.

Rotary Walk

more Along the Fleet. Organised by Poundbury Rotary Club. A beautiful day and a beautiful walk!

Southwell Smiley Faces

more We are delighted that it was such a successful Table Top Sale


more We may have lost our skittles match against Bridport club by quite a large number but we all had a great evening of friendship, played at The Swan in Abbotsbury.

Rotary Response to the Ukraine Conflict

more We are collecting at Tesco Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 10:00 to 16:00 to support the relief programme via Rotary Disaster Response Fund and ShelterBox

Dave Shaw

more Our New Honorary Member

Burns Night

more A successful evening both for those that attended and for the charities supported by this event

Community Award October 2021

more We are delighted to announce that winner Jonathan Powney Group Leader 1st Portland Scouts has won our award and has received a cheque for £150 for his nominated charity

New Members

more We are very happy to welcome Dave Hayes and Val MC Gowan to our Club!

Mark takes on role as President Elect


Steve Moatt, local sailmaker

more On the Silk Road Mountain Bike Race

Father Christmas on Portland

more Father Christmas out and about on his sleigh

Halloween Party at Elizabeth's

more To raise money for Foundation. here are some pictures

Haiti Earthquake Appeal 28 and 29 August 2021

more Thank you to everyone on Portland for your donations that raised £628 to enable us to be able to purchase a ShelterBox to send to Haiti

Scarecrow Competition Winner

more President Celia and Janet visited the entries. All four were brilliant and it was deemed the choir at St John’s church the winner. Well done!

President Celia's Diary

more August 2021

B Side Festival Portland

more By Elizabeth

Rotary Community Award 2021

more Say Thank You and Nominate a Deserving Person

Presidents Night

more Our first Presidents Night for nearly three years! Congratulations to Celia, Elizabeth and Garry and a wonderful celebration. Here are afew photos for reminders. Plus £367 from the raffle for Nepal!

President Celia raises £140 for Foundation

more Our own Rotary Charity known as The Rotary Foundation funds projects around the world costing millions of pounds every year. Celia and Chris organised a Tea at their home to raise funds.

Scarecrow Competition

more Portland Rotary Club is organising a Scarecrow competition. Entry is free!

Haiti Earthquake Appeal 28 and 29 August 2021

more Members of Portland Rotary Club collected to help the people of Haiti who have suffered first the eartquake then the flood. Money will go to send a ShelterBox. Thank you to Portland Tesco and the people of Portland.

We all wish Celia and Chris and exellent year 2021/2022

President Celia's Handover Celebration

more The weather was good and the chain of office was passed to President Celia by Past President Elizabeth at an afternoon reception in Carolyn's garden

Water Programme Samjur, Nepal

more Completed February 2021 Construction of a water storage and distribution system in the village of Samjur in a rural area of central Nepal.

A Walk in the Wet

more Members of Portland and Casterbridge Rotary, from Haylands preschool and with friends who visted Nepal walked Colmers Hill and Golden Cap. Very wet, very muddy but great fun!

Food Programme in Nepal 2020 and 2021

more 2.6 tons of rice and other food supplies sent to villages in Nepal to help alleviate poverty during Covid-19

Evening on Foundation

more David perkins, District Foundation Chair

Walk around Hardys and Little Bredy

more A small group from Portland and Casterbridge walked through the bluebells at Hardys and had a picnic by the lake at Bridehead.


more An update by Hugh Deed

Old Laptops Needed

more At the Portland Academy many appreciative pupils would welcome the receipt of a donated laptop

2021-22 Presidential Theme

more Shekhar Mehta Rotary International President-elect

Water and Sanitation

more Picture thanks to Debbie Mckay

Diary of life in Neo Chorio

more No 3 - February 2021

Diary of life in Neo Chorio

more No 2 - January 2021

Diary of life in Neo Chorio

more No 1 - December 2020

February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month


Rotary and KidsOut deliver over 5,000 toy boxes to children in refuges


The Rotary Foundation

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An Evening with Mike Storr

more “Masters of Mirth – Music Hall laughter makers” January 2021

Reminiscences from Nepal January 2021

more Richard Backwell from the Okhle Village Trust looks back and summarizes what has been achieved in Nepal over the last 19 years

Kamala is a Paul Harris Fellow.

more Well done, Kamala. We are proud of you January 2021

Community Award October 2020

more Congratulations!!! ICA has won Portland Rotary’s Community Group Award 2020 and we have also awarded Andy McNally an individual award for his wonderful hard work during Covid.

Presentation to Coastwatch

more Visit by President Elizabeth December 2020

Rotary Walk

more A couple of walks whilst allowed in Tier 2 restrictions. Six maximum and well distanced outdoors. The walks were around Rodden and langton Herring

Guy Fawkes Competition. Well done winners!

more President Elizabeth cycled round Portland in gale force winds to judge the 14 entries! Well done to everyon ethat entered! Thank you to HGH for their sponsorship. Here are some pictures.

​Local Charity Worker and Rotary Clubs team up to help rural Nepal

more Nepal Okhle Village Trust, Portland and Casterbridge Rotary members and the water projects undertaken

Portland Flu Clinic 10 October 2020

more Twenty members of the club were delighted to help Royal Manor Health Care with marshalling duties whilst the annual flu jabs were administered at the Heliport

Calling All Volunteers!

more By Keith Barnard-Jones

Vire Exchange 2019

more Our friends visit from the Rotary Club of Vire et le Bocage Click on a thumbnail to enlarge and scroll through with the arrows

Handover 2020

more Tribute to Garry President 2018-2020

Nepal Water Project for Samjur Village

more We organised two evenings around the subject of travelling round Japan. we are delighted that we raised £570 plus an amazing anonymous donation! Big thank you to everyone who attended/assisted.

Elizabeth in Peru

more Elizabeth went on a RIFE (Rotary International Fellowship Exchange) in February Click on an image to enlarge then scroll through Or download as a Powerpoint


more Portland Rotary Club action

Burns Night 2020

more Raised £1110.50 for Charities supported by Rotary

Corona Virus

more Portland Rotary Club action

Christmas Events. What Portland Rotary did over Christmas.

more Party at St Georges and the Sleigh

Hurricane Dorian

more A big thank you to the residents of Portland who so generously donated £378.36 at the Rotary Collection at Tesco. This will make such a difference to those who lost everything.

Planting Crocuses

more Portland Rotary and year 2 children from the Atlantic academy planting purple crocuses for the Rotary Polio plus. Children are given a purple pinky for helping Victoria Square September 2019

Meeting at the Sugar Loaf

more A social club evening to replace our regular one

Welcome to Richard

more Richard is our latest member and was inducted into the club by President Garry

Rotary Walk around Portland

more A great walk with those who have been or going to Nepal this year. Barrie (Casterbridge) Richard (OVT) Cliff, Kathy, Chris Jo and Celia(Portland) Joyce, Jane (Poundbury) Elizabeth(Portland) Ruth Richard (Casterbridge) and Andy sat

Keith Wins Top Award

more For International Service in Eradication of Polio well done Keith!


more The 2019 team took over on July 1 Garry handed over to Garry as President! Elizabeth President Elect Celia Vice President

Happy Birthday Elizabeth

more Many club members joined Elizabeth in fancy dress for her 60th birthday. What a wonderful evening!

Sarah's Birthday

more AT Rodwell Manor What a fantastic evening. Here are some photos

Rotary Walk

more A lovely walk through Cerne past the Cerne Giant to Sydling St Nicholas and the Forcey Bell Joined by President Richard from Caterbridge were Elizabeth, Robert, Mark, Ruth and Kathy from Wareham

New Member

more Robert Grigsby is inducted into the club by President Garry.

Margaret visits Thailand

more Presenting banner to president Garry

Foundation project in Nigeria

more The Nationwide Family Planning Campaign

Rotary Walk

more Burton Bradstock and Shipton Gorge

Visit to the Robert White Radiotherapy Centre

more Members of Rotary throughout D1200 were able to visit the new Radiotherapy Centre at DCH. With the aid of a Global Grant Rotary was able to make a significant contribution to clinical equipment for the consulting rooms

Rotary Walk

more Wynford Eagle and Compton Vallence & bluebells. Beautiful weather after the storm Delighted to be joined by Rachel Front Rachel, Ruth, Elizabeth, Kathy Back Mark. Who is hiding behind Ruth? Robert & Celia

Rotary gives donation to Osprey

more Dr Paul Mason gave an excellent talk on his charity bike ride form Gibraltar to Portland to support Osprey. Rotary gave a donation to buy equipment for the Osprey Leisure Centre. Presented to John, the manager

Presentation of District Grant and Race Night

more Stan Jones from District presented cheques for Projects in Nepal and Life Education and Lorraine Beckett, Jenny Williams talked about Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal Also we had a Race Night at Pilgrim House to raise funds for Foundation. Some pictures:

Visit to Japan

more Mark Visited Kanazawa Minato Club in Ishikawa, Japan Picture with president Kayotko Fujii

Friendship Cup

more A few pictures of this years cup Peter with Joan and Julia

Judy Urwin

more Our latest member inducted by president Garry (Urwin!)

Burns Night 2019

more A few Photos

Santa and his Sleigh take to Portland

more Santa visited Southwell and Westcliff to the delight of children See calendar here or Facebook for next weeks tours

New Year's Eve with Mark and Ruth

more A few pictures

Rotary walk

more The last for this year. members from Portland Casterbridge and Poundbury against the odds with the weather but a good pub lunch!

John Heather R.I.P.

more incredible, beautiful model sailing ship HMAV Bounty built by John It took nearly a year to construct, working almost every day. The hull double planked then over 800 copper tiles were cut and fixed. The rigging an extraordinary achievement of detail

Rotary walk

more Beautiful weather. Ringstead to Lulworth. Jane from Poundbury Rotary, Mark Ruth Elizabeth Jo Sue Cliff and Joyce from Portland and Richard from OVT

Visitor from Kenya

more Florence from the Rotary Club of Mombasa is visiting locally and took time out to visit our club

Walking the Kerry Way

more Ruth and Mark walk the Kerry Way

Swindon (District 1100) Global Grant for Radiotherapy Centre

more Mark visited this interesting project on behalf of TRF and is pictured with District Governor Joan Goldsmith (District 1100) and President Martin Groombridge (Swindon)

Rotary walk

more A beautiful walk from Symmondsbury to Colmers Hill and Golden Cap. Richard (Casterbruidge) Jane (Poundbury) Richard (Okhle village trust) and mark Ruth Liz Steve Jo Elizabeth Sue. Most of the team going to Nepal!

B Side

more Some pictures of the tour of the 2018 B side

Harry Potter Trip

more A few pictures from Janet

Club Treasure Hunt

more Well done to Elizabeth for organising a Treasure Hunt around Portland. a fun evening for everyone followed by an excellent buffet at the Aqua. And lots raised for Foundation!

Breast cancer care afternoon tea

more Raised £1321.59

Rotary walk

more Members from Portland and Dorchester Poundbury walked around Hampton stone circle, Kingston Russell stone circle, The Mare and her Colts, the Valley of the Stones and a picnic at the lake at Little Bredy

Handover 2018

more Ian hands over the reins to Garry Community award presented to Dave Darby

Two New Members Inducted

more We were delighted to have Jo Way and Sue Leach join our club

donations by Portland Rotary

more President Ian McPheat has been busy today giving away lots of money! £200.00 to St George’s school to go towards an all weather sports pitch. Also Ian’s nominated charity for his year Coastwatch a wonderful £500.00

Beach Clean

more Rotarians helping with the beach clean along the Chesil Bank

Rotary circular walk from Owermoigne to Winfrith

more Members of Portland with Jane from Dorchester Poundbury. a 12 mile walk with beautiful weather

Community Award 2018

more Please see poster, and also a list of previous winners. We want as much publicity and nominations as we can get in 2018.

Presidents Night 2018

more Celebrated at the Con Club Janet was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow


more Purple for Polio


more Bingo at Julia's with the help of Margaret Stone. A fun evening with lots of prizes and raised £210 for Foundation

walk from Winterbourne Abbas to Stratton

more On Saturday eleven of us, past and present members of Portland Rotary along with Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust walked over the hills and through the valleys in beautiful sunshine past snowdrops for an excellent pub lunch. the walk was 8.5 miles

Christmas Collections 2017

more At Tesco

Burns Night 2018

more Celebration Dinner at the Conservative Club

Ian hands a cheque to the Portland Archologists

more It was received by Martin Blundell, who had given a presentation about the Portland Archaeological Society They are in need of a new roof to protect the site at Portland Bill

Last Rotary Walk before Nepal

more Several current and old members of the club were joined by Jane form Poundbury for a walk from Hardy's Monument along the South Dorset Ridgeway

Rotary Foundation funding for multi-club projects

more At Friday's (27th October 2017) Poundbury meeting three clubs received their Foundation grants that support projects in Nepal,

Opening ceremony at Baspani

Baspani NepalWater Project 2016

more Baspani water project completed and Payaswara given the go ahead

Ashrang. Effects of the Earthquake

Ashrang 2015

more Rebuilding in Ashrang after the earthquake

Villagers benefitting from new tap


more The new water project at Tutepani completed 2015

Last walk of 2015

more Our sixth walk from Burton Bradstock to Shipton Hill

Visit to Ethiopia

more Projects in Addis Ababa and Mekelle

Santa comes to town

more The Christmas sleigh tours have started on Portland

Christmas Party at the Aqua

more Here are a few pictures from Saturday night

Children's Christmas Party

more At St Georges Centre

Water Survival Box Visit

more An article by Gillian about our visit

Baspani under construction

more Water Project in Nepal

Pasadena Roof Orchestra


Bowls Evening

more A meal at Yates followed by 10 pin bowling Stan won!

Vire Exchange 2016

more The annual exchange between Vire Rotary and Portland This year it was our turn to go to Vire

Handover 2016

more President Mark handed over the reigns to President Elect Dave Ian became President Elect Garry became Vice President Rachel became a Paul Harris Fellow Paul Merry won the Community Award for his charitable work and support for the local community

Burns Night

more Raising money for Rotary Charities

Visit to D-Day Museum

more A few pictures from Tuesday

Walking above Abbotsbury

more A couple of pictures from our Saturday Rotary Walk

Annual Community Award

more Portland Rotary Club's annual award is nominated by members of the public and presented to a deserving individual who has helped the Portland Community.

Kids Out

more Visit to Crealy Park was enjoyed by all the children here are some thank yous

Friendship Cup

more The cup this year was for Darts and the winning team was Julia & Paul after a hard and closely fought match

Pirates and Mermaids at Sarah's

more There was no meeting arranged so Sarah stepped in and everyone dressed up for a sea themed evening and fish and chips!

42nd Street

more Fantastic trip to London to see 42nd street. £726.00 was raised which is being shared between the Nepal project and Breast cancer care. Many thanks to everyone that supported this event and also for the raffle prizes. Janet

A walk in the Rain around Cerne Abbas and Sydling St Nicholas

more Members of Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs along with Richard and Judy from the Okhle Village Trust were walking in preparation for our visit to Nepal for Water Projects in Local Villages

Vire Exchange Visit 2017

more And Lin and Ozzie become Honorary Members Here are a few pictures! Click on the Thumbnails

Community Tea

more An annual event, this year held at the Colliton Club Dorchester. Dorchester Casterbridge along with Portland Rotary clubs. Our side organised by Sheila Sutherland. A successful and enjoyable afternoon for everyone

Quiz Night at the Aqua

more Raised £168.00 thanks to everyone who attended and especially Sarah and Jayne for organising. as always an excellent buffet provided by the Aqua

Elizabeth Hardy Inducted into the club

more We were delighted last night to welcome Elizabeth to become our newest member of Portland Rotary

Hurricane Disaster Appeal

more Members of the club collected at Tesco, courtesy of the management, to provide a ShelterBox to aid victims of the recent hurricanes that have devastated the Carribean

Community Award 2017

more Was presented to Anna Eveleigh

Handover 2017

more Dave handed over the reigns to incoming President Ian, Gary as President Elect and Gillian becomes Vice President

Baby and Toddler group receiving donation of £100

more For equipment pesented by President Ian

Visit to HMS Duncan (Type 45 Destroyer)

more on its stay at Portland

Rotary Foundation Centenary Celebration

more President Dave making a presentation!

Maternal and Child Health Project in Enugu, Nigeria

Visit to Nigeria

more Mark Townsend Visited Enugu on behalf of The Rotary Foundation to see a project on Maternal and Child Health in March 2015

Photo taken this morning at Westcliff on Wednesday baby and toddler group receiving donation of £100 from the Club for equipment.


Welcome back Celia

more We were delighted for President Dave to induct Celia back into the club!

Richard Backwell awarded Paul Harris Fellow

more For outstanding charitable work

Santa Sleigh Tour

more Santa and his Elves tour Portland

Liz Clarke joins Portland Rotary

more We are delighted to welcome Liz as a member of Portland Rotary She was inducted into the club on the 27th September


more President Dave's Diary

Rotary Walk

more Members from Portland and Casterbridge walked up Colmer's Hill and Golden Cap

John Butler District Governor meets Portland President Dave Shaw

District Governor visits Portland

more John Butler visited the club

Court Leet

more An excellent presentation to the club by Andrew Harvey

£500 Donated - Haylands Pre-School

more This money was raised from our 2015 Burn's Night Party, and will go towards providing an outdoor canopy, so that children can enjoy being outside all year round, especially in the windy Portland weather.

Hilda Swinney - Honorary Member

more Hilda was welcomed into the club on our guest night on 16th August 2015

New Vice President and Six new members

more Tuesday 8th September an historic occasion

Diary of life in Neo Chorio

more No 3 - February 2021

Water Projects Nepal 2018 Overview

more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Rotary Clubs with help of RIBI Donations Trust, District 1200 and Okhle Village Trust

Yangsing Water Project 2017

more Nepal water project - Portland Rotary in conjunction with Dorchester Casterbridge, Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust

Payaswora Nepal Water Project 2017

more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of District Grant

Arubot Nepal Water Project 2018

more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of RIBI Donations Trust and Okhle Village Trust

The Village of Okhle in Nepal

Nepal Water 2013/14

more Project to provide water to villages in Nepal

Gairiswora Nepal Water Project 2018

more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of District Grant and Okhle Village Trust November 2018 - Work virtually completed

Pokharichap Nepal Water Project 2018

more Nepal water project - Portland Rotary in conjunction with Dorchester Casterbridge, Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust

Payaswora New Nepal Water Project 2018

more Nepal water project - Portland Rotary in conjunction with Dorchester Casterbridge, Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust and RIBI Donations Trust

Dungeni Nepal Water Project 2018

more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of RIBI Donations Trust and Okhle Village Trust

Raipali Banyang Nepal Water Project 2018

more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of RIBI Donations Trust and Okhle Village Trust

AGM May 2021 Reports

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