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Blackpool South Rotary Club members and guests celebrated Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s National Bard’s day early.  On Monday evening (22nd) the Club held their annual Burns Supper. The catering team at Blackpool Park Golf Club prepared a special haggis which was paraded round by Chef Jamie and the inimitable Burns Orator County Councillor Alf Clempson.

In his usual enthusiastic and animated style, Alf recited the Burns’ poem ‘To a Haggis’ and everyone then toasted ‘The Haggis’.


Above: Chef Jamie and Alf leading the way in toasting 'The Haggis'

After a delicious Burns Supper, Alf in full Scottish attire, took to the floor and spoke about Burns’ military connections.  This was quite appropriate as Alf served for 24 years with the Scots Guards retiring in 2007 with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2.  He is also Lancashire County Council's Armed Forces & Veterans Champion and Chairman of the Preston Branch of the Scots Guards Association, which serves the whole of Lancashire.   

His speech ended with ‘A Toast to the Immortal Memory’.

It was a very pleasant evening and we are grateful to Alf for entertaining us and the Park Golf Catering Team for providing such splendid traditional Scottish fare.

Above: Members Lesley and Pat McCarthy. Nice to see Pat, who hails from The Republic of Ireland supporting the Scots.

Above: Two posers, Alf and fellow Scot George Embleton.

Thanks to our photographer Peter Westhorpe. 

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As Christmas approached, Highfield Leadership Academy pupils were encouraged to make this festive period a time of giving.  As part of their kindness campaign the students offered the gift of companionship this Christmas.

 On the 20th December, at the suggestion of the students the Academy hosted a Tea Party for some of the elderly members of our community, offering them an afternoon of cakes, conversation and carols. The young people led the event serving refreshments, leading carols and a sing-along and making Christmas cards and decorations for each of the 40 plus guests.  Executive Principal Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE and her team were present throughout.

Blackpool South Rotary Club was pleased to support this great initiative by arranging for eleven elderly members to attend the party and providing transport for some.

 Students helped to serve and prepare the delicious food and two students sat on each table to chat to their guest.  With instrumentalists and a choir, they really provided a festive atmosphere.

 This wonderful tea party was only one of a number of projects in recent times the students have undertaken to help those in need. 

 Many Congratulations to the students.  Their activities are entirely consistent with Rotary International’s guiding principle of ‘SERVICE ABOVE SELF’.

Above: The table is set for the Christmas Tea Party.  Each guest had a free raffle with some nice prizes

Above: Guests enjoying the Christmas Tea Party.

Above: The choir entertain.  

Photos courtesy of Highfield Leadership Academy.

Click on menu at top left hand side of Home Page, then Photo galleries.  You will see a picture of delicious goodies.  Click on that and seven pictures appear.  Click on the first one and you can then view the pictures as a short slide show.

We have been fund-raising on the run up to Christmas at Tesco Extra on Clifton Road and Morrisons at South Shore Retail Park.

As you know Santa is magical and he can appear at both superstores.

With the help of our generous public, we are again supporting the North West Air Ambulance, our Local Lifeboat Crews, North West Blood Bikes and Local Worthy Causes.

We are very grateful to the management of both stores for giving us the opportunity to help these worthy causes.  President Eric and all members of Blackpool South Rotary Club wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.  Thank you for all your support.

Above: Cheeky Elf Peter, Tesco Community Champion Lyn Sumner and Santa.

Above: Santa removed his hat because he wanted to show off his wonderful white flowing hair.  He is seen with Big Smily Elf Ron.

Below: With the help of our generous public, we are proud to support these three lifesaving charities.

Click on menu at top left hand side of Home Page, then Photo galleries.  You will see a picture of Cheeky Elf Peter.  Click on that picture and several pictures appear.  Click on the first one and you can then view the pictures as a short slide show.

Blackpool South Rotary member John Singleton JP and his wife Geraldine Singleton MBE are very busy people. John is currently Mayor of Fylde Borough and Geraldine is his Mayoress. They have a very heavy civic schedule.

John and Geraldine work hard to raise funds for John’s Mayoral Charities which are St Luke's Church Stained Glass Window Appeal in Staining, the RNLI Lytham St Annes Shannon appeal and the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.    

They hold many events.   A most enjoyable fundraising event, ‘Swing into Christmas’ took place at St Annes Town Hall on Wednesday 13th December.  Wine and nibbles were provided and those attending were encouraged to buy tickets for the Mayor’s Grand Christmas Raffle.

Entertainment was provided by the excellent Blackpool and Fylde College ‘Ties and Dolls Swing Choir’.  These young people were great performers and certainly added to the Christmas spirit.  It is good to see young people supporting worthy causes.

Above: Members of Blackpool & Fylde College 'Ties and Dolls Swing Choir'.

Above: Mayor John and Mayoress Geraldine with the excellent entertainers.

Above: And of course, it would not be Christmas without this chap swinging in!

Members and guests celebrated Blackpool South Rotary Club’s 65th Charter Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool on the evening of Friday 3rd November 2017.  The evening was presided over by Club President Eric Hind.

Stanley Parr C.B.E a former Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary was a respected member of this Club and was president in 1965 and 1970. In his memory, club members decided to award a silver salver annually to a member/s who had given outstanding service to the Club and Rotary and made a significant contribution to the well-being of the Club.

The award is in the gift of the Club President for the previous year and Immediate Past President Jeff Meadows awarded the salver to President Elect Pat McCarthy and President Nominee Lesley McCarthy.

District Governor Larry Branyan carried out the presentation.

The special guest was Roger Lloyd Jones, a popular local singer and entertainer who l provided cabaret featuring "American Musical Legends" including Sinatra, Elvis and Neil Diamond.

Those attending enjoyed an excellent meal and service.

 Above: President Eric addressing the Members and Guests.

Above: Pat and Lesley receive the Stan Parr Award from District Governor Larry (Centre).

Above: Entertainer Roger Lloyd Jones.

Above: Guest and Event Photographer Peter Westhorpe in the balloons with Jean Holland.


Past President Jacqui Longden, her daughter Sarah and their friends love a party, so Jacqui’s award of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to veterans gave them a chance to have a party and then celebrate again at her investiture on Friday 22nd September at the Shire Hall in Lancaster Castle.  Jacqui was presented with her award by The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth KG, KCVO.

All her friends and Rotary Colleagues offer their heartiest congratulations to a well deserved winner and this very popular lady.


On the 2nd October our guest speaker was Honorary Member Barry McQueen.  Barry gave an interesting and entertaining talk about his life as a Town Crier including Ludlow, Birmingham, Blackpool, Virgin Trains and Boddington’s Brewery. He proudly showed off his Blackpool South Rotary Club badge having been appointed the world’s first official Rotary’s Town Crier.  


Photograph by Jacqui Longden. (note his Blackpool South Rotary Club Badge on the right shoulder of his cape). 

Above: Outgoing President Jeff Meadows (left) congratulates President Eric Hind who received the presidential chain of office.(see photo galleries in menu on top left for some more pictures)

On Monday 11th September, members and guests  listened with interest to a talk by Olive Carroll who together with her husband Alan Whelan (author of 'Empire Road) are working to build and..staff a school in Irovo in Kenya.  Olive gave a power point presentation which showed the progress they were making.


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Above: Olive with President Eric.

Blackpool South Rotary donated 5,000 crocus bulbs to Highfield Leadership Academy to promote the Purple4Polio campaign.

Pictures courtesy of Highfield Leadership Academy

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Tuesday 20th June, a beautiful summer’s evening, saw the annual croquet match between Blackpool South and Blackpool Palatine Rotary Clubs taking place at the Fylde Croquet Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool.  It was a most enjoyable evening organised by Blackpool South’s Barbara Charlton who also served the supper.

There were joint winners, Rotarian Colin Noble of the Palatine Club and Organiser Barbara.  In the true spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship, Barbara agreed that the cup should be presented to Colin.

Congratulations to Colin and well done to Barbara for organising a great evening.

Above: Some of the semi finalists battle it out.

Congratulations to Blackpool South Rotary member Cllr John Singleton JP who on the 10th May 2017 was elected as Mayor of Fylde Borough for the municipal year 2017/2018.  John's wife Mrs Geraldine Singleton MBE was appointed Mayoress. We are sure that John and Geraldine will be excellent ambassadors for Fylde Borough and give  great service.

Councillor John Singleton JP being led in for his induction.

Above: The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor John Singleton JP with his Mayoress Mrs Geraldine Singleton MBE.

On the 6th April, the artwork and presentation skills of Highfield’s young students resulted in a full page in The Gazette’s ‘Study Zone’ columns.  Our thanks go to Education Reporter Sonja Astbury and The Gazette for their support.


Above Picture courtesy of The Gazette.

Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria & Lancashire) 2017 Conference took place at Southport’s Theatre & Conference Centre during the weekend of the 10th – 12th March. The theme for the conference was ‘Be Inspired’ and there was much inspiration on show from Blackpool’s Highfield Leadership Academy students.

Ten students submitted artwork for the District Rotary Young Artist Competition in the 14 – 17 years age group. The theme was ‘Reflection’ and the judging criterion was: Imagination & style; Content and composition; and Interpretation of the theme.

All the artwork was on display in the Conference Exhibition Hall. The high standard of the artwork made judging a difficult task but it was pleasing to see that in the 14 – 17 year age category the Highfield students were once again triumphant, (having taken a District first place last year):

·        Amy Tomlinson was District Winner with her work ‘Double Reflection’.

·        Codie Cooper was Runner Up with her work ‘Reflection through a horse’s eye’.

·        Maddison Scharmann was Highly Commended for her work ‘The Black Dog’. 

All the students deserve congratulations for producing such talented work.

Above: Amy Tomlinson's winning entry 'DOUBLE REFLECTION'

Note: If you wish to see a short slide show of the 10 submissions, click on Photo Galleries above, then on 'Rotary Young Artist 2016 - 2017'.

Also appearing at the Conference was Highfield’s Head Boy & Head Girl Aiden Fairclough and Lauren Jones.  They had been selected by the District Governor to give a short presentation about their experience attending the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), at Castle Head Field Study Centre, Grange-Over-Sands last October.  RYPEN is an Outward Bound type course.  It was great experience for Lauren and Aiden who spoke during the Youth Section on the Sunday morning. They had an audience of over 200 delegates and guests including Eve Conway, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (Rotary GB&I) President.  Their presentation was well received.

Also appearing on stage that morning was Guest Speaker Nicki Chapman the TV presenter.

All the young artists and the Head Boy & Head Girl were fine ambassadors for Highfield Leadership Academy and Blackpool South Rotary Club.

Above: The Sergeant at Arms going over a few things with Aiden and Lauren.

Above: Lauren and Aiden giving their presentation.

Care & Share is a Christian family & friends run faith group; which believes in the saying ""Charity begins at home"

Their facebook states, " We ask the general public to help us by donating their unwanted clothes (mens, womens, childrens, babies) bedding, curtains, bric a brac, gifts etc.  These donated goods are then sorted out and redistributed to those in need. If you have anything that you don’t want and it’s in good condition please contact us; we will pick up donated goods

All items are given free of charge”

On Monday 6th March, the founder Linda McEvilly gave a most interesting talk about her life and the inspiration which guided her to setting up this wonderful organisation.  Linda was accompanied by Secretary/Treasurer Louise Ashworth and these two ladies gave many examples of the good work they do. Contact details can befound on the leaflet below. Club members also brought clothing and goods for Care and Share.


Above: (L-R) Linda, President Jeff and Louise.

At an Awards Ceremony at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday 11th March 2017, Linda won the 'Fylde Coast Woman of the Year 2017' Award.  Congratulations to a very worthy winner from all at Blackpool South Rotary Club.

Above: Linda with the High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnett MBE DL.