What we do

Our club is involved in many projects - locally, nationally and internationally.


The Club's Charitable Activities

Our club is involved in an amazing range of initiatives and activities on a regular and ongoing basis. Many are charitable, some sporting and some social. The club raises money through these activities and makes charitable donations of between £20-30,000 every year. We also get involved 'hands-on' but offering support to other organisations and some of these activities are listed below.


Crathes Vintage Car & Motorcycle Rally

Established in 1996, this is the first event on the vintage motoring calendar and is attended by over 200 vehicles. The rally draws over 4,000 visitors and raises over £6,000 for charity.



Charity Golf Challenge

Held on the Banchory golf course this is a competition between teams of four players. Teams are entered by local businesses. Money raised goes to a range of charitable organisations.



Young Musician Competition

Banchory Academy pupils take part to identify the local finalist for the regional heats. Our club works with the school music department to arrange an evening concert attended by friends and families as well as the general public. It is a very successful evening.


Young Speechmaker

Working with around 6 local primary schools, the club encourages pupils in public presentation skills. For many of the participants this is the first time that they have spoken in public.

Shoebox Appeal

In conjunction with local schools, the club organises a shoebox collection. Each box contains food, utensils, toys etc and is sent to needy families in third world countries or disaster zones . 



Founded by the Rotary Club of Helston in Devon, Shelterbox is a modular survival kit containing a tent, cooking utensils, tools and general survival equipment. Each box can support 10 people.

Our club funds 3-4 of these boxes per year.


RYLA - Rotary Young Leadership Awards

Rotary clubs from the north of Scotland all sponsor secondary school pupils to attend this out-door course. Applicants are interviewed, selected and then sent on the one week course. On their return, they give a short presentation on their experiences.


Banchory Academy Dux Awards

The club funds the annual cost of these medals for the outstanding student of the year.


Kids Out

A joint effort with other Rotary Clubs. A full day of entertainment, snacks and fun for special needs and other local children.Held in Aberdeen at a venue with many facilities and a fun day is had by all involved.

Dictionaries for Life
This initiative provides a dictionary for every 6th year primary school child in the local catchment area and includes Banchory, Hill of Banchory, Crathes, Torphins, Strachan and Woodlands of Durris schools.

International Evening
Once a year we invite foreign students and young professionals to attend a dinner. It is an opportunity for them to meet local Rotarians.

Senior Citizens Concert
Every two years the club organises a concert for the local Senior Citizens as well as the entertainment, there are teas and snacks at the interval.

Sponsoring young pupils in Chennai, India
As the result of the Indian charity work of local golf professional Muriel Thomson of Portlethen Golf Club, our club has "adopted" two young boys in a school in Chennai in India. We pay for school fees and will continue to do so throughout their primary education.

Braemar Royal Highland Gathering
The club represents Rotary  and welcomes Rotarians from around the world to this traditional and evocative event. Each guest is presented with a personalised certificate of attendance and has their photograph taken.


Banchory Development Initiative (BDI)
We currently have a representative on the above committee. The job is to reflect the views of Rotary and also to relay any feedback on the various planning issues. As Rotarians from many walks of life we are able to provide feedback and views of the community

Rotary Foundation
Our own international charity is the world's largest private, independent charity and has been working on the eradication of Polio (see Polio Plus). Additionally the Foundation funds charity and relief work globally, supports international student and cultural exchanges. Annual spend is over US$50 million

Banchory Show

The club has a fund-raising stand at the Banchory Show.

Deeside Steam and Vintage Rally
Held in August, this large event runs over a weekend. Our members have provided gate-keeping services for the event.



What we do sub-pages:

1992 Scolty Tower refurbishment

more One of the club's biggest projects.

Group of young Americans visiting Banchory and environs

Exchange visits

more International exchange visits.

Sponsorship of Chennai Pupils

more For several years the club has given financial support for two children in a school in in Chennai, India.

Winners and runners-up, L to R: Laura Smith (violin), Anna Barton (voice), Mhairi Mackay (voice) and Olivia Churchfield (flute)

2015 Banchory Young Musician

more Young Musician 2015 was held on 29th January in the Banchory Christian Fellowship Church. Fifteen performers from Banchory Academy provided a very talented and varied repertoire to a full house of nearly 300 people.

International Exchange Visits

more In the past we have hosted students from Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

2008 Banchory Show

more The club stall and scenes from the Banchory Show

2007 Group Study Exchange

more A group of young professionals from Western Australia came to visit

2010 Christmas Party

more The club's Christmas dinner complete with Santa

2012 Olympic Torch

more The London Olympic Torch comes through Banchory and passes the Eastern Gateway Stane.

2013 Presentation to Banchory Pipe Band

more Supporting the local pipe band

2016 Children 1st at the Coo Cathedral

more Members doing car-parking duties

2015 Charity Golf

more Our annual charity golf tournament

2017 Senior Citizens' Concert

more A performance of music and song for our older friends in the community.

2005 Hillwalking

more Occasionally we go hillwalking.

2016 Banchory Fire Pump Restoration

more Club members organised and funded the restoration of the first Banchory Fire pump dated 1858

Preparing the beacon on Scolty

2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

more This historial landmark was celebrated with a beacon on the top of Scolty Tower.

Shoe Box Appeal

more Collecting boxes of useful items and gifts for the less fortunate abroad

Young Speechmaker

more A public speaking competition for primary schoolchildren in the Banchory catchment area

Banchory Young Musician Competition

more Every year Banchory Rotary Club and Banchory Academy organise a concert showcasing the best local musical talent.

Social and Sporting Activities

more Some of the many social and sporting aspects of Rotary life.

2011 President's Barbecue

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Dictionaries for Life

more .

Primary School Quiz

more .