Rotary in the Community

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The Rotary Club of Douglas Charter Night

There were 7 Rotarians attending the Charter Night from the Rotary Club of Horwich.

The clubs have been twinned for many years and the photographs shows Past  President Margot Mather, with Past President of Douglas, Bill Hamilton-Turner, and Past President of Horwich, Geoffrey Pearson, at the plaque and tree planted within Infinity Circle of the Cooil Y Ree Memorial Garden in Douglas, remembering the 37 passengers that died in the plane crash in 1958 on the hillside of Winter Hill.


Rivington Pike Race 2019

Horwich Rotary Club were delighted to sponsor the event again this year, donating £600 towards the prizes and supplying several Stewards on the day, which was a great success.

Vice President Gary Parker started the race. With a near record entry of 409 runners and a big supporting crowd the race was held in beautiful warm and sunny weather conditions.


Horwich Rotary Club Cook Up And Serve For Horwich Senior Citizens

 In 2018 members of the Horwich Rotary Community Committee got together to cook and serve the Luncheon Club members a full Christmas turkey meal at the Horwich Community Centre. The Luncheon Club members meet at the Horwich Community Centre every Tuesday and Friday throughout the year for a meal of soup, filled roll, pudding and a hot drink at a cost of just £2 per head.

The Horwich Rotary Community Committee decided to treat them to turkey and all the trimmings Christmas Dinner, plus Christmas pudding and a rich white sauce. This was repeated in 2019 giving 50 senior citizens a lovely Chrismas dinner, again a very successful event enjoyed by all.


Horwich Community Choir Concert

A fantastic time was had by all at the Horwich Community Choir Concert held on Monday evening at the Parish Church.

The Rotary Club of Horwich were invited as we donated to the Choir during the year. The Mayor of Horwich was also in attendance. The Choir and Specialist Guest Soloists, led by Rachel Hughes, sang some wonderful songs.


2017 Bomber Memorial Walk

On a wet Wednesday in June, a small group of intrepid Rotarians walked through the rain to Lead Mines Clough, Anglezarke and the memorial where in November 1943, a Wellington bomber crashed.

It was on a training flight from RAF Wymeswold and all six crew members, Sergeants in the Royal Air Force, lost their lives. Their names are inscribed on this commemorative stone which was installed by Horwich Rotary Club in 1955 on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Rotary.


Kids Out 2017

Every year, Kids Out, called the 'Fun and Happiness Charity' team up with Rotary International (Rotary GB&I) to take over 25,000 children from up and down the UK on a fun day out.

This year Horwich Rotary Community Committee organised and funded our trip to Blackpool Zoo, with additional financial contributions from other Rotary Clubs in Bolton. The trip took place on Wednesday 14th June. It was a glorious sunny day and 41 children, 10 school staff and 2 Rotarians went by coach and mini bus to Blackpool Zoo.


Senior Citizens Party 2017

The 10th holding of this very popular event was yet again a great success and enjoyed by over 150 of our local senior citizens.

Bussed and taxied in from all over Horwich and Blackrod, our guests enjoyed excellent entertainment from Singer/DJ and comedian Tom Scott ably assisted by his wife.

Audience participation was his speciality and several guests were persuaded to take part. A pasties and cake supper followed by a Free raffle plus Bingo with cash prizes were enjoyed by all.


Horwich Rotary Sponsors The 2017 Pike Race

The Rivington Pike Race at Horwich on Saturday 15th April 2017

Horwich Rotary Club were delighted to sponsor the event again this year, donating £600 towards the prizes and supplying several Stewards on the day, which was a great success.

With a record entry of 371 runners and a big supporting crowd the race was held in ideally cool weather conditions.


Ladies Fashion Show

Horwich Rotary embarked on a new idea to raise funds for our Charity Account. on 23rd March we organised a ladies fashion show, with an entrance ticket cost of £5 per person.

200+ tickets were sold and the main hall at the RMI club was packed to capacity.

The show was run by a firm called Colours who took control of the fashion side of the evening after bringing their own clothes and models.


Breaking Barriers With Horwich Rotary

Breaking Barriers is a twofold organisation founded by 3 parents of disabled children with various requirements.

It aims to:

  • - Support & reassure with a listening ear
  • - Promote, improve & advance the emotional wellbeing of Parents, Carers & Families of disabled children & young people aged 0-25 years old and adults


Horwich Rotary Community Works

For the past few years, Sparrow Park, in the centre of Horwich, has been looked after by the Rotary Club of Horwich.

After many years of neglect, the park needed a complete makeover, and a number of Rotarians cleared the ground, put many bedding plants and bulbs in the gardens, cleared and weeded the turfed area and re-laid part of the pathways. In addition they repainted the seating, railings and lights.


Christmas & Carols

Students at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form hosted a Community Christmas Party on Wednesday 21st December 2016 for members of the local community.

Celebrating the festive season with homemade Christmas food, the party included performances by the Music and Performing Arts Departments, and a personal appearance by Santa Claus.

Residents of local care homes and members of the senior citizen’s community groups were invited to attend. 


Dragon's Den: 2016

KINDLY “dragons” gave away more than £4,000 to local charities when the Rotary Club of Horwich organised a special event.

Eight local organisations made their case for cash to help their work at Horwich RMI which followed a successful similar event last year. 

Horwich Rotary President Tom Mather, Chairman of the Community Committee Keith Maher and Bolton News’ columnist and freelance journalist Angela Kelly took the role of “dragons” for the enjoyable occasion.


KidsOut: 2016

As part of KidsOut's 25th Anniversary, The Rotary Club of Horwich was once again thrilled to help take youngsters and staff from Rumworth School for a day out at Blackpool Zoo.

President Tom Mather and Rtn. Margot Mather accompanied them and had a lovely day. The children were so excited when they saw the sea lions entertaining them with their tricks.

The group were very lucky with the weather and it was so nice to see the kids having such a good time looking at so many different animals.


Senior Citizens Party: 2016

On Wednesday evening, 18th May, Horwich Rotary Club once again organised the Annual Senior Citizen's party at Horwich R.M.I.

This year held special significance as there was an ongoing theme celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday.

Rotary supplied Union Jack hats and flags; helping bring an apt touch of patriotic verve to the R.M.I, alongside colourful bunting and pictures of our Queen.


Winter Hill Memorial 2016

Twenty Rotarians from Horwich and Douglas, Isle of Man, gathered at the Winter Hill transmitting mast above Horwich on 5th May

They were gathered to remember the 35 people who were killed on Thursday 27th February 1958 when one of the worst air disasters in the region’s history happened.

Many lost loved ones when the Bristol 170 Wayfarer, which was ferrying passengers on a visit to Manchester from the Isle of Man, careered into the hill in atrocious weather conditions. Seven people survived.


Saturday Night At The Horwich Palladium

Saturday 12th March 2016 held in the Aspinall Suite at the RMI Club

Well if you didn’t attend you missed a really excellent show, organised by the Community Committee and the aim was to have a fun social evening and if possible to raise funds for the Club.

Those who did attend will agree the aims were met in full.


Kids' Christmas Party 2015

120 children, accompanied by their parents, attended our annual Children's Christmas Party on Sunday, 13th December at the R.M.I.

Gathered together from all nine primary schools in Horwich, Blackrod and Rivington they were entertained by Smilie the clown who encouraged the children to take part in all kinds of activities.


Friends of Horwich Memory Café

After the Community Committee of the Inner Wheel club of Horwich gave a donation to the Friends of Horwich Memory Café, the Rotary Club of Horwich became involved and the Community Committee made a substantial donation.

This funded the purchase of 2 pieces of equipment and provided a Christmas party complete with presents (wrapped by Inner Wheel members) and a visit from Santa and his sleigh.

Members of both clubs are now regular helpers at the Cafe.


Iron Man 2015

An excellent overview of IRONMAN 2015, from Horwich Rotary's very own 'IRON MAN': Rtn. Peter Fletcher.

I have often wondered why we find it a near impossibility to recruit young members into our club and whilst I acknowledge that the pattern and pace of life is completely different from when I joined some years ago I do accept that a lot of young people are very keen to do something for others who are not as fortunate as they are; they just do it in a different way - like the IRONMAN