VERWOOD ROTARY'S 27th RUSTIC FAYRE
A message from the president of Verwood Rotary Club
After a few anxious weeks of 'can we/ can't we' I am delighted to announce that the Rustic Fayre is going ahead ! This is my first year as club president and having come through such a difficult time, with so many events cancelled, the Rotary club of Verwood is pleased to be organising this event again. It's just what Verwood needs ! An event that brings our local community together to enjoy all the things that make it such a special family day out. And it's right here - on your Doorstep!!
As a club we thrive on being able to make a difference to our community and, like many other groups, it has not been possible to do this in a way we would want to for some time. As always, all the money raised by the club goes back to local charities, organisations and good causes. Come and talk to us on the day if you would like to be part of this going forward.
We hope the community of Verwood will come out in force and support the Rustic Fayre. Planning is now well underway. Of course we are very aware of the need to still be cautious but we say : Let's go for it ! A big day out ! - and hopefully a sunny one too :-)
Louisa Hiscock, president
Normally the Rotary club organise the annual swing band dance to take place during March of each year.
Clearly with the ongoing Covid restrictions this is not going to happen this year therefore the club has taken the decision to reschedule this event for SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2021 in the hope that we will be able to socialise once again by this date..ue to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and following Government guidance ALL face to face meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
So put the date in your diary and look forward to "shaking your stuff" in 9 months time!
14th January 2021 - Don McMath Foundation School Newletter.
The Don McMath Foundation is a local charity which has built and is running a school in The Gambia. The school provides an education for children from the poorest of families who cannot afford to pay for their child.
The Rotary Club has for many years continue to sponsor 9 children for their entire time at the school.
They have recently shared their latest newletter that can be found by clicking on the image below
11th November 2020 Remembrance Sunday
Due to the restrictions imposed to control the spread of Covid-19 representatives of the club were not able to join the usual church service and parade on Remembrance Sunday.
However, our president, Roger, was able to pay our respects by laying a wreath on behalf of the club later in the day.
" At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them
15th September 2020 - Talk by Cataracts are Curable
you can check out the pictures by visiting the Verwood Rotary Facebook page via the following link
Verwood Town Council have re-started the monthly Commununity litter pick.
This month (25th July 2020) the regular litter pickers were augmented by a group of Verwood Rotary Club members who helped to collect litter from Potterne Park. We were able to also clear litter from the Recreation ground and some of Bugdens Copse.
The litter pick takes place the 4th Saturday of each month starting at 10.00 a.m.
Check out the following link to see further pictures from the event
Further to the formal handover of responsibilities at the last Club meeting the outgoing president; David, was able to get together (with appropriate social distancing) with incoming officers Roger and Louisa to formally hand over the President and President elect regalia.
This handover took place earlier this week
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions members of Verwood Rotary have continued to keepin touch via Zoom Conference meetings. The rotary year runs from July to the following June so at this Tuesday's meeting the outgoing president; David Allen, handed over responsiblity to the incoming President; Roger Sweet. Roger will be supported by this year's president elect; Louisa Hiscock.
We would like to thank David for his contribution over the last 12 months and wish Roger and Louisa all the best for the coming months, particularly in these difficult times.
If you want to know more about Roger and his plans for the coming year please click on this link
Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and following Government guidance ALL face to face meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
We have also had to cancel to "Kids Out" event planned for June 2020.
We currently are continuing to plan for the rustic Fayre at the end of August but clearly decisions on whether this goes forward or not will be decided nearer the time
However, in these trying times, your Rotary club is still open for business. So if you need to contact us for any reason please check out the various sections of the website or contact the President or Secretary via the following email addresses
Romania 6,119 Moldova 6,107 Montenegro 6,187 Albania 6,120 also Philippines 1,559 Shoeboxes.
The Shoeboxes are delivered to Montenegro, Albania and Tanzania where they are distributed by local Rotarians to disadvantaged children in time for Christmas.
Further details can be found in our international section or by following this link https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=295375&ClubID=1659&Mp=245748
" Dear friends and Rotarians
Thank you very much to everyone at Verwood Rotary Club and District for the further donation of £4,000.00, making a total of £8,000.00 raised by Verwood Rotary Club and Rotary International. Your generous support has made it possible for us to purchase the materials we need for the first phase of the solar installation at Sachibondu hospital. The solar panels and frames have been delivered to site. The solar compound has been fenced off and a metal shipping container is now in place, ready t o be used as our plant room. Concrete padstones have been cast to mount the frames for the panels and the frames are now being assembled.
We’re still awaiting delivery of the large battery assembly which will store power for overnight use.
This item alone w eighs 600 Kg and costs about £24,000.00! It’s being made for us in South Africa
and we’re hoping it can be cleared through Zambian customs before 30 June. A new 25% purchase
tax is being introduced on 1 st July which could increase the cost considerably!
Some materials are still to be shipped out from the UK and others will be brought up by the commissioning engineers when they come to make final connections.
We are still hoping to complete this part of the project within the next few months and provide a reliable power supply to this new hospital for the first time.
05th June 2019 - 3 new members join the club.
On Tuesday 4th June 3 new members were welcomed into Verwood Rotary club. Since their induction took place during the club annual assembly (where next year's president and his team share their plans for the forthcoming 12 months) we were fortunate to have our Assistant District Governor, Bill Casey, present to welcome them along with this year's club president Gary Hayter.
We welcome Toni, Spencer and Andy into Rotary and hope they enjoy their involvement for may years to come
The photo shows our 3 new members with ADG Bill.
16th April 2019 - Presentation from the RNLI
At our regular meeting on Tuesday 16th April the club members and guests were given a presentation by Dave Corben about the RNLI. Dave, who has been associated with the RNLI in Swanage for 49 years shared a brief history of the RNLI before sharing some of his personal experiences both on and off the Swanage lifeboat. Clearly being a lifeboat man runs in the blood as his grandfather, father and son have all served on Swanage lifeboat. In his 35 years as a lifeboat man he has saved 458 lives at sea.
The RNLI has 235 stations around the UK and Ireland and is run entirely as a voluntary organisation.
If you wish to learn more about this great organisation then why not visit their website via the link below
The picture shows Dave with our President Elect Dave Allen
11th April 2019 - Skittles against Westbourne Rotary Club
on the evening of Thursday 11th April 2019 a depleted Verwood team took on Westbourne rotary club at Westbourne Conservative club. I would like to report that this was a close fought game, but unfortunately I cannot and Westbourne finished well on top with a score of 346 v 284 after 5 rounds.
Well done to the Armstrongs who were the top 3 scorers for the club on the night. Ken who got the best total score for Verwood (40) despite ironically also recording the lowest score for a round (1), Pat then scored a total of 38 and Mike (37) along with a couple of other players..
A pleasant evening was had by all.
16th January 2019 - Friends of the New Forest
At the first club meeting of this year members were entertained with a presentation from Sheila Ward of "Friends of the New Forest".
Sheila gave as an informative talk explaining the history of the New Forest, the various landscapes, flaura and fauna of the forest, the role of "Friends" and the challenges facing the New Forest today and in the future including the need to balance the requirements of the various users and inhabitants of the new forest.
Further details of this organisation can be found by clicking on the image below
8th December 2018 - Verwood Town Christmas Extravaganza
Every year the town council put on a Christmas Extravaganza evening to announce the start of the Christmas festivities in the town.
This year's festivities took place on Ferrett Green on Saturday 8th December. Strong wind and rain were prevalent through out the afternoon which led to some challenge work for those people erecting tents, particularly Santa's grotto that threatened to blow away before we had a chance for Santa to arrive.
Just after 5:00 Santa arrived to switch on the lights with Verwood Town mayor, Sandra Grove. Those people who weathered the storm were treated to carols from Verwood Town Training band and Choir, mulled wine, mince tarts and marshmallows were supplied by the heritage centre, burgers and hotdogs by the Scouts and the Heritage centre was open for hot coffee. There was even a merry go round for the children.
29th November 2018 - Rustic Fayre Donation Evening
On Tuesday 27th November the Rotary Club of Verwood were pleased to donate over £10,000 to charities and other local good causes. These funds were raised at the August Bank holiday Rustic Fayre, so a big thank you, to the good people of Verwood who once again came out in numbers to support this year’s event.
pop over to our dedicated web page for further details of the recipients.
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