Club Meeting, 11th February

Mon, Feb 11th 2019 at 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

£2,500 presented to the Wiltshire Community Foundation to add to the Club's named fund making charitable donations in Swindon & District


Fiona Oliver, Director of Development, Wiltshire Community Foundation gave us a very detailed and interesting talk on the work of the Foundation. The Foundation was founded in 1975 and is operated by a team of 11 people with many volunteers from all sections of the community.  

Last year over £1.2 million was awarded to support the people of Swindon and Wiltshire.  In addition to monetary grants assistance is given with the administration of a group or putting together the grant application.  Grants are given to adults and children, individuals and groups.

We were given all given a copy of the Foundation's Impact Report for 2017/2018 which detailed the programmes and the impact the Foundation makes.  

The Foundation has partners for some of their programmes including Barnardo’s and Swindon Academy (Respect Programme)

One campaign is “Surviving Winter”.  As we are all aware everyone receiving a State Pension is awarded a Winter Fuel Allowance – whether it is needed or not.  This campaign is asking people who do not need the award to consider donating it to the Foundation who will use it to help with households in fuel poverty.  Last year £77,000 was awarded.

The Foundation is currently, with the help of a government grant, researching the impact of loneliness.

The Rotary Club of Swindon North is the only Rotary Club in Swindon to have a named fund in the Foundation.  A total of £20,530 in donations was made to the endowed fund between 2001 and 2007 and the balance of the fund, as at 31 December 2018, is £21,509.50.  12 grants have been made from it since 2015 totalling £2,353.72.  The Club's fund is restricted for use in Swindon and district only. 

In the picture above: Club President Ann Debureaux-Dias hands Fiona a cheque for £2,500 from the Club to be added to our Fund.

Wiltshire Community Foundation Website

'What We Do' Main Pages:

We have played a role in a significant global public health achievement as the World Health Organization’s Africa region has officially been certified wild polio-free.

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Rotary’s second major donation, of £208,000, was handed over on 7th July 2021 when local Rotarians visited the Great Western Hospital to view the build progress of the nearly completed radiotherapy unit.

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All the funds will go to local charities supported by us

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Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second! Join the fight to end polio with Rotary on World Polio Day

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Brighter Futures launched their Radiotherapy Appeal in 2015. Today, 7 years later, a ribbon cutting ceremony has taken place at the Great Western Hospital

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He's taking part in the Youth Adventure Trust's Virtual Resilience Challenge from 13th to 21st February 2021

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From around the world Rotarians have responded to calls for help.

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£1286 has been sent from our Emergency Disaster Fund to the Disasters Emergency Committee UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

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£1,250 has been sent to both ​Prospect Hospice and Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service to help bridge the funding gap both charities are currently experiencing.

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Coronavirus is a deadly risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes. Read more...….

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"In musical entertainment Swindon punches way above its weight. Some of the youngsters we've heard tonight will go on to make a name for themselves"

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A new design for a new name

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Congratulations to the teams from St Joseph’s Catholic College Swindon. The intermediate team (in the picture) was commended and placed joint second by the judges

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Giving money and support to the people in Swindon & district who need it most

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We went to the races in March. It was a meeting with 10 races, 8 riders in each. It wasn’t at Epsom, or Haydock Park, or just up the M4 at Newbury. It was, of all places, in Wanborough Village Hall.

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First place team P.G.Events with the David Maggs Memorial Trophy

The winning team P.G.Events presented with the David Maggs Memorial Trophy to hold for one year by Swindon North Rotary President Mike Helyer

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The Rotary Club hands over £1100 to the Youth Adventure Trust

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Club President Kathy Hobson presents a cheque for £750 to Richard Millard, Chairman of the Trustees

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A brief summary of our Rotary year ending 30/06/2021

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Attendees found plenty at the 2018 Rotary Convention to remind them of the fellowship that binds them and the diversity that Rotary embodies

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Torquay’s Riviera Centre was the venue for the Rotary in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Annual Conference on 6th April 2018

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Rotarian Terry Williams on his Christmas Tree Plantation

Rotarian Terry Williams has been selling his locally grown Christmas trees again and all the proceeds are going to be divided between two charities

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The new Horizons College Minibus, donated collectively by all the Rotary Clubs of Swindon and District, has been branded with the Rotary logo and other graphics by the Wootton Bassett based company, PG Events, free of charge.

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Rotarian Terry's Christmas Trees enable the Rotary Club to present £1,225 to the Friends of Angel's Orphanage

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The Rotary Club of North Wiltshire (the name was changed to the Rotary Club of Swindon North in 2008) received its charter from Rotary International on 28th September 1966

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Raising funds for the Brighter Futures Appeal

A static 100-mile cycle ride from Highworth to Windsor Castle

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Our stall at Highworth Market on 2nd May 2015

Many thanks to everyone who visited our stall at Highworth Market on 2nd May

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The Community & Vocational Service Committee is tasked with organising fund-raising events and functions.

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Rotarian Terry Williams' remarkable and unique fund raising effort, living in a ShelterBox emergency tent for a week in the Market Place, Highworth

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The Club Service Committee manages the administration of the Rotary Club.

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International, Foundation & Youth Activities Service Committee

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Club Council

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Exceeding expectations, President Lynn's challenge to 3 club members to Zumba in the Co-op Foodstore raised £700 for Swindon Young Carers.

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The Rotary Club of Swindon North charity concert featuring the Swindon Male Voice Choir in St Michael's Church, Highworth.

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A Charity Dog Racing event with dinner held at Blunsdon Abbey Stadium on 14th March 2015 in aid of the NSPCC

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We've Zumda'd in the Highworth Co-op, now we've ridden our bikes in there

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