Rotary Award for Community Service
Freda Brennan is presented with a 'Paul Harris Fellow' Award for her dedicated support to young people in the Community
Freda Brennan was the scriptwriter of our 'Down The Tubes' show held in November 2018. She has devoted a significant amount of her lifetime to help and develop countless children in the area of musical stage. Many have gone on to study music and drama, and others now enjoy musical careers in the West End. Others now teach music and drama themselves.
With her long association with the Fatfield Junior Operatic Society and The Rainbow Youth Theatre, every Sunday, Freda has brought together children from the age of 8 years and above, to teach them in the arts of singing, dancing and acting. They have performed many shows and concerts for our own community in Washington, and have even showcased their talents abroad.
Freda has acted as a chaperone for ITV and BBC whilst they filmed the likes of 'Vera' and George Gently' here in the North-East. She has also performed this role at many theatres around the Country, including the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, and the Sunderland Empire.
To mark her dedication, time and effort with this work over many years, and achievements that support the causes and principles of Rotary in our community, Washington Forge Rotary was delighted to present Freda with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, the highest form of recognition given by Rotary.
At the end of the 'Down The Tubes' evening show, Rotary North-East District Governor Stewart Atkin kindly made the presentation on behalf of the club.
A worthy recipient and well deserved. #betheinspiration
All images courtesy of Signature Times Photography
Our annual charity Swimathon at the 'Everyone Active' Washington Leisure Centre on Sunday 7th July 2019details
Rotary Foundation supports Wearside Women in Need
Rotary District Grant contributes to new furniture.details
'Down The Tubes'
A stage production telling a story of families living during The Blitz in WW2details
World Polio Day - Crocus Planting
Local Scouts and Beavers joined Rotary members and volunteers from Washington Village in Bloom to plant purple crocus corms in the village green to mark World Polio Daydetails
'Food for Christmas' Appeal 2017
We again held our annual appeal this year and collected food in the Washington area for distribution through The Salvation Army to families in need.details
National 'Know Your Blood Pressure' Day 2018
In support of the work of the Stroke Association we offered free blood pressure checks in The Galleries, Washington.details
Know Your Blood Pressure Event - October 2017
We again supported this Rotary/Stroke Association initiative by offering free blood pressure checks and advice in The Galleries, Washington.details
Charity Swimathon 2017
This year's Swimathon was held again at the 'Everyone Active' Washington Leisure Centre. This year our headline charitable cause was 'T1KZ' - assisting children, young people and families living with Type 1 diabetes in the North Eastdetails
Swimathon 2017 - Presentation Evening
Presentations to just some of the groups involved in this year's Swimathondetails
Keeping Washington Tidy
Throughout the year, our members are supporting local environmental groups in their efforts to keep our community area clean and tidy.details
'Food for Christmas Appeal 2016'
We are running our annual appeal again this year and will be collecting food in the Washington area for distribution through The Salvation Army to families in need.details
Charity Swimathon 2016
Our second Swimathon was held at the 'Everyone Active' Washington Leisure Centre.details
Dictionaries 4 Life
Year 6 pupils at Usworth Colliery Primary School presented with 'Dictionaries 4 Life'.details
'Know Your Blood Pressure' Day
We offered free blood pressure checks to the public in The Galleries, Washington. This is to help people understand the link between high blood pressure and strokes and how to reduce the risk. Photo: Rotarians Rob Blair and Dr Mathew Thomasdetails
Food For Christmas Appeal 2014
This year we were again collecting foodstuffs in the Washington area for distribution through The Salvation Army to families in need.details
Washington Village Christmas Festival
Washington Village Christmas Festival took place on Saturday 29th November along Spout Lane - between 1pm and 5pmdetails
'Enterprise Week' at Usworth Colliery Primary School
School holds it's 'Enterprise Week' in July.details
Air Cadets Welcome Top Brass
2214 (Usworth) Air Cadets provided with musical instruments through Rotary Foundation grantdetails
Usworth Colliery Primary School 'Enterprise Week'
School initiative supported by Rotary and ASDAdetails
Washington Heritage Festival 2012
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kay, visits our displaydetails
'Charity Race Night'
In support of Marie Curie Cancer Care & the Great North Air Ambulance. Venue - the North Biddick Social Club, Bonemill Lane, Washington.details