Dickensian Evening

Wantage Rotary had another very successful Dickensian Evening.


We were very pleased with  the footfall at our pitch  at Dickensian Evening on December 6th.       

                                                                                                                                                                Once again, a great deal of work had gone into the preparation and set up, with a total of 14 Rotarians and Friends of Rotary involved.       

We sold 4 Christmas trees, which we will deliver.

As with last year, the mistletoe, which David Castle had travelled many a mile to acquire, proved very popular, and was all gone by just after 8 o’clock!

A new innovation, our ‘water or wine’ lucky dip, an idea dreamt up by Sharon, was an outstanding success, with a queue of hopefuls keeping her busy for several hours. Sharon was very ably assisted by Vicki and Niki.  We were also very grateful for all the effort put into decorating our tree by Fiona, and to Sallie for once again running the children's lucky dip.

Events like this can raise some useful funds for our good works account, but the principal purpose is to raise awareness of Rotary, what we do, how we do it, and how much fun and fellowship we find along the way!

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You may like to have some idea of how Wantage Rotary Club has supported communities locally, nationally and internationally, over the past 12 months.

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Queen Moya!
Our pantomime causes as much mirth amongst the performers as in the audience!

Each year, with invaluable help from some of the Friends of Rotary, we stage a number of Road Shows- an evening of entertainment (some talent, much enthusiasm) at several of the local residential care homes.

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A short video explaining the appeal of Rotary today.

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Our towns are rapidly becoming safer places, due to the steady proliferation of defibrillators. Here’s one that we donated and maintain, outside Wantage library.

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Introducing Paul Penfold, the newly installed President of the Club.

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We are always keen to recruit new members.

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All hands to the pump!

Wantage Rotary had another very successful Dickensian Evening.

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Ian, Pete & Alan, happy in their work!

A successful annual fundraiser for the Club involves the sale, and free delivery, of Christmas trees, in a variety of types and sizes. Overall, this involves quite a lot of man hours, but the service is widely appreciated in the Wantage area.

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Freya Jansens explaining her career so far, to a fascinated audience.

On Wednesday November 27th, Freya Jansens, a District 1090 Rotary Scholar from New South Wales, was a guest at our meeting. Wantage RC is acting as her host club.

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2019-2020 Club Admin take care of the day to day running of the Rotary Club. We also make all the arrangements for such events as Meet the President, Club's Christmas Dinner, and the President's Farewell Dinner. We play a full part in fundraising.

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The Membership Committee's remit is divided between a drive to recruit new members, and looking after the welfare of our existing members.

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Wantage Foundation & International Committee looks after our efforts to help when natural disasters strike around the world. The committee further oversees a variety of international humanitarian projects to which we offer financial support.

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We will be heavily involved in the running and funding of competitions for debating, photography and chess. We will sponsor 3 of the most promising sports people from King Alfred's Academy. We will sponsor 1 person for the Rotary Young Leaders Award.

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The Community Committee deals with our local area, seeking to help those in need.

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