Platinum Jubilee Seagrass Restoration
The Rotary Club of Westminster West is championing an environmental peace project to support the monitoring and restoration of seagrass beds in the UK coastal areas thereby promoting peace (through efforts to reduce effects of overfishing and environmental damage on coastal communities) and education (for younger people by raising awareness of destruction of marine environments and potential to lead to conflict between communities).
Seagrasses are flowering plants that live in shallow sheltered areas along the coast. These sensitive plants are different from seaweed and form bright green leaves. These leaves can form large, dense meadows under the sea and are full of life, hosting many creatures, for example; crabs, juvenile fish and seahorses. It is estimated that the UK has lost around half of its seagrass habitat since the 1930’s and protecting what is left is vital.
We are partnering with Project Seagrass (https://www.projectseagrass.org) which is an environmental charity devoted to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems through education, influence, research and action.
educating the wider community on the presence and importance of seagrass ecosystems, the services they provide and current seagrass management issues,
This project aligns with the UN sustainable development goals around climate change (seagrass is a major absorber of CO2)
Funds raised by the Rotary club will go towards operating costs for sea grass restoration work off the Pembrokeshire coast (materials, electricity, water and staff costs) as well as education materials for use to explain work to students and school children. Additionally, we plan as a club to participate with volunteering with the harvesting and grass planning activities in the summer of 2022.
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February is Rotary's Peace & Conflict Prevention Month. Moreover 23 Feb is Rotary's 117th Birthday. The Queen completed 70 years of service on 6th Feb 2022. This Peace Seminar Commemorates all three milestones.more
This is a District 1130 Peace Committee comprising four members of the Rotary Club of Westminster West who are past or present officials of the UN and the Commonwealth. Members from other Clubs were recently inducted after a 2 day Peace Building Workshop.more
The Club was honoured to welcome DG Francis at its meeting on 1st July 2020. This was the first official visit by the DG to a club in the District. The incoming President H.E. Amb Julius Moto was handed the chain of office by outgoing President Anna.more
The Rotary Club of Westminster West collaborated with The Commonwealth Resounds and The Purcell School of Music to arrange a programme of Drumming Performances during the week in which Commonwealth Heads of Government met in London.more
Westminster West had a special dinner for its members on 28 June 2019 at the International Maritime Organisation - which is the only UN Agency in the UK. The Drinks Reception & Dinner was hosted by President Juvenal Shiundu and his wife Mrs Rose Shiundu.more
Rev Fr Patrick Murunga is a Catholic Priest from Kakagema County in Kenya. He has come as a temp priest to a church in the UK. He visited the Club to collect a gift of Encyclopedias for the St Elizabeth Lureko Girls Secondary School in Kakagema County.more
The Club has raised funds and undertaken several large and small projects both within the UK and in the International Arena. The Projects documented on this website are listed below. Go to the 'What We Do' tab to read about these Projects.more
The Club held its Annual Past Presidents Day Luncheon on 14th May 2014. Past President Clive Knowles chaired this Meeting. Other Senior Rotarians who attended included PP Arvind Barve, PP James Allie, PP Robert Crane, PP Elwin Cummings Palmer & AG Francismore
The Secrets are out ; 1). how to park a Rolls Royce in Central London for a £25 month; 2). Who lies behind a Happy Woman in Iceland and who is responsible for a Successful Man in England; 3). Which Club had an encounter with Alcoholics Anonymous;more
The Launch of the Lifeboat Project - a fascinating insight into the magnificent achievement of the Rotary Club of Westminster West which raised funds for the Lifeboat named "ROTARY SERVICE" - RNLI Official Number (ON) 1031 and Operational Number 50-001.more
Funds were raised to Support the Provision of a Library to the Chirovakamwe Primary School in Mutare, Zimbabwe and Information Technology to the St. Elizabeth Lureko Girls' Secondary School in Mumias, Kakagema County, Kenya.more
Funds were raised for the provision of Information Technology(IT) to the School. The IT systems were purchased and shipped to Mombasa and then onto Mumias. The aim is to improve the IT Literacy of as many Pupils as possible.more
The Rotarians of Westminster West visited the Chikuku Youth Centre in Zimbabwe in November 2012. They had facilitated the supply of tools, machinery and two water tanks, and then visited to review the progress at the Centre.more
In 2012, the Rotary Club of Westminster West Sponsored a Girl Student for the Entire Duration of Her Four Year Secondary Education at the Starehe Girls' Centre in Nairboi, Kenya. She Completed her Secondary Education in December 2015.more
Provision of essential items of furniture, laboratory equipment, books and uniforms to some rural schools and a van to transport physically challenged children to school in the Chickjajur Area of Karnataka in India. The Project was completed in March 2007more
Project to provide sewing machines and sewing accessories to the local branch of the Bolivian Institute for the Blind to enable the Institute to enhance its self help programmes for those who are blind or partially sighted.more
Convert a five kilometre long stretch of the Mutha River Bank from a dump yard to a friendly, flood resistant Park, for the benefit of society as well as to enhance the awareness of the delicate ecology of the river and human settlements.more
The Rotary Club of Westminster West and the Westminster Inner Wheel Club adopted this project as one of its main projects for which it contributed financial support over a period beginning 1991 to 1995.more