Brief history of Rotary Club of Fareham

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Jottings from The Archive

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75th Birthday Celebration of The Rotary Club of Fareham

30th September 2021



May/June/July - Interest meetings by invitation only at the Red Lion Hotel. 15th July - First Lunch meeting Holy Trinity Church Hall (4/- each)

 INAUGURAL DINNER 16th September 1946 - Harry Sandy appointed first President 

The Founder President Harry Sandy presented the President's badge - the design incorporating the Town Crest

Gifts presented by Rotary Clubs; Gong (Gosport); Reading Desk (Bournemouth); Minute & Visitors book (Portsmouth & Southsea); Attendance Board (Winchester); Set of Badges (Ventnor); Two Flags (Southampton).

Container for Gong and Emblems presented by Rtn C Coghlan

Charity Box presented by Rtn G R Evans



January - Honorary- Member Cdr J G Ouvry DSO Presented the Club with an Ash Tray made from the first magnetic mine which he had dismantled

Charter Presented by District Chairman 21st February - Celebration Dinner -  

(it was noted that several Rotarians had been unable to attend because of  Blizzard)

Auditor of Club Accounts for the first year was Rtn Ken Riley

Club Meetings moved to the Masonic Hall 

Community Service Cttee aims for the first year were  a) To help those who were unable to help themselves,

b) To add a little extra pleasure and comforts to the aged of our town also the young and the sick


June - Building of the Beach Hut had commenced

July - Fareham and Gosport inter-club Golf Cup presented by Pres J M F Peters

Blotter and Writing tablet presented to the RC New York, 

made with wood from HMS Chesapeake1 by Rtn G R Evans


£2 19s raised by 'Bowling for a Pig' competition in Fareham Market


Annual Cricket Match with Portsmouth Football Club

September - Garden Party at Home of Founder President Harry Sandy raised £43

December Fareham Inner Wheel club formed

RIBI President visited the Club


April – Fareham Inner Wheel Chartered


Coronation Medals awarded to K Riley, S Wyatt and L Goodall 

Club sponsor formation of RC Petersfield. Presentation of a Bell


Swinburne Shield presented by Pres T G Swinburne for an annual knock out Golf Tournament for members


Jubilee Banquet and Ball

Community Services Committee formed the Fareham Cmtte for 'Guide Dogs For the Blind'

December - To mark the Golden Jubilee of Rotary a Clock was ordered for the Town (cost £250)

and a Holy Bible was presented to each of the 28 schools.


Wireless sets provided for aged couples Cricket Matches - Rotarians vs Doctors and Clergy

June 6th - Town clock Presented Appeal for 'Hungarian Relief Fund'


Cup presented for competition at Fareham Music Festival' Two Televisions provided for needy people


Club Territory reduced to UDC of Fareham plus Shedfield, Wickham and Boarhunt.

- Curdridge has been taken over by Bitterne & Woolston Club.


Cup presented for competition at Guide Dogs for the Blind Gymkhana



BBQ at Beach Hut 

Ken Riley represents the Club on a TV Programme.


Help given to 'Pestalozzi Village1 and 'Freedom from Hunger' campaign

Easy chairs purchased for St Christopher's Hospital sun lounge.

November - Remarks were made about the length of time taken by the Secretary in making announcements.


Clubs first District Officer  -EC Rogers appointed Youth Exchange Officer

Cup presented to Youth Committee for 'Sea Angling' Competitions (provided by Rtn F Hall)

1965 -1966

To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Rotary

a Kitchen was equipped for Fareham Abbeyfield home (£250)

Formation of local VSO Cmtee sponsored - Rtn Bill Hendry Chairman.

Fareham Town Football Club was top of League Hants Div 1 for 5th year running

- under the Chairmanship of Rtn E R Hills


RC Fareham assistance to 'Guide Dogs for the Blind' reaches £7000 (28 dogs)

21st Club Charter Anniversary Celebration Dinner 


The first issue of a Club Bulletin under the title “The Pinion”

The inaugural meeting of Fareham Probus Club


The last surviving issue (No 8) of the original “Pinion” is printed booklet form


25th Club Charter Anniversary Dinner 


‘Birth’ of another daughter - RC Locks Heath inaugurated

Revival edition of The Pinion with a major focus on Membership

RI introduced automatic progression to “Senior Active” membership to free up Classifications

Club membership noted as 35 ‘Active’, 25 ‘Senior Active’ plus 2 ‘Honorary’ 


Europa Evening held at Prices College 

 Rotaract Club of Fareham founded with 25 members

Autumn Ball held at Prices College


‘International Evening’ event held at Prices College 


30th Club Charter Anniversary Ball   


Link established with RC Del Amo (USA) by PP Dickie Davis at RI Convention Rome

Club sponsors its first local Foundation Scholar – to study Journalism in Canada

Club visit to The News in Portsmouth


Rotary International 75th Anniversary Dinner held at Meon Valley Country Club

50th Annual District 111 Conference

PP Mike Swinburne appointed District Governor - our 'first and only'

First Club Exchange visits  with RC Del Amo

Rtn Stuart Avery leads Burridge Youth Football team on USA tour as Manager/Coach

Fareham Makes Music Charity Concert in aid of QA Hospital Laser Appeal

75th Anniversary of RI celebrated with a ‘Fareham Makes Music Concert’ at HMS Collingwood

Rotary Club of Fareham held RI 75th Anniversary Dinner    

Earliest surviving formal photo of all Club members



Birth of another daughter - RC Fareham Meon chartered


Pres John Landaw organised complete refurbishment of Wheelhouse with financial support from 

Brian Gudgeon incoming first President of RC Fareham Meon   

Rtn Geoff Hillam and co-driver towed donated caravan to Italy to help homeless after earthquake disaster (3000 mls)

Fareham Show inspired and chaired by Pres John Landaw,  held at Cams Hall Farm raising money for good causes


RC Fareham was represented at the opening of Ferneham Hall by HRH Duchess of Kent

Club Bulletin was started by Mike Swinburne who went on to edit it for the next 22 years

Fareham Show another great success, 

(chaired by Rtn John Landaw for 7 years contributing thousands of pounds to Club’s Community Service funds)

Visually Handicapped Sports in District 111 by Past DG Mike Swinburne

Rtn Brian Evans appointed Counsellor for Foundation Scholar studying  at Southampton University 

An emergency box was filled and sent to help victims of a flood and mudslide disaster in India

Rotaract Club raise £258 to funds an Eye Camp in India


Rotary Club of Fareham Charitable Trust officially registered

Club visits arranged to local businesses and Services

Club members organise mock interviews to help school leavers seeking jobs 

Members shocked at meal price increase from £2.75 to £3.50

Club sponsors local applicants for Foundation Scholarship.

Wykeham House School win the Youth area round of Speaks competition and the Mac Rogers Cup

Fashion show raises £420 for the South Atlantic Fund

Past Presidents Day meeting held in the presence of the Mayor

Local youth sponsored for a 2-week voyage on TS Malcolm Miller

Old Folks supported with Xmas parcels and trip to show at Portsmouth Guildhall


Members continue to support the Fareham Show

Sail-over evening to Royal Corinthian Yacht Club 

Presidents Grand Charity Ball with Southampton All-Stars Orchestra held at Ferneham Hall

Grand Charity Auction held at Prices College

President Brian Evans summoned to Canada to organise The Tall Ships race 

The club hosts a Delegation of Members and Wives from RC Del Amo en-route to RI Conference

Visits to D-day planning room  and tractor ride tour of  Rtn Mike Bazeley’s farm

Vice President presides over Welcome Dinner in presence of the Mayor at the Octagon 

RC  Del Amo present ceremonial gavel to RC Fareham to mark the visit

Grand Charity Auction & rummage sale at Prices College

Projects include Eye Camps and Emergency Boxes; sponsorship of Foundation Scholar candidate

Two-way exchange for children of members of RC’s Del Amo and Fareham 

Fareham Show supported

Rotaract organise fundraising Barn Dance at Portchester Community Centre

Trophy donated to D111 in memory of PP Bob Burt – to be an annual award for advancing the 4th Object of Rotary 



Rotaract members redecorate Fareham Battered Wives Hostel

Rtns John Landaw and Ben Benstead organise refurbishment of the WheelHouse

Presidents Night at Ferneham Hall dancing to Southampton All-Stars

Rotaract stage a Fareham Pantomime under the wing of Rtn John Landaw

Rtn Alan and Maureen Bowden host Club Barbeque at their home 

Members and Rotaractors  support Fareham Show

Club Devon Weekend Away thanks to PP Brian and Betty Evans 

First Fareham meeting of the Borough’s Service Clubs Organised by the Mayor

Club Seafood Supper at Portchester School thanks to Headmaster Rtn Geoff Forbes

An evening of Fashion and Beauty fundraiser held at Ferneham Hall

Club jollies included  progressive supper and Pullman Dinner on the Strawberry Line



Presidents Night at Ferneham Hall

An evening of Fashion, Health and Beauty at Ferneham Hall

International Food and Wine fundraiser at Prices School

40th President Installed

Old Folks outing to Portsmouth Carol concert

President Kendal Ockenden and Marianne launch the tradition of annual  ‘President’s At Home’

Club support Fareham Show



Presidents Night held at the Meon Valley Country Club

Youth Speaks – winning team theme ‘Is the age of Chivalry dead’

Rtn John Hall sadly collapses and dies at Club meeting

Club visit to D-day museum. Dinner at RNC and RSYC

An evening of Fashion, Health and Beauty raised nearly £2000 (£500donated to Mayors Hospice appeal)

The club changed venue from The Limes to Maylings Manor Hotel 

Gentlemen’s Charity Dinner in aid of Polio Plus Campaign – Guest speaker Brian Johnston



Presidents Night at the College of Maritime Studies Warsash

PP Kendal Ockenden launches the tradition of ‘Annual Past Presidents Dinner‘

Club visit to the Houses of Parliament

(no records available in 1988 after June) 



Presidents Night held at Maylings Manor Hotel

Widow of PP Cyril Abinett donated a portable Oxygen Machine to be made available to local people 

Club Social events included a progressive supper and a Sports evening with the Swinburne's 

Club visits included Smiths Crisps and Gales Brewery

Fundraiser events included a Race Night and a Bike Race 

21st Anniversary of the Foundation of Rotaract celebrated (RCF Rotaract formed in about 1967)

Sons and Daughters exchange visits with RC Del Amo

Book Collected locally and delivered by members to Ranfurly Library, London

RI Council on Legislation approved enactment to admit Women to Rotary with a vote of 74% in favour

WheelHouse BBQ to view Cowes Fireworks display

Club dinner at Highbury College prepared by Catering Department students

Club team sent to Caen to find a Club Twinning – made contact with RC Cabourg 

WheelHouse flooded by high tide in strong winds     



Members (52) fund proposed, £25 per capita, to repair the WheelHouse 

Fundraisers included;  Evening of Fashion and Beauty, 

Two Fareham youngsters sponsored to attend  an Activities Week at Fairthorne Manor

Members continue to transport old folk to Darby and Joan Club meetings at the Red Cross Hut 

Rotoracters complete Beach clean up.  Rtn Jim Burrell made District Interact Chairman

Club visits:- new operating Theatres at St Marys Hospital& Solent Business Park; 

Members sourced spare Optical equipment locally for the “ Squint Eyes Clinic” in Gdansk, Poland 

Youth Speaks local Cams Hill school team won area round and District Final 

Club supported:- Eye Camp, Water Aid & Romanian Children Relief Fund & Assheton Ct “Run Out”

Club Council decide that the WheelHouse should be completely rebuilt.  

Members persuaded 8 Local schools to each fill an Emergency box 

International Evening organised with 10 international guests working in Fareham 

Social events;- Chichester Theatre visit, President Night at Maylings & end of year BBQ at the Bowdens 

Informal exchange of Club visits with Cabourg Rotarians and members agree to seek Formal Twinning 

Service at Christmas:- Parcels distributed; Assist Kershaw Centre Party; Assheton Court Outing 



Wheelhouse replaced with a purpose-designed brick building


Twinning with Rotary Club of Cabourg begins - Declaration of Club Contact signed


The Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary marked by a Grand Dinner at Ferneham Hall


The Swinburne Fellowship Cup was donated and presented for the first time


Club begin refurbishment of Town’s Rotary Clock to mark the Millennium 


Restored and re-sited Rotary Town Clock formally handed over to Fareham Council 


Defibrillators provided at Fernham Hall, Leisure centre, and shopping centres

in the memory of JVP Pat Newby 

Birth of a granddaughter - RC Whiteley sponsored by RC Fareham Meon


First lady member welcomed to the Club - Jill Newby


President Roger Esnault leads TSUNAMI recon team to Sri Lanka disaster area

D1110 starts Tsunami Village project in Partnership with RC Colombo and RC Karrinyup (D9450 W Australia)

Rotary Clubs of Fareham Joint Rotary Centenary Ball

250th edition of Club Bulletin published



Mentors provided for the Youth Enterprises scheme


RC Fareham reaches 60th Birthday

Joint Celebration Dinner with daughter, RC Fareham Meon (aged 25) and grand-daughter, RC Whiteley (aged 5) 

£500,000 Tsunami Village Project completed in Partnership between D1110, RC Colombo & RC Whitfords

Rtn Roger Esnault presented with Rotary International's highest award "Service Above Self"

Sister Club declaration signed with RC Karrinyup & RC Colombo 


Four electric buggies and two pushing wheelchairs were presented to Fareham Town Mobility Scheme

First Lady President, Jill Newby, takes Office

The club builds tripartite links with  Rtns in S Africa and Calcutta to support  local PanJazz Education Project 


RC Fareham Pledges to raise £4000 towards the Bill Gates Polio Plus Challenge

Rtn Tony Cove becomes District Organiser for Kids Out which gives over 1000 disadvantaged Children a day out 

Club Web site is launched

Rtns Tony Cove, Geoff Hillam and Colin Frampton visit our Matching Grant School project in India

and attend a Polio Immunisation Day

Presidential Citation awarded to PP Derek Woodward

Club Sleigh and Father Christmas attend Hook-with-Warsash school Christmas party


£250 provided to Stubbington Study Centre for Bursaries to enable poorer children to attend

Rotary supported local PanJazz project visit and work in South Africa

PP Derek Woodward made Club’s first Honorary Life member 

Members marshal at FBC Triathlon to raise money for the Rainbow Centre

Club visit to Twinned RC Cabourg

Family Bargains Store Fareham, agrees to host Club collection boxes at check-outs 

Club purchase internet domain 

Thanks for Life Purple Crocus planting scheme started in Town  

Christmas Collections in Sainsburys and FSC raise £2800










Club Certificates of appreciation awarded to Sainsburys and FSC

Wheel House kitchen fully refitted 

Rotary supported PannJazz International Project formally launched at a concert in Ferneham Hall

Presidents Salver renovated by Rtn Gerry Ayres to be awarded annually at the President’s discretion.

PP Peter Brett-Burley made Honorary Life Member

Kids Out Paultons Park – Mayoral send-off.  Members assist on-site.

The club adopts a new design for the Club banner featuring the town Viaduct.

RC Cabourg visits us. Chichester Cathedral & Gardens; Fishbourne Palace; Local festivities.

Visitors from RCs Scarboro & Hillarys - Tsunami Project partners. Report that village is thriving.

RIBI President unveils WheelHouse. Plaque marking PP Ben Benstead’s rebuilding leadership & inspiration.

Members Support and Marshall at “Marathon by Instalments” in aid of The Rainbow Centre.

Rotary Awareness Day at the WheelHouse

Club Sale of ‘Rotary’ Tomato Sauce donated nationally by Tiptree raised £71.

Report received from Member serving as Colonel in Afghanistan

Member visits RC Salt Lake City and reports on Partnership School and Hospital Projects in NE India.

The club enters local annual Methodist Church ‘Christmas Tree Festival’ for the first time

Club Christmas Collections at Sainsburys and Fareham Shopping Centre raise £2790



Successful ‘Call Our Bluff’ fundraising Evening held in local School

Mayor re-opens Club’s facelifted ‘Rotary Wishing Well’ in Fareham Shopping Centre

Letter sent to HM The Queen with loyal greetings on her Diamond Jubilee

Members support and participate in Soberton’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration weekend

Rotary Day awareness event held in Town Centre in partnership with RC Fareham Meon.

Members collect Supermarket School Tokens and donate them to Portchester School.

Links with RC Meon increased with regular meetings of officers

Kid’s Out at Paulton’s Park, very popular

Over 1000 items were donated for Basics Bank by members and with Soroptimist’s help

Wheelhouse run by Chris Thomas had 140 bookings and was shortlisted for a Queen’s Award for voluntary service.

Visit to RC Cabourg, fascinating visits and great hospitality

Members at wheelhouse for the parade of liners to mark P&O 175th anniversary reviewed by The Princess Royal

Members acted as Stewards for the Olympic torch being run through Fareham

Club Social visit to Leckford (John Lewis), gardens and Farm with lunch in a riverside pub 

Stewards at Fort Nelson for a Military tattoo went well and so offered use of the Fort for a Rotary event (see 2014)

Formation of an Interact group at Wykeham House school, led by PE Pam Bryant

President’s overseas project was CURE, a Malawi hospital specializing in treating children with a club foot. 

 A Magic evening by the amazing Bertie Pearce in Soberton Village Hall, raised £1550 for CURE

The Interact club did a sponsored cycle ride up the Meon Valley railway trail



Christmas collections at Sainsbury’s raised £2790, despite threats of flooding and one-day cancellation by Police  

Interact met at the Wheelhouse to learn knitting squares to make blankets for a charity supporting stroke victims – 

Club Visit to RNLI at Chichester Harbour with lunch and a talk at Hayling Island sailing club 

Rotarail at Fareham College was an outstanding success, raised £700 for club charities

Chris Thomas and President Duncan were invited to Winchester by the Lord Lt of Hampshire 

after being nominated for The Queen's Award for voluntary service, 

The DG called for clubs to work together at joint dinner with RC’s Meon, Locks Heath & Whitley 

The Interact club took part in Dragon boating for charity

Visit by RC Cabourg members, the theme was D-Day, visits to Southwick house and Droxford station

A Global grant was achieved for CURE to treat children disabled by club foot in Malawi, raising $29,000

‘Jim Burrell Trophy’ donated by his daughter and son as an award for ‘congeniality’

Pres Pam Bryant made PHF for setting up the first Interact Club at Wykeham House School

Twinning visit from RC Cabourg. Welcome tea at President’s home

Interact members gave some musicals before presenting blankets to the Stroke Club.

Presidents At Home, held in the garden on a sunny but rather windy day.

Special Rotary Club Showcase & buffet at Fort Nelson attended  by more than 70 VIPs

Past Presidents annual dinner held at the Harbour Yacht Club Port Solent.

The staff of the Local company, Dancor, filled Shoeboxes for the annual D1110 appeal.

Interactors entered the Methodist Christmas Tree Festival, in aid of the Philippines Disaster.





Fifteen members embarked on Brittany Ferries for a weekend visit to the Rotary Club of Cabourg.

the first guest speaker was the newly appointed Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes.

The club joined Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance 

Club members organise “Wheelhouse Welcomes” for Dementia sufferers & their carers 

to enjoy fellowship, memory boxes, a sing-song and seaside ice cream 

Club supported “ The Haven in Wessex” (Breast Cancer) & marshalled for Countess of Wessex opening visit



Money was raised for the Philippines Community Fund to aid Children scavenging on Manila rubbish tips   

The first annual Rotarail model railway exhibition was held in partnership with Fareham College

Other fundraising events included several evenings at Antonio’s and a hilarious “Call My Bluff” evening 

PP John Gauntlett made Honorary Life Member

RC Cabourg returns visit: Butser Ancient Farm; English Vineyard; a Fish and Chip lunch, and an evening BBQ.



PP Ben Benstead made Honorary Life member

Fundraising Caribbean lunch in support of Clubs efforts to help education for disadvantaged children in Grenada 

Club assists St Francis School after it was badly damaged by vandals

Ongoing link strengthened with St Francis Special School for children with severe and complex learning difficulties  


Sister Club Declaration signed with RC Hillarys, W. Australia 


President raised the issue of Membership and the need to broaden the Club’s age range.

Both Richard Watson and Mike Bazelely celebrated their 90th birthdays.

President’s at home in his garden, just avoiding the rain.

Support, by funds to ShelterBox given to the Caribbean following hurricane Irma.

A Call My Bluff evening provided fellowship and funds for Rotary Foundation.

Hays Travel was given the Rotary Corporate Responsibility Award.

Christmas tree entered for the town’s Christmas Tree Festival.

5th Thursday meal at Fareham College. 

Children met Father Christmas at Garsons Garden Centre.



Annual Sainsbury’s collection.

Youth Speaks competition held in January.

Donation to St. Francis school for an adapted minibus. DG presentation of cheque at wheelhouse.

PP Colin White made Honorary Life Member

Past President’s meal at Antonio’s.

Work is undertaken in preparedness for the Data Protection Act.

Another successful Rotarail.

Concert held at the United Reform Church.


Donation to St. Francis school towards the purchase of the adapted minibus. DG Presented a cheque at wheelhouse.

Annual Sainsbury collection.


Rotarail -model railway charitable fundraising exhibition.

Visit to Hampshire and IOW air ambulance at Thruxton and financial donation.

Successful Secret coach day out with lunch and small Foundation contribution.

Bertie magic dinner with the decapitation of President.

First Soberton garden visits in aid of charity.

Finance for Sand dam project (effective water supply to African community almost achieved 

                                                     PP Linda Ingram made Honorary Life Member

PP Richard Watson made Honorary Life Member                                  

Presidents ‘At Home’ featuring folk music duo at local Workingmen’s Club

Demonstration of 'sign language' by two 12-year olds, our youngest speakers of the year

Club engagement with members & Community Brainstorm – 36 ideas – work in progress

December Sainsbury collection despite the rain, howling gale and news of Covid epidemic from China




President shares with members the healthy, crying phone call of his new-born granddaughter.

The COVID pandemic triggers Lockdown. A decision was taken on March 16th to suspend Club meetings

New Weekly Bulletin for members emerges.

President begins weekly telephone calls to members

In mid-May weekly Club 'Zoom' meetings take off.

Paul Harris fellowships awarded to Chris Thomas and Rebecca Traynor

Shielding Club President has to pass on the Presidential Chain using his 2-meter episcopal crook.

Incoming Presidents focus for the year;- Youth & Young people; The Environment; finding ways of having Fun

Rotary Certificate of Appreciation for Acts of Kindness during Covid epidemic presented to the Basics Bank

Major refurbishment of WheelHouse begun during Covid shutdown

Club Members supported the Christmas Shoebox scheme 

Club supported efforts of ‘Team Scrubbers” volunteers to make PPE

Work continues on securing District and Foundation grants towards the Clubs Sand Dam Project 

PR Norman Chapman was elected as Area Lay Chair for the newly formed Deanery Synod.  




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