It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rotary member John Grenham. Aged 73

John joined the club in 1980 and served as its President twice, in 1990-1991 and 2000-2001

A full obituary will appear in the near future.

Welcome To Farnborough Rotary Club

Farnborough Rotary club organises a number of local events, like the Donkey Derby, Music In The Park Farnborough, Christmas street collections and many others.

Although we are known for these locally high profile events, we also have a lot of fun and many events that are never publicised.

The backgrounds of our members are varied. Many people think that Rotary clubs are full of just bank managers and other professional people, this not quite the case.

We have lots of local business people. For example we have a jeweller, an estate agent, a local baker, sales and marketing professionals, a pharmaceutical dispenser…to name just a few professions of the 53 members.

We also have a retired GP, some local councillors and a restaurant owner. A real mixture of people and personalities….But at present no bank managers. :)…However if you are a local bank manager, (even retired) with the energy to get involved, then we’d love to hear from you.

If you feel you would like to get involved in the community and you can attend our lunch-time meetings, plus you don’t mind meeting once a month for a committee get together, then please get in touch.

We are always looking for people with energy, enthusiasm and a little time on their hands.

If you are interested in coming along to one of our meetings to see us in action and meet the members, please contact our membership team leader   John DebenhamEmail or call  01252 545822

Here Are Some Photos From The Last Year -
Photographer John Fletcher

Report From Last Year’s Donkey Derby 2017

For over 50 years Farnborough has held a Donkey Derby on the Bank Holiday at the end of May which attracts people from all over Rushmoor.

This year was no exception, and on Monday May 29th at the King George V playing fields, the 55th Rotary Donkey Derby opened its gates at 12:00. Organised by the three local Rotary Clubs of Rushmoor, Farnborough, and Ash & Blackwater Valley, the annual Donkey Derby entertains thousands of people and raises large sums of money for charity.

There were around 50 charity and trade stalls. Boys and girls were able to enter and take part in 6 donkey races, whilst mums and dads could bet on the outcome at the Tote. Entertainment also included the Reading Scottish Pipe Band, The Rockwood Dog Display Team, Millers Ark Animals, Face Painting, Punch and Judy, a Fun Dog Show, The Toledos (a 50’s /60’s Band) and a Fairground.

Rotarian Tim Dunkley, Vice Chairman of this year’s Donkey Derby Committee, said that they had been very apprehensive about the weather forecast coming up to Donkey Derby but the weather just about held off and the public came in their droves. There was a really good range of stalls, free entertainment and other activities on site this year, and we are optimistic that we will have raised a large amount of money for charity. Thanks are extended to all our advertisers, supporters and Rushmoor Borough Council for their considerable input. Everyone had a great time so here’s to next year!

Among those attending were Sir Gerald Howarth and The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sophia Choudhary, who both acted as guest donkey race commentators.