The Christmas Float is ready!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in Christmas, Christmas Collections, Community, Events | 1 comment

Farnborough Rotary Club will be back on the streets of Farnborough in the evenings from Sunday 1 December and in local shopping centres during the daytime from Saturday 7 December with their Christmas float collecting for local charities.  To celebrate the float being brought out of storage for another busy fund raising December, Andrew Lloyd, Rotary Chairman of the Christmas Float Committee was joined by The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue  Carter, President of Farnborough Rotary Club, Ted Benneyworth, and of course, Father Christmas!

The routes that are planned for 2019 are shown here by date; an alphabetical index is also included.

Rotary Christmas Routes 2019 – Evening by Date

ROTARY CHRISTMAS ROUTES 2019 – Roads Alphabetical

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District Governor Visits Our Club

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in Club Service, Slideshow, Visitors | 0 comments

This week we were visited by out District Governor Alan Moss

He is a member of Highdown Rotary Club which is one of two Rotary clubs in Worthing area.  As Alan says “We are family and work friendly group” 

 In his talk he encouraged us to look at how we could bring more flexibility and innovation to the Club, and provide a “landing platform” for young people such as those moving from Rotoract into Rotary.

Farnborough Rotary Club visit by District Governor
Rotary President Ted Benneyworth and District Governor Alan Moss

Here is some info about Alan from his blog

I originate from South East London, where I spent my childhood in Catford. Unusually, I found school enjoyable.

On leaving school at the age of 16, I become an apprentice with the PostOffice in their International Telegraph Department. On completion, he continued to work for the now British Telecom in a number of roles, the last being a telex engineer.

In 1985 I left British Telecom when I was approached by Cable and Wireless to build, install and operate their telex exchanges. Over the years with Cable and Wireless,

I had a variety of roles within the operational departments, I then moved into marketing roles; these included project development, project management and product management.

During this time I was fortunate enough to travel and work in the United States and Europe. Finally in 2004, I left Cable and Wireless and since then I have run a local business in Rustington with Christine.

Following a move to the South Coast in 1990, I gradually became more active within the local Community, initially helping at the 7th Littlehampton Air Scout Group becoming part of their leadership team where I am currently the Group Scout Leader.

In 2001, Christine became involved with Stagedoor Theatre Company, they put on three diverse shows a year at the Windmill Theatre in Littlehampton. I began to help out, initially working backstage but I have progressed to onstage performances. I am now Chairman of the company.

Christine joined Rotary in 2005; I managed to avoid it until 2008 when a Rotarian got me hooked by taking me to District meetings on End Polio Now. This struck a chord as one of my school teachers had Polio as a child and I had seen its long term effects.

At Littlehampton I worked closely on the formation of INSIGHT, The Rotaract Club of Littlehampton, this furthered my enthusiasm for getting young people involved in Rotary which led me to become the District Rotaract Chair in 2011. In 2013,

I was honoured to be Club President at Littlehampton when they celebrated their 90th Anniversary. Currently, I am a member of the Highdown Rotary. I am currently District Governor for Rotary South District 1145.

Throughout my time in Scouts, Stage-door and Rotary it has never ceased to amaze me the extent of what we can and have achieved, when people work together on common Goals. Long may that continue

Rotarian Merv Receives The Paul Harris Fellowship Award

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Club Service, Music In The Park, Slideshow | Comments Off on Rotarian Merv Receives The Paul Harris Fellowship Award

A Farnborough Rotarian has been give a special award for work within the club, in the local community and especially for his role in the successful Music In The Park event, which has raised £500k for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham since 2001. 

Merv was introduced to Rotary when he was invited to supply sound equipment etc for the first Music In The Park in 2001 (formerly known as ‘Picnic To Music In The Park’)  and as a result became a Rotarian. He has been an active member ever since who does embrace the ‘Service Above Self’ motto. For some years he has been a Route Marshall at Christmas and he has been the Chair of the highly successful Donkey Derby for quite a few years. 

Merv George says a few words on receiving hisPaul Harris Fellow

Merv has been instrumental in suggesting winning Line-ups over the past 10 shows as well as organising and bringing together all aspects of the Stage Management and Production. Whilst yes it is his profession he brings far more to it than as yet another ‘job’. He somehow manages to overcome huge problems such as when either Acts have withdrawn at short notice or the stage has cancelled in the lead up to the show. This year he sourced a replacement stage at terribly short notice despite being away working crazy hours as a Tour Manager himself. 

He is the only member of the original 2001 group still part of the current MIP team and without his advice, technical knowledge and knowhow this club would find it far more difficult if to stage such a professional music event on this scale.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Community and Rotary. We believe the fifty thousand people of Farnborough who have attended the 10 MIP shows would say he certainly has!

Merv Receiving His Paul Harris Fellowship Award From Club President Ted Benneyworth

St Peter’s Junior School Children Gifted Dictionaries

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Community, Slideshow | Comments Off on St Peter’s Junior School Children Gifted Dictionaries

The year 6 children at St Peter’s Junior School, Farnborough were lucky enough to be chosen to receive a beautiful dictionary by the Farnborough branch of the Rotary Club. The dictionaries were presented by former Headteacher Katy Harris. 

Katy was recently presented with a champion of change award for her outstanding commitment to a school project in Uganda, giving children living in extreme poverty the opportunity to break out of the cycle and fulfil their potential.

Headteacher, Mrs Good thanked the Rotary club for their generosity. “The children were delighted with the books which will enhance their learning for many years”.

Katy Harris with a pupil from the school.

Visit By The Bishop of Dorking Rt. Revd Dr Jo Bailey-Wells

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Slideshow, Vocational | 0 comments

Last Thursday, we were visited by the Bishop of Dorking Rt. Revd Dr Jo Bailey-Wells.

Jo gave us a very entertaining talk about her connection with Rotary, which goes back to her time at Cambridge University, she studied at Corpus Christi College. She was offered the opportunity of a Rotary Scholarship, which meant that she could study with all expenses paid for one year, provided she came back.

She volunteered to go to different parts of Africa to be involved in global developments and to try and re-address the balance of world debt and world power. 

When she came back to UK, she was invited to attend a college in Minnesota USA. It was here that she found he calling to serve God.

She is married to Sam Wells who is the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London. They live in Guildford.

She also talked about her time when she served as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury  Justin Welby


Right Revd Dr Jo Bailey-Wells and Farnborough Rotary President Ted Benneyworth

There is more information about on her Wikipedia page…

Joanne Caladine Bailey Wells[1] (née Bailey; born 1965) is a British Anglican bishop, theologian, and academic. Since 29 June 2016, she has been the Bishop of Dorking, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Guildford.[2] Previously, she was a lecturer in the Old Testament and Biblical theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and then associate professor of Bible and Ministry at Duke Divinity SchoolDuke University.[3] From 2013 until she fully took up her bishop’s role on 25 September 2016,[4] she had served as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury.[5]

Kid’s Out Balloon Race 2019

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in Community, Slideshow | Comments Off on Kid’s Out Balloon Race 2019

President Ted Benneyworth and Young Doug

Every year on the second Wednesday in June hundreds of Rotary Clubs across the UK put on a special day for children with special needs. Farnborough Rotary club holds its own special day for many children across the region too.

This year we held a balloon race. The winner was young Doug..

Here are a few words from President Ted Benneyworth..

“The winner of the balloon race was Doug of Ash Grange School. I went down to the school and presented him with the prize of £15.00 for the balloon which went the furthest. The balloon tried to get into the Glastonbury Festival but was stopped by security fencing.  The school will be using the money for gardening materials”.

History Of Kids Out

Lady Grantchester, of the Moore’s family and owners of Littlewoods, suggested to the Rotary Club in Kingston, where she lived, that they take disadvantaged children on a day out. She approached Rotarians Peter Jarvis and Graham Child about the idea. A deal was struck, and in 1990 the Kingston Rotary Club and Kingston Littlewoods store organised an outing for 200 children to go to Thorpe Park. The day was so successful that Lady Grantchester offered a one off grant to any Rotary Club willing to take part in a similar event on the 2nd Wednesday in June. Overnight 800 Rotary Clubs from all over the UK joined in and the National Rotary KidsOut Day was created. It immediately became the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK, with tens of thousands of children taken out on the second Wednesday every June.


Members Weekend Away In Suffolk

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Club Service, Slideshow | 0 comments

Every year one of our members – Roy Sharpe who has been a member since 1970 arranges a weekend away for members, their spouses, friends and partners. The 19th consecutive time this has occurred. 

This year it was off to Sunny Suffolk for over 40 people.

Leaving on Friday morning 31st May, this jocular group boarded the coach on route to Ipswich. Naturally there were jokes along the way and commentary from the group’s leader Roy.

A stop for coffee in the majestic city of Bury St. Edmunds, then lunch, before travelling on to the small market town of Sudbury for afternoon tea ..It’s all go…And then making their way along the Stour Valley to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Orwell.


Up early for breakfast then onto the coach for a drive to Suffolk’s heritage coast, Southwold and its pier. Plenty of walking followed by coffee and then onto Aldeburgh, home to the composer Benjamin Britten.

After lunch (naturally)  the group boarded the MV Jahn for a cruise along the lovely River Deben towards the North Sea for two hours which include afternoon tea of tea and scones, before heading back to the hotel for evening dinner.


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River Deben towards the Suffolk coast


After breakfast it was off to Ipswich Marina. Officially opened at a ceremony in July 2000 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston when he predicted that “Ipswich Haven Marina will fast become the star attraction on the east coast”.

Then it was off on a tour south through Constable Country, before reaching the City Of Colchester, in historic Essex.  Britain’s first city and former capital of Roman Britain.

Once again Tour Guide and organiser Roy did not let the club down and provided a fantastic weekend away. There were plenty of weary travellers arriving back in Farnborough on Sunday evening, tired , but enthusiastic and wondering what county Roy will come up with next year for this annual event.