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 He somehow manages to overcome huge problems such as when either Acts have withdrawn at short notice or the stage has cancelled in the lead up to the show.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.


Local Business man honoured by Rotary top award the Paul Harris Fellowship

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Club Service, Slideshow | 0 comments

Nick White the son of John Raison, who owned the Fishing Tackle Shop in Park Road, North Camp, for many years was honoured by a prominent Rotarian from the Jefferson City West Rotary Club of America Mr Nick Rackers.

Nick’s son Christopher, also a member of the Jefferson City West Rotary Club contacted the Farnborough Rotary Club earlier in the year and requested that his Father received his award by the Farnborough Rotary Club.

Nick was accompanied by his wife Denise, son Christopher and his wife Rachel, both recipients of the Paul Harris Fellow, his  Grand Children Aurelia and Elijah, Faith White and partner Jake Newton.

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.

It is named after Rotary founder Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.

Champions Of Change Winner Farnborough Rotarian Katy Harris

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

Every year Rotary hosts the Champions Awards, celebrating the outstanding humanitarian and community service conducted by volunteers from across Great Britain and Ireland.

This year, seven Rotary members have been  crowned Champions of Change, alongside seven Community Champions, members of the public whose efforts have been recognised by their local Rotary club.

One of the winners was Farnborough Rotary member Katy Harris.

Katy has given 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.

She has been working on the project for six years through the UK charity Karuna Action and using her professional skills as a retired headteacher, has delivered teacher and leadership training to schools in desperately impoverished areas.

These activities have dramatically raised education standards and improved the life chances of the pupils, with many going on to become doctors, solicitors and teachers themselves.

The presentation took place in Nottingham of Friday 10th of May