Santa and the Mayor wish us well

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Christmas, Christmas Collections, Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

Santa Claus dropped into Farnborough to join the Mayor of Rushmoor, Steve Masterson, in wishing the Club and its President Michael Smailes well for its annual Christmas Float collections in aid of mainly local charities. Also in the picture is Andrew Lloyd who runs the club’s Christmas collections operation.

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Collections start on Sunday 2 December; full details are available here.

Ugandan Visitors

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in international, Slideshow | 0 comments

Joel and Pamela from Uganda visited us to say thank you for the 2 donations they have received from Farnborough Rotary.

Joel is the director of a school which he set up to serve the children from a local slum area.

The school now numbers over 500 children and the money given to them helped buy IT and science equipment.

Pamela, President Michael Smailes Joel and Rotarian Katy Harris

Farnborough shoppers donate £500

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Charities We Support, Club Service, Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

The generosity of the people of Farnborough was well-demonstrated on Sunday 7th October when shoppers in Queensmead donated £500 for Shelterbox, a UK based disaster relief charity.   Members of Farnborough Rotary Club had on display the equipment used by Shelterbox and that is currently being distributed to the Indonesian families following the terrible earthquake and Tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.

Shoppers in Farnborough were able to see the large Family Relief tent which is capable of housing a family for the medium term, equipment such as the water filters, solar lamps and other desperately required items provided by the Shelterbox teams who arrived three days after the event.

Right now, ShelterBox is also helping families recover after super typhoon Mangkhut devastated homes in the Philippines, and in Kenya where flooding has made thousands of families homeless. They are also working with our partners in Syria, Iraq, Lake Chad Basin and Somalia.

Nothing can replace what has been lost in Sulawesi, but Shelterbox is determined to  provide the shelter, aid and hope that families so desperately need right now. 

If you would like to give money which is guaranteed to go toward what is so urgently needed, please go to where you can make a donation on-line. 

Our sincere thanks go to Rushmoor Borough Council who provided the required licence for us to establish the collection on Sunday.

Local Girl’s Kilimanjaro Climb.

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in international, Slideshow | 1 comment

Following a request from local student Sara Gaylard on 10.4.2018 to help support a Rag challenge for an International charity ‘Hope for Children‘ by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the club wrote to Sarah to inform her that the Club Members have donated £250.00.

Under normal circumstances, we donate direct to charities and not via third parties. The Club was however impressed that a local Farnborough student from Wavell School, studying at University, still found time to undertake such a project. 

We are pleased to be able to present her report to our Club.

Read the report by clicking here.


President Diane’s Afternoon Tea

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Events, President's News, Slideshow | Comments Off on President Diane’s Afternoon Tea

The 12 month term of Presidency is nearly over for the current rotary president Diane Bedford.

So on Saturday 24th June she was joined by fellow rotarians their husbands, wives and partners for a visit to the gardens of West Green House.

Nestling in a woodland corner of Northern Hampshire, the gardens of West Green House surround one of the prettiest manor houses in England.

After a tour around the peaceful and tranquil gardens, afternoon tea was served.

West Green House Gardens combines neo-classical style with contemporary design. A grand water staircase provides a focal point to the Nymphaeum Fountain designed by architect Quinlan Terry. The magnificent Walled Garden, faithfully restored to its original lines, is entered through an arbor of wisteria. An alley of apple trees divides an elaborate potager with its berry-filled fruit cages, annual flowers and colourful vegetables from its signature perennial borders exuberantly planted in subtle hues of mauve, plum and blue.


Roy’s Weekend in Devon

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Events, Slideshow | 0 comments

ROY’s Rotary Weekend 2018 Friday 18th thru’ Sunday 20 th May 2018 Devon

Our long awaited visit to the English Riviera started at the comfortable time at 9am on Friday May 18th.

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Our tour leader Roy was waiting at the front seat of the coach, resplendent in his flamboyant orange trilby and attended by his mindful wife Elaine. Ray, our usual driver is now on lighter duties.

Roy and Elaine had organised the weather and the sun shone to display England at its best. We took the scenic route. We stopped at Dorchester for coffee. A town made famous by Thomas Hardy with books like The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Exeter was our stop for lunch with Roy organising a guided tour of the Cathedral. We journeyed to Torquay to the Headland Hotel, selected by Roy from the many good hotels in the area. Roy’s choice was a winner.

Set on a cliff overlooking the sea at Torbay, it previously was built for the Russian Romanov family in the 19th century. We were welcomed with tea and biscuits whilst our luggage was delivered to our rooms Dinner at 7.30 was enjoyed by all, with a choice from an extensive menu.

A singer and Bingo followed for interested guests. The remainder of us retired to comfortable beds and pre wedding TV.

President Diane Cheers!!!

Saturday began with a sumptuous breakfast which was needed for the full day’s programme ahead.

Firstly to join the open roof double decker for a sat trip to Totnes meeting up with our Dart river cruise aboard the Cardiff Princess to Dartmouth with views over to the famous Royal Naval College.

We were able to explore the town before taking the ferry to Kingswear to take the vintage steam railway to Paignton and built by Brunel. Adam our driver met us to return to our hotel for a pre dinner drink and another wonderful dinner.

Sunday dawned and an early breakfast preceded our drive to Dartmoor with an excellent local travel guide. He guided us past Hay Tor to Widecombe for coffee and our usual group photograph.

We returned to Torquay where most of us went for lunch at RockFish for a local fish treat.

Roy further entertained us aboard the coach his popular council anecdotes and Irish Jokes.

Graham announced the quiz winners and handed out the winners prizes locally financed and especially chosen by Roy.

Returning safely by Adam of Truemans to the Holiday Inn, Frank was waiting at Wings  Chinese restaurant for those who wished to round off after a fabulous weekend

Thank you Roy and Elaine

Visiting MP Visits for Lunch

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Slideshow, Visitors | 0 comments

Our local MP Leo Docherty joined us for lunch this week to introduce himself to members.

President Diane Bedford invited him to become an honorary member of the club, which he accepted.

His predecessor Sir Gerald Howarth was a honorary member and continues to be so.