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.

(written by Graham Thomas)
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.

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. 

Paella and Pig Racing

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Foundation and International, Slideshow | 0 comments

It was an usual night at St. Mark’s Church in Farnborough last Saturday when nearly 40 rotarians plus partners and friends turned out for an evening of pig racing and paella.

Over 90 eagerly awaited the arrival of the pigs, most of us, I included, thought they might be on imported films from some South American country, where this is a traditional night out and so we would bet on the winner in the films.

The organising committee were sworn to secrecy and no-one in the room knew what to expect, apart from the organisers.

So after a hearty meal which offered either chicken or mixed shell fish paella  (cooked expertly by Sue Evans and Lizzie Howarth) And it was delicious – followed by MAN size portions of apple pie and cream and then cheese and biscuits, we felt very well catered for.

The it was time for the Pigs!!

Much to everyone’s surprise a table was set up in the middle of the hall with 8 mini tracks, we still didn’t know what to expect, but we were encouraged to place bets on any of the 8 racing pigs, all with names like Oinker, Chris P Bacon, Piggy Sue..etc, you get the idea.

Then 8 toy pigs were brought out by the starters to the line up and once the batteries were switched on, these little toys raced down the track, well some of them did.

There was much hilarity in the room as (Grown Up) people in the room screamed for their piggy. There were 4 races and all good fun. A very unusual ‘sporting’ night.

Our thanks to the pig racing organisers Owen Durrett who did a fantastic job commentating on the races and his wife Audrey, Kevin Mack and Phil Blows from Rushmoor Rotary club.

There was a talk given by Dan Acheson from Medecins San Frontieres. All the proceeds from the evening are going to that charity.

Also, well done to Mike Evans and his international and foundation committee for organising the whole night.




Local Charities Receive Cheques At Rotary lunch

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Christmas, Slideshow | 0 comments

Last Thursday a group of local independent charities received check donations from Farnborough Rotary club.

The money was raised on the Christmas float in December, when local residents gave generously, enabling the club to raise £16,000

President Diane With Some Of The Local Charities

Rotarians Honoured For Their Work In The Community

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Club Service, Slideshow | 0 comments

At The Farnborough Rotary Club meeting held in the Holiday Inn on the 4th January 2018 President Diane Bedford made Brian Fagg and Keith Holland “Paul Harris Fellows” in appreciation of their tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.

Keith Holland – President Diane Bedford – Past President Brian Fagg

A Cheque For Brendon Care

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Charities We Support, Slideshow, Visitors | 0 comments

At our lunchtime meeting today, our President Elect Michael Smailes presented a cheque to Phoebe  Day, the fundraising manager of Brendoncare

Michael Smailes Presenting a cheque to Phoebe Day from Brendon Care

In accepting the cheque for £300, she spoke about her grandfather who in her words was “A bit of a legend” in her family.  He worked in special effects for the BBC and worked on tv programmes like ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Doctor Who’ – he helped to build the Daleks and many others. 

But nowadays she said “he cannot remember what he was told 5 minutes ago”. 

Her Grandfather has dementia and as she said  “Whilst there is no cure for dementia, there is Brendoncare”.

Brendoncare is a registered charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people through our care homes, close care facilities and social clubs across the South of England.

They have 10 care homes across the south of England, each with its own distinctive character, some with specialist dementia units.

You can find out more about Brendoncare here


Visitor Cathie Russell

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

Today we were visited by Cathie Russell, Director of Connect Counselling Service based in Camberley with over 20 fully trained counsellors.

Connect Counselling Service offers help and support to individuals, couples and families experiencing a range of problems, such as anxiety, depression, inability to cope, relationship issues, bereavement and more.

Cathie talked to us about the history of the service and talked about the kind of individuals that they help at their offices in Camberley.

Cathie Russell and President Diane Bedford

As a former nurse she recognised the importance of people getting the opportunity to talk and share things, especially the lonely, or those who do not have a network of friends or family that they could share and be open with.

They offer counselling to all adults over the age of 18 for individual sessions, they also see couples and see family groups.

A big thank you to Cathy for talking to us about her charity

You can find out more about the charity by clicking on this link Connect Counselling