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 

Local Girl Sarah Gaylard Gives Talk On Kilimanjaro Climb

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in international, Slideshow, Vocational | 0 comments

Farnborough Rotary Club helped to sponsor local girl Sarah Gaylard to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

On Thursday 14th February, Sarah came to our club lunch to give a presentation.

Below are the slides from her presentation.

Community Award cheque finds good home

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

Last month we gave our Community Award to the Singles Social Group.  Along with the award was a £250 cheque for a charity or good cause of the Social Group’s choosing.  They selected the Camberley All Night Café and went along last Friday night to hand over the donation.  This is their report.

So, here’s the thing – 

A few months ago we got approached by someone who said they wanted to nominate our group for a ”Community Service award”

Why, we wondered ? The reply was it was because of how we all supported each other here in the group …. looked out for each other emotionally and socially. 

It’s easy to get lost in a spiral of loneliness, it can hit at any time to any of us and it seems that we as a bunch of like minded people actually take the time to care about each other – it’s just what we do, no other agenda and for no other reason than just to hope our contribution makes a difference to someone’s day.

Anyhow we only went and won the award and with it came a cheque for £250 – we could donate it to a worthwhile cause of our choice.

We put up a poll shortlisting two of the smaller local charities

Your votes were cast and the decision made – Camberley All Night Cafe came out the winner

Last night we found our way there and handed over the money.

Humbling is one word I’d use, inspiring is another

Tucked away in a scout hut in Camberley, volunteers cook a warm and tasty dinner and pudding for whoever arrives through the door. The guys and girls are offered a warm bed for the night, showers and a safe space in which to relax. Breakfast is also available after which the Cafe closes for the day and the whole thing starts again in the evening.

Night in, night out, seven days a week this little hut serves as a sanctuary from the world in which anyone of us could find ourselves in.

We’re not so different from those at the Cafe…. we’ve all found our way here, we’ve all found the support we’ve needed and we’re all just a little bit less lonely because of it – exactly the same as those that found their way there.

There’s a massive thank you to you guys from all the folk at Camberley All Night Cafe and a warm welcome awaits if you fancy volunteering anytime.

Pay it forward lovely people. …. 
we are so blessed to have each other


Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in international, Slideshow | 0 comments

Farnborough Rotary Club member Katy Harris has been chosen as 2019 International Champion of Change for her 6 years of outstanding work on a school project in Lugala, Uganda. The project gives children living in extreme poverty in slum areas the opportunity to break out and fulfil their potential.

Katy’s involvement included the teaching, teacher training and the school building and facilities. Her enthusiasm, skills and her practical experience as a teacher and head teacher guided the project towards successful and highly praised developments in the school’s curriculum, educational achievements and better lives for its students.

The award has been made by RIBI – Rotary International in Britain and Ireland. Katy will be honoured at the Rotary Champions Award Ceremony at the Nottingham Council House on 10 May. The Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Nottingham will host the awards and make the presentations alongside Rotary International President Barry Rassin.

The Child Promotion School, Katy and the students’ homes

Farnborough Rotary Club President Michael Smailes said “We are delighted. We’ve been following Katy’s progress and she’s a great ambassador for the project, clear sighted and with a vision for its evolution. Katy faced strong competition from both the south east of England and the UK and Ireland as a whole and it’s great our nomination succeeded.”

Katy said “It’s so humbling. It’s a lovely honour and I’m so grateful for the support from my club and the Aldershot based charity Karuna Action. Karuna means compassion in Hindi and that is what this work is all about.”

Katy lives in South Farnborough and was a teacher for 38 years. Early in her career she taught locally at St Peter’s School where she returned as interim head for two terms following her retirement as head teacher of Preston Candover Primary School. She joined our Rotary Club in 2015, making her mark chairing the Vocational Committee and will be club president in 2020-2021.

Report from Jim Thomson

Community Award to Singles Social Group

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

Farnborough Rotary Club – Community Award to Singles Social Group

Farnborough Rotary Club recognised the great work of the Facebook based ‘Singles Social Group – Fleet, Farnborough, Farnham and Surrounding Areas’ by presenting it with its Community Award.

Jim Thomson from the Rotary Club said “This award recognises the impressive and practical help and support the group gives its members in dealing with single life.  Many of its members are recently divorced, separated or widowed, often with responsibility for young children, or short of money, or both. Some cope with serious health issues, occasionally life limiting.  It is a safe space to discuss such issues and, indeed, to chat and know they are not alone. It was a pleasure to discover all they do in the local community. It very much ties in with Rotary International in Britain and Ireland’s nationwide focus on loneliness.”

Along with a certificate the Social Group received a cheque for £250 which they asked to be donated to the Camberley All Night Café.

Beverly Edmunds-Jones and Helen Farrier, two of the group’s administrators, received the award on behalf of its members.  Beverly said “We are thrilled and hugely proud to know Farnborough Rotary Club recognises our efforts as a social group in creating a safe haven for all single members to know that they are not alone and are supported.”

“It’s a fantastic feeling to know we are all part of a community that has made this happen and it reinforces our beliefs that we are all always striving to do our best to support each other and hopefully doing the right thing most of the time.”

“We thank the Rotary Club for this award and on a personal note I am hugely proud to be involved with and part of such a fantastic group of people, lots of whom have become such precious friends.  We look forward to an amazing new year.”

“We now have some 750 members, growing daily, of all ages from twenties to seventies.  We run it entirely voluntarily. There are no charges for membership or running costs. The group does not seek financial or other support from external agencies.  We welcome new members. Find us on Facebook.”

Farnborough Rotary Club President Michael Smailes presents the Community Award to Beverly Edmunds-Jones and Helen Farrier of the Singles Social Group. Rotary Community Committee Chairman Kevin Hopgood looks on
Beverly and Helen talk to Diane Bedford, a former President of Farnborough Rotary Club
Beverly and Helen with their certificate
Beverly and Helen talk to Pam Tunnicliffe, a former President of Farnborough Rotary Club
Helen, Beverly and President Michael with the cheque for £250 which the Singles Social Group members asked to be given to the Camberley All Night Café.
President Michael, Beverly and Helen with Jim Thomson who proposed we give the Community Award to the Singles Social Group