Local Press Coverage For Music In The Park Farnborough 2017

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Music In The Park, Slideshow | 0 comments

Here is the coverage from two of the local papers

The Farnborough News and Mail and Get Hampshire…

Click on the images to read them.

Mock Interviews For Students At Wavell School

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

A number of Farnborough Rotary members held mock interviews for student at Wavell School in Farnborough.

These mock interviews have also been held at other local schools too. 

Reports back from teachers, show that they have been very worthwhile for students who have an opportunity to practice their interview style and hone their skills and then receive feedback from the interviewers.

This could be an interview for a job or an interview at their college or university of choice.

Many Rotary members have had long successful careers and in many cases have worked with your people. So the advice is always welcomed by students and teachers alike.

In the photos below out current President Diane Bedford and Charlie Fraser-Fleming give feedback to students.

Charlie Fraser Fleming Gives Feedback to Students

Diane Bedford Gives Feedback To Interviewees



£500 Donation to Rushmoor & Surrey Heath Community First Responders

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Community, Slideshow | 0 comments

From Ted Benneyworth Chairman on the community committee

The community arm of Farnborough Rotary Club provided Rushmoor & Surrey Heath Community First Responders with the finances (£500)  to provide two AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices to enable them to practice lifesaving support regularly within the team, and train more members of the public in Basic Life Support and AED.

£500 Donation to Phnom Penh Rotary Club

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in international, Slideshow | 0 comments

It was just a couple of weeks back that Michael Wright from the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh visited us and gave a talk about a project his club were working on called meningoencephalocoele.

This project has already helped over 70 patients, mostly children, but desperately needs more funding to continue. There are over 1,000 patients still waiting treatment for this life-threatening brain swelling condition.

You can read more about the project. Click here


Rotary Club of Phnom Penh provides help in the areas of health, education and community development.


Interview Sam Parkin Talks To Forces Radio

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Music In The Park, Slideshow | 0 comments

Listen to Sam Parkin for Farnborough Rotary club talking about Music In The Park 2017..The latest update…


Michael Wright – Guest Speaker – Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in international, Slideshow | 0 comments

Our guest speaker at lunch yesterday was Michael Wright the Immediate Past President of The Rotary Club of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

For the last 3 years Farnborough Rotary Club has given a disbursement of £500 from our funds collected from the good people of Farnborough on our Christmas collections. (85% of our collections go to local charities and organisations).

Michael Wright and President Brian Fagg – Presenting a cheque

Rotary is an International organisation and any member from any club can visit any club across the globe and receive a warm welcome.

Michael’s visit was to give us a talk about the work that he and his club are undertaking to help people  with MEC (meningoencephalocele) which is rare a birth defect found in remote villages in Cambodia. At birth the skull fails to close which causes the child’s brain to herniate through the opening near the bridge of the nose.

He showed us some harrowing pictures of young people who had suffered with this disease and the recoveries that these patients had made. You can see some of these photos on their website http://rotaryclubpp.org/ The changes that a simple operation can make to the people’s lives costs just $950 and its life changing in many cases.

Michael Wright and Fellow Rotarian Gordon Beal

You can get more information about MEC from the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh website 

A big thank you to Michael Wright and Fellow Rotarian Gordon Beal for a fascinating talk.

Dave Thomas RIP

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Events, Slideshow | 1 comment

Former member of Farnborough Rotary Club Dave Thomas passed away in March 2017.

The funeral took place at Aldershot crematorium on Thursday 13th April.

Hi eulogy was read by a friend called Ian. We though we should post it here for posterity.

David John Thomas was born on 15 May 1943 to Fred and Doreen Thomas in Norwood Green, Middlesex. It may be a shock to some of you that he was actually born in England not Wales. He was the eldest of four siblings the other three being Tom, Gwynn and Mary who all survive him and are here today.
Not much is known of his early school years but we do know he went to Heston senior school and scraped through!!!! In his early years Dave had a paper round and a butchers delivery round, he also went to dancing lessons and sung in a choir.

Dave met Jenny Davies at Greenham Common fireworks display and married her at the age of 20 at Heston Church. They initially set up home in flats in Houston and Hounslow and he worked as a butcher for Sainsbury’s. In 1965 moved tpo Owlsmoor near Sandhurst and he started to work as a Baker’s deliveryman. Dave also worked part time in the Royal Swan in Blackwater for Norman and Kay Inkster which was to shape his future life.

In 1966, Paul the first of three children was born, followed by Nigel in 1968 and Samantha in 1970. During his children’s early years Dave had a number of sales jobs – selling encyclopaedias, carbon paper and furniture but never settled in any of them.

In August 1971 they took the brave decision to sell the house and take out the tenantship of the Tradesman’s Arms in Cove, Farnborough. They ran the pub successfully growing trade year-on-year and extending the property on a number of occasions over the next 18 years. They finally outgrew the pub in 1989 and took the unusual step of moving directly over the road to run the Old Courthouse. Over this time he picked up the nickname Sharkey in the public bar and dorsal in the saloon bar as a result of a varying, under the wire but strictly honourable, loan activity.

Dave developed a fondness for jewellery and at this stage of his life was often described as “the chap over there with gold dripping from his fingers”!

The bulk of their customers moved over the road with them and for the next 22 years until 2011 – the pub became the hub of Cove Village

Dave and Jenny separated in 1997 but continued to work together until Jenny retired in 2004.

In 2002 Dave married again, this time to Evelyn and became stepfather to Kirsty and Chloe.

Dave retired from the pub game on 4 February 2011.

Dave also worked as a local councillor for 10 years and was the proud president of Rushmoor Rugby Club the 24 years. He was a keen sportsmen, playing football for Southall town until injury brought that career to an end, squash in the top local league, Golf to handicap of 12, Pool, darts and shove ha’penny in the pub teams.

Dave was a prominent supporter of charity both individually and as part of the Licensed Victuallers Association, the Local Roundtable and belonged to Farnborough Rotary club. He could often be found shaking his tin in Queensmead.

His family remembers Dave’s family days out with fondness, they were normally memorable failures, involving wheels falling off, windows falling out, missing ferries and there was always Dave’s ability to trip over kerbs, roots, straws and on one occasion absolutely nothing.

Dave bravely fought throat cancer for eight years. Towards the end of his life and despite adversity, which caused him to lose the ability to speak he was a source of inspiration to his family.

David passed away peacefully on 25 March 2017 of the age of 73 at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice surrounded by family.