Since then, work has been on-going, not only to maintain and develop the existing gardens, but to improve the areas leading to the new cemetery.
This approach has certainly paid off since the Rotary work has helped the ‘Biddulph-in-Bloom’ organisation, headed by Hilda Sheldon, to get the prestigious awards in the ‘Heart of England’ and the National ‘In Bloom’ competitions.
This year, as part of its community work, Rotary is again helping to maintain this high standard, so during recent weekends, groups of Biddulph Rotarians have been working to maintain the gardens and Bateman Walk, and whilst Past President, Gerry Machin, worked on the Dahlia beds around the Gazebo, other Rotarians tackled areas like the ‘Wild Flower’ garden, which had fallen into disrepair.
It had been decided that a drastic overhaul was needed, so using a rotorvator the dead and overgrown areas were ploughed up and re-planted with wild flowers. This has been successful and, by the time that the judges return this year, there will be another colourful display.
Some planning and design work has already been done on the provision of another gazebo in the new cemetery area and it is hoped that work will be able to start on this next year.
Pictured above :- (L to R) Rotarians Peter Swann, Alan Dale, Tony Birchall, John Clewlow, Rod Deaville and Ken Harper, working in the Wild Flower garden.
The original Chadderton & Failsworth Hobbits were expanded this year to include President Peter’s brother in - law, Laurence Kitchinson and celebrity friend Jo Anne Phillips former world champion Bob Sleigh eventer from New Brunswick, Canada. So the full complement of charity bikers was Peter Fryer, Keith Quarmby, Brendan Linnane and Jo Anne and Laurence
With support along the way in the form of burgers and coffees the stalwarts completed the famous ‘Way of the Roses’ setting off Friday morning June 25th from Morecambe and finishing the 170 + gruelling miles later in Bridlington on Monday 29th
The picture shows the full Chadderton & Failsworth Hobbits at the start of the ‘Way of the Roses’ cycling challenge
Their super effort was for charity obviously and in particular Prostate Cancer UK
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Chadderton & Failsworth Rotary Club
Each school said that it would be spending the money on buying new books for their libraries. Alsager Rotary Club will be presenting cheques to St. Gabriel’s, Cranberry and Pikemere.
Rotarians Rob Blaney, Tony Porter and Ron Tyson went into Alsager School to look at the Young Designers’ work at both GCSE Level and A Level.
They selected six pieces of work to be entered into the finals of the Young Designer Competition, which was held at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury on July 2.
At A Level, Michaela Moss gained a First Prize for a dress she had made, modelled on a Game of Thrones model, and Amy Griffin was awarded her First for a child’s rocking chair that she had made.
The other entrants were both at GCSE Level – Kayleigh Empson for a very attractive children’s dress, and Alice Cork with her table lamp.
Alsager Rotary Club
Poynton Rotary Club took a group of 50 Seniors from Poynton (including Cedar House, and the Baptist Church Senior Link Group) over to Llandudno, in North Wales on the 24th June 2015. The group was accompanied by two Rotarians - Alan Bennett and Gerald Scriven.
Waitrose in Poynton kindly donated a selection of refreshments for the journey, as they had also done for last year's trip.
On the way, they enjoyed a stop in Conway taking in the sights and smells of the harbour, in the shadow of the old town walls and amazing Conway Castle. They also enjoyed a stop in Llandudno, which is Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes.
This trip has been made in previous years and has been an enjoyable day out for all.
This is a good example of the Poynton Rotary Club providing support within the local community.
The Headmaster of St. Michael's Catholic Primary School, Widnes, spoke of recent developments in education and how outside activities are important in the learning environment.
The school has a roll of 245 children and is located in one of the most socially depressed areas of the town. Pupils engage in a wide range of sports, music and cultural events with other educational activities such as IT and Spanish classes to enhance the curriculum. The school has links with schools in Spain and Peru. "Why Spanish?" someone asked - because it is the most common language spoken in the world.
Activities to build awareness and self confidence begin at age seven with a sleep-over in school and then extending to "away days" of increasing length culminating in a visit to London for three days in the final year.
Widnes Rotarians made a donation to the cost of a three day school visit to London in June for pupils in their final year at St. Michael's. The children had a wonderful time as was so amply expressed in letters sent to the Club (in beautiful handwriting).
They visited Science and History Museums, had a meal in the Rainforest Cafe, and rode the London Eye - considered the hignlight of the trip. They also enjoyed a tour of London seeing all the highlights of the capital and went to see "Matilda" at the Cambridge Theatre. Visiting London was the biggest event in their short lives.
Thanking Widnes Rotarians for their generosity in supporting the trip, and for also arranging for the Rotary sponsored Life Education caravan to visit the school in the autumn, Paul made a small but important remark.
"For those children, this big trip will leave a lasting impression."
That is one of the great hopes of Rotary - to make a difference when it counts.