Poynton & District RC organised a Family Fun Day, where visitors were able to operate most of the 11 model train layouts provided by Romiley Methodist Railway Modellers.
Entry was by donation with all proceeds going to End Polio Now; £333 was raised.
Poynton & District RC took over a local Chinese restaurant for a social evening, with entertainment by group of talented young solo singers and musicians from Poynton.
More than 50 Rotarians, accompanied by family members and friends, gathered for the annual Widnes Rotary Club wine tasting charity fund raising evening. A wide variety of wines from around the world were available for tasting and enjoyed by all those present.
A total of £750 was raised for Trade Aid, a RIBI inspired project that provides boxes of tools for carpenters, builders, blacksmiths, tailors and other trades in African countries. The charity strives to provide new tools that replace basic and unsuitable tools often still in use in local communities.
Said Rotarian Peter Herriman of the Widnes International Service Committee “This is an effective means of establishing sustainable communities in low income communities. We are pleased to support this successful Rotary initiative.”
At the end of the evening, local taxi drivers enjoyed a surge in business.
Wigan Rotary Club and Soroptomist International of Wigan have again joined together to help ‘The Brick’ by donating sleeping bags for some of the homeless in the town.
Wigan Rotary Club President Keith Trencher said ‘ This is the fifth year we have joined with our Soroptomists friends to help such a worthwhile charity as ‘The Brick’. While we all hope the winter is not as severe and as long as last year there will still be a demand for sleeping bags.’
Sue Doyle Wigan Soroptomist President agreed and continued ‘The charity do such wonderful work in the town and is one our club has supported for a number of years. In the current economic climate the demand for the type of facility they provide will only continue to increase.’
Trish Green manager of ‘The Brick’ is very pleased with the donation and continued ‘ We are very grateful for the 40 sleeping bags from two groups who have given us regular support over the years. I can assure everyone that they will be well used whatever the weather over the coming months.
Hack-Back is a Runcorn based organisation that uses Birds of Prey to assist with therapies to deal with behavioural and learning difficulties. Chestnut Lodge School in Widnes, caters for children with complex learning needs and Widnes Rotary Club made a £250 donation for Hack-Back to hold a day-long sessions for pupils to experience an interactions with owls.
The sessions included Staff teaching from a book about Barn Owls called “Dusk Until Dawn” and an introduction the owls and owl behaviour.
The owls have been trained to fly in complex environments including to wheelchairs and walking frames. It was an exciting day as the owls fluttered across the room and, for many children, this was their first interaction with the animal world. It was a useful exercise in different behavioural therapies to stimulate positive reactions.
Said Anita Morris from Hack-Back “This was a challenge for all of us – staff and pupils. We all had a fantastic time and the children loved the experience of handling the owls. The teachers are using the books to run other sessions about owls including creative writing and art. The children will then take the books home to remind them of the event. We are grateful to Widnes Rotary Club for enabling us to extent our therapeutic activities.”
The Rotary Club of Biddulph took over the maintenance of the ‘Garden of Tranquillity’ and other areas which they had set up between St. Lawrence's Church and the cemetery, from the council, in 2010, and work has been on-going since then on improvements and maintenance. This has helped the ‘Biddulph-in-Bloom’ organisation, headed by Hilda Sheldon, to get the prestigious ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ award.
This year, as part of its community work, Rotary is again helping to maintain this high standard, and during recent weekends, groups of Biddulph Rotarians have been working to maintain the gardens and Bateman Walk. Whilst Past President, Gerry Machin, worked on the Dahlia beds around the Gazebo, other Rotarians tackled the ‘Wild Flower’ garden, which had fallen into disrepair. It had been decided that a drastic overhaul was needed, and the planting that has been done has transformed it into an attractive an attractive garden.
Last weekend saw the last effort this year to give the paths and gardens a final tidying before the winter is upon us and, apart from leaf fall, they should be in good condition next spring.
Photo shows the magnificent display of dahlias around the Gazebo in the ‘Garden of Tranquillity’
The Vintage Car Rally held in Victoria Park, Widnes, at the end of September each year attracts 60,000 visitors to the two day event. Widnes Rotary Club once more provided a display from a gazebo that prominently displays the Rotary logo. It stood out amongst the exhibitors.
Visitors were asked to write their name and telephone number on a slip and drop it into a box for inclusion in the prize draw. It was, once again, successful means of introducing people to the world of Rotary.
More than 500 people entered and the winner was Star from Runcorn. She named the dog “Chocolate”.
Picture shows Past President Harry Cummins with Star and “Chocolate”.
If you love food but find computers a recipe for disaster, a group of local Rotarians has cooked up a solution.
The three former professionals are giving up their time every week to help people in the Boothstown area get to grips with technology from iPads to laptops.
And as part of Salford’s Food and Drink festival which runs from Friday September 18 to Sunday October 4 they’re adding a new twist to one of their free help sessions.
On Wednesday September 30 their drop in session will focus on using the internet and different apps to eat well, learn new recipes and even find the perfect bottle of wine.
“We’ve helped one gentleman take photos and share them, do online shopping, set up an email account and use voice recognition software to surf the web so the need is out there. We don’t mind how many times people come – we just want to help them learn how to use new technology simply.”
Worsley Rotary Club’s IT support sessions run from 1pm to 3pm every Wednesday at Boothstown library, Stansfield Road, Boothstown.
At Wigan’s Club Assembly’ long serving member, Eric Cheetham, was presented with a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship’ for his years of service both to the Wigan Club and to the wider community. Since joining in 1991, Eric has been a loyal and devoted member for almost quarter of a century and during this time he has fulfilled many different roles.
In his earlier days Eric devoted much of his time to helping to keep the ‘Christmas Float’ on the road and he has also been ‘Club Auditor’ for many years helping to make sure that our finances are always in order. He is also one of those ‘indispensable’ people, who attend the club week in, week out making sure that everything is in order and ready for each Meeting.
As a member of the Club Task Force for many years we can arrive every Thursday lunchtime knowing that all will be ready and prepared for our weekly Meeting - a true, unsung ‘hero’ of Rotary and fully deserving of the honour bested upon him.
Pictured: Left to right: President Keith Trencher presenting the award to Rtn. Eric Cheetham
A concert is to be performed by Two and a Half Sopranos at the Memorial Court Theatre, Northwich on Sunday 11th October.
An evening of popular classical music and favourites from the shows will be performed in a lighthearted way by the singers.
The trio comprises international singers, Julie Unwin, Donna Bateman and Caroline Trutz who have enjoyed their own individual and successful careers in both opera and on the concert platform.
They will be accompanied by pianist Robert Challinor.
The show developed into a evening of entertainment with a variety of songs and arias to make you laugh and cry, writing their own versions of well know pieces as well as delivering original popular numbers.
The idea of the name came from a joke between all of them when Julie took on the lower mezzo part (mezzo meaning half in Italian) in the songs, hence the Two and a Half Sopranos
Often performing both in the UK and abroad they have created a show where they don't take themselves too seriously.
Joining them will be the Rivendell Singers.
Supported by Northwich and Warrington Rotary Clubs all proceeds from the concert will be donated to Rotary charity projects.
Comments from previous shows include:
“..a refreshing alternative to the 3 tenors and much more fun”
”…an evening of real talent, wonderful voices as well as extremely entertaining. Would definitely come again!”
“Three very different voices all beautiful and very talented..”
“..great rapport with the audience and thoroughly entertaining..there was something for everyone’
For tickets please contact Cliff Unwin, Warrington Rotary Club, Tel: 01606 854888 or Mobile: 07789 760430.