Rotarian Bernard Murphy of Bolton Lever Rotary Club presents a £300 cheque to the Salvation Army at Bolton Citidel. Bolton Lever Rotary Club regularly carry out fundraising events to help support local charities within the community. Bernard Murphy said “We are pleased to be able to support the Salvation Army, especially at this time of year as the temperature drops and people without places to stay need the support of the Salvation Army more than ever”.
Bolton Lever Rotary Club’s experience and skills in community work and volunteering place them in an ideal position to work with organisations such as local businesses, charities, universities, schools, hospitals and environmental groups to support a large variety of good causes. If anyone is interested in joining Bolton Lever Rotary Club or would like to find out ways they can help or access clubs near to them they can visit the website www.rotary-ribi.org.
Notes: Photograph attached of Rotarian Bernard Murphy presenting the cheque.
The Rotary Club of Tyldesley with Atherton has been granted the IFSR Youth Service Award for the recent work they've done with our local Scouting groups. The IFSR, International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, is a Rotary Fellowship promoting service to Youth through Scouting and Guiding.
We're very proud of all of the local community groups we support and it's great to receive such a commendation from an international body and to recognise that this is an area we have excelled in. We hope we can be an example to other Rotary Clubs looking for ways to promote the Scouting movement.
Father Christmas has sent a letter to say a massive “Thank You” to everyone from Leigh and Lowton who kindly donated an amazing amount of just over £14000 to Leigh Rotary Club’s charity fund raising.
Santa wrote to say, “What another incredible Christmas Collection this has been! Thousands of children and adults came out to meet me and have their photographs taken, sometimes braving freezing weather, a bit of snow and some very cold rain. Some children had been saving their change throughout the year and gave me bags full of money (and a few mince pies!)”
Leigh Rotary’s President Brian Mills said, ” I cannot describe the amount of pleasure seen on the children’s faces, (and their mums and dads) during our collections and this alone made the effort really worthwhile.
“The amount raised was tremendous - what amazing people we have in our town! The funds we collected will be put to good use for worthwhile causes such as youth organisations, the homeless and many local charities. The Rotary Club of Leigh would like to thank Bents, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco for allowing collections on their premises. This year we have had many extra volunteers who have helped with collecting and with towing the Sleigh. We could not have managed without their help, so we like to thank them also – but most of all, thanks to the wonderful people of Leigh & Lowton for their generosity.”
A huge thank you to everyone in Hyde this week after the Hyde Rotary Club sleigh celebrates raising £4947.13 courtesy of its Santa visits around the town. The Hyde Rotary Sleigh was kept extremely busy in the two week countdown to Christmas with a packed itinerary of visits around the town’s streets with visits to business and schools to,Father Christmas was greeted by excited children and adults on his route as he gave out Christmas cards and sweets from his sleigh.He also visited Oakdale Special School in Dukinfield The Union Street Senior Citizens Party, B&M Hyde, Tesco in Hattersley and the Hyde Light Switch On, after the visits Rotary President Alan Oldham said we have moved up a gear this year with our publicity and it has certainly paid off more adults with their happy smiling children out on the streets waiting for the big man and donating to our collections The visits would not be possible without the help we receive and this year I would like to thank The Hyde Police Cadets, Newton Scouts and Cubs, Gee Cross Guides and Scouts, Paper Tulips of Hyde for sponsoring the Christmas Cards and Asda, Morrison’s and B&M of Hyde for supplying the sweets and finally the people of Hyde for your kind donations of money and tinned meats that will be used in the new year to support local charities.
To find out more about your local Rotary Club visit our Face book page Hyde Rotary Club or if you would like to join a successful club ring Alan Oldham 367 8706
Widnes Rotary have raised an amazing record amount of £13,372 over 13 nights and two weekends, walked 62.4 miles and had assistance from all corners of the Widnes community. We published maps beforehand on our Facebook and Twitter pages so each area would know where we would be going and used a very useful ‘App’ each night which tracked Santa as we went along. We are delighted with the result, all of which will help our community over the next 12 months. After a mammoth undertaking - we are only 23 men and women in a community of 60,000+ - we all asked Santa for the same thing - a foot massage - oh and some new members please!
With the run up to Christmas Congleton Rotary Club have been kept busy starting with the Christmas light switch on at the end of November. Members were involved with helping the organisers to set up in the morning, marshalling the crowds throughout the day. Doug Parker & Kevin Thompson compered all the stage acts in between singing & playing the organ. One member stood in for Santa during the afternoon sitting in the sleigh in pouring rain having a wonderful time listening to children telling Santa what they would like to receive on Christmas day. Due to a lack of funds there were no fireworks at last years event so this year after the Christmas Light Switch on everyone was treated to a spectacular firework display courtesy of Congleton Rotary club.
Also in November the club staged the annual Bonfire & Firework display in Congleton Park that was very well supported by the local community plus the surrounding villages / towns. The firework display was described by many as truly awesome, fabulous & the best yet!
In December we took part in the “Well Being” show in the Town Hall where we recruited three new members: Patricia Smart, Kathi & Andrew Bott. Also joining the club, Stewart Price. In the New Year we hope to welcome two more new members to join the team.
Back in May all schools in & around Congleton were invited to take part in the Young Artist competition, this years theme being “My Hobby.”
Just under 100 entries were received & all were invited to attend the prize giving with their families & friends at New Life Church on Saturday morning December 9th. Unfortunately many were unable to make it as that was the day the snow came down! But for those that did brave the weather they were able to see all the entries that had been photographed by new members Kathi & Andrew. Town Mayor Charles Booth presented every young artist that entered the competition with a certificate of entry plus a small gift.
The runners up & winners received fabulous art related prizes courtesy of Burns Garages who very kindly sponsored all the prizes for which the club is extremely grateful. The winners also had their picture / painting framed by Stringing & Frames. For those who were unable to attend Rotary members visited the schools the following week to present the certificates & prizes. We hope to display the photographed entries at different schools & in Congleton library in the New Year.
That same evening it was all member hands on deck at the Daneside theatre for the Rotary Christmas Show. The superb Silk Brass band under the musical direction of Tony Wyatt played a superb collection of festive music & carols that had the audience singing their hearts out & shouting for more.
This year we were delighted to welcome the Eaton Bank Academy “Encore” choir under the direction of Cathy Evans with piano accompanist Marilyn Burr. The thirty-six strong choir excelled themselves with their wonderfully varied repertoire including many well known Christmas songs. Silk Brass & Encore joined together at the end of the show for a fabulous finale. The show was a sell out, all tickets being snapped up by eager show goers’ days before the event. Money raised from the show will be donated to Congleton Carer’s Trust who will use it for the benefit of local carers.
2018 promises to be another very busy year for Congleton Rotary Club starting with a visit to Manchester air traffic control tower in January. On February 9th we are holding a 60’s & 70’s night at St Mary’s Parish Centre, tickets available in January at £10 including buffet. The Swimathon takes place on March 8th & 9th at the Leisure Centre, check out our website/facebook page for an entry form.
Congleton Rotary Club is a go-ahead community organisation. New members are always made very welcome. We have members from all walks of life, contrary to popular belief - we are not all old retiree’s! We have many younger working members. Its not all fundraising either, far from it, we have an active social calendar plus many competitions for primary & senior school children. Rotarians in Congleton put into Rotary as much time as they want to. We do meet weekly on Monday evenings but it is not necessary to attend every meeting. We offer a wide range of activities & encourage members to help when they can spare the time. For further information or details about Rotary please call any of the following Rotarians: Brian on 07785-294876, Ian on 07771-665707, Rod on 07764-781657 or Maggi on 07778-757150.
Press release issued by Rod Goodier
December 18th 2017
Rushen & Western Mann Club member Terry Clare along with some of his work colleagues took part in the Isle of Man Bank sponsored Santa Dash held in Douglas on Wednesday 13th December 2017.
Collectively the team raised £485 for Rotary Club Charity funds, whilst Terry finished 74 out of 207 runners. The valuable funds raised will support the many good causes that Rotary donate to as we play an active and important part in community life of the island.
Armed with spades and other garden implements, ten Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Sandbach and Sandbach Crosses recently met Mark Arnold, Site Ranger at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve to plant some trees. DG Eric was also in attendance to offer support and take some photos.
They were expecting the job to be called off, it being the morning after a very cold and snowy weekend, but digging was easier than expected and the sun was shining and a total of 55 young trees - one for each member of the two clubs - were soon planted.
The Rotarians were responding to a challenge by the President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, for every member of Rotary to plant a tree and change the environment for the better by Earth Day in April 2018.
Satisfied that the hawthorn, hazel and whitethorn would, in due course, not only provide berries for the birds and other wildlife, but would contribute to reducing global warming, the group retired to a local hostelry for coffee.
RI President, Ian Riseley wanted all clubs to plant trees during his year.
Bolton Lever Rotary obtained 210 trees from Woodland Trust this year, and planted them in the Captain's Clough area of Bolton.
This will be our 3rd year of tree planting. We have planted over 1000 trees in Bolton since November 2015. Trees planted in 2015 and 2016 are thriving well.
This year we had help from 3 members from Manchester Trailblazers
Bolton Lever Rotary