Aug 1, 2015 by


Whilst August is traditionally quiet, it has not been without its moments.


Business Partners Scheme

Our business partners scheme has made a good start and over 50 local businesses have signed up. This provides us with a really worthwhile contribution towards our charitable funds but we are also hoping to involve these businesses in support of our activities in the community. Watch this space!

Speaker – Phil Drew

August was a short month for Rotary meetings and we only had one speaker evening. We were however treated to a very interesting talk from Phil Drew whose work is managing risk, and arranging transport contracts for, large bulk carriers. These are ships of the size of 80,000 tons carrying iron ore, coal, grain and other similar goods across the world. We were given a fascinating insight into a business which in the last recession faced an economic collapse of epic proportion, making everyone else’s problems seem quite small. Apparently there are some international routes on which shipping companies will still actually pay you to transport your goods across the ocean. As if that is not enough they may also have to cope with pirates.

Gold Hill Fair Beneficiaries


Shaftesbury Rotary President Richard Shean has named the 15 local recipients of donations from funds raised at this year’s successful Gold Hill Fair on 5th July.

Despite ever-increasing costs, the surplus is a little more than last year’s result, thanks to our advertisers, the stallholders and the generosity of the public who attended in such large numbers on a sunny day. We had a good mix of interesting stalls, music, choirs and dance with plenty of activities for children. Leading the parade with the Mayor and the Town Band was quite an experience for Peter Brown.


We are pleased toannounce the 15 local groups and organisations benefiting this year. Our lead charity this time is the Friends of Westminster Memorial Hospital here in Shaftesbury. Cheques have also been given to : Abbey Museum, Army Cadets, Firefighters’ Charity, Girl Guides, Hope to Bake, Lions, Police Benevolent Fund, St James Church , St John’s Ambulance, St John’s Church, Shaftesbury Carnival Committee, Shaftesbury Silver Band, Tourist Information Centre, and Trinity Tower Trust. Donations are also being given to Rotary charities further afield and abroad.

Finally, Rotary’s Gold Hill Fair next year will be on Sunday 3rd July 2016


A Celebration of a Good Life


Ron Homes D.F.C. 1922-2015.

It is with deepest sympathy that we say goodbye to Ron Homes. Ron was a keen Rotarian and a fantastic painter and will be sorely missed by all. Ron’s Funeral was held at East Knoyle Church on the 14th of August where a large congregation celebrated his life.
Ron and his wife Ione moved to East Knoyle from London in 1968 and opened their lighting design factory (Conelight) on Longmead.

Ron served in the R.A.F during the war piloting one of the famous Lancaster Bombers, he was immediately awarded the “Distinguished Flying Cross” (D.F.C) after bringing the plane and crew safely home after being attacked and hit by German Fighter Planes.

Ron joined Rotary in 1970 and loyally served Rotary and the community for 25 years and continued as a Honorary member for a further 20 years. He was our President during 1979/80 and will be remembered amongst many other activities for his wonderful artistic talent in painting the huge back drop scenery for the famous Rotary Fork Suppers when the club wined and dined some 300 guests.

Ron Homes

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