13th – Speaker Meeting
We met at the Fleur for a speaker meeting with a good turnout from members.
We dealt briefly with preparations for our Golf day later in the week. We also have a social event this weekend – a picnic at Wardour.
We then had a talk from Peter Sale, one of our members, who told us about his time as a publican. He then subsequently went into education and became a deputy head teacher.
We heard about his time as the landlord of a pub in a tough area of Luton. His customers were the roughest of diamonds but were very loyal to their local. We learnt about cleaning your beer lines and how to manage if your dog ate all the sandwiches and then took you prisoner. All this as well as learning what flavour crisps is favoured by mice – Cheese and Onion if you are interested.
17th – Golf Day
The long awaited and much anticipated annual charity golf day took place at Rushmore Golf Club on 17th September. The charities chosen to benefit from this year’s golf day were CRUSE Bereavement Care Dorset and Mosaic. Both charities offer comfort and support to adults and children in bereavement.
After a blank year in 2020 caused by the pandemic a record number of 27 teams entered and were rewarded by clear skies, warm sunshine and a course in tip top condition.
After registration, coffee and a bacon roll in the clubhouse the teams took part in keenly contested bowmaker and yellow ball competitions with nearest the pin prizes on all par 3s and the chance to win a car for a hole in one on the 17th (bad luck to Tom Morrissey who came within a couple of feet with his tee shot!).
Refreshments were supplied on the 6th hole where golfers were challenged (fortunately for the charities for the most part unsuccessfully) to hit the green in one.
At the end of their round golfers enjoyed a meal and liquid refreshment on the clubhouse decking.
Winners of the Bowmaker Competition were Vital Task Ltd comprising Dave Allum, Dave Burton, Steve Reid and Joe Bond. In second place were Deva comprising John Rigby, Jane Homer, Mark Dickson and Garry Rowland and third were Watson Financials whose team was Paul Whiteman, Mark Burton, Martin Watson and Charles Angear.
Vital Task Ltd also won the yellow ball competition and swept the board by also winning the Sponsors Cup.
This year’s event was magnificently supported by local businesses. In addition to sponsors for each hole, Wessex Electricals were again main sponsors, this year with Farnfields who, with its own 2021 Charity Golf Day scheduled for May a victim of the Covid lockdown, brought several teams to the day and staffed the 6th hole challenge.
Shaftesbury Rotary owe a big debt of thanks to Rushmore Golf Club who as well as being very welcoming hosts for the day kindly donated some excellent prizes.
All in all, with sponsorship, entry fees, raffle and the on course challenge, the event raised over £5,000 to be shared equally by the two chosen charities
18th – Wardour Walk
Starting at 5 Wardour Court, Tisbury, SP36QX
We hope you will be able to join us for our Picnic and Walk around Wardour. Start time is 1.30. From Shaftesbury take the Tisbury Road from Semley, just past the Catholic Primary School turn right. In 200 yards arrive at New Wardour Castle, drive up to the metal gate wait for the Gate to open (it’s a bit slow) , turn right and park in the overflow carpark.
Grab your picnic basket and chairs (we have a few but may not be able to cope if we have a big turnout) and walk into the courtyard and find No.5
We are planning to have a leisurely picnic in the back garden (if the weather’s not so good it will be indoors), Unlimited tea and coffee but if you want anything stronger be sure to bring it with you.
Plates cutlery and glasses all provided (more room for grub in the picnic basket)
After lunch for those with the energy a 1 hr stroll down to Old Wardour Castle and back, we are not intending to go into the castle but loop around the site. If you want access you need to prebook with English Heritage. For those incapacitated by too much food or wine, they will be able to crash out and chat in our absence.
Let’s hope for some decent weather.
Green Star = Electric Gate / Red Star = Overflow Carpark / Gold Star = No.5 (of course)
27th – Meeting
President: Welcomed Paul Slimm back safely from his sailing trip, also to a couple from the Rotary Club of Lewes in Sussex, who were visiting Shaftesbury and staying at the Fleur.
Thanks, was also given to Martin and Sadie for the event at their house.
Treasurer: Received letter from the Chairman of the RBL that the Remembrance Parade would take place on Sunday 14 November 2021 and that the cost of the wreath would be £25.00 and suggested the sum of £100.00 should be sent thus donating, all agreed.
The 120-club draw took place.
International: The club had received a thank you letter from ShelterBox and were grateful for our generous donation.
The club was informed that Paul Whiteman had spoken to the schools about the Shoebox appeal, however they are reluctant to participate this year. It was suggested that members might like to fill a box.
Community and Vocational: Genette had attended a Dementia Day, there was a suggestion to give them another donation, however it was decided to ask for someone to come and talk to the club before giving any more money.
Arrangements have been made for Youth Speak at Shaftesbury School in January; however we are still looking for possible judges, several names were suggested include Sir John Stuttard.
Golf Day Update: Richard gave update and said it was a successful day and because it was a combined day with Farnfield they had 27 teams and 26 sponsors. There should be a good profit. The President thanked Richard and Guy together with the helpers on the day.
North Dorset Cycle Ride: Guy said that they had been approached by the Gillingham Wheelers to set up a maintenance check and this might be something that might be required if we wished the event to grow.
Gold Hill Festival: The committee will be having a meeting next month; however, discussion took place about the way forward and it was suggested that it might be worth looking at potential sponsors for the event.
Social Evenings: A team of 6 members and partners are to take part in a quiz night at the Ship on Thursday 30th September against the Gillingham Lions Club.
The next meeting Mon 11th Oct – Rotary Special General Meeting.