BINGO – The Rotary Club of Shaftesbury had a successful bingo night on Thursday 14 December and raised a lot of money for local charities. Over 60 players and the winners received prizes donated by local businesses; including towels from Stalbridge Linen, a hamper from Complete Foods, a hamper of cheeses from Godminster Cheese, a voucher for two pizzas at the Grosvenor Arms, a voucher for cream teas for two at King Alfred’s Kitchen and the jewel in the crown – a hamper from Virginia Hayward.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this event possible by donating items or attending.

CIRCUSBERZERCUS – Circus for All Since 1998   As part of the Kids Out activities we were pleased to be able to sponsor and arrange a skills workshop and show by Steve Eldridge & Ben Cornish at Abbey Primary School.  Children enjoyed learning circus skills and tricks, followed by a show.  

THE CALDWELL AWARD 2024 was awarded to Hope (Shaftesbury District Carers Association) to recognise the great work they do providing support through their various projects. There is a huge need for mental health support. The work Hope carries out helps provides much-needed support to those in need. Hope runs the following projects:

1.      A drop-in Centre supporting those with mental health and well-being needs.

2.      Shaftesbury Community Front Room, a safe space for those seeking support.

3.      Hope 2 Grow people who are in health and well-being recovery and offer gardening services to people in the community.

4.      Hope 2 Bake offers cookery courses that allow people to get together.

5.      Hope 2 Cycle repair and recycle bikes and get them back on the road.  

Hope stands for Helping Other People to Evolve. Shaftesbury Rotary wanted to ensure the work of Eileen and everyone at Hope is acknowledged and appreciated. The services they offer are vital and their hard work is very much appreciated. 

YOUNG CHEF and YOUTH SPEAKS will be taking place in Shaftesbury in the New Year.

Shaftesbury Rotary Club Christmas Donations

Westminster Memorial Hospital received 15 toiletry sets for patients. The club also made £250 payments to Open House to support their Christmas Box appeal and to the local KidsOut Refuge Centre

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Back again in 2024
May 19, 2024
Easter Fun Run, Park Walk, Sunday 7th April 2024
April 7, 2024
Youth Speaks, Thursday 8th February, Shaftesbury School
February 8, 2024
Young Chef, Thursday 18th January 2024, Shaftesbury School
January 18, 2024
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