September

Sep 30, 2018 by

September saw a brilliant trip to visit our twinning town of Heerlen in the Netherlands, where we spent time with some truly fantastic hosts and enjoyed a wonderful weekend away. We also had some very interesting talks about Dementia and Fair Trade in Shaftesbury.

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August

Aug 1, 2018 by

After July’s bumper activity month, August was more quiet due to the last bank holiday of the year. We had two fantastic talks from two very important local charities which include Step by Step and Father’s House. We also had our monthly business meeting where we discussed the South Dorset Cycle Ride and local Cheese Festival.

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July

Jul 31, 2018 by

July is one of our most important months of the year as we have the ever popular Gold Hill Fair which was again, a roaring success. We also had a wonderful talk from charity Diverse Abilities and received a special contribution award towards the eradication of Polio.

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June

Jun 29, 2018 by

Wow! June was an exceptionally busy month, with lots of fun days out! We had a wonderful visit to the RNLI College as well as our annual ‘Kids Out’ trip to Longleat. We spent a wonderful day at Compton Abbas Airfield and then ended the month with the Presidential Handover to our new President Guy Lowton.

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May

May 30, 2018 by

Our charity cycle ride took over the majority of May and what a success it was! With over 400 participants we managed to raise an incredible £5,000 on what was indeed, a glorious day. This year, we added some extra entertainment including the Shaftesbury Town Band and also plenty of refreshments for spectators.

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April

Apr 28, 2018 by

Another busy month of activities including a training course on how to use a defibrillator, which had a great turnout of around 40 people! We also had the ‘Youth Speaks’ competition hosted by Shaftesbury School and a wonderful evening with Dorset Mind Services for which we raise money for.

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March

Mar 1, 2018 by

March was a fun month where we tried our hand at gambling with an evening at the races (many lost!) and had a hilarious talk from a jockey. We also had David King come and speak to us about the annual Rotary Dorset Cycle Ride which has been going for over 6 years.

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February

Feb 12, 2018 by

Moving through 2018, the snowdrops appeared just in time for our annual parade. We also collected up boxes for the Shelterbox charity, last year we raised over £2,500! We also had an excellent talk from the Trefoil Guild organisation who support guides and scouts across the UK.

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January

Jan 1, 2018 by

Always a quiet time of the year for Shaftesbury Rotary Club, but surprisingly still some interesting activities. Starting with a full report and pictures from the Indian project that we supported, our monthly business meeting, the social occasion of a pre Burns night bash and a fascinating talk by Sir John Stuttard about William Beckford.

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December

Dec 23, 2017 by

Whilst we only had two meetings it was still quite an active month with the business meeting, the Christmas dinner with wives and partners, the Rotary “kids out” circus which we sponsored for local children at Shaftesbury school and, on the last Saturday before Christmas, our brave Rotarians rattled tins and collected money outside Tesco for local deserving causes.

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November

Dec 22, 2017 by

Wow! What a full-on month. Whilst we started quietly with our usual no meeting on the first Monday, we went full speed into getting to know students at the Shaftesbury boarding school, then the annual shoe box collection and delivery followed by a talk about “Rotakids”. A fascinating visit to the Old Vic in Bristol, then our business meeting and AGM. And if that was not enough we undertook mock interviews at the Shaftesbury Academy school and finally concluded with a most interesting talk about a wine vineyard on the outskirts of Shaftesbury.

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October

Nov 23, 2017 by

A wonderfully varied selection of guest speakers, a packed business meeting and a trip to a gin distillery (!) made October a very enjoyable and informative month. We welcomed Claire Commons our Town Clerk. Virginia Edwyn-Jones told us how she and friends were hoping to raise £50,000 for Carers UK and Liz Gray spoke to us about her upcoming project in a rural community in Northern India.

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