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Bangkok Bistro Fund Raising Evening – 11 March 2024

In line with many requests for more social activity and more informal meetings, the first meeting of March was held in the new premises of Bangkok Bistro, over the road from the original restaurant, refurbished to provide a pleasant setting for up to 80 people. We had a good crowd of 58 people drawn from […]

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Mayor of Winchester’s Community Award 2024

From the Mayor’s website: “The Mayor of Winchester’s Community Award recognises and celebrates the organisations and individuals who have given outstanding service to the people of Winchester District.  The aim of these awards is to celebrate the selfless activity that brightens the lives of many residents, and makes the District a wonderful place in which

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Winchester Rotarian receives prestigious Rotary International award

We are extremely proud to announce that one of our longest-serving members, Rotarian Nick Bell, has been awarded the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self award. Rotary In Wessex (D1110) District Governor George Phillips presented the award to Nick at a special reception in the Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel on Monday 4 March. While many

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Disease resistant Elm tree planting – St. Peter’s School

At 7:23am on the morning of March 1st, 2024, Louise Buxton, headteacher of St. Peter’s Catholic School contacted Rotarians Mark Butcher and Dave Stewart – The rain outside is near horizontal, should we delay to another day?  Not being such early birds, Dave and Mark conferred after 8:00am and decided to go ahead, as the

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Unit 12 Garden Clearance – 24 February 2024

Nick Bell writes on behalf of the working party: “On Saturday 24 February seven energetic, but not necessarily young, Rotarians, joined some of those occupying Unit 12 at Winnall as well as a University Student and others to give a total of 20 altogether to clear the garden behind the Unit of wood, cardboard, stone

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Easter Egg donation to Winchester Basics Bank

Winchester Rotary President Les Haswell is pictured delivering 8000 Easter Eggs to the Basics Bank which have been donated by Silver Crane, a company based in Poole who assist Wessex Rotary each year in providing warehouse space for their annual collection and despatch to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe of Christmas shoeboxes. The Swiss chocolate

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Breakfast meeting – Wednesday 21 February 2024

An excellent February breakfast meeting – well-attended and a number of interesting reports on recent events. In particular the very successful Shrove Tuesday pancake races at the Cathedral. A record number of teams and over £2500 raised for Winchester Hospice! Our guest was Lesley Little of Winchester Basics Bank, who gave us an insight into

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Club Meeting 8 January 2024 – SGM and update from Unit 12

Our first meeting of the New Year was also the first at our new evening venue – The Winchester Hotel and Spa. Attendance was good and appreciative of the catering and surroundings. President Les Haswell opened the meeting with reports and we then proceeded to a brief SGM to elect our President-Elect for the current

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Sophie Swan to the Rescue – Book Sales to support Winchester Hospice

Due to Rotarian Richard Spalding’s negotiating skills, Winchester Rotary was granted 2 sales days at Tescos Winnall site and a day at Sainsbury’s Badger Farm site, to sell copies of Sophie Swan to the Rescue, in support of Winchester Hospice. Sales at Tescos were a little less than hoped for. We were stationed at the

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Deborah Macartney presenting cheque to Lady Edwina Grosvenor (Founder and Chair of Board of Trustees, One Small Thing)

President’s charities 2022-23 – cheque presentations

During her year as President of Winchester Rotary (July 2022-June 2023), Deborah Macartney pledged to raise funds for two local charities providing support for vulnerable women.  Almost £30,000 was raised through a variety of activities including “An Evening with Dan Snow” at the Theatre Royal in January and a Firewalk in June. Sales of Rotarian

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