Fordingbridge Greener Living Litter Picking

Fordingbridge Rotary was very pleased to help out last Saturday, 17th October, at the litter pick organised by Becky Albrow, of Fordingbridge Greener Living. This is a group of Fordingbridge-based residents who, among other things, have organised tree-planting in the New Forest, set up and operated a recycling shed in the town, and held successful clothing exchanges. This litter-pick (alongside “Surfers against sewage”), represents their first stage in getting Fordingbridge to be officially rated as a plastic-free town.

For further details, please contact Dave Sanders on 01425 656737

Shoe Box Project

Fordingbridge Rotary is again carrying out its annual “shoe Box Project” and is seeking local people to help prepare the shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are filled with gifts for disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe, and would welcome any shoeboxes packed by people from Fordingbridge and surrounding districts. The pictures depict recipients in East Europe, suitably pleased.

The boxes are then dispatched to trusted partners for distribution in the receiving Country. Rotary would be pleased to collect it from the home address. The boxes need to have the suitable age/gender of the contents marked on them. The boxes need to be ready for 6th November at the latest please. All the checking will be done in line with Covid-19 precautions in mind, using “Safe social/physical distancing” at all times. It is important that these boxes do not include battery-powered items, war-related-items or food of any kind. 

For further details, do contact Dennis Wilson of Fordingbridge Rotary on 01425 652491

Annual Rotary Boules Contest

Last Tuesday evening, 1st September 2020, saw the annual Rotary Boules contest, which took place on a very pleasant evening at Sandy Balls Holiday Village at Godshill, near Fordingbridge. Fordingbridge Rotary has recently benefited from a new committee and President and the photograph depicts Toni Butler, the new President, casting an eye over the proceedings, with all the recent ‘social distancing’ guidelines duly adhered to.

Annual Fordingbridge Rotary Boules Contest

Our new President has made her mark by making a few changes. In line with the Rotary mantra “Service before self”, Fordingbridge Rotary is seeking ways of further assisting the local communittee. In the recent past, it has undertaken such projects as “Rotary Young Musician Competition”, “Dictionaries for life”, and “Christmas lights”. Rather than being run by a set of committees, (which is turning out to be difficult in this present pandemic era), Fordingbridge Rotary is now hoping to be “Project led”, and is actively seeking new projects from within the Fordingbridge and local areas.

For further information, or if you have an idea which could interest Fordingbridge Rotary, do visit our page on the Fordingbridge Town Council website, or indeed, call Derek Ayling on 01425 650770.

Fordingbridge Rotary President’s Handover

Last Tuesday evening of Tuesday 7th July was the evening of Fordingbridge Rotary’s President’s annual handover. Because of CoronaVirus, it all had to be done remotely, yet by hand. There was only a “Zoom” meeting, no person-to-person meetings, obviously.
 
So local biker, Peter Mouland, came along to the rescue: a knight in shining armour as it were, with his beautiful shiny sparkling Harley Davidson 1800 Herald Deluxe (pictured picking up the chain from the home of Paul Hammond, now past-President at Breamore.)
 
From there, the President’s chain was taken (by bike) to the new President’s house, Toni Butler, at Alderholt, where she received it, and handed over the Vice-Presidents chain to Pete so that he could take it back to Fordingbridge, where the new vice-President, Will Peak lives (picture 3)
 
For further details, and for any other enquiries about Fordingbridge Rotary, please contact Derek Ayling, on 01425 650770.