First Day Back

After eighteen long months of Zoom meetings, Fordingbridge Rotary was back to Avonway for its first
face to face meeting – the evening was celebrated by combining the long overdue “citizen of the
year“ award with guests from Verwood Rotary and their President Louisa Hiscock as well as guests
from Sandle Manor and the Town Council.

The citizen of the year 2019/2020 was Wendy Reid founder of “Fordingbridge Greener Living“
(pictured with Past President Paul Hammond). On accepting the award Wendy presented an
inspiring, entertaining and ambitious report outlining her vision for Fordingbridge and the shape of
things to come.

The guests of Verwood Rotary made a point of saying what a friendly, vibrant and welcoming club
Fordingbridge Rotary is.

For further details and information about what the Rotary Club in Fordingbridge is involved in, please
contact Nigel Astbury on 01425 839101

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Fordingbridge Rotary President Handover

Last Tuesday evening, 13th July, at the end of the Rotary year, was the evening of Fordingbridge Rotary’s President’s annual handover, and despite the state of the CoronaVirus (but unlike last year), this year it could be done face-to-face, albeit properly socially distanced. The chosen venue was the Old Beams Inn at Ibsley.

The two photographs depict the handovers from President Toni to the new President Will, and from the new President Will, to the new Vice-President Derek. A guest Rotarian, Chis Peak, from Gloucester Rotary, was present, in the guise of the father of the new President. Chris had clearly been primed to ask some interesting questions. Will felt that it ‘s a great honour to be asked to be Fordingbridge President this year, and has a clear image of what he wants the club to be. This includes such issues as engaging with and supporting local groups who are already doing excellent work in the local community, ensuring that the membership is effectively active and encouraging the Club to grow its membership.

If you feel that you belong to a group who could benefit from the Fordingbridge “offer of assistance”, or you would like to learn more about the club, please do contact Derek Ayling Here

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Members of Fordingbridge Rotary Tidy Streets

Members of Fordingbridge Rotary were becoming somewhat concerned at the untidy and unkempt look that greets visitors to Fordingbridge. The only official action that seems to have taken place recently, is the use of weed killer, which doesn’t seem to have solved the problem. Road sweepers haven’t been seen for a while, and hence dead weeds outside buildings and no swept pavements seem to be the order of the day.

Fordingbridge Rotary made a start on the bridge, the high street and Salisbury Street two Thursday evenings ago, and continued with the High Street and Roundhill last Thursday 1st July, until “the town was done” as it were. So far, there have been a number of positive tweets and Facebook messages. Additionally, passers-by were frequently coming up with comments like “good on yer”, “I take my hat off to you” and “the town looks so booootiful now, after only a few hours of your chaps’ time!”, all this going to suggest that Fordingbridge Rotary members were not alone in their thinking. One passer-by even presenting each member working on the town, with a box of chocolates. (Isn’t it nice to be appreciated!)

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Fordingbridge Rotary Citizen of the Year

It is with great pleasure, that Helen Tague has accepted the annual award of “Citizen of the year”, from Fordingbridge Rotary.

Helen was given the award in recognition of the years that she has been involved on many local activities, all of them on a voluntary basis. Helen’s involvement has been varied and includes St Mary’s Church, the Fordingbridge Museum, the Business Forum, the Flower Club, Inner Wheel and Fordingbridge Twinning Association.

Helen was the Town Clerk for years, and as such, was a founder member of Fordingbridge Twinning. She became Chairman for a while, and has been active in the twinning Association ever since. She is still on the Twinning Committee. It is highly opportune that she will be joining some of the Rotary members on their proposed visit to Vimoutiers next July when the 40th anniversary of Fordingbridge being twinned with Vimoutiers, will be celebrated. (In France, only an hour’s drive from Caen)

Helen is nominated for all her hard work in the community, thus becoming a highly respected member of the community, well known and recognised. As with previous Citizens of the year, Fordingbridge Rotary will be adding her name to the board of honour, kept in Fordingbridge Town Hall.

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