Remembrance Sunday

Every year for the last decade or so, Fordingbridge Rotary has provided marshals to close the roads for the Remembrance Sunday parade. Sadly this year, the parade could not take place. Normally, the President would be the only Rotarian excused from marshalling duties, so that he/she could lay the wreath and represent Rotary in the parade. However, due to travelling difficulties, Martin Calver, treasurer, laid the wreath at the memorial gates (see picture)

So, Fordingbridge Rotary once again took part in the Remembrance Sunday events on Sunday 8th November. The wreath was being placed at the memorial gate, in compliance with the Town Council’s view that that there should be no assembly. As Rotary was leaving, three members of the local constabulary arrived to do the same. Whilst standing at Bridge Street, members were able to hear the last post from the fire station. Obviously there was quite a number of people at the memorial at the appropriate hour of 11.00 am.

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50 years of service

Last Monday evening 2nd November, just before lockdown, saw key members of Fordingbridge Rotary celebrating 50 years of membership by one of its longest serving members, Foster Herd. The picture depicts this year’s President, Toni Butler, congratulating Foster and presenting him with a certificate for 50 years of service..

Foster joined Rotary in November 1970. His career has always been in catering, and hoteling, both in the UK and in France.He also spent some time in the Territorial Army, as an officer. He has been President of two Rotary Clubs, Woking and Fordingbridge, and is still the Booking Secretary at Fordingbridge

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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

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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

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