Water Survival Boxes

In September six members of Fordingbridge Rotary and Inner Wheel visited the warehouse of World Water Works run by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge at the Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton.

The visit was organised by our International Committee member Dennis Wilson and once we were able to find the warehouse, members soon rolled up their sleeves and got down to some work. 

For ten years now the Chelwood Bridge Club have been putting together water survival boxes and distributing them quickly to red-alert disasters throughout the developing world.

These boxes are designed for families of four and cost £150 each inclusive of air freight costs. They contain an amazing array of items in addition to the water purification equipment such as cooking utensils, tools and personal hygiene.

Many thousands of people caught up in natural and man-made disasters such as Aleppo, Syria have benefited from these boxes. During this visit members filled three pallets or 60 boxes costing £9,000 making them ready for the airport. During a production break Club President John Oram presented Chelwood Bridge Rotary with a cheque on behalf of Fordingbridge Rotary.

Update 11 October 2016: the boxes we packed have already been sent to hurricane-stricken Haiti, and Fordingbridge Rotary has pledged an extra £500 to the cause.

Rain-Water Harvesting Project, Hillcrest, South Africa

hillcrest1We have been working on a Rotary Global Grant since Dennis Wesley of the Hillcrest Rotary Club came to the District Conference in Bournemouth in October 2014.

You will be pleased to know that this project has now well under way.

In essence the total cost of installing the rain water harvesting plant at the orphanage is $60,000. Our club has allocated just under $6,000 and together with contributions from Hillcrest Rotary, Winnipeg Rotary, Karlsbad Rotary (California), and the Rotary Foundation, we now have the money.

hillcrest2Following discussions with Dennis Wesley a group of us are going to South Africa, to see the development at Hillcrest, which is near Durban, during February.

As you can see the foundations are laid and Dennis & Eileen Wilson, Richard Westlake and myself leave on 16th February to visit the project, visit the club and look around the local area. We return on the 28th February.

Mike J.

The History of English Wine Growing

On 27th September the Club welcomed English wine grower Roger Marchbank and his partner
Diane. Roger is a former chairman of the National Vineyards Association.

He gave an interesting talk about the history of wine dating from 5000 years BC to the Roman
invaders who planted vineyards in England very successfully and the decline brought about by the
Viking and Saxon invaders who preferred drinking mead. By 1930 there were about thirty vineyards
in Britain but with changing habits numbers had grown to about 200 in the 1970’s. 2012 was a particularly
bad year as the grapes did not ripen.

White wine, he said should be served at 9 degrees and not from the fridge at 4 degrees.

To conclude his talk Roger and Diane served everyone with a glass of their own white wine and instructed members to cuddle the glass, sniff and gargle the wine so that the aroma entered the nose. His talk provoked lots of questions and Derek Ayling gave a vote of thanks.

Congratulations to Karl for having organised yet another excellent speaker.


5th Grand Quiz Night

rotaryquiz2016flyer-200Fordingbridge Rotary Club’s 5th Grand Quiz Night will be held on Friday 11 November 2016 at Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge.

All 17 team places have now been booked for this year.  Look out for next year’s quiz and get in early to avoid disappointment.

There is a maximum of six people per team, and the cost is £10 per person, including a cold supper.  There will be a licensed pay bar.