The well-publicised "LendWithCare" project, that Fordingbridge Rotary has famously taken part in, has now benefitted from a second layer of success. The loans that it has made so far under this scheme, have been doubled as part of a "Big Give Christmas Challenge". Fordingbridge Rotary has been proud to take part through the "Small Business Solidarity Fund". This fund has provided support to 12 different projects over 8 different Countries, assisting over 18000 vulnerable people. The photograph depicts Rosa Andrango of Ecuador, whereby this project helped her to cover emergency food needs during lockdown, and assisted her to purchase seeds to enhance her agricultural production.

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Fordingbridge Rotary Raises around £1500

Fordingbridge Rotary, this week, is celebrating a landmark charitable achievement, as one of numerous Rotary Clubs that has raised over £1 million to "LendwithCare" (see attachment), which enables people in the UK to make small loans to entrepreneurs from poor communities around the World, enabling them to start or expand their small businesses, and work their way out of poverty, feed their families and send their children to school.

Fordingbridge Rotary has raised around £1500. Club spokesman John Crossman, said that Fordingbridge Rotary is proud to be part of this fantastic initiative, and represents a great way to help people out of poverty. You see exactly where the money is going, and what it's being used for. Fordingbridge Rotary has a proud history of fundraising for charitable causes through various community events.

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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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