Rotary in Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge Rotary Club is a group of men and women from the Fordingbridge area who
meet regularly to discuss how it may help in the community and wider world. It is bound by
beliefs in fairness, integrity and international understanding, goodwill and peace.

Fordingbridge Rotary is a small, friendly club of about 30 members – men and women from
the Alderholt/Downton/Fordingbridge/Godshill/Sandleheath area.

Rotarians not only collect money – they invest time too. For instance, for many years,
Fordingbridge Rotary project-managed and erected the Christmas lights and still marshals the
road closures for the switch-on and for late-night shopping.

Until the site became unavailable in 2008 the club ran the main local firework display. Later,
it decided to re-invent the Fordingbridge Show as the Fordingbridge Summer Festival. This
gave Fordingbridge people the opportunity to meet Fordingbridge local groups and
organisations on a good day out. Money raised from these and other events support the
Fordingbridge area local community, (and further afield), like:

  • Lunch clubs held at the local Avonway Community Centre (including supporting Christmas lunches and providing a Father Christmas)
  • Avonway Community Centre (primarily providing labour to assist in the ongoing refurbishment of the buildings)
  • Local elderly peoples’ days out such as Exbury Gardens
  • Local disabled children’s trip to Rotary “Kids Out” at various venues
  • Prizes for local schools and supporting youth speaking and young musicians competitions
  • School trips for disadvantaged children and ad hoc student grants
  • The Rotary “Citizen of the Year” award

In order to raise funds for these events Fordingbridge Rotary has organised in the past, the annual Fordingbridge Summer Festival held in the recreation ground on the third Saturday of July. It has also organised annual Quiz evenings and the annual model railway exhibition at the Avonway Community Centre.

Every penny raised has been used to pay for local projects and other Rotary charities including various disaster relief funds. Internationally, the biggest ongoing project undertaken has been a joint venture between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio globally. The Club’s major support in recent years has been given to Water Survival Boxes attending packing sessions at Midsomer Norton, as well as annual funding.

Whilst ‘Service above Self’ is the guiding mantra, Rotarians build great friendships within the Club and arrange social activities to ensure they don’t lose sight of the ‘fun’ element of what they do. Most meetings consist of meals together, sometimes with an organised speaker and visits to places such as local theatre.

Rotary is a non-religious, non-gender specific and non-political organisation.

If this is of interest, please contact us and come along to one of our meetings where you can determine whether this is for you.