Oct 31, 2016 by


3rd October

No Rotary.

7th Oct – Golf Day

Golf day this year was held on Friday 7th October  at Rushmore Golf Course set on the edge of the wonderful Cranborne Chase.
The weather was dry and cloudy , but luckily no wind or rain appeared on the day !! and eighteen teams headed out at 9.30 am for a ‘Shot Gun Start’. Whilst we enjoyed a lovely round of golf the ladies in the club house set up a wonderful raffle which was totally donated by members and business partners which we are very thankful for meaning that all the proceeds would benefit our worthy cause this year – CLIC Sargent.
On the course our usual ‘watering hole’ again was well run by John Warner and Mike Foote where after a small tipple players could double their money by hitting the green on the PAR3,14th Hole, not an easy task and only achieved by a very few. A well hearty lunch was later served to all in the club house where a presentation was given by Mairi Wilson from CLIC Sargent.
A prize given presentation by Rotarian Richard Shean brought the day to a close – the wining team and main sponsor prize went to Vital task a very worthy winner and much valued supporter of this event.
A big thankyou to all the teams that turned out, Rushmore Golf Club for a wonderful course and providing a super lunch, helpers and fellow Rotarians for all their support. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, provisionally booked for Friday 8th September 2017.

10th Oct – Yacht Cruising

Rotarian Martin Sayers provided a broad analysis of the risks and challenges of Small Yacht Cruising using his recent experience of a cruise to the South West Coast of France, this summer.
The cruise covered about 1000 nautical miles over 7 weeks visiting the Channel Islands, Roscoff, Brest and the Gulf de Morbihan.
Along the way a Thunder storm mid channel, boats dragging anchors and rescue assistance of a grounded yacht proved that international cooperation is alive and well.
The presentation also discussed the challenges posed by navigation, changing sea states and rip tides.
The Biscay Peninsular is known to be a potentially treacherous sea area where the sea floor rises quite close to the shore from depths of over 100m. This can create large swells and in some areas breaking waves. Whilst these were avoided the threat was always present and careful note taken of regular weather and sea state forecasts prior to setting out.
Once safely around the corner the sailing became almost idyllic. From the Isle De Glenans, south the coast is protected by a line of offshore islands and reefs which protect the coast from the worst of the swell and regular onshore breezes allowed for perfect Sailing Conditions.
Would you do it again was the obvious question. ‘’ absolutely” was the resounding answer.

13th Oct – Gold Hill Fair Van Pull

After another successful Gold Hill Fair, our ever-popular Van Pull was also a highlight! Thank you to Stalbridge Linen who organised it, pictured is Transport Manager Phil Martin presenting the cheque for £250 to Rotary President Bernard and Stalbridge Operations Director and fellow Rotarian Alan Mulholland

17th Oct – Business Meeting

Our full report is on our member’s page.

24th Oct – Shaftesbury Cricket Club

Terry Warder gave a talk on the recent history of Shaftesbury Cricket Club. Terry, a sometime wicketkeeper, committee member, secretary, youth coach and now chairman spoke of the upheaval and financial strain caused by the enforced move from the centre of town to its new ground on the outskirts but finished with an upbeat appraisal of the club’s current state and its burgeoning youth section.


27th Oct – Charity Race Night

The club was out in force to support a charity race night at The Coppleridge Inn raising money for the proposed re-ordering of St James Church and improvement to its parking facilities. A crowd of 150 were fed and watered, money was won and lost and a good time had by all. £2200 was raised on the night.

31st Oct – Partners evening

Congratulations to our long serving Rotarian John Warner who was presented with the prestigious Rotary award of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, this award is bestowed for outstanding service to the club over many years of commitment. John’s list of achievements in support of charity events and his role of Sergeant at Arms and social secretary are far too many to be recorded here, but we all know the history. Well done John.


The evening was further enhanced when Nicci Judd, Chair of the Shaftesbury branch of Clic Sargent (the children’s cancer charity) gave a passionate and detailed talk about the excellent support the charity offers in these tragic circumstances and spoke of her own families personal experience of coping with the trauma of that news.

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