Our Rotary club has not been meeting in our normal manner since March, but we are meeting via a Zoom link. If you wish to contact us please use the contact us page


 Christmas Collections, for more informationclick here



Roger

As I sit down to write this Press Release, we are just going into another National lockdown, which again is bringing with it much uncertainty about the weeks to come and what Christmas will be like this year.

One of the usual highlights of the run up to Christmas is our Christmas collections where we tour the streets of Bishop’s Waltham, Waltham Chase, Horton Heath, and Fair Oak with “Roger” our brightly lit and music playing Christmas Steam Engine. Unfortunately, with restrictions as they are, we will not be able to tour round as usual with Santa greeting the Children and taking their Christmas Present orders this year, but because we have been told on numerous occasions that Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club coming round with Roger the Steam Engine is the start of Christmas we feel we need to do something.

This year we will attempt to drive round most of our usual routes at some point during the first two full weeks of December, but we will not be making a door to door collection and Santa will not be able to stop and talk to the children – this is obviously dependant on the restrictions in place at the time. If you want to know if we will be able to come round and when we will be in your area take a look at our website click here or “like” us on Facebook to receive regular updates.   


As well as signalling the start of Christmas, Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club raises significant funds from the door to door collections so that we can support many charities both local, national, and international. Unfortunately, there is still a need, most certainly a greater need this year, and because of this we still need to raise funds to be able to help out.

If you would like to donate to help us, especially with Roger the Steam Engine in mind, you can donate via our website using the Paypal  “Donate” button at the top of this page, or you can text ROGER followed by a number to 70085 to donate that number in pounds i.e. ROGER 5 – will donate £5. Texts cost the value of the donation, plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to donate, but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text ROGERNOINFO followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70085


Crocus Planting

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In the last couple of weeks before we went back into lockdown, several of the Club were out planting purple crocuses to promote our work towards eradicating polio, which was highlighted in September’s press release. We hope that in the spring we will have a good display of purple crocuses in the shape of the Rotary logo appearing around the area in both Bishop’s Waltham (at the junction of Free Street and the Corhampton Road) and Fair Oak (by the new Parish Offices), these will add to the crocuses planted in previous years at both the Bishop’s Waltham junior and infant schools and on the bank by the corner of Hoe Road and Willow Road at the Cricklemede Roundabout.

Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!

ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

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Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club News…October 2020

Street collection in aid of those affected by the explosion in Beirut 

Last month we reported that we had held a suitably safe street collection in aid of those affected by the major explosion that shook Beirut in August.

We can now announce that after the money raised was quarantined for 72 hours, we able to have a count up, and with several individual donations added in, we raised over £1,100, which has been sent to a Rotary Club in Beirut who are ideally suited to provide support where appropriate.


Fashion show in aid of The MS society            MSS-logo-orange-England-inaidof CMYK (1) 

As many of you will know from previous updates we have many fund raising events planned throughout the normal year, but this year is far from what can be called normal and subsequently the majority of these events have had to be cancelled or postponed. One of those major events planned for this year was our Fashion Show unfortunately scheduled for March just as we went into lockdown. This event was already sold out and we subsequently offered a refund for all tickets sold, mainly through Boutique Me in Bishop’s Waltham, who we thank for organising the refund of tickets. Amazingly many people came forward and were keen that the money they had spent on the ticket should be taken as a donation and given to the MS society as planned. We were overwhelmed by the numbers with this view and we were able to donate around £2,000 to the MS society despite the Fashion Show not going ahead. We are extremely grateful to the generosity of those who donated their entry fee and we would like to reassure them that if possible, we will plan another Fashion Show in the future.


Rotary Together talks

During lockdown with so many things being done at a distance via the internet etc. Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland have organised Tuesday evening talks on many subjects some of which need little introduction - Captain Tom : An inspiration to a country – to some less known, but equally inspirational stories - Keira gave me her heart and we changed UK organ donation law – The story of 10 year old Max Johnson’s heart transplant, which changed the landscape of organ donation in the UK, from an opt in to an opt out system. These talks can be watched live on the Rotary YouTube Channel at 19.05 on a Tuesday evening or you can catch up with them later on YouTube.

Rotary meetings  no limits 1 

Our Rotary meeting have also gone online, which has enabled us to carry on seeing each other and planning ways of raising money and also how to make it go the furthest and having the most effect.  We were delighted to have a representative from No Limits Charity come along and talk to us about how the money we raised for them at last years ‘Tour of Legends’, a classic car event we organised, is helping them reach out to children and young people in Southampton and Hampshire.

Fund raising    Amazon Smile 

Fund raising has become increasingly difficult in these times with our major events having to be cancelled, so again we have had to look at new ways of bringing funds in so that we can help those in need, especially at this time. To this end we have signed up with AmazonSmile, which is a way of making money for charities whilst making your internet purchases on Amazon. If you would like to support us, all you need to do is access the Amazon website using www.smile.amazon.co.uk , login / register as usual and choose the charity  “Rotary Club Of Bishop's Waltham Charity Trust Fund “. Your purchases will cost the normal Amazon price, but a small percentage will be donated to the club’s charity fund.

Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!

ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk


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Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club News…September 2020

End Polio Now

Africa Polio Free          Crocus 2020

There was exciting news on 25th August when the World Health Organisation declared that the whole continent of Africa had been free of the wild Polio Virus for more than 3 years. Bishops Waltham Rotary has been contributing to the End Polio Now project since the club’s formation in 1989. The project was started by Rotary in 1985, when there were 350,000 cases of wild polio in 125 Countries every year. Rotary has been partnered by UNICEF and more recently the Bill Gates Foundation to advocate the benefits of the eradication of the virus which can cause severe disabilities, with children under 5 most vulnerable to infection.

The announcement that Africa is wild polio free means that there are only two countries in the world where transmission of the wild virus has never been stopped these are Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary works with all the agencies in those countries to deliver vaccine to all children under 5, often struggling against the climate and communities that do not understand the benefits of immunisation despite this there have only been 102 cases of wild virus infection worldwide this year.

The United Nations have established a World Polio Day on 25th October every year. As part of the awareness campaign Bishops Waltham Rotary will be planting 4000 purple crocus corms around the area during October. Look out for the purple blooms in February/March 2021



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Street collection in aid of those affected by the explosion in Beirut

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Many of you would have been shocked, like us, to have seen the footage of the major explosion that shook Beirut in August, the sheer scale of the devastation and the numbers affected.  We were very keen to help out by organising a street collection, but we were mindful of ensuring that any funds we sent would reach the right people, plus there were the practicalities of trying to do such a collection in the post lock down environment we find ourselves in. 

After a bit of careful research we made contact with a Rotary Club in Beirut, who were already running a food bank out there and were ideally suited to provide support where appropriate. Plus, with a bit of ingenuity involving screwing collecting buckets to workbenches so that we could be suitably distanced from any prospective donators, a lot of hand gel and some disinfectant wipes we managed to mount a street collection in early September.

At this point in time we do not know exactly how successful the collection was because the money raised is in quarantine for 72 hours, but we are confident that several hundred pounds was raised.

Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on the funds raised for Beirut, the fight against Polio, what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!

ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

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Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club News…August 2020

       Children's Lockdown Poetry competition Click here

Pink Green Classroom Poster


Children’s Lockdown Poetry Competition

With all the changes going on in almost every aspect of our everyday life, we at Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club decided we needed to do something to recognise this and try something different.  So, we have just launched our first ever Poetry Competition aimed at Primary School children in Key Stage 1 & 2.  The subject of the poems is to be “Lockdown”, we want to know what you got up to, what you missed, what was new, what new skills you learnt, how did you cope, what did you find hard, who helped you etc.  The subject can be anything that children want to tell us about.  We have a team of judges made up of, teachers and Rotarian’s and we will be awarding first and second prizes for Key Stage 1 & 2, plus there will be a special judges prize for the entry that the judges feel deserves special recognition.

Fashion show in aid of The MS society

As many of you will know from previous updates we have many fund raising events planned throughout the normal year, but this year is far from what can be called normal and subsequently the majority of these events have had to be cancelled or postponed. One of those major events planned for this year was our Fashion Show unfortunately scheduled for March just as we went into lockdown. This event was already sold out and we subsequently offered a refund for all tickets sold. Amazingly many people came forward and were keen that the money they had spent on the ticket should be taken as a donation and given to the MS society as planned. We were overwhelmed by the numbers with this view and we are now able to donate around £2,000 to the MS society despite the Fashion Show not going ahead. We are extremely grateful to the generosity of those who donated their entry fee and we would like to reassure them that if possible we will plan another Fashion Show in the future.

Rotary Together talks

During lockdown with so many things being done at a distance via the internet etc. Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland have organised Tuesday evening talks on many subjects some of which need little introduction - Captain Tom : An inspiration to a country – to some less known, but equally inspirational stories - Keira gave me her heart and we changed UK organ donation law – The story of 10 year old Max Johnson’s heart transplant, which changed the landscape of organ donation in the UK, from an opt in to an opt out system. These talks can be watched live on the Rotary YouTube Channel at 19.05 on a Tuesday evening or you can catch up with them later on YouTube.

Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for the Poetry competition details, updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!




Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club News…July 2020


Well it’s been a bit of a funny year so far hasn’t it! Normally at this time of year we would be telling you all about our carnival and showing you pictures of everyone having a great time and dressing up in the theme of the day. Unfortunately like many events locally, nationally and internationally, cancellation has been the order of the day… We did manage however to keep the feeling of the Carnival going on the day with a steady stream of photographs being posted on our Facebook Page of previous carnivals and we are already looking forward to being able to bring you Bishop’s Waltham Carnival 2021!

We have continued in the background raising what money we can without our big public fundraising events and also responding to several requests for assistance from Bishop’s Waltham, Waltham Chase and Fair Oak, plus further afield.

Fair Oak junior school food bank

Bishops Waltham Rotary Club has a strong connection with Fair Oak  visiting every Christmas with “Roger the Rotary Engine” and we are pleased to be able to assist the Fair Oak  junior school  in its efforts to  support eligible families through its food bank. Despite depleted rotary charity funds due to the Covid19 pandemic Rotary has allocated an initial £450 towards this essential work.

Meet the new president, same as the old president

Also at this time of year we are usually introducing you to our new President with handover normally happening at the end of June, but due to things being curtailed part way through her year, Linda Treveil our President for 2019-2020 has agreed to extend her presidency to 18months and then our new president who would have come in for 2020-2021 will come in then for the next 18 months. Hopefully by then we will be back to some sense of normality.

Kinyasano Girls High School, Uganda

In the background we have had a long running project ongoing in Uganda in collaboration with Watsan, a UK charity, to bring improved sanitation to the Kinyasano Girls High School by providing new / improved bathing facilities, latrines for staff & pupils and hand washing facilities. This project has taken some time from concept to completion, but now we have got to the end of the road the results are excellent. We have received a warm letter of gratitude from their head teacher highlighting the quality of the work and the belief that they will last for many years to come.

Pit Latrine




Lined Staff pit latrine with 2 stance and a urinal on the side of males





Bath Shelter 

Bath shelter for students with 4 compartments, each accommodating 6-8 students at a go

Watch this space for the launch of our exciting new Poetry Competition for Primary School Aged Children.

Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for the Poetry competition launch, updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!

ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

Last month we reported that we had held a suitably safe street collection in aid of those affected by the major explosion that shook Beirut in August. We can now announce that after the money raised was quarantined for 72 hours, we able to have a count up, and with several individual donations added in, we raised over £1,100, which has been sent to a Rotary Club in Beirut who are ideally suited to provide support where appropriate.reet collection in aid of those affected by the explosion in Beirut

Beirut collection 1

Many of you would have been shocked, like us, to have seen the footage of the major explosion that shook Beirut in August, the sheer scale of the devastation and the numbers affected.  We were very keen to help out by organising a street collection, but we were mindful of ensuring that any funds we sent would reach the right people, plus there were the practicalities of trying to do such a collection in the post lock down environment we find ourselves in. 

After a bit of careful research we made contact with a Rotary Club in Beirut, who were already running a food bank out there and were ideally suited to provide support where appropriate. Plus, with a bit of ingenuity involving screwing collecting buckets to workbenches so that we could be suitably distanced from any prospective donators, a lot of hand gel and some disinfectant wipes we managed to mount a street collection in early September.

At this point in time we do not know exactly how successful the collection was because the money raised is in quarantine for 72 hours, but we are confident that several hundred pounds was raised.

Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on the funds raised for Beirut, the fight against Polio, what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!

ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

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Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club News…August 2020




END POLIO NOW

I hope that you have noticed the purple crocus that are blooming in the town. Some have been planted by Bishops Waltham in Bloom and a further display were planted in the autumn of 2018 in the Junior and Infant Schools and at the Hoe Road roundabout by the Rotary Club. (picture).

Why crocus and why purple? Crocus was chosen as it blooms in late February early March as Rotary International celebrates its anniversary each 23rd February. It was started in 1905 = 115 years ago. Why purple? Rotary International launched a project in 1985 to protect the children of the world from poliomylitus (Polio for short) . A virus that affects the central nervous system causing limbs to become flaccid. It mainly affects children under five. Fortunately, there has not been an outbreak of polio in the UK for many years but it still affects children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Children can be immunised against polio by giving them just two drops of vaccine. In countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries that are vulnerable to polio outbreaks when children taking part in mass immunisations have a purple dye put onto the little finger of their left hand. This enables immunisation teams to check that all the children have received the drops. Hence the colour associated with the project to rid the whole world of polio.


See the crocus after the next bit of editorial





I hope that you have noticed that purple crocus that are blooming in the town. Some have been planted by Bishops Waltham in Bloom and a further display were planted in the autumn of 2018 in the Junior and Infant Schools and at the Hoe Road roundabout by the Rotary Club. (see picture).


Crocus 2020

Why crocus and why purple? Crocus was chosen as it blooms in late February early March as Rotary International celebrates its anniversary each 23rd February. It was started in 1905 = 115 years ago. Why purple? Rotary International launched a project in 1985 to protect the children of the world from poliomylitus (Polio for short) . A virus that affects the central nervous system causing limbs to become flaccid. It mainly affects children under five. Fortunately there has not been an outbreak of polio in the UK for many years but it still affects children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Children can be immunised against polio by giving them just two drops of vaccine. In countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries that are vulnerable to polio outbreaks when children taking part in mass immunisations have a purple dye put onto the little finger of their left hand. This enables immunisation teams to check that all the children have received the drops. Hence the colour associated with the project to rid the whole world of polio.

www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk


Christmas Collections Amount collected was £4600, Thank you!

                                                                                         100% to Rotary Charities! 



Christmas Collections 2019 were in Horton Heath, Fair Oak, Bishops Waltham,Waltham Chase will be back with us in December.2020,  

Basic  LIST  of areas

Christmas  Collection

December 2019

DATE AREA STARTING LOCATION TIME from  AREA COVERED
       
Monday 9/12 Horton Heath Community Centre 6.00PM Meadowsweet Way, Ascot Road
Tuesday 10/12 Fair Oak South Summerlands Road, Botley Road end 6.00PM Orchard Road, Dean Road
Wednesday11/12 Fair Oak North Stubbington Way, Botley Road End 6.00PM Noyce Drive, Michael Way
Thursday 12/12 BW Newtown Patel Store 6.00PM The Avenue, Albany, Churchill, Battery
Friday 13/12 Waltham Chase West Village Hall 6.00PM Bull Lane Curdridge Lane
Monday 16/12 Waltham Chase East Village Hall 6.00PM The Ridings, Forest Road
Tuesday 17/12 BW Rareridge Lane Hoe Road End 6.00PM Oak Road, Cricklemede
Wednesday 18/12 BW Pondside Lower Lane Car Park 6.00PM Garfield Road, Langton Road
Friday 20/12 Wickham The Square Day  
Saturday 21/12 BW High Street & Budgens Day  









    





Shoeboxes in 2019 reached  the largest number for some years, over 600!  Follow the trail by scrolling down


Swanmore College 19  Swanmore College collected over 500!


Part of the stack of Shoeboxes for packing 19  Part of the collection waiting to be Boxed


IMG 20191115_181735  55 boxes packed


at the collection depot 19 At the warehouse in Dorset where the many
 thousands are collated before being packed into containers.
This is carried out by Rotarians from Blandford Forum. If you look carefully in the right of the picture you can seem them in the back of the building as far as the eye can see.
Thank you everyone that joined in and either created a box or helped with the packing.

Christmas Collections 2019

Christmas Collections in Horton Heath, Fair Oak, Bishops Waltham,Waltham Chase will be back with us in December.2019, 

Basic  LIST  of areas

Christmas  Collection

December 2019

Monday 16/12 Waltham Chase East Village Hall 6.00PM The Ridings, Forest Road
Tuesday 17/12 BW Rareridge Lane Hoe Road End 6.00PM Oak Road, Cricklemede
Wednesday 18/12 BW Pondside Lower Lane Car Park 6.00PM Garfield Road, Langton Road
Friday 20/12 Wickham The Square Day  
Saturday 21/12 BW High Street & Budgens Day  


Handover of President

pres John and Linda 


Rotary Kids Out registration desk 2019KIDS OUT DAY AT MARWELL: REGISTRATION DESK


Kids Out team photo 2019




 
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ocus planting at Bishops Waltham infants school. The Crocus represents the dyed tip of a childs finger that has had the Polio innoculation in those countries of the world where Polio still exists.

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Maurice and Nigel getting covered in rust and dust 



Maurice,Nigel and Pete getting dirty underneath Roger the Engine, Roger is slightly poorly and has a rusty'bottom' and needs some TLC to prevent corrosion from spreading.



Maurice and Nigel getting covered in rust and dust




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Pictures from the French Exchange weekend

Skittles at the Kings Head

John Natt

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Lots of faces




Ian Fletcher



Hello, this is a belated report on our participation in this popular local event.

BWR


8th March 2018 at East Horton





Jason and Debbie

Jason and Debbie,  Our newest memb Jason Rule, welcomed by our President Debbie 8th February 2018


 Di Hemingway-Rice is welcomed by Debbie Walker our President


Di Hemmingway

Pictures from the Fashion Show 2017


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New Forest Walk, followed by warming pub meal Sunday 1st october


New Forest wet walk, followed by warming pub lunch 20th September 2017.

Bishops Waltham Rotary have committed funds for 2 shelter boxes ( £1000) to help the disaster relief in the Caribbean and Rotary Great Britain & Ireland and Rotary International have also supported this charity for many years, as reported on Breakfast TV this morning and The One Show last evening, if you want to help please view their site to donate. 


www.shelterbox.org or Facebook.

Facebook, please see our Facebook link at the top of this page


shelterbox The sturdy green ShelterBoxes are designed to help people who have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.

Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.

The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.







Caribbean Collection Team Bishop's Waltham 16/9/17

Caribbean Collection Team Bishop's Waltham 16/9/17

Caribbean Collection Bishop's Waltham Saturday 16/9/17

Caribbean Collection Team Bishop's Waltham 16/9/17


BWRC Cycling sub section sheltering from the rain Thursday 14th September

BWRC cxycling sub section sheltering from the rain 14/9

                                               BWRC cycling sub-section sheltering from rain 14/9/17


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BWR Cycling subsection Thursday 7/9 before gruelling cycle ride; followed by fabulous BBQ at Bob and Lesley's

Bishop’s Waltham Infant School and Rotary

school photo

Playground equipment offers exercise that challenges growing children’s muscles - pushing on swings and seesaws, climbing steps before swooping down the slide. Outdoors, youngsters learn to trust their bodies as they attempt more and more kinds of movement. A well-equipped playground not only enhances this physical well-being but also gives children new found appreciation of how their bodies move in space. Outdoor play helps children gain confidence as their competence and agility grow.

 Bishops Waltham Infant School (BWIS), an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ school, recognised this some years ago and installed outdoor facilities for their pupils. Sadly, the ravages of time and weather have finally caught up with, and the wood has deteriorated to a dangerous level; as you can see in the before and after photos below.

castle projectbefore photo

Headteacher, Mrs Ginene Riches, decided that it was time to replace these valuable facilities to avoid any injuries to children playing on them. Unfortunately, government cuts to school budgets have made this a challenging task. The school explored all sorts of ways of raising the money for the facilities, but the problem needed immediate attention. Here is where BW Rotary was able to come to the rescue, for one of the outdoor classrooms.

It was brought to the attention of Rotary, by Malcolm Wearn, the Community Chairman who was very quick to bridge the gap between the school and the Rotary club. He very quickly gathered together all the relevant information, costings, drawings and put the case before the club; and there was unanimous support for the club providing the funds to enable this new facility to be funded. Here is a picture of Head teacher Ginene Riches, Rotary President Debbie Walker and Community Chairman Malcolm Wearn, with Debbie handing over the cheque for the new outdoor facilty.

The other outdoor facility was funded from a combination of school funds and a grant from the Bishop’s Waltham Educational Institute. This local charity was founded in 1898 to serve the parishioners of Bishop's Waltham and surrounding villages. Today, the trustees issue grants twice each year to local good causes in the interests of social, welfare and education.

Head teacher Mrs Ginene Riches said: ‘Bishop’s Waltham Infant School is very grateful to BW Rotary for funding the Outdoor Classroom and for the donation from the Educational Institute towards the supply of the ‘castle’ element of the second new Outdoor Classroom’. Rotary President Debbie Walker described this project as a major example of Rotary working in the Community.


rotary cheque   rotary cheque and children     


children on hanging frame children on stepping frame

              BWRC logo


International Rotary Student Programme

International Student Megan sponsored by Georgia, Winchester and BW Rotary

Boat Photo July 2017



BBQ 31st Aug 17  BBQ 31st Aug 17    BBQ 31st August 17



Youth Club 17 debbie  Youth Club 17   Rotary giving assistance to the Youth Club at Bishops Waltham




Paul Chesterman

Paul Chesterman, 
This is where old news and pictures end up!

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