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

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.

Street 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!



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!


Please consider a donation to Bishops Waltham Rotary Club

Club Meets
Thursdays weekly 7.30pm except 5th Thurdays
East Horton Golf Club, Fair Oak, Eastleigh

Bishops Waltham Rotary Club
District 1110