May Day Donkey Derby, Fete and Dog Show to be opened by BBC Radio Solent Presenter Katie Martin

BBC Radio Solent Presenter Katie Martin has agreed to perform the opening Ceremony at the BNRC Donkey Derby, Fete and Dog Show on May Day this year- Monday 7th May at Pelhams Park, Kinson.

The annual May Day Bank Holiday Monday Donkey Derby, Dog Show and Fete at Pelhams Park, Kinson, which has been organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North for over 30 years, is fast approaching. A great day out for people of the area with so many attractions this event raises thousands of pounds for local charities each year.

BBC Radio Solent Presenter Katie Martin

This year the opening ceremony will be carried out by BBC Radio Solent Presenter Katie Martin so do come early for a chance to meet and speak to the very popular Radio Solent Presenter.

Katie presented her topical afternoon show, Monday to Friday for a number of years on BBC Radio Solent until her life changed when she and husband Paul celebrated the arrival of her first baby just over 2 years ago. Since then Katie has been presenting the early show on Saturday Mornings together with a host of reports from around the area on interesting topics and current affairs. I know that she is looking forward to meeting and speaking to Radio Solent listeners.

The event is open from 11.30am until 4.30pm and everyone is welcome.

The Dog Show this year will be run by the “Staffie and Stray Dog Rescue Centre” from Kinson and we are delighted to welcome them for the first time this year.

As usual the Donkey Races will be taking place in the main arena providing lots of fun and entertainment and a big thank you to all the jockeys coming along to help. You can have a small flutter on the races.

Why not enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake, an ice cream or even one of Anton’s excellent burgers while you relax and listen to the band.

Over the years we have supported many local groups including Cherry Tree Nursery, Brendon Care Lunch Club, Kinson Food bank, Home Start, Prama Care, Pelhams Community Group, Bournemouth Blind Society, Woofability (dogs for the disabled), the MS Society at Parley, Kingsley House Dysphasia Support Group, Bournemouth Scouts, Macmillan Caring Locally, Bournemouth Hospital Charity, the Poppy Appeal and lots lots more too numerous to mention here. Many of these groups will have stalls on the day so please support them as they are all run by volunteers who give up hundreds of hours each year helping their causes.

Many of the stalls will be run by Bournemouth North Rotarians with the help of wives, husbands, partners, friends and family and so a big thank you to all of them as without their assistance the event could not take place. Why not pick up a bargain book, a delicious cake or some plants for the garden or try your luck on the tombola. Every penny raised goes to support local organisations.


BNRC Donate £1,000 to MS Society, Bournemouth

BNRC President John Spurgeon presented a cheque for £1,,000 to Chairman Rod Slip of the MS Society, Bournemouth

President John Spurgeon of BNRC recently presented a cheque for £1,000 to Rod Slip the Chairman of The MS Society Centre at West Parley. The donation is from money raised at a Fund-Raising Dinner Dance held at the held at the Village Hotel, Bournemouth in October where 140 guests were entertained by internationally acclaimed artist Stan Terry with his amazing Rod Stewart act.

The donation will go towards the purchase of a new much needed electrically operated Physiotherapy Treatment Couch. Chairman Rod Slip said “that the donations made to the MS Centre by organisations such as Rotary made such a difference to the Society who are completely self-funding”.

President John said that “this is the third time recently that BNRC have been able to make donations to this brilliant organisation having previously assisted with IT Equipment and the newly completed Building Extension which provided a new Consulting Suite, Transport Office, Storage room and a much-needed additional disabled toilet”.

The MS Centre at West Parley provides the following facilities and activities:

  • The Centre is a place to meet for; people with MS, their carers, volunteer helpers and supporters. Transport is arranged for the less able from and back to the surrounding areas. Lunch, coffee, tea and snacks are available at very reasonable cost. The garden is an ideal place to relax when the weather is kind or the quiet room when it is not.
  • “MateS” is an Informal Group which encompasses younger members, recently diagnosed and anyone else who wishes to meet socially outside the more formal setting of the Centre.
  • Regular meetings are held for carers of people with MS in the Bournemouth and local area. Carers do not have to be members of the branch.
  • The centre has facilities for physiotherapy, yoga, hairdressing, bathing and recreation. Extensive literature about MS is available as is confidential one to one support. A small library of books, video tapes and audio cassettes are available to rent for a very small charge. The computer room has several accessible computers with broadband connection to the internet.
  • The Branch publishes Miscellany Magazine about three times a year.
  • The centre is the focal point for the management and organisation of the branch. There is a private office for support (welfare) officers where advice and guidance can be obtained on many issues of concern to members. There is also a consulting room available for appointments with MS professionals.
  • The general offices deal with the day to day running of the branch, transport, fund raising and the organisation of social and charity events.

The Osborne Centre is situated in Church Lane, West Parley, Dorset, BH22 8TS
Tel: 01202 570300 (Office) or 01202 580391 (Transport)