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)


Nearly 150 Secondary School pupils took part in the recent Rotary Technology Tournament held at the Bournemouth Collegiate School. This was the 5th time it has been held since its inception in 2014. Organised by the Rotary Clubs in our District including Bournemouth North, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Westbourne the event was a huge success.

37 Teams do battle

37 teams of 4 students from Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 took part and were challenged to design and build a module space capsule launcher capable of firing a light ball a set height into the air which then had to be recovered by parachute. Starting promptly at 9am the students were required to work as a team to design and construct their solution using a set of materials provided by the organisers which included wood, glue, elastic bands, card and fabric. They then had to demonstrate their construction to the Judges on the test firing ranges. Their design and planning portfolio was also taken into account during the marking process.


The Roll of Honour for this year’s event was as follows:-

Key Stage 3 –      Winners – Ringwood School Team 2

2nd Place – Ringwood School Team 1

3rd Place – Twynham School, Christchurch

Key Stage 4 –     Winners – Twynham Team 2, Christchurch

2nd Place – Harewood School

3rd Place – The Grange School, Christchurch

Key Stage 5 –      Winners – Ringwood School

2nd Place – Twynham School, Christchurch

3rd Place – Bournemouth School for Girls

The organising committee was chaired by Bournemouth North Rotarian Anne Green who thanked the team for the enormous amount of hard work that had gone into making the event such a success. Anne said that a special thank you should also go to the 2 main sponsors BAE System of Christchurch and Marden Edwards Technology of Wimborne, together with the Bournemouth Collegiate School who hosted the event. “Without so many volunteers from our local Rotary Clubs and the backing of our sponsors the event could not go ahead but having seen the results over the years and this year in particular it was well worth the effort”.

Key Stage 3 Winners – Ringwood Team 2
Key Stage 4 Winners – Twynham Team 2
Key Stage 5 Winners – Ringwood School

BNRC Present cheque for £1500 to Macmillan Caring Locally

Barry Wilson was presented with a cheque for £1,500 by Rotarian Sue Slade of BNRC

BNRC have proudly presented a cheque in the sum of £1,500 to Macmillan Caring Locally towards their new reconstruction Project which they are hoping will be getting under way in the very near future. The money was raised at the Clubs annual Golf Day which was held at Knighton Heath Golf Club in Poole. The golf day was held to coincide with the Macmillan National Coffee Morning and was a tremendous success with 15 teams taking part.

The photo shows Club President John Spurgeon (left) and Rotarian Sue Slade (centre) from the Clubs Fundraising Committee presenting the cheque to Barry Wilson and Anita Wriggler together with members of the care team at Macmillan Caring in Christchurch.



For those who enjoy their food and hope to do so for a long time to come then the future is looking good in the capable hands

of 13 budding young chefs who took part in the Rotary Group 2 Young Chef Competition held at the Escoffier Restaurant in Bournemouth on Friday 26th January.

Young Chefs proudly display their Certificates for taking part

The restaurant which is a part of the Bournemouth and Poole College at the Lansdowne has kindly hosted the event for a number of years and this year it was yet another great success.

13 Young Chefs from schools in the area took part and had to prepare a 3 course meal in 2 hours with ingredients costing no more than £15.00. The event is open to full time students between the ages of 11 and 17.

The competition aims are to encourage young people to:

  • Learn how to cook a healthy meal
  • Develop food presentation skills
  • Consider food hygiene issues
  • Develop organisational and planning skills
  • Develop the ability to cope in a demanding situation

The judges were treated to a varied array of dishes all prepared in a professional kitchen and displayed beautifully for them to sample.

Other guests including many from the Rotary Clubs in Group 2 were impressed by the skill and hard work that had gone into the dishes presented.

After a great deal of discussion by the judges the results were announced as follows:-

WINNER – KIAN JOHNSON FROM OAK ACADEMY (sponsored by Bournemouth North Rotary Club)

Kian was presented with a Winners Certificate and a £40 Amazon Gift Card.

Kian Johnson Receives his Award from Richard Burnett of Westbourne Rotary

In addition arrangements have been made for Kian to visit AFC Bournemouth Football Club for a day to shadow the Chefs in the First Team Pavilion which should be a great experience.

FIRST RUNNER UP – MEGAN SKIRTH FROM THE GRANGE SCHOOL (sponsored by Christchurch Rotary Club)

Megan was presented with a Runner-up Certificate and a £30 Amazon Gift Card.


Ellie was presented with a Runner-up Certificate and a £20 Amazon Gift Card

The winning 3 Course meal prepared by Kian

The winner and First Runner-up of this Group Round will now go on to the District Competition to be held in Waterlooville on March 3rd.

The winner and runner-up from District Round will then proceed to the Regional Finals and hopefully on to the National Final which will be held on 28th April 2018 (venue to be confirmed)





The Rotary Club of Bournemouth North are proud to have supported Tools For Self Reliance for many years and recently presented cheque for £1,000 towards the latest training initiative taking place in Sierra Leone. 

BNRC Club President John Spurgeon presenting a cheque for £1,000 with Rotarians Charles Cleghorn and Mike O’Shea

Club President John Spurgeon together with Rotarians Charles Cleghorn and Mike O’Shea were given a guided tour of the plant in Netley Marsh where vast numbers of old and often discarded tools are refurbished and given a new lease of life before being packed into bespoke kits and sent out to training projects in Africa. These included everything from rusty saws, other hand tools and even sewing machines which can be cleaned, sharpened and fitted with replacement parts where necessary – nearly all by dedicated volunteers.

 Based in Netley Marsh, Hampshire, Tools for Self Reliance was started in 1979 by a handful of dedicated volunteers. Disillusioned by their experiences of development projects in Africa and the failure of overseas development assistance at that time to trickle down to the grassroots, their  founders took it upon themselves to work with small-scale community based groups and at the same time lobby major institutional donors and governments to adopt a more people-centred” approach to development assistance.

In 1980, Tools for Self Reliance was formally registered as a charity with the mandate of working with local organisations in developing countries to relieve poverty amongst the local population. It was envisioned as being a practical way to support trades people in some of the poorest parts of the world. Although raising awareness and campaigning are integral parts of what they do, they specialise in providing the vocational skills and business training rural trades people need to earn a livelihood, and equipping them with the tools they need to get started.

On average, 85% of people who join a training course with Tools for Self Reliance are running a business and have increased their income six months after completion. With the additional income from their own enterprises, trainees can buy more food of a better quality, improve their living conditions, educate their children, and access medical care.

Small and micro enterprises are critical to reducing inequality and improving life chances for people in some of the poorest countries in the world. Vocational training and small scale enterprises are identified in the Sustainable Development Goals as crucial activities for achieving change, and Tools for Self Reliance plays an important part in livelihood development in Africa.

Tools for Self Reliance believe that working in partnership with local organisations in the six countries that are their areas of focus – Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Zambia is the best  way to identify the local needs and to engage with the community.


GOLF IN THE DARK 2017 – Dawn’s Lawns Take the Trophy

A distant ‘thwack’ broke the eerie silence of a cold, mist-shrouded November evening as a mini-moon, in the shape of an illuminated golf ball soared accurately and at speed over the first fairway at Queen’s Park Golf Club, followed by a muffled cry of jubilation.  The Bournemouth North Rotary Club’s Annual Charity ‘Golf in the Dark’ competition was under way and out of the all-encompassing gloom seven teams emerged to tackle the challenging 5-hole course ahead of them.  Many a groan and worse could be heard as some balls, failing to reach their targets crashed like spent rockets into the trees and bushes.  Torches flashed and bushes were thrashed as many helpful souls attempted to find the misdirected golf balls.  However, one team of past-winners overcame the frustrations and held their nerve to win this enormously enjoyable competition for the second time.

Only one injury was sustained during the course of the evening, and that was to the pride of the club’s Health and Safety officer Trevor Clements who, having warned all players about the locations and depth of the ditches surrounding the course fell into one, much to the barely concealed mirth of all the Rotary stewards who witnessed the scene.

Dawn’s Lawns Team receive their trophies from Rotarian Sue Slade at Queen’s Park Golf Club

The Dawn’s Lawns team of four gifted, ‘can’t-see-a-thing’ players won the event with a score of 24 points.  The photograph shows Dawn and Ray Gascodine, Don Hudswell and Dave Schofield being presented with the winner’s trophies by Sue Slade of the Bournemouth North Rotary Club.

Midnight Hackers team of Martin  Brewer, Mike Head, Danny Dear and Anthony Brewster were runners-up with a score of 20 points.

The third placed team was Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary Club team comprising Tony Francis, P Goodhead, M Freeth and D Driver who finished on 19 points.

The prize for ‘nearest-the-hole’ was won by Anthony Brewster of Midnight Hackers.

The event, which included a warming and beautifully prepared meal raised over £200 for the local Women’s Refuge, a branch of the Bournemouth Church Housing Association (BCHA) which provides help and support to local women and children who find themselves in desperate situations due to domestic violence, drug addiction and other issues. (SM)


On Friday 29th BNRC held its annual Charity Golf Day at Knighton Heath Golf Club.

Being the day of the National Coffee Morning Day for Macmillan Caring they were named as one of the two principal Charities for the event, the other being BCHA (Bournemouth Church Housing Association).

The course was in great shape, the weather behaved itself and everyone had a great day.

Team Winners from Glenmoor & Winton Academy

Fifteen teams entered including members from many local Golf Clubs including Parkstone, Ferndown, Knighton Heath, Meyrick Park and Crane Valley together with other regular players. We also had a very welcome entry from a local school – Glenmoor & Winton Academy.

Following a warming cup of coffee and a bacon roll all teams got away on time under the watchful eye of Starter Rotarian Dennis Gritt and everyone said what an enjoyable round they had and how well the course played.

After the event all players and helpers enjoyed a two course meal with a little refreshment from the bar (mostly tea, coffee and soft drinks of course) followed by an auction of items donated by local businesses and neighbouring Golf Clubs, the profits from which went into the charity fund for the day.

Amongst the many items donated were some wonderful items donated by Bournemouth’s very own Ladies

Solheim Cup Shirt donated by Georgia Hall

International Golf Star Georgia Hall who was unfortunately unable to attend due to her busy schedule on the Ladies European Tour. Bournemouth North Rotary has had the pleasure of supporting the golfing talents of Georgia since her school days and she has always supported our events whenever possible. (See separate blog below).

Having recently represented Europe at the Solheim Cup in the United States, Georgia kindly donated one of the Shirts that she wore there, a club head cover and a sun visor together with a number of balls all from the Solheim Cup personally autographed. Needless to say these were all in great demand in the auction.

After all score cards had been carefully checked by our scrutineers Jenny Jefferies and Ann Smith, the team from Glenmoor & Winton Academy were declared the overall winners – namely Teacher Leon Lima and the three students – Sasha Trickett and

brothers Cameron and Kieran Laird.

Also teacher Leon Lima won the longest drive and nearest the pin prizes.

The ladies team winners collect their prizes from Matthew Moore of Gales Solicitors

The Ladies prize went to Sally Brown, Hazel Bayliss and Sue Dean – all members of Parkstone Golf Club.

Prizes were presented to the winning teams by Mathew Moore, Senior Partner of GALES SOLICITORS, the events main sponsor. Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin prizes were presented by John Slade, Senior Partner from sponsors SLADE’S ESTATE AGENTS.

Other Sponsors included Stour Park Residential Homes ( and The Canvas Loft Bar Nightclub in Bournemouth (

The trophies were kindly supplied by Rotarian Stan Webb.

Event organiser Rotarian Malcolm Jefferies thanked everyone for taking part, all of the Sponsors, the staff at Knighton Heath Golf Club and fellow Rotarians who helped on the day and announced that a net profit of £2,700 was reached all of which will be donated to the Principal Charities and other local organisations in our area.


The Annual Rotary District 1110 Boule Competition 2017 took place at Lymington on Sunday 17th September where the defending champions BNRC faced some very stiff opposition from clubs from across Hampshire and Dorset. Forty five teams initially entered the competition in March and played games throughout the spring and summer to establish winners in each of the 8 Rotary groups. BNRC won their group games and prepared to defend their title having won this tournament for the past 8 years.

The Winning Team from Bournemouth North Rotary

On finals day as well as BNRC there were teams from Andover, Sturminster Newton, Basingstoke Loddon, Hedge End, Southsea Castle and Christchurch. Unfortunately the Isle of Weight Group were unable to enter a team this year so making 7 in all.

In the quarter finals BNRC faced a very strong team from Andover who played so well that it looked as if the holders might be put out in their first round losing both of the opening triples.  However, the resilience and determination of the team saw them through to the semi final by winning all three of the pairs resulting in a narrow 3-2 victory.

In the semi-final they faced Stuminster Newton who again put up a brilliant fight but once more BNRC managed to get through by 3 games to 2.

Club President John Spurgeon is presented with the Trophy by District Sports Officer Elizabeth Carter

When it came to the Final BNRC had come to realise that there are no easy games and once again a hard fought match resulted in a narrow victory by 3 games to 2 against a very good team from Southsea Castle Rotary Club.

In addition Andover went on to win the Plate Trophy which was played for by the losing quarter finalists.

At the end of the day the Trophies were presented by the District Sports Officer Elizabeth Carter and a vote of thanks was proposed for Rotarian Steve Maidment for all his hard work in organising not just the Finals Day but also all of the qualifying rounds that had taken place between March and September.


During the past few days Golf Fans across Europe and the United States have been glued to their televisions as the Ladies of Europe and the USA went head to head in the Solheim Cup being played at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in the State of Iowa.

The Solheim cup is the Ladies equivalent to the Ryder Cup and is played every 2 years alternating between Europe and the US.

Georgia Hall in European Colours at the Solheim Cup with father and caddy Wayne

Unfortunately this year the contest was won by the US 16½ to 11½, a score that does not do justice to the brilliant battle put up by Europe’s ladies and in particular Bournemouth’s very own Georgia Hall. Having recently finished a superb 3rd in the 2017 Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Course on the east coast of Scotland, the 21 year old former Oakmead College student was playing for the first time in the Solheim Cup in the glaring eye of the world television channels and experiencing the incredibly vocal and partisan American public who attended the event in their thousands. But keeping her cool and not letting the pressure affect her game Georgia played brilliantly and only lost her final singles match on the 18th hole by one put that finished just millimetres from the hole.

For the members of Bournemouth Rotary Club however there was a special reason to watch Georgia doing so well on the world stage as she has been associated with the club for the past 9 years since she was a pupil at what was then Oakmead School.

It was back in 2008 that Rotarians Malcolm Jefferies and Charles Cleghorn went to see her at the school and met a very shy but obviously talented young lady, never dreaming at that time what the future may hold for her.

Recognising that this young lady might just have something special the club provided support to enable her to travel to a number of golf competitions for girls in her age group, with Georgia that year wining the Girls U12 Championship.

Subsequently, 2 years later,  the club provided further support helping Georgia and her father with travelling expenses (which can very soon mount up) to play in Girls competitions in England, Wales and Scotland with Georgia winning the U14 Championships.

Following that we were able to assist Georgia in wining some very useful National Lottery Funding through the SportsAid Foundation that helped her continue until the age of 18.

At the age of 18 Georgia was selected to represent Great Britain in the Youth Olympics in Australia where she won a Gold Medal in the Individual Event and a second Gold in the Team Event. To crown the trip Georgia was then given the honour of carrying the Union Flag leading the whole GB Team at the Closing Ceremony.

Since then Georgia has visited our Club to speak to members and thank them for their

Georgia Hall hits the first Tee Shot for BNRC “Golf in the Dark” competition at Queen’s Park Golf Club in 2014

support and she has kindly attended two of our Charity Golf Days and donated items for the Charity Auction which raises money for good causes. In addition, three years ago Georgia hit the first ball at our Annual Charity “Golf in the Dark” Competition at Queens Park Golf Club – something a little different from what she is doing now.

In 2016 Georgia decided to turn professional and head out into the big wide world of ladies golf playing on the European Tour and other major events far and wide.

It seems like a long journey from Kinson to the Solheim Cup in the USA with millions watching on Television and massive coverage by the press and the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North are extremely proud to have played a small part along the way to what we hope is going to be a brilliant future for this very talented young lady.

Our warmest congratulations go out to Georgia and her Family who have supported her throughout including her father Wayne who has been with her literally every step of the way as her caddy.