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While we are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic there are so many things that we are unable to do during these unusual times. Whatever the new normal will look like is anyone’s guess. However, members of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North are still trying to do what they can as you would expect, keeping in touch with the Charities and other good causes in the area that we normally support, albeit from a distance.

Since lockdown began the Club are pleased to announce that we have been able to support the following –


BNRC have been a regular supporter of the Kinson Food Bank over a number of years and we are pleased to have been able to donate the sum of £322 to help purchase essential supplies that will compliment the very generous gifts made by the general public each week. This will make a total of £1,000 that the club have been able to contribute during the past year. During a time of increased demand, the food bank has been finding it particularly difficult due to many of the regular volunteers having to self-isolate or go into shielding due to age or underlying health problems.


The Dorset Children’s Foundation is a very special charity supporting children who have serious difficulties and problems. The amazing support provided by DCF is just fantastic and Bournemouth North Rotary Club have been proud supporters for a number of years. We are therefore especially pleased to have donated a further sum of £500 at this time. This is a particularly critical time for DCF as none of the 3 charity shops that they are so dependent on have been able to open during lockdown.

President Graham Green and Rotarian Anne present the Cheque to the Dorset Children’s Foundation


Following the very successful Robbie Williams Tribute night organised by the Bournemouth North Rotary Club in March at the Village Hotel, the club are pleased to have donated the sum of £525 to the Macmillan Caring Locally Charity based at Christchurch Hospital. Once again this is an amazing Charity that the club have been supporting for a number of years and we are proud to have been able to continue our support during these difficult times.


Ramesh Lal the proprietor of KC Opticians, 1553, Wimborne Road, Kinson has for some time been supporting a charity based at the Girdihar Eye Institute in Kerala, India where cataract operations can be carried out on the poor for a cost of £10. When you consider that a private cataract operation in the UK would cost in excess of £1000 this is fantastically good value.  Ramesh drew the attention of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North to the support he was giving to this eye hospital and the Rotarians were able to support him with a donation of £100, this will provide sight to ten people in Kerala completely changing their life chances.

President Graham presents the cheque to Ramesh Lal for the Giridhar Eye Institute

2020 Kinson Fete and Donkey Derby Cancelled due to Coronavirus

With great reluctance, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the club has had to take the difficult decision not to proceed with the Kinson May Day Fete and Donkey Derby this year.

Although much of the planning was already complete, circumstances entirely beyond our control has meant that this years event could not go ahead. Following Government guidelines the club had no alternative to but to pull the plug.

We sincerely hope that we can look forward to better times in 2021 and being able to carry on with the show as usual.


Danny Lowry had the room rocking with his “Robbie Williams Tribute Show” at the Village Hotel on Friday 6th March.

Young and not so young attended the event and enjoyed a two course meal followed by the excellent show put on by Danny. No matter what their age everyone was up dancing until the very last number not forgetting Danny’s encore demanded by the guests.

The room was flooded with music and colour as he performed many of Robbie Williams hits made famous over the years.

This was the 18th Fundraising Event organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North over the past 10 years having raised tens of thousands of pounds for local Charities and good causes.

Funds raised at this even will be donated to Macmillan Caring Locally based at Christchurch Hospital.

BNRC Present 2 Cheques to get the new year off to a good start

New Year’s Eve 2019 saw President Graham Green present a cheque for £1,000 to the Bournemouth Hospital Charity. Accompanied by Rotarians Sue Slade, Anne Green and John Spurgeon Graham presented the cheque to Karen Smith of BHC in the Dementia Garden at the hospital.

The money was raised at the recent Elton John Tribute Night held at the Village Hotel, Bournemouth and will go towards improving the decor of the day rooms/areas in wards specialising in care for patients suffering from dementia and associated problems.

President Graham presented a cheque for £1,000 to Karen Smith of the Bournemouth Hospital Charity

A second cheque for £500 was presented to the Dorset Children’s Foundation to support an amazing little boy called Harri who is suffering with Cerebral Palsy (CP) to pay for a specialised stroller which will make a big difference to both him and his family in their everyday lives.

The cheque was presented to Louise Hands-Heathfield of DCF in their Southbourne Charity Shop by Rotarians Stan Webb and John Spurgeon and was money raised at the recent Golf in the Dark Tournament held at Queen’s Park Golf Club in November.

Rotarians Stan Webb and John Spurgeon present a cheque for £500 to Louise Hands-Heathfield of the Dorset Children’s Foundation


A great night was had by all at the Elton John Tribute Dinner Dance held at the Village hotel, Bournemouth on October 29th. Over 100 members, partners and guests danced the night away to the authentic sound of Gary Setterfield and his Elton John tribute performance.

Gary Setterfield at the piano during his Elton John Tribute Show

Preceded by a two course dinner, over 100 guests were treated to the great hits of Elton John including Crocodile Rock, Candle in the Wind, Sacrifice, I’m Still Standing, Don’t go Breaking My Heart, Benny and the Jets, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down and many others.

Gary Setterfield had everyone up dancing to Elton John’s Greatest hits

Organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North, all profits raised on the night will be donated to local Charities including the Principal Charity for the night which is the Bournemouth Hospital Charity supporting people with Dementia. Special guests included Maureen Todd, Public Governor of Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals together with her husband David.

Rotarians Stan Webb and John Spurgeon with guests Maureen & David Todd and Karen Smith form the Bournemouth Hospital Charity

This was the 17th event of its kind organised by the Club having raised many thousand of pounds for Rotary and other local charities over the past 10 years.

2019 Golf in the Dark

36 Golfers took to the bracing night air at the 2019 “Golf in the Dark” tournament at Queen’s Park Golf Club on Thursday 7th November. The event which was organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North was a great success and over £600 was raised for Local Charities.

Winning Team “Dawns Lawns” receive their trophies from BNRC President Graham Green

9 teams of four entered this year playing 5 holes of golf under a moonlit sky but otherwise in the dark using glowing balls. Illuminated coloured markers were strategically placed around the course indicating the fairways, bunkers and greens.

Members of the Rotary Club ably assisted by partners, family and friends helped to guide the players round the course and managed the event which included a welcome bowl of soup and a hot meal following play.

Nick Holt of "Light Relief" receives his "Nearest the Pin" Trophy from BNRC President Graham
Nick Hall of “Light Relief” receives the winners Trophy for “Nearest The Pin”

The winners of this year’s event were Dawns Lawns who tied with Richard Stalley Associates but were awarded the winners trophies on the countback method. In Third place were Light Relief skippered by David Fuller who have supported the event since its inception over 20 years go.

The “Nearest the Pin” Trophy was awarded to Nick Hall from the Light Relief Team.


Rotarians Sue Slade and John Spurgeon have presented a cheque for £1,000 to the MS Society Bournemouth to go towards installing a CCTV System at the Osborne Centre, West Parley.

Rotarians Sue Slade & John Spurgeon present cheque to MS Centre Chairman Rod Slip and President Alan Lindsay

The system is urgently needed following a series of thefts from their Mini Bus Fleet while parked overnight at the Centre in Church Lane. Thieves have stolen the catalytic converters from the vehicles which has rendered them unusable until they can be replaced. Not only is there the expense if replacing the units which of course means an increase in insurance premiums but it also has a big affect on then centre users who are unable to get there for essential treatment and care.

The increase additional costs incurred by these thefts and the expense of installing a CCTV System is something that the centre can really do without as all of their costs have to be covered by fundraising and charitable donations as they are completely self-funding.

The donation made by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North was raised at a Michael Bublé Tribute Dinner Dance held at the Village Hotel in Bournemouth during March which was attended by over 100 guests. This was the 16th event of this type held by the Rotary Club during the past 10 years which have raised over £30,000 for local organisations.


President Gabriel Shead presents Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to 3 Club Members

Three members of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North have been made “Paul Harris Fellows” for outstanding contributions to Rotary.

This means that five awards have been made within the club during the past year which is quite outstanding.

All past presidents of the club Rotarians Anne Green, Patrick Macdona and Terry Wood were presented with their award by Club President Gabriel Shead at a recent club Meeting.

Patrick Macdona was a founder member of the club joining in March 1970, Terry Wood in July 1978 and Anne Green in January 2009 thus amassing 99 years of support for both the club and the local community.

Bournemouth North Rotary Make it 9 out of 9 in District Boule Tournament

Rotary clubs from across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire entered this popular annual event, and throughout the summer the 42 clubs battled in the early rounds to win a place in the finals which took place at Lymington on Sunday 17th September.  The six finalists included last year’s winners Bournemouth North RC.

BNRC are Presented with the District Boule Trophy by ADG Elizabeth Carter

The quarter finals saw wins from Southampton, Southsea Castle and Bournemouth North, who were joined in the semi-finals by Sturminster Newton as the highest scoring losers.

The semi-final matches were keenly contested, evidence of the much-improved standard of play from clubs throughout the competition, but it was Bournemouth North and Southsea Castle who went through to the final.

In the final, a hard-fought contest in the triples saw the clubs standing level at one game each.  After two of three legs in the doubles games the score stood level at two games each.  The third and final leg took place in a similar close manner and with the score at 11 – 10 it could have gone either way.  However, Bournemouth North just managed to gain the thirteen points required to win the game 13-11 and thus the competition.

Verwood Team are presented with the “Plate Trophy”

The plate competition was won by Verwood RC who defeated Andover by three games to two.

The weather on the day was glorious and although the terrain proved difficult for all players everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to another exciting competition next year.

At the end of the presentation a vote of thanks was given to Rotarian Steve Maidment who has organised this tournament for the past 3 years but is now stepping down to pursue other duties and interests. Read More


Two members of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North have been made “Paul Harris Fellows” for outstanding contributions to Rotary.

Rotarians Charles Cleghorn and Stan Webb receive their Paul Harris Fellowships from President John Spurgeon

Rotarian Charles Cleghorn Joined Bournemouth North in 1984 and has done just about every job in the club over the years including two spells as Club President in 1994/5 and 2004/5. Charles is currently serving as Club Almoner as well as maintaining his contacts with many local charities that he is has been involved with for many years.

Rotarian Stan Webb joined Bournemouth North in 2004 and has served on all of the Club Committees since then, including becoming Club President in 2009/10. In recent years Stan has served on the Club Fundraising Committee, masterminding a number of very successful Charity Golf Days all of which raised significant sums of money, which were subsequently distributed by the club to local Charities and good causes.

The awards were presented by Club President John Spurgeon at a recent Club Meeting, who congratulated Charles and Stan on becoming Fellows and thanked them both for their tremendous service and hard work since joining Rotary.

Who was Paul Harris?

“Rotary began with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so that professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities”.

1.2 Million members in over 35,000 clubs around the world now make Rotary what it is today and the world a better place in so many ways.

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