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The annual May 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.

This year the opening ceremony will be carried out by BBC South Today’s popular presenter Ed Sault so come early for a chance to meet and speak to Ed.

AFC Bournemouth’s Cherry Bear will also be visiting the event during the afternoon so don’t miss the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Premiership Clubs famous mascot.

The event is open from 11.30am until 4.30pm.

In recent years we have been joined by the ‘Caring Canines’ Dog Show and we are delighted that they will be joining us again this year. You will find them alongside the tennis courts so please give them a visit and take your dog along for some of the fun entries. Entries £1.00 per class payable on entry into the ring. Judging from 12.00 noon.

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 and the younger children can have a donkey ride, which has proved very popular in previous years.

Why not enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake, an ice cream or even one of Chef Tony’s famous beef 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, 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. 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 stall will be run by Bournemouth North Rotarians with the help of wives, husbands, partners and friends 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.




Guests at a Rotary show-case evening heard how the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North has donated in excess of £531,000 to charities at home and abroad since 2003. Guests including the Mayor of Poole, Councillor  Xena Dion and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, John and Suzi Adams were told that £182,000 has been donated to local charities and £349,000 to charities in Africa and other countries over this period.

President Richard Taylor welcomes the Mayor of Poole Councillor Xena Dion

The event which was held at the prestigious new Bournemouth University Infusion Building included presentations by the Rotary District Governor Chris Slocock and other senior Rotary figures.  Over 60 guests heard how the Rotary organisation worldwide, together with other organisations, have brought about the near eradication of Polio across the world.

Guests also heard about a wide selection of causes with which the local club are heavily involved.  These include a project in Kenya run by Mr Roger Pannell, founder of the Osiligi Charity Project which was formed to help the Maasai Warriors community. Addressing the meeting the projects founder Mr Roger Pannell said “that the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North had made a significant financial contribution towards the building of a new school, medical clinic and an orphanage including assistance in the running costs”.

President Richard welcomes the Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor John Adams

Local charities including DORSET MIND which offers appropriate help to those experiencing mental health difficulties, HOPE FOR FOOD whose volunteers offer food to local homeless people suffering with depression and illness, and PEACE JAM, a skill-based program to enable children to make informed choices in conflict situations. Numerous other charities have also benefited from receiving financial and active support from the club.

There was also an exhibition of projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North to raise funds.  These included the ever-popular Kinson Donkey Derby and Dog Show, Fashion Shows, Cabaret Evenings and numerous other entertaining and sporting events.

Club President Richard Taylor said that “The purpose of the evening was to raise the profile of Rotary and encourage people to join this amazing organisation “ In his opening statement he talked about the sheer enjoyment and satisfaction that members get by joining Rotary and helping others less fortunate than ourselves.

Rotary DG Chris Slocock with his wife Yayu, the Mayor of Poole Councillor Xena Dion and Club President Richard Taylor

He also stressed the superb work being undertaken by so many local charity organisations that are always grateful for the financial and practical support they receive from Rotary.

The club currently has 40 members, men and women, drawn from all walks of life.  In addition to fundraising activities members can enjoy numerous sports and social events throughout the year and have lots of fun in the process.

The president also thanked the many local business partners for supporting the aims of the club.

He concluded the evening by encouraging people to join this active, thriving and successful club or any other Rotary club in the area, and invited prospective members to visit the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North website for further information.

The evening successfully demonstrated what one club can make to the local and internationally community.


President Richard welcomes new member John Slade



On Tuesday 28th February President Richard welcomed new member John Slade to the club during the monthly Business Meeting.

John is born and bred in the Bournemouth area and is a Chartered Surveyor and Partner of Slade Estate Agents and Fulljames & Slade (Surveyors).

If that is not enough John is also Chairman of Bournemouth District Scouts, 2017 President of Ferndown International Ambassadors Club, Hon Sec of Winton Traders Association and is soon to become Director of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce.

He is happily married to Sue, an existing member of the club and is a proud father and grandfather.

John was given a very warm welcome by all members of the club and Richard said that we very much look forward to having John as a member and helping him fill some of his spare time as he clearly hasn’t got enough to do at the moment


SUNDAY 23rd APRIL 2017



Regular player’s competition and

Beginner’s competition

Trophies for 1st and 2nd places in both competitions


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Rotary Showcase 22nd March 2017




        “Service above self”   

The Rotary Club of Bournemouth North

Are presenting a ROTARY SHOWCASE

Showcasing some of our Local and International Charities and the Contribution that Rotary Clubs regularly make to the Community.

To take place on Wednesday 22nd March 2017

6.30pm for 7pm at

Bournemouth University Infusion Building

Presentation in the Inspire Theatre

Special Guests Attending

Mayor of Poole

Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth

District Governor

Assistant Governor

The presentation will be followed by Chinese Buffet

8.30pm – 9.30pm

RSVP to President Richard Taylor : e mail  : Tel 01202 536404

Evening Programme

Presentation Speakers

Reg Ling: Past Governor Wessex Rotary, EPNC

Presenting Polio Plus and the part that Rotary International has played in bring about the near eradication of Polio in the world today.

Caroline Millman: Past District Governor of Wessex Rotary

Presenting Peace Jam

A skills based program to enable our Young People to make informed choices whenever

they experience any type of conflict.

Roger Pannell: Trustee and Project Manager.

Presenting Osilgi Projects Kenya 2009 – 2017

In 2009 the Osiligi Charity Project was officially formed to help the Osiligi Maasai Warriors’ community in Kenya.  There were two main projects in mind—Education (building a school) and Clean Water (providing solar bore holes and pumps) concentrating on the 100 square miles around their community.

Christine Price: Chair of the Trustees

Presenting Dorset Mind

Christine is passionate about ensuring that those who are experiencing mental health difficulties are offered appropriate support in a timely manner.

Dorset Mind is an independent charitable provider of mental health services. We work across Dorset, offering support to anyone in the county and facing a mental health problem, or caring for those who are.

Clare Mathews: Founder of Hope for Food

Presenting Hope for Food

Out in the cold, roaming the streets, looking depressed and sometimes unwell. These are some of the situations people can find themselves in across all sections of life, affecting all ages young and old right here in our community.

The presentations will be followed by a Chinese Buffet and Wine from 8.30 – 9.30


“Capricorn” Dinner Dance at Village Hotel Bournemouth on 7th April


After supper – sing, dance or just sit back and enjoy an evening of easy listening music performed by the award winning five piece country and music band “Capricorn” appearing live on stage at the Village Hotel Bournemouth.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North and proudly supporting Dorset Mind and other local charities.

Dorset mind are an independent charitable provider of mental health services working across Dorset, offering support to anyone in the county and facing a mental health problem, or caring for those who already are.

Join us for an enjoyable evening of good food, good music and good company.

To book your table and meal selections please contact Stan Webb on 01202 529382 or email Stan



A “Double Reed Day” was held at Pelhams on Sunday 5th February which was part sponsored by The Bournemouth North Rotary Club.


 A group of enthusiastic players of the Bassoon and Oboe gathered at Pelhams Community Centre over the weekend under the auspices of the Broadstone Music Series.  The morning sessions were a series of master classes under the watchful eye of professional players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), followed by the young players working on their individual development.

The day ended brilliantly with a mini concert featuring some favourites such as ‘The Sun Has Got It’s Hat On’ and the ‘Dambusters March in amongst pieces by Jean Boismortier and Handel.


The Bassoon and Oboe were played with such rich and melodic tones and need enthusiastic players.  If interested, juniors can hire or borrow instruments to get them started.  To find out more contact Alison Kay of the Broadstone Music Series

Christmas Collections

Fundraising is one of the pillars of Rotary life and, come rain or shine, you will often see our volunteers in their high-vis vests doing exactly that.

During early December members made two collections outside supermarkets in the Bournemouth area raising money for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Whilst we raise money for a number of good causes, our efforts this winter went to two organisations, one of which is a refuge for those suffering from domestic violence.

A sizeable proportion of the £1400 will go towards helping these individuals rebuild their lives in the most heartbreaking of circumstances.

At a time of year when love and the giving spirit is at the forefront of our minds, it is indeed a tragedy that there are those who have had to flee their home through fear of violence.


Anne and Graham Green collecting at ASDA Castlepoint

One in four women will suffer from domestic violence at some point in their lives according to national averages and accounts for 11.5% of all crime in Dorset. This means over 40,000 people will suffer from domestic violence at some point in our county.

Needless to say more needs to be done to protect victims and prevent these crimes from occurring altogether. But for now, we hope that our small contribution will make a difference to those going through such a difficult time.

In addition to the money raised from the generous customers of ASDA, Castlepoint and CO-OP, Bear Cross, we have donated children’s gifts, food, sweets and biscuits to go into Home Start hampers.


Based in Kinson, Home Start will use these items to help 20 homeless young people in the area.

Across the UK, approximately 80,000 young people are homeless. The reasons for this vary from family breakdown, overcrowding at home, bullying, abuse or domestic violence.

Young people experiencing homelessness are more likely to suffer long term problems due to disruption to their education and therefore are less likely to find gainful employment.

This is in addition to the physical and mental health issues that can arise from prolonged periods of homelessness. They are also more likely to be assaulted as they are perceived to be more vulnerable.

If you would like to support us in our fundraising efforts, know of an organisation that could benefit from our help or you are interested in becoming a member, click here.

Christmas Party 2016

One of the things that makes Rotary such a worthwhile and rewarding thing to be a part of is the community and camaraderie it fosters. This is never more true than at our Club Christmas Party.

It is an opportunity for members and their partners to reflect on a year’s achievements, celebrate successes and enjoy one another’s company. It is, without question one of the highlights of our year.

Seventy-Three Rotarians, partners and guests attended this year’s event held at the wonderful Marsham Court Hotel. With views of the Bournemouth seafront lit up for winter making the perfect backdrop for the festivities.


President Richard strutting his stuff

A traditional Christmas dinner was served with an array of desert and wines.

An evening of dancing and entertainment provided by System Sounds Disco kept the celebrations going late into the night with most of our members taking a turn on the dance floor.


The dancing went on late into the night

As 2017 dawns we’re left feeling immensely grateful of the bonds we share not just as a club but as part of the Bournemouth community.

If you are interested in learning more about what Rotary Club does in your local community or if you would like to become a member, click here.

All New Bournemouth North Rotary Site

We’re very excited to announce that we have a new home on the world wide web. After some weeks and with a huge amount of help from the Staff and Students of our partner, the University of Bournemouth, we have a brand new website.

On here you can find more about the club and our many fund raising and community projects that help disadvantaged groups in the UK and around the world.

We now have an events calendar that we’ll be keeping up to date with all of our club activities from weekly meetings through to our fantastic entertainment and local fundraisers.

If you are interested in joining our club, click here for more information. Alternatively, if you would like to partner with us or have a cause you’d like to bring to our attention then contact us today.