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70 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

The 2017/18 Rotary Year sees us celebrating the 70th anniversary of our founding charter in 1947, when a small group of local business and professional people, shaped by their experience of the Second World War, recognised that their skills and experience could be brought to bear to help disadvantaged communities, in Redditch and the wider world. In the intervening years, as part of the international Rotary family, the Rotary Club of Redditch has helped to fund and support a whole host of local needs, including education, healthcare, troubled families, young business entrepreneurs and many others.

Under President Malcolm Jones, the club is moving forward with a more relaxed and informal approach to its work and its social activities. We aim to expand our membership and become more actively involved with our chosen local charity, Batchley Support Group, which provides support to communities across Redditch. We will also continue to raise our profile in Redditch, to raise awareness of our work.

For details of our forthcoming weekly meetings, click on the 'Club Programme' link in the left-hand pane. For other events in our calendar, click on 'Club Events'.

 

We receive visiting speakers from all walks of life, including charities who are keen to raise awareness of their mission. Speakers can help to  inform our members' understanding of the work that these charities undertake, and help us to consider future funding proposals. We welcome enquiries from potential speakers, but regret that we are not able to accommodate political or religious organisations. Please use the 'Contact RC Redditch' link to submit enquiries.

 

 

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Marshalling the latest Arrow Valley Park Fun Run

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Once again, Redditch Rotarians stepped up to the plate to support a fund-raising event in Arrow Valley Park, Redditch. Having previously supported The Stroke Association and Cancer Research UK, a local Worcestershire charity - Sight Concern Worcestershire - benefited from the practical support provided by Rotary. Sight Concern Worcestershire (the working name for Worcestershire Association for the Blind) supports blind and visually impaired people throughout the county.

Redditch youngsters enjoy Mablethorpe holiday

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The Rotary Club of Redditch recently sponsored four children from Redditch to enjoy a week long holiday at Leicester Children's Holiday Centre in Mablethorpe on the Lincolnshire coast. As well as providing financial support for these holidays, Redditch Rotarians worked closely with a local charity to identify suitable participants, children who - due to family circumstances - would not normally have the opportunity to go on holiday.

Visit by Rachel Maclean MP

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We were honoured and delighted to receive a visit from our newly elected MP, Rachel Maclean, at our meeting on Monday 31st July. Rachel gave her initial impressions of what it is like to be a Member of Parliament and to find herself in the Commons Chamber with its overwhelming historical connections. She recounted that her daughter had asked why there were not more women MPs? This prompted her to try and get elected!

Redditch Rotarians support Cancer Research 'Race for Life'

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Rotarians from the two Redditch Clubs acted as track marshalls for the recent 'Race for Life' in Arrow Valley Park, Redditch. This 5k and 10k event, for women and girls of all ages, was part of Cancer Research UK's ongoing campaign to raise money to beat cancer.

Over 200 runners (and walkers) took part, each with their own reasons for getting involved - raising money, keeping fit, remembering a love one, or just having fun - a selection of bizarre cotumes were in evidence!

Satish Kumar delights his Worcestershire audience

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Redditch Rotarians hosted UK-based environmetal, spritual and social activist Satish Kumar in a rare personal appearance in Worcestershire last week.

Crocuses in Bloom to highlight 'Purple for Polio'

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The 5,000 purple Crocus bulbs planted in 5 locations across Redditch last Autumn are now in full flower, and members of the Rotary Club of Redditch were out and about last week installing signs to raise public awareness of Rotary's 'End Polio Now' campaign.

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.

Redditch Rotarians support Stroke Association's 'Resolution Run'

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Members of our club helped out the Stroke Association today (Sunday 12th March), supplying marshalls for their 'Resulution Run' in Arrow Valley Park, Redditch. The event combined, 5k, 10k and 15k courses around the park's lake and pathways, and as well as raising funds for this important cause, encouraged Redditch people (and their dogs in some cases) to get active and put a 'spring' in their step.

Over 280 people took part, and as soon we know how much money was raised, we'll provide an update on this site. 

 

Renowned Speaker and Activist, Satish Kumar, comes to Worcestershire

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See 'Club Events' for full details of this unique opportunity to hear Satish Kumar speak.

Former Bomber Command pilot - amusing and thought provoking

Rotary Club of Redditch were delighted to entertain John Quine, former Bomber Command pilot, who spoke at a recent club meeting about his enlistment, training and operational exprience, culminating in numerous sorties over Germany as part of the elite 'Pathfinder' squadrons. John, now in his mid-nineties, managed to convey the humour which can so often be found in even the most challenging wartime experiences.

Getting Christmas off to a Swinging Start

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Over 200 people attended our recent 'Big Band Christmas' event at Trinity High School on the 5th December. Featuring Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO), this year's concert followed the success of 2015's inaugural event with MYJO, and demonstrated just how much support there is for live music in the Redditch area.

The evening's programme featured big band standards from the 1920's up to the present day, a few Christmas numbers to get us into festive mood, and several vocal pieces by WYJO's solo singer Rose Johnson.

Rotarians plant 'Purple for Polio'

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On the 9th November, Redditch Rotarians joined Redditch Borough Council's landscape team to plant 5,000 purple crocus corms as part of the 'Purple for Polio' initiative. Five sites across the town were selected, on roundabouts, local distributor roads, and in St. Stephen's churchyard in the town centre.

The planting will shortly be followed by signs telling the public about Rotary's role, accompanied by appropriate local press coverage.

'Big Band Christmas' returns to Redditch

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Following the success of last year’s event, the Rotary Club of Redditch are reprising their Christmas fundraising concert, which this year will feature the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, with singer Rose Johnson. The concert, which will include jazz standards as well as seasonal classics, is being staged at Trinity High School, Redditch, on Monday 5th December at 7.30pm.

Rotary Club of Redditch - supporting local charity Batchley Support Group

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Over the next 3 years the Rotary Club of Redditch will be providing financial and practical support to local charity, Batchley Support Group, in line with our policy of supporting one local and one international charity over a 3 year cycle.

Rotary First at Astwood Bank Carnival

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For the first time, the Rotary Club of Redditch took a pitch at Astwood Bank Carnival on Saturday, 9th July, to raise awarenes of Rotary, and generate some funds for its local charity, Batchley Support Group. Arriving early to secure a prime position amongst a number of other community groups, our gazebo was up in no time, with banners and posters in place and our ever-popular 'tests of skill and strength' ready for action.

Outgoing President Philip Roberts hands over to Peter Williams

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Outgoing President Philip Roberts recently handed over the chain of office to Peter Williams, a relatively new member of our club, but a founder member and Past President of our 'daughter' club, the Rotary Club of Redditch Kingfisher.

'Big Band Christmas' attracts a full house

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Our 'Big Band Christmas' concert, featuring the award-winning Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) attracted a sell-out audience at Trinity High School, and helped our club raise over £2,800.

Rotary Supports Manisha's 'Everest Challenge'

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Our international charity, Manisha UK, staged a highly successful 'Everest Challenge' in Alcester on Saturday, 14th November, and with help from our members, raised over £5,000.

Bletchley Park Code-Breaker enthralls club meeting

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Rotary Club of Redditch recently welcomed Rotarians, guests and other local organisations to hear former Bletchley Park veteran Charlotte 'Betty' Webb MBE give a fascinating talk on the work of this vital WW2 organisation.

'Big Band Christmas' - tickets go on sale

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Tickets went on sale this week for a ‘Big Band Christmas’ concert being staged at Trinity High School, Redditch, on the 7th December, promoted by Rotary Club of Redditch and featuring the widely acclaimed Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO).

The concert will be a highlight in the town’s musical calendar, and a major fund-raiser for local charity St. Basil’s, addressing the needs of homeless young people in Redditch.

Grand Summer Raffle Launched

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In defiance of the inclement weather, Rotary Club of Redditch has launched its 'Grand Summer Raffle 2015', in aid of our local charity, St. Basil's. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, participants have the chance to win some fantastic prizes:

1st Prize - £100 cash

2nd Prize  - £50 M&S Food Voucher, donated by the Kingfisher Shopping Centre

3rd Prize - Round of Golf for 4 at the Abbey Park Golf Course

4th Prize - Dinner for 2 at The Golden Cross, Arden's Grafton

5th Prize - Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Olde Bull, Inkberrow

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Our meeting venue is Abbey Hotel and Golf Club, Hither Green Lane, Redditch, B98 9BE. Leaving Redditch on the A441, turn right at the Bordesley Garage traffic lights (into B4101 Dagnell End Road) and Abbey Hotel is at the first junction with Hither Green Lane, approximately 1/4 mile away, and we meet there at 12:45 on Monday.

Note: For meetings when we have speakers we welcome partners, friends and other guests to join us. Fellow Rotarians should contact us in the previous week if they wish to join us..

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