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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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Rotary success at Morton Stanley Festival

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Despite the inclement weather, which kept people away on the Sunday afternoon, our stalls at Morton Stanley Festival raised over £800 for our local charity, St. Basil's. Morton Stanley  is a free community festival which attracts many thousands of visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and this year's event provided a great oppportunity to raise the profile of Rotary in the town.

June Barley greets new President, Philip Roberts

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Outgoing President June Barley, our first female President in the 68-year history of the Rotary Club of Redditch, hands over to President for 2015/16, Philip Roberts. Philip. a retired Chartered Surveyor, joined Rotary in 2012 as part of its growing membership, and has been actively involved in its fund-raising and other activities from the outset. Paying tribute to June's achievements over the past Rotary year, Philip set out his plans for an even more active engagement with the club's chosen charities, St.

STOP PRESS: Club secures former Bletchley Park Code-Breaker to speak in September

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Charlotte Webb MBE (known as Betty), former Bletchley Park code-breaker, has agreed to speak at the Rotary Club of Redditch on 28th September.

Now 92, Betty is a seasoned speaker and tireless advocate for Bletchley Park, the previously secret World War 2 code-breaking establishment that cracked German Egnima codes, and also provided a basis for development of the first programmable computer.

As well as her experiences at Bletchley Park, Betty will hopefully tell us of her life after World War 2, an equally compelling story!

Sun 'gets its' hat on' for Redditch Rotary Summer Fair

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Following two days of thunderstorms and sometimes torrential rain, the sun came out on Sunday, 20th July for the Dormston Summer Fair, an annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Redditch in support of local charities.

Redditch Club greets first lady President in its 67 year history

Outgoing President Noel Pritchard hands over to new President June Barley

At its' meeting on Monday, 7th July, the Rotary Club of Redditch witnessed the handover of the Presidential chain of office from outgoing President Noel Pritchard, to past Secretary and Vice President June Barley, who becomes the first lady President in the club's 67 year history. The club, which has had female members for some years now, recognises the valuable contribution made by all Rotarians, and this important milestone is part of our attempt to widen the appeal of Rotary and become all-inclusive.

Rotary Club of Redditch in Emden, Germany

Redditch visitors to Emden, Germany

A group of four Rotarians, and their partners, joined with a similarly sized group from Droitwich in the latest visit to Emden in Germany, as guests of the Rotary Club of Emden. This longstanding exchange, first started in the 1950's, sees reciprocating visits every two years, with successive generations of Rotarians sharing hospitality and friendship.

For the Rotarians from England, travel arrangements were very much a question of 'trains, planes and automobiles', including one of our Droitwich colleagues flying himself there!

Rotary Club of Redditch lends support to Phillipines relief effort

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The Rotary Club of Redditch has pledged its support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan by making a donation of £1500 to Shelterbox. Members agreed that this was the most effective way of helping to alleviate the immediate crisis, through a recognised Rotary charity.

First Round Success in District 1060 Quiz

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A team from the Rotary Club of Redditch scored a decisive win in the first round of the District 1060 Quiz last night. The team, comprising President Noel Pritchard, David Hunt, Philip Roberts and Steve Tonry, went head to head with other local clubs from the south of the District, in the new 'pub quiz format'.

Other club members turned out in force to suppoort their team, who were also re-inforced with a huge fish and chip supper.

Following this success, Redditch will go through to the final in the New Year - but will also have to host next years first round!

Redditch Rotarians attend District 1060 Conference

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 A number of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Redditch attended the recent 2013 District 1060 Conference, held in Southport over the weekend 25th-27th October. 

Support for St Basils charity

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At a recent meeting of our Club, Ann Morton from homeless charity St Basils gave a presentation on the work of the charity, operating in Birmingham and in Redditch. St Basils works across the West Midlands with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and Ann's presentation outlined the impressive scope o

Weather holds for Dormston Summer Fair

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Glorious summer sunshine proved to be the icing on the cake on Sunday 21st July, when Rotary Club of Redditch held its annual Summer Fair in the Worcestershire village of Dormston. Now firmly established as a key fund-raising event in the Clubs' calendar, this traditional Summer Fair featured an eclectic mix of attractions, ranging from old favourites such as tombola and coconut shy, to pony rides and fitness demonstrations.

Redditch Sponsorship for 2 Castles Runner

Redditch Runner Ed Roberts

Not being blessed with its own long distance runners, Rotary Club of Redditch turned to the next generation to participate in the 2 Castles Run, which took place on June 9th. Edward Roberts joined the District 1060 team to run on behalf of the Redditch Club, and finished 683rd out of 3388 runners, with a very creditable time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Sponsorship from Redditch raised £300 towards the Rotary Wheel Appeal, which will help to provide specialist wheelchairs for sports men and women hoping to build on the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

President's Handover for Rotary Club of Redditch

Past President Mike Oustromoff hands over to Noel Pritchard

 Our meeting today saw outgoing President Mike Ostroumoff hand over the chain of office to President-Elect Noel Pritchard. Mike gave a brief outline of his year in office, which featured a growing membership, a series of successful fund-raising and social events and support for a number of local charities. In addition, through Foundation, the club had made a significant contribution to the campaign to eradicate Polio.

Launch of Redditch Young Photographer of the Year 2013

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The Rotary Club of Redditch today launched it's Redditch Young Photographer of the Year 2013 competition, in which Redditch young people, from 5-19, are invited to submit their photographs on the theme: 'Redditch Old and New'. Entries are invited from three age groups: up to age 8, 9-13 and 14-19, and winning entries will be included in the Club's 2014 fund-raising calendar. Details of the competition, and an online entry form, can be found on the link in the 'Redditch' pane on this site. 

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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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