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Shipston Rotarians try to make a contribution to the lives of people in the Shipston/South Warwickshire area, and in many parts of the world, by supporting charities and good causes in the local community and International projects such as the campaign to end Polio.  

But we need to raise the money for all those good causes.

Our focus is on supporting young people. We help in a variety of ways at both local Primary and Secondary Schools and support many local charities and good causes that benefit young people, eg the Youth Club, the Scouts, Cubs, among others.

Through the events Shipston Rotary organises, such as the Victorian Evening, and those that Rotarians help with, such as the Shipston Wool Fair and the Hidden Britain initiative to encourage visitors to the town, we also aim to help and support local business.

We meet, about 20-25 of us, most Tuesday evenings at the White Bear, High St, Shipston for a drink and a light meal, perhaps a speaker but otherwise a chat, maybe on things we are doing or want to do. 

In the wider world, thanks to Rotary worldwide and, recently, Bill and Melissa Gates, polio is close to being eradicated. There were 300,000 cases, approximately, when Rotary started the campaign in 1985, last year just 24 cases and none in Africa. This is not easy. Dozens of health workers administering the vaccine in Pakistan have been murdered. But they carry on. We must help them to finish the job.

Phone David Dawkins on 01295 688234 if you want to check us out.

Shipston Rotary Community Songs of Praise Sunday 29th May St Edmund's Church 3.0pm

Fay Ivens

Please join us for a light-hearted afternoon of hymns songs and poetry chosen and read by local community groups interspersed with musical pieces performed by local talented musicians, followed by tea and homemade cakes.

Donations will be divided between St Edmunds Church and Shipston Rotary charities.

This event is part of the Shipston Wool Fair 'woolly weekend'.

Tour d'Ilmington, David Lockwood Memorial Cycle Ride

Bob Armstrong
Flat route

Sunday 3rd July 10.0 am; Newbold-on-Stour Village Hall

The inaugural Tour in 2015 was a great success. This year there are two rides, a flat fun ride: 10 miles, and a hilly ride: 20 miles.

The rides start and finish at Newbold-on-Stour Village Hall, which is behind the Village Green. You should be at the start at 10.0am to be in time for the 'Grand Depart'. Refreshments will be available at start, finish and at the refreshment point near Ilmington en route.

Contact Bob Armstrong on 07855 744868 (email: to register.

Zoe's Place Baby Hospice

Richard Thompson, Honorary Rotarian, hands proceeds of Tree of Life to Nicky Hill

Thankyou to all those who bought bulbs on the Tree of Life, in memory of a loved on, at the Victorian Evening.

The amount raised was £866, all of which went to Zoe's Place, the baby hospice near Coventry. Nicky received the cheque on behalf of Zoe's Place. Her grandson is a regular at Zoe's, giving mum some respite.

Research Nurses with the Clinical Research Network

Research Nurses with the Clinical Research Network West Midlands South

Rotary President Christine Cockell with Research Nurses Pauline Darbyshire, Eleanor Hoberd and Claire Talbot who gave an excellent talk at a recent Rotary meeting, about their extremely important research work in our area.

Santa and friend

Santa and friend

The map in the Forum journal showing where Santa would be going must have been a good idea because lots of children came out to see him.

We are all children at heart and Santa is with one of the 'older children'.

There are enormous demands on our hard earned cash at this time of year and yet the good and generous folk of Shipston always dig deep into their pockets, even deeper than last year, to support the mainly local charities and good causes Rotary supports. We are so very grateful and so are the good causes we support


'Rotary Day'

On 23rd February 2015 Rotary celebrated its 111th birthday.

It is impossible to even guess at the countless lives that have been changed, by our organisation and its 1.2 million members worldwide, in those 111 years.

Rotary's motto: 'service above self'.

Rotary Victorian Evening

2014 Victorian Evening

Wow what a great evening with so many people in the town for the event.

Hope you enjoyed it. We enjoy putting it on.

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Club Details


The White Bear, High Street, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4AJ at 7.15 on Tuesday.

Note: for 7.45 pm till about 9.45 pm.