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Shipston on Stour
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.
Only 6 polio cases reported in Pakistan so far this year. We must finish the job.
Phone David Dawkins on 01295 688234 if you want to check us out.
The Victorian Evening is the evocative start to the Christmas festive season in Shipston. The town lights and Christmas tree lights are switched on after Carols from the Primary School Choir, then there is the dramatic arrival, we hope, of Father Christmas who will process, possibly with his accompanying elves, to his grotto. No it's not the London Eye just a small children's ferris wheel.
Harold Porter has been a Rotarian for some 50 years. He had a distinguished career in the UK Fire Service, including vital secret work at the height of the Cold War. And yet a nicer and more unassuming man it would be difficult to find. He hopes soon to move closer to his family in the west country. Shipston Rotary club President, David Dawkins, presented Harold with a memento, a photo of all the Club members.