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Southam 2000

The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 is one of two clubs in the small Warwickshire town of Southam. Southam 2000 meet every Thursday evening. Rotarians visiting the area and anyone else wanting to find out about Rotary will be welcome at our meetings.

Southam 2000 is a lively club of women and men with a busy program of meetings and activities. During this Rotary year we will be continuing our varied programme of projects working directly with the young and old in our local area, partnering Rotary clubs in Asia and Africa on international projects and supporting local and international charities. 

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Purple 4 Polio

Planting Crocusses

The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 Help Local Primary Schools Plant 5000 Crocuses as Part of Rotary’s Purple4Polio Campaign

Rotary International’s present campaign ‘Purple4Polio’ aims to plant millions of purple crocus corms across the country to help raise awareness of how important it is to end polio now and forever. The purple crocus is a symbol of this campaign, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.

Southam Big Chef Little Chef

Recipe for Soup

Southam 2000 Rotary Club recently supported a training course for parents in partnership with Warwickshire County Council Adult and Community Learning, Fosse Foodbank at Southam and Southam and District Children’s Centre. The purpose was to explore cooking and food with users of the foodbank. The course ran over four weeks and provided a free creche for participants. As can be seen from the pictures below, the courses were thoroughly enjoyed and produced some impressive results; enjoyed by both the participants and helpers!

Helping NCT in Southam

members of the Rotary Club of Southam 2000 together with members of the Southam NCT baby group showing cheque

On Friday, the 14th July, members from the Rotary Club of Southam 2000 went along to the Graham Adams Centre in Southam to present a cheque in the sum of £321.95 to the Southam Branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Visiting Rotary Scholar Marianna Pioli

Visiting from Parma scholar Marianna Pioli meets President Annette.

At our club meeting on the 4th May, our speaker was Marianna Pioli, talking about cancer research. Marianna is an Italian student who is on a 6th month scholarship at Warwick University in the department of Chemistry. She was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parma, in the north of Italy, where she studied at university. Palma Rotary Club offered 2 post graduates scholarships of 10,000 euros each, and Marianna has one of these.

Rotary Club supports The Shakespeare Hospice in Southam

Annette Jackson, President Rotary Club of Southam 2000 with the Hospice at Home nurses, displaying the new Syringe Drive

The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 has raised £1185 to buy a Syringe Drive for The Shakespeare Hospice. The Syringe Drive allows the hospice nurses to regulate a constant feed of medicine to a patient over a 24 hour period in their own homes.

A Syringe Drive is often used towards the end of a patients’ life and helps them to feel more comfortable. Hospice at Home Nurse, Chrissie MacDonald says “Although they are very expensive items, they are invaluable to the team and to the patients that use them. This is the third Syringe Drive our hospice has.”

5,000 crocus bulbs planted at Tithe Lodge in Southam in support of Purple4Polio

The Crocuses in Bloom

On Tuesday the 25 October, in celebration of World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Southam 2000 paid for and planted 5,000 crocus corms in the grounds at Tithe Lodge in Southam, and independent living with care scheme owned and managed by Orbit Heart of England.

Another Great Run for Rotary

This morning's 10km Run for Rotary marks our fourth successful event.

Results are available on our web site:

Southam College Eco Club Nature Reserve

Mike Brooks and Jeremy Wright reveal the commemorative plaque

The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 has been supporting Southam College Eco Club Nature reserve since its inception.

On the 15th July the Nature Reserve was officially opened with glowing endorsements from MP Jeremy Wright and Councillor Mike Brooks, Mayor of Southam.

Club Meeting - CO2 Headwinds

Simon gave us a really informative talk on the future of vehicle emission legislation although I had to work hard to keep up with the technical aspects. The key points he made were

Club Meeting - Windsurfing

BEN McCANN.   When you look at the list of medal winners for windsurfing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will you seen Ben McCann’s name amongst them?  

Club Meeting - The Graham Adams Centre

The Centre was originally set up by the Congregational Church as a community centre and a base for their own national meetings.   The problem was that there is no railway station in Southam, with the nearest in Leamington or Rugby so this part of the project went belly up.   15 years ago it became the “Southam Church and Community Project Ltd, or SCACP for short, who lease the property from the Church.   This really went very well until about 5 years ago when the owners of the buildings, the Congregational Church, put the £6,000 p.a.

Club Meeting - Guiding for Adults Goes Wild

What a let-down!   With a title like that I was expecting a salacious expose of the escapades of older guides – drunken hen parties, intimate affairs, Email sexting, nude calendars  – how wrong I was!   Not quite what I hoped for but very interesting nether the less.   Had you heard of Trefoils, no I hadn’t either, but they are a G.G. group for the over 18s although it seem that it really the over 30s going on 80!   What you must not say though is “Oh, that’s for older guiders” and if you do and Mary’s there – Duck!

Club Meeting - Sean Kelly – Power Distribution

Sean Kelly – Power Distribution

Sean, Sarah’s husband, just In case you are completely doolally, has talked to us a good few years back on a project he was working on laying a power cable between the Netherlands and the UK   Although he moved on from that project to Advising on cables to bring electricity ashore from offshore wind Farms he stated by updating us on the UK / Netherlands cable.

Gary Dancer – Nepal Building Project, a Report

News Update

We are still around 6 people short on our team to marshal the “Run For Rotary” on 27th. September. If you can Help or find others to help would you phone Dave asap as he is planning the allocation of duties this weekend.

Enterprise Day, 1st October, Southam College. At the moment it looks as if we will be rather thin on the ground. There are a few people who have not yet committed either way – we could really do with a few more on the day!

3rd October. Tin shake at the shell garage.  Annette is organising this but there are still 2 slots to fill.

Club Meeting - Roger Horsley, Chaplain to JLR Gaydon

News update

AM is on the mend although they have not sorted out the “why” and is still undergoing tests. All being well he Will be back with us next week.

Maggie sends her thanks for all expressions of concern/support. She also insists on apologising for not giving the talk! (Why she feels the need to apologise I do not know.)

Business Meeting – Main Topic Club Development

Thursday 20 August 2015

We had a discussion on reducing formality at club meetings.   A majority feel that grace and the loyal toast were seen at outdated at meetings such as our and could be a deterrent to younger, potential members.   There was some feeling that “Rotary and Peace the World Over” might be a concluding statement but not linked to a toast.  

Tea at the Old Manor

Lovely day, lovely weather and lovely people.  A delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

And what's more, a collection for Cancer Research UK which topped £400 pounds.


Dave Roberts

Jointly with the Southam club, our club supports an Interact Club (Rotary for 16 to 18 year olds) in Southam College. This is proving very popular with up to 30 members taking apart in their regular activities.

Blackpool Holidays

Rod Dyer

Each year, normally in May, we organise low-cost holidays for some of the older citizens of Southam and the surrounding villages.  We arrange a coach and accommodation, and help with local transport.

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The Fox and Hen, Bascote Heath, Southam CV47 2DN at 20:00 on Thursday.


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