Wantage Rotary Club

           

Wantage Rotary Club has been serving the communities of Wantage and Grove, and the surrounding area, for over 50 years.

Although we have a lot of fun and companionship together, we are first and foremost a service organisation, dedicated to helping worthy local causes, and those in need. We have also provided, and will maintain, a defibrillator outside the town library.

We continue to support the End Polio Now campaign, and two separate charities helping very poor children in Africa.

Each year, we help to fund a two week eye surgery clinic in India, which restores sight to significant numbers of people with cataracts and other eye problems.  

Fundraising

To do this, we need to raise funds on a regular basis, and we have many ways to do this. Each year, we have a thriving enterprise of supplying and delivering Christmas trees, and we have many loyal customers for this. We also run a Charity Golf day each September. In most years, with the patronage of the Mayor of Wantage, we put on some form of event at the Beacon, and these are usually very well attended. Only last month, we held our annual quiz, which is always much enjoyed, and not just for the excellent fish and chips supper!

All of the profits from these, and other events, go into our good works account, and every last penny of it is spent supporting good causes, mainly in our area, but also at a national and international level. In recent years we have offered financial support to the October Club, the Parkinsons Me. Charity, the Royal British Legion, and the Wantage Literary Festival.

We also have a very keen interest in the youth of the area, and so we sponsor competitions in debating, poetry and chess, we run the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition which is very popular with local students who produce very impressive images.

We also sponsor several promising sports candidates from King Alfred’s Academy. 

Annual Road Shows

Before the pandemic we produced our annual Road Shows, in which we provided an evening of entertainment at a number of the residential care homes in the area. 
 
These events combined a mixture of talent and enthusiasm, and featured poems, odes, audio visual presentations, a virtuoso violinist, an ABBA tribute, a deliberately daft pantomime, and the lesser know Ukulele Bailey Ensemble.

All of this requires some energy, a willingness to help others in need, and a desire to do all that in the best of company.  Helping others brings its own rewards, but it is a huge bonus to find that you can make great friendships in the process.

Wantage Rotary Club panto 2018
Our 2018 pantomime team, during a performance of Little Red Riding Hood.

How To Join Wantage Rotary

We are a friendly, medium-sized club of about 30 members, both male & female, living or working in Wantage & its surrounding area. We meet weekly on Wednesdays, alternating lunchtime and dinner meetings.

For more information please click here.

If you think that you might be interested in joining us, please email Bill Roycroft on billroycroft@hotmail.com, or our secretary, David Godding, on dgodding2@btinternet.com, and come along to one or two of our meetings, which are split between lunch and dinner. There is no age limit, and there is no discrimination.

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