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Wantage Rotary Club, which has been serving the communities of Wantage and Grove, and the surrounding area, for over 50 years, has had another busy and successful 12 months.

For the first time in our history, but definitely not the last, we have a lady President, Seung Ping Riggs, and Moya Lee is our Vice President (pictured here).

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.

We have a very keen interest in the youth of the area, and so we sponsor competitions in debating, poetry and chess.

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

Every year we also run the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition which is very popular with local students who produce very impressive images.

In the last 12 months, we have offered financial support to the October Club, the Parkinsons Me. Charity, the Royal British Legion, and the Wantage Literary Festival.

 

 

Annual Road Shows

 

Every year we roll out our annual Road Shows, in which we provide an evening of entertainment at a number of the residential care homes in the area. 

These events, which combine a mixture of talent and enthusiasm, feature 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.

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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