Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Carnival Update 2019


By the time you read this the ‘Carnival will be over’ for another year. Please let us know what you enjoyed best and worst at [email protected]

The Carnival was again a great success, despite the weather. The Batala drum band woke the town up at around 11.30. The classic cars and motor bikes came through the town, followed by the Procession of Scouts, Youth Club, Junior and Infant schools, Town Team, Dynamos and Fire Engine. Sadly, the Fullers Dray, which is provided each year by Fullers, broke down in the High Street and delayed the Procession a little. We owe so much to the local traders who have put themselves out for us, repeatedly providing support and donations to the Carnival cause: thank you.

Prizes were awarded to the Scouts for their Procession entry of Apollo 11, and runners up, the Youth club, for their portrayal of the Sixties.

The Best in Show dog is a 3 year old Burmese Mountain Dog rescued by her owner Gill Watkins via the Burmese Welfare Dogs Home Gill has had her for around 20 months and has worked hard in getting Coco socialised and now she has come on so well that she has become a “Pets as Therapy” dog visiting hospitals and Old People’s homes.

A very big congratulations from all of us at The Forum to Luvvit, who was awarded the well deserved best shop display.

Thirty Year Anniversary
The club celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year. John Natt, this year’s Club President, presented thirty year, long-service awards to Nigel Barnfield, Rick Castle, Bob Davies, Anthony Gibson and Roy Kimble.

Fairthorne Manor Young Carers
Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club is always keen to support worthwhile causes in the area and Fairthorne Manor’s Young Carers weekend is no exception. Youth Chair Mandy Tourle and Youth Deputy Stephanie Kelsey had the honour of presenting Jo Pike and her team with a cheque for £400. The money is planned to be used to hire inflatables and games for the event to ensure everyone has a great time. The Young Carer’s weekend provides necessary services to these young careers: allowing them a chance to mix with children of their own age, have some carefree fun and have a respite from caring for a family member.

Ovacome is a national UK ovarian cancer charity, focused on providing support to anyone affected by Ovarian cancer. Roger Clark has sadly been affected by the death of his daughter and supports this cause. He has made a study of the Emperor Penguin following his daughter’s death and presented pictures of it in its habitat to the club during May. The club presented a cheque to Roger for the Ovacome charity. Ovacome at Work is an awareness initiative for employers who want to educate their staff about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, as part of their health and wellbeing programme.

Amble on the Hamble
Rotarian Bob Glibbery organised an amble on the Hamble, with lunch, for a group of BW club members in May. Not all work; some play!

As ever, there was a raffle at the Carnival and the prizes have been very generously donated by local traders: too many to mention here individually. But, there is a £100 first prize, and numerous meals vouchers, hampers and other great prizes. Featured here are pictures of BW Rotarians selling raffle tickets in Bishop’s Waltham.

As you can see above, your local Rotary club engages in a wide range of support of local and international causes as well as fellowship. For more information: Mike Berry at [email protected]