Bishop’s Waltham Rotary news for January


An outstanding example of the local community at work in Bishop’s Waltham. BW Rotary Club is proud to be a contributor to the project to improve access to this much-loved local church. Access, for the last 100 years or so, has been by steps or a slope to a height of some 3ft. Although the slope has catered for most people with limited mobility, ‘Joan’ is not in a wheelchair but is unable to climb steps or a slope. This proved to be the inspiration for the congregation to come up with an innovative solution: a step-lift. After months of planning and fund-raising, the lift was officially opened by “Joan” on Sunday 4th November with a large crowd to share in the moment – and the tea and cake!

Project manager was Keith Fry, who coordinated the resources of the lift supplier, Wessex Lifts and two local craftsmen from Upham, ‘Darren’ and ‘Lex’, who did the ground work and railings modifications; all of which had to comply with the rigorous regulations that apply to a Conservation Area.

Jenny Cuttriss is a recent newcomer to the town, and has already become involved in the Church, The BW Society and now become a member of BW Rotary.

Local supermarket Budgens, together with their international wine supplier, Laithwaites are very generously sponsoring the event. Tickets are available from 2nd January 2019; seats are limited. Remember the wine tasting event friday 22nd February at 7.30pm.

There will be a free wine-tasting competition with the chance to win some special bottles of wine, and a ploughman’s supper. Come along and test your wine knowledge; teams of six or eight. Remember it’s a charity event and a unique opportunity to contribute to The Rainbow Centre, Macmillan Nurses, and Lymphoma Support.

ANNUAL BWRC GOLF COMPETITION The club’s annual golf competition was played at the Corhampton Golf Club in November. The course was in excellent condition and the weather was amazing for November (18C). Fifteen current and past members played on an excellent condition course in super weather for November. The club champion this year was Roy Kimble; the ‘Pairs champions’ were Paul Cordrey and Geoff Paling. The ‘nearest the pin’ competition went unclaimed, due to the poor accuracy of players generally. ‘Longest drive’ went to Ian Fletcher. Prizes were presented by the club’s President John Natt.

Every time there is a fifth Thursday in the month, which is four times in a year, the club gets together for a fun evening with partners. The last Thursday in November saw club members enjoying a fish and chip supper alongside of a game of skittles, which was great fun.

If you would like more information about any of these events, please contact [email protected]