Song and Carol Contest

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Fireworks Demo

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Alresford Rotary members have been undertaking their annual litter picking along Tichborne Down, part of Sun Lane and the Alresford Road up to the  A31 roundabout. The litter picking started early on Saturday 7th March from the Cricketers Pub. This is one  of  Rotary’s contributions to keep Alresford clean and green.

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Alresford Rotary talk by Lisa Munro Manager of the Alresford Day Care Centre

At our Monday 25th November meeting we were treated to a talk by Lisa Munro who is
the Manager of the Alresford Day Care Centre run by Age Concern Hampshire. Lisa
explained that the centre operates two days a week and it caters for both the physically
and mentally frail. Lisa runs the Alresford centre and she comes to the organisation from
a nursing background and in addition benefits from having experience in caring for
dementia sufferers.
Those using the service are either self-funding or have assistance from the welfare
system. Members benefit from being looked after by fully trained, professional and
friendly staff, dementia specialist support, a two course hot lunch (the variety and quality
of which sounds delicious) and access to transport if required. In addition there are social
activities and outings arranged, access to free information and advice, and affordable foot
The attendance of Members at the Centre not only benefits themselves but also gives
essential respite for carers and/or family. It is said that the carer probably benefits more
from the service than do the Members so it is a double edged sword in the caring world.
Lisa ended her presentation with a specific request that we help funding the purchase of
an iPad or similar to aid with the activities enjoyed at the Centre. On behalf of Alresford
Rotary, Rotarian Andrew Frearson presented a cheque for £100 and President Stephen
Pinch suggested that should a further approach for specific funding be made, we would
try to look at it favourably.
The evening concluded with the usual vote of thanks.

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Thank you for all your help…


• Paul Daubney for bonfire construction and ignition

• Six West Newsagents for selling Fireworks tickets

• Mr. Mountain of Lower Lanham Farm for the forklift

• The Swan Hotel in Alresford for making our fantastic guy

• Mr. Tim Walters of Upton Park Farm for access to Arlebury Park fields

• Geoff Amey of Complete Garden Construction & Vincent Hire for turf cutting

• James White Fencing for security barriers and posts for our banners

• Portswood Pallets for bonfire pallets

• Alresford Builders Merchants for extra pallets

• Andy Hebberd for the Firework display music mix

• Paddy Roadknight for the fantastic PA announcements

• All friends, supporters and family of Alresford Rotary

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Lend with Care

Lend with Care brings together entrepreneurs in developing countries with people with the power to help them. Run by one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, Lend with Care is a revolutionary way to help people in the developing world to transform their lives.

It starts with an idea.

Whether it’s opening a market stall, or perhaps a small tailoring business, or diversifying the crops they grow, people across the developing world are bursting with business ideas – all they need is a helping hand to get started.
This month- October Alresford Rotary saw fit to place another £600 into the International Lend with Care project. This has now been operating very successfully for nearly two years with a new total amount ‘lent’ to Lend with Care – by the club, and individual members of £2,681. This money has been lent, repaid and lent again many times now for a total of 267 loans amounting to £7,680. Of this sum £5,508 has been repaid in full.

Some entrepreneurs have taken loans from us several times over. We make our loans in sums of £30, together with other Rotary Clubs and individuals making up the balance in similar sums.   At the end of each month the entrepreneurs make a proportionate amount of repayment, depending on the length of the loan.

Ariel Pantollano for example from Balamban in the Philippines, took a loan in March this year for three months, which he had finished repaying at the beginning of June and took another three month loan straight away. Ariel’s store definitely has everything that are needed in daily living. From selling rice, condiments, canned goods, noodles, powdered drinks, cold ice, hygienic products and more. He always makes sure to maintain good number of stocks of each of his products in order to keep his customers keep coming back at his store. Ariel, his wife Fe and his store assistants also make sure to provide good customer service at all times. Definitely Ariel wanted that his business will progress even more until he can support his needs of funds by his own sales and not have to avail more loans in the future.”

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The Rise and Fall of the Clipper Ships


On the 21st October Rotarians were treated to an excellent  talk presented by Commander Patrick Moore about the history of the famous clipper ships.

Patrick explained that a  clipper ship was a type of mid-19th-century merchant sailing ship, designed for speed. Developed from a type of schooner known as Baltimore clippers, clipper ships had three masts and a square rig. They were generally narrow for their length, small by later 19th century standards, could carry limited bulk freight, and had a large total sail area.

Clipper ships were mostly constructed in British and American shipyards, though France, Brazil, the Netherlands and other nations also produced some. Clippers sailed all over the world, primarily on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and China, in transatlantic trade, and on the New York-to-San Francisco route around Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush. Dutch clippers were built beginning in the 1850s for the tea trade and passenger service to Java.

The 1st true tea clipper was Rainbow, designed by John W Griffiths and launched in 1845. She made the journey from New York to Canton in 102 days – taking more than two weeks off the previous record for that trip. Their development was given another boost by the discovery of gold in California in 1848 and in Australia in 1851 – people rushing to seek their fortunes wanted ships that would transport them as fast as possible.

The American Clippers were large compared with the British ships and this, in fact, created problems at the Chinese ports who were only geared to load the smaller vessels. Also, larger clippers were not necessarily faster and not as manoeuvrable through the hazards of the China Sea. The first Clipper to take advantage was the Oriental, which arrived at West India Dock in London on 3 December 1850 – just 97 days after leaving Hong Kong. British merchants were horrified – this was 3 times as fast as the old lumbering East Indiamen which had been used by the East India Company. They resolved to build their own clippers to rival the Americans, and the 1st British Tea Clipper, Stornoway, was built in Aberdeen in 1850.

The boom years of the clipper ship era began in 1843 as a result of a growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China. It continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1848 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.[1] While composite clippers continued to be built into the 1870s, the next generation of sailing ships were iron-hulled. The last full-rigged composite passenger clipper (Torrens) was launched in 1875, while iron hulled clippers in the Australian wool trade continued to be built into the 1890s.

From 1839, larger American clipper ships started to be built beginning with Akbar, 650 tons OM, in 1839, and including the 1844-built Houqua, 581 tons OM. These larger vessels were built predominantly for use in the China tea trade and known as “tea clippers”. Smaller clipper vessels also continued to be built predominantly for the China opium trade and known as “opium clippers” such as the 1842-built Ariel

During the time from 1859 British clipper ships continued to be built. Earlier British clipper ships had become known as extreme clippers, and were considered to be “as sharp as the American” built ships. From 1859 a new design was developed for British clipper ships that was nothing like the American clippers. These ships built from 1859 continued to be called extreme clippers. The new design had a sleek graceful appearance, less sheer, less freeboard, lower bulwarks, and smaller breadth. They were built for the China tea trade and began with Falcon in 1859, and finished with the last ships built in 1870.

Decline in the use of clippers started with the economic slump following the Panic of 1857 and continued with the gradual introduction of the steamship. Although clippers could be much faster than early steamships, they depended on the vagaries of the wind, while steamers could keep to a schedule. The steam clipper was developed around this time, and had auxiliary steam engines which could be used in the absence of wind.

An example was Royal Charter, built in 1857 and wrecked on the coast of Anglesey in 1859. The final blow was the Suez Canal, opened in 1869, which provided a great shortcut for steamships between Europe and Asia, but was difficult for sailing ships to use. With the absence of the tea trade, some clippers began operating in the wool trade, between Britain and Australia.

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Turf cutting at the Arlebury

A carefully selected group of Rotarians congregated early on Saturday 26th October for the annual turf cutting and rolling undertaking to create a pit for the forthcoming Rotary Bonfire. The traditional Alresford Rotary Fireworks and Bonfire will be held on 1st November starting from 7:00 pm at Arlebury Park.


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Barely 30 years ago, there were over 350,000 cases of polio in 150 countries. Now, the virus has been 99.9% eradicated with just 33 reported cases in 2018. It’s a huge achievement – learn more about how the world can finish the job:  https//  We’re so close to making polio the second disease consigned to history after smallpox. That’s why Rotary will keep backing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


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World Polio Day 24th October 2019

Alresford Rotary is joining thousands of other Rotary clubs around the world in supporting World Polio Day 2018.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) over 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.99%, from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 22 cases in 2017 and with just three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan; Pakistan; and Nigeria.

Whilst tremendous progress has been made, the final steps on any journey are often the some of the hardest and 2018 has been far from easy, with 14 cases in the first eight months of the year.

However, extensive global environmental sampling around the world has made highlighting and mobilising against threats to eradication easier, more targeted and often more effective.

This reemphasises the challenges facing the world in ensuring that polio becomes just the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

The end is very much in sight and Rotary has committed to raising US$150 million between 2017-20 in support of global eradication efforts.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 so every £1 becomes raised £3. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk, including the UK.

Rotary has contributed more than US$1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985, including contributions made by the Alresford Rotary Club




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Rotary Shoebox Scheme 2019

Join the the CTIA Shoebox packing party at St. Gregory’s Pastoral centre, Alresford, on Sunday 3rd November at 2.00 p.m. Come armed with suitable small presents, wrapping paper, sticky tape, empty boxes and enthusiasm for a great afternoon of fellowship – all, all ages welcome. Donations are also invited as Rotary Wessex asks that a donation of £1 per box is made for transportation and administration costs (with any surplus being used for the benefit of disadvantaged children worldwide)

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St.John’s Apple Day 2019

Young Freya helped Rotarians to pulp a bucket of apples.   She watched as the apples were being chopped and  juiced in an apple press  and  bottled to be taken home. The event took place on Saturday 5th October in and around St John’s Church, New Alresford. The Church and churchyard was buzzing with people enjoying apple produce,  competitions, family entertainment and food and drink stalls.



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A Rotary visit from Westford, Massachusetts, USA.

President Stephen received a banner from the Rotary Club of Westford, Massachusetts USA, presented by visiting Rotarian Jim Pope.  Professor Jim was accompanied by his wife Sally and Rotarian Reg Ling from The Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford & Itchen Valley. They were one of our “mother clubs” when we were established and Reg, in particular was one of the two sponsors for us.

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Welcome to Alresford Rotary David.

President Stephen welcomed our new member David Marshall to the club by presenting him with a Rotary pin badge and Rotary induction pack. David said that he was pleased to join and looking forward to be an active member and to provide service to others.

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Rotary Foundation talk by Nigel Barnfield

Nigel Barnfield, previously Honorary Treasurer Rotary International and member of Bishops Waltham Rotary Club spoke to Alresford Rotary members on Monday September 16th, 2019. Nigel explained that the Rotary Foundation is supported only from contributions made by Rotary members and supporters.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians, to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

Through Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians can help change the world. They can finance a well for a village that lacks clean water, improve the environment or provide scholarships to educate the next generation. The grants and programs available to Rotarians allow them to realise Rotary’s humanitarian mission throughout the world, including its number-one goal of eradicating polio.

He mentioned that some 90% of the funds are spent on programmes and programmes and projects it delivers. These projects cover many areas. Much of the funds he spoke of were calculated in US Dollars. Nigel, made a very pointed explanation of how Gift Aid added considerable additional funds to the Rotary Foundation.

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150 Years down the Alresford Avenue


Alresford Rotary joined the Town Trust and the Bishop of Winchester to celebrate the fact that it was precisely 150 years ago that the Bishop of Winchester gave the Avenue to the Town. There were strict terms attached to the gift. The land was to be used for the recreation of the inhabitants of the town and for no other purpose whatever. The Avenue should remain forever exactly as the Reverend Charles Richard, Bishop of Winchester had known it in 1869.

The event was a showcase of Alresford’s voluntary organisations such as The Giles Group, The Pigs, Friends of the Arle, Alresford Mens Shed, Churches Together and the Voluntary Care Group,  Also a display portable bell tower and ringing, vintage vehicles and country crafts. The tea and cake stand was provided by the WI.

For more information on the Alresford Town Trust CLICK HERE


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