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Santa Supports Schools!

The Swanage & Purbeck Rotary Charitable Incorporated Organisation has recently agreed a generous support package to help young people in the Isle of Purbeck. Its Youth Committee recently contacted all schools and associated pre-schools in Swanage, Langton Matravers and Corfe Castle to see what help Rotary could offer in this unprecedented year in which schools and pre-schools have been unable to hold their usual fundraising activities. 

By Christmas, Rotary was able to hold several successful fundraising events and financial support has therefore been agreed for each school and pre-school to support a variety of projects, such as:

  • financial help towards the construction of an electric car at The Swanage School, under the Greenpower/IET Formula 24 initiative, and the purchase of equipment for its Band Club
  • financial and practical help towards the construction of ponds and development of wildlife areas in primary schools, and a therapeutic Year 6 legacy art project with The Koru Project
  • provision of an outdoor shelter/reading room and play facilities, a bench for outdoor use and support to purchase IT equipment and consumables for pre-school children.

The local community gave generously to Santa’s Sleigh, so it seems fitting that Santa helps its children move out of lockdown and back into life at school.


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Christmas Market Cancelled


It is with huge regret that Swanage & Purbeck Rotary has decided to cancel this year’s Christmas Market, due to take place on 5 December. Plans were progressing well to extend stalls into Institute Road to keep them well-spaced and, working with the Carnival Committee, to provide fun and games in Shore Road. However, Rotary’s overriding priority is to ensure that guidelines are followed and public safety maintained. It was potentially going to be difficult to maintain social distancing if the market attracted large crowds, so the decision to cancel was made. 

However, Santa will still be visiting the streets as usual to bring festive cheer and hand out sweets to the children but, to keep everyone safe, his elves will not be knocking on doors. Rotary will still be collecting for local good causes but, as well as its normal buckets, will offer contactless donations on the night and the option for online donations too. 

It will not be possible to go ahead with the popular Christmas Breakfast this year but Rotary is looking at alternative ways of making contact with those who might normally attend. 

See our Christmas 2020 page for further information about all Rotary’s Christmas activities. This page will continue to be updated as information becomes available.


Fundraising In Action

Swanage & Purbeck Rotary raises considerable funds from our lovely local community every year, and much of it goes to very well known local organisations and projects.

However, a substantial amount goes to very local small good causes who don’t always get the publicity that they richly deserve. One such case in point has happened this week with a donation from the funds that were raised last December from Santa’s Sleigh.

This donation went to Tyler’s Friends, which supports bereaved parents to enable them to have the funeral and memorial of their wishes for their precious baby or child. More details are available via the link above.

We are delighted to be able to support causes such as this and endeavour to provide as much of our funding as possible to local projects. Even in these times of crisis, where our fundraising activities are being severly hampered, we will continue to strive to achieve these ends.

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Merry Christmas!

It’s been a busy few weeks for Swanage & Purbeck Rotary.

The Annual Christmas Street Market on the 8th was again a great success. Over 50 stalls braved the rather windy weather and the threat of rain, and were rewarded by being well supported by the local community.

Either side of that, Santa and his sleigh have been touring Swanage, Langton and Corfe Castle over a 16 day period from 3rd. Large groups of children came out in all weathers to see him and there were plenty of sweets to go round! Keep an eye out for the winner of the Giant Hamper, which is being drawn at Hays Travel on the afternoon of 22nd December from the free raffle tickets that were handed out on the sleigh’s rounds and which have been entered into the draw. It could be you!

At the same time, our Christmas post service has been operating over the first half of December, and we have hand delivered over 4,000 cards to local addresses in the run up to Christmas.

In total, we have raised thousands of pounds for Rotary-supported projects and our grateful thanks go to everyone who has supported, attended and contributed to our events.

We will once again be running our breakfast on Christmas morning, for people who will be on their own and who have registered to attend. This is always a happy and joyful event that we all look forward to.

We would like to thank our wonderful Business Partners for their fantastic and ongoing support of our activities, and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful 2019.