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Rotary Young Musician 2022

Swanage & Purbeck Rotary Charitable Incorporated Organisation are once again proud to launch their Rotary Young Musician competition.

The local heat will (hopefully!) be taking place on January 23rd 2022 (COVID permitting). Full details and entry forms are available on the Purbeck Youth Music website here.

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Gold Standard!

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Since the beginning of 2021, our two ‘Angels of Mercy’ Maggie Hardy and Sue Whitton have stepped up to help in the mass vaccination programme at Wareham hospital.

In the period between January and October they have vaccinated an incredible 4,250 patients, protecting those individuals and the wider community from the threat of COVID-19.

Maggie and Sue are both retired medical professionals who have selflessly put themselves forward to help protect our community and justifiably have been awarded Gold Medals and Certificates for their superb efforts.

Here at Swanage & Purbeck Rotary we are very proud of Maggie and Sue and would like to add our own congratulations to them both.

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Celebrating the Achievements of a Difficult Year

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Every year we hold our Presentation Night to recognise those people and organisations who have helped us and supported our activities, and who we have supported through donations and other forms of assistance.

Delayed this year due to COVID-19 restrictions that were in place in June, we were eventually able to hold our event on 29th September in The Mowlem Theatre with Rotarians Past and Present and representatives from many of those organisations and good causes.

Also present was our Assistant District Governor Roz Scammell, who is also a Past President of Bournemouth Rotary.

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President Deirdre opened proceedings with an overview of the year to the end of June 2021 accompanied by a slide show highlighting the activities and events that we had been able to run. Each of the club’s committee chairs then gave a brief overview of the areas that they were responsible for and the wide range of activities that have taken place despite the restrictions that we have all been under.

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It was then time to present prestigious Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF), the “gold medal” of Rotary, to those individuals who have gone above and beyond in our community. We were delighted to present PHFs to Dave Whitton, for his tireless fundraising over many years and Frank Roberts, who leads the Swanage Army Link group that goes out in all weathers to keep our community litter free.

Following these formalities, a splendid buffet had been put on, allowing those present to chat and network with each other and enjoy the lovely views afforded by the venue.

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Rotary Thanks Local Businesses

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While it proved impossible to hold Swanage & Purbeck Rotary’s annual Summer Fête and Craft Fair this year, we went ahead with the Grand Summer Draw which has traditionally taken place at the event.

Tickets were sold up to the date that the fête would have taken place and the draw took place at precisely 3.30pm near the wishing well on Swanage seafront (pictured).

President Deirdre, accompanied by Rotarian and Former Mayor of Swanage Mike Bonfield as well as Rotarians John Babbage and Sarah Randall, drew the tickets for the many prizes that had been generously donated by local business and organisations.

We would like to publically thank the following who so generously donated prizes for the draw:

The Cabin
Candleworld
Chococo
Dorset Water Park
Friends of Swanage Pier
I Can Be (Helen Hardy)
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
J J Moore
Serendipity
Swanage Railway
Swanage Tourist Information Centre

Many thanks from us all for making our draw so successful. £775 has been raised for good causes

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Disaster Response from Swanage Rotarians

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Swanage & Purbeck Rotary is proud of its fast response to disasters around the world when they happen.

So when the earthquake hit Haiti last week, it was “all systems go” to try and do something to help.

Thanks to Dorset Council granting us a Street Collection Licence in double-quick time, we were out in Station Road Swanage on 24th August collecting money for a ShelterBox to help those in Haiti who are in dire need.

The ShelterBox charity provides equipment that enables up to 10 people to have shelter and basic equipment to be able to survive the aftermath of a natural disaster until more permanent help is able to be provided. More details about the charity is available on their website.

Each ShelterBox is numbered so that they can be tracked wherever they go around the world and organisations like Rotary who raise funding for them can see exactly where the money that they have raised has gone.

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We were also indebted (as always) to Corbens Estate Agents, who once again offered to take donations in envelopes on our behalf. Total funding raised from the day so far is almost £900, from both cash and card donations, which is a fantastic achievement and we are incredibly grateful to the generous Swanage residents and visitors to our town who gave so willingly.

Grateful thanks also go to Rotarian Maggie Hardy who co-ordinated the day and to our Rotarians and friends who turned out on the day to help collect.

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Nurturing the Talent of the Future

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Swanage Cricket Club held their Presentation and Fun Day on Sunday 15th August. Part of the event was to present medals for all the younger members and Swanage and Purbeck Rotary was delighted to be able to sponsor these.

The photograph above, courtesy of the cricket club, shows the youngsters proudly showing their medals and certificates. It is heartening to see so many young people showing such an interest in the club and in cricket. Who knows, we may have an England star of the future amongst this group?

The club is thriving at all levels and more details about its activities are available on its website via this link.

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A Traveller’s Life

We had a talk from our very own Susan Treadwell last week.

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Susan has had a fascinating life in the Business Travel industry. She has spent her career managing travel arrangements for everyone from senior business managers, to the BBC and even royalty!

It sounds like the perfect job, but it is clearly extremely hard work, often involving travelling to locations around the world and working whatever hours are required to keep customers happy. Susan has spent time in locations such as Hong Kong and the Caribbean during her career. Pictured to the left is Susan in the Arctic when the temperature dropped to -34 degrees centigrade!

It was a fascinating insight into an area that most of us have experience of, albeit through our summer holidays (when we could travel!) but very few would have had any awareness of what is involved in ensuring that things go to plan. Susan was at pains to point out that arranging business travel is rather different to managing the annual trip to the sun. Nevertheless, we were fascinated to hear Susan’s stories from her many years in the business.

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Rotary Young Musicians Entertain and Delight!

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Swanage & Purbeck Rotary CIO is delighted to announce the winners of its Young Musician competition. Open to all music genres, entries included a funky violin piece “Mr Kool”, a lively piano solo “Struttin’at the Waldorf”, songs from West Side Story and Les Miserables, and the winning performance from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. The competition was held online for the first time due to the Covid restrictions. 14 dedicated young musicians aged 8 – 18 years recorded their pieces and then uploaded them for the adjudicators to review. The whole process was masterminded by Tim Arnold.  

To celebrate their achievement, a compilation video of all the entries at local level was played via Zoom to Rotary members, participants and their parents and teachers. It is hoped that certificates will be presented in person to all participants at a celebration evening in July, at which the main winners have been invited to perform.

The winners were as follows:

KS 1-2 – INSTRUMENTAL
1st Suzanne Lejeune – piano
2nd Alfie Yew – piano
3rd Rory Kerins – violin
Highly commended – Lily Fawcett, Lily Harris, Rosie Kent and Alvin Yew

KS 3-5 – INSTRUMENTAL
1st Sally Aiko Dando – violin
2nd Nick Aiko Dando – piano
3rd Oscar Brady – piano

KS 3-5 – VOICE
1st Olivia Marcus
2nd Reuben Marcus

Sally and Nicholas were invited to go forward to the Rotary Wessex District level of the competition, and we’re delighted to announce that Sally not only won her Instrumental Class but was judged Overall Wessex District Winner too! She will now go forward to the Regional round, to be judged in June. President-Elect, Chris le Fevre, presented Sally with her District prize and certificate at Swanage Bandstand. (photos attached). Unfortunately, it was too wet for Sally to bring her violin. Sally is very excited to have been selected to compete in the next round of the Rotary Young Musician Competition 2021 and to have got a place to study violin at the Royal College of Music in September. “I’m hoping this will open doors in the future for me to one day become a professional orchestral player. After I finish college, I would like to have the opportunity to travel and give poorer communities the chance to appreciate music as I have.”

Congratulations to all the competitors for their enthusiasm and commitment during these tricky times!

Grateful thanks go, of course, to Tim for his hard work in ensuring that the competition could take place at all, to Rotarian Hilary Thraves, Swanage Rotary’s Youth Committee Chair, to our adjudicator Dilys Thomas and to all the children and their families who took part in the event and enabled us to run it despite everything that’s going on.

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World Immunisation Week, 24th – 30th April 2021

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Rotarian Maggie Hardy reports on a real good news story:

Swanage and Purbeck Rotary has supported the Global Polio Eradication Programme for many years both financially and by the attendance of three club members at a National Immunisation Day in Delhi, India. Rotary members know the power of immunisation well and are delighted that this awful virus is now only endemic in two countries but recognise that this disease is only a plane ride away so every effort must be made to continue support and completely eradicate Polio.

Over the last year S&P has raised £2,000 for Polio Eradication which is an amazing achievement during the coronavirus. This amount will be trebled by the Bill and Melinda Gate ‘s Foundation giving a sizeable donation of £6,000 to Polio eradication.

And now as Covid -19 vaccines are distributed around the world the well- established infrastructure for Polio is being used to support the pandemic with every effort being made to promote the value of immunisation/vaccination which will be highlighted with greater importance this year during World Immunisation week at the end of April. 

In S&P Rotary our support continues positively with the ‘Jab it Forward’ campaign, devised by a local Rotarian and her nephew to encourage all those who have been given their Covid vaccines by the NHS to donate the sum of £5 per vaccine to a fund aiming to provide Covid-19 vaccines to low- income nations around the world.

                                                “No one is safe until we are all safe”  

And locally Rotarians have also been supporting the Purbeck Vaccination Centre in Wareham as members of the vaccinator team working alongside many other volunteers who wish to help with the important work of Covid -19 vaccination.