The Rotary Club of Blandford supports good causes and projects in the Blandford area and in the wider Rotary arena.

Blandford Rotary Club organised volunteer support to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Asked by the Whitecliff Mill Surgery to organise support, volunteers from the local community, the Blandford Lions and both Blandford Rotary clubs have helped to  administer Covid-19 vaccinations at the Whitecliff Mill Surgery. Thank you all.

About us

 

We are friendly club of 30 members who all live in the Blandford area. We welcome volunteers to help us serve the local community without any commitment, and have a membership plan to suit all life styles and age groups. A summary of what we do is described below.

Welfare

  • Blandford Food Bank. We have supported the Blandford Food Bank for a number of years and indeed the manager of the Food Bank is a member of the Club.
  • In 2018 we started our ‘Toys for Christmas’ project. This project was hugely successful and we repeated it in 2019, also very successfully. Each year we received over 1000 toys, puzzles and games which went to the Food Bank and to The Blandford Opportunity Group. Regrettably we were not able to hold this event in 2020 due to the Pandemic. All being well we will do so in 2021.
  • Blandford Opportunity Group. The Club has helped in the past and we will continue to do in the future. In 2018 we provide then with five iPads. Just recently we joined with the Stour Rotary and the Lions to provide funding towards some household equipment for a lovely two and a half year old boy.

Education

  • The Blandford School – we recently funded ten laptops for the school which were handed out to disadvantaged families, essential during the lockdown caused by the pandemic.
  • We provide funding for the Young Enterprise scheme run by the School.
  • Every year the School holds a “Mock Interview’ session and we are always involved in that. This is a much appreciated event where we are part of a team who give each year 10 pupil a three minute mock interview to introduce them to the realities of job interviews!
  • Durweston school put out a call for help as they needed to install an emergency panic button in the nursery section of the school. This was a joint effort with Blandford Stour Rotary and The Lions. We were able to fund this and having a Panic Button meant that a very young man could attend the school, even though he suffers from Epilepsy.
  • Short Story Competition. We have an annual Short Story Competition with a number of different categories including an under 18 group and a poetry section. Last year we had over 100 entries and handed out prizes totalling £560.00

Health

  • The Club has been working closely with the Whitecliff Surgery in delivering the vaccine programme. Volunteers were needed to control the traffic and parking. Another group were needed to help guiding people after they had their vaccination. The club organised the volunteer schedule, which for over 100 volunteers was no mean feat!
  • ‘Know your Blood Pressure’ day’ is an annual event held in the Corn Exchange. The Club has organised this in partnership with the Stroke Association. We get 80 / 100 people tested every year

Civic

  • We provide volunteers and marshals for the annual Yuletide Festival
  • Planned and arranged finance for the riverside walk along Crown Meadows and the River Stour
  • We planted 2000 crocuses on the Stour Meadows
  • Planned and raised the finance for a disability ramp onto the Stour Meadows from the West Street bridge

Environment

  • Heavily involved in Blandford Environmental Trust which looks after Angus Wood. Activities involve members of The Blandford School’s 6th form environmental group.

Cheese Festival

  • Marshalling and stall holder support at the Sturminster Newton Rotary Club’s annual Cheese Festival. Earning money for our local charities.

Rotary Market Stall

  • Our first Thursday of the month ‘bring and buy’ market stall sells cherished items donated by members and the public, our ‘Deliciously Dorset’ recipe book with a forward by Nicci Brown and promotes the work of the club. All money raised goes to local good causes.

International

  • We donated to support the disaster in the Lebanon
  • We’ve been a strong supporter of Rotary administered projects in Nepal, including birthing projects and building a girls school
  • Annual donations to the Rotary ‘End Polio Now’ programme
  • Members take part in the annual Shoe Box appeal providing Christmas presents for children in Eastern Europe and elsewhere

“The significance of Rotary is that it has become one of the most active and effective lay forces on the side of righteousness, co-operation and goodwill.”

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Our Projects

Bring and Buy Rotary Market Stall – First Thursday of the Month

Support us by bringing items you no longer need, for us to sell, and buy from us items you would love to have. We are offering for sale good quality pre-loved items kindly donated by the community…

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Short Story and Poetry Competition 2021

STOP PRESS Come along to hear readings of the competition's short listed entries and the presentation of certificates, prizes and cups to the winners on 4th November 2021 at the Parish Rooms, The…

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How Rotary Provides Effective Disaster Relief Independent of Government and NGOs

Blandford Rotary is not a large club, but we are strongly believe in providing help to reduce poverty, and help with disease or disaster relief in less fortunate parts of the world. We are able to do…

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Blandford Food Bank

Many families are struggling in these difficult days, so we have supported the Food Bank with money, toys for the kids at Christmas, as well as seeds, compost and pots to start an interest in the joy…

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Toys at Christmas

Please contribute to our Christmas Toy Appeal at St Peter & St Paul church entrance (opposite the Market Place) from Thursday 28th October - Saturday 30th October from 10 am - 4 pm, and on Sunday…

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Alone at Christmas?

The club's lunch for those alone on Christmas Day is held every year, Covid-19 permitting. We very much regret that pandemic restrictions meant we were unable to hold the lunch in 2020 and we are…

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Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio

Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%. Over the…

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Blandford Environmental Trust Ltd (BET) and Angus Wood

When the Woodland Trust came looking for a community group to take on the management of Angus Wood on St Leonard's Avenuse we answered the call, setting up the Blandford Environmental Trust together…

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The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Many of the bigger picture Rotary projects worldwide are delivered through the Rotary Foundation which is supported solely by contributions from the public, Rotary members and friends of the…

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Example Vocational Project

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