Club activities
Borderland enjoy a wide range of activities from varied and interesting speakers after our lovely meal at Sweeney to getting out and about in the community.
Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club welcomes Janet Jones from Ethos Group
Janet Jones, a trustee of the Ethos Group, outlined the work of the charity which is committed to helping people with life-changing physical disabilities to lead independent lives. Currently, Ethos runs three sites in Oswestry which provide adapted short-term accommodation and support for ten clients at any one time. Staff and volunteers not only deal with the physical and mental transition of the clients but also help with finding suitable long term accommodation.

“You may not have heard about Ethos and the remarkable work that it does in Shropshire,” said Janet, “But for the past 25 years the charity has been quietly getting on with transforming the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and other life-changing injuries and illnesses. It is unique – there is no other charity doing what it does in the UK.” She told Rotary club members that the charity saved the NHS over £3,000 a day by allowing people to leave hospital earlier. Ethos has recently launched an appeal to raise £250,000 through a corporate sponsorship programme and other activities to improve and enhance its properties and services. These include installing a new hydrotherapy pool and gym, revamping facilities at the three properties in Oswestry and creating a bespoke counselling service for the benefit of clients. Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club has already donated £400 to the Ethos Group towards the refurbishment of bedrooms at its properties.

If you would like more information about Ethos Group go to

January 2020
Oswestry sparkles and shines
What a wonderful merry welcome to the festive season! Friday evening saw the town lit up with music, market stalls and whizzing fairground rides and this was followed on Saturday morning by the Borderland Rotary Christmas Parade.

The streets were packed on Friday night as revellers threaded their way through the crowded streets to visit the stalls, the shops, the pubs and the fairground. Oswestry town council, Oswestry town market and Oswestry BID should be very proud of themselves.
Borderland Rotary Christmas parade was a great success with packed streets watching 55 floats of all shapes and sizes. The Mayor, Councillor John Price and Mayoress Joyce Barrow were on hand to judge the floats and present the prizes. Best Children’s went to Oswestry Brownies, Youth to Oswestry Scouts, Non-commercial, Spinal Injuries Unit and Commercial was won by Cleo Elizabeth Dance Co. Congratulations all!

The parade had a very positive effect on town traders with Margaret from Willow Gallery saying, “We were close to running out of everything and run off our feet all day! I’ll be glad to sit down” and Maxine at the Flower Gallery said, “Everyone seemed so jolly and Christmasy, it’s wonderful to see such a great turnout!”

December 2019
Quiet before the storm
Although the streets are bustling, this is nothing compared with how things will be on Friday evening and Saturday morning when the streets will be filled with shoppers and merry makers as they firstly enjoy Oswestry Christmas Live on Friday followed by the greatly anticipated Borderland Rotary Christmas Parade at 11am on Saturday morning. Jonathan Jones, who organises the parade said, “It’s been really busy but everything is falling into place. The response has been fantastic with lots of entries and lots of help from the hauliers who have donated the floats, the council that supply the infrastructure and support and of course the entrants! All we need now is for the public to come and enjoy themselves and just – hopefully – some good weather!”
There will be some road closures on Friday evening and Saturday morning but there’ll be plenty of parking so please plan your trip into town with this in mind. See you there!

December 2019
Olympians announce 10K for March 2020
In a presentation at Borderland Rotary, Ashling Donohoe-Harrison and Ray Pickett announced the launch of the The Marches School Oswestry 10k which is scheduled for 1st March 2020. They discussed the origins and history of the club but were somewhat startled to find that the person who actually started the whole thing off was one of their audience, Paul Whapshott. Paul, a long serving member Borderland Rotary said
I came to Oswestry in 1979, to take up the post of Director of Sport at Oswestry College. The role included developing the abandoned Park Hall Stadium as part of the college's sports programme. Once the stadium was ready, at the beginning of 1980, I called a meeting to set up an athletics club and named it Oswestry Olympians. The stadium was also used by many of the local schools and at one time Oswestry Men's Hockey Club played there. Of course, all this was lost when Shropshire County Council could no longer afford the upkeep of the track and leased the land to a local football club. Quite early on, the late Dougie Morris developed the road running section of the club and when the stadium closed and the track and field athletics facilities were lost, the road running section continued, with great success.
Ashling said,
It has been great to partner Marches School for the 10K, the response has been fantastic with the council fully endorsing it and tonight, we have learnt about our club’s early history – we would not be here without you, Paul!

For more information go to

November 2019
Borderland Rotary visit Horatio Garden
Members of Borderland Rotary recently visited the newly opened Horatio Garden at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital which was built to improve the lives of people who have sustained life changing injuries. Borderland raised funds to help with the construction and a member, Andy Boroughs, the MD of Organic Energy Ltd donated a very fine wood pellet room heater for the garden activity room. Andy said, “I was so pleased that I could help with this wonderful enterprise and very happy to see it up and running when we were there!”

November 2019
Borderland members, Hospital and garden staff warming by the fire.
Fair weather makes Fireworks Fiesta a roaring success
The weather defied the forecast to stay dry until the very end of the show and as always, the good folk of Oswestry turned out in their droves to enjoy the annual Fireworks Party at Brogyntyn Park on Saturday evening. The rain held off as the Mayor, John Price lit the blue touch-paper to start a magnificent Bonfire and a fantastic fireworks display. Jonathan Jones, who organises the event on behalf of Borderland Rotary said, “I’m always so impressed by the community spirit and I’d like to thank the people of Oswestry for their support! I’d also like to thank the Mayor for lighting the fire, Borderland Rotary for building the fire and marshalling the event and not forgetting the Council for the Fireworks and all their support and help.”
Because the Council donate the fireworks, the pyrotechnics guys and all the infrastructure it means that all - yes all - the money collected goes to local causes and charities. It looks like they’ve exceeded last year’s total so thank you Oswestry!

If you represent a local charity or organisation that could do with some financial help please contact

November 2019
Oswestry Borderland Rotary celebrates 20 years of RYLA
Borderland rotary marked the twentieth year of RYLA with an extremely assured and upbeat presentation by the two students sponsored this year by the club, Amber Hunt (Marches 6th Form) and Tabitha Carter (Marches School but nominated by the Air Cadets).

But what is RYLA?
RYLA stands for Rotary Young Leadership Awards and is a week-long residential adventure course held each year at Arthog, an outward bound centre near Fairbourne in North Wales. The young entrants are given the overall task of setting up a business to design and produce a working boat (or raft). To achieve this they must form and manage teams and perform tasks which involve learning practical skills, problem solving and physical challenges to earn their teams RYLA Dollars. These Dollars are then spent on their projects and as the week progresses the individuals develop existing skills and discover talents they didn’t know they had! The tasks come in all shapes and sizes from scaling a climbing tower to crossing a river on a home-made rope bridge.
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It has been running in this area for twenty years having been introduced by Paul Crosby, a long serving member of Borderland Rotary Club. Paul said, “It’s a big challenge and not for the faint hearted but the personal rewards that these enterprising youngsters seem to go away with is well worth the early mornings, the tough physical exertion and the sometimes uncomfortable conditions. It appears that being suspended over rivers, lashing rafts together or trying to find a novel answer to a cryptic question, really does bring the best out in people!”

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If you are interested in challenging yourself in next year’s RYLA or you represent a college or school please contact for more information.

Picture 1: left to right: Chris Busnell (instructor) Tabitha Carter, Amber Hunt, Paul Crosby (organiser)
Picture 2: The class of 2019
Picture 3: Teams scaling the climbing tower
August 2019
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The revolution will be televised
Borderland Rotary club welcomed John Vidal to speak the other day and it was interesting to hear that the Green revolution is underway, necessary and being televised. John, who recently left the Guardian newspaper where he had been environment editor for 27 years, told how the conversation about climate change and global warming has developed and moved on over the last thirty years or so, from the days of Swampy living in a tree on the Newbury bypass demonstrations through the alternative energy boom of wind and solar in the early part of this century which was then drowned out by bank failures, austerity and Brexit. He welcomed the fact that Extinction Rebellion has put the most important issue facing humanity back on the front pages - all over the world. Will we look back on these times as a seminal moment in history, rather like the suffragette movement or the birth of the NHS? We must act and it will almost certainly be televised.

October 2019
John Vidal and David Kendal (President Borderland)
Borderland Rotary proud to help the Samaritans
The Samaritans of Shrewsbury required help with maintenance issues at their base in Shrewsbury and Borderland were happy to step up and help. The Shrewsbury office covers the whole of Shropshire, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is manned purely by volunteers and although a completely confidential service many users have praised the Samaritans unreservedly.
David Kendal, president of Borderland Rotary said, “We all know what great and important work the Samaritans do so it’s such a privilege to be able to help them for once”

Sept 6th 2019
Picture left to right: David Kendal (Borderland) Sue Forgie (Samaritans)
Borderland Backs Local Bard
Borderland Rotary has again stepped up to support Dave Andrews with his latest work, a charming book called, Old Oswestry and other sonnets. Within the pages he explores local and personal themes about Oswestry and about life itself. Dave said, “Whilst it is obviously a joyful creative challenge to produce a book in this literary form it is also quite a task to raise the funds to get it published and I am very grateful to all who’ve supported me, especially the Rotary, the Three Parishes Big Local and National Lottery. It means that all the proceeds from the sale of book can go to Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Cancer research UK.” The book is available from Oswestry Library and local book shops - and don’t forget, all the money goes to extremely worthwhile charities.
July 2019
Picture left to right Geoff Barre (Borderland) & Dave Andrews (Author)
New President for Borderland Rotary Club
The club presidency was handed over to David Kendal at a BBQ at the Sweeney Hall Hotel the other night. David, who has been a club member for 22 years, said he relished the challenge of guiding the club for the next 12 months. Geoff Barre, the outgoing president told the club how grateful he was for the support he had received and proud of the hard work that had gone into events such as the Fire Works display, the Christmas Parade and of course, the Dairi-Pak Mountainbike Challenge which had raised a total of nearly £20,000 for charity.

June 2019
David Kendall and Geoff Barre
Dairi-Pak Mountain Bike Challenge
The hills were alive with intrepid riders at this year’s Dairi-Pak Mountain Bike Challenge!
May 11th 2019
Dave Lowdon used to ride with Brian Gray and has ridden in nearly all the events over the last 26 years. He said, “It still feels like a family event to me, lovely atmosphere”.

The sun came out to welcome a bumper crop of entries with 135 keen riders lining up to start the 22 mile challenge which takes in some very beautiful, dramatic and sometimes tough countryside just west of Oswestry. As always there were many familiar faces from all over the west Midlands but this year it was great to welcome more locals.
Jamie Earley lives locally and rides as well as helping with the organisation said, “I like it because it’s always relaxed and not too commercialised”.

The riders felt the burn in their thighs while the marshals, from Oswestry Borderland Rotary, felt the burn from the coffee in there flasks as they lined the course. Jonathan Jones, the event organiser from Borderland said “It’s been great to welcome so many entries this year but I must thank all the landowners for helping us make this such a great course and all the many volunteers who make this event possible”
L to R Matthew Hornby, Elanor Underhill & Paul Harding are from Weaver Valley and Elanor said, “Just love this event – we’ve been coming for years and hope to continue for ever”.

Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club has run this event since it was started 26 years ago by the late Brian Gray who was a keen cyclist and a member of Borderland. He was also the founder and MD of Dairi-Pak in Baschurch. His son, Tim continues to support the challenge each year so that all monies donated can go to charity. The main recipient this year will again be the Midlands Air Ambulance.

The fastest male was Jamie Davies with a time of 1’ 44” (a-maze-ing!) while the leading lady was Sally Ellis with 2’ 23”.
Glen Wright from Telford “It’s my fifth year in the mountains and I’ve come back alive”.
Are you a Good Samaritan?
This was the question posed by Richard Dunnill when he gave a fascinating and moving talk at Oswestry Borderland Rotary the other day.
Most of us know of the existence of the Samaritans but few have any idea of the workings or origins of the service.
In the post-war gloom of the early 50’s Chad Varah, a young vicar in London realised that there was a need for a phone service that people who were feeling desperate could call and share their issues with a patient stranger, knowing that it was non-religious and totally confidential. It was an immediate success – if that’s the right word – and it grew quickly and now has 201 branches in the British Isles. 20,000 volunteers now operate the service as it expands to cover events and festivals and embraces new technologies including email, text and WhatsApp. The service is purely funded from donations and is not allied with government, councils or any religious organisations so if you think you can help as a volunteer or would like to donate, please contact Susan Forgie on 07581-779813

April 2019
Susan Forgie, Richard Dunnill and President Geoff Barre
Membership Evening
Borderland Rotary enjoyed a membership evening in April.

A informal evening of socialising together was enjoyed by many members. We all lined up outside Sweeney Hall Hotel for a current photograph!
April 2019
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

I am truly overwhelmed by the generous donation of £100.00 from Borderland Rotary Club. The kindness support and generosity of our local community continues to take me by surprise.
This donation will go towards research into muscle wasting conditions and hopefully finding a treatment and cure for these life limiting diseases.
This is something close to my heart as 18 months ago my son Finlay (6) was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchene is the most severe form of the disease which means the children are lucky to reach adulthood.
Donations such as this are very important and very much appreciated and I can`t thank you enough.

Gemma Gardner

March 2019
President Geoff handing over the cheque to Finlay and his mum
Young Chef Competition at St. Martins School
Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club recently organised a Young Chef Competition at St. Martins School. This was the first time that the school had been involved with this competition and, it is fair to say, the pupils approached the event with a degree of trepidation. Nevertheless the young people showed both creativity and technical skills and produced a spectrum of interesting dishes; it was a valuable learning experience for all concerned.

The accompanying photos show the winner, Jodie Mason and her winning dish.

Left to right: Peter Martin, Sherie Soper (Borderland) Jodie Mason, Judith Bristol (Borderland)

March 2019
50 Years’ Rotary Service Celebrated
Borderland Rotary Club recently celebrated the extremely long and distinguished service of member, Ronan O’Brien by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award which recognises exemplary service to Rotary. (Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary) Ronan’s journey began way back in 1969 when, living in the south of England, he joined the fellowship at Bromley in Kent. In later years he moved to Shropshire and became a stalwart of the Borderland Club. There have obviously been many memorable moments in all those years but one stand out event was when Ronan, then aged 85, became the oldest person to abseil from the Fire Station tower in Oswestry (the things people do for charity, eh?). Ronan, now 92, still attends meeting regularly and helps with all the major events but said he’d probably not wish to work at height again – at least, not in the near future.
Geoff Barre, Borderland President said how grateful the club is for the contribution Ronan has made to Borderland in particular and the Rotary fellowship in general - a great inspiration to us all.

March 6th 2019
Ronan and President Geoff
Making a splash thanks to Rotary donation
A therapy and fitness facility for students at a specialist Shropshire college is another step closer to completion thanks to a generous charity donation.

The new hydrotherapy pool for use by students at Derwen College, near Oswestry, has been given a financial boost from Borderland Rotary Club and local Rotary International District 1180.

Representatives of Borderland Rotary Club and the District visited the college for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to see how the build was coming along. They also presented them with a cheque for £1,520 towards a vital specialist shower trolley.

Borderland Rotary Club in Oswestry kindly agreed a donation of £760 towards the cost of a shower trolley with powered backrest for the new hydrotherapy pool. This donation was matched by a grant of a further £760 from the local Rotary International District 1180.

Mr Barre said: Though Borderland Rotary supports the college every year by providing a bookstall at the Derwen Fete, the club is pleased to contribute towards this hydrotherapy pool project which will benefit so many students at this incredible college. We are also delighted that the project fits one of the programmes eligible for a matching grant from our Rotary District, doubling our £1,520.

Principal Meryl Green was pleased to accept the cheque and to show the visitors around the new site.

She said: Derwen College has been raising money for the bespoke hydrotherapy building with pool and specialist changing and therapy areas over the past year. We are delighted to receive this generous donation that will allow us to purchase a specialist shower trolley which will help make the pool and changing area accessible to all of our students.

For more information on supporting Derwen College Charity visit

February 2019
Geoff Barre, President of Borderland Rotary, and Assistant District Governor Sherie Soper examined plans for the build and presented the cheque for £1,520 to Principal Meryl Green and student Thomas Alexander.
Top 10 Pin Bowling at the Venue
Borderland Rotary once again entertained the Young Carers at the Venue the other night with 10 pin bowling and a big helping of sausage and chips and by the look of things, a good time was had by all.
Young Carers is a charity that helps and supports young people who find themselves caring for family members at home.

One young carer said “It’s just such a nice change to be out bowling!”

Young Writers get inspired
Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club organised the local Young Writer competition and entries were received in both the Intermediate (11 - 13 years old) and the Senior (14 -17) age groups.
The theme for this year's competition was My Inspiration and pupils from The Marches School, Oswestry School, and St. Martins School put pen to paper and the judges were presented with some highly creditable and imaginative stories. This year the winning entries were both from The Marches School; Ella Crowther won the Intermediate section while Daisy Whitelam won the Senior Competition. Daisy also received the John Cranwell Award which is to recognise literary excellence and is named in memory of a club member.
The entries from Daisy and Ella will now progress to the District Competition and we await the results with interest.

L to r back row: James Watson, Carrie Ann George, Catherine Delliston Watson, Layla Evans, Pheobe Shaw

L to r Front row: Peter Martin (Borderland) Daisy Whitelam and Ella Crowther Geoff Barre (Borderland).

February 2019
Rotary Tenpin Bowling Challenge
We recently enjoyed a tenpin bowling challenge against the other two locally based Rotary clubs, Cambrian and Oswestry. It was held at The Venue and a great evening was enjoyed by all, especially Borderland club as we were the champions on the night!

January 2019
Jonathan Jones with the winners trophy
Not Giving But Lending
We are so bombarded by charities these days that it sometimes feels as if money is being thrown into shark infested Wishing Wells but Borderland Rotary were shown an alternative the other day when Dr Ajaz Khan introduced the club to LENDWITHCARE, a secular charity established in 2010 by CARE International UK. It helps those who most need a hand to rise from poverty in a novel way.

Rather than giving money, the idea is to grant loans to very small or medium sized enterprises to enable them to start or continue a project. These loans are aimed at sustainable, ecologically sound ideas that will enrich communities as well as individuals.
Some of the enterprises are craft based with their products on sale in the UK via while others focus on local infrastructure schemes in countries from Cambodia to Ecuador, Malawi to the Philippines.
It is interesting to note that the repayment rates are far higher from these loans than with most commercial equivalents in the West.
The project is already supported by 253 Rotary Clubs throughout Britain and it’s likely this figure will rise.

For further details visit

January 2019
A Plea for Rehearsal Space
While speaking at a Borderland Rotary meeting, Pam Johnson made a plea to anyone in the area that may know of a venue available for theatrical rehearsals.
Pam, one of the creative forces with the LADS (formerly Llanymynech Amateur Dramatics Society) explained that her performing arts career had in fact started with the pantomime at Rhydycroesau. She was so inspired by it that she went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. We are lucky that she now directs locally and is embarking on a full programme of performances this year which includes as a highlight, Richard III, staged at Chirk Castle.
The only problem is; they could do with some rehearsal space in the Oswestry area. If you can help or have any suggestions, please email

January 2019
Pam Johnson (LADS) Geoff Barre & Alison Moses (Borderland Rotary)
Transfer Window Excitement at Borderland Rotary
The New Year saw Mike Barker join Borderland. He is an experienced Rotarian who has moved into the area from the South of England.

Geoff Barre, Borderland Rotary Supremo was pleased to sign-up Mike Barker as a new member on a free transfer from Storrington Rotary in Sussex. Mike, a retired airline pilot and keen Rotarian has recently relocated to the area and was pleased to continue in the game. A spokesman commented, “It’s always great to have a new member of the team”

Borderland is increasing its activities supporting our local communities. Anyone who could spare a bit of their time to help out, or be more involved as a Borderland member, would be most welcome.
Please phone 01691 839 096 or call and see us on a Wednesday evening.
January 2019
Mike Barker
President takes a trip Down Under
In December of last year, The president of Oswestry Borderland, Geoff Barre, took a trip to visit relatives in Armadale, a suburb of Perth in
Western Australia.

When he contacted the local Rotary Club he was immediately invited to their next weekly meeting.

Their president, Barry Porter, and his team were very welcoming to Geoff and his Wife and Cousin.

Addressing the members after the meal, Geoff was impressed by the similarity between the two Club’s make up, attitudes and activities.

He was then lucky to discover that Barry is also a golfer, who is captain of the local golf club, and therefore a game was soon arranged.
December 2018
Geoff helping at the BBQ

After the game, Geoff had to earn this treat, by helping at a BBQ held at a local sports field for under privileged children.

A further link between our two clubs is the strange coincidence that, quite unknown to Geoff, another Borderland member, Paul Crosby, had visited Armadale Rotary in 2004 to arrange a student exchange
The Christmas Parade
The Oswestry Christmas Parade is a joyful event

The annual Christmas parade, organised by Borderland Rotary Club, took place on Saturday 1st December and despite the damp weather, the streets were packed with people watching the walking groups, vintage vehicles, floats and of course, Father Christmas.

The parade completed a circuit of Oswestry town centre streets with sirens, music and of course, laughter.

This year we had a total of 51 floats!

As well as the people of Oswestry, Borderland Rotary would like to thank all those shops and businesses in the town who contributed to the collection and the transport owners and drivers that made it possible. The collection is still being counted, but in 2017 almost £4000 was raised which benefitted local charities and causes. Well done to everyone involved, you did Oswestry proud!

Dec 1st 2018
Cowgirls and Sharpshooters in Oswestry
The story of Annie Oakley and her links with Oswestry

Borderland Rotary Club was treated to a well-researched talk by Sherie Soper about Annie Oakley and her links with the Oswestry area.
She was not a fictional character but a real life gun-slinger and horsewoman from the USA who performed all over the United States as Little Miss Sure Shot before joining Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show which visited Oswestry a number of times.
It was around the turn of the 19th and 20th century when Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West Show to the UK and what a show it was, cowboys, cowgirls, native Americans, buffalos, horses, mules and more! There were gun fights, cattle and buffalo lassoing, horse riding tricks, sharp shooting and re-enactments with Buffalo Bill Cody himself as performer and ring master.
The Wild West heroes and crew, totalling more than 800 were transported by three special trains with all the equipment and animals – even bigger than a Rolling Stones tour today.
They visited many, many locations around the British mainland but Annie was particularly taken by Oswestry and would return here when the tours finished to relax and enjoy the countryside, staying with friends just outside the town. She even had a gun made here.
All this was reported on by your very own Oswestry Advertizer which gave the shows glowing reviews and ran advertisements before they arrived. All part of the paper’s rich history.
It really must have been as it was billed, ‘the greatest show on earth!’
(For more information contact the Oswestry Family & Local History Group)

November 2018
Sizzle – Whoosh – Baboom!!
Yes, it was another fabulous Firework Party at Brogyntyn on Saturday evening.
The fire was big, the rockets went high and IT DIDN’T RAIN!

November 3rd 2018
Our Rotary volunteers building the bonfire

As darkness fell, hundreds of people were on the march, big ones, little one and some in-between and all with one purpose - to enjoy a fantastic firework display and see a massive fire blazing away at Brogyntyn Park – and no one was disappointed. The community of Oswestry always seems to support this event with such enthusiasm.

Our Rotary volunteers manning the gate!

Borderland Rotary Club again worked with Oswestry Council to stage the event and all reports said it was a great success. A small child was heard to say ”Are fireworks always so big and loud?”

The magic of sparklers!

Lots of local charities will benefit from the money raised and it’s time to say a big thank you to the people of Oswestry for bringing a sparkle to the firework party!

It was a great success with £6000 raised. Our Club and The Town Council will be awarding the grants to applicants.
Borderland Rotary Reinstate Canal Walk
Brian Gray was a long serving member of Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club until his passing. He is warmly remembered for many things including the canal walks he used to organise. These were continued for a few years after his death and named the Brian Gray Memorial Walks but somehow petered out.
Under the Presidency of Geoff Barr the walks were reinstated and the first was held the other day when about 20 participants, including children and dogs were given a guided tour along the Montgomery Canal near Maesbury and around the recently finished, Aston Nature Reserve. It was made more poignant as Tim Gray (son of Brian) and his family were warmly welcomed to the walk.
Along the way, Canal & River Trust ecologist, Stuart Moodie gave an insight into the fascinating history of the Montgomery Canal and of the long and winding road of restoration which was started way back in 1969. Stuart commented, “It’s surprising how many local people have no idea that it’s happening at all.” Let’s hope that a few more of these small events will change that and give people some idea of the wonderful resource that is right on their doorstep.

October 2018
RYLA and Borderland Rotary
RYLA and Borderland Rotary have another successful year
But what is RYLA? Well, it stands for Rotary Young Leadership Award and this is its 19th year.
It’s an opportunity for young people to improve their skills in Business, leadership, team building whilst testing themselves and making new friends.
Funded by the Rotary, the project has seen more than 600 young people take part over the years and it is always oversubscribed.
They certainly cram a lot into the 4 day course with climbing, canoeing, mountain rescue, raft building and raft racing on the menu.
Maisie Evans and James Wiggins gave a very assured and informative yet amusing talk about their experiences at RYLA to Borderland Rotary Club’s assembled throng this week.
Maisie said “It gave me a chance to reassess my skills and abilities and focus on the positives” while James confided that “I think it really helped my confidence in general but my budgeting in particular!”
October 2018
Geoff Barr (President Borderland Rotary), Maisie Evans, James Wiggins, Paul Crosby (RYLA Borderland Rotary)
Is the end in sight for effective Antibiotics?
It’s a scary thought but the antibiotics we take for granted, could one day, stop working and leave us vulnerable to all manner of infections. This may sound like a doomsday scenario but if we don’t change our ways and the multinational drug companies don’t hurry up and find some new types of antibiotic, it’s where we’re heading.
This was the main point of a talk given at the Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club meeting the other night. Sarah Norris (Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist) and Sue Sayles (Infection Control Clinical Nurse Specialist) from Gobowen Orthopaedic Hospital presented the case very well and it was a real eye opener.
We must as individuals, as communities, as nations consider how we use these drugs in future so that the chances of catastrophe are reduced.

October 2018
L to R Sue Hayles, (Orthopaedic) Geoff Barr, (Rotary President) Sarah Norris (Orthopaedic)
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Sunshine, hot coffee and delicious muffins – who could want for more?
This year’s Borderland Rotary Macmillan Coffee Morning was a great success!
The weather brought everyone out so the town was buzzing and many stopped for a coffee, a muffin and of course, a chat.
Borderland Rotary members were on hand to serve the customers and provide the chat but are very grateful to Llynclys Farm for supplying the Coffee and Sweeney Hall Hotel for donating the Muffins.
Borderland Rotary would also like to thank Oswestry Council for supplying the market stall.

28th September 2018
Our Rotary volunteers
RotaKids club started by Borderland Rotary Club

Borderland Rotary Club set up a new RotaKids club at Gobowen Primary School Oswestry. The Club was Chartered by Rotary District Governor Beryl Cotton on 22nd June 2018 with her in the photograph are Sherie Soper President of Borderland Rotary Club and Harry Richardson Community Chair plus all the student members of the new club.
RotaKids is a fun and exciting way for children aged 7-12 to make friends and get involved with important activities in the community, all while having a great time in the process.
RotaKids clubs can be based in schools with help and support from teachers and the local Rotary Club, children can gain a valuable experience in helping others and learning interesting things.
Rotakids brings an exciting and practical approach to supporting the citizenship element of the national curriculum. By doing so, children enjoy a boost to their confidence and self-esteem at a key stage and develop an understanding of how their actions can impact on others.
Gobowen Primary School RotaKids club have this July held there very first fund raising event which raised much needed funds for ‘Purple 4 Polio’ to help eradicate Polio worldwide. The whole school paid to wear purple for the day instead of school uniform.

June 2018
RotaKids club
Welsh Air Ambulance
Jonathan Jones and Sherie Soper took a trip Welshpool Airport on behalf of Borderland Rotary. They made a presentation to the Welsh Air Ambulance of £2500, proceeds from the sponsored Mountain Bike Challenge fund raiser in May.

Young Carers Canal trip a Cracker
Young Carers had a day out hosted by Borderland Rotary.

Young Carers, the charity that supports youngsters who care for family members were treated to a canal trip and barbeque at Canal Central, that little gem, in Maesbury

Borderland Rotary Club had arranged for Cracke, the Shire horse to pull the Countess narrowboat from Canal Central to Aston Nature Reserve and back.

It was then elbows up for a Barbeque provided by the canal side venue.

A good time was had by all!

Aug 2nd 2018
Borderland Rotary’s Big Day
It was a big day for Borderland Rotary Club the other day!

It was the annual handover of the club presidency which went off without violence, vote rigging or Russian involvement but with just a little jolly heckling! Geoff Barre took over the reins from Sherie Soper who has enjoyed an extremely successful term with the Oswestry Fireworks last November followed by the, bigger than ever Christmas Parade as visible highlights. Geoff certainly has his work cut out for the coming year.
Geoff Barre and Sherie Soper

It was also an opportunity to present the Paul Harris Fellowship award to two members and Lady Trevor was on hand to do the presentation
Sherie Soper, Harry Richardson and Lady Trevor

Paul P. Harris was the founder of the Rotary movement in 1905 and the award, named in his honour, is to recognise distinguished service and commitment to the club and its principals.

Harry Richardson and Paul Evison are both long term members who have served the club tirelessly for all of this century and quite a bit more.

August 1st 2018
Paul Evison and Lady Trevor
Oswestry and Border Food Bank
Borderland Rotary Club was very pleased to entertain Liz Jermy from Oswestry and Border Food Bank and listen to her very informative talk.

The food bank in Oswestry can now call on over 40 local volunteers but must have this seemingly high number to cope with the ever-growing need for their services. The Trussell Trust, the national charity that oversees the foodbanks gave out 1.3 million parcels nationwide in the last year. On a local level, they have been helped by all the major supermarkets and had a new kitchen donated and fitted free.

Borderland Rotary Club have been supporting the Food Bank for some years and we would encourage others to do the same.    

25th July 2018
Liz Jermy with our President Geoff Barre
Presentation Evening at The Marches School
President Sherie Soper and Rotarian Peter Martin were invited to a Presentation Evening at The Marches School on 26th June. This event is for those pupils leaving the school post GCSE and A Level studies. Borderland's involvement was so that students could receive their Certificates ( and book tokens !) in respect of the Young Innovator and Young Achiever initiatives . This followed presentations earlier in the year in respect of the Young Writer Competition.

President Geoff Barre and Rotarian Peter Martin attended a similar event at Oswestry School on 29th June and will be going to St.Martins School on 12th July to present Young Achiever Awards.

26th June 2018
Borderland Rotary Club supports Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships use hospital ships to deliver free, vital medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries.

Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club have been supporting nurse Melanie Langley on her six month stay on the ship in Cameroon, west Africa through a brand new bursary which was set up in memory of club member, Linda Butler, who passed away suddenly in 2016. Linda, who lived near Oswestry and nursed at the Orthopaedic Hospital, was committed to the Rotary Club principals and once served as president of the Oswestry and Borderlands branch. She volunteered on Mercy Ships, spending 3 months in Benin in 2009 and a month in Sierra Leone in 2011. Her fellow Rotarians are proud to continue with support for this extremely worthy cause and have raised substantial funds to support this bursary.
April 2018

Melanie would not have been in a position to serve on the ship without this help and said, “I was thrilled to be given this oportunity to join Mercy Ships and am so grateful for this life changing bursary from Borderland.”
For further information contact

Mercy Ship
Oswestry School pupil scoops Oswestry Borderland Rotary John Cranwell Trophy
For the third year running a pupil from Oswestry School has won The John Cranwell Trophy in this year’s Oswestry Borderland Rotary Young Writers Competition. Year 8 pupil Abigail Ellis-Lowe has been awarded 1st prize along with Trophy with Sixth Form pupil Erin Thorpe-Downey receiving a 2nd place certificate.
The late Rotarian John Cranwell was a founder member of Borderland Rotary and, for many years, an antique bookseller trading as “Bookworld” in Beatrice Street, Oswestry. After his death in 2014, members of Borderland Rotary in Oswestry decided that, in keeping with John’s passion for the literary arts, a fitting memorial would be to recognise young people for their creative writing skills and The John Cranwell Young Writer Award was commissioned.
This annual trophy is presented for the best submission to Borderland Rotary Club in the local round of Rotary’s Young Writer Competition. The first winner in 2015 was Jenny Cyffin-Jones, (there was no award in 2016) and last year’s winner was Rachel Roberts, both girls hailing from Oswestry School.
The certificates and trophy were presented by Oswestry Borderland Rotary President Sherie Soper and Rotarian Peter Martin.

April 2018
Abigail Ellis-Lowe and Erin Thorpe-Downey who were presented with their certificates by Rotary President Sherie Soper and Rotarian Peter Martin.
Horatio’s Garden
Gobowen’s Orthopaedic Hospital to get Horatio’s Garden

Borderland Rotary Club welcomed Lady Trevor at the Sweeney Hall to talk about an ambitious plan to create a patient’s garden at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen. Horatio’s Garden, a concept originally developed at Salisbury Hospital, is being billed as a ‘Place to heal’ for spinal injury patients at the hospital. It will have all the services available on the wards with electricity, oxygen etc. and will be divided into bays so that families can have time alone with their loved ones. There will also be a garden room and a children’s play area.

Bunny Guinness, well known as a panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time will head up the design team. The project will cost £675,000 of which £500,000 is already in place.

Lady Trevor’s passion for the project was moving.
If anyone wishes to learn more about the project, just Google Horatio’s Garden.

April 2018
Lady Trevor and Sherie Soper, President of Borderland Rotary Club
Telford Tree of Light
The Tree of Light is situated in Telford Shopping Centre and this year (2017) it raised approx. £42,000 - slightly up from last year. The Tree of Light has been in existence for 20 years and the total sum raised is over £ 500,000. The ToL is run, jointly, by the four Telford Rotary Clubs - Ironbridge, Telford Centre, Wellington and Wrekin.

In recent years 50% of the money raised has gone to the Hospice and the remaining 50% is divided amongst other charities nominated each year by the four clubs. This year 25% went to Hope House and the remaining 25% was split between three other charities.

ToL maintains a data base of previous donors and these are approached each autumn to see if the wish to contribute again and, if so, can Gift Aid be utilised. In addition application forms are available in a number of venues and in the local newspaper. A number of local firms contribute to the costs involved.

My personal involvement, over a period of 17 years, was as a member of the Blue Peter Club which met several morning a week in November/December to open applications and reconcile the moneys paid in with the application form. With members from all four clubs this was an excellent setting for practical fellowship.

ToL was nominated for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2017 and all those who have been involved have been given a lapel pin.

Peter Martin
Young Carers looked after at Ten Pin Bowling challenge
Borderland Rotary Club had the pleasure of hosting an evening of 10 Pin Bowling for Young Carers at The Venue the other evening.
Very good natured but competitive bowling followed by sausage and chips! What could be better? A good time was had by all, judging by a comment overhead from one of the carers, who said “This is fantastic – just like a dream”.
6th March 2018
Young Carers with members of the Borderland Rotary Club.
Eradicating Polio
The road to eradicating Polio has been long and hard and we’re not there yet, but at least the end is in sight. For the past 30 years The Rotary, in conjunction with other organisations including the Bill Gates Foundation, have helped to get closer to the goal and have reduced Polio cases by 99.9% in that time.

Another small step was taken when the three Rotary Clubs of Oswestry got together at showings of the film, Breathe, the inspiring true story of a young man smitten by Polio in the 1950’s and his quest to change people’s perception of disability and be treated as other human beings in society.

It was a full house at Oswestry’s own Kinoculture and local Rotarians were joined by the Rotary District Governor, Beryl Cotton.
January 2018
Pictured left to right: Justin Sopa (Oswestry), Sherie Sopa (Borderland), Ian Slipper (Cambrian), Beryl Cotton (Rotary District Governor)
Oswestry Christmas Parade 2017
The winners of the respective categories are in 2017

Commercial. Shelley Ramsay Hairdressers (Hogwarts)

Non Commercial. Cloe Elizabeth Dance Company (Snow theme ie Disney)

Youth. Oswestry Guides (Go camping from past to present)

Children. Border Counties School of Gymnastics (Laybirds)

Walking. Marches School Theatre (Cinderella Panto)

In total we had 54 participants taking part on Saturday 2nd December for the parade.
100's of people turned out and lined the streets for this annual event.

We are proud to say it is a major part of the towns Christmas calender.

December 2nd 2017
Father Christmas

A huge thanks to all the Rotarians who volunteered on the day. Also to the groups, teams and businesses who made it all possible by putting together all the floats. Excellent job everyone!

Sat December 2nd saw 100s of people line the streets of Oswestry for all the fun of the annual Christmas Parade

In total we had 54 participants taking part in the parade.

Thank you to all the Rotarians and public who turned out to make the day such a success!
‘Dram’atic New Venture for Oswestry!
We had an interesting and informative talk after dinner this week.
The largest still in Shropshire has just been installed in Oswestry. Henstone Distillery has been set up by Chris and Alexandra Toller and Shane and Alison Parr. Shane and Alison run Stonehouse Brewery and the distillery will also be based at the brewery site. The four partners have spent 2 years planning their venture and following the support of a grant from the RDPE Growth Programme are now just about ready to start production.
The impressive 1000 litre still, affectionately named Hilda, has been manufactured by Kothe in Germany. Hilda will enable Henstone Distillery to produce around 600 bottles per run, allowing them to retain a craft focus, whilst also being able to meet their anticipated commercial demand. The distillery hope to have their gin ready for sale very soon and they will also start laying down their whisky into oak casks to mature. Production of bourbon and apple brandy (from Stonehouse Brewery’s own Sweeney Mountain Cider) will begin in early 2018.

22nd November 2017
Henstone Distillery
Young Carers Night Out
On 7th November club members were involved in a completely new activity. We were hosting a number of Young Carers plus 3 adults from the Young Carers Organisation at The Venue, Park Hall for a session of 10 Pin Bowling. It was a very enjoyable event for all those present and the competition was, at times very intense ! An added attraction, particularly for the Young Carers, was a buffet of Sausage & Chips - accompanied by bread and butter.

The evening was such a success that we are going to repeat the event in March.
7th November 2017
Young Carers and Rotarians
A welcome for Susan
Susan Forgie is new to Borderland, becoming a Rotarian on 29th November.

Anyone interested in Borderland's activities is always made welcome at the weekly meetings.  It is recommended that they come several times in order to get to know the Club and, maybe take part in things.  Then they will be better placed to consider becoming a Borderland Rotarian.

Susan did this and says she has appreciated and enjoyed it.

29th November
President Sherie with Susan
The Harry Johnson Trust was set up by Sally Johnson in November 2014 in memory of her 7 year old boy Harry, who died in July of that year from a rare form of childhood cancer.

The charity is very small and is run totally by volunteers, so all donations go straight to help the local babies, children and teenagers with cancer they support in the local area.

Referrals come from the hospital in Telford, where the children who the charity supports receive all or some of their care and treatment. This means that the right child gets the right support at the right time. Support can be immediate and children don't have to wait lengthy periods for the help they need. All the children live in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

The charity aims to be there whatever the child and family need, from diagnosis to recovery. Simple gestures of support such as fleece pillowcases, toiletries, gift vouchers , toys and days out in the local area are provided for all children. Individual gifts and holidays for families are also offered, depending on the need of the child and their family. The charity also supports bereaved families by paying for memory bears, memory blankets and sadly helps pay for funerals too.

The charity also buys games, equipment and toys for the ward. No requests are turned away if at all possible, and the good relationship between the ward staff and the charity trustees means that these brave children are able to have a little respite and joy during treatment.

If anyone wished to offer support in any capacity, the Trust can be contacted at or on 07904979780
Sept 2017
Sally Johnson with Sherie Soper, President of Borderland Rotary.
Borderland’s contribution to the Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 was held at The Cross in Oswestry on Friday Morning. Sean Evans from the Sweeney Hall Hotel provided 380 muffins and Linda Jones from Llynclys Hall Farm Shop brought her mobile coffee van and people were asked for £3.00 for a coffee and homemade fresh muffin. Oswestry Town Council generously provided the gazebo.

The good people of Oswestry responded with enthusiasm and generosity and a mouth watering £552.29 was raised and will go directly the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Sept 2017
Sherie Soper,(Club President), Harry Richardson (Community Chair) and Sean Evans (Sweeny Hall Proprietor)
Rotary Young Writer Award 2017
The late Rotarian John Cranwell PHF was a founder member of Borderland Rotary and, for many years, was an antique bookseller trading as Bookworld in Beatrice Street, Oswestry.

After John’s death in 2014, members of Borderland Rotary in Oswestry decided that, in keeping with John’s passion for the literary arts, a fitting memorial would be to recognise young people for their creative writing skills and a trophy for The John Cranwell Young Writer Award was commissioned.

This annual trophy is presented for the best submission to Borderland Rotary Club in the local round of Rotary’s Young Writer Competition.  

Writing on the theme of Reflection, in the local round of the Rotary Young Writer competition the winners in the Intermediate and Senior sections were both from Oswestry School and each was submitted into the District competition against entries from schools in an area bounded by Southport, Nantwich, Llanidloes and the coast.   

From around 400 initial entries Rachel Roberts was judged winner in the Senior section and Noah Kynaston-Evans was the Intermediate section winner. Both entries were submitted to the Rotary Young Writer national competition where they were both judged to be Highly Commendable.

Of Rachel’s entry the judges commented,- A powerful and upsetting piece that leaves the reader with a genuine sense of loss. The image of the final phone call and the phone being thrown away is particularly strong. The piece seemed polished and complete.

Of Noah’s entry the comments were - A mature piece with some excellent reflective phrases - not to do better, but to be better- and - because they have become me.

After presentation of the certificates to Rachel and Noah for their success in both District and National levels of the competition at Oswestry School, Rachel was also presented with the John Cranwell Young Writer Award for the best local entry into the Rotary Young Writer competition
June 2017
Paul Crosby, Rachel Roberts, John Croft and Noah Kynaston-Evans. Photograph by the Shropshire Star
Borderland Scatter Visit
Following two visits to Borderland Club by members of Wellington Rotary Club a group of members decided to visit Wellington. The group was led by President Sherie Soper who was accompanied by Harry Richardson, Lesley Martin, Peter Martin and Justin Soper who is, of course, a member of Oswestry RC.

The group was made extremely welcome and were able to observe the workings of a club which many of them were not familiar with - starting with the sung grace!

The meeting had an international flavour for two reasons, as the club was also being visited by a South African Rotarian, and the speaker, Amy Lake, was talking about her life and work as an Artiste on Cruise Ships. Amy was well known to the club since she had been an early beneficiary of the bursary scheme and had performed for the club as her career as a singer developed.

All in all, an enjoyable visit -there might be others!

August 2017
Sherie Soper, Harry Richardson, Lesley Martin, Peter Martin and Justin Soper with the Wellington President
Dyslexia, a difference rather than a difficulty
Borderland Rotary Club welcomed Lynda Morgan to their weekly meeting at the Sweeny Hall Hotel recently. Lynda is the Hon. Secretary of the Powys Dyslexia Support Group.

Explaining the background and purpose of the group, Lynda highlighted the challenges that those with Dyslexia face. The condition appears in many different forms, often undiagnosed and therefore progress through the traditional education system is hampered meaning that levels of achievement often suffer.

The Support Group strives to inform and support both schools and students to achieve early diagnosis and plan ongoing management of the condition. They point out that many successful people have not let this condition prevent them from achieving their potential. However, initial employment may be hard
to find as most prospective employers do not have the time to consider that the applicant may be Dyslexic.
This is why it is very important that job applications should be viewed with this condition in mind.

More Information on this subject and others associated with dyslexia is available at or email to or by phone to 07749301812

August 2017
Lynda Morgan with Sherie Soper, President of Borderland Rotary Club
Lights Out Trefonen
Borderland Rotary Club welcomed Chris Woods as a speaker to their regular meeting at the Sweeney Hall Hotel on Wednesday.
In a moving account of his own family’s involvement in the First World War, Chris Woods described how he was inspired to research the stories of the thirty one people commemorated on the Trefonen war memorial where he now lives.

Based on a famous quote on the eve of war from the British Foreign Secretary in August 1914 “The lights are going out all over Europe” Chris formed the organisation “Lights Out Trefonen” and organised a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. A new memorial featuring 31 red poppies was commissioned and this now stands proudly on the old pit mound in Trefonen

Over 300 people took part in this event which encouraged the organisation to plan a series of further events throughout the centenary.

Chris was recently successful with a Heritage Lottery bid to create a Blue Plaque countryside trail that will take walkers past the houses of those who died from the area. This will also be accompanied by a book, maps and leaflets.

“Lights Out Trefonen” also have major plans for November 2018 when the centenary of both the war poet Wilfred Owen’s death and Armistice Day will be commemorated with a week long festival in Oswestry.

The festival will incorporate music, drama, poetry, the lighting of beacons and the unveiling of a life size bronze statue of Wilfred Owen in Cae Glas Park, Oswestry. The festival will also form part of “Wilfred Owen 100 days” a Shropshire wide initiative that will see events staged across the county from August to November 2018.

For more information on Lights Out Trefonen’s work please visit where the organisation has a dedicated section.
July 2017
Chris Woods with Borderland President Sherie Soper
Borderland Rotary Club Fundraising
The League of Friends to RJAH receive £400 from Borderland Rotary Club Fundraising

The League of Friends to RJAH extended a huge thank you to Borderland Rotary Club who presented £400 to Victoria Sugden, Charity Director. The Club’s President, Sherie Soper attended The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital to personally donate monies achieved by Borderland Rotary Club fundraising at The League of Friends Fete.

Accompanied by former President and Community Chair of Borderland Rotary, Harry Richardson; President Soper shared the Club’s pleasure in supporting The League of Friends to RJAH as part of their community service mission.

“We really value the support from Borderland Rotary Club,” says Victoria Sugden, Charity Director to The League of Friends to RJAH, “their ongoing dedication to our charity is very much appreciated.”

July 2017
Sherie Soper handing the cheque to Victoria Sugden, Charity Director
Big night at Borderland Rotary
Borderland Rotary Club held their end of year handover ceremony at the Sweeney Hall Hotel recently.

Outgoing President, John Croft handed the chain of office to new President, Sherie Soper who said she was looking forward to another successful year in Rotary and thanked all the members for their support.
June 2017
John Croft and Sherie Soper

An extra presentation was made at the President’s handover. Long serving member and current Club treasurer Alan Poole, who was President in 2009 was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship. Alan joined the Rotary Club in 2000 and soon become Community Service Chair, running the mountain bike challenge which is one of Borderland’s flagship events. He has also served on the International and Foundation Committees.
Alan Poole with his Paul Harris Fellowship award
Borderland Rotary at Ellesmere Regatta
Raising funds with the book stall
Rotarians Harry, Sherie and Stan

Rotarians Watch The Birdie
Claire Backshall from the British Trust for Ornithology came to Borderland Rotary on Wednesday to tell us about her work as a volunteer promoting GARDEN BIRD WATCH. By conducting this weekly survey throughout the year, the BTO are able to monitor the trends in health and population of the garden birdlife in Britain. For example, using the data collected by thousands of volunteers across the country, we know that the house sparrow's population has declined dramatically in the South East but is thriving in western Britain.

Claire went on to describe the best form of feeding for garden birds i.e. bread fills their stomachs but is not very nutritious. Nuts fatballs and seeds are better. Populations of our favourite species have increased where nest boxes have been provided in suitable locations.

Claire Backshall can be contacted on for more information on joining BTO and taking part in the Garden BirdWatch scheme.
May 2017
Claire Backshall and Club President, John Croft.
Rolo at the ready
Rolo is a dog who has found a role as a therapy petting dog. He is one of around thirty in the local area who have been vetted (along with their owners) as having a suitable temperament for visiting people who benefit from Rolo’s willingness to be petted and fussed and befriended. His owner, Val Howell brought Rolo to Borderland Rotary recently were he made 30 new friends and President John Croft presented a cheque for £150-00 to Val’s organisation.

Pets as Therapy (PAT) is a national organisation, set up in 1983, which has provided 250,000 dogs since then and currently has around 250 active members. Their aim is to improve the lives of people suffering from mental or physical health conditions; autism, dementia, stroke or just simple loneliness.

Children benefit by developing literacy and confidence around animals, they particularly enjoy reading using the `read2dogs’ scheme.

Any-one who would like to join the scheme or book a visit from a therapy pet can contact Val Howell on 01691 659915. More information on PAT can be found on
April 2017
Rolo is eagerly awaiting his trip to his next assignment
High Award for Borderland Member
A recent meeting of Borderland Rotary Club was attended by 12 guests from Wellington Rotary Club. They had travelled up in such numbers in order to honour one of their recent members who has transferred to Borderland. Peter Martin has given long and loyal service to Wellington Club and they had nominated him for the highest honour in Rotary, the Paul Harris Fellowship which they were proud to award this night.
March 2017
Wellington members and from Borderland; Paul Crosby, Sherie Soper, Jenny Holderness and Peter Martin.
Borderland Rotary support for Crucial Crew.
Shrewsbury and Oswestry Crucial Crew was established in 1994 and is a registered charity no 1125144. In June every year they hold an event over a two week period at Nescliffe Army Training Camp. This is attended by up to 1,500 children from 40 to 60 primary schools in the Shrewsbury and Oswestry area of Shropshire. The children receive social awareness and safety training as a means of teaching them essential life skills. The event has been running for 23 years during which time over 24,000 children have attended.

They were granted Charity Status by the Charity Commission in June 2008. Much more information is available at their website

The children travel to the training area at Nescliffe in coaches funded by Borderland Rotary Club who also make up a large portion of the volunteer chaperones.

Borderland were pleased to admit Maelor and Jeanette to the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of their 20 year involvement with this significant charity.

April 12th 2017
Town Mayor Paul Milner, Volunteer co-ordinators Maelor and Jeanette Owen and Club President John Croft.
Rotary Purple 4 Polio
A Purple thumbs up and a Big thank you in helping to eradicate Polio'.
Two Rotary Clubs of Oswestry are celebrating 100 years of Rotary Foundation which includes the 'Purple 4 Polio' campaign.
Why Purple? Children worldwide are happy to dip their finger or thumb in purple dye to show that they have received this much needed vaccine.
500 Crocus bulbs were planted with help from the Students from Derwen College Gobowen to enhance the Welcome to Oswestry floral displays and to give a big thank you to Oswestry for helping to raise funds to end Polio worldwide. Look out for more Purple crocus next year!

March 2018
left to right: Rotarian Justin Soper, Sherie Soper Foundation Committee Chair, Paul Milner Town Mayor, Ian Haigh President of Oswestry Rotary Club and John Croft President of Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club.
Christmas Comes Twice for Local Community Groups
A number of Oswestry Community Groups have recently benefited from the efforts of the town’s Rotary clubs in organising the annual Christmas Parade. Proceeds from the 2016 Parade amounted to £3,800 – a record for this event. Each year, the Christmas Parade attracts thousands of spectators in to the town who, together with local businesses, donate in to Rotary’s Collection buckets. Event organiser Jonathan Jones from Borderland Rotary Club said “the Christmas Parade is one of our most successful events, and we are very grateful to all who support us, including Oswestry and Cambrian Rotary Clubs – the town is always full of people enjoying the spectacle, and making donations to local good causes. In recognition of this, we always aim to ensure that as many local organisations as possible can benefit from the donations made. This year, we are delighted to have been able to support the work of The Qube, Disability Oswestry, Chalk, Oswestry Young Carers and Severn Hospice. The event would not happen without the support of all those involved – we’d like particularly to thank all those businesses and organisations who provide floats and transport - this year we had 57 floats participating.”
All floats are judged by Oswestry Town Mayor prior to the Parade. The winners of each category were as follows:
Commercial – Hair and Make-up by Shelley
Non-Commercial – Midland Spinal Injuries Unit
Youth – Gobowen Scouts/Cubs
Children – Hope House Hospice
Walking – Oswestry Musical Theatre Group

Anyone interested in participating in the 2017 Parade should contact Jonathan Jones on

Laurel Roberts (Qube), Jill Livingstone (Young Carers), Penny Rice (Disability Oswestry), Wendy Keats (Chalk), Ian Haigh (Oswestry Rotary), John Croft (Borderland Rotary), Mike Lade (Cambrian Rotary)

March 2018
John Croft presenting everyone with their cheques
1st Christmas Parade Beneficiary
The first donation from the funds raised Dec 3rd 2016 Parade was made to the Oswestry Branch of the St. John Ambulance Group.

Borderland Rotary President John Croft is pictured with Jason Aymes Unit Manager of the Oswestry Unit of St John Ambulance. The donation of £152.00 will complete the funds required for the purchase of a new portable tent (treatment centre) to replace the old one that is over 10 years old and, as a result of much use, is now showing its age.

Each year the volunteer members of the unit cover events in and around Oswestry and we are very grateful to Borderlands Rotary and our other sponsors for helping us to update our equipment. It will help us fulfil our aim to always provide safe and effective First Aid.
Borderland meets the Stroke Club
Another local charity benefitting from the funds raised by Borderland Rotary club is the Oswestry Stroke Club who were awarded £500.00 recently. At one of their afternoon tea parties held at the Senior Citizen’s social Club in Lorn Street, Borderland President John Croft was invited to receive the thanks of the Stroke Club and to make presentations to worthy members who keep the club in order. Oswestry Town Mayor, Paul Milner is a friend of the club and was also invited to the party.
December 2016
Pictured are; Paul Milner, Chairman of the Stroke Club Michael Garret and John Croft.
Christmas Parade
The annual Christmas Parade, organised by Borderland Rotary Club, with the Help of Oswestry and Cambrian Rotary Clubs took place last Saturday.

57 entries took part with walking groups, vintage vehicles and floats completing a circuit of Oswestry town centre streets.

There appeared to be a record number of people watching the parade, their generosity helping to lift the total amount raised for local charities to nearly £3,900.

As well as the people of Oswestry, Borderland would like to thank all those shops and businesses in the town who contributed to the collection.

We are grateful to the manager, Peter Schwarz, and staff of Nat West Bank who allowed us to severely test their coin counting machine which dealt most efficiently with around £3,000 in small coins.
December 3rd 2016
Borderland still Recruiting
President John Croft welcomed Chris Bryan-Smith as a new member of Borderland Rotary Club at the weekly meeting at the Sweeny Hall Hotel recently.

Chris is married to Veronica. They have three grown up children, Lucy, Jo and Christopher. The family has lived in or near Oswestry for the last 25 years, having previously lived in London. Chris wasn't a stranger to Shropshire however as he was brought up in Church Stretton and went to school in Welshpool and then Bedstone School.

Chris's business is Safehouse Manned Security which pretty much does what it says. This is a big change from his London work where he participated in pop music production, was a plugger (in the days before internet) and adapted some Zot the Dog books for an ITV children's series. (watchable on YouTube!)

Chris enjoys the camaraderie of Borderland Rotary Club and would like to help us in fulfilling the Rotary aim of benefitting the community. He will be on duty this Saturday 3rd December at the Christmas Parade.
November 2016
Our new member Chris with President John Croft
Rotary Young Leader Award
For the 2016 award, three talented local teenagers were chosen by interview to attend and their reports on the week were presented to the club members at the regular Wednesday night meeting in the Sweeny Hall Hotel. The three selected were; Zak Hughes, Emma Jones and Tom Nicholas. All from Oswestry, Emma studies at the Marches Sixth Form, Tom attends Oswestry School and Zak also studies at the Marches but was sponsored for RYLA by a local cadet group.

Following a standard format, the course students are divided into four teams who then compete for credits to be used to complete the final day challenge.The competition was in the format of Dragons Den and the Apprentice combined, the teams completed physical and mental challenges against each other during the day and gained RYLA Dollars based on how well they performed. These were then used to buy materials for the raft building exercise on the final day. Each member of the team was given a role such as project manager or finance manager.

Giving their presentations to Borderland members, the students reported;-

Tom –I have learnt the importance of being a decisive leader. I also developed my communication skills through working as part of a team to solve a range of outward bound challenge’s

Zak-Before this course, my style of leadership was very enthused by the military model. However since returning from this course, my style has been more structured so that rather than being very autocratic, I am now incorporating more democracy into my command and leadership roles.

Emma- Finding my results from the Belbin (a self assessment technique) test helped me realise where I belong within a team situation, and how to use my personal qualities to benefit the group and remain involved. This was particularly evident during the final day challenge.

Pictured with their awards are; Zak Hughes, Emma Jones, Sherie Soper, Borderland Vice President and Tom Nicholas.

October 2016
Gobowen to Everest
After his successful promotion of the Oswestry Round, which raised many thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK, local adventurer and author, David Andrews is going further afield on a quest to raise even more funds for Cancer Research.

The author of The Oswestry Round - the 33-mile circular route around the town of Oswestry which combines Offa’s Dyke Path and the Montgomery and Llangollen Canals, Dave’s next book looks back on his journey to Everest Base Camp and beyond. This journey started from the railway station at Gobowen. He discusses encounters with the wonderful people of Nepal, Sherpas, international climbers, actor and climber Brian Blessed and the Duchess of York among others.

All royalties from sales of GOBOWEN TO EVEREST will go to Cancer Research UK and the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Public Subscription or Crowdfunding: If you would like to contribute to this project and have your name appear in the list of sponsors and patrons, please contact Dave on 01691 650293 or by email at

Helping to raise funds and publicise David’s venture, Jenny Holderness from Borderland Rotary Club, ran a stall on Bailey Street at which she raised £ 200.

Pictured at the stall are Town Mayor Paul Milner; Jenny Holderness and David Andrews.

Laptop gift from Borderland
Borderland Rotary Club recently funded the purchase of a new laptop computer for use at the St Martins Centre. Sue Schofield, the volunteer co-ordinator/manager was invited to the Sweeny Hall Hotel to tell the members all about the centre and it’s functions.

The St Martins Centre is a multi- purpose building with disabled access and facilities. It contains an activity room, large meeting room/lounge area, fully equipped computer room with Broadband access, fully equipped kitchen and changing rooms with shower facilities for sports users.

The facilities are run by a group of Trustees and are a charitable organisation.

Groups that use the facilities range from Youth Club to Parish Council and all facilities are available for hire by contacting; Phone 01691770204

Borderland vice President Sherie Soper, President John Croft, Community Service Chair Harry Richardson and Sue Schofield holding the new laptop computer.

Sept 2016
Hog Roast
Over 200 people enjoyed our charity fund raising Hog Roast made possible by courtesy of Gill and Jonathan Jones, who let us use the wonderful marquee after their daughter's wedding.
Who would have thought we could raise around £6,000 by eating a pig in a bun in a tent in a field in the rain!

A small team organised this and the ladies admirably made the meal special by complementing the pig (supplied by Food on Fire) with great salads and out of this world home made desserts!
Live musical accompaniment from Rustica Salopia, Ellesmere Vintage Band and our very own John Croft on ukulele was greatly appreciated.
Michael Tomley ably ( and humorously ) auctioned our promises and was extremely successful in extracting about £3,500 from the room. Local firms and individuals were very generous with their donations which made the day special and our thanks go to them all.

Sadly, a week before the event, Linda Butler ( recent past President and friend) died.
However, all the monies raised on the day will be donated to local charities in her memory.
Thank you to all who helped in the true spirit of Rotary to make the day the success it was!

June 2016
An Entertaining speaker
Borderland Rotary Club enjoyed a very entertaining talk at a recent meeting, Club Member, Paul Wapshott introduced his son in Law, David Stout.

Davids story begins as Head Chorister at Westminster Abbey Choir School, then proceeds to Bophutatswana (now part of Republic of South Africa) where he received his secondary education and became enamoured with the country and its people.

Returning to Britain to study Zoology he went back to Southern Africa to become a safari guide. When this venture ended, he returned to Britain and took a PGCE at Cambridge and became a Biology teacher with a passion for coaching cricket and rugby.

Always maintaining his interest in music, he took a leap of faith to study Opera at the Guildhall School and has now come full circle to be a full time freelance opera singer with a worldwide reputation. David is endeavouring to promote opera to all people as a community art form which is sadly declining. He will be touring from September with Welsh National Opera in their UK première of The Merchant of Venice.
20th July 2016
Borderland New President, John Croft
Borderland President, Stan Smith, came to the end of his year in office on Wednesday 6th July. He addressed a packed meeting at the Sweeny Hall Hotel telling the members how much he had enjoyed his year as President and recommending the experience to any who are offered the chance to follow him. Stan’s aim had been to consolidate the fellowship and camaraderie of the club and to continue with the substantial fundraising.

The new President, John Croft, then expressed his intention to continue nurturing the current concord within the club and to support all the committee chairmen in their various projects, all of which are designed to raise funds for local and international charities and promote youth development.

John concluded by presenting the badge of President Elect for 2017/2018 to Sherie Soper.
June 2016
John Croft, Sherie Soper and Stan Smith
New Members
Borderland Rotary Club were pleased to welcome two new members to their club on Wednesday. Peter and Leslie Martin have moved to this area recently from Telford and have become popular new members already. Peter was a member of Wellington until they re-located and six of his previous Rotarian colleagues attended the meeting at which Peter and Leslie were inducted into Borderland.

July 2016
President, John Croft, with Peter and Leslie
Borderland Rotary's Special Guest
Piper, the Labrador was a special guest of Borderland Rotary Club recently. Piper is a highly trained `hearing dog’ one of around five hundred in the UK who assist people with severe hearing loss to live normal lives. Selected as an 8 week old pup, she underwent a 2 year training program before coming to live with her family who are Ruth and Malcolm Allan of Hanmer.

Ruth was a guest speaker at Borderland’s weekly meeting and gave a fascinating description of her life with Piper, who has two modes of behaviour. When she’s wearing her special coat, she’s on duty, and is the most well behaved and attentive dog you could meet. When she is off duty, she reverts to a normal energetic, boisterous Labrador who loves to play.

When on duty, Piper responds to ; telephone ringing, doorbell ringing, alarm clock ringing and fire/smoke alarms sounding. On hearing one of these sounds, she goes to find Ruth and will give her a strong nudge with her nose then lead the way to the door or phone.

Their umbrella organisation is `Assistance Dogs UK’ and can be found on line under that name. Puppies were once mainly sourced from rescue centres but there are now dedicated breeding centres who maintain ownership of the dogs and loan them out on a permanent basis. Each dog costs around £10,000 to train and a further £45,000 throughout it’s working life which can be nine or ten years. There are usually between three and five hundred trained dogs working in the UK. At the end of their working life they are free to live on with their families, being company for any new dog who appears.
May 2016
Pictured are Malcolm and Ruth with Piper the Hearing dog
Borderland Rotary Charter Night
Borderland Rotary members and guests from Oswestry Rotary and Cambrian Rotary enjoyed a convivial evening called to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Borderland, at the Sweeny Hall last Wednesday 27th April. They listened to Rotary District Governor, Chris Sumner, giving a brief history of Rotary.

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member. Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.

Then Guest Speaker, James Bond from Radio Shropshire gave a humorous talk on the formation and development of the BBC. Many well known national radio presenters began their careers at Radio Shropshire which is now regarded as one of the best in the country.

Pictured are; Stan Smith, President of Borderland; James Bond; Wendy and Peter Cherrington, Mayor and Mayoress; Chris Sumner, District Governor and Mike Griffiths, President of Oswestry Rotary.
27th April 2016
Healing Hands Network
Borderland rotary members were recently introduced to Clare Bristoll who works for the Healing Hands Network in Britain and abroad, offering relief from the suffering caused by war and the after-effects of war.

The Network is a UK base self-funding charity, staffed by volunteer therapists who give support to those suffering from mental, physical and emotional after effects of war, particularly PTSD. Clinics were set up in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovena when the Balkan war ended in 1996, using any primitive facilities available .

The network has developed to be able to offer help to British veterans, based now in the UK and they hope to expand to other troubled areas of the world when conditions are safe enough.

To date, around 60,000 treatments have been given and training is now being delivered to enable local healers to help the victims of war.

A website is available for more information;

April 2016
Clare Bristoll, Stan Smith and Judy Bristoll
Oswestry Round Relay Walk – 19th March 2016
Tackling the Oswestry Round was an adventurous and memorable achievement for Borderland Rotary Club.

The 33 mile circuit around Oswestry was walked as a relay by 27 members and friends. The walk, organised purely as a Club activity was a new kind of challenge. Could a respectable record be established even if the ground was wet and muddy?

A 6.00 am start with dry weather saw the Club carry a Relay baton through 13 sections of the circuit to return to the start point Near the Lion Quays Hotel, 12 hours 42 minutes later. Other Club members provided transport to and from the sections and support was given by the Oswestry Round guide book authors, Dave Andrews and his wife Jane.

The guide book was written to raise funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Cancer research UK, and received some funding from Borderland Rotary Club.

24th March 2016
Borderland Rotarians hand over the baton
New Member For Borderland Rotary
After several visits to Club meetings, at one of which he gave a fascinating talk on the Orthopaedic Institute, of which he is Director, Brian Ashton has become a member.
Brian is pictured receiving his welcome pack and membership credentials from Club President Stan Smith.

9th March 2016
Brian Ashton welcomed by President Stan Smith
Borderland Poster Competition and Used Cartridges Appeal
Borderland Rotary’s International Service Committee is engaged in a project to collect used ink jet cartridges which are sent to `Recycle4charity’ when they then pay money into our Shelter Box account for each one they can recycle. Shelter boxes are expensive disaster relief units, sent all over the world, when needed.

There are only certain types of cartridges which can be recycled, (not from Epson or Kodak for instance). Schools were invited to participate in a poster competition to advertise the project and children between 7 and 10 years old were asked to design a poster.

Members of the International Service Committee chose the poster designed by Lydia Willmore as the winner and the prize was sponsored by the `Agritel’ Company Lydia is a pupil at Bellan House School and is pictured with Club President Stan Smith receiving her award.

The posters will be displayed around town in the New Year and we shall continue to collect cartridges until the end of June. Cartridges can be left at Arthur’s garage in Lower Brook Street or at BBR Opticians in Leg Street.
11th Dec 2016
Lydia Willmore receiving award from President, Stan Smith
The Oswestry Round
The Rotary Club of Oswestry Borderland members were treated to an intriquing presentation by David Andrews of a unique project which will boost tourism in Oswestry and raise significant funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.

The Oswestry Round is a new walking guide written by husband and wife team Dave Andrews and Jane Trudgill. It describes a 33-mile route which combines parts of Offa’s Dyke Path and the Montgomery and Llangollen canals to form a circular walk around the town of Oswestry. Dave and Jane wrote the book to raise money for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where Dave was treated last year and for Cancer Research UK. In conjunction with the Borderland Rotary Club of Oswestry, Dave and Jane plan to set up an annual walking event to raise more money for these charities. The first event is planned for next June.

‘Jane and I were really keen to repay the wonderful staff at the Lingen Davies Centre and I revived an idea for a book which first occurred to me about eight years ago, soon after I’d completed a round of the Munros - the mountains of Scotland over 3000 feet. Oswestry is in a pretty unique position, having the hill country of Wales to the west and the lower land of Shropshire to the east. Jane and I have been living in the area for over 20 years and know the lie of the land well. It was fun to devise a circular route.’

‘It seemed natural to tackle the tough, hilly section to the west of the town first while the legs are fresh and the spirit willing,’ said Dave who has written a number of guides to the mountains of Wales and has contributed articles on mountaineering to various publications in English and Welsh.

‘I presented the idea to the Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club and they took it up with great enthusiasm. Their support and encouragement has been fantastic. Thanks to them, we managed to secure sponsorship from a number of local businesses as well as the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust. As a result, the production costs were all covered and this means more money for the charities we’re supporting.’

The Oswestry Round is intended as a 1-day or 2-day challenge but the route is conveniently described in nine short sections for those who want to walk it a bit at a time. The route begins at the Lion Quays hotel and spa complex to the north of the town and proceeds anti-clockwise through the hills to the west and south to Llanymynech, the southernmost point. From there, the canal system takes walkers through much flatter terrain to arrive once more at the Lion Quays.

The Oswestry Round book contains route details, map, local travel information and accommodation ideas. The book is available in local shops, tourist information offices and other outlets, and also by post by writing a cheque for £5 payable to Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club and posting it to Dave and Jane at Spring Cottage, Wern, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry SY10 7LH.

Borderland Rotary members are planning a familiarisation event, a relay of walkers, each completing one or more sections of the route, to take place in March next year.
Shropshire Tourism are keen to support this event by having the Oswestry Heritage Centre act as the central information point. Anyone wanting more details of the walk can contact Karen Pringle at the Centre, via their website or telephone 01691 662753. Otherwise visit
23 November 2015
Karen Pringle, David Andrews and Club President Stan Smith.
Tools for Self Reliance
Judy and Brian Bristoll recently delivered a carful of tools to the South Shropshire group who forward them to the TFSR headquarters in Netley Marsh.

Up to a dozen volunteers meet weekly to collect and repair the tools which are sorted into tradesmens kits of varying sizes. These may be for plumbing, shoe repair, beehive making or a whole variety of other occupations.

The group’s mission is to “reduce poverty in Africa by helping people build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of tools and training”.

In the photo are John, Diggory, Jim and Jean out side the farm building where they store and repair the tools. As can be seen, they also collect sewing machines and haberdashery.
9 November 2015
John, Diggory, Jim and Jean outside the farm building where they
Tools wanted for recycling.
Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club is working with `Tools for Self Reliance’, a charity founded 35 years ago, to help alleviate poverty in rural parts of Africa.

Craft worker’s and Artisan’s basic hand tools are collected by various groups throughout the U.K. The tools are refurbished and sent abroad as comprehensive kits, and by working with local organisations which provide vocational training, they enable people to learn new skills and thereby earn a livelihood.

Thanks to the generosity of people in and around Oswestry the Rotarians have now collected a large number of hand tools, from spanners to spokeshaves, hammers to tongs, all waiting to be transported to a group of volunteers in South Shropshire who will renovate them before passing them on to the charity’s headquarters.

Anyone who has unwanted tools that they would like to donate, please contact Rotarian Judy Bristoll on 01691 655432 or email David
1 October 2015
Picture shows Judy with Community chair, Harry Richardson
Borderland Rotary, President Handover.
At the Handover Night meeting at the Sweeny Hall on Wednesday, new President, Stan Smith received the chain of office from outgoing President, Linda Butler.

The meeting was enhanced by the members enjoying some keenly contested outdoor garden sports, boules and croquet.
29 June 2015
Linda Butler, Stan Smith
Borderland Rotary weekly report
Introduced by club member Alan Neale at a recent meeting, Tim Morris, the co-owner of Booka bookshop was our guest speaker. 6 years ago a local couple, Carrie and Tim Morris decided on a brave career change to follow their dream and open a 'proper' book shop. They continued to develop their ideas and have sucessfully mastered the tribulations necessary to be awarded in 2015 'Independent Bookshop of the Year'.

A valuable addition to the range of independent shops in Oswestry, it is a specialist business that helps to make our town a popular tourist destination and local shopping centre. Creating a space for people to meet over a coffee and browse, they also host a wide range of author events and work closely with schools, libraries and book clubs to promote a passion for books and reading. Employing six full and part time staff and with expansion plans forming, the future looks good for Booka.
17 June 2015
Alan Neale, Linda Butler and Tim Morris.
Award for Borderland President.
Just prior to handing over the chain of office of President of Borderland Rotary Club, Linda Butler was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

This honour is awarded; 'In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world'.

The citation described how Linda worked with the charity called Mercy Ships in 2009 and 2011 travelling to West Africa, Benin and then Sierra Leone, to join a hospital ship, The Africa Mercy.

This ship was totally staffed by volunteers providing surgical and medical care for the people of the country during its 10 month stay docked in the ports of the capital cities; Contonu in Benin and Freetown in Sierra Leone.

Several hundred adults and children received the same kind of hospital care that is standard in UK.

Club Secretary, David Kendall said that Linda's leadership of the Club during the past challenging year has displayed diplomacy, professionalism and humour.

Linda was clearly taken aback by this award which was wholly unexpected. All the club members heartily endorsed the presentation.

15 June 2015
Linda Butler (Pres)
Two New Rotarians
Two New Rotarians
Borderland Rotary Club welcoms two new members.

Nicola Vine, originally from the West Midlands, trained in Hotel Management at the Birmingham College of Food. Nicola, who has family in the Oswestry area, moved to Oswestry in 1999 to run the newly developed Hospitality Department at Derwen College with the purpose of giving students the opportunity to learn service skills. She currently holds the position of Curriculum Manager at the college and is also an active member of the Friends of the Derwen. During this time she has continued her studies and achieved the Certificate in Education followed by an MA in Education. Through Rotary, Nicola is keen to get involved in supporting local and national initiatives.

Julian Noad is a recent arrival to the area, taking over as Headmaster of Oswestry School last September. He was previously Deputy Head at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay and before that spent a dozen years at Clifton College in Bristol. Julian has a varied background of hop farming management and offshore yacht racing. He has taught science, and in particular Physics, in maintained and independent schools both preparatory and senior. Julian is a keen sailor. He is a keen and all-round sportsman: cross-country running, or playing squash, fives or golf whenever possible. His family - wife, Jane, and children, Molly and Henry - are very much enjoying getting to know the warm and welcoming community of Oswestry.
9 June 2015
Julian Noad, Nicola Vine and Linda Butler (Pres)
Bangor-on-Dee Races
Club members enjoying a day at the Races

Linda Butler organised a day out to the races for her Presidents Day.

It was well attended with Borderland Rotarians bringing their husbands, wives and family members to enjoy a fun day out with a picnic and a little flutter on the horses!
16 May 2015
Bikes for Africa Appeal
The borderland Rotary Club of Oswestry staged an appeal last Saturday for any spare bicycles which could be donated to the national appeal to help children get to school in remote areas of Africa.

Borderland wish to thank all the people who turned up with a wide variety of bikes; ancient and modern, which will be re-furbished and shipped out to Africa.

46 bikes were collected on the day, some from as far as Telford, with several more to be collected later.
2 February 2015
members of Borderland Rotary ready to receive the bikes.

Borderland Rotary