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 Christmas Parade 2017


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!




BORDERLAND ROTARY MEET SALLY AND HARRY
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 theharryjohnsontrust@gmail.com or on 07904979780
Sept 2017
Sally Johnson with Sherie Soper, President of Borderland Rotary.
THE COFFEE GOES ROUND WITH 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 powysdyslexiasupport.co.uk or email to powysdyslexia@outlook.com 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 www.trefonen.org 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 c_backshall@hotmail.com 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 www.petsastherapy.org
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 shrewsburyoswestrycrucialcrew.com

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 jonathanmjones5@gmail.com

Photograph-
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 dand103750@aol.com

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; www.stmartins-online.org.uk 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; www.healinghandsnetwork.org.uk

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 www.oswestryround.co.uk
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