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Happy New Year from Rotary Wellington.  

Rotary Wellington (Shropshire) has been serving the local and international community for nearly 90 years.  The Club was established in 1929 and we will be celebrating in this anniversary in style in March 2019.  As well as service, friendship is very important and Wellington Rotarians are a very sociable group and we have over 50 members.  We meet for lunch every Friday at the Buckatree Hall Hotel, situated on the side of the wooded ridge of The Wrekin with a view overlooking the Shropshire plain.  Usually we have a speaker of interest and this year the topics have included: Tea Planter from Assam; Inner Magic Circle; a local entrepreneur’s initiative for young job seekers to 'learn to be entrepreneurs'​and enrich their own lives while regenerating economies; a young local optician about being a volunteer for Vision Aid in Sierra Leone.  Business meetings are fitted in once a month to inform members of all club activities.

Being a sociable group we have many social activities, which include fund raising with our Annual Film Night (with a glass of wine), an Annual Sportsmans Night with a sporting personality of repute (in March 2018 – Rory Underwood, England and British Lions International Rugby Union Player); inter club sports competitions and quizzes.  We’re quite competitive and recently we have been the winners of the Rotary District 1210 Ten Pin Bowling, Snooker and Croquet competitions.

Our male and female membership has a wide age range and variety of occupations and skills, giving our members many opportunities to be of service to the local and international communities in a way that suits their skills and interests.  Activities include providing days out for young people and families, an annual BBQ for the Telford Gateway Club and canal trips for the visually impaired.  Internationally we have completed a water project at a hospital in Malawi and have been instrumental in establishing and supporting an artificial limb clinic in Danbad, India.  Our youth programmes encourage young people to develop their skills and confidence.  We provide “Dictionaries for Schools” at primary level and for Year 13 pupils we offer an annual Further Education Award.  There are many other events which include the national Rotary Young Innovator, Young Chef, Young Photographer and Youth Speaks competitions.

Each year our President decides which charities we would like to support from our many regular fundraising events.  The Telford Tree of Light is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington and through hard work by the members over half a million pounds has been raised since the Tree of Light was established over 21 years ago.  The money raised has been given to the Severn Hospice, Hope House Children’s Hospice and many other local charities. This year the four clubs have also united to allocate 25% of the monies to support Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes by purchasing a new motorbike complete with full livery, plus Rotary International and Tree of Light sponsorship badges.

Please take a look round our site, learn a bit more about us, and maybe get in touch - all are welcome.

Why not  COME ALONG AND MEET US! Are you interested in joining friendly group of men and women of all ages who volunteer some of their spare time to help others in the local community?  

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Brian Richards - President 2016-17