Community Events & Projects
The first National Rotary KidsOut Day took place in 1990 and since then it has turned into the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK. With more than 28,000 children participating in 2019, the National Day Out is run nationally in conjunction with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and is always on the second Wednesday in June.
To make the National Rotary KidsOut Day the success that it is, more than 10,000 Rotarians volunteer on the day at over 100 venues. Whether they live with critical health issues, in refuge or with a disability, children across the country are taken on a fun day out to the zoo, a theme park or even the seaside, often for the first time in their lives.
In 2019, volunteers from our club were assigned to accompany students from Shepherds Down School in Compton to either the Marwell Zoo outing or to Wonderful, a small theme park near Bournemouth.
To replace the cancelled 2020 Days Out, KidsOut are facilitating a Rotary project to ensure that every child in a Refuge this coming Christmas will receive a Toy Box. For every £25 donated by Rotary, KidsOut will supply and deliver a Toy Box containing £80 worth of toys. CURRENTLY THERE ARE 229 CHILDREN LIVING IN REFUGES IN OUR DISTRICT.
In 2020, many of our community events have been cancelled but below is an overview of what we did in 2019. We hope we will be able to pick up again in 2021.
Organised in November by Hiltingbury Schools PTA, our team of volunteer traffic marshalls help each year to direct local visiters coming to enjoy the annual firework display with its usual dazzling display, BBQ, hot chocolate, glow novelties and DJ. The children come dressed in their spookiest Halloween costumes!
Then in early December our Rotary Club organises a lantern parade with the Fryern Federation of Schools; Chandler’s Ford Infants; Merdon School; St Swithuns School. The children follow a procession to the Fryern Arcade where they find Father Christmas and his favourite reindeers, Rudolf and Prancer, offering carriage rides and there are refreshments and carol singing too.
The early May Bank Holiday Monday sees Chandlers Ford's Fryern Funtasia kick into gear each year with a wide variety of displays. Our Club is responsible for the marshalling of exhibitors, and checking them in, with the help of Eastleight Rotary and the 15th Chandlers Ford Scout Leader. Members of the Stroke Support Group also run a Know Your Blood Pressure event to raise awareness about stroke and offer free blood pressure testings as part of the Stroke Association's national campaign.
The Hiltingbury Extravaganza takes place in September on the Hiltingbury Recreation Ground and enables the local community to take a look at the excellent facilities on offer throughout the year from both The Hilt and The Pavilion. The Extravaganza brings the community together for a fun day on the park and is a great afternoon to experience what fantastic facilities we are lucky to have on our doorsteps to keep us entertained and fit. Car parking duties for us Rotary volunteers again.
As the Autumn of 2019 drew in, the 15th Chandler’s Ford Scouts outlined a series of small development projects at the Scouts Hut in Otterbourne. One of these was to upgrade the surrounding ground area to improve the way the building services its’ users and this became a joint project with Rotary. The ground area was unsuited to the regular access and parking requirements. The intent was to create long-term and hard-wearing surfaces outside. To block pave the area fronting the road and to reach down to the main access to the hut. Other elements to assure run-off of the existing soakaways, levelling the ground to include the removal of tree stumps and the bad growth of ivy along one wall of the hut. The necessary funds were raised and work completed in early summer 2020.