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To see our new video just click   BLACKPOOL SOUTH ROTARY IN ACTION DURING 2017  Get a snapshot of what we did in 2017.

To accompany the visuals you can listen to Peter Jebson playing 'I do like to be beside the Seaside' on the Mighty Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer . 

Honorary Member and Rotary Town Crier Barry McQueen sings 'Doing it the Blackpool Way', followed by his rendition of ‘My Little Ukulele’ from George Formby’s1935  film ‘Off the Dole’. 

We are proud to be a Rotary Club in Blackpool, arguably Britain’s Premier Seaside Resort.

Picture by Thomas Meadows 

Blackpool Tower is a welcome sight to those coming to Blackpool and promises a warm welcome to all.

You will also find a warm welcome at Blackpool South Rotary Club.  We are a small, happy and friendly club.  As Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google said, " Small groups of people can have a really huge impact".

If you wish to make an enquiry about joining Rotary you can click on 'Contact us' on the top of this Home Page and complete the e-mail form. We will then get in touch with you. 


Blackpool Armed Forces Week between the 25th June and the 1st July rightly paid tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present.  Our military personnel have given great service for their country and should be honoured.

As the Armed Forces Week drew to a close, two former Royal Navy Veterans were stepping up to give yet more service to their community.

On the 1st July, Pat McCarthy became President of Blackpool South Rotary Club and his wife Lesley; became the Club’s President elect.

Pat joined the Royal Navy October 1971 and served in HMS Kent, HMS Matapan and the guided missile destroyer HMS Devonshire. Following his advancement to Petty Officer, Pat served in the frigate HMS Aurora before attending Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1979. As an officer Pat served in the frigates HMS Jupiter and HMS Charybdis and the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Pat served in a number of shore appointments including HMS Collingwood as the Supply Officer and the Ministry of Defence as the Assistant Secretary to the Second Sea Lord. Pat's final appointment was as the Command Supply Officer to the Second Sea Lord retiring in 2001 and moving to the Fylde Coast to take up the position of Bursar at Arnold School.      

Lesley joined the WRNS at HMS Dauntless in June 1972 and served in a number of shore appointments in the Portsmouth area including HMS Victory, Secretary to the Matron at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar and in a variety of roles in HMS Nelson including as the Secretary to the RC Chaplain, Secretary in the RN Divisional School and Secretary to the Base Supply Officer. Lesley retired in 1974 following her marriage to Pat and to bring up their family.  In later life she was a college lecturer.

In addressing Club Members and Guests, Pat said that he was privileged to lead this small, friendly and happy club. All members pulled together and worked hard to support Rotary’s guiding principle “Service before Self”.  He felt sure that Blackpool South members would continue to give good service in the coming year both locally and internationally.

To see what we Rotarians do click on BLACKPOOL SOUTH ROTARY IN ACTION DURING 2017 in first paragraph of this home page.

Above: Outgoing president Eric Hind congratulates President Pat.

Above: President Pat welcomes his wife Lesley as his President Elect.

On the evening of the 11th June, Blackpool South Rotary President Eric Hind hosted an evening in Partnership with the Superintendent Gerry Richardson Trust at Blackpool Park Golf Club.

Courtney Sandham and Emily Lancashire, former Highfield students are second year trainee nurses and recently spent three weeks in Ghana, Africa on work experience.  The girls funded their own trip supported by their family, using their savings and by working at Dunhelm, Blackpool in the coffee shop and on the shop floor, when their studies permitted.  They also took on additional jobs and received a £320 grant from their university UCLAN. 

Jeff Meadows who is also a trustee of the Gerry Richardson Trust, learned that they needed money for their final vaccinations. He liaised with his Trust colleagues and Emily and Courtney each received a grant of £250 to enable them to complete their arrangements for their trip.  The girls were so appreciative and volunteered to give a presentation on their return.

Their presentation was well attended and members and guests enjoyed a delicious three course meal before the girls gave a well prepared illustrated presentation about their experiences in Ghana.  The audience saw two trainee nurses who really cared about the adults, children and infants they treated in Ghana and who experienced firsthand how the medics there managed with such very basic equipment, beds, wheelchairs (they had to adapt a plastic chair with wheels) and drugs to treat patients. There was no doubt that these two very special young nurses were deeply affected by their experience which was so worthwhile.

What was special for the girls on the night was that they were able to meet Blackpool South Member, Superdoc orthopaedic and trauma surgeon Steve Mannion and his guest, Orthopaedic Clinical Officer  Sandy Chimangeni from Malawi who was on a trip to the UK.  Steve was described by the BBC as “The Indiana Jones of Surgery”.

To round off the evening, Blackpool South Honorary Member and Patron of the Gerry Richardson Trust, Comedian Tony Jo performed a very funny comedy spot.  There was continual laughter during his performance and he sent people home with smiles on their faces.

Above: Emily Lancashire and Courtney Sandham with top orthopaedic and trauma surgeon Steve Mannion.

Above:(L-R) Past President Jeff Meadows. Emily, Courtney and President Eric Hind. The elephant in the slide appeared outside the girls' accommodation block one morning.

Above: Steve Mannion, Emily, Sandy Chimangeni, Courtney and President Eric.  Seated is Tony Jo.

Photographs by Peter Westhorpe.

Above; This was the regional hospital's  A & E Department.

Photographs provided by Courtney and Emily.

The Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust was set up in 1974 by members of Blackpool North Rotary Club in memory of their member Superintendent Gerry Richardson, who was tragically murdered by armed robbers in Blackpool on the 23rd August 1971.

The Trust has to date supported over 17,000 young people, 25 years and under and given grants totalling over £280.000.  Since Blackpool North Rotary Club ceased to exist, other Rotarians and supporters have kept the Trust going.  Two members of Blackpool South Rotary are Trustees and one is a Patron.

Every year the Trust organises a Music Festival for children from the six Special Schools in Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde Boroughs.  Ribby Hall Village very kindly allow us to use their splendid facilities and Harry Ramsden provides every child with a 'goody bag'.

It is a joyous occasion attended by the Mayoral Parties from all three Boroughs and  Rotary District 1190 (Lancashire & Cumbria) District Governor.

Gerry who was passionate about youth work would have been so proud.

Above: (L-R) Cyril Squirrel, President Diane of Blackpool Palatine Rotary Club (who was presenting a cheque for £250 to Gerry's widow, Maureen), Jeff Meadows (Trust Chairman) Mrs Maureen Richardson, Blackpool & Rotary Town Crier Barry McQueen and  Dizzy Duck.

Photograph by Bethany Gradwell.

Highfield Leadership Academy once again demonstrated that they have some very good young artists. Students entered the 2017/ 2018 Rotary Young Artist, the subject being ‘A Different Perspective’.

Club members decided to award two joint first places in the Senior Category (Year11) and three joint first places in the Intermediate category (Year8).

Each winner was presented with a Blackpool South Rotary Club Young Artist Certificate and received a £25 iTunes Gift Card. 

President Eric Hind and Past President Jeff Meadows attended the Year 11 Assembly on Monday 16th April and Year 8 Assembly on Thursday 19th April when President Eric presented the winning students with their certificates and Gift Cards.

Executive Principal Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE attended both assemblies and was joined by Mr Paul Fearnley, Chair of Governors at the Year 8 Assembly.

Above (L-R): Past President Jeff Meadows, Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE, President Eric Hind and Mr Paul Fearnley with the winning students.

Above: (L-R): Past President Jeff Meadows, Mrs Helen Mackenzie OBE, President Eric Hind with the winning students. 

Above: An example of the certificate awarded to students.


President Eric had a very pleasant duty on Monday 27thFebruary when he inducted Peter Westhorpe into Honorary Membership of Blackpool South Rotary Club.  Peter was accompanied by his wife Liz.

Members decided to invite Peter to join the Club as an Honorary Member because of the great support he has given to Blackpool South Rotary.

He joined Highfield High School (now Highfield Leadership Academy) as a young science teacher on completing his university degree at Bangor University.  Throughout the years promotion came and in 2008 he was appointed First Deputy Headteacher with various spells as Acting Headteacher.

Peter was instrumental in creating the excellent working relationship between his school and Blackpool South Rotary, encouraging his students to participate in Rotary sponsored projects.  He was very much involved in the design of the new building which opened in Sepetmber 2012 and was responsible for creating the Rotary Wall in the main entrance of the splendid new school.

Since his retirement in 2015 he has supported Blackpool South Rotary as a photographer at Club events and has been a willing helper with our Christmas collections.  For the last 10 years, he has been a Vice President of Lancashire Outward Bound Association.  He is Trustee, Treasurer and Protocol Officer of Blackpool Windmill Youth Group.  Peter more than qualifies for his honorary membership.

After his induction, he thanked members and he said he was honoured to join our small and friendly club; a club which he said ‘punched above their weight’. 

Above:  President Eric (left) congratulating Peter.

Photograph by Jacqui Longden.

Above:  The Rotary wall at Highfield leadership Academy created by Peter Westhorpe when he was Deputy Headteacher.  This is a unique tribute to Highfield and Blackpool South Rotary 'Working Together'.

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Meetings and events happening soon

Monday 20th August 18.00

Weekly Meeting

We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is an informal meeting.

Monday 27th August 18.00 - 21.00 Friday 27th July

Weekly Meeting

There is no meeting today as it is a Bank Holiday.

Monday 3rd September 18.00

Weekly Meeting

We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is an informal meeting.

Monday 10th September 18.00

Weekly Meeting

We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Golf Club, North Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LS. Tonight is Business/Council meeting.

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Blackpool FY3 8LS  01253 393960

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