About our Community
Burnham Beeches: Situated in South Bucks between the villages of Burnham, Farnham Common and Farnham Royal is Burnham Beeches, one of the finest woodland tracts anywhere near London. It is the remains of a great primeval forest, famous for its pollarded beeches. It is also a fine example of early systematic woodland managemen.
The average age of the pollarded beeches is known to be in excess of 400 years. The Beeches have long been the rendezvous of artists, poets and country-lovers. Thomas Gray, Sheridan and Mendelssohn are known to have visited the forest frequently and been inspired by the 'Wild Woodland' and the character of the old trees.
Burnham: An ancient hamlet, mentioned in the Domesday Book, which lies within attractive countryside bounded by the nearby towns of Windsor, Maidenhead, and Beaconsfield. There are many 16th and 17th century buildings in and around the High Street .
Farnham is Anglo Saxon in origin and received the suffix 'Royal' in the late 11th century. Farnham Common was the common land for the parish where livestock was grazed. This area on the border of Burnham Beeches became more populated from the 1920's as coachloads of Londoners came down for the weekend or day to enjoy the tea rooms and donkey rides
About our Club
The Club was chartered in April 1985, and has maintained a membership of between 30 and 40 ever since. Membership is drawn principally from Burnham and the Farnhams, and other local villages. We meet each week in a magnificently converted medieval barn situated in a beautiful part of Buckinghamshire.
The Club runs a busy programme of social events, many of which are open to non-members. These events have helped forge a strong sense of fellowship and goodwill between members, as well as with the community at large. A highlight each year is an exchange visit with our friends in the Rotary Club of Amberieu en Bugey , which is located about 30 miles east of Lyons, France.
The Club's fund-raising activities support local, national and international charitable causes. The main fund-raising event, held each year in May, is the Burnham Donkey Derby. Over the last few years, the Club has donated more than £250,000 to such causes as Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Thames Valley Hospice and the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, and many others. The Club places great emphasis on youth development, working closely with local schools sponsoring academic competitions, providing careers advice, and general support. Youth sporting development is also encouraged. A 5-a-side football tournament is organised by the Club for the local primary schools each year. Another major event is the Burnham Beeches Run held each autumn in Burnham Beeches.
The Club was project leader on behalf of District 1090, in the construction of a new classroom block for a tsunami ravished school in Sri Lanka. This involved Club members travelling to the site at their own expense. This example has been followed by other Club members who have visited Africa in support the 'Africa Micro-credit' charity, and India in support of Rotary's 'End Polio Now' campaign.