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The Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean thanks Armadillo Self Storage for their support of the Club in 2016/2017.

Armadillo Self Storage

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Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival

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         If you are a new visitor to our site, the Club main page, below, displays a photographic record of some of our events and activities during the current Rotary Year.

We are a dual-gender Club with 27 members. Our usual meeting day is Tuesday at 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm at the Deanwater Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Woodford, Cheshire, SK7 1RJ, where we have a one-course meal. 

If, after viewing our web site, you would like to find out more about Rotary activities in the community, or talk to a Rotarian, click on the Rotary Wheel above.

If after viewing this year's extensive coverage, you would like to see more of our activities in previous years, please click on 'What We Do' above and select a catagory of interest.


The Rotary Year starts on 1st July, with the handover of the chain of office to the new President.

We celebrated this important event at the Deanwater Hotel

Before President Kevin handed over the chain of office, he presented Past President Marianne Martyn with the highest Rotary award, the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding Rotary service.


Vice President Collin Eggleton is welcomed as our President for 2016/17

by Past President Kevin Kelly


President Collin Eggleton welcomes

his First Vice President

Rotarian Cllr Frank McCarthy.


Enjoying President's Handover evening are

our five lady members.



We are now into our new Rotary Year


Our first major project for the Rotary Year was the


Commencing with a parade through the town of our 12ft scarcrows Robin and Rosie, accompanied this year by 

the Cheshire Constabulary Police Band.

Here are a few pictures taken of the band during their tour of the town. 



After the Parade, each year we take a selection of the scarecrows to the annual Wilmslow Show, where the public are invited to make their personal selection. Unfortunately, this year the show was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. 

However, here is a selection of this year's creations

The winners of the Scarecrow Festival were entertained at a Club meeting to receive their awards at the Deanwater Hotel

New member, Cllr Christopher Dodson

Christopher welcomed to our club by President Colin

Christopher has transferred from Macclesfield

Three of our Club members join with the Rotary Club of Warrington at their 100K Meal Pack event.

Here are packed boxes ready for distribution.

During the morning session, the group of Rotarians produced 50,000.



Lacey Green Academy - winners of the 2016 Young Persons Speaking Competition, organised by the Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club



16th August, We were pleased to welcome speaker Peter Webb, a geologist, who gave us a talk on the pros and cons of Fracking. He was able to give us unbiased responses to the many questions pose by the members. Pictured below, Mr Webb demonstrates the gas hidden within a specimin of Shale, by litterally igniting the gas trapped in the rock.



13th September, Mike Erskine gave us a fascinating illustrated talk on the history of Styal Mill  


Club member, Rotarian Reg Lord demonstates his bell ringing technique, during a talk he gave the club on his former role as Town Crier for Chadderton. What about Wilmslow -  watch this space!

Now under favourable consideration by Wilmslow Town Council!


Victoria Amstrong, from OASIS  at GORTON, spoke about the work with deprived people at the centre.


All about Waste and Recycling

Talk given by Amanda Wagg 0f Cheshire East Council


Saturday, 5th November

Pictured below is Leila Killoran from Majestic Wines, who after the splendid Brunch provided by the Deanwater Hotel, gave us a detailed appraisal of five wines for us to taste.

Below - deep discussion on the merits of one of the wines!

Some of the seventy eight members and guests who attended - at the buffet table.


Leila pours a white wine for President Colin to sample

A big 'thank you' Leila from every one at this enjoyable event.


The Club was represented at Wilmslow 

by first vice president Frank McCarthy

Laying the Rotary Wreath


At the Deanwater Hotel

We were entertained by the Macclesfield Ukelele Club

District 1285 Governor Stan Bowes, and President Colin Eggleton with Manchester Deputy Lieutenant, Khumi Burton, who was awarded the highest Rotary honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship, for outstanding community service.

President Colin presents the 25 Year Service Award to Past President Andrew Taylor.


This year' Rota Toy was a great success

Our grateful thanks go to the local schools for their major contribution to this major Christmas event. 

A Box of Smiles from a Child to a Child

Photo shows Staff and Pupils from Westmorland School, Brinnington with boxes ready for distribution.

A box full of smiles from a child to a child

The Clubs House to House Christmas 


The Club members were out again, with Santa, collecting in Handforth, Heald Green and Wilmslow, with the help of cadets from 391 Squadron ATC, and Handforth Brownie Leaders.

We send our thanks to the residents for their generous contributions to our local charities.

18th January 2017

Our speaker was Anita Morris, a psychologist, and Managing Director of  Hack Back cic, which uses Owls as a thereputic tool, working with people with diverse needs.

Below, Anita introduces 'IDRIS'


Anita's smallest owl MURRY was quite at home visiting the members.



MURRY at table, listening to President Colin's comments.


MURRY with Anita and President Colin



We staged this popular event again with members from Cheadle and District Club, and enjoyed a traditional menu of Cock O Leeky Soup, Haggis with Tatties and Neeps, with Cranachan for Dessert.

 Above, President Colin and his wife Barbara welcome our Guests, District Governor, 
Stan Bowles with Sheila, and Sylvia Daly, First Vice President of Cheadle and District 
Below,taking a wee dram with the Chef
And now ... adressing the Haggis

Below, Cranachan, which consists of Oats, Whisky, Cream, and Raspberries 

Auld Lang Syne



Left to right: Charlotte McCarthy, daughter of member Frank McCarthy, Mike Neal, neigbour of member Paul Almond, and Gloria Friend, wife of member Peter Friend, with President Colin.


28TH February - We were pleased to welcome speaker Mahala McGuffie
Governor of Styal Prison

Below, Tuesday 14th March, Vice President Frank with speaker John Twigg, who gave a very comprehensive appraisal of current and future developments at Manchester International Airport.

Tuesday, 28th March - Mark Conway Project Director for the joint venture consortium, and Sue Stevenson representing the client - Stockport Council, below, with Vice President Frank, gave a very detailed update on the progress of the SEMMMS relief road, which will run from Manchester International Airport to the A6 in it's present form, and hopefully extending to the M60 in the future.


Swimming for Charity

Rotarian Reg Lord blows his whistle to start the swim.

Some of our swimmers with their certificates.

Some of the organising Rotary Team


Some pictures of the surrounding buildings


The BBC studio tour.

Many well known shows are set in this fully equipped studio.

Note the props for Blue Peter.

One of the audio control desks.

 Mike Ramsden about to present the weather forecast.

A short break after an enjoyable tour, thanks to the BBC guides.

11th APRIL  

Dr. Roger Small, and Cllr David Pincombe gave a presentation of the Handforth District Plan.

2nd May, we hosted the District Annual Scholar's Dinner

Picture below L to R:  Rotary Scholar William Von Schrader from the USA, District Governor Stan Bowes, President Colin Eggleton, and Rotary Peace Fellow Sasha Davis also from the USA

Both our guests gave a presentation depicting the international work they had undertaken during their studies. William recounted his experiences in Mongolia, and Sasha hers in Ethiopia


This evening we had an illustrated talk on the history of Boat Trains in the Northwest of England, from John Hooley, ably assisted by his wife.

Final of Rotary Junior Youth Speaks Competition

Our club arranged and hosted this annual event, held at the Deanwater Hotel.

Winners: Marlborough School

Below, with the winners cup are Thomas Radnall, Erin Corcoran, Best Vote of Thanks, Isabelle D'Arcy, Best Speaker, with President Colin Eggleton and Headteacher Mrs Pollard.

This Year, we supported the Great Get Together, at our Garden Party held in Marianne's garden on a wonderful sunny summer day.

If you have found our the record of this year's activities of interest, and feel able to commit some of your spare time to community service, and would like to know more about Rotary membership, please contact Rotarian Mike Ramsden Tel 01625 535580, email: ramsden453@btinternet.com , or Rotarian Ian Bradley Tel: 01625 266761, email: ian.bradley@manchester.ac.uk

Pay us a visit at the Deanwater Hotel

Telephone Marianne Martyn on 01625 524706 email mmartyn@talktalk.net before 12 Noon on the day before the meeting for more details.


Some of last year's events 2015 - 2016

A "Big Cheque" presented to Beryl Grainger (Far Right)

The Mobility & Access Group.

The group will use the donation to fund their activities classes.


What about Wilmslow in Bloom?

The Rotary Rose Garden planted a few years ago in the Memorial Garden,

  was in full bloom for the Judges to see.

The club set up gazebos for the  light refreshments which were provided

by Hawthorn Deli.

We hope that Wilmslow Town will gain a Gold Award this year

and this wonderful display will help when the Judges make their decision. 

The rose garden has been tended by club members and we anticipate another wonderful display for 2016 shortly. 

The Rotary gardening team


Yes! Wilmslow did it

See the photo below

Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine with menbers of Wilmslow Town Council holds on to the Cup

awarded to Wilmslow for the RHS Britain in Bloom Gold and Most Inproved Entry Award

Did the Rotary Rose garden help with the Judges decision?

Wilmslow in Bloom 2015

Members have been active giving the Rose Garden a makeover

ready for another wonderful display to impress the Judges again this year. 


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The Deanwater Hotel
Wilmslow Road
Cheshire We meet on Tuesdays at 18:45 (No meeting following a Bank Holiday) The Deanwater Hotel
Wilmslow Road
Cheshire SK7 1RJ tel: Venue: 01625 522906 (apologies to 0161 980 7607 by 10:00am on day of meeting)

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