Cheque Presentation: ARC Youth Counselling


The Rotary Club of Wokingham is one of 5 service clubs involved with the annual Charity Fireworks Display at Cantley Fields.

Proceeds from this popular event, which is one of Town’s main attractions for the local community, are distributed to nominated charities. 

With mental health currently very much in the spotlight, Wokingham Rotary made a donation of £1,800 to ARC Youth Counselling -


Pictured: Paul Cassidy, from ARC Youth Counselling, Keith Greenwood, President of Rotary Club of Wokingham, David Gold, Chairman, Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust.

Top Rotary Award for Wokingham Schools Music Concert Conductor

Photo:  Rotary presidents,   Keith Greenwood (left) and Sarah Shears (right) present the award to Clive Waterman

Photo: Rotary presidents, Keith Greenwood (left) and Sarah Shears (right) present the award to Clive Waterman

Top Rotary Award for Wokingham Schools Music Concert Conductor

Music consultant Clive Waterman was presented with Rotary’s top award, the Paul Harris Fellowship, at the Wokingham Area Schools Music Association (WASMA) concert in the Reading Hexagon on Sunday 24th March. The award was given for his outstanding support to the community. Over the last 40 years, Mr Waterman, a former Woodley Southlake School headteacher, has produced and conducted the annual concerts performed by local junior school children.


At Sunday’s concert, over 800 children from 15 of the primary and junior schools in the area performed beautifully in a concert with a theme of “Elementary my dear WASMA”. The theme which embraced the development of science, included some brilliantly original singing and dancing by the children. They were accompanied by the WASMA Band, playing on piano, keyboard, bass and drums. The children taking part in WASMA will remember the experience for many years, as will their proud parents in the audience.


Rotary Presidents Sarah Shears (Reading Maiden Erlegh) and Keith Greenwood (Wokingham), spoke briefly about what Rotary does, particularly for children. Rotarian Alan Howe gave a short description of the Paul Harris Fellowship award. The two Rotary Club Presidents paid tribute to Mr Waterman’s long-term outstanding contribution to children’s music and expressed their delight at presenting him with Rotary’s highest award. Mr Waterman said, “I am absolutely amazed and very honoured by this award”.


At the concert the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh collected over £900 from the sale of programmes and donations from parents.  This will go to support the Just Around the Corner (JAC), the Berkshire based charity committed to engaging with young people and their families, enabling them to make positive choices, by demonstrating love and acceptance according to Christian principles.

Rotary Club of Wokingham - Supporting Wokingham Young Carers

Could you be a volunteer? 

The Wokingham Young Carers Service supports young people and children who care for a loved one who has a disability, mental health illness or drug/alcohol problem.  Volunteering is a rewarding way to help by giving time and sharing expertise and knowledge.  If you have an interest in helping young carer's through volunteering, we are keen to hear from you.  We have volunteering options available to suit all aged 17+ on a weekly, monthly and termly basis.  We welcome all people from students needing practical experience, professionals who want to give back to their community and those who are older who want to use their time helping others.

All you need is to be able to pass an Enhanced DBS Check.  Please get in touch today.

Wokingam Young Carers



Rotary Club of Wokingham Christmas Cards 2018

Every year, the Rotary Club of Wokingham donates food vouchers to those in need.

I hope you are well. I just wanted to get in touch to pass on our thanks to the Rotary for your fundraising on our behalf. As you can imagine the extra money at Christmas for our Clients who are in the most difficult of situations is so appreciated.

The vouchers as well as helping to provide basics can also help clients enjoy some special treats at Christmas. One of our clients for example said the vouchers had changed her Christmas – she was able to have a proper Christmas dinner that she otherwise would not have been able to afford.

We appreciate the time you and the other Rotary members put into collecting the money. The time and effort you give ensures that families who are in need in our community are supported. Many Thanks.

The above feedback from Transform Housing and Support shows just how much of a difference supporting this great cause can make.

Berkshire Young Carers Junior and Senior after school Clubs. 

Pictured here is Carer Josephine and some of the Young Carers during a break from activities.

Pictured here is Carer Josephine and some of the Young Carers during a break from activities.

Since December 2018 Satellite Club members Rob and Rosh have regularly been attending and helping with the Berkshire Young Carers Junior and Senior after school clubs. 

These clubs enable young carers to come together away from school, have fun and get some time off from their caring duties. 

Rotary are providing assistance and craft resources for a number of activities such as rocket building, building challenges and other craft activities and games.  The groups meet every week at the Silverdale Centre in Maiden Erlegh, Reading. 

If you would like to help, please contact Rob Hughes or Rosh Vive at the Rotary Club of Wokingham.

Rotary Club of Wokingham support Young Carers


Seen here are the results of a scavenger hunt when a group of six nature-loving children got involved with Nature at the Berkshire Young Carer ‘Nature’ activity. The children enjoyed themselves with hunt, creating montages and painting rock.

The event was run by the Berkshire Young Carers Hub and supported by The Rotary Club of Wokingham. Local care workers Phillip and Naffessa were supported by Rob Hughes, a Satellite members from Wokingham Rotary Club.

The event took place during the Half-Term break on Monday 22nd October 2018.

Rotary Club of Wokingham helps with Young Carers Fun-Day

Rotarians from the Wokingham Satellite Club helped the Wokingham Young Carers Service to put on a Fun-Day to give a group of some 2-dozen local young carers the chance to let of steam and have some fun.

The event took place within the Wokingham district at Woodford Park in Woodley on Saturday 16th June.  The Young Carers service adults had booked Coronation Hall and a large area of grassed playing field alongside.  At 9am Rotarians Jon and Rob collected two go-cart kits and obstacles from Evendons School and pick-uped fellow Rosh en-route to Woodley where they met Young Carers Service adults and other helpers; Phillip, Janine, Alison, Naffessa, Chloe and Fysa.  By 11am the activities were just about ready for the arrival of the first Young Carers. 

Throughout the day the Young Carers enjoyed a range of activities including; football, rounders, make-up studio, face-painting, building and driving go-karts.  For the go-karting, Rotary (Rob) had provided two go-kart kits and organised a series of obstacles for the drivers to negotiate; up and over a ramp, across a bridge (spanning a crocodile infested ravine), over the Wooden Alps and through the black-hole tunnel and back to the chequered finish flag (lap times were optional).  Achievement awards were presented to all participants.

Building and launching rockets is always a favourite for children and they thoroughly enjoyed making their own 'pump' and 'stomp' rockets from plastic bottles, cardboard, paper and sticky tapes.  Some designs were so good that they went over the ridge of the roof on the hall!

The face-painting and make-up stalls were busy all day.  Here the children could take on the look of fantasy characters or have their nails brightly painted.  A giant 'Jenga' style block tower was loaned by Jon and provided a pleasant 'quiet-time challenge' between the more energetic activities.

There was a fabulous spread of food for lunch and hot and cold drinks were served all day.  The weather was kind to us on the day, though a dark cloud came over early afternoon and dropped a few spots, followed in 2 minutes by sunshine!  By the end of the day some two-dozen children had clocked up a good few miles chasing balls, rockets and go-karts.

As a special treat, and to round the day off, we were all treated to a delicious ice cream and the day came to a close around 5pm.


Spotlight On Talent

Berkshires Finest in a "Spotlight on Talent


A Great Success Despite the Weather - Rotary and Friends braved the weather at The Whitty Theatre Wokingham last Sunday 18th March to host a showcase of talented young people aged between 4 and 16.

The talent was absolutely amazing and all participants received an engraved trophy courtesy of Prospect Estate Agents Wokingham.

Cllr Mark Ashwell presented the trophies in the first session and Town Mayor Peter Lucey in the second. They both agreed this should become an annual event in Wokingham.

The main groups who made the event possible were Wokingham Rotary, Wokingham Lions, Wokingham In Need, Circus Scene and Pauly Zarb. They were also assisted by other groups.


Margaret Balaam President of Wokingham Rotary and Sue Jackson President of Wokingham Lions wish to thank all who assisted on the day and all of the participants.

Due to the overwhelming success we are proposing a further show later this year.

The Rotary “Youth Speaks” public speaking competition

Youth Speaks 2018


Each winter, Rotary Clubs invite local schools to enter teams for a public speaking competition. In the last two years, The Forest School, Easthampstead Park School, Luckley House School, Yateley Manor School and Sandhurst School have entered teams in the under 14s and the Senior section.

Sandhurst School’s Senior team did extremely well last year’s competition, winning the local , the zone and then the district final, only to be beaten in the regional final by a much older team.

This year it has been the Junior team from Yateley Manor School with their chosen topic “Why gun control is out of control”. On the 8th March they won the district final and are going forward to the regional final later in March in Maidstone.

These young pupils choose their own topic, write the speech and the speaker has the support of a chairperson and another pupil who gives a vote of thanks.

To present to an audience means overcoming nerves, practice and to rely on their memory. These presentations look good on their CVs . They have represented their Schools and built up their self confidence.

Youth Speaks, Young Musician and Young Writer and Young Chef are all activities promoted and financed by Rotary

Rotary Satellite Club of Wokingham - Charity Race Night 

The Rotary Satellite Club of Wokingham had an exciting night at their CHARITY RACE NIGHT.


A great night of virtual horse racing and our fab the pink pigs - don't worry they were not real! Bangers and Mash was also served. We raised £500.00 and presented our cheque to RFCCT to help with their ongoing projects for young people in Wokingham

Reading Football Club Community Trust, enables disabled and disadvantaged children to get involved in football and other sports. Something that children of all abilities should have the chance to experience

RIBI Musician of the Year 2018 - Local Round

The local round of RIBI Young Musician of the Year took place at Heathfield School, Ascot last Thursday evening.

Ten young musicians took part in the competition.

There were five vocalists and five instrumentalists. A daunting experience for all of the students to perform in front of an audience of approx. 100 people with four judges sitting directly in front of them! After some deliberation, the judges decided that the winning vocalist was Anastasia Adam from Heathfield School with runner-up Beau Thomas from Charters School. The winning instrumentalist was Sarah Aizawa on violin from Yateley Manor School with runner-up Kian Grayson on drums from LVS.

A very enjoyable evening was had by all attendees and we wish the successful candidates the best of luck in the District Finals in March.

We have to thank Heathfield School once again for hosting this event in such generous and welcoming fashion for Rotary Ascot and Wokingham.

CHARITY RACE NIGHT raises money for Reading Football Club community Trust


The Rotary Club of Wokingham and its Satellite Club had an exciting night at their CHARITY RACE NIGHT on the 28th October 2017, held at the Wokingham Masonic Centre. A great night of virtual horse racing and our fab the pink pigs - don't worry they were not real! Bangers and Mash was also served.

This event was held to support Reading Football Club Community Trust, enabling disabled and disadvantaged children to get involved in football and other sports. Something that children of all abilities should have the chance to experience.

Rotary Club of Wokingham Charity Golf Day raises Thousands

Charity Golf Day Raises Thousands

On the 6th November The Rotary Club of Wokingham held its annual Charity Golf Day.

19 teams took part in the competition hosted by Windlesham Golf Course –

Following a hearty dinner comedian Keith O’Keefe entertained the golfers and conducted the auction which included major prizes such as holidays, in Austria, South of France and Spain as well as tickets to football matches and the Royal Ascot Racing Club.


Team Prize

98 points - The Bogey Men – Craig Wingate, Steve McChesney, Matt Pearson and Andy Wills       

Best Individual Score

43 points - Matt Pearson   

Longest Drive

Michael Carrol

Nearest the Pin

Joe Thorndike

Due to the generosity of all those involved over £8,000 was raised. £4000 will be donated to the principle beneficiary, Cycle Smart –

A further £1800 will be presented to the Royal Berks Charity -
contributing towards their Breast Screening Clinic Ultrasound Campaign. 

The balance has been added to our donations fund to be distributed to other local charities and deserving causes.

No money is deducted by way of expenses as Rotary is a volunteer organisation with minimal overheads. 

Meet Michaela Pickworth - This years RYLA candidate

The photos are from our Rotary meeting Monday the 11th of September where this years RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)  candidate came to talk to us about her experience at the week long course in July. Rotary District 1090 arrange this course every year and candidates are taught leadership skills, communication and teamwork during the week and experience several outbound activities. This years candidate is Michaela Pickworth who works in Wokingham.

Margaret Balaam meets Michaela Pickworth.jpg

Additional Photographs from this years RYLA Activities:

Kids Day Out - Addington School 14th July 2017

Kids Day Out

Addington School 14th July 2017

As part of the Rotary Clubs of the UK annual “Kids Out” day, the Rotary Club of Wokingham, in conjunction with The RC’s of Ascot and Easthampstead, organised entertainment for the Junior school pupils on the 14th July 2017 at Addington School, Earley.

 A travelling circus and the visiting ice cream van were very much enjoyed by the children  who were grouped into parties of approximately 25 at a time and were provided with an experience away from the normal daily routine and at the end some 90 children joined together in the Sing Along.

 Just one of the many activities in the local community that Rotarians organise and fund every year!