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!

Rotary National Young Writer - Wokingham Rotary Club

Our Club again took part in the Rotary National Young Writer competition.   This comprises a local round in 3 age groups between 9 to 18 years old, with the winners from each club being entered in the District  Competition. The winners from these go on to the Rotary National final.  There is a set topic and students can either enter a story of around 750 words or a short poem.

We had 68 entrants for the Young Writer competition this year, entries being mostly from Luckley House school and Yateley Manor school, mainly in the Intermediate section.  We had no entries for the Senior section which was surprising as as last year's entrant from Luckley House reached the National final. This year the Junior section was won by Sam Fussey of Yateley Manor, the Intermediate by Dibra Magar also of Yateley Manor.   Sam Fussey received a commendation from the District Judges and Dibra's entry was the section winner, so goes into the National final.  We wish her luck!

Her poem can be seen below;


If I were a mirror would you see me,
Or a reflection of who you want me to be?
All perfection and no rejection,
No past mistakes with a smooth complexion,
Just the right height and impeccable hair,
All the charm in the world with a touch of flair,
A true work of art wearing the latest fashion,
Nothing but love and oozing compassion.

Would you see my flaws? There're many to see.
Or would you repel the reality of me?
This is who I am, but who do you examine?
Me in authenticity, or me as you imagine?
I would hope you see what's there and real.
I would wish you see in me some appeal,
For I can only be me and me alone,
With all of these flaws in flesh and bone.
Take it or leave it, I refuse to change,
No matter how imperfect, broken or strange.

So, if I were a mirror would you see me,
Or a reflection of who you want me to be?

May Fair - Rotary Club of Wokingham

Hello fellow Rotarians - Click below to view our new Recruitment Tool!

Thought you might like to see the story board we took to May Fair- Grateful thanks to Rob Hughes and Richard Skelton who helped to put this together. With a few tweeks, we can use this wherever we have a Rotary event to help with our promotion and recruitment

Know Your Blood Pressure Day


Know Your Blood Pressure

The Rotary Club of Wokingham Recently partnered with The Stroke Association to provide almost 100 people with readings of their blood pressure, you can see the results below which include some interventions which may well have proven life changing... 

You can see more from The Stroke Association Here

I am pleased to say that we took 85 blood pressures in total between 10.00-14.00. 

- 46 needed no further action with a BP below 140
- 36 needed a routing follow up with their GP with a BP between 140 - 179
- 2 people had a BP of 180 and 1 person 189, they were advised to see their GP within a week as an urgent follow up

Thank you to all your fellow Rotarian for ushering people in and filling in the BP forms and to Mayor Gwynneth Hewetson and her husband who started the event off. ( Gwynneth, I loved the cuddles with your dog, he can come again).

I have attached the best of the pictures I have. Please be so kind and let me have any pictures you might get passed on.

Kind regards - Peggy


One of the 5 youth competitions that the Rotary Club of Wokingham sponsor annually

Our Club has been involved with the ‘Youth Speaks’ Inter Schools Public Speaking Competition for about 26 years. Just think, the original contestants would be about 40 now!

So, what is it all about?

About June-July each year, local schools are canvassed to see if they wish to compete against each other with teams of 3 pupils, 11-13 years old as at 30th August for the Intermediates, 14-17 for the Seniors. The first heats are held in December, usually in one of the schools entering one or more teams.

In the first heats in December at Luckley House School, the Intermediate team from Yateley Manor and the Senior team from Sandhurst School won to go through to the Zone Final. In these heats Yateley Manor were closely beaten by a team from The Abbey School, Reading, but Sandhurst School with their fascinating presentation of ‘Why Shakespeare?’ came out on top to go through to the District Final. 

Then what appeared to be a disaster happened.

The pupil who gives the ‘Vote of Thanks’  pulled out because of sickness at 3.00pm on the very day. A willing and courageous  replacement volunteered to write a speech and  practised it before leaving Sandhurst for the heat in Marlow. The performance from all of the schools had moved up a notch compared to previous heats.  Sandhurst School won again. We congratulate them on their professional team work and their response to an unexpected challenge.

The regional heats are on 25th March.  We wish them the best of luck.

Quiz Night

A successful quiz evening was held at St Paul's parish rooms in Wokingham on Saturday the 11th of March with rotarians & friends and family of rotarians attending; there were in excess of 70 people there and the event was profitable and most enjoyable.

Young Musicians entertain and dazzle

No less than twelve young performers provided sparkling displays of their musical skills tonight during the local heat of the National Young Musician competition.  Kindly hosted by Heathfield School, Ascot, we enjoyed a variety of musical instruments and good mix of songs in the vocal section.  Winner of the instrumental section was Hani Elias (Charters School) on Classical guitar, with Charlotte Meeson (Heathfield School) the runner-up.  Winner of the vocal section was Pheobe Parker (Heathfield School), with Sarah Pierce (Luckley House) the runner-up. 'Special Mention' certificates were awarded to Kate Batten, Rob Hill, Asuko Ikenoto and Michael Williams. Certificates and prizes were presented by the Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Ascot, Hugo Winkler.

Rotary Club of Wokingham Golf Day 2016

Back in October 2016, the 5th to be precise, The Rotary Club of Wokingham held one of its main annual fund raising events at the prestigious Bearwood Lakes Golf Club –

Each of the 17 teams paid £550 for a full day of golf, meals and entertainment.   Aaron James was the compere and auctioneer and as those of you who have seen him perform will know, by the end of the evening everyone’s ribs were aching through laughter!


Following the recent passing of one of our Member’s wives, it was agreed the primary beneficiary of the event would be Pancreatic Cancer UK – – and at the dinner Debbie Wells from the Charity spoke passionately about this little known form of cancer; that is until Steve Jobs of Apple succumbed.

Thanks to the generosity of those who took part bidding for auction prizes, Pancreatic Cancer UK received a donation of £5,000 with the balance of funds being awarded to other local charities and worthy causes.

Debbie Wells of PCUK being presented with a cheque by President Peter Dawkes.

Prize winners

Winning Team

4J Solutions


Best Individual Score

George Hardy

This was the 13th consecutive year the Charity Golf Day has been held and so far this event has raised almost £120,000 for charity.

The date for this year’s event has yet to be announced but if you would like to register your interest in entering a team please email and the details will be confirmed to you as soon as possible.