Basingstoke Deane Rotary – February 2024


Helen Ricketts: –
Paul Temple:-



One Person Can Make a Difference (Rotarian Sir Nicholas Winton)

Sir Nicholas Winton, who’s life is celebrated in the film ‘One Life’ was an amazing man who saved the lives of 669 mainly Jewish children by rescuing them from Czechoslovakia and from being murdered by Nazi Germany just prior to the beginning of World War II. He realised that if he didn’t do something these children would perish. He wasn’t a wealthy man but he raised funds, wrote letters, cajoled government ministers to produce the necessary paperwork in order to get these children out. He also had to find £50 per child as a guarantee, (equivalent to £3,500 today). He found people to help him and also found people who would take the children in for the duration of the war, and often afterwards because their parents had perished in concentration camps.

Nicholas Winton was a proud Rotarian and a member of Maidenhead Rotary Club for more than 40 years and continued to work for his community. His story came to light when it was publicised by Esther Rantzen on her TV show ‘That’s Life’

This modest man showed how one person can make a real difference. He said ’If something is not impossible, then there must be a way to do it’

His Majesty’s Royal Marines at the Anvil

Sunday 4th February 2024, 3:00pm
Tickets on sale from the Anvil Box Office.

It’s not too late to book!

The majestic full concert Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines, the Corps of Drums and everyone’s favourites, our very special guests, The Chelsea Pensioners, will again make this a fantastic event.

So much more than just a military band!

‘Unashamedly patriotic, a fabulous concert!’

Save the Date(s)

A Murder Mystery
Supporting Hampshire Hospitals Charity
The NHS charity supporting patients, staff and volunteers at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust across Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover and Alton hospitals.
Media movers and shakers are attending

of Max and Molly Burdock’s new TV channel MBC

And you are invited to join them!
But as well as a two-course meal with coffee & mints there may also be a murder to contend with – which you can help solve.

7.30 pm Saturday 17 February
at Test Valley Golf Club. RG25 3DS

£35.00 including 2 course meal including coffee
(choice of menu with vegetarian option)

Tickets available from the Golf Club or here
Book and join in this great fundraising event

Basingstoke Festival of Transport

Sunday 19 May 2024

The Memorial Park will again be full of Vehicle displays, stalls and other attractions for this big event.

It’s a great day out and Rotary look forward to welcoming you on Sunday 19 May 2024
See our website or facebook to register your vehicle.


Basingstoke Deane Rotary is a group of 35 men & women from a wide variety of backgrounds. All live locally in the borough but some commute to work outside Basingstoke. Most joined Rotary to help others less fortunate, and they find Basingstoke Deane Rotary adds another extremely enjoyable dimension to their lives.

If you would like to find out more about how we enjoy ourselves, just tune in to to see what we have coming up, or contact Helen or Paul above to find out more . We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.