Basingstoke Deane Rotary – June 2023


Helen Ricketts: –
Paul Temple:-



Thanks to Our Volunteers

VolunteersBasingstoke Festival of Transport, run by us, requires a lot of careful planning but also relies on an army of nearly 90 amazing volunteers who work with us on the day to make this event happen. They helped us set up, park up the vehicles, sell programmes and a host of other jobs. We would like to take the opportunity of saying A HUGE THANKS to our volunteers. Without them giving us their time, we would not be able to put on the biggest event in Basingstoke’s annual calendar, Thank you!

The Big Help Out

Where were you on Coronation Monday? Did you join the big help out? Those that did had a whole lot of different experiences. This is what they said – ‘They did things they had not done before’, ‘Met people they didn’t know and made new friends’ and went home tired and happy with a feeling of well-being. It will not be the last time they volunteer and for many it was a positive experience that they will want to continue.

Or have you never volunteered, not sure if you’d like it, how do you know if you don’t give it a try?

Volunteering is good for your Mental Health

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. For people looking for work it is confidence building and it goes on your CV.

Basingstoke Voluntary Action is the place to start, it’s a great place to find out about charities and volunteering and what’s happening locally that you can get involved in.

Find out about volunteering today, it can add a new dimension to your life. Try it & see!

Our Rotary club works with a number of local charities and it’s not just about giving money it is also about giving our time to assist a charity in their fund raising by stewarding an event or perhaps car parking for an event such as the St Michael’s Hospice Light up a life or their recent fundraising walk at Farleigh Wallop Estate.

Disability Awareness DayBasingstoke District Disability Forum We recently helped Basingstoke District Disability Forum with their Disability Awareness Day held in the Malls in the Town Centre in April. This event signpost people to more than 30 local charities that all work to support the less abled in the district to live more inclusive lives.



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.

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