SOUTHPORT Links Rotary worked hard at the Southport Flower Show, not only manning the ShelterBox on the Friday of the show, but they also treated seven residents of Ellerslie Court Care Home on Westcliffe Road to a morning out at the show.
The residents were collected from their home where they were dressed and ready to brave the elements.
A fun morning followed with the floral displays and craft exhibitions being of greatest interest.
The weather actually stayed dry for the visit, which was rounded off with refreshments at the showground.
This has now become an annual event and the residents eagerly await their day out in August.
We would like to thank the management of the Southport Flower Show for making this trip possible.
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ROTARIANS from Southport Sunrise and Southport gave their help on Sunday, September 3 to the Botanic Gardens Community Association Victorian Gala.
Churchtown saw the first gala in five years hit by torrential rain, but in true British fashion the show must go on and volunteers of BGCA welcomed the public to enjoy a muchreduced event due to the adverse conditions.
Stallholders smiled as Baby Ballet – aged four years-plus – danced delightfully in their yellow wellies and macs and So Talented Academy sang and entertained.
It is not often you see flower fairies dancing in the rain.
Southport Sunrise Rotarians Viv Rathbone and Robin Bradshaw acted as good Samaritans in the red tent which had been purchased alongside the defibrillator, housed temporarily in the Settle Inn which is next to the cafe.
Rotarians Colette Bradshaw and past President Bernie Sumner encouraged and provided information about Rotary selling purple crocus pins for “End Polio Now”.
This Rotary initiative is for the vaccination of children in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria where polio is still endemic.
In order to vaccinate a child just the once, a purple dye is put on their little finger.
The purple crocus was adopted as the emblem and thousands of crocus bulbs are planted across the world.
Local clubs have planted thousands of bulbs with the help of schools and community organisations in our parks and gardens.
They can be seen in February and are a reminder of our work to rid the world of polio.
The contribution from Bill Gates Foundation gives Rotary £2 for every £1 we collect in donations from you.
In November local clubs will be receiving further supplies of 5,000 corms for planting.
The silk crocus pins are lovely and require a donation, usually £1.
The chairman David Cobham stated at the Victorian Gala: “We can organise anything alas we cannot organise the weather.”
OVER at Meols Hall Southport Rotarians marshalled the car park throughout the day and provided information to the public, advising that the hall was open from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Everyone involved demonstrated true community spirit.
Rotarian Ian Hitchcock said: “This is what Rotariàns do, it is so lovely to be back at Meols Hall where the Rotary Club of Southport started, organised and ran the much -loved Game and Country Fair.
“We have always been a hard working and innovative club and still are very active.”
Don’t forget there are always fairies in the fernery. Tinkerbell said, as she departed the park: “Anything can happen if you believe...”
WITH Rotary meetings now in full swing, clubs are looking forward and planning for Christmas, whether it is collections of food, toys or money to help our local community.
Soon we will give dates of all our local club events and fundraisers to the end of the year and we hope you will support these worthwhile causes.
Rotary seems to be a well-kept secret to many people, so if you see us out collecting and working in the community please come over and have a chat.
We would be delighted to answer any questions or give you a flavour of the fun we all enjoy giving something back to our society and helping people in difficult times.
You can find out more by visiting our Rotary website: www.rotary.org. uk or find us on Facebook: Rotary District 1180.
Southport Links members at the flower show with guests
The Victorian Gala car park team