Wednesday, 7 December 2016

It's Santa Sleigh Time

It's coming up to Christmas and for lots of voluntary Clubs around the country that means that they are busy working with Santa Claus bringing the joy of Christmas to the boys and girls in their area and raising money to support local good causes through the coming year.

You can find details of where you can meet the Rotary Club of Tettenhall Santa on our Facebook Events page and we have details of both our own and other local Club sleigh dates on our facebook site for Wolverhampton Santa Claus

Monday, 14 November 2016

In Memory - Remembrance Day 2016

President John and ex-serviceman Club member Les Bouts joined Honorary Club members the Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton together with representatives of the City's many service organisations on Sunday to lay wreaths in memory of the fallen at the Wolverhampton Cenotaph as part of the City's Observance of Remembrance to mark the sacrifice of those who in the words of the Rotary motto truly put 'Service Above Self'.

There was an excellent turnout for the Observance with the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service leading a 400-strong parade including detachments from ex-Service, Regular, Reserve, Cadet Units and representatives of other local uniformed organisations from Wulfruna Street to St Peter's Square, where a Drumhead Service - the traditional form for a religious service attended by troops in the field - took place, followed by a second service in St Peter's Collegiate Church.

We're Moving

We're on the move and as of today we have a new home for our regular Monday meetings at Perton Park Golf Club on Wrottesley Park Road in Perton. Our meeting time remains unchanged - 7.00pm for 7.30 pm

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

We're proud to support the pupils of Tettenhall Wood School as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The Festival harnesses the power of Shakespeare to amuse and terrify, move and inspire in order to help change the lives of the students taking part by building confidence, teamwork, literacy and ambition.

The pupils will be performing at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this Thursday and with some tickets still available you can share the experience yourself by contacting the Box Office on 01902 429 212 or by booking online.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Join our Big Band Night

There's still time to grab your tickets for our Big Band Night at Wolverhampton Grammar School on Friday.

Entertainment will be provided by The Sharmanaires with a selection of classic music from the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Ted Heath and Count Basie.

Tickets are a steal at £10 each.

It promises to be a great night with proceeds supporting local charities - call Peter Maddox on 01902 810001 for tickets.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Welcome to Rob Roalfe

We've worked on projects with the staff and pupils of Penn Fields School for many years so it's with especial pleasure that we welcome the schools deputy head teacher Robert Roalfe as our newest Club member.
A keen motorcyclist Robert is certified a Long Distance Riders and his rides have raised thousands to support the work of the air ambulances.
Robert was welcomed to the Club by President John Margetts and President Elect Roger Webb.

Monday, 11 July 2016

District Governor John Sayer

As part of their duties Rotary District Governors are expected to visit every Club in their area during their year in office. Tonight we had the honour of being the first Club in the District to receive the official visit of District Governor John Sayer.

John, who has been involved in the Rotary movement for over 20 years, is looking forward to a year in office which comes at a time when our own charity The Rotary Foundation celebrates its 100th anniversary. Over those 100 years our Foundation has channelled more than one billion dollars to help transform lives around the world.

In 1985 Rotary's Polio Plus campaign was launched with the aim of eradicating polio from the face of the earth and in this centenary year of the Rotary Foundation there is the very real possibility that this may be the year that we see the world’s last case of polio. John - and the ever present End Polio Now teddy - will be promoting the work of the Rotary Foundation throughout his year in office.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Promoting Numeracy and Literacy

A new Rotary year sees a new President of Tettenhall Rotary Club with the appointment tonight of John Margetts.

For his year in office John has set the Club theme of 'Numeracy and Literacy'

Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotary supports educational projects at home and around the world that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks in order improve access to basic education and literacy, to reduce gender inequality and increase adult literacy.

John sees education as the most important weapon in the battle to enable people escape the poverty trap and to allow them to fulfil their potential.

Recognising that people learn most when learning is fun the Club will be working with local schools to develop and promote a number of fun new learning initiatives over the coming year.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Wolverhampton's The Way Youth Zone

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery funded projects. Lottery players raise £36 million each week for projects all across the UK and the Awards highlight how that funding has changed the UK for the better.

One of the local recipients of National Lottery funding has been The Way Youth Zone - a great venue in the centre of the City which gives the young people of Wolverhampton the opportunity to access a massive range of activities including sports, fitness, dance, arts, music, media, enterprise and wellbeing.

The venue gives its users access to a high spec music room, a 3G pitch, enterprise media suite, climbing wall, multi use 4 court sports hall, cafe, dance studio, gym, cooking area, general recreation area and much more..

We’ve been fortunate to be the guests of the The Way and to see first hand the wonderful facilities and the difference which the commitment of its many volunteers is making to the lives of the young people using the facility and benefiting the City as whole.

The Way is one of this years finalists in the National Lottery Youth Awards and with your vote they’ll be in a position to attend the awards event and to have their work in the City highlighted on BBC One. As one of the winners they’ll also receive an additional £3,000 of Lottery funding.

It only takes a minute to vote so please follow the link now and show your support for their wonderful work.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Ascot Ladies Day Fundraiser

It wouldn’t be June without Ascot and it wouldn’t be Ascot without the Clubs annual Ascot Ladies Day fundraiser organised by Rotarian Ken Whalley and his wife Jan.

Over 350 guests treated themselves to a flutter on the horses whilst being entertained by the Bill Bailey Jazz Band and enjoying a three-course meal before dancing on into the night.

Ken, the owner of Kenneth Clive Menswear and Hire in Pattingham, has organised the charity event at Wolverhampton Rugby Club for the past 12 years raising thousands to help local good causes such as Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre and youth clubs in the area.

Despite competing with an England v Wales fixture in the Euros the event raised over £2,300 in support of good causes.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Biggest Ever Rotary KidsOut Day

On the 8th of June members from Tettenhall Rotary teamed up with Kids Out to host children from Wightwick Hall School at the largest ever Rotary KidsOut Day at Drayton Manor.

The day saw more than 29,000 disadvantaged and disabled children treated to a fun day out at theme parks, the seaside, zoos and other attractions throughout the UK – with over 5,000 of those children joining us for great time at Drayton Manor.

Rotary volunteers make the day possible by fundraising, supporting with transport, overseeing the organisation and chaperoning.

KidsOut Day gives disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to have fun and to enjoy what many other children may take for granted. This special day is vital to the lives and hopes of thousands of children across the UK and is only possible due to the thousands of Rotarians, volunteers and supporters who make it possible.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Doing Good in Ecuador

As part of our work with Lend With Care we're one of the lenders supporting √Āngelo Correa a carpenter from the small town of Palanda in Ecuador.

Don Angelo owns a workshop making mostly household furniture such as beds, tables, chairs and cabinets to order which employs two assistants. Having built up the business from very humble beginnings Don Angelo requested a loan in order to further develop the business by purchasing timber in bulk and new tools for himself and his assistants.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Lending With Care

By taking part in the Lendwithcare mircofinance project we're helping some of the world’s poorest people work their way out of poverty with dignity.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Singing Out for Compton Hospice

Join us at our Grand Charity Concert on the the 16th April for a wonderful nights entertainment with the Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir, students from Wolverhampton Grammar School and compere John Edgar.

The concert takes place at the Wolverhampton Grammar School  and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are just £10 each and the proceeds of the Concert will benefit Compton Hospice in memory of Ernie Edwards the Immediate Past President of the Tettenhall Rotary Club.

Call 01902 759921 for tickets.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Doing Good with the RAF Air Cadets

We've had the honour of working with and supporting 1046 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets for many years and we were pleased to welcome the Squadron's leader Flt Lt Colin Haynes to our meeting this evening.

The volunteers in the Squadron do a wonderful job helping to spark a spirit of adventure in the Cadets and fostering an ideal of good citizenship in them in order to prepare them for a life of leadership in their communities.

This truly is an organisation that transforms young lives.

We are grateful to the Cadets and the Squadron's volunteers for their help with our Christmas fundraising and President Rob was pleased to present Flt Lt Haynes with a donation which will help ensure that the Squadron continues to transform lives.

Doing Good with the Army Cadet Force

The Army Cadet Force is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations with a history dating back to 1859.

The Force gives young people between the age of 12 and 18 the opportunity to take on new challenges and adventures and inspires them to aim high and pursue their goals, no matter what they aim to do in life

In addition to activities with a military theme Cadets are encouraged to take part in activities with a community focus and we've been grateful for their invaluable assistance with our Santa Sleigh over the last two years.

Sgt Neil Hardy was our guest this evening to accept a donation from the Club which will be used to purchase training aids for use by the Detachment on their outdoor training activities.

A February Christmas Present for Compton Hospice

Helping Santa at Christmas makes for a busy time for Rotarians but getting on Santa's 'good' list is only one benefit as thanks to the generosity of the thousands of people who came along to meet Santa we are able to continue supporting deserving local charities such as Compton Hospice.

It takes over £6 million every year for Compton Hospice to provide its services to patients free of charge.  With government funding only providing one third of this, the Hospice relies heavily on fundraising to maintain its level and quality of care.

Thanks to your support over Christmas President Rob tonight presented Sally Woods of the Hospice's fundraising team with a cheque for £4,200 which will enable the Hospice to purchase computing equipment for use as part of their new patient management system as well as upgrading their Reception call handling system to ensure that the Hospice can continue to offer an outstanding level of service to both patients and visitors.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Spirit of 66

Join us in the company of Gordon Banks OBE on the 3rd March to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of England's World Cup win.

Tickets are on sale now from Prontaprint in Wolverhampton.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Thanks For Supporting Our Santa Sleigh

As twelfth night draws this Christmas season to a close its time for us to thank the thousands of you who came along to say hello and to support us so generously whilst we've been out and about with Santa.

The money that you've helped us to raise will make sure that we can continue to support deserving local causes in the coming year.

All of the members of the Club enjoy our Santa sleigh runs not only for the magic that they bring to the children that Santa Claus visits but also for the way in which they help to bring neighbours and communities together.

We've had great fun this year and want to express our thanks to the members of Tettenhall Inner Wheel Club, Tettenhall 41 Club, Tettenhall Tangent Club, ATC 1046  Fordhouses Squadron and the Army Cadet Force members without whose help our sleigh runs would not have been possible. Its been a pleasure to spend time with you all.

We also want to say a great big thank you to Brindley Volvo​ for generously providing a vehicle to tow the sleigh so that Rudolph didn't have to work too hard ahead of Christmas Eve and to the management and staff at Lidl​ in Finchfield, Asda​ in Wolverhampton and The Midcounties Co-operative​ in Codsall who were so welcoming to Santa and his helpers at his store appearances.

Monday, 4 January 2016


Rotarians and guests from around the City, including the  Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton packed the Great Hall at the Mount Hotel in Tettenhall this evening to honour the 2015 Young Citizens of the Year.

The Winner of the Award, Ramnik Uppal, (19) from Willenhall, spoke about her opportunities for leadership and voluntary work at Wolverhampton Girls' High School, her voluntary work outside school and her first term at the University of Cambridge where she is reading Medicine.  Runner Up Kashmire Hawker (17) from Low Hill spoke about his voluntary work with Break Charity - Changing Young Lives an organisation which champions the rights and equal opportunities of disabled young people and the United Kingdom Youth Parliament of which he is Deputy Chairman. Alfie Baugh (9) spoke about the help he gives to his neighbours and the weekly newsletter he writes for them, as well as his charity fund raising work.

Rotarian Roger Timbrell, Chairman of the Young Citizen of the Year Organising Committee, chaired the event with Sir Geoff Hampton, Chairman of the judging panel and Honorary Member of the Club, gave the vote of the thanks to the young people and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr. Ian Brookfield, thanked the City's Rotary Clubs for organising this annual Award.

Nominations for the 2016 Award are now open and can be made at the Wolverhampton Young Citizen website or at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre or at the customer services desk at Waitrose (Wolverhampton) on the Penn Road.

Roger Timbrell said ‘The Young Citizens of the year did us proud tonight. They are a credit to the City. The Award is all about celebrating young people who go that extra mile to help others’.