A Very Special Meeting- Civic Day


The 10th of July  was Civic Day and the Right Worshipful Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page visited the club together with the Mayoress, Mrs Elaine Hadley-Howell. President Paul Lockley welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress making the Mayor an honorary member of our club. The Mayor has strong Rotary connections and has chosen our very own ‘Service above Self’ as the theme for his year in office. He gave the club a presentation on the plans to rejuvenate the city and the local economy. We wish him all the best in his year as Mayor.

President Elect Richard Horrell.

Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra- Pre-Tour Concert

The Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra pre tour concert at St Johns Church followed a reception in the Mayors Parlour with the Worshipful Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page. Amongst others, I had the pleasure to hand Charlotte her certificate for grade 8 flute with Distinction.

The youth orchestra was amazing.  They are now giving concerts in Italy. The solo by Cameron Chin -See ….well you had to be there!

The Rotary clubs of Wolverhampton are proud to support the Wolverhampton Music school.

President Paul Lockley- Rotary Club of Wolverhampton


Wolverhampton Rotary Satellite Club

A number of members of the Wolverhampton Rotary Satellite Club turned out in support of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton Best Foot Forward event on  Saturday 7th July at Aldersley Leisure Village.

When the total number of laps achieved was announced, it
confirmed that every single lap was needed. They have decided on a project to raise funds to provide race timing equipment for young athletes. In order to raise funds … they are planning a BBQ at Trysull Farm in September and a fund raising day at Asda, Wolverhampton using the Wolverhampton Round Table float on Thursday December 6th.

If anyone one would like more information about the club, please contact Edward Bolland or Peter Williams by e-mail.

Rotary Junior Technology Tournament – Uplands Junior School, Wolverhampton.

The whole of year 5 of Uplands Junior School – 93 children, were very enthusiastic and fully engaged with the event for the whole day. It’s very rewarding to see our young people being so great and there are a number of budding engineers there!


The standard of the way the children rose to the challenge was so high we had to award three equal first prizes.

Best Foot Forward- a runaway success

Wolverhampton really did put their best feet forward on Saturday July 7th. We thought that there could be an issue in reaching the target number of laps in order to release the Charity Pot kindly donated by the event Patrons.
One of the hottest days of the year and a huge football match- both of which could possibly disrupt our aims.
The day started off with a bang – hundreds of people hitting the track- walking and running- but they came in numbers. Our hourly lap records of previous year being continually broken.
Then the hourly count dropped, as we approached kick off- from well over 2,000 through 1,100, 750, 500 down to 250.
There  was  no doubt by 4pm that we would fall short, by 500 to 600 laps, of our target of 12,625 laps needed to release the entire Charity Pot.
Then people started to drift back after the England match.
The count went back up to 400 ……., then 500………………..
With minutes to go it was announced that,  with  a push we might yet  hit the target  – chips were put back on creaking ankles, strides lengthened, pace quickened.
At 7.56, with four minutes to go,  we hit the target – ending up with 12,666 laps.
Oh so close……..but job done!
Everyone who came to Aldersley yesterday and completed anything between one lap, or the highest number completed -190 laps (Brian Slater) should be proud of themselves for the effort it took to make this all work. For most of the day in the sun, as almost all of the track is, it was up to 40c. We certainly handed out a lot of water!
The website gallery and full results will be updated shortly – please take a look in a few days.
So on behalf of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, the Patrons of the event and the charities that the event was raising monies for- THANK YOU and WELL DONE.

Presidents Induction Day July 3rd 2018

On the club meeting on 3rd of July President Paul Lockley delivered his Presidential Address to the Club for his 2018/2019 year. He presented new Vice President Richard Horrell with his chain of office. President Paul also welcomed visitors from other clubs and guests to the meeting.

From left to right — Vice President Richard Horrell, President Paul Lockley, Secretary Gerry Peters and Treasurer Stewart Ross.

From left to right — Vice President Richard Horrell, Penny Horrell, President Paul Lockley and Barbara Lockley.

President Paul Lockley also welcomed Barbara and Penny to the Induction Meeting.

Persistence pays off- well done Geoff!

President Paul Lockley presents PP Geoff Lowndes with the Rotathlon Cup for 2017/2018. The Rotathlon is a series of social sports events involving club members. The events include darts, dominoes, snooker, pitch ‘n’ put, boules, crown green bowls, carpet boules and slot car racing. After many years of taking part this is the first time Geoff has won the cup, so congratulations are very much in order.