President Jo Bonello presents Ian Cole with the Fordingbridge Citizen of the Year Award for 2016
Ian Cole became involved with the Recreation Association in Alderholt shortly after moving here about 30 years ago and has continued his unstinting support ever since.
Alderholt has grown since then to about 3500 residents.
The Recreation Association is responsible for running the recreation ground in the village which supports several football and cricket teams as well as having tennis courts and a large children’s play area with swings and slides and other apparatus. There is also the Pavilion and Sports Club on site.
He was Secretary of the Cricket Club for over 20 years but has served on the Recreation Association Committee for longer. He is currently both Treasurer and Secretary and carries out the tasks efficiently, effectively and without complaint and on a totally voluntary basis without even expenses being paid, though he was recently persuaded to accept a small honorarium.
For several years he has been involved with proposals to enlarge and enhance the facilities at the recreation ground. This has involved numerous hours of meetings and correspondence with Councils, Planners, Architects and Fund-raising bodies etc, yet despite some frustrating set-backs at times we are at last hopeful that all the plans may come to fruition in the next year or two.
He is one of those unassuming, unsung heroes who quietly carry on with the aim of providing and improving sport and recreational activities for so many of the residents of Alderholt and surrounding villages and I feel he thoroughly deserves the award .
Ian worked for the Ordnance Survey at Southampton, hence his move to Alderholt. His interest in Cricket created the link to the Recreation Association as already mentioned, now retired Alderholt has been the beneficiary of his time and efforts.
On Saturday 16 April, we hosted “Railway Pastimes” — the Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition — for the second time.
Seventeen layouts, plus traders and other attractions, took over the whole of the Avonway Community Centre. Hundreds of visitors turned out to look and wonder and talk and buy.
The “Station Café”, run by Inner Wheel and Rotary members and other helpers, was a particular highlight, and was praised by exhibitors and visitors alike.
This is a biennial event — the first was in 2014 — so look forward to the next one in 2018.
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Nine members spent a pleasant afternoon and evening visiting the Wimborne Railway Society today.
The WRS will be exhibiting at our own Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition in April, so this was an opportunity to meet up with members of the Society and get an idea of what they do. We were made very welcome by Gordon Edgar and the other enthusiastic members who patiently explained their OO gauge layout and showed us how it worked.
We all had lots of chances to drive engines, solve puzzles in the shunting yards, and cause havoc by trying to run the signal box, before sharing a fish-and-chip supper.
Iain and Penny forming goods trains in the Up Yard.
Kevin, John, and Trevor manning the signal box
The Rotary Club of Fordingbridge held its 4th annual Quiz Night at Avonway on Saturday 21st November in aid of the Town’s Christmas Lights, which are short of ongoing funding.
The evening was a sell-out and enjoyed by all who took part.
The Quiz was won by one of the two Town Council teams who entered: “confused.com”. They certainly weren’t confused as they scored 95 out of a possible 115!
Look out for our 5th quiz at the same time next year, and join in! All abilities welcome!
The next Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition will be held on Saturday 16 April 2016.
The 2014 Exhibition surpassed all our expections, with 536 people attending the “Railway Past Times” day at Avonway Community Centre on Easter Saturday.
For more information, please see the FMR website.
Fordingbridge Rotary Club’s 4th Grand Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 21 November 2015 at 7pm for a 7:30 start, at Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge. A maximum of 6 per team, £10 per person including cold supper. Licensed pay bar. Organised by the Rotary Club of Fordingbridge in aid of the Fordingbridge Christmas Lights. Download an entry form now!
At the Fordingbridge Rotary meeting on 30 June 2015, Malcolom Connelly was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) for services to Fordingbridge.
The Fellowship is an award named after the founder of the Rotary International movement.
The presentation was made by Sue Willcocks, wife of our President Sid Willcocks who passed away in March.
Malcolm has supported Rotary interests since our first presentation to the Town Council eight years ago when he was Chair of the Amenity Committee. We were requesting the use of the Recreation Ground for the first Fordingbridge Summer Festival. He allowed Stan Broomfield as Festival Chair and David Hales, Festival Secretary, time to present our proposal. This was promoted to full Council by him and since then we have enjoyed their full support without any cost.
He has also supported many other Rotary events and projects within his Town Council duties in recent years, including six years as mayor.
Malcolm joins two other very worthy PHF public members in Fordingbridge: Malcom Adams and Elizabeth Connock, both very community-minded people who quietly provide that extra input to Fordingbridge.