The History of
Whitchurch Rotary Club
1938 - 2008

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Visitors Welcome

We meet in the Dodington Lodge Hotel every 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening at 6:30pm for Dinner, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 12:45pm for lunch, and if there's a 5th Tuesday, we meet at 7:00am for Breakfast. Visitors are welcome.

Presidents of Whitchurch Rotary Club


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Came to Prees when the Salopian Cattle Bowl Co., formed by Messrs. Batkin and Morris in 1926, was sold to the Midlands Rubery Owen Group in 1954. Originally a union organiser in Coventry, where he was awarded the OBE for his work during the blitz, Basil was the company's first Personnel Manager in 1954, and rapidly involved himself in every aspect of local activity. He was a natural to throw his enthusiasm into Rotary. He was the first compere of the May Concert started in 1974 and folklore has it that he was the 'Santa' on the earliest ill fated trip when he and the unsecured Santa's chair were deposited in the road side ditch en-route to Ash! He presided over an unforgettable get-together of Shropshire clubs to celebrate the club's twenty-fifth anniversary.
Joined Rotary 21/2/1956. Honorary member 1976. Died 2/82. Wife Inner Wheel President 1963/64; treasurer 1967/69.

Silver Jubilee 1963