The History of
Whitchurch Rotary Club
1938 - 2008

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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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born 28th January, 1931 at Woolwich Barracks, London.
Education: Lancing College, Sussex. BA & MA Trinity College, Dublin University.

As a young man worked in various educational establishments in Dublin, Birmingham and Berkshire, before joining the Colonial Office in 1959, then worked in various schools and colleges in East and West Africa for 21 years. Career culminated in appointment as Chief Education Officer to the Federal Government in the East of Nigeria where I founded a thousand pupil college and acted as Educational Advisor to the Federal Military Governor.
Inducted into The Rotary Club of Tanga. Started an Interact Club in one of the large schools and became President of The Rotary Club of Tanga in 1970/71. In 1971 moved to Nigeria where I was an Associate Member of Aba Rotary Club as, after the Biafran war it was too dangerous to travel to their evening meetings.
On his return to England in 1980 he became a director of a small engineering firm in Shrewsbury and joined the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, moving to the Rotary Club of Whitchurch in 1988 on his retirement. He served as Chairman of the International Committee for several years instigating matching grants in Ethiopia and Tanzania with Water Aid. I served as President of the Rotary Club of Whitchurch in 1994/5.
I was always keen on the outdoor life. Four times I climbed Kilimanjaro and three times walked to the peaks of Mt. Kenya. I played most sports, but particularly enjoyed tennis and sailing. I clocked up a thousand hours as a private pilot and owned two aircraft, a Cessna 172 and a Cessna 185. I have been a Reader in the Church of England for twenty years.