Scarecrow Festival 2022 from March 24th to April 14th

Following the enormous success of previous Scarecrow events, we are hosting a SCARECROW SONG and DANCE themed event centering on Bramhall village and it will run from 24th  March until 14th April – just before the Scarecrows go out into the fields to do their work.

Because Billy Bow and Bella have been practising their music and, prompted by a TV programme, taking dancing lessons during the winter, they are inviting all their friends to come to Bramhall Village ready for a bit of a party.

You can create your own Scarecrow with ‘Song and Dance’ as a theme and bring it to the village for judging. There are three categories for entrants and judging will take place on Saturday 9th April around the village for shops and offices, in the Village Square for schools, clubs and children’s organisations such as brownies, scouts and on the forecourt of the Methodist church for family and individual entries.

You can get a creation kit for just £20 or re-enter last times model for £10. To create a Tableaux the costs are £35 two kits, £45 three kits and £50 four kits. They are obtained by contacting Maggie at   or our Facebook page Bramhall and Woodford Rotary. After that you have free rein to dress your scarecrow however you like but with the musical/dance theme. Props are allowed. Alternatively you can make your own scarecrow and enter the competition for just £10.

Shops and businesses are being encouraged to display their scarecrows outside their premises from 24th March for shoppers to enjoy and attract people to our lovely village centre. Who will be first to spot Billy Bow with Bella and the twins, Bobby and Belinda? Out and about every day!

International Music Festival on April 5th

We are very pleased to announce that our Scarecrow Festival will also include an International Music Festival on April 5th. Come and join Billy Bow and Bella to enjoy music and dance from around the world from 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th at the Methodist Church. There will be performers from Brazil, Ukraine, Persia and Mexico and the Bramhall School of Dancing will perform National Dances from around the world. More details about purchasing tickets will be put on here and our Facebook pages nearer the time. (Covid restrictions allowing of course!)

Fun day for Afghan children refugees

We (the Rotary Club of Bramhall & Woodford) collaborated with Care4Calais, Manchester Council and local Rotary Clubs to put on a Fun Day for the Afghan families at a local hotel. The smiles on the children’s faces said it all. The entertainer was brilliant, the bubble man brought his bubble friend and circus workshops were superb. There were lots of games, colouring, a parachute, mosaic crafts and face painting as well as henna tattoos. Nine Rotary Clubs donated money and volunteers, all of whom were amazing and must have been exhausted at the end of a very long day as 100 children can get quite boisterous!  All of this was achieved with very few of the Mums or children speaking English and took place on ‘Children In Need’ day. A disco was the finale and the friendly DJ even played Afghani party music! Apparently, families in the other hotels now want a Fun Day as well!

What’s been happening at your Rotary club?

Just look at our programme and if you like the look of something then contact us to arrange a visit (Currently using Zoom or meeting at the Ladybridge Club) – no need to join or make any commitment. You will be welcomed and if you like it then come again!

Fri 21st January – We returned to CHADS for our theatre evening. Reduced audience numbers, everyone double jabbed and covid tested. No mix and mingle buffet with the cast afterwards. Despite these covid precautions a very pleasant evening for an Alan Ayckbourn play.

Wed 12th January – a sociable Zoom chat.

Wed 5th January 2022 – Back to zoom for the first committee meeting of the new year. COVID safe theatre evening, scarecrow festival, international concert etc.

Fri 17th December – Christmas party at Bramall Park Golf club. Good time had by all (but no flying balloons or hooters!!)

Wed 1st December – Three Afghan guests and Jackie’s Christmas turkey. Good evening.

Wed 24th November – A busy committee night. Christmas is coming!

Wed 17th November – We had a fantastic tasting meal at Noks in Bramhall. Wonderful flavours, friendly service and raising money for charity at the same time. Well done Nok, Reece and Richard.

Wed 10th November – Peter Webb gave a fascinating talk on volcanoes. Our newest member, Lynn, was inducted.

Wed 3rd November – Another hugely successful fashion show, with almost 100 attendees

Sat 30th October – Collecting at Bramhall’s Spooktacular event, raising £400 to help Afghan refugee children in Manchsester.

Wed 27th October – Committees. Normally on the first Wednesday of the month but clashes meant we had November’s early. Plenty of planning for fashion show, Xmas activities and social events. A busy period coming up!

Wed 20th October – We had our 35th Charter Night (i.e. club’s birthday party) at the Crown & Conspirator. Fun had by all.

Wed 13th October– Covid task Force = Our very own member, Dev, who has been on the front line throughout the pandemic, updated us with news about the Rotary task force on which he serves. He covered data from the UK, news from around the world and what Rotary can do to help

Wed 6th October- Our monthly committee meeting. Plans for the next fashion show and help for Afghan refugees were hot topics.

Wed 23rd September – We had a games evening at Ladybridge

Wed 15th September – Crown Green Bowling

Wed 8th September – Neil Smith presented “Have guitar will travel”

Wed 1st September – Committees by Zoom. Lots of discussion about future fund raising and social plans.

Sun 29th August – Ari and Joan hosted a fund raising barbecue at their home. Another wonderful social event – this time raising hundreds of pounds for the Rotary Foundation.

Wed 25th August – Our member, Mark, gave a talk illustrating his varied career, mostly in supply chain management, currently in a start up developing a new and promising cancer treatment.

Sun 22nd August – The circus came to Bramhall Park!

Wed 18th August – After 17 months we returned to Ladybridge club and had an actual face to face meeting! Mark Llewellyn gave a talk about the history of cruise lines, in particular Cunard. An excellent speaker to mark this special occasion.

Thurs 12th August – We held a very successful fashion show in the village square

Wed 4th August – Committees. Lots of discussion re the circus and fashion show.

Sun 25th July – Bob and Sue’s garden party defied the weather forecast and a great, sunny, time was had by all

Wed 21st July –   George English gave his presentation of The Mayflower Journey in 1620

Wed 14th July – Christopher Peskett gave an insightful talk on Medecins Sans Frontieres – he himself has direct experience from many of the world’s problem areas.

Thurs 8th July – Committees were held on Thursday because England played (and beat) Denmark on Wednesday! Circus, Fashion Show, Garden Party, Barbecue all in the offing. President Sue’s first full meeting.

Wed 30th June – The last day of our Rotary year and this was the handover meeting where the programme for next year was presented and the chain of office handed over from Harry to Sue, in the presence of ADG Paul. The chain moved physically, everything else on Zoom!

Wed 23rd June – just an informal chat because on Sun 27th we had our second LIVE post lockdown social event – a “picnic” lunch in a member’s garden. Again wonderful to see each other not on Zoom!

Wed 16th June – Another (maybe this will actually be the last? But we’ve said that before!) excellent tasting session, this from the Trunk Lounge in Bramhall.

Wed 9th June – Gloria Barnett gave us a fascinating talk about life in the oceans and the importance of the seas to all life on earth.

Wed 2nd June – Committees. Plans being made for resumption once “new normal” emerges

Wed 26th May – Dogs for Good – A talk by Linda Montgomery and Vicky Blackmore accompanied by Obi the dog

Wed 19th May – just an informal chat because on Sat 22nd we had our first LIVE post lockdown social event – a drinks and nibbles lunch in a member’s garden. Great to see each other not on Zoom!

Wed 12th May – Larry Fryda gave a talk about  Teaching Hospital Equipment Repair in the Developing World 

Wed 5th May – Committees. Lots more planning, including emergency fund raiser for helping with the terrible situation in India.

Wed 28th April – We heard from Paul Williams, head of Bramhall High about his history and philosophy for the school.

Wed 21st April – Herbert Chatters gave us an interesting talk on the history of gin. Several members had purchased the purple gin and honey gin to taste along with the talk!

Wed 14th April – Our first tasting back in September was with Chilli Banana, now renamed Noks. This time we had even more variety and sampled some of the new dishes. They were wonderful! A great evening for what might be the last in this series of tastings with local restaurants. Here’s hoping for the real thing quite soon!

Wed 7th April – Committees Another evening making plans for the future

Wed 31st March – Our very own Dev reflected on a year at the front line on a covid ward, giving lots of insights into the pandemic.

Wed 24th March – Brian White showed some wonderful photographs from a trip to The Amazon

Wed 17th March – Another excellent tasting, this from Peking Garden, Bramhall. Joined by Vera to guide us, and to introduce Aric, we enjoyed some wonderful food.

Wed 10th March – An inspiring talk by Billie Coleman Jones about the well established Contact Hostel, which supports 16-19 year old girls in need.

Wed 3rd March – Committees where we considered when/if we hold the circus event among other things.

Wed 24th February- Jo and Anna, from Handy Ladies Feeding the Community, told us about this amazing organisation, formed during lockdown, which distributes about 500 meals per week in our local area.

Wed 17th February – Another fine tasting session. This one from Trattoria D’Agostino in Cheadle Hulme. Yummy garlic mushrooms, lasagne, pizza etc.

Wed 10th February – We were joined by members of Kavala Rotary Club, in Greece who were twinned with the now closed Hazel Grove club, several former members there having joined Bramhall and Woodford. A good evening of mutual updates and renewing of friendships between those that had visited each other whilst twinned.

Wed 3rd February – A good committee evening beginning preparation for when we are allowed “out and about” again.

Wed 27th January – Keith Paver gave a comprehensive and stimulating talk on virology – including updates on Polio and Covid 19.

Wed 20th January – Another in our series of restaurant tastings. This time from Juniper in the centre of Bramhall. Despite the best efforts of storm Christoph we got our takeaways and enjoyed some fantastic food. It even snowed during our gastronomy!!

Wed 13th January – Hayley Fallon gave a presentation on fraud – covering many scam methods by face, phone and computer. Very useful in current times.

Wed 6th January 2021 – Committees and EGM. The EGM was to elect officers for the Rotary year starting in July. The committeees covered a wide range of planning matters.

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