Rotary end charges for bike show entry

Gordon Bennis hands over to new Rotary vice-president David Inglis and President Keith Best
Gordon Bennis hands over to new Rotary vice-president David Inglis and President Keith Best

This year the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart has made the decision to stop charging the public for entry to their Wheelie Good Bike Show, which takes place on August 6.

Rotary Newton Stewart started the new Rotary year this month with a new President and a continuing promise to support the community with two more major events in September and October.

Outgoing President Gordon Bennie having handed over the chain of office to Keith Best and Vice President David Inglis for 2017/18.

Over the weekend of the 1st July a team of Rotarians entered the Relay for Life for Cancer Research at Bladnoch Park and raised £2000 towards the event.

The next celebration of 50 years of Rotary is to promote a new look to the Wheelie Good Bike Show on Sunday 6th August. President Keith told the that Rotary is making a 50th Anniversary promise to give free access for the general public to join in a new style family friendly day in the Riverside carpark, with the motor bike ride-in at 12 noon, Duck Race at 1, entertaining game stalls from 11 onwards set against a background of tractors, some veteran cars, local band Life O’Reilly and an ‘Iron Lung’ to experience how young suffers of polio existed when President Keith was at school.

The event is seeking community support for Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes to which the bikers entry fee will be donated and the proceeds of the raffle to Rotary’s Type 1 Diabetes project.

The 50 years of Newton Stewart Rotary continues in September at the Golf Club with £5000 hole in one prizes and in October with a planting of purple crocuses along the banks of the River Cree.

Kirkcudbright Rotary Club’s announced this week that their new President for 2017 – 2018 is Paul Tebay.

Retired physical education teacher and cricket fan Paul said: “I retired from teaching in 2009 and then I moved with my wife Mary to Kirkcudbright. I joined Kirkcudbright Rotary Club in November 2012 and became Youth Service Convenor in July 2013, a position that I have held until the present day.

“We have already started the year well at the Country Fair where we worked alongside the Summer Festivities. August will see our busiest month with the Galloway Recycle Sportive on the 12th, Moat Brae on the 19th and our spectacular Duck Race on Sunday 27th.

“I look forward to my year as Club President - working alongside and for our local community, in addition to our International projects.“