David Hobbs

David Hobbs, a long time member of Eastleigh Rotary,  died on the 18th February 2018 at the age of 96. David’s indomitable spirit and willingness to join in as many activities as he could, even in his nineties, was an example to us all and embraced the very essence of Rotary – Service above Self.  David will be greatly missed by us all

DAVID HOBBS (1921-2018)

David was born in Southampton and educated at King Edward’s School. He was proud of his school and was a member of the Old Edwardians Lodge.

After leaving school he joined the National Provincial Bank. In 1940 he was called up and joined the Navy. His first active duty was to join the flotilla of vessels bringing back the retreating British forces from France, his boat’s landing point was the open beach at St Valery. They were forced to ground their boat to enable troops to board. Unfortunately, a falling tide left them stranded for several hours and they were captured by the advancing German army. They were transported and marched across France and Germany to a prisoner of war camp in Poland.

While in the camp, not wishing to waste his time, David, through the Red Cross Postal Services, managed to carry on taking his banking exams, he also took the German language course in case the war went the wrong way!

After his demob David rejoined the bank which later became the National Westminster Bank.

David married Sheila in 1955.  They had two children Simon and Patricia and moved to Chandler’s Ford in 1978

David and Sheila were keen golfers and were both life members of Bramshaw Golf Club.

David joined Eastleigh Rotary Club in 1980 and was President in 1986. He was an active member of the Club, participating in as many activities as he could and always looking to see where he could help.

He was a keen sailor and held a Yacht Master Certificate.  Several of us were also sailors and enjoyed regular sailing trips as well as many games of golf with David at Bramshaw.

David retired from banking as Manager of the Above Bar Southampton branch of the Nat West

Sadly, Sheila died in 2004 after 48 happy years of marriage.

David was devoted to his family and friends and I know we all feel privileged to have shared a part of his long and fulfilled life.

Peter Sutton 26th February 2018.

David wrote an article about his time in the navy for the Club Bulletin in December 2013.

One Man’s War

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Visit to Clanfield Observatory

Last  Tuesday evening 14 of us visited the Clanfield Observatory.  Unfortunately the night sky was obscured by cloud so direct visual observations were not possible. We were given a tour of two of the Club’s observation domes, one of which housed a 100 hundred year old    7 inch telescope ( on loan from the Royal Navy ) with the second dome containing a very modern 24 inch telescope linked to a computerised system enabling extensive investigation (and photography) of the solar system.  Back in the clubhouse we were given an insight into the many activities of the group including private and public visits, presentations to schools and direct involvement with students from Portsmouth University.  An introductory  presentation on ‘Exoplanets’ generated many questions from Rotarians (both specific and general) highlighting the knowledge and dedication of the Clanfield group of astronomers.

Many thanks must also be given to Glenda and Mike who invited us into their home for pre-visit food and drinks.  It was a wonderful hot and cold buffet without which I very much doubt we would have survived the cold of the night.

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5th Monday Dinner 30th October

Tony Trowsdale (from Rotary Club of Romsey Test) gave a highly entertaining and informative presentation to Eastleigh Rotary Club Evening Dinner held at the Concorde Club last Monday. His subject was Shelter Box, a disaster relief charity providing emergency shelter and vital aid to people affected by disaster worldwide. Talking to an audience swelled by visiting Rotarians from other local groups, Tony told how the charity was founded in 2000, is based in Cornwall and has grown to become an organisation which is regularly one of the first on the ground around the world. Shelter Box literally provides a strong plastic box containing a family sized tent, a water purification kit, solar lighting in a bag, cooking pots and utensils, tool kits including a folding shovel. Experience means that box contents can be modified to be relevant to the geography of the disaster area and reflect more on the needs of the people affected. Shelter Box personnel are mostly volunteers and collaborate with Rotary partners and various international associates around the world including the United Nations.


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Planting Purple Crocuses for Polio

We spent this morning planting 5,000 purple crocuses as part of World Polio Day. A big thank you to everyone who helped and the great help we got from Eastleigh Borough Council – thanks Paul and Ali.
Rotary has been heavily involved over the years with eradicating polio and has raised millions of pounds from around the world for this cause. For every dollar we have raised Bill Gates has given $2! We are very nearly there and whereas 15-20 years ago there were hundreds and thousands of case of polio we are now down to less than 11 this year. Over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated thanks to the help of Rotary

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Talk from Charlotte Stamp, Alzheimer’s Society

Charlotte Stamp – Community Fund Raiser for the Alzheimer’s Society in Hampshire – gave a very interesting presentation at our Monday Lunch. She immediately dismissed the belief that Alzheimer’s was a normal outcome of the aging process to inform us that it is a disease of the brain which can develop in various ways including through brain injury. There are approx. 850,000 sufferers in the U.K. with approx. 25,000 in Hampshire. Apparently 1 in 20 persons under 65 years of age will suffer from this illness in some form. Charlotte expanded on the work of the Society which offered support to sufferers and their families, worked to make society more aware of the condition and leading research into finding a cure.

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RYLA Students Talk

At the Monday evening meeting two Barton Peveril College students – Alice and Amana – gave a well structured feedback presentation on their time at Avon Tyrell. They were part of around 60 young people participating in a programme designed to help develop Leadership Skills. Using visual aids they told of some of the activities they engaged in such as problem solving in a group, raft building, trust walking, climbing on low ropes. They explored what makes a good leader and how to achieve outcomes using good teamwork. Communication skills (and recognising the barriers to) were also a key part of the programme. Both Alice and Amana said they had gained new confidence in themselves, made new friends and most of all had fun. They were very complimentary to the friendly staff and would recommend the experience to any other young people. Martin presented both young ladies with a Certificate recognising their achievements.


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CSR Awards at District Conference

Awards presentations from left to right, Val Down, Rob Dewing, Wendy Martin-Green and Roger Dean

We were delighted when Wendy Martin-Green, Executive Chairperson at Peter Green Furnishings, and Rob Dewing, Director, Notherwood Systems received their Corporate Responsibility Awards at the District 1110 Rotary Conference.

Wendy, a Rotarian of The Rotary Club of Eastleigh, encourages our club to have a stall at the open days in the Chandlers Ford showroom which helps us to maintain our local community profile. It also assists us with the opportunity for fund raising.

Rob Dewing, owner of Northerwood, a company that develops websites for businesses and has worked with Eastleigh club for a number of years. Apart from Rob’s talent with computer development, he likes to get his “hands dirty” by regularly helping out at club events such as the Eastleigh 10k,  Concorde Classic Car Show and Swan Centre Collections.

Many congratulations to Wendy and Rob

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Rotary District 1110 Conference

Over 200 Rotarians, from across the District, attended the Conference. Rotarian Wendy Martin from our Club gave a talk on how her father, Peter Green, started the furniture business in Eastleigh with £150 in his pocket and built it up to one of the largest showrooms in the South of England.

Peter Green was an active Rotarian and was very community minded – a characteristic that Wendy has carried on to this day. Great talk Wendy and thanks from the Club

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Claire Johns from Fare Share came to our lunch meeting and gave a talk on the work her charity. This is a national charity which obtains unwanted / surplus food from such organisations as Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Kelloggs, Nestle, Coca Cola, etc. and then distributes it in the local community to such groups as food banks, cooking centres, homeless hostels, women’s refuges, breakfast clubs, youth clubs and senior lunch clubs. None of the food has been on retail sale and comes direct from supermarket distribution centres. It is estimated that the U.K. food sector generates 4 million tonnes of food waste each year while there are 5 million people living in poverty in the U.K. Claire has managed the Southern Central region since its inception in April 2014 and operates three vans, distributing food around Hampshire. She is ably assisted by many volunteers as well as giving work experience opportunities to those seeking employment. Rotary of Eastleigh benefited from Fare Share’s assistance at last year’s Christmas Carol Concert and Martin presented Claire with a cheque for £250 in support of their valuable work. In turn Claire extended an invitation to Rotarians to visit the distribution depot based in Southampton

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