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Thursday 11th January 2018.  The start of a new year and the club, following enquiries over Christmas, decided to launch a ‘Friends of Anton Rotary programme. The scheme is aimed at individuals who would like to assist in the local community but are unable to become full members of Rotary. Details are available by clicking on the icon on the front page of this website or by asking any club member. The club has agreed to become sponsers of the Andover Rugby Club under 14 team. This will see the team carrying the club logo on their shirts.


Thursday 14.12.17  was the Clubs annual Christmas Dinner, held this year at The Lion in Clanville. The dinner was followed by a disco session with Rotarian Chrios Baxendale acting as DJ.  There are no further club meetings until Thursday January the 11th.

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Friday 27.10,17, Barry and Richard finished the installation of the kitchen units at River House. (The Junction)


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Thursday 27.10.17, Finished painting the stairwell, kitchen, bathroom and started on the general reception area. Also assembled the first of the kitchen units and hung on the wall. Work is expected to continue in the kitchen tomorrow to install the remaining units.

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Thursday 19th October. Painting finished in the kitchen, stairwell painted. Next week should see additional cupboards being put up in the kitchen, and work starting on the reception atrea

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Thursday12th of October. The Junction project.

This Thursday saw the start of decorating work at the Junction Project. 2 corridors painted, First work session on the kitchen. 8 Rotarians busy with sandpaper and paint.  Retire to the Royal Oak at Charlton for a beer and food afterwards. To be continued.


Monday 25th September.  Mini Production Tour at BMW’s Cowley plant near Oxford. 

Following on from the Festival of Motoring on Sunday a group of members and friends decampted to the Mini Production Facility near Oxford.We saw the Body assembly shop where 1000 robots form and build the various versions of the Mini. We were then taken into the final assembly area where a car rolls off the line every 67 seconds, 24 hours a day. An exciting, educational and mind blowing tour.

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Sunday 24th September   Andover Festival of Motoring

The 3rd annual Festival of Motoring in Andover High Street saw the club collecting money for the Junction Project, Over 250 was collected from the generous visitors to the show.Here are some of the pictures from the day

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Thursday 6th of July   Presidential Hand over

As a new year starts the club Presidency was ‘handed over’ to Rtn Barry Hawgood from President Richard Vaughan. President Barry set out his plans for the year ahead and thanked past President Richard for all his work during the past Presidential year.



Saturday July 1st   Andover Family Festival

Along with The Andover Rotary Club we arranged and produced The Andover Family festival at the Charlton Sports Ground in Andover. The weather helped make this a very successful event. There was music (on stage), a dog show,a car show, a fairground, flying display  and gun dog demonstrations in the main arena,

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More pictures from the show can be found by clicking HERE



Sunday 14th May.  Romsey Rotary Mini Marathon

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Anton had been asked to assist in marshalling the race. A lovely Sunday morning, hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities. Some of our club turned up to help and to learn how events like this were organised.




Saturday 8th April, Metal Detecting week end.

A bright sunny morning welcomed around 120 detectors to the biggest Antom Rally ever. (2 days, over 250 detectors expected, 220 acres available).  Wonderful facilities lent by our favourite farmer. What could be better?  By 10am we had received many messages praising the organisation of the event!

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Thursday 23rd March.  Social evenings are over, gone the Chinese Meals and Skittles time for the club to get back to work with a visit to Norman Gate School. The school wanted to plant a wild flower meadow but required some assistance from their favourite Rotary Club. A couple of weeks ago Chris and Tony attended and sprayed weedkiller on 6 strips of grass, approx 1mtr by 20. Tonight the heavy squad turned up with a hired rotavator. The strips were proessed (3 runs per strip) and the ground now left for the children to sprinkle wild flower seeds over the ready areas. Hope they will ask us back later to see the results.  .

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Thursday 16th March saw the club members ‘fuelling’ up in preporation for a busy 2nd half of the Rotary year. A Visit to the Buddha restaurant was called for, ‘eat all you want’ said the menu, so we did and filling and happy social event ensued.

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27th January 2017 saw the money raised during the club’s Christmas collection being presented by President Richard Vaughan to The Foyer project at The Junction Centre in Andover.

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 The Andover Foyer, being part of the larger Junction project which provides a drop-in centre for homeless and unemployed teenagers and young adults in the Andover Area,. Two particular projects are to benefit from the donation; ‘The Steps Club’, an arts crafts and activities group for people with learning difficulties between the ages of 18 and 36, and  a project called ‘The Soundwave’, a project designed to teach the basics of music production including lessons on various instruments.



December 20, 23rd and 24 saw the club out collecting at the ASDA superstore in Andover. A motley crew some in disguise, managed to encourage the wonderful customers to handover any pennies left after their christmas shopping.

Our grateful thanks go to ASDA for allowing the use of their premises and also to he generous shoppers of Andover, we hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for 2017.

Late news just in:- Santa said that he enjoyed meeting the Andover people so much he will be back next year!

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November 7th to 12th and our members were once again happy to work with Andover Rotary Club to administrate and control the logistics of the 2016 District Shoe box appeal. The boxes were being collected in a warehouse rented for a month at Eastover Farm on the Andover to Salisbury Road. Saturday saw a constant stream of vans from Clubs all over the district arrive at prearranged times to off load their cargo. The volunteers then catagorised the boxes and stacked them onto pallets ready for on shipping to Romania and other countrys in time for Christmas.

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November 10th 2016 Bill Coombes, a long time friend of Anton Rotary, joined us last evening  and game one of his now famous talks. This time we were enthraled with the story of the ‘Romans in South England’. and in particular the local area. The fact filled presentation had particular reference to the clubs metal detecting activities and helped to explain the number of Roman coins found on these MD days.

Amoungst many other facts Bill indicated that the centre of the Roman Settlement in the Andover area is in fact within a coiple of miles from the Oak where the club meets regularly on a Thursday evening. Bill also displayed a number of Roman finds including a small oil lamp (complete) which would have burned olive oil.


October 2nd 2016 saw the second Metal Detecting day this year. Over 120 ‘detectors’ from all over the country, including the coach party from wales spent a glorious sunny Sunday covering 120 acres in search of hidden treasure. The last man off the field displayed a neolithic hand axe. Many other interesting finds were made and the club continued its friendly relationship with those who spend their weekends hoping to discover missing parts of our histor

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    First Sheryl fed them breakfast, then they lined up and at 10am ‘It’s all go!



August 25th saw Club members experience the sport of FOOTGOLF at The Hampshire Golf Club nr Andover. The brave soles who took on the challenging course had a fun filled evening and some even managed to get the ball (large) into the hole (even larger. The winning team led into the bar and a well earned supper in the clubghouse.

August 19th saw some members enjoy an evening at Salisbury races where the racing was followed by music provided by a ‘QUEEN’ tribute band.

August 3rd 2016, the club presented a cheque for 2200 to the Whizz-kidz organisation.

Norman Geller, the well known sports journalist and writer of over 100 specialised sports books addressed the members at The Oak. His experience with the England Football team and playerts goes back to 1966.

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July 3rd saw the annuall Swimathon held at the Andover Leisure Centre Pool. Many swimmers took part with a number reaching the target of ‘swim a mile’ for your charity. One very keen swimmer Milly managed to achieve 200 lengths of the pool within the 2 hour session. This equated to 5KM..

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30th of June saw the club presidency handed over from Barry Hawgood to Richard Vaughan. The event took place at the Hampshite golf club. Out going President Barry presented the members ladies with a bouquet of flowers.

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March 2016    The Big Metal Detect

The weekend of 19-29th of March saw Metal Derectors from all mover the country desend on Andover for thye 2016 event. Some participhants camped on the field behind the Weyhill Fair and were served a very english breakfast by the staff. This was a new addition to regular detects hosted by Anton Rotary wnd proved to be the most successful so far, Over 2000 was raised for the Presidents charities and a great weekend was enjoyed by all.


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5th 6th & 7th of October  2015

The club hired a canal boat from The Bruce Trust and arranged day trips for pupils from 3 of Andovers special schools on the Kennet and Avon Canal..

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Sunday 27th September

This was the latest in the club’s series of Metal decting days. (see metal detecting page) once again we were supported by a local farmer allowing access to a field nr Penton

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Saturday 19th of September

AYC garden, following last years major project the club has been carrying out occasional maintainence work and today we cut the grass, dug over the vegetable plot and generally tidied up for the winter.


Sunday 30th of August 2015

In conjunction with the Andover Rotary Club we staged the first effort at recreating the ‘Andover Show’.  Thruxton Racing Ciruit generously allowed us to use the facilities there, the day was split into 2 halves with The Show in the afternoon with a rock concert at night.

During the afternoon a group from Gosport put on a childrens show based on Frozen Princesses and Minions, this was agreat success with all the children and many adults.

Unfortunately the weather was not totally kind to us with rain in the evening which helped to restrict the numbers turning up for the concert. The music was provider by two band fron the south of England, RELOAD and Call Me Blondie. Both put on stirring performances despite the rain

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Sunday July 5th 2015

This was the date of the second Anton Swimathon, entries were challanged to’swim a mile’ and many did. The event supported by Andover Leisure raised over 2000 for local Rotary charities. Well done to all who took part.



April 17-19 2015

The club had a first ‘weekend away’ at the Manor House hotel nr Oakhampton in Devon. We are joined by  ex-member Jon Pierce and his wife Joanna. Plenty of golf for the golfers and lots of other activities for the non golfers and in the evenings

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Thursday 6th June 2013

As the International Space Station crossed the sky over Andover on Thursday evening, members of Anton Rotary Club and their guests settled down to listen to a most interesting illustrated talk about life on the International Space Station (ISS) and the   background to its scientific research work. 

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The talk was delivered by Bill Coombes, a fellow Rotarian from Bournemouth.  Bill worked as a science technician at a Bournemouth secondary school and is a local NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Ambassador.  He is the link person between NASA’s ISS project and local schools and radio enthusiasts, he can communicates with the ISS and the astronauts on board as well as having privileged access to their photographic and video material.

Rotary Friends and family members were invited, as well as the head and deputy head of a local school.  Altogether this was a most enlightening talk enjoyed by all present


Saturday the 15th of June saw the club celebrate its 1000th meeting since the club was formed in 1993. The Club invited past members, and friends spanning the past 20 years

A number of founder members are still with the club and they were introduced to the guests. Representatives from the local Rotary District and Andover Rotary were in attendance.

Sir George Young (the local MP) was the guest of honour and led the toast to Anton Rotary.

Following the meal guests were invited to dance the night away to retro music provided by ‘The Covers’


During the Presidential handover outgoing President Richard Vaughan presented a cheque for 2500 to Sarah Redhead representing The Countess of Brecknock Hospice Appeal. This had been President Richard’s charity for his year in office.

Following the presentation the official handover to President Herbie Wilhelmy took place.

President Herbie thanked Richard for all his efforts during the year before laying out his own plans for the coming year. President Herbie has decided that the club should aim to help as many local requirements as possible rather than having one main charity benefit from the clubs work.


With the completion of the project at Norman Gate School the following comments were made in the schools recent newsletter,


"Sometime ago I was lucky enough to be invited to speak to Anton Rotary Club.  Before i went I asked the children what they would like the club to help us with.  Green class made a powerpoint presentation about our field suggesting ways to make it better for the children to use. A few weeks later I was delighted to hear that Anton Rotary were going to support us by building two raised herb beds and create a woodland walk.  Anton Rotary is a small club and this was a big project so a major effort was made by all. The weekend of 28th June came and after much preparation the woodland was cut away and a walk put in with stopping places. The children have already been up exploring, looking at the plants and finding out about the wildlife."