This week the Rotary Club of Forfar finalised their accounts after the successful running of the Strathmore Classic Car Tour 2019. As with the previous three Strathmore Classic Car Tours the proceeds from the event were once again earmarked for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The event organiser Alan Cairns and Rotarian Members Sandy Ogilvie, Ian Findlay and David Russell were met at the Scone HQ of SCAA by Fiona Dennis to hand over the cheque and to be introduced to some of the crew.


The Rotarians were then taken to the control room where the first aid crew gave the Rotarians information and further insight to the types of cases where the Air Ambulance is used. Their knowledge of where and when they might be required to go anywhere in Scotland is backed up by their records, time of year, weather conditions, sporting activities etc. - all important information. All that even before they take off.

In conclusion Alan Cairns handed over a cheque to the Charity. The sum raised on the day was £7833.40 but with Gift Aid added the final total was £8505.90. This is the Forfar Rotary Club’s fourth donation to SCAA from monies raised by the Strathmore Classic Car Tours.

                      TOTAL RAISED BY ALL FOUR CAR TOURS = £44,755


The 2019 Strathmore Classic Car Tour was held on a beautiful day on Sunday June 24th. The route starting from Forfar took the cars along the A94 to Balkeerie, Newtyle then onward to Stanley then by the B8063 to Logiealmond. The lunch stop was at the picturesque Loch Tummel Hotel . After a soup and sandwich, or packed lunch, it was onto the afternoon drive. The afternoon route took the cars through Trinafour and Calvine. The route continued via Tullymurdoch and Alyth to the finish at Glamis Castle for an optional High Tea concluding with the presentation of prizes and words of praise and thanks to our major sponsors “Fisken Motor Group” and “Guild Homes”

The Strathmore Classic Car Tour 2020 is already in the planning stage and work is in progress with route planning. The event will feature a different route taking the cars and their crews along quiet and scenic roads going to ???? I wonder where? If you are interested in entering the entry form for the 2020 Car Tour will be able to download from the club website www.forfarrotary.org.uk in November

Forfar Rotary appreciate the sponsorship provided by The Fisken Motor Group and Guild Homes this year and of course all those who took part in the event helping us raise funds through individual sponsorship money. The good news is that our two main sponsors have already committed to be main sponsors for the 2020 Tour.

Read about Forfar Rotary Club and the Strathmore Classic Car Tour on both our Facebook Pages

29 September 2019Gin and Beer Night

Forfar Rotary Visits Redcastle.

Redcastle Gin has been created by the partnership of Fiona Walsh, who brings a wealth of drinks industry expertise, and John Anderson, founder of Redcastle Brewery. Collectively, they have a passion and enthusiasm for creating authentic great tasting products. Redcastle Scottish Gin is the first addition to the Redcastle Spirits family.

Now, not even the Rotary Club of Forfar could resist a visit to tour the Brewery and Distillery and so spent a very informative evening talk, detailing the lengths Redcastle go to to produce their products. Crafted beer and a series of fine gins including the Redcastle Gin that has risen to the challenge and secured third place from The Scottish Gins Awards.

Everyone at Redcastle HQ is absolutely thrilled with the news that their amazing Spiced Rum has now been awarded 2 stars as part of the Great Taste awards 2019.

“It is a blend of our own Angus distilled rum with 3 year old cask aged Jamaican rum, which results in a heavenly and indulgent spiced rum, with notes of vanilla and citrus.”

Of course all this talking produced a thirst and so Forfar Rotarians were happy to oblige with a wee sample or two with beers and gins because as you know the proof is in the drinking. You could say it was a happy night ( drivers apart) for those who attended.

Many thanks to John and Fiona for their hospitality, may your business go from strength to strength.

07 September 2019RYLA

FORFAR ROTARY RYLA report from Rachael and Kyle.

Forfar Rotary Club had the pleasure of hearing an account of the recent RYLA adventures from the two candidates chosen by the Club.

RYLA is a Leadership programme that entails Outdoor activities, Team Building, Instructional Talks and of course competition.

Both Kyle and Rachael spoke highly of their week and not only have they benefitted as individuals bit have made many friends.

They thanked Forfar Rotary for the opportunity and said their week had a profound and lasting effect on their life young lives that will enhance their personal chosen life styles.

President Doug McFarlane intimated that this support will continue next year and that dates to select candidates will be done early next year with support from Forfar Academy.

Want to know more ?? just Search RYLA in District 1010

22 August 2019Strathmore Centre Comfort Fund

Strathmore Centre Comfort Fund

The purposes of the Fund are to relieve the needs, further the health and advance the education of children and young people with special needs, who use either the respite or day care services of the Strathmore Centre Forfar, and their carers by providing, or assisting in the provision of, such relevant goods and services as are necessary.

After a presentation to the Forfar Rotary Club an invitation to view the premises etc. was given to the Club and Rotarians Doug McFarlane and Bill Reid went this week and were pretty impressed.


Here, handing over a cheque for £500 is President Doug and Michael Craig of the Strathmore Centre Comfort Fund.

09 August 2019Letter of Thanks

Letter of Thanks

Dear Forfar Rotary Club

Blake has a rare genetic condition MECP 2 Duplcation Syndrome. There are 25 children in the UK with this condition so it’s very rare. Jenny found out when he was around 8 weeks old.  He is now aged 7 years and his mother Jenny has fund raised since he was 9 months old with various events such a “Blake and Gold”. She also has shops called Blake’s Bargains. She relies heavily  on others fundraising to help raise money for research as they believe the condition in reversible “reverse rett”. The research study has started but is costly and other families of children with this condition also fund raise. 

The Great British BLAKE off  was last Sunday at Forbes Of Kingennie - Hope for Blake is one of their charities of the year and it was to raise money for ongoing health needs for Blake as a lot of the fundraising money goes into research. His mum says she is going to put it towards buying a trailer for Blake or a new Buggy as he is growing and he has oxygen with him at all times so needs a specialised buggy. 

Many thanks to Forfar Rotary for the kind donation and trust this year will be another successful one for the Club.

05 August 2019Rotary Membership


By joining Forfar Rotary, your journey on the road to help transform lives and communities begins.

  • We fulfil our purpose and achieve our goals thanks to the dedication of our members.
  • At Rotary we have the unique position of being rooted with our own communities but with a global outlook, ready to tackle challenges at home and abroad.
  • Through membership of your local Rotary club, you will become part of a network of 1.2 million members, in 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.
  • We are friends, neighbours, leaders and problem solvers.

Our Past and most definitely our Future will be our ability to encourage new male and female members to join us in carrying out our pledge of “Service above Self”

If you have an interest in your community and do not know how you can best utilise your time volunteering then perhaps you would be surprised in the projects, clubs, and international aid provided by your local Forfar Rotary.

To find out more please contact us using the Rotary Website www.forfarrotary.org.uk and fill in the details in the Feedback Button.

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