25 November 2021Skiff News

Skiff News

The Skiff kit arrived at the boat shed this morning on the roof rack of a Beemer!

Tony and I unpacked the two boxes and found that all the parts had been cut from the sheets and also numbered , this will save quite a bit of work.

The Christmas lights will be moved out of the shed on Tues, Wed, Thurs next week so we will have to leave access for their removal and the removal of the support frames.

All the cut out boat parts will need their edges sandpapering to remove the laser dross.


31 October 2021Forces Combine


No, not The Army, The Navy and the Air Force but the Forfar Rotary Club, Forfar Sailing Club and Forfar Men's Shed who together will provide all the expertise in a Community Project. It will not be plain sailing but the idea is one that will add value to many people in our community with a chance to explore a new hobby / sport.

The project to build a skiff which will be purchased by of donations from every walk-in life who will see the social benefits of the outdoors and exercise in small teams from every sport, organisation, club in fact any team that wishes to try something new. The skiff project will be overseen by the Rotary Club and all donations will be handled by them, giving peace of mind that everything will be recorded and protected to bring this project to a successful conclusion.

The Men’s Shed will give the expertise in the building of the Skiff and although the kit has already been ordered it has only been made possible due to an anonymous donation to cover its cost. Delay would have meant the cost of the skiff would have been greater adding to the present estimated cost of over £6000.

Forfar Sailing Club will look after the skiff once it is completed and it will be based at the Sailing Club so that it can be used on Forfar Loch. Skiff rowing is a fairly new but growing trend with more than 200 Skiffs now in Scotland with more being built, however there are already teams competing in races all over the country. It is for use by the community and when finished will be for teams of four rowers and a cox to use rowing in any form be, it for pleasure, fitness, or competition use.

The Strathmore Cricket Club are generously giving storage and workspace for the project so maybe there are others who feel their club could give valuable input.


Can you help bring this project to a successful conclusion?

Do you have skills to assist in the construction of the skiff?

Do you own a business that can add to the project by giving a cash donation or donate materials? Are you member of the public willing to contribute?

Are you a club who feel this could add to your own programme or compliment your training etc.

The ordering of the kit is only the start and work will start as soon as possible but, in the meantime, we would ask you to consider how you or your club etc. can help.

Contact: forfar.sailing+rowing@gmail.com


12 September 2021Good in the World


Forfar Rotary has now wound up its Tools Appeal and Andy Renwick the International Convenor has nothing but praise for the support given by the public at large.

Andy has spent many hours sorting the tools and setting them in groups ready to have them transported down south where they will be refurbished and sent to countries and communities where there is a need. If by your donating, it gives someone the chance to get out of poverty for their Family and or Community then surely if nothing else it will have made you feel good.

Getting all the tools packed and transported was a headache because of the bulk and sheer weight of the items that the Club are indebted to Forfar Rotarian Colin Muir for allowing us storage facilities at Orchard Bank since the start of the appeal.

Also new Rotarian Hayden Thomas has provided the transport and large secure bags to keep it all safe, all courtesy of his company Stonepack.

12 September 2021On Line Learning


Forfar Rotary thought that our programme to provide Forfar Primary Schools with Laptops and Tablets would have ceased as the sources as donations seemed to have dried up. However we are delighted that this much needed cause still continues thanks to more donations.

Rotarian Jim McCluskey the Youth Convenor happily made the trip to hand over more units to Strathmore Primary Head Teacher Jennifer Garnes and Laura Stewart who both praised the efforts of Forfar Rotary. We are always made most welcome at Strathmore Primary.

Whitehills Primary was the next destination for the hand over of another three laptops to Mrs Pamela Jorosz and three of her equally enthusiastic pupils. Pamela also gave the news that the first awardee of the Shield donated by the club was Isabella Yule for Creative Writing and she has now left Whitehills moving to Secondary education at the Academy.

So in conclusion we are still open for donations so if you missed our earlier appeals its never to late to assist us in our community work which in this case is enhanced thanks to the assistance given to the project by COMPUTERDEN


11 September 2021Danny's 50 Years


Forfar Rotary President Tim Hale had a couple of pleasant duties to perform this week when the club met at the Royal Hotel. This was the first get together of the club since the introduction of Zoom Meetings due to the affects of the pandemic and a good turn out was expected.

Firstly Tim welcomed everyone, delighted to be meet face to face and secondly to make a presentation to a fellow Rotarian. Last year it was agreed that Danny Bell should be recognised for his 50 years of service BUT Covid got in the way and Danny wanted to receive the award in the company of all the Rotarian friends even if it meant a delay. So everything was put on hold until we could safely meet again as a club.

Present on the night with Danny was his Daughter, his Son in Law and a very proud Granddaughter Gavin Drummond who gave a summary of Danny’s work and achievements in his time in Rotary and his service to the town of Forfar and that no doubt continue.

A slow return to normality is hoped with the club to meet in a mixture of Zoom and Face to Face meetings.

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