05 December 2019SANTA LETTER

20 November 2019SANTA SLEIGH ROUTE 2019

Forfar Rotary Santa Route 2019

Forfar Rotary are pleased to announce the schedule for their Santa visits to the Streets of Forfar.

Each night listed will start at 6.00pm and will visit the streets in the order listed. We hope to have Santa back for a rest by around 7.30pm.

 Please bring children to the sleigh and be mindful of traffic.

Monday, 25th November.
Prior Road, William Street, Helen Street, Montrose Road, Sir James Duncan Gardens, Dunnichen Avenue, Osprey Drive, Osprey Crescent, Osprey Gardens, Mossie Way, Rathwell Gardens and Priory Wynd.

Tuesday, 26th November.
Lentlands Road, Taranty Road, Langlands Road, Fruithill, Jeanfield Crescent, Teuchat Croft, Old Halkerton Road, Lintie Croft, Jeanfield Road, Potters Park and Dundee Road ( up to Potters Park ).

Wednesday, 27th November.
Dundee Road ( up from Potters Park ), Northampton Road, Northampton Place, Balmashanner Rise, Balmashanner Place, Mavis Croft, Slatefield Rise, Strathview, Slatefield Place, Slatefield Gardens, Westfield Loan, Westfield Gardens, Westfield Place, Kemsley Place and Donaldson Avenue.

Thursday, 28th November.
Kemsley Park, Thornton Place, Thornton Park, Threewells Drive, Threewells Place, Westfield Park, Westfield Drive and Westfield Crescent.   

                 Saturday 30th November Santa at the Cross

Tree Switch on at 4.00pm by Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven The Reindeer.

Forfar Instrumental band will play for 15 mins approx  

Santa Sleigh arrives at 4.30 pm. When Santa and the Elves will collect Letters from the Children.

PARENTS Please make sure the letter has a clearly written name and address to ensure a Santa Letter can be delivered

Monday, 2nd December.
Benholm Gardens, Drummers Dell, Briar Grove, Sheriff Park, Lochview Terrace, Graham Crescent, Grampian Park, Archie's Park, Craig O Loch Road, Glamis Road, Lowson Avenue and Lowson Terrace.

Tuesday 3rd December.
Lochside Road ( west from Bankhead Terrace)Turfbeg Place, Inchgarth Street, Inchgarth Avenue, Turfbeg Crescent, Turfbeg Rise, Turfbeg Avenue, Turfbeg Road, Lochbank Road, Lochbank Gardens, Taylor Street, Turfbeg Drive and Fyfe Jamieson.

Wednesday, 4th December.
Nursery Street, Strang Street, Kirkton Park, South Street, The Ha'en, Restenneth Drive, Lord Burn Place, Pitreuchie Place, Toll Crescent, Lily Wynd, McCulloch Drive, Strangs Ley and Gowan Rigg.

Thursday, 5th December.
Wyllie Street, Roberts Street, Callander Drive, Pirnie Mill, Service Road, Steadfast Lane, Esk Court, Isla Place, Lethnot Gardens, Prosen Place, Suttieside Road, Caledonian Way, Ivy Terrace, Ivy Road, St Margaret's Park, Whitehills Crescent, Station Road and Ritchie's Wynd.

Monday, 9th December.
North Street, Wellbraehead, Peffer's Place, Bell Place, Goosecroft, Green Street, Mosside View, Beulah Howe and Wester Restenneth in Forfar, Then onto Lunanhead for Restenneth Place, Carseview Terrace, Muirlands Court, Carseburn Terrace, Park Place, Priory Cottages, Well Road, Mid Row Pitscandly Park and Old Brechin Road.

Tuesday, 10th December.
Easterbank and Kings Road in Forfar then onto Kingsmuir for Dunnichen Road, Bunkerhill Crescent, Cunninghill View, Kingston Road, Kingston Place and Lownie Road then back to Forfar for Arbroath Road, Yeaman Street, Gordon Street, Jamieson Street, Lilybank Road and Lilybank Crescent and Strang Street.

Wednesday, 11th December.
Airlie Crescent, Glenclova Terrace, Glenmoy Terrace, Glenogil Terrace, Strathmore Avenue Gallowshade Road, St James's Road, Lyninghills, Laurel Bank, Viewmount, Reid Park Road and Hillside Road.

Monday, 16th December.
Bankhead Terrace, Lochside Road (east from Bankhead Terrace)Victoria Street, Tweed Mill Brae, North Street ( from Don St to Market Street), John Street, Don Street, Brechin Road, Robertson Terrace, Bankhead Road, Muir Road, Muir Place, Hanick Terrace and Muir Street, Katerine Street in Forfar. Then onto Padanaram for St Ninians Road and Redford Road.

Saturday 21st December

Santa & the Sleigh will visit Asda from 10.45am to 12.45pm

                                              Tesco from 1.00pm to 3.00 pm


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18 November 2019Blooming Forfar


President Doug McFarlane of Forfar Rotary Club presented a cheque for £140 to Forfar in Bloom members in Boyle Park. This donation is to go towards developing two new garden displays just inside the entrance to the park. Commenting Doug said “We are lucky to have the volunteers of Forfar in Bloom in our community.

The existing flower beds will be filled in and grassed over making maintenance easier. Environment and Diversity Convenor for the Rotary Club Sandy Ogilvie welcomed the initiative as some of the old flower beds were neglected and difficult to keep clear of weeds.

From the left are Aileen Elliot, Doug, Eleanor Gledhill, Sandy Ogilvie and Lynne Devine.

14 November 2019A Tribute to Rotarian JIM KELMAN.

A Tribute to Rotarian JIM KELMAN.

In a week where Forfar Rotarians mourned the loss of Honorary Member Morris Yeaman and of Margaret Valentine, wife of Rotarian David Valentine, the further loss of Rotarian Jim Kelman was perhaps the most deeply felt.

Jim was well liked by all and until recent weeks had been an active member of the Club. His wry sense of humour was always present, but he also displayed a professionalism in all that he did. His work with Rotary was fully recognised when Jim was presented with a Paul Harris Award in 2018. This is the highest honour given to those who have contributed to the humanitarian work and ideals of Rotary. His contribution to the lives he touched through his membership are many, but his loyalty to the spirit of Rotary will leave a huge void within the club.

Our thoughts are now with his family feeling their loss of a husband, father and grandfather, all of whom Jim was justifiably proud.

12 November 2019Disabled Club Night

A Nights Entertainment.

Forfar Rotary Club have just paid their annual visit to the Handicapped and Disabled Club and it was voted a great success by everyone but probably most of all by the Rotarians.

A trio rose to the occasion by playing and singing at various times during the programme which had bits in between for games of Bingo with prizes, the first part of a quiz keenly fought out table by table.

Then a supper with so much food on offer they had to take home doggie bags. Favourite food courtesy of McLarens the Bakers was the Bridies

After supper it was on with the Bingo, part two of the Quiz and of course a sing along and a dance if they wanted to finish off a great night. You will see by the photos it was a a very enjoyable night for all.

A Vote of Thanks was given by President Doug McFarlane on behalf of the Rotarians and of course gave a pledge to return again next year.

07 November 2019Breakfast Time Support


Forfar Rotary Club’s speaker this week was Gill Lawrie who talked with great passion of the work done to educate children where their food comes from. President Doug McFarlane presented her with a cheque for £250 to the Royal Highland Education Trust Angus Countryside, a charity which has the aim of bringing farming and food production closer to schoolchildren. There is a huge gap in today’s knowledge regarding farming in all its activities to produce food and how it reaches our table.

The money will be used for purchasing cutlery and melamine crockery to enable volunteers to continue the Farmhouse Breakfast Week in Dundee and Angus, where P6 pupils can sample healthy breakfasts, much of which is locally produced. This will give the pupils insights into farming and of production of food. The “Farmhouse Breakfast Week” usually takes place at the end of January.



Danny Bell joined Forfar Rotary Club in 1971 and was immediately impressed by the welcome he received by fellow Rotarians. He went on to be an enthusiastic member and was fully involved with all the good work of Forfar Rotary. Danny was Club President in 1981- 82 where he presided over his year on office with distinction.

His service to Rotary was recognised by the Club this week when he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. For those not aware of this award, it is only given to those who have been recognised by their fellow members as having put “Service above Self”

Rotarians David Arnot and Gavin Drummond spoke of Danny’s impressive contribution to Rotary when Danny received the award during this weeks meeting which was a “Partners Night” at the club.

Danny continues to be involved with the running of the club and is a regular attendee at the School Quiz, The Handicapped and Disabled Club, Curling and Golf etc.

President Doug McFarlane made the presentation and Danny was given a resounding round of applause for his well merited Paul Harris award.



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.

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