08 April 2021A New Member


Hayden grew up in West Linton in the Scottish borders attending Peebles High School. Went to University in Aberdeen where I met his Wife Anna, They spent their early twenties working in England, living in St Albans, York and Bristol.

In 2006 they moved to Forfar and started Stonepack a company that goes from strength to strength.

They have two boys, Finlay and Logan, aged 12 and 10. As a family enjoy skiing and sailing and are looking forward to participating when the Covid restrictions are lifted.

Hayden and Anna are both keen horse riders . Although always a rider, he stated he had to take more of an interest, as otherwise he would never see Anna at all.

He took up Curling in the past couple of years and in his first season found it was also a great way to meet new people, many of them members of the Rotary. He was persuaded to join in a few Rotary Zoom meetings and found he enjoyed the presentations and what Rotary was achieving in the community.

He is now looking forward to being more involved and getting to know the rest of the club members who in his words “are a friendly bunch” and encourages others to consider membership.

02 April 2021A Good Friday for the Club

Strathmore Primary and Forfar Rotary Feature on Radio Tay.

Forfar Rotary Club kept up the supply of reconditioned laptops and tablets this Friday and were interviewed by Callum Clarke from Radio Tay on the success of their programme with all the Schools.

The interviewees were Head Teacher Jennifer Garnes and Rotary Youth Convenor Jim McCluskey and two pupils from P7 Kara and Gabi.

President Colin Muir was there to hand over the much needed equipment all made possible in the main by the generous donations from the public. As to future supplies, it is all up to continued support from the public who have thus far responded admirably.

Callum Clarke from Radio Tay believes that they will probably be running the laptops story on Tuesday in their news reports between 6am and 1pm.
The video will also be available on their Facebook page and website so all in all it will broaden the appeal making more people aware of Forfar Rotary’s work in the community.


A big thank you to Greig and Kirsten at Computerden for his generous support in the Project.

27 March 2021Spring into Action


Yes its officially the first day of spring on the 21st March and Forfar Rotary Club’s International Committee are launching their latest venture. Now that you will all be spring cleaning the garden shed, the garage and indoor storage we hope we can encourage you to think of others who less privileged and would welcome tools you no longer use to be sent abroad to make a huge difference.

We are committed to tackling poverty in a practical way by helping disadvantaged people overseas to help themselves through practical skills training. Unwanted tools and equipment are collected and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers.

As you can see from the information the list of tools required is mainly for hand tools as the majority of cases they will be used where there is no electricity or mechanical power. What ever we collect will be dispatched to Workaid UK , refurbished and distributed abroad.

Workaid take applications from groups working with orphans, widows, street children, refugees and the disabled as well as those suffering the consequences of HIV/AIDS. We are also keen to support UK. based groups working with vulnerable and unemployed young people in the UK.

The International convenor Andy Renwick and his committee members will collect any donations or you can drop them at the John Dow Unit at Orchard Bank Industrial Estate who have kindly offered to store them until they can be sorted and readied to be dispatched

Hand tools are often left aside when we find their uses overtaken by battery and electrical machinery so “dig” out what you no longer use and you can be sure that you your donation can in a simple way Change a Life and or a Community.

Contact Forfar Rotary at www.forfarrotary.org.uk OR A phone call to  07835013095

News of Forfar Rotary Projects are also on our Facebook Page

An example of how YOU can make a difference.

Jane opened a small tailoring shop in Kenya Following her husband’s death from an AIDS related illness, Jane struggled to provide food and medical care for her two daughters and couldn’t afford to send them to school. Now that she has completed her training in tailoring, and gained some business skills, she’s able to make clothes and school uniforms. Jane said, “I am free from the worries I had before. I know how to determine the price of my products so that I can take care of my family without a husband.”


03 March 2021Reconditioning Assists Online Learning


Forfar Rotary are delighted to have handed over seven Laptops, ( fully checked and reconditioned ) to Whitehills Primary School. Vice President Tim Hale did the honours when he was greeted by Principal Teacher Mrs Jaroz and four very happy pupils. This was made possible due to the response to our appeal for donations of used units no longer being used.

Computerden who have undertaken to clean and check them have been marvellous at providing a fast turn around to ensure that all units are fit for purpose. We hope to be able to hand over more units next week.

Keep up the donations of Laptops, Tablets and PCs coming, and help the youngsters to get their education back on track. Local business’s may have surplus IT units so we appeal to all potential sources, lets get the children, no matter how young they are all able to access the internet. They are our future, soon they may be teaching us.


18 February 2021Help for Primary Education


During the current Covid pandemic many primary school children are having their education disrupted and as a result, have to learn on line. Some children who do not have the benefit of the necessary IT equipment at home are disadvantaged as a consequence.

FORFAR ROTARY CLUB in conjunction with COMPUTERDEN has embarked on a project to provide refurbished laptops to Schools in the Forfar area, so that children who are disadvantaged or self isolating have access to on-line teaching, either at home or in school.

We are appealing to individuals and business owners to donate any laptops and tablets no longer used and may just be gathering dust. Rotarians are at pains to stress that all existing data will be completely wiped so that they will be be safe for school work. The refurbished laptops will then ready to start a new life, being put to good use by local primary school children, learning online at home or in class. 

So if any local residents or organisations have serviceable laptops that are no longer needed and would like to donate them for us to refurbish and distribute to needy children and schools please contact us on either www.forfarrotary.org.uk or ( 07835013095 )

You can also leave your donation at Richardsons Paper Shop in West High Street or if you wish we can collect it from you. Just call Rotarian Tim on the mobile number.

If you want to contribute financially then you can do so from the website and use our Just Giving Site.


Buying from Amazon ?? If you use this link https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC033259 the Rotary Club will get half a percent from your purchases at the same price you would normally get.

So this costs you “Nothing”.


04 February 2021Parliament Commends Forfar Rotary.


Thank you for getting back to me and for providing more information about the many charities and organisations the Forfar Rotary Club has supported in recent times.

President Colin replied, “ Forfar Rotary are happy you are highlighting a club effort”.

We have tried to include a few more of these in our motion, although due to the format, motions tend to be quite short.  Please see below:

“Motion Number: S5M-24028

Lodged By: Liam Kerr

Date Lodged: 01/02/2021

Title: The Rotary Club of Forfar Makes a Handy Donation to Strathmore Primary School

 Motion Text:

That the Parliament commends the Rotary Club of Forfar for its generous donation of £150 to Strathmore Primary School, which has been used to purchase 144 pairs of gloves for pupils to enjoy outdoor education during winter; acknowledges that, since forming in 1947, the club has been guided by the Rotary Maxim of "service above self" and has consistently supported a wide range of charities and community projects, including the Forfar Musical Society, Glenview Community Group and Tay FM Cash for Kids, in addition to raising funds for international projects, such as the End Polio Now and Coats2Syria campaigns; thanks all the club members for their time and dedication, and wishes them well for the future.”

This should be available to view on the Scottish Parliament website in the next day or so by searching for the motion number listed above.

I hope this is acceptable and please do not hesitate to get in touch if our office can be of any further assistance in the future.  

Kind Regards,  

Ross         Ross Gray | Administration Assistant     Office of Liam Kerr MSP

27 January 2021A Handy Donation


When asked at Strathmore Primary School what they liked about school they said they enjoyed outdoor education but “it was a bit cold on the hands” This gave the school the idea to use the £150 donated to them from Forfar Rotary Club. Thanks to them, children from age 2-12 year old have received a pair of these good quality gloves.

Jennifer Garnes on behalf of the school thanked the Rotary Club and said that 144 pairs of gloves were purchased utilising the money and that the gloves were issued in January 2021.

Pupils Cara and Olivia are modelling the gloves.


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