Join us this year for a wonderful evening at STEAM museum Swindon with HM Royal Marines Band along with fabulous food and fantastic auction prizes
See our video of the 2016 event here
THE CLUB’S SIGNATURE EVENT
(Please look out for future posts regarding the 2017 Poppy Ball)
The Wiltshire Poppy Ball was inaugurated in 2014 and the idea developed from discussions during one of the club’s business and finance meetings. The Rotary organisation started in Chicago in year 1905, but it was year 1914 in which the organisation started up in Great Britain – an organisation that is known today as Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI). Effectively, 2014 was a momentous occasion as it marked the centenary of the foundation of RIBI, something that club members felt could not simply pass them by without some sort of recognition or celebration. After all, this was something that they would experience only once in their lifetime.
That same year of course also marked the centenary of the start of World War One and the idea of combining the two anniversaries began to take shape. Soon thereafter, the Poppy Ball, embracing the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance week, was born.
There are not many occasions that bring the entire Nation together; A World Cup maybe; perhaps the Olympic Games or the Queen’s Jubilee; but definitely Remembrance week is high on the agenda.
The event would commemorate the fallen of WW1 and indeed of all wars thereafter right through to the present and it would also celebrate Rotary’s 100 years of service to communities throughout the land.
Club members agreed that the best way of achieving the latter would be to make the Ball a fund raising event with the bulk of the proceeds going to military charities, which do so much to help our servicemen and women who face difficulties in returning to civilian life that many of us do not understand.
Now here we are 4 years down the road and the Wiltshire Poppy Ball has already established itself as a premier Remembrance event in Swindon.
So much so, that within one week of last year’s Ball, registrations for the 2017 event had already passed the capacity limit for the venue. It looks like being an outstanding success once again.
Please keep in touch via this website as there will be continual postings in respect of the Ball.