Posted by Graham King on Jun 29, 2018
Four years ago Ayoola Adeyanju’s family of four came uncomfortably close to being homeless.
The landlord of a rented Manchester apartment, which he was moving into, was facing a repossession order – leaving Ayoola, his wife and two young sons stuck between properties with nowhere to live.

Months of bouncing between the local authority, Shelter and rodent-infected temporary accommodation left its mark on the family.
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ARTIST AYOOLA’S FIRST EXHIBITION REMEMBERSHIS BRUSH WITH HOMELESSNESS Graham King 2018-06-28 23:00:00Z 0 Ayoola,booth centre,homeless,trailblazers
| ROTARY USES LAUGHTER TO FUND CHARITY PROJECT IN CHORLTON Graham King 2018-03-31 23:00:00Z 0 Daniel Valentine,charity,comedy,partnership
Posted by Martin Judd on Jan 01, 2018


Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2017, we really appreciate everything you do.

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Posted by Martin Judd on Oct 05, 2017

Sam Brady takes us on a journey from management consultant to Buddhist monk as he sets out on his mission to be a kinder person.

October 2017 Sam Brady comedy kindness meeting speaker
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A path to kindness Martin Judd 2017-10-04 23:00:00Z 0 October 2017,Sam Brady,comedy,kindness,meeting,speaker
Does Manchester have the youngest Rotary President in the world? Graham King 2017-07-06 23:00:00Z 0 UK,manchester,martin judd,oldham,president,rotary,united kingdom,world,youngest
Dancing Through The Decades June 30 Martin Judd 2017-06-03 23:00:00Z 0 charity,dancing,decades,foundation,party,rotary
Posted by Martin Judd on May 29, 2017
My letter a week on from the attack.
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Manchester Attack Martin Judd 2017-05-28 23:00:00Z 0 attack,bombing,emergency,letter,manchester
Posted by Graham King on Mar 08, 2017
The Manchester Trailblazers club has been praised by one of the city’s leading charities for homeless people following an introduction to the power of Rotary networking which resulted in a single £11,000 donation.
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Manchester Trailblazers use Rotary Networking to “Change Lives” Graham King 2017-03-08 00:00:00Z 0 RICS,booth centre,charity,donation,homeless,rotary,trailblazers
Posted by Martin Judd on Mar 04, 2017
On the 4th of May, "Trailblazers" and Manchester International Rotaract Club worked together over a 2 hour period to raise £189.71 for Marie Curie
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Rotary teams up with Rotaract to support Marie Curie Martin Judd 2017-03-04 00:00:00Z 0 Marie Curie,centre,charity,city,manchester,rotaract,rotary
Posted by Martin Judd
Last August members of our Club took part in a 100,000 meal packing event organised by the Rotary Club of Warrington. These meals were heading to Kenya to help in the STOP HUNGER NOW (now RISE AGAINST HUNGER) program where children receive meals at school to improve both health and education. In late January these meals arrived along with Rotarians Irene and Eric Russell.
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Meals make it to Kenya Martin Judd 2017-01-31 00:00:00Z 0 kenya,meal,pack,rise,rise against hunger,rotary,warrington

On the 1st of December we attended the annual Rotary In Manchester Christmas dinner; A dinner for friends and members of the three Rotary Clubs in Manchester, this year hosted by the Rotary Club of Manchester.


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Rotary In Manchester Christmas Dinner Martin Judd 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0 RIM,Rotary in Manchester,christmas,dinner,manchester,rotary,xmas
Graphene and the Future 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0 Rotary in Manchester,dinner,graphene,talk
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
Friday 7th this year was our Charter Night; the annual event celebrating our Club's charter in 2012
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August was a busy month despite it being the month that we don’t traditionally meet.  On 13th of August 10 Trailblazers and friends went to help Warrington Rotary with the Stop Hunger Now project to pack 100,000 meals for the world’s hungry.  It was attended by myself, husband Philip and daughter Laura, Hazel Walton-Carr, Martin Judd and girlfriend Nicole, Ria Delves, Ipsy Mukhergee, Maggie Stanway and her 11 year old granddaughter Halle.  Funds of £550 were raised by the group to pay for the food packed. We all felt that it was an enjoyable and worthwhile event and also felt that we could have continue to pack on the production line for longer. The volunteers then enjoyed a frugal lunch back at our house. For those who missed the meal pack, there are plans afoot for another during the RIBI Conference in Manchester in April 2017. 
On the 20th August the Annual Summer Barbeque was hosted by Peter Senior and John Doyle.  As always, Peter’s food was excellent and the Trailblazers and friends had a great time.  Could anyone with photos please post to the Good Times photo album or email to me.
The 1st meeting in September was scheduled to be a catch up with Amy Hincks of the Booth Centre (who work with the homeless of Manchester) to present the funds raised at the Bollywood Night.  Unfortunately she was unable to attend due to illness.  She has suggested that we might like to visit the Booth Centre to present the cheque.  If this can be arranged, we would be able to see how the funds will be spent first hand and may also have a volunteering opportunity on the day.  I’ll keep you posted
CLUB VISIONING on 15/09/2016
Your club needs you.  This is our chance to have the club that we all want.  To be meaningful we need everyone to attend and give their views about venues, meals, meeting content, events, fundraisers… you name it!  The results of the visioning will form the strategic plan for the next three years – so be there to make your wishes known.  Martin, Ria and I have previously attended a visioning session at Stockport Lamplighters and it is a surprising and innovative format, so it should also be a lot of fun too.  The report back will be on 20/10/2016
LIVE MUSIC NOW on 23/09/2016
Trailblazers have been asked to support this event.  Details to follow.
Live music now is a UK-wide initiative, created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977.  Every year the musicians deliver thousands to interactive music progammes in care homes, hospitals and special schools, where music can make a huge difference to lives.
Please sign up for this important club event as a matter of urgency.  A number of people have said they are coming but have not formally signed up/ paid.  We have a deadline of 23/09/2016 to notify numbers to the hotel. 
This should be a fantastic event with an interesting talk by Sir William McAlpine, a good meal, wine and Prosecco included and even a disco!
The district conference is in Llandudno from Friday 28/10/2016 to 30/10/2016 - details on the district website.  So far I am aware of the following members and friends attending:- Harold and Sheila Bolter, Hazel Walton-Carr, myself and Martin Judd and Nichole.
The RIBI conference is in Manchester from 07/04/2016 to 09/04/2016.  This will be a great opportunity to raise the profile of Manchester Trailblazers and Rotary within our city.  So there will be lots more about this in due course.
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President Helen Doherty invites you to the 4th Charter Night of



Manchester Trailblazers


Rotary Club







A personal account from



the hon. sir william









Sir William McAlpine, the great grandson of the construction company founder,

is a life-long railway enthusiast who led the national campaign

to restore the iconic steam-age Flying Scotsman and get it back on track.


He tells his story at:


Manchester Trailblazers Rotary Club charter night dinner at the

4-star Renaissance Hotel, Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EQ

on Friday 7th October 2016 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm



Tickets are £35 - including

A glass of Prosecco on arrival

A four course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person or soft drinks

Music and dancing.



Dress code: evening dress preferred or lounge suits.






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Trailblazers Charter Night Martin Judd 2016-08-15 23:00:00Z 0 charity,charter,flying scotsman,manchester,night,rotary,sir william mcalpine


On Friday 8th July 2016, seen Manchester Trailblazers Rotary Club held their first ever Bollywood fundraising charity night to raise money for The Booth Centre and Rotary Foundation. Over eighty people attended, many dressing in traditional Bollywood style and enjoyed the superb food served by Sai Spice, and the very beautiful and talented Bollywood and belly dancers, and the wonderful mandolin music from Suresh Khan.

On the evening a total of £1,272 was raised which will be split between both the Booth Centre and Rotary Foundation.

Many thanks to all who supported the evening.

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Trailblazers Bollywood Night for the Booth Centre & Rotary Foundation John Doyle 2016-07-26 23:00:00Z 0 bollywood,booth centre,charity,dinner,foundation,rotary
Trailblazers Bollywood Night Friday 08 July 2016 2016-06-08 23:00:00Z 0 bollywood,booth centre,charity,dinner,foundation,rotary
Trailblazers are up and running again this year at the Great Manchester Run on 22 May 2016 for The Booth Centre.
Please support Rotarians, Ria, Martin and John by clicking on the following link:

The Booth Centre is a local Manchester charity that aims to bring about positive change in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and help them plan for and realise a better future.

They do this by providing advice to find accommodation, education, training and help to secure employment, free healthy meals, support in tackling issues with health and addiction, and creative activities to boost confidence and self esteem.

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Trailblazers are running the Great Manchester Run for the Booth Centre 2016-05-06 23:00:00Z 0 10km,booth centre,charity,great manchester run,manchester,rotary,run
Posted on Mar 19, 2016

Following the presentation in December from Salford based Charity Broughton House, Rotarian John Doyle, who is also chair of the RICS Greater Manchester Quantity Surveying & Construction Committee, selected Broughton House for his charity for his annual dinner in January 2016 where over £8,000 was raised on the night.

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Trailblazer helps raise over £8,000 for Broughton House 2016-03-19 00:00:00Z 0 John Doyle,RICS,broughton house,charity
Trailblazers Glow in the Park for Marie Curie John Doyle 2015-11-01 00:00:00Z 0 5km,Glow in the Park,Heaton Park,John Doyle,Marie Curie,Ria Delves,charity,martin judd,rotary,run
Posted by Peter Senior, President on Sep 22, 2015
Trailblazers are excited to announce a slight date change for our Charter Night this year.  We have moved from Friday 16th October 2015, to Friday 13th November 2015.  All other details are the same. 
Charter Night Date Change Peter Senior, President 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0


Saturday 22 August saw the Presidents Summer BBQ, with Rotarians of the Manchester Trailblazers Rotary Club joining their President for the annual summer social.
President's BBQ John Doyle 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Collecting Ring-Pulls for the Philippine Community Fund Peter Senior 2015-08-05 23:00:00Z 0 Philippines,Shiela Bolter,charity,great manchester run,ring pulls,rotary
Would you like Rotary to bring a touch of Christmas spirit to your office in Central Manchester this Christmas?  The little elves at Rotary in Manchester will be helping Father Christmas to bring good cheer to the centre of town this year, and he would like to meet you!
Christmas in Central Manchester- Santa is Coming! Peter Senior, President 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
We recently held our Club Assembly where our new Club Council took up their positions officially for the 2015/16 Rotary Year.
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Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
India celebrates three years without polio 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
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