Visit Bawtry are committed to supporting local charities, organisations and individuals. Through committed fundraising, donations and events held throughout the year we are able to offer support to a great number of causes.
Have a read below of the ones we currently support.
Bawtry Community Library
Thanks to the fantastic efforts by our amazing bunch of volunteers, since 2012 the library has become a hub for information, entertainment and activities of which Bawtry can justly be proud. As well as a great collection of books for adults and children, we have a range of business services (photocopying, printing, scanning, fax) and IT provision (computer access, free wifi, laptops).
We also have an excellent bookshop with great prices; all the books are in nearly new condition. We serve tea, coffee and juices at very reasonable prices.
French and Spanish lessons are held in the library; all fees are donated to the library. We also hold IT-based courses and a Family History course where there is enough demand.
Every second Friday in the month we hold our Coffee Morning, which is a great way to meet friends while enjoying freshly baked, homemade cakes and coffee as well as raising funds to help keep the library open.
Once a month we host a Book Club and also have occasional Author Visits.
During school holidays we hold events for the children; these are usually craft-based and are great fun.
Recently we had a defibrillator installed in the outside library foyer, giving 24/7 access in case of emergency in the town.
And finally … the library has been used for filming by the BBC in the last two series’ of Still Open All Hours. Fame at last!
Since 1930 Bawtry has been home to their small and friendly Lodge. Meeting on the first Tuesday from September to April and the second Tuesday in May. Pre-arranged visitors are always welcome, as are expressions of interest from prospective members.
Bawtry Squadron ATC
2008 (Bawtry) Squadron ATC has a long association with the area having been around since 1943, starting off in Bircotes. The Squadron then moved in 1956 to the grounds of what used to be RAF Bawtry which is where we still meet. The Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) provides young people with the opportunity to participate in many exciting activities that otherwise they wouldn’t get the chance to do. Some of these activities include flying, gliding, drill, shooting, adventure training, sports, and many others. Cadets within the RAFAC also have the chance to develop many skills such as leadership, self-discipline, communication, teamwork, self-confidence, and many other personal developments. Cadets get the chance to earn CVQO and BTEC qualifications and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Cadets will also have the chance to go on camps and air shows, and maybe even help to run these activities! Academically, cadets will learn about many topics in aviation such as the principles of how planes fly, but also other topics such as expedition planning and map reading. Overall, cadets make friends for life, gain new life skills, and take on exciting challenges that most young people don’t get to experience.
Tel: 01302 711783
British Heart Foundation, Bawtry and Doncaster
The Bawtry and Doncaster branch of the BHF was formed in 1988 to raise funds to put a defibrillator at their local doctor’s surgery. In the past 30 years, we’ve raised over £650,000 for the BHF’s ground-breaking, life-saving research.
In 2016 we were delighted to receive the national Fundraising Volunteer of the Year award from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as recognition of our relentless determination in the fight against heart disease. Present and past branch members picked up the national winner award at the start of Volunteers’ Week, the annual celebration that recognises the fantastic work of all volunteers across the UK.
Most of our members have been personally affected by heart disease and sadly we’ve lost a few over the years. Recently we have welcomed four new members and now we look after most supporters, schools, funeral directors and company partnerships in our area as well as running our own fun fundraising events.
We’re a great team and proud to represent the BHF in our community. We have come a long way with our research and by taking part in fundraising events you can help transform the lives of the 38,780 people in Doncaster living with these devastating conditions.
We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to join our small friendly group and if you’re interested in finding out more please email email@example.com
Firefly Cancer Awareness and Support
Firefly was founded in 2006 by Denise Dunn following a personal experience with cancer and who sadly passed away in 2014. Having been through the experience of having to travel the distance to Sheffield, Denise understood just how important it was for patients to feel comfortable, especially after Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other invasive treatments.
The charity has since been offering support and free transport to Sheffield treatment hospitals to cancer patients and their families, all of which is run by volunteer drivers.
With a fleet of 5 vehicles, Firefly continues to grow and receives tremendous support from the local community in fundraising for the organisation.
Phoenix Theatre is home to Bawtry Dramatic Society, with a membership of around 60 people, producing between three and four productions a year; the Young Players, currently running at their maximum membership of 40, who meet every Saturday morning and perform in around two productions a year; Bawtry Film Society, showing around 20 critically acclaimed British and foreign films a season; and regular Folk and Blues music evenings.
The theatre, together with its coffee lounge and bar facilities, is also hired out for the local community and school events and plays.
Respect Carers Charity
The charity set up by Gordon Tulley offers recognition to those who are carers. It is estimated that carers save the country an estimated £119 Billion pounds a year, and yet achieve no recognition for their work. Through the Respect Carers Charity and awards, the aim is to promote recognition of that all too often unrecognised and unseen extra effort our individual team members put into their care for you or your family member.
Each year, Respect also organise the annual Bawtry Car Pageant, held on the August Bank Holiday in the town centre. The event is a great spectacle for the town and all money raised on the day through donations, raffles and auctions goes back to the charity.
Contact: Gordon Tulley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Open since November 2017, RSPCA Bawtry is a Boutique charity shop located in The Courtyard. All support and donations raise money for the local RSPCA branch located on Bawtry Road, where animals are re-homed through adoptions.