ROTARAIL 2019 will be held on Saturday 27 April from 1030 to 1700. Organised by The Rotary Club of Fareham in conjunction with Fareham College.

Rotarail was started in 2013 by David Barclay and Chris Thomas, both members of Fareham Rotary Club and keen railway modellers. David sadly passed away in 2015 but Rotarail has continued and is still raising money for local charities. Rotarail 2018 raised £2,300 for  "Flat Spaces" and for 2019, we will be supporting the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  Overall Rotarail has contributed over £10,500 to our charities.

The aim of Rotarail is to display excellent layouts in a variety of gauges and sizes and hopefully to attract visitors to take up the hobby, as well as raising much needed funds for our chosen charity. For 2019 there will be some excellent smaller gauge layouts as well as a few of the larger gauges, some of them new to the exhibition circuit.

Fareham College has plenty of on-site parking, the College restaurant will be open for hot and cold food and drinks, and everywhere is disabled friendly.

The Principal and staff of the College have played a large part in providing the facilities, catering and programmes for the show for which we are more than grateful.

Make a date in your diary for Saturday 27 April for Rotarail 2019.

Ordinary People.  Extraordinary Care.  Supported by you.

Through your support, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced Critical Care Team to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most. 

Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance Critical Care Team is called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents. Highly skilled crews of doctors, paramedics and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department.  A full range of life-saving equipment is carried on board, including two state of the art ultrasound devices and a blood transfusion kit, helping to save valuable seconds in the vital golden hour.

From receiving a 999 call, the Air Ambulance can be airborne within 4 minutes and can reach anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes and the Isle of Wight within 20. The charity operates an Airbus H135, the latest generation of EC135 helicopter, which is specially equipped and optimised for night operations. The Air Ambulance is deployed by a specialist paramedic working on the special incident desk at the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) control centre, who screens all 999 emergency calls to establish if the patient would benefit from the advanced skills of the Critical Care Team aboard the Air Ambulance.

Since the start of flying operations on 1st July 2007, the charity has been steadily expanding its service to the community. During this time it has achieved several landmark milestones including carrying blood on board all flights, the introduction of regular doctor-led crewing and the start of night operations. The ability to carry out night operations gives us the capability and flexibility to land safely at the scene of an incident, in the dark. Crucially, the Air Ambulance is now able to land on a motorway after dark, which in the winter months can mean any time from 4.00pm onwards, at the height of rush hour traffic.

In 2017, the Charity extended its service to provide a Critical Care Team Vehicle with parallel capability to the Air Ambulance and crewed by a team of HIOWAA doctors and paramedics. The Vehicle operates seven days a week, during the day, providing the same enhanced care as that delivered by the Helicopter, but now able to get to the more difficult to reach urban areas. Additionally, the Vehicle provides a vital training platform for Pre-Hospital Emergency doctors and paramedics in order to grow sustainable numbers of these highly specialised professionals.

It currently costs £15,000 a day to maintain our life saving service.  We rely solely upon donations and we receive no Government or National Lottery funding for routine operations. It is only thanks to the generosity of the communities that we serve that we are able to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. 

Fareham Rotary is a member of Wessex Association of Model Railway Clubs