Nearly 200 residents in care or elderly and living independently were given a great day out on the canal thanks to Whitchurch Rotary Club.

The boat trips, started in 2000 and continued by Rotarian Chris Smith, took place between September 11 and 15 for people out at the Bradbury Centre, Club Generation, NS Training, Southall School, Whitchurch Parkinson Group, SJT Interact Club, as well as Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides and a junior football club.

Over the five-day period, 192 people enjoyed 24 voyages along the Shropshire Union canal, aboard narrowboats adapted to provide comfort and safety to those with limited mobility.

The boats were crewed by trained Rotarians with assistance from friends. Twenty eight people were involved with training coordinated by organiser Mr Smith.

He said: “We gave pleasure to a large number of Whitchurch people right across the age spectrum.

“This year, for the first time, Whitchurch Rotary Club was most appreciative of the generous sponsorship provided for this event by 17 local businesses, thus releasing valuable funds to other local community projects.”

Meanwhile, the Whitchurch Rotary Club coffee morning at the Civic – organised by David Simcock – concluded a busy week for Whitchurch Rotarians on September 15.

His aim was to fundraise to help cover the costs of the free prostate cancer screening evening on September 25, and he was delighted with the final £46 for the coffers.

The total included a donation from a local lady.

Her husband attended the 2016 screening and benefited significantly from his subsequent detection and treatment.