Julian Hayley, manager and funeral director of Colin Hayley and Tapper Funeral Service in Highcliffe and New Milton, has recently become president of Highcliffe Rotary Club.

Julian, who has worked for Tapper Funeral Service for 24 years, is dedicated to promoting positivity in the community and feels his new title will give him more opportunities to spread this message.

As part of his new role he will oversee the Grand Community Charity Fete which is taking place on Saturday July 30 from 10:30am.

The free to attend event is looking to raise funds for local charities in the area and will offer falconry displays and food stalls.

Commenting on his new title, Julian Hayley said: ‘‘Having been a member of the Rotary Club of Highcliffe on Sea for six years I feel extremely grateful and proud of this honour.

‘‘Charity within the community is not only very important to me, but is also a priority to the Rotary Club of Highcliffe on Sea. This is reflected by the number of events taking place this year to help those in need. ’’

Steven Tapper, joint managing director of Tapper Funeral Service added: “This title is well deserved for Julian and I am pleased that Colin Hayley and Tapper Funeral Service is able to support the Rotary Club with its charity events. ’’