Dorchester Casterbridge beat Sherborne Castles in Skittles Competition


Casterbridge Rotary Club played Sherborne Castles Rotary Club in the District Plate match and emerged triumphant winning by an incredible 37 pins!

The result goes to show that practice isn’t necessary for success but a relaxed and enjoyable environment obviously is! A thoroughly good time was had by all at The Collaton Club in Dorchester and many thanks go to the gallant losers for an entertaining evening in good company. The Casterbridge team was captained by Charles Foster and it will now go forward to the next round to be played early in 2017.



Children in 8 Primary schools in Chippenham and Corsham planted 5,000 purple crocuses this November and in the process learnt all about the global polio eradication campaign.

Photos from the planting activities at Kings Lodge, Ivy Lane, Redland and Corsham Primary Schools can be seen by clicking on


Casterbridge and Portland R.C. Joint Project in Nepal

Rotarians Richard Brind (Dorchester Casterbridge) and Mark Townsend (Isle and Royal Manor of Portland) recently returned from a trip to Nepal. Here is Richard’s account of their trip:
I have just got back from Nepal. I had a useful and enjoyable time.
We visited the villages where we have the current water projects (and the villages where we did the previous projects).
The water system in Baspani that we funded last year is completed. We walked to the source (about 2 km way in the forest) and saw the collection chamber. The storage tank above the village was full of water and the seven taps at various points in the village were giving water. The villagers gave us a great reception (and rather too much Raksi). Here are some pictures. This was a joint Casterbridge, Portland, Poundbury and Rennes project.
We also visited Payswara the village where we are doing the additional project this year (with the additional small District Grants that Portland and Poundbury obtained at the end of the Rotary year). We were able to tell the villagers that we have the money to enable them to construct a new collection chamber and storage tank, in place of the rather unsatisfactory unhygienic current arrangement (picture attached). They will start the work after the harvest season finishes next month.
We visited the villages of Yangsin, Dunge and Bharang which will be served by a new tank on a col which the Rotary clubs are going to construct next year (in the new year). We checked elevations and water runs and examined the site proposed for the tank. We were satisfied that the plans were sound and told the villages that work could begin.
We then went on a trek to Annapurna Base Camp and spent a day in Pokhara after that before returning to Kathmandu.
I will look forward to telling the club more about the trip at one of our meetings in the near future.
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Rotary clubs working together


Rotary clubs working together have distributed an amazing £53,000 to charity – funds raised at the 2016 Classic and Supercar show at Sherborne Castle.


The 2016 event was the 13th to be held at Sherborne Castle and the 3rd show to be managed and run by the Rotary Clubs of Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale.  Also this year we were joined by the Rotary Club of Brue Valley who did an amazing job helping on the day, and who have now joined us as part of the managing team.

Find out more about how local and national charities have benefited from this event.

In 2017 the show will be a two day event on 15th and 16th July.

Armistice Day in Weston-super-Mare

Weston Rotary President John Haycock and Inner Wheel President Rose Gilbert proud to lay our Remembrance Day Wreath at Grove Park.


Weston Rotary Club’s Christmas Fayre

Great place to get your Christmas pressies, and support loads of local charities. New venue this year in The Royal Hotel. Hope to see you there on Saturday 12th November.


Dorchester Casterbridge Young Chef Heat

yeschef-53On Monday 7th November 2016, the Food Technology department of The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester saw six young chefs from Year 11; Hannah Breakwell, Emma Challoner, Nikolas Jones, Hannah Rea, Jonathan Samways and Jess Stacey, compete in the local heat of the 2016-17 RIBI Young Chef competition to be chosen as Casterbridge Rotary club’s representative in the competition. Two hours of slaving over hot stoves produced some truly delicious and very accomplished cooking.

Mark Vaughan of Vaughans Bistro and Katie Platt, a Thomas Hardye pupil and last year’s Casterbridge Young Chef who came third in the National competition, judged the two course menus and chose Nikolas Jones as this year’s winning chef.
Nikolas produced a delicious and beautifully presented meal of Pan-seared Lyme Bay Scallops on Squid Ink Risotto with Smoked Salmon Foam and Fennel cress followed by Dorset prime cut Venison with Jerusalem Artichoke puree, Spetzle, Buttered Kale and a Blackberry Sauce.
President of Casterbridge Rotary Club, Chris Davies, presented all competitors with a participation certificate and Nikolas was also presented with a salver and a winner’s certificate to mark his achievement.
We wish Nikolas every success in the competition and we hope that all the talented young chefs will carry on cooking!

For more photos see Casterbridge Rotary Club’s Facebook page.




Devizes Area Final of Rotary Young Chef 2016-17

Having experienced two fantastic heats last month, everyone was very much looking forward to the final of the Devizes Area Young Chef 2016-17 Competition which was held last Monday (7th November) at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham. The contestants that had made it through from the heats were Beth Bogert, Bella Paxton, Elizabeth Woodward and Jocasta Wellard.

img_2751Once again it was an incredibly close run thing, but in the end the winner was …

Beth Bogert

with Elizabeth Woodward coming a very close second – in fact there was only one point in it! So, many congratulations to Beth, and good luck to her in the District Finals which will be held between January and mid-February.

Photos from the event can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Best wishes,


Weston Rotary Club Dog Day Presentation

Bertie Bassett Hound cross and Kirsty at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary accepting our cheque for £1000 raised on 1st September at our inaugural Weston Rotary Dog Day. Watch out for details of next year’s event coming soon.


Weston-super-Mare Rotary Club presentation to “In-2-Biking”

President John Haycock presents a cheque for £1800 to Lin Thomas of In-2-Biking who help the disabled enjoy the mobility and fun of biking. The money will be used for a specially designed bike for a very deserving youngster.in2biking