Flower Festival to celebrate 100 years of Rotary Foundation

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Two sisters from Trowbridge are working together to organise a flower festival in Melksham, Wiltshire, to celebrate 100 years of Rotary Foundation.

Sarah Hiscocks, Secretary and Immediate Past President of Melksham Rotary and Caroline Christopher, Chairman of Melksham and District Flower Arrangement Society and member of Trowbridge Wessex Mead Rotary club, were at the Rotary of Britain and Ireland conference in 2016, when Past District Governor Eric Sambell suggested that it would be great if they did something together with their two Melksham clubs. Several years ago, the MDFAS put on a very successful flower festival at St Michaels church in Melksham and so the idea was born.

Melksham Rotary agreed to pay for the flowers, MDFA agreed to make over 20 arrangements depicting key Rotary Foundation principles including Polio Plus, Eric, on behalf of Chippenham Male Voice choir, suggested a concert in the church amongst the flowers.

The Flower festival will start on Friday 12 May at 1pm until 5pm, St Michaels Church, Melksham will be open for all to see, St Michaels Church members will offer Teas to those who visit during the festival. It will continue into Saturday from 10am – 4pm, and after the church service on Sunday 14th May from 1pm – 4pm. Entry to see the flowers will be free, though there will be donation buckets. The concert by Chippenham Male Voice Choir will take place in the church on Saturday 13 May from 7:30pm with the ticket price of £5 per person. All moneys raised at the concert and the donations will go to Rotary Foundation. Refreshments at the concert will be available from Melksham Rotary’s own ArtHouse café volunteers.

More information at www.melkshamrotary.org or email info@melkshamrotary.org

Melksham Rotary Club has raised £100,000 for local good causes!

The Rotary Club of Melksham are delighted to announce that since the ArtHouse Café opened on 4 July 2011, over £100,000 has been raised for local good causes.  This has been achieved thanks to a team of wonderful volunteers and Rotarians. Apart from our 3 fantastic cooks, everyone who works in the café is a volunteer, so all the profits can be given back to the local community in the form of grants.  We have to thank Julie Swindlehurst who manages the volunteers for 2 shifts a day, 6 days a week.

The ArtHouse has monthly changing art.  It is the only venue in the area that accepts amateur art, and we have a waiting list for artists to display.  Anything is accepted on any media, so it is always interesting to see what is displayed next.  We have to thank Pattie Lockett who arranges this for us. A small percentage of all art sales goes into the ArtHouse fund too, for local good causes.

Local groups and organisations are invited to apply for grants twice a year, which we follow up with a presentation evening where we ask all our recipients to tell us a little of what they do and their use of the money.  It is always an interesting and often heart touching evening, and of course, a good opportunity to network as there are often more than a dozen organisations involved.

The project is our major project, and not always straight forward, but has been really rewarding and is well respected in the town.  It gives us a real focus, but also gives us a venue to hold meetings, somewhere we can do other fundraising activities for the wider population, and we also offer it as the local Memory Café where Rotarians provide the tea and cakes to those who come along free of charge.




Singing for Life Concert in aid of Radiotherapy Appeal

Imagine being given news that will change not only your life but the lives of the people you love.

Imagine being given news which means you’ll need to spend countless hours travelling to and from hospital to receive treatment in the hope it will save your life.

Every month, almost 300 people are given a diagnosis of cancer at Great Western Hospital, and have to make the journey to Oxford, Bath or Cheltenham to receive their radiotherapy treatment.

The Rotary Club of Devizes are therefore partnering with Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes to help change that by raising cash to help buy equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon.

For details of how you can make a donation or buy raffle tickets for the Singing For Life fund-raising concert to be held on Thursday 30th March at Dolcipani in Devizes, go to https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donat/. Please buy your tickets this week  as we’ll be holding the draw this coming Saturday to see who will be the lucky ones attending the concert.

This is your chance to support the biggest improvement in cancer care in Swindon in a generation. Thank you for your support.

Weston Rotarians collect for Marie Curie

Weston Rotarians and Inner Wheel members collecting for Marie Curie Cancer Care in the town on Saturday. Thank you to everybody who spotted our big yellow hats and put money in our tins

Charity Ball in Somerton May 2017

Enjoy an evening with Dave Hook as Rod Stewart

Organised by Langport and Somerton club
to raise funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

Could you be a puppy parent?

You may remember Canine Partners who presented at our District 1200 Conference a few years ago


Canine Partners are looking for puppy parents and are having puppy party on 29th March in Glastonbury.

Casterbridge Rotary Young Writers’ Prize-giving

img_4360bFour talented Young Writers and their families came to Waterstones Bookshop in Dorchester on 1st March to receive their prizes in the Casterbridge Rotary Club’s local round of RIBI Young Writer, appropriately on the day before International World Book Day.

A total of 64 scripts were received from three schools in Dorchester but, after, no doubt difficult, judging by ex Dorchester Mayor, Peter Mann, Sunninghill School emerged triumphant with winners and runners-up in both Junior and Intermediate categories. Great maturity in writing on the given subject of ‘Reflection’ was shown by all the winners. Certificates, Dictionaries4Life and Waterstones’ Book Tokens and salvers for the two winners were presented by Peter Mann and Casterbridge Rotary Club President, Chris Davies.
The prizewinners were:
Junior – Tallulah Taschner Year 6 (Winner)
Esme Savage Year 5 (Runner-up)
Intermediate: Khalid Miah Year 7 (Winner)
Jamie Barrington Year 8 (Runner-up)
Khalid Miah was also a winner in 2016 so he received an alternative book as a prize. Peter Mann asked Khalid to read his poem to those present. As a competitor in Rotary’s Youth Speaks a few weeks ago, it was a confident rendition!
The scripts from Tallulah and Khalid have been sent to Rotary District 1200 and the results from the District Final are due soon.
Casterbridge Rotary Club would like to thank judge, Peter Mann, and Waterstones Bookshop for their continued support for the competition.

Picture shows: Casterbridge President Chris Davies, Khalid Miah, Jamie Barrington, Talulah Taschner, Esme Savage and Peter Mann

Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge Half – 28th May 2017

Calling all runners in District 1200! Register now to join the 1300 people already registered for this exciting new event! For full details see:




Dorset Police Mail Voice Choir

Ilminster Rotary Club Concert at the Minster Church, Ilminster



18th March 2017 at 7.30pm

Proceeds to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Service


Pub Quiz and Fish and Chips

Wessex Mead Rotary club is having a fun night at Trowbridge.wessex-mead-rotary-club-quiz-april-2017-page-001

Join them at the Trowbridge Polish Club on 3rd April 2017 at 7.30pm.

Raising funds for the Youth Adventure Trust

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