Sherborne’s 9th International Film Festival

26th – 29th October 2017 at the Powell Theatre

Your chance to catch up with some of the best foreign films recently released. There is a mixture of drama, action, comedy, terror and tragedy, sometimes all found in one movie.

Organised by Sherborne Castles Rotary, the Festival not only provides the community of Sherborne with the opportunity to see foreign films which would not otherwise be shown locally, but also to raise funds for charity.

We are really looking forward to presenting four days of excellent foreign film entertainment and hope that you will join us.

This year, the proceeds of the Festival will be divided between an international project to re-build a school in Nepal, the Polio Plus eradication project and other local charities supported by Sherborne Castles Rotary.

Check our web site to find out more about our Festival OR download a programme here.


Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017

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We’re very excited to let you know that Worldwaterworks Ltd has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Last year, thanks to generous supporters like you the campaign raised over £7.2 million for participating charities. We will be raising money for our project, Water Survival Box.

Donations to this project will be matched for 7 days from 12pm on 28th November, #GivingTuesday.

What happens during the Christmas Challenge?

Donations made to our project via will be doubled during the campaign. If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Christmas Challenge when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to us.

What do you need to do?

 • Add a calendar reminder to your diary for 12pm on 28th November including this link  DONATE.

• Have your credit card details ready when you make your donation.

 Please note you must not pre-fill your details prior to 12pm. A clear message will be displayed to indicate when the Challenge has started and when your donation will be doubled.

You can read more about how to donate in the Christmas Challenge here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at.

Finally, please pass on this message to anyone who you think might be interested in supporting us and having their donation doubled. 

Many thanks in advance,

Tony Quinn


Worldwaterworks Ltd

Devizes Rotary SuperChoir gives a fun performance at the town’s Community Hub opening

On Tuesday of this week, hundreds of people enjoyed the official opening event of theDevizes Community Hub and Library. The afternoon was a real community celebration, with activities for children, a bake-off cake competition, and superb performances from Devizes Rotary SuperChoir, and St Matthews Junior Choir, Rowde.

John Thomson, cabinet member for communities and libraries, said: “This fantastic new hub is part of Wiltshire Council’s programme of investment to create community campuses and hubs across the county.”

Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin was flattered to hear the choir introduced as ‘The Devizes SuperChoir’! In addressing the gathering at the opening of the event, President Alan was able to say how proud he and his colleagues in Devizes Rotary were of their SuperChoir, now in its fourth year.

Representing the 160 strong choir at the Community Hub, and singing a selection of songs first heard when the 2017 SuperChoir performed at Dauntsey’s school in July, were children from Southbroom, St Nicholas and Wansdyke Primary schools.

Once again, Devizes Rotary is grateful to their Artistic Director Carol Berry who, with the support of husband Chris, ensured the children were well rehearsed and ready to give a snapshot performance of Devizes Rotary’s SuperChoir.

Rotary is also very grateful to the mothers and teachers who gathered to support their children at the opening.

Some feedback from Graeme Morrison, Wiltshire Council’s Devizes Community Engagement Manager:

I would just like to add my sincere thanks, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, to all the children who took part in the SuperChoir yesterday at the hub, and to those schools that helped facilitate that. It was wonderful to see and hear the children in the new Community Hub and Library. I really hope they enjoyed performing as much as everybody enjoyed listening.

I’d also like to say a special thanks to Alan, and especially to Carol and Chris, for helping to make this happen.

All the best


Chelwood & Keynsham Winter Concert


New Beginnings

On Tuesday the 3rd of October five gentlemen from the villages of Pentyrch and Creigiau (near Cardiff ) held an inaugural meeting to discuss the forming of a Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Satellite Club. The meeting was held in Creigiau golf club in South Wales, the aim of the meeting was to form the foundation for a Satellite Club in their village and to discuss who to invite to join them, projects they wish to support and the very nature and structure of their club. Their plan is to hold a second meeting on Tuesday the 17th of October, and are very optimistic that their number will increase to over ten members. The members of Chelwood Bridge Rotary club wish them well and are ready to support their efforts in what ever way we can. If you are interested in further information contact  

From Left to Right: Charles, Peter, Richard, Rob, and Jim.


Sonographer and Physiotherapist needed!

This year a group from Brue Valley Rotary Club ( Wincanton, Bruton and Castle Cary ) visited Mufulira in Zambia as part of our International support program.


We are planing to return sometime in the first  half of 2018 and this time we would ideally like to have both a  Sonographer and Physiotherapist with us.

They would be essential in helping us to plan and move forward on two projects that we are supporting.

If you are interested please do not hesitate to contact us via email to:

For a summary and a powerpoint presentation on the 2017 trip please go to: and click on the International Project link.

Optional trips to Victoria Falls, Livingstone, etc as well as Safaris can also be arranged.




‘Water the Essential’

Dear fellow Rotarians and friends

As many of you may be aware our Rotary Water-Survival Box has been adopted in support of a photographic project ‘Water the Essential’  by New Zealand Photographer Vaughan James. 

The combined project was the subject of an exhibition in the Shapero Gallery, Mayfair, London between 12 and 30 September. The video was made by Rotarians Francesca Albini and Maria Giovanna Audia and as well as highlighting Vaughan’s stunning water themed photographs the video includes interviews with Vaughan James, Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge, and Hugo Pike representing the WSB project. 

During the period that the exhibition was open Hurricane Maria crashed through the Caribbean archipelago creating further devastation to that caused by Hurricane Irma just 10 days previously. 500 Water-Survival Boxes have been made available for distribution by members of the Rotary District 7020 Hurricane Recovery Committee and are being supplied to ‘families most in need’ on Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Past District Governor Rupert Ross is co-ordinating the operation from his base on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands. 

The cost of the consignment (the boxes, water purification kits, other essential survival items and air freight charges) is some £75,000 and we urgently need to attract significant donations to cover the cost of the next batch of 500 boxes. Online donations can be made at or cheques made out to Worldwaterworks Limited can be sent to Broadway House, Third Avenue, Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4XD.

Please feel free to post this to your circle of friends and invite them to repost it to theirs – and so on – not unlike the ripple effect for which Water is the Essential! 

In Rotary humanitarian Aid Service

Hugo Pike OBE PHF

Director of Operations – Rotary’s Water-Survival Box project

Past President – Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, District 1200, England

Moonraker Challenge, sponsored night walk 2017

Test your skills over seven or fourteen miles in the moonlight across the Quantock Hills


Organised by the Rotary Club of Taunton Vale, this walk on 14th October will start at Hestercombe Gardens.  Email for more information.



District Bowls Competition last date for entries 7th October

Get you entries in now for this year’s district bowls competition

Rules of the District Bowls competition.

Get your Entry form for the District Bowls competition here.



Put this date in your diary!

Invitation to join Langport and Somerton Rotary celebrate 70 years – 24th February 2018




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