There was a warm welcome in the valley for those of us from Chelwood Bridge and our DG who crossed the Severn for the inauguration of Y Garth Satellite Club. It was a rare privilege for members of an English club to be able to welcome so many like minded men and women living in Wales into the International Family of Rotary. President-to-be, Charles and his colleagues, made us feel very much at home in the Lewis Arms in the village of Pentyrch. We were all disappointed that illness prevented Doug, the conduit between us, from attending this unique event but we are united in committing ourselves to developing a long and enduring friendship. With Garth Mountain overlooking the inauguration, I think we can collectively say (with a little poetic licence) “we went up a hill but came down a mountain.”
On behalf of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club, I welcome the members of Garth and wish each and every one of them continued enjoyment and success.
President Vic Clarke, Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club.
Newly formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chelwood Bridge, Y Garth, Wales, welcomed it’s host club Chelwood Bridge to their Inauguration evening at Pentyrch on Tuesday 6th February. It was an excellent evening all round. Both district governors attended, from District 1200 Stuart Cursley and the local governor Maggie Hughes who both presented Rotary pins to all new Garth members. Garth rotary is now officially part of the wider rotary network and is keen to continue it’s already good works in the community and eventually further afield. President to be Charles Middleton states that Garth and Chelwood Bridge would always maintain strong links in the future.
A big thanks must go to Doug Nash from Chelwood Bridge, whose efforts made this possible. Also to the energy and fellowship from the satellite members, It was uplifting to be there to experience the birth of a new club. The message should be that anyone can do this now without the perceived constraints of traditional clubs.
Glastonbury & Street Rotary invite you to a concert with the Glastonbury Male Voice Choir at Cedar Hall, Wells Cathedral School
This event is in aid of Rotary Charities
Each year Rotary clubs are invited to nominate someone who they believe deserves to receive the Rotary Champions of Change Awards, and we are delighted to announce that Molly Rennie of Dorchester has been awarded one of the seven Community Champions Awards for 2017-18.
Molly, is a Dorchester resident who has worked tirelessly in Dorchester for over 30 years, and over the last decade her most influential role in the community has been to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse. She was nominated by Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary for her tireless work with the victims of Domestic Abuse, which started with the Dorchester Women’s’ Refuge which she chaired during its formative years and for which she has raised thousands of pounds.
Molly identified that victims of domestic abuse, both male and female, were poorly supported and set about doing something to resolve this significant community problem.
Her achievements in raising the profile of the campaign against Domestic Abuse are an example to all, she has been truly inspirational in driving forward the campaign, firstly by ensuring that the refuge became a reality and then ensuring it has the funds to run and continue its excellent work. In recent times Molly has become proactive in obtaining materials to educate and support children and young people who have witnessed domestic abuse.
Molly’s determination to raise the subject across the community has been paying off, with victims empowered to escape their situations, reflected by a refuge sadly always full. Molly has firmly established refuges, halfway houses, education programmes and community support networks for victims of domestic abuse.
Molly Rennie is one of those people who really does go that extra mile; her commitment and dedication to the campaign against Domestic Abuse is truly inspirational. But her work extends far beyond this one important subject. As a town and district councillor she has striven to integrate their work within their communities and as a force for good she has forged bonds between different parts of the community, old, young, in need or those who just want to celebrate our town.
Molly will receive her award at The 2017/18 Rotary Champions of Change Awards Event which will take place at Cardiff City Hall in May 2018.
Our local Club, Chelwood Bridge is already well known in the Rotary world for its Water Survival Box Charity but is now seeking to create a local group in the Farrington Gurney area, to focus on local issues and needs. The first meeting was held on the 1st December 2017 at the Farrington Gurney Village Hall where a group of sixteen people from the village and adjacent communities, heard information about starting a new local Rotary Group.
The second meeting took place and 14 people took part, including some new faces to the last meeting and apologies were received from four others . Localities of those attending were predominantly Farrington Gurney with a mix of ‘new’ & ‘old’ villagers plus residents of Clutton, Chilcompton, Paulton and Hallatrow. Interesting amongst the new faces was a former Rotarian from Bury St Edmond who had relocated to Carlingcott about 12 months ago, he had picked up details of the meeting our facebook site.
All those present plus those that sent their apologies, gave clear commitment to take the necessary action to move towards formal recognition as a Satellite and the next meeting is scheduled for 22nd February at the Farrington Inn. Anyone with an interest in social networking and supporting their community whilst having fun are welcome to attend. Further information is available from Mike Hedges email@example.com; or Alan Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org.