Organisations Thanked for Supporting Frome Fireworks

On behalf of Rotary in Frome the Frome Town Mayor, Richard Ackroyd, presented cheques to four organisations that helped with collections at the Frome Fireworks.

The public donated £5,100 to deserving causes in Frome and the first money has been distributed to Fair Frome £500, The Pod £750, The 1st and 7th Frome Scouts £750 and The Frome Big Christmas get together £250. All of these organisations helped with the collection on the night.


The Fireworks were funded by Frome Town Council through the Peoples Budget and organised by the three Rotary Clubs in Frome.

“We were delighted that other organisations supported the Fireworks and thanks to the generosity of the people of Frome we are able to support their causes. We know that the Carnival Club also benefited from the sale of illuminated toys at the event and the Cricket club and football club were able to generate additional funds.

We are hope full that, with the support of Frome Town Council, we can make these an annual event” said Andrew Lee President of Frome Town Rotary

The Pod – Sue Paxton
1st and 7th Frome Scouts – Steve Lee
Fair Frome – Bob Ashford
Frome Big Christmas Get Together – Sam Evans
Andrew Lee – President Frome Town Rotary
Hugh Deed – President Frome Selwood Rotary
Norman Elmer – President Frome Rotary


Do you really need that Christmas Meal?

Having heard about the work of Fair Frome when Bob Ashford, Chair of the trustees, attended one of their meetings, Frome Town Rotary decided to forego their Christmas meal and donate instead to Fair Frome.

Frome Town Rotary Members buying food for Fair Frome.

Their members were provided with a shopping list by Fair Frome and visited ASDA in their Christmas Jumpers and hats to donate at least the equivalent cost of their Christmas meal in food.
“It is a small thing we are doing but we know that through the excellent work of Fair Frome that the food will go to families who need and appreciate something extra at Christmas” said Andrew Lee President of Frome Town Rotary.


Pensford Postmaster Umang Patel becomes the newest member of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club.

It was with great pleasure that on Tuesday the 27th of November, the members of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club held an inauguration ceremony at the Carpenters Arms, Stanton Wick to give a warm welcome to its newest member Umang Patel. Umang pictured together with Club President Douglas Nash is the third new member joining the club this year, which is great news  as 2018 is the year the club celebrates it’s 30th Charter year.

Umang Patel and his family moved to Pensford some 5 years ago and took over the Post Office and Village Store. The local communities and outlying villages continue to benefit from these vital services. Since one of Rotary’s primary areas of service is to its local community we are especially pleased to welcome Umang and Vaishali Patel family to the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge.

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If you are interested in finding out more about Rotary or becoming a member Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club or our Satellite Club Cam Valley please visit our website


Wiltshire Vale [Chippenham] Rotary. Autumn Charity Donations


A successful Lacock Village Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday resulted in the club being able to present  Lacock Parish Council  with a cheque for £1,000. The Fair was a community project organised in collaboration with local Lacock residents and the money has been distributed among the various community and activity groups within the parish.

A raffle run in conjunction with the Fair raised £1,400. £700 has been donated to the Freewheelers EVS charity. The Freewheelers are unpaid volunteers who ride the “Blood Bikes” ferrying blood for emergency transfusions to hospitals across our region. They also transport donated breast milk and other emergency supplies, usually at night, weekends and bank holidays-a 365 days a year operation. For more information go to
This month the club had the pleasure of a presentation on the Chippenham based RISE Trust by CEO Lynn Evans. The Trust runs early excellence children’s centres for the under 5’s across North Wiltshire with 4 centres in Chippenham. There are outreach support services for vulnerable children and families, not just for the under 5’s but also for primary and secondary school age children and this also includes mentoring. They also run an extensive programme of courses from parenting to the Freedom Course for women experiencing domestic abuse.

On behalf of the club President Bill Henry  presented Lynn with a cheque for £1,000. This donation will be used to fund the Trust’s Contact Centre. The Contact Centre is a safe friendly place where children of separated families can have supported contact with the parent that not longer lives with them.


Rotary Young Chef Devizes Area Final


Last week the Devizes Area Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2018-19 took part at the fabulous Farm Cookery Schoolnear Bromham.

For more information and some ‘photos from the event clich HERE



The Rotary Club of Mendip honour local cave rescue divers involved in the Thai Cave Rescue

The Rotary Club of Mendip honoured two of the Cave Rescue Divers from the Cheddar Valley who were involved in the rescue operation to free the boys from the Thailand football team who had become trapped in the Tham Luang Caves. Chris Jewell and Connor Roe were part of the International rescue operation and both were involved within the cave system to bring the boys out. Chris and Connor are members of the British Cave rescue Council. At a special Club meeting the two were presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. It was considered that the two had exemplified the essence of Rotary “Service Above Self”. It is the first time in its 75 year year history that the Club has given this award to Non Rotarians.

During the evening attended by members and guests including Rotarians from the Rotary Club of London and Rotary Club of Rugby an interesting presentation about the rescue operation was given.

Chelwood Bridge Community Award 2018

On the evening of Tuesday the 23rd of  October, Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club had the privilege of hosting Peter Yeates and his grandson Lance at their club meeting at the Carpenters Arms. Peter Yeates, sole organiser of the Double Hills Memorial Event in “The Arnhem Field” is the recipient of the 2018 Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award.

Peter has been doing this for 38 years. When putting Peter forward for the 2018 award the Parish council wrote “The Double Hills Memorial Service is the most important form of community event in the district. Local communities come together for a service in joy and sorrow but the spirit that ensures it happens is always the same “.

The Double Hills Service is a memorial to the twenty-three men who gave their lives in the Second World War when their glider crashed and exploded in the Double Hills meadow whilst on its way to the Battle of Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden. This year marked the 38th year of the Paulton Arnhem Remembrance Service. Residents of Paulton and Farrington Gurney, together with veterans and the relatives of the soldiers who died, continue to remember the lives lost 73 years ago on Sunday 17th September 1944. A parade is held through the village and participants make their way to the Memorial for the Service and the laying of poppies and crosses.

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In presenting the award to Peter, Mike Hedges, Chair of the Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Committee said it is with great pleasure that we present to Peter the 2018 Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award for his outstanding contribution to the community he is so much a part of.  




The evening concluded with a very welcome questions and answer session which thanks to Peter brought local history home to all present. In September 2019 members if the Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club will without doubt be joining members of the community in The Arnhem Field for the 40th remembrance ceremony on Double Hill. We encourage all reading this to join us at this land mark event,     Enhanced Double Hills Memorial, Dec 2009

Sherborne International Film Festival

Join us for a weekend of multi-award winning foreign films at the Powell Theatre Sherborne 25th – 28th October 2018

Organised by Rotary in Sherborne, this event has become a firm favourite in Sherborne

Details and full programme on our web site 

The start of a new Rotary Club, Cam Valley.

 Recently held its first event at Farrington Park, helping to encourage healthy living.

With the professional expertise of the British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS), Cam Valley Rotary, (satellite of Chelwood Bridge) offered free health checks, including blood pressure and BMI checks.  The session, was open to all, and particularly targeted the Senior Men playing golf at Farrington Park, as men are notoriously reluctant to visit their doctor with health concerns.  Cam Valley Rotary felt that if the checks could help identify just one health issue for someone, then the event would be worthwhile.

The team from BIHS were extremely helpful, friendly and professional and offered straight forward feedback following a traffic-light system.  The team felt that the turnout had made their trip very worthwhile as they undertook 50 checks through the morning, helping to increase people’s awareness of their individual health situations.

We are particularly grateful to BIHS for their professional and friendly expertise, to Farrington Park for providing an excellent venue to conduct the checks, and to Chelwood Bridge Rotary (the parent club) for their help with advertising the event.

Cam Valley Rotary are delighted to be up and running and would welcome new members from the Hallatrow, Farrington Gurney, Paulton, Chilcompton and surrounding area!  Please feel to contact Alan Smith on 07971 556741 or


The Rotary Club of Mendip will have a display in the Cheddar Library to celebrate world Rotary Day

World Polio Day




A talk by the ROTARY CLUB of MENDIP

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What bold steps are we taking to get there? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day.



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