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The Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge inaugurates a Satellite Club in Y Garth, Wales.

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.

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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. 

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A new Rotary Club in Farrington Gurney

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; or Alan Smith on

New Rotary Group at Farrington Gurney?

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 grouping in Farrington Gurney to focus on local issues and needs.  A 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 how starting a new local Rotary Group. This would be supported by the Chelwood Bridge club to provide the framework for enhancing local activities, fund raising and existing organisations, with the added advantage of making available a wealth of expertise and resources from Rotary International.

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The information provided was well received with many expressions of interest and it was decided to hold a second meeting on 19th January 2018 at 7.30pm at the Village Hall to further discuss the possibility of setting up a Rotary Group and how to move forward.

Anyone with an interest in social networking and returning something to their community whilst having fun are welcome to attend.  Further information is available from Mike Hedges; or Alan Smith on

Rotary Dictionaries to Primary Schools

Rotarians from Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club have been visiting local Primary Schools and making presentations of the Rotary Illustrated Dictionaries to help encourage children to develop their literary skills.

The Dictionary 4 Life comprises 1,000 illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions printed in full colour on leaflet grade paper from a sustainable forest and contains 288 pages.

One of the most positive aspects of being able to use a dictionary is that it helps autonomy and confidence in the learner – one of the core goals of education. It promotes books and the printed word, helping with homework and providing a valued reference work in the home.

Each dictionary is inscribed with the recipient’s name, making it a very personal gift that they can keep. There is even a page for friends to write messages, it is this personal touch which will encourage them to keep the book for years to come and learn from it.  Each letter has its own coloured page to make it easier to look up words and the accompanying illustrations bring the book to life.

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Developing Literacy is a Priority of Rotary International all around the World and Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club have welcomed the opportunity to show our support for our local Primary Schools.


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The pictures show pupils at Stanton Drew and Bishop Sutton Primary Schools with their newly presented dictionaries. Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club is  presenting dictionaries to more than 150 pupils in 10 schools this term. Please contact the Club if you would like your school to be included next year. 


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Tony Quinn attended the planting of 1000 crocus corms in Park Road Paulton by the members of Pride in Paulton and very ably assisted by the children of Paulton Primary School. They planted a 50 yard stretch of the grass verge  alongside the 1000 planted in 2016 along the centre of the grass area.

The crocus corms were donated by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge as part of the awareness campaign Purple4Polio which is supporting End Polio Now, Rotary International’s drive to rid the world of this awful disease. Tony explained to the children the reason for the purple colour of all the crocuses. That is the colour ink that children who  are being vaccinated have marked on their little finger to indicate that they have been vaccinated. Many thanks to all concerned especially Gail Garlick and her team. 

Rotary International through its 1.2m members has been at the forefront of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988 when there were 1000 cases a day in 156 countries. Now there are only two countries where polio is endemic, Afghanistan and Pakistan and so far in 2017 there has only been 12 cases in total. The countdown to zero is on the way!


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


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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.


‘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

Real progress with the Water Survival Box in Switzerland

Through Rotary Switzerland a new charity has been launched to support the work of the Water Survival Box Charity which is currently based in the United Kingdom. Hugo Pike, Director of Operations had the privilege of being invited to be one of the founding members of the charity. It was a beautiful sunny evening last Thursday in Luzern when Rotary founded the Swiss  Water Survival Box.  It was somewhat ironic, considering the suffering of the victims of the hurricane in the Caribbean.Thanks to the hard work of their members they have raised enough money to send 220 boxes to Hurricane victims in the Caribbean. Already plans are being made to dispatch 500 boxes which will be flown into the island of St Croix and then distributed to Tortola, St Martins, St Barth,

Turks and Caicos and Anguilla. These boxes can’t come soon enough as access to clean drinking water and shelter is very limited or nonexistent. It is with the help of the Rotary and the donations from the public that we can help these people.  Please check out the Water Survival Box Charity and see how you can help by making a donation. Lets face it none of us are immune to natural disasters.

Members of Rotary Switzerland

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