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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.

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Chelwood Bridge Community Award 2017

Community Award 2017The Farmborough Parish Council would like to nominate Patrick Bridges for the Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award 2017.

Patrick is born and bred in Farmborough and is very involved with all aspects of village life – he is the Tower Captain for the Church, maintains and winds the clock, decorates the Church at Christmas and helps give some of the older villagers a vital social lifeline through Tuesday Teas. His kindness and generosity towards other villagers is legendary, but as a very thoughtful and modest man he seldom makes public what he does or indeed takes any credit for it. However, Patricks major significant contribution to life in Farmborough is The Farmborough Flyer, a free monthly newsletter that goes to every house in the village with news of local events, local people, updates from the Church, the Parish Council, the County Council and wider initiatives that may affect the village. Patrick collects and researches all the news items, edits and collates the Flyer, gets it printed and formatted and oversees a team of volunteers who distribute it to every home in the village.

The Flyer has been going for well over 10 years now and as the village currently has no shop, no real community centre and with many new people moving in it is a vital way of communicating and making people feel part of the village community. This is all down to Patrick and we feel we would like to acknowledge his contribution as being not only outstanding but of enormous benefit to the entire community of Farmborough and for this reason we would like to nominate him for the 2017 Community Award.

Water The Essential

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Vaughan James, a professional photographer from New Zealand, currently living in Switzerland, will be presenting his collection of photographs under the title ‘Water the Essential’ in an exhibition being hosted by the Shapero Gallery in Mayfair, London. At his request a Demonstration Water-Survival Box will be on display with a view to raising awareness of our Rotary project and, in the longer term, generating funding support from a wider audience. Vaughan and I will be opening the exhibition at 6pm on Tuesday, 12 September when it is hoped the majority of invitees will be from the world of Rotary. Anyone from our own District will be very welcome to come along. Just print off a copy of the invitation.

If any members of Rotary happen to be in London that day it would be great to have your support on the night.

Hugo Pike OBE PHF

Director of Operations – Worldwaterworks Ltd

Past President – Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge

Invitation file added below.


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