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Chew Valley Primary Schools Football Tournament

Over two hundred primary school pupils from nine schools took part in the Chew Valley Schools Football Tournament on 6th February. There were separate competitions for boys’ and girls’ teams and each was divided into two seeded divisions based on last year’s performance. There were ten boys’ teams and nine girls’ teams taking part. Overall there were 36 matches which took place on the all-weather pitches at Chew Valley School. Each team played every other team in their division. All matches were refereed by Chew Valley Year 9 students as part of their Sports Leadership Course. Despite the cold temperatures that afternoon, all the matches were contested with great enthusiasm and skill.

In the Girls 1st Division the competition was won by Winford Primary School who also were the winners of the Boys 1st Division. In the 2nd Divisions, the Girls Competition was won by Pensford Primary and the Boys Competition won by Ubley Primary.

The Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club sponsored the Competition and provided cups to the winning teams and medals to the winning players. Cups and medals were presented to the winning teams by Rotarian Mike Hedges.

Thanks are also due to Charlotte Foley, the Chew Valley Primary Sports Coordinator, for organising the competition and to the capable students from Chew Valley School who refereed and helped with the organisation.

Ken Biggs     (Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club)

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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


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

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



On 28 September, 2018 an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. This was followed by a tsunami reported to have been 6 metres in height when it made landfall on the coastal areas of Palu City and Donggala on the west of the island. The impact of the tsunami has been catastrophic leaving at least 1,300 dead (this figure is likely to rise much higher as search teams continue their work), hundreds of thousands have lost their homes and there is an urgent need for safe drinking water.

The Big Give Indonesia Appeal has started today. Please donate so that we can replace boxes being sent. You can double your money through this link scroll down the page to find the Water Survival Box section.

Thanks to contributions from several philanthropists and companies, your donations will be doubled on a first-come, first-served basis, from 12pm (midday) Friday 5th October whilst match funding lasts.

We are sending all our current stock of 300 Water-Survival Boxes to help protect survivors from water-borne diseases following the disaster. Our new appeal is to raise £60,000 to cover the cost of a further 400 boxes.

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Please note:

  1. Maximum donation to qualify for matched funding will be £1000
  2. When the available matching funds are exhausted further donations won’t be matched.
  3. Speed of donations will be of the essence
  4. This is a specific appeal for Indonesia and not to be confused with our bid to participate in the BigGive Christmas Challenge.
  5. Anyone unclear to contact Hugo Pike or Tony Quinn, Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club.


Catastrophic monsoon floods in Kerala, India, displaced hundreds of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed and left them without access to safe drinking water. Worldwaterworks Ltd – (the registered charity managed by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge in Somerset) has responded to a request from Khalsa Aid (a UK based Sikh charity and  International NGO to supply Water-Survival Boxes. An operational team of Khalsa Aid International based in India are already helping in Kerala and will be responsible for distributing our aid to families ‘most in need’.








In September, 2017 a new Rotary charity (Water-Survival Box – Switzerland) was established in Lucerne, Switzerland. Its purpose is to generate funds to enable our British Rotary charity to increase the amount of aid and the number of disasters to which it is able to respond. As on four previous occasions half of the cost involved in this consignment has been under-written by our Swiss Rotary partners. 

The attached photographs show the consignment of aid about to leave our depot. News of the distribution operation will be posted when we receive it. In the meantime we need to raise some £30,000 to replace the consignment – so as to send further aid to Kerala if needed or to be prepared for future disasters.









Each Water-Survival Box comprises a water filter capable of converting up to 100,000 litres of contaminated water into safe to drink water – this represents 10 litres a day for each member of a family of 5 every day for some 5 years – or 10 litres a day for 100 people for three months. The box also includes a range of essential survival items to enable a family to begin to rebuild their lives (full details can be seen on our website – )  The box and cost of air freight to ensure it reaches the disaster area as soon as practicable is just £150 – thanks to all the volunteers who manage the project and provide the teams of packers so that every £ donated is applied to the provision of humanitarian aid. Donations can be made online or cheques made out to Worldwaterworks Limited should be sent to Broadway House, Third Avenue, Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4XD. Individual donations can also be gift aided – online or by downloading a donation/gift aid form from our website.

 Hugo Pike OBE

Director of Operations, Worldwaterworks Limited – Rotary Water-Survival Box


Chelwood Bridge welcomes a new Rotarian.

DSC03130 copy.jpg I am delighted that in the RAF’s Centenary Year and on my last night as Club President, that I am able to welcome Malcolm Palmer, a former RAF Squadron Leader, Wing Commander, Group Captain and Air Commodore into the Family of International Rotary.

After his illustrious career in the RAF and the MOD, he joined a small Lichfield based company as Managing Director. The business quickly expanded under his leadership and, in 1998, he led a management buy-out. After continued rapid expansion he sold the business in 2001 to Devonport Dockyard where he became a Board Member until his retirement in 2008.

I have only briefly touched upon Martin’s achievements here because I do not want to steal his thunder when he gives a talk to the Club on his life and exploits in the RAF and in Devonport. (I am sure he told me that he is willing to do this!)

I, for one, am very much looking forward to that.

Martin has already shown us that he intends to be an active and imaginative member of our Club and the International Committee.

It is my great privilege to welcome him as a member of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club.

Chelwood Bridge Charity Golf Day

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Golf Entry Form for download 


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

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