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 www.khalsaaid.org) 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 – www.watersurvivalbox.org ) 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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Alan Smith on email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Alan Smith on email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club
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!
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 theBigGive.org.uk 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,