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The 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge


Once again we have applied for the Christmas Challenge where donations may be doubled or more.

At this stage we have agreed to seek pledges of £10000 and if we are successful in getting to the next stage we will be able to double that with matched funding.

Firstly however we need to accumulate £10000 in pledges by the end of  August. We will learn if we have been successful by October.

Pledges can be made here only    

but will not be called upon until January if we are successful.

Please share this with contacts and friends to help Water Survival Box continue its good work.

We look forward to your support

Tony Quinn



Mendip Male Voice Choir

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Chelwood Bridge Annual Big Breakfast

On Sunday 14th July Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club held it’s 10th annual Big Breakfast, a perfect way to start the day for individuals, couples and families in a large marquee adjoining Stanton Drew Village Hall. The team of Rotarians from the Club prepared early for just under 100 diners, including 63 from the Historic and Classic Car Club who once again started their rally after the hearty breakfast. The morning was also perfect, although a little too hot for the chefs but nevertheless a great atmosphere enjoyed by all that attended, in fact one diner was heard to remark ‘ this year’s breakfast was the best ever with the sausages and bacon out of this world’ so says it all. The two large food and drink hamper draw prizes were this year won by members of the car club, hope they enjoy the contents. Next year the Big Breakfast will again be on the Sunday following the Stanton Drew Flower Show which will be 25th July so look forward to seeing more people dining. A big thank you to all those that made this such a brilliant event.


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Garth Rotary Inauguration

Friday July 12th at the beautiful setting of Canada Lakes, Near Cardiff, South Wales, District 1150, saw the chartering of the first club in Rotary GBI in 2019/20. The event was attended by members of the mother club, Chelwood Bridge in District 1200, several members of the relative District teams including DG Peter Hamilton and DG Dennis Stevens. 
Founder President Charles outlined the history of how the club came to be formed and spoke also of the many achievements in its short life as a Satellite club to Chelwood Bridge. Chelwood Bridge Immediate Past President Douglas outlined how proud he was of the formation of a new club with 25 members and more to follow shortly. 
We were delighted to have with us Rotary GBI President Donna Wallbank and her husband Steve as principal guests. Donna welcomes all the member to the family of Rotary and wished them well in the future.
Chelwood Bridge President Mike presented Charles with a bell as a gift from the club to enable him to keep order!  The evening ended with local entertainment and a sing a long

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Chelwood Bridge awards a Paul Harris Fellow

At the Presidents night dinner on Tuesday the 18th of June Douglas Nash outgoing President of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club presented The Paul Harris Fellow Award  to Mike Hedges. On presenting the award Douglas said that the commitment to Rotary from Mike on a District and Local level unrivalled. To get a flavour of what that commitment looks like he read out the following positions this year’s  award winner had held  

In District 1200

Membership Chairman 2014/15

Assistant Governor  2015/16 – 2016/17 – 2017/18

District Membership Attraction and Engagement Chair – 2012/13 – 13/14 – 14/15

District Trainer  –  2018/19 

Leadership, Development   – 2018/19

In Chelwood Bridge

Club President  2010/11 

Community Services Committee Chair  218/19

Club Membership Chair 2017/18 – 2018/19

Instrumental in the formation of the Cam Valley Satellite Club 2018/19

President Elect for – 2018/19

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Douglas finished by saying “It is with great pleasure that on behalf of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club I present the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Mike Hedges.  

Chelwood Bridge Big Breakfast 2019

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Chelwood Bridge Charity Golf Day

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Rotary Clubs of Chelwood Bridge and Surabaya Central, Indonesia, combine to bring IT to orphanage. 

In 2008/2009 Rotarian Hugo Pike (Chelwood Bridge) led a Rotary Group Study Exchange team that visited Surabaya in East Java, Indonesia where they were hosted by several local Rotary Clubs. Hugo’s opposite number was Rotarian Janti Herawati who led the Indonesian GSE team that visited our District in the autumn of 2008. Following the visit to Java, at the request of some of the Indonesian Rotary Clubs, the Chelwood Bridge Club funded the construction of a clean-water system for one of the junior schools in Surabaya and a further 12 schools were similarly equipped through a Rotary grant supported by many Rotary Clubs in our District (Somerset and parts of Dorset and Wiltshire). At that time funding for a mobile medical and dental service that benefitted some 3,000 street children in Yogyakarta was also provided.

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Shortly before Christmas 2018 Rotarian Janti Herawati renewed contact with Hugo requesting help to pay for a new computer that her Club wanted to provide for a local orphanage – the Don Bosco Orphanage in Surabaya. The Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club agreed to cover half the cost of some £234 and the attached photographs show the handover ceremony involving the Orphanage Principal Sister Anna, staff and pupils, together with Rtn Janti and other representatives of the Rotary Club of Surabaya Central. One of Rotary International’s priority areas of action is to support educational initiatives especially in the developing world.

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Water Survival Box – Cyclone Idai

Water Survival Box – Cyclone Idai – we have an appeal running on Big Give where funds can be matched. please go to if you can help..  We are currently speaking with partners to get our boxes distributed but it may take a few days given the scale of the disaster.#idai #mozambique

We are also in  touch with partners  who help us distribute the Water Survival boxes in the country and we expect to have clearance tomorrow for the first 200 boxes which will go to Malawi.  The same partners Khalsa Aid who helped on the Somerset Levels flooding are also establishing a presence in Mozambique but this may take longer due to the scale of the disaster but we would  expect to know more early next week.  



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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