Burn’s Night Celebration

President, Craig Shaw & President Elect, Kevin Chard.

A merry evening was had celebrating Burn’s Night at The Centurion Hotel by the Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club and District Governor, Ric Canham.

Several club members sported traditional kilts including club president, Craig Shaw, who initiated the proceedings with the Selkirk Grace. Piper, Bill Colvin, lead the procession through the hall to parade the haggis.

Boot Swap

The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club Boot Swap has run its course for 2022 and has been a terrific success.

The idea of the scheme was to offer sports boots to children, who typically outgrow their boots all too quickly, in exchange for another pair in good, clean condition. Hundreds of pairs of boots of all types and sizes were swapped and the public were extremely supportive and appreciative of the project.

The club was very fortunate to have had two local football clubs donate over a hundred pairs of boots to enable a good selection of stock right from the start.

The Boot Swap began in mid-August when parents generally look to purchase their children’s sports kit for the new school year, and continued through the end of September, every Saturday morning from 11am-1pm outside the local Sainsbury’s. Once word got out, the public came in significant numbers, many expressing their gratitude for offering this community service.  No charge was involved and if someone had no boots to swap they were invited to give a donation which went to Rotary charities.

The surplus boots are now stored away and Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club look forward to running the Boot Swap again next year.

Boot Swap off to a Champion Kick-Off

The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club wishes to express their gratitude to Paulton Rovers Football Club for the very generous donation of football, rugby and Astro turf boots to help the Rotary Club kick-start their Boot Swap programme which was successfully launched on Saturday, 13 August outside the Sainsbury’s in Midsomer Norton.

John Dando, Community Chairman for the Rotary Club said, “Because of the generosity of Paulton Rovers FC, we were able to get the Boot Swap off to an effective start, helping many families within our community swap out their children’s outgrown boots all free of charge. We also owe thanks to Westfield Youth FC for their significant donation of boots and Sainsbury’s for their support; it’s wonderful to see the community coming together on projects such as this.”

The Boot Swap runs from 11:00-1:00 each Saturday through the remainder of August and September, and the Rotary Club is asking for clean boots in good condition with laces.

Charity Race Night

Preparations are once again well underway for our Charity Race Night on Friday, 6th May, 7.00 pm (for a prompt 7:30 start) at The Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel in Midsomer Norton. It will be an exciting and fun evening with food, a bar, and race entertainment.

Tickets will be on sale at £15.00 each, which includes supper and may be obtained at:

We can also offer the opportunity to sponsor 4 horses, or 4 jockeys and stables by donating £100, or sponsor one of the complete races being run on the evening by donating £150. To sponsor a race please click on the above link.

In return for your generous sponsorship, we will forward you two complimentary tickets for every £100 sponsored, and you will also receive free advertising as a sponsor in the race night programme and you’ll get to select your business-related names for the race or horses/jockeys to promote your business.

There are also opportunities to advertise in the Race Programme for the evening, please email tina@ignyte.co.uk if you would like to discuss this option.

COVID has meant that we have been unable to host any events over the past 2 years, therefore, our fundraising efforts have been put on hold and we are very much looking forward to hosting this event to raise much needed funds for Rotary charities and the communities of Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

Thanking you very much in anticipation of your support.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

Charity & Local Support

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary President, Nick Candy, nominated both South West Action for Learning and Living Our Way (SWALLOW) and the British Heart Foundation as his charities for the year.

SWALLOW is a locally based registered charity which supports teenagers and adults with learning disabilities to live active and fulfilling lives. In addition they give individual support by providing a variety of services including: supported housing, independent living skills training, work skills training and work opportunities; therapeutic, educational and sports activities, outreach support in the community and opportunities to socialise and meet up with friends and have fun.

SWALLOW Fundraising & Finance Manager, Nicky Tew, passed along a huge thank you to the Rotary Club for their £2000 donation. She said: “This money will make a tremendous difference, especially during this difficult time as we work towards re-engaging with all our members. We are very grateful for all the support that the Club has given us.”

Additionally, Fellow Rotarian, Roger Winsley of Winsley White Building Contractors & Developers, not long ago helped SWALLOW in making building improvements and decorating the SWALLOW café in Radstock.

The British Heart Foundation’s Fundraising Manager, Victoria Carswell, also took time to thank the club for its £2000 donation conveying : “Your support is hugely appreciated.”

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