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The Rotary Club of Mendip continues to support the Space Charity

As part of the ongoing commitment, Club members helped to erect a shed, greenhouse and potting table for the Space Charity at their allotment in Cheddar. Space supports local young people 4-18 years who are suffering mental health issues.

Mendip Rotarians supporting the vaccine effort

As part of the Clubs efforts during the pandemic, Rotarians Peter Wright and Mike Hiles are involved in the transportation of vunerable adults, who do not have their own transport for their Covid 19 vaccinations. They have transported people to the Mulberry Centre in Berrow and Ashton Gate Bristol. They are also involved contacting people by telephone who are experiencing dificulties during this time including non rotarians through the Cheddar Coronavirus Group. The Club is liasing with the local GP surgeries to provide this service.

Mendip Rotarians helping to prepare an allotment for The Space Charity

The Rotary Club of Mendip has chosen “The Space” as this year’s charity. The Space supports local young people 4-18 years who are suffering mental health issues, which have increased during the current pandemic. The Club is specifically supporting the Community Wellbeing Garden in the Cheddar allotments. The garden will provide opportunities for children, young people, and adults in our community to mix socially, make friends and connect with others to improve their mental well-being.

This is part of a practical solution to help those families and individuals in Cheddar who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling to cope in the society in which we live.

Members of the Club and volunteers from “The Space Charity” were preparing raised beds in the allotment. The activity provided good fellowship in these unusual times.

A new fence has been erected to ensure rabbits are unable to get into the allotment to damage the produce. The members were assisted by Jason Collins from JC Landscape.

All work was done in a Covid secure fashion and a Risk Assessment was prepared.

World Understanding and Peace Day 23rd February 2021

There is a world wide event entitled “The Sun Never Sets in Rotary” which starts and finishes in D3232 India. This will be a non stop cycle of meetings in succesion hosted by Clubs/Districts in different time zones across 6 continents.

The UK event is organised by District 1190 Cumbria and Lancashire.

The speakers are:

Aziz Memon. Trustee – Rotary Foundation. Aziz is a member of the Rotary Club of Karachi Pakistan and will share his story of the challenges faced by Rotary in its immunisation efforts carried out in Pakistan.

Mike Webb. Vice Chair – The Rotary Foundation. Mike is a member of the Rotary Club iof Mendip. Mike is a past President of RIBI, RI District Director and Vice Chair of the Council of Legislation. Mike will speak on “The Power of The Rotary Foundation.

Charlie Ruth Castro. Past President Rotary E-Club Sogamoso Columbia. Charlie will will share her personal experiences of working with women in Columbian prisons, for which Charlie received Rotarys People of Action – Young Innovators award in 2018.

World Understanding and Peace Day

Rotary Club of Mendip support World Polio Day

The Club has placed a display in Cheddar Library to highlight World Polio Day 24th October 2020. The Club has been involved in Rotary’s drive to eradicate Polio from the beginning. Rotarian John Lane who was a well known business man in Cheddar was the original treasurer for the Rotary International Britain and Ireland polio initiative, with the monies raised being administred from Cheddar.

Mendip send £500 to assist with the relief efforts in Beirut

Following investgations by International Chair Mike Latham to determine which NGO was on the ground the Rotary Club of Mendip have sent £500 within days of the massive explosion in the docks in Beirut. The monies were sent to the NGO Medicin Sans Frontieres, to assist with their work in helping those injured in the blast. Thanks have been received from MSF and Rotary Clubs in Beirut.

Rotary in Action.

Mendip Induct New Member into the Rotary Family

Local businesman Mike Sartain was inducted into the Rotary Club of Mendip last Thursday by Club President Ceri Davies. Mike was sponsored by Rotarian Nigel Deane. The induction was carried out under the “new normal” conditions of social distancing outside at the Strawberry Special where the Club meet. In line with Government guidlines only three other members were in attendance, Mike Hiles Membership Chair, John Mander Secretary and Scott McIntosh Treasurer. In these unusual conditions a risk assessment was prepared with plenty of anticeptic wipes and gel available. Mike had to pin his new Rotary badge on himself another first. Following Mike’s induction into Rotary those in attendance had a good socially distancing fellowship evening to welcome our new Rotarian.

Mendip supports PDG’s Dennis Stevens & Peter Hardwill

Following an appeal from PDG,s Dennis Stevens and Peter Hardwill, the Club has donated £250 to the Childrens Hospice South West. The Hospice which has seen a reduction in donations as a result of Covid 19 suuports families in the Cheddar Valley through difficult times.

Mendip support Court House Retirement Home in Cheddar

The Club presented a cheque for £100 to the Court House Retirement Home for their nominated charity. The care workers stayed inside the home during the Covid pandemic to avoid introducing the virus into the home and to look after their residents. They did not see their families for the whole of the period of lockdown. During this period they had several fund raising activities to raise funds for Weston Hospice Care. The cheque was to support their efforts.

Mendip Rotarian Anwar Hussain cooks fourth batch of food for key workers

The Rotary Club of Mendip has again sponsored Rotarian Anwar Hussain to produce a fourth batch of curries for key workers in the Cheddar Valley. Anwar who used to own a restaurant in Cheddar cooked 73 meals in his own kitchen with the help of his family. On this occasion the offer was extended to all key workers who could request the free curry. Club members helped distribute the food from a social distance.

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