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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

Hands on Harp

At the age of 13, Ellie Prout was given the opportunity to learn local folk music and she immediately knew she had found her calling. At 15 she participated in her first Halsway Manor HotHouse, an opportunity for young musicians to work with leading folk artists, to create performance pieces and perform live. She has since attended three additional Halsway Manor HotHouse courses and performed numerous times with them at the Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Ellie was quickly snapped up as a harpist trainee tutor and has three years of experience teaching other young people to play folk music, arrange pieces and perform on stage. She has accomplished her music A-Level and is a self-employed harpist, harp tutor, harp book author, and overall harp aficionado.

Her goal is to make the harp accessible to anyone drawn to the instrument. Through playing the harp Ellie has worked with many different people from varied backgrounds. Ellie has trained as a harp maker with Hands on Harps and continues to work with them creating new harps and accompanying books for harpists with special education needs.

Now at Oxford Brookes University studying music, Ellie will take us through her journey to becoming the harpist she is today; and only at 22 years of age. The talk will cover:

  • How she started playing the harp
  • Going to folk camps and how they grew her passion
  • Mental health and how the harp has helped her
  • About the harp, different types and how they’re made
  • How she uses her harp skills as a business (e.g., talks, playing gigs, teaching, etc.)
  • 3-4 played tunes
  • Question time between songs

Please join the Rotary Club of Midsomer Norton & Radstock on Thursday, 18 February at 6:30 for what will be an enthusing talk by such a young, talented artist. For Zoom log-in details, please contact the club at:

Wear A Christmas Hat Day

Members of the Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club donned their festive hats during their on-line Christmas Fellowship Meeting in recognition of Wear A Christmas Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research and donated £100 towards the cause.

At their November Rotary Club Speaker Meeting, Community Development Manager (West), Melanie Tiley, gave a very informative talk with significant and alarming stats on Brain Tumour Research. Melanie explained, “Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.” For more information on this disease, please visit the Brain Tumour Research website at:

The Christmas Fellowship meeting also incorporated what turned out to be a very entertaining on-screen scavenger hunt innovatively organised by Club Services Chair, Martin Carter. Club President, Nick Candy, said, “It’s been a challenging year with us not being able to meet in person so I was eager for a fun, festive, fellowship night via Zoom and it certainly was that and more. To incorporate the #WearAChristmasHatDay to bring awareness to Brain Tumour Research just added to the spirit of the occasion.”

An invitation to a fun event on Zoom

Welcome to Wrington Vale RC

Rotarians throughout District 1200 and beyond are invited to 

‘Masters of Mirth’

Wednesday 2nd December at 19.00 for 19.30

Rtn Mike Storr, Rotary Club of Carlton (Nottingham) will share

An affectionate look at some of my favourite
Music Hall laughter makers

How Music Hall began:
My favourite characters – Robb Wilton, Stanley Holloway, Bernard Miles to name but a few, 
Examples of their acts including their famous monologues

I have given this ‘Masters of Mirth’ humorous presentation to over 450 Rotary, W.I. Probus & U3A Clubs, within a radius of 50 milesfrom my home in Nottingham…..

And now, via the magic of ZOOM, far beyond!

I take no fee or expenses, but if you consider it to be worthy of a donation,
my chosen charity is Asthma UK.

To register for Zoom Attendance on Wednesday 2nd December, email Wrington Vale Rotary Club:  President Roger Vincent;

From Robert Norris :: Sleaford U3A
“On behalf of the Sleaford U3A committee, I would like to convey our thanks for your most interesting and entertaining talk. Everyone enjoyed it immensely and I can’t remember when I have received so many positive comments for a speaker.

I will be contacting you again soon to book  ‘The Sequel’

From Malcolm Hastings : Speaker Secretary : Nuneaton & Bedworth Probus Club
“Just a brief note of thanks for the pleasure you gave us all on your recent visit.  I think I can say with some confidence that you provided the most entertaining, original and amusing talk we have had in a very long time

This presentation makes an ideal opportunity to invite partners and prospective members to attend.

Pictures for a Purpose

The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club is focused on bettering our community. However, COVID-19 has made things very challenging particularly with fundraising efforts. Since the pandemic hit fundraising events have been cancelled, which included an Annual Charity Golf Day, Race Night, and Charity Concert, just to name a few.

Midsomer Norton High Street, Winter, 2009. Photograph by Chris Burch,
Somerset Photographer

Needless to say, the club frequently receive appeals for help from individuals throughout the community as well as local charities they have assisted in the past. 

The pandemic has certainly changed lives and some have been affected more than others. Somerset Photographer, Chris Burch, lost the majority of her photo shoots, many of which were wedding bookings but she’s hopeful 2021 will rebound for her. While it’s been a tough year for Chris, when the Rotary Club approached her for the use of two photos she took of Midsomer Norton High Street in the winter of 2009, she didn’t hesitate to consent, expressing “I sincerely hope the prints manage to raise funds for you.”

Rotarian, Lorraine Sloan and Somerset Photographer, Chris Burch

Club President, Nick Candy, said, “Our Rotary Club is thrilled that Chris has permitted us to use these two terrific photos and we hope that our community will support our mission and back us in implementing our programmes and initiatives. One of the photos has been enlarged, framed and accent mounted and is available through auction at or details can be found via the club’s Facebook page 
Both photos were also printed as Christmas cards and have been so popular they sold out almost immediately.

Photo images into Christmas Cards

Act Your Age

Although Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotarian, Martin Carter had not ventured out on his bicycle in weeks and not ridden more than 30 miles for over 5 years, he decided to take on the Children in Need “Act Your Age” challenge and cycle around his village of Leigh on Mendip for 21 challenging laps while adorning his Pudsey suit and bandana.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 3,900 local charities and projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

It also launched a number of dedicated Covid-19 response programmes to support local charities and projects across the UK who are providing essential help to children and young people during the current crisis.

Martin successfully completed the 63 miles but admitted he was definitely wobbling the last couple of laps and was ready for a good soak in the tub. To date he has marvellously raised over £1000! To contribute to Martin’s Children in Need JustGiving page, please visit:

Reverent Remembrance

With the cancellation of this year’s Remembrance parade the Rotary Club of Midsomer Norton & Radstock paid tribute by laying a wreath at the Midsomer Norton Cenotaph the day before the national lockdown commenced.

The wreath was laid by Club President, Nick Candy, who was accompanied by fellow Rotarians, Roger Meadows and Martin Carter.

The club also sponsored two poppy sprays for the dressing of graves. The Royal British Legion allocated these to the following two graves in the Midsomer Norton Cemetery:

Cpl. C. F. Smith, Somerset Light Infantry and Gnr. R. A. Kingman, Royal Artillery.

Due to many fundraising events for the Royal British Legion being cancelled, including collecting for the poppy appeal, an occasion the club involves itself in every year, a donation of £500 was made for which Alison Wilson, Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Midsomer Norton Branch of The Royal British Legion expressed her gratitude.

Flower Arranging for Amateurs

Learn how to make a table decoration and hand-tied posy that would grace any home

Yeovil Rotary are holding this event on Zoom on 20th November 2020 at 2.30pm.

All profits will got towards this year’s local Rotary-supported charities.

Young People’s Trust for the Environment

Homeless and Vulnerable Outreach Network 

Happy to chat Benches

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