Category Archives: Club News

Creating Smiles – Transforming Lives

International project: cleft lip/cleft palate surgery – Indonesia

In 2000, in line with our Rotary mission to provide ‘Service’ to those in need worldwide, the Club’s International Committee agreed to join 17 other Rotary Clubs in Bali, Germany, Luxembourg, and the United States – to help fund this project to be run by the RC of Nusa Dua on the island of Bali. Since 1994 the Indonesian Club had successfully managed a series of cleft lip/palate projects, supported by overseas funding, resulting in more than 1700 children aged between 3 and 12 years having corrective surgery. The current project target is for a further 200 children to benefit from surgery and thus greatly enhance their life chances.

Our Club donation of £2000 was enhanced by £700 from our twin Club in France (RC of Blanquefort en Medoc) and further boosted by £5000 from our Rotary District (covering the county of Somerset and the western parts of Dorset and Wiltshire). Through the Rotary Foundation (one of the top four- star rated charities in the world) donations from all contributing Rotary Clubs and Districts were further enhanced under the Global Grants scheme.

Despite the delays and added complications of the Covid pandemic during 2021 a total of 68 operations (Yesinta’s being the most recent) had been completed on children from Bali and the outlying islands of Ambon, Sumba and Timor. 

See – RC Bali Nusa Dua Cleft Lip & Palate Project on YouTube

Information and photographs supplied by Karl Heinz Schmeltzer, Rotary Club of Nusa Dua, Bali. 

News item prepared by: Hugo Pike OBE, Chairman of International Committee, Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge

An Evening with Matt Banahan

The Rotary Club are inviting you to this fundraising event on 7th February 2022

Tickets are available from Cumberwell Park Reception and from the email address shown above

“One donation, twice the impact”

Water Survival Box is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again this year. From next Tuesday 30 November you can help us release £10000 of pledges by making online donations to us via the Big Give. The giving period runs from noon on 30th until 12pm on 7 December. Please note that if you have already made a pledge to us you can’t make a donation.Follow this link

Help us transform Edie’s life.

Edie Browne is a remarkable 9 year old girl who lives with her family in Chew Stoke. Despite battling with many health issues and disabilities, Edie loves life and is such a joyful child. She loves going out and about with her family but due to her disabilities this is very difficult. To provide the ability to go out together, the family identified a Vanraam specialised wheelchair bicycle. However this type of equipment is not Government funded. The family approached Chelwood Bridge Rotary, who in the past have raised funds to purchase a walking aid for Edie. 

Chelwood Bridge Rotary have agreed to organise crowdfunding for the Vanraam wheelchair bike, through the GlobalGiving platform. Donations will transform Edie and her family’s lives. The crowdfunding will be open for the whole of November and donations can be made via Global Giving, link below.  Thank You

Laptops4Learners in Castle Cary

The recent lock down due to the pandemic has shown a digital divide for many members of the community. Children and young people in homes without enough IT equipment are excluded from home education and catch up.

Laptops4Learners has been launched by SSDC Councillor Sarah Dyke to help people access IT across Somerset. Brue Valley Rotary Club, in conjunction with Castle Cary Town Council, is working with Castle Cary Primary School to provide Chromebooks for the pupils. It also aims to provide equipment for the members of the community who are digitally excluded and already several renovated laptops have been given to those in need. 

Working with Simon Barfoot of we are collecting old and unused equipment from which Simon wipes all data, upcycles and renovates ready to be sold or returned to the community.

The word has spread and the initiative was mentioned on Carymoor Facebook page. This was seen by Rosy James, the Environmental Manager of Hinkley Point C power station who donated tablets which were sold.

The funds raised enabled the purchase of 16 Chromebooks for the Primary School. A further 4 Chromebooks were added as a result of collections of equipment from the community.

Liz Stokes, President of Brue Valley Rotary, Judi Morison, Chair of CCTC and Simon Barfoot presented 20 Chromebooks to the Primary School on 23rd September. The Headteacher, Sarah Martin and the pupils were delighted to receive so many.

Our thanks to Nigel Phillips for providing a drop off point at Phillips Tyres in Castle Cary for your old or unused IT equipment.

Liz Stokes


Rotary Clubs Working Together

Our thanks go to the Rotary Clubs of Stone Town (Zanzibar), The International Rotary Club of Copenhagen ( Denmark ) and those in District 1200 who helped us with their advice and helping getting the necessary grants.

Fundraiser at The Raintree in Devizes

Come and join us for a night of good food and good company at The Raintree Indian restaurant in Devizes on Tuesday 21st September from 6:30pm.

To book your tickets click on the the above poster image.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Chelwood Bridge Rotary Charity Golf Day 2021

Join us for a day’s golf at the beautiful Farrington Park and help support Cystic Fibrosis Trust with funds for their research for this condition which affects so many young people.

Entry Form      download_copy-1    

 Golf Poster      download_copy

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.”

Water Survival Box sending aid to Syria and the Yemen

Together, when the call comes, we will be ready 

In the last two weeks we have been able, despite Covid-19 restrictions, to answer the request for aid in the Yemen and Syria. Sending a total of 400 boxes to two of today’s worst humanitarian crises.

This is quite an achievement for a small Rotary Club charity who rely on volunteers to pack boxes and you, our donors, to help provide the funds to pay for the contents of each box. 

In the English language there are a number of sayings used to illustrate a situation or moment in time. So, when we use the saying “A Stitch in Time” coupled with “A Picture is better than 1000 words” to draw attention to our present situation, you will understand our need to take action now before a new crisis is identified. With the departure of the last two consignments ‘the WSB cupboard is bare’ and this is a request to help us to fill a void.




For right now our shelves are empty, our boxes are en route and volunteer packing sessions are being scheduled, for we know a new call for action will come and we need to be prepared. 




If you, your club, or organisation would like to be a part of our story, go to our donation page for together we can make a huge difference to the lives of families displaced by natural or manmade disaster. Also if your members would like to know more about our project we would be happy to make a presentation via Zoom or face to face when allowed. You can follow the latest aid consignments from packing to the final distribution to those in need by viewing the website.

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