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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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DG Blog 15th July 2019

Frome Town Rotary – a very successful evening. Report from President Karl Waldeck.

On a lovely summers evening on 2 July, Frome Town Rotary hosted it’s first, (but definitely not its last), new members event, in the Cheese and Grain cafe, in the centre of Frome. We had been planning an event for a while, but after bidding for, and being granted, a one-off sum of money (specifically for such innovations), from District we were able to go bigger and better.

Approx 30 people responded to our publicity and came along to enjoy food, drinks, music, and great entertainment in the form of an amazing magician.

We showed a film made by Eve Conway about our club. The event gave us a chance to showcase what we do, and to encourage people to think about joining our innovative, energetic and modern group. Several members of the club attended and spent time with potential new members, resulting in an amazing 16 people leaving their contact details. Of these, after a follow up email from the club secretary, 8 replied, all stating what a great evening it was, and showing further interest, with 5 of them wanting to attend the next event (an evening walk and meal).

All of the new people have had a copy of the planned meetings and events for 2019/20 and will continue to be contacted on a regular basis.

All in all, a very worthwhile and successful evening.

DG’s Note. District grants of up to £500 are available to help clubs with membership initiatives.


Last week I visited the longest establish club in the District, Bath which was chartered on 1 November 1921. I found them in good form with two prospective new members. They are still a lunch club and manage to get through the business in just over the hour.

On Wednesday I played in the Yeovil and Yeo Vale Charity Golf day in aid of the Yeovil Hospital Breast Care Unit – a Project I hope you will all support.


Thursday, Jill and I were guests at the Inner Wheel District 20 Rally when chairman Maureen Netherway welcomed the National Association President Enid Law. As expected, I was a little outnumbered with First Gentleman Mike and Toastmaster Peter the only other men allowed!


The Rotary Club of Garth Charter Night was last Friday when a I joined a contingent from Chelwood Bridge, who had inaugurated the Satellite club, to travel abroad to Wales to be with the club on their special night. Donna Wallbank the RIBI President attended and Mike Hedges presented the new club with a bell.


On Sunday Anne and Paul Arnold hosted a BBQ in their beautiful garden for Chard RC, which raised over £500 for Children’s Hospice South West – what a wonderful way to spend a summers afternoon. And England won the cricket!

Best wishes,


District 1200 Annual Charity Golf Day

Wheathill Golf Course on Thursday 5th September 2019

Raising funds for Somerset Age UK.     Entry forms available as shown above.


Greetings from Weston-super-Mare to all Rotarians in District 1200

Rotary 2019-20

Sherborne Classic and Supercars 21st July 2019

You are invited to join us for our major charity fund raising event in Sherborne.

Marque feature 2019 – Porsche with the 917 and 962 Le Mans Porsches heading up our feature cars 

Do come and join us on 21st July 9.30am to 4pm and experience one of the premier classics and supercar shows in the South of England

This collaborative event run by the Rotary Clubs of Brue Valley, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale is bigger a better this year

Find out more on our web site 



District 1200 Rotary Youth Showcase

6th July 2019 at Stanchester Acadamy, Stoke sub Hamdon

Doors open 9.30am – Showcase 10.30am to 12.30am

Do come along and support this inspirational showcase of the young talent in our District.



Weston Rotary Club’s Charity Golf Tournament

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