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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.

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.

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An Evening with Jacob

The Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg agreed to be the speaker at this past Friday’s Rotary fellowship meeting. Jacob became a Rotarian and member of the Midsomer Norton & Radstock Club some 10 or more years ago.

In his current role within Parliament, Jacob is Leader of the House of Commons and he also became Lord President of the Council, attending cabinet meetings.

He has given talks to the club on a number of instances on a variety of subjects. There has always been keen interest when Jacob has spoken to members and the club was delighted to have him participate on this occasion.

Jacob covered the importance of Rotary and the coming together of volunteers particularly during the pandemic. An incredible positive aspect of the pandemic has been the overwhelming response of volunteers and the importance of utilising this positive energy. He also talked of how the vaccine has been tremendously important and has universities, the private and public sectors all working together and how the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency wasn’t a block but became a partner; altogether consistently beating expectations. Also covered were some of the fundamental changes we have experienced over the last year that have made us aware of the importance of onshore production of essential needs such as PPE.

Jacob made time for follow up remarks and questions arising during the discussions and the overall consensus from well over 40 Rotarians and friends in attendance was that it was a very interesting and informative talk; and briefly having two of Jacob’s children spontaneously join in was a lovely touch. Almost £300 was raised for the club charity account by participants donating a minimum of £5 to attend.

The Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP – 26th Mar at 19.00

The Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg became a Rotarian and member of Midsomer Norton & Radstock some 10 years ago.

In his current role within Parliament he is Leader of the House of Commons and he also became Lord President of the Council , attending cabinet meetings. He is therefore in a unique position to speak on wide ranging topics.

He has given talks to the Club on a number of occasions and on a variety of subjects. There has always been keen interest when Jacob has spoken to club members and we anticipate this evening to be equally popular.

Jacob has agreed to speak on this occasion via ZOOM due to the COVID restrictions and after a short presentation he will answer a number of submitted questions. There may also be time available for some follow up remarks and questions arising during the discussions.

Anyone wishing to submit a question for Jacob should do so please via email at

A number of the questions submitted will be drawn at random and the questioner will be invited to ask this of Jacob during the evening.

Space is limited, so please register early:
A minimum donation of £5.00 is suggested to join this Zoom Meeting. All proceeds will go to our Rotary Charity Trust  No. 1134406.

Reid Speirs

Update (21/03/2021):

We currently have availability for this Friday’s Zoom meeting with our honorary speaker, Jacob Rees-Mogg, please register at:

More jabs – Brue Valley helping with vaccinations

Vaccinations continue apace at Wincanton Community Hospital and the Community Hall in Bruton. Brue Valley Rotary Club, enthusiastically assisted by over 25 family and friends, have been providing marshals at both centres. The main jobs are car parking, providing directions, sanitising (people and wheelchairs) and generally helping to ensure the process is as easy as possible for those attending.
The good humour and the delight of the general public to be getting their jabs are evident, as is the dedication of the clinical and support staff. In Wincanton, we are marshalling alongside staff from South Somerset District Council, many of whom have become quite familiar to us over the weeks.
The operation in Bruton is also manned by Brue Valley Rotarians and several good friends.
It has been a great way for the club to provide service to our local communities, especially given that our normal community service and fund-raising activities have been so curtailed by coronavirus over the last 12 months. It has also raised our profile in the community and, I think, made us a lot of new friends.

Charity Online Auction from Chelwood Bridge Rotary

Auction Now Live. over 70 lotsfrom holidays to helicopter rides, from pamper days to diving courses, something just for you to enjoy whilst supporting Children’s Hospice South West, St Peters Hospice and Designability, and other charities supported by Chelwood Rotary. 

To view and bid, follow the link to Jumblebee and simply select an item you wish to bid on, enter your bid, you will then be asked to, “Log In” or “Register” your contact details.

If you can’t find anything you wish to bid on, and still wish to support these charities, you can always make a donation via our PayPal account.

A small selection below

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.

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