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Chelwood Bridge Rotary Business Cup

The Chelwood Bridge Community Committee has launched a ‘pilot’ programme at the Pensford Primary School in November 2019 to promote business literacy.As the UK is way behind in financial awareness in young people this 5 week exercise will promote the value of money and how to manage a simple business.Pensford School will engage 18 pupils from the school Council to form 4 teams and our Rotary Club will provide a loan to each team of £15 as seed capital. After the 5 week period the team that raises the most money at the Christmas Fair on 10th December, after repaying the loan, will win the Business Cup.Rotary club members will be involved along the way to help and encourage the teams to develop their product ideas, budgeting and sales ideas.If this ‘pilot’ programme is successful our Committee will consider rolling it out to other schools in the area.

John Palmer, Chairman of the Community and Vocational Committee

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Water Survival Box, Christmas Challenge

The Big Give Christmas Challenge starts on Tuesday at noon. Please support us with online donations ,the first £10000 received will be matched by pledges made already.
Please go to to make a donation.
Thank you

Tony Quinn



No Christmas meal for Frome Town Rotary

Last year, Frome Town Rotary decided to forego their Christmas meal and donate instead to Fair Frome, a local charity which helps alleviate the effects of poverty in Frome.    Rotary members visited Asda in their Christmas jumpers and hats, to donate at least the equivalent cost of their Christmas meal in food.

Frome Town Rotary say, “This year, we will be doing the same and we encourage others to think about doing the same or making a donation for those in need this Christmas.

See the full article in the Frome Times

“It is a small thing we are doing but we know that through the excellent work of Fair Frome, that the food will go to families who need and appreciate something extra at Christmas,” said Karl Waldeck Lee, president of Frome Town Rotary.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge


The Christmas Challenge 2019 will take place from 12pm (midday) Tues. 3rd December – 12pm Tues. 10th during which period donations to us  are doubled to match the pledges that we have already received. Gift Aid is also available where appropriate. 

To make your donation please complete the form here

Once the £10000 is matched then further donations will not be matched so getting in early is always recommended.

Your generous support will enable us to start 2020 in a great position to help victims of disasters as we have been doing since 2006

The Water Survival Box Team


£61,000 donated to charity from Classic and Supercar Show

Rotary Clubs distributed a total of £61,000 to one national and 18 local charities, at Sherborne Castle on 8th November.


Nigel Young, Chairman of Trustees for the Sherborne Classic Cars CIO, said ‘This was a truly astonishing result following 12 months of work by the Organising Committee from members of the Yeo Vale, Sherborne Castles and Brue Valley Rotary Clubs. They are to be congratulated on raising this fantastic sum of money which means a total of £232,000 has been distributed over the past six years.’

Maria Wingfield-Digby presents £12,000 to British Heart Foundation








Club Presidents Sue Thomas-Peter (Sherborne Castles) Phil Scrancher (Yeo Vale) and Mike Kew (Brue Valley receive a total of £11,000 for the Yeovil District Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal.

All remaining beneficiaries are located within 30 miles of Sherborne.  View the full list.

For more information please contact- The Show Secretary:
e mail: Tel: 07769 114211


Charities wishing to benefit from the 2020 Sherborne Classic and Supercar Show can apply now on our web site

Next show – 19th July 2020

Weston Rotary Club’s Christmas Fayre

Remembrance Day

Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club – Primary School Dictionaries

One of Rotary International’s priorities around the World is to encourage children develop their literacy skills to help them throughout their lives. Chelwood Bridge Rotary tries to meet this aim by presenting illustrated dictionaries to local Primary School pupils. Children have a personal copy to encourage them to investigate the meaning of words, widening and developing their vocabulary.
The Dictionary4Life is produced by Usborne and contains over 10,000 entries and 1,000 illustrations. As well as the illustrated dictionary section, it has a user’s guide, a section on parts of speech and a section of hints and guidelines on writing in English. The dictionary is a result of the Rotary International’s priority to help improve standards of literacy throughout the world.
During the first month of the new School Year, presentations have already been made to pupils in four local Primary Schools – Cameley, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke and Pensford. We hope to make more presentations later in the Autumn.

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Weston Rotarian Celebrates 50 years Membership

John Moore receives a message from the RI President and a Framed Certificate from the RIBI President marking 50 years membership of Rotary from Club President Peter Castell.

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