In association with the Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School PTA, the Story Teller Chair was funded by the Rotary Club of Mendip with the benches funded by the PTA.
The Chair is the focal point where their teacher can sit while the children gather around on the benches. The teacher can then conduct the class with stories or other learning activities. The idea is that as children like being outside where they are more relaxed and enjoy their time, the equipment will be very useful.
Adam Travis the Club President handed over a cheque for the chair.
The crocus bulbs planted by the Club in Cheddar are now in bloom for all to see. They were planted to remember the aim of Rotary International, to eradicate polio worldwide. Club involvement goes back to the very beginning when Rotarian John Lane was the Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland Treasurer for Polio Plus which was the initial name for the scheme. Polio has been reduced by 99.9% and in 2018 was only found in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. There were only 31 recorded cases.
The 2019 Rotary Club of Exmoor Challenge
Supporting the Children’s Hospice South West
Sunday 14th April 2019
We are invited to take part in the 2019 Exmoor Challenge between Districts 1175 and 1200. Last year the event raised over £1000 with over 100 walkers competing.
Rotarians, their families, and friends from Rotary Districts 1175 and 1200 earn points for their District by completing either of two walks (4 miles or 8 miles). The shield is currently held by District 1200 and has been for a while. The routes will be starting from Allerford Community Hall TA24 8HL from 0800 and passing through some of the most beautiful scenery on Exmoor.
Walkers over 18 pay an entry fee of £7. Walker’s under18 enter free, but an adult must accompany them. Dogs are welcome, owners must keep them under control. PROPER WALKING SHOES/BOOTS ARE ADVISED.
More details will be available during February with the routes, information and sponsorship forms available from the Exmoor Rotary web site. Meanwhile please register by e mail at – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Rotary, Paul Kingdom – Rotary Club of Exmoor
In Aid of
Please can you book ASAP for this fund raising event to ensure a successful result for the The RUH Rotary Challenge where Rotary Clubs are challenged to raise £1000 for The Forever Friends Appeal
Over two hundred primary school pupils from nine schools took part in the Chew Valley Schools Football Tournament on 6th February. There were separate competitions for boys’ and girls’ teams and each was divided into two seeded divisions based on last year’s performance. There were ten boys’ teams and nine girls’ teams taking part. Overall there were 36 matches which took place on the all-weather pitches at Chew Valley School. Each team played every other team in their division. All matches were refereed by Chew Valley Year 9 students as part of their Sports Leadership Course. Despite the cold temperatures that afternoon, all the matches were contested with great enthusiasm and skill.
In the Girls 1st Division the competition was won by Winford Primary School who also were the winners of the Boys 1st Division. In the 2nd Divisions, the Girls Competition was won by Pensford Primary and the Boys Competition won by Ubley Primary.
The Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club sponsored the Competition and provided cups to the winning teams and medals to the winning players. Cups and medals were presented to the winning teams by Rotarian Mike Hedges.
Thanks are also due to Charlotte Foley, the Chew Valley Primary Sports Coordinator, for organising the competition and to the capable students from Chew Valley School who refereed and helped with the organisation.
Ken Biggs (Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club)
Andrew Lee is founder President of Frome’s youngest club, Frome Town club, and has been nominated as Frome’s person of the year.
If you would like to vote for Andrew, you can do so by emailing email@example.com or you can vote online
Voting closes on 23rd January
Saturday 2nd March 2019 at St Benedict’s Church Glastonbury
Proceeds from this event will go to EVAG (Emergency Volunteer Action Group Trust)
More about EVAG
EVAG is the group which formed during the District 1200 enormous programme to aid recovery for the victims of the 2014 floods and storms. In a word – Rotary & Inner Wheel excelled. The EVAG group is now working with the Civil Authorities, with whom we have specific agreements and training programmes, to plan our response to future civil emergencies.
Members of the EVAG team have attended in-depth debriefs of the disasters of the last year – the Manchester bomb, Grenfell, the Salisbury poisoning and Storm Emma.
A Grenfell report summary read ‘….The great British public demonstrated immense generosity, and local volunteers and members of the community stepped forward to support ….This was voluntary action at its best and most immediate….’
In the case of Storm Emma Rotary was congratulated by the County Council for our 100% response to every call. The EVAG Ops centre was activated and handled the requests for support.
Members of the EVAG team want to explain to Clubs what we have agreed with the Civil Authorities, to outline our role, and how we are organising for the next occasion on which we shall respond.
This is a call to Clubs – please include EVAG members in your list of speakers in the next Rotary year. Contact: David Welch for more information