Put this date in your diary!

Invitation to join Langport and Somerton Rotary celebrate 70 years – 24th February 2018





Real progress with the Water Survival Box in Switzerland

Through Rotary Switzerland a new charity has been launched to support the work of the Water Survival Box Charity which is currently based in the United Kingdom. Hugo Pike, Director of Operations had the privilege of being invited to be one of the founding members of the charity. It was a beautiful sunny evening last Thursday in Luzern when Rotary founded the Swiss  Water Survival Box.  It was somewhat ironic, considering the suffering of the victims of the hurricane in the Caribbean.Thanks to the hard work of their members they have raised enough money to send 220 boxes to Hurricane victims in the Caribbean. Already plans are being made to dispatch 500 boxes which will be flown into the island of St Croix and then distributed to Tortola, St Martins, St Barth,

Turks and Caicos and Anguilla. These boxes can’t come soon enough as access to clean drinking water and shelter is very limited or nonexistent. It is with the help of the Rotary and the donations from the public that we can help these people.  Please check out the Water Survival Box Charity and see how you can help by making a donation. Lets face it none of us are immune to natural disasters.

Members of Rotary Switzerland




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District 1200 supporting victims of Hurricane Irma

Hugo Pike of Water Survival Boxes, run by Chelwood  Bridge Rotary club will be on BBC Somerset at 0805 tomorrow (Tuesday 19th September) talking about our response to the crisis in the Caribbean.



Calls have gone out asking for donations and for helpers to pack water survival boxes to be sent out to those in need.   Check out their web site for more information.



Chelwood Bridge Community Award 2017

Community Award 2017The Farmborough Parish Council would like to nominate Patrick Bridges for the Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award 2017.

Patrick is born and bred in Farmborough and is very involved with all aspects of village life – he is the Tower Captain for the Church, maintains and winds the clock, decorates the Church at Christmas and helps give some of the older villagers a vital social lifeline through Tuesday Teas. His kindness and generosity towards other villagers is legendary, but as a very thoughtful and modest man he seldom makes public what he does or indeed takes any credit for it. However, Patricks major significant contribution to life in Farmborough is The Farmborough Flyer, a free monthly newsletter that goes to every house in the village with news of local events, local people, updates from the Church, the Parish Council, the County Council and wider initiatives that may affect the village. Patrick collects and researches all the news items, edits and collates the Flyer, gets it printed and formatted and oversees a team of volunteers who distribute it to every home in the village.

The Flyer has been going for well over 10 years now and as the village currently has no shop, no real community centre and with many new people moving in it is a vital way of communicating and making people feel part of the village community. This is all down to Patrick and we feel we would like to acknowledge his contribution as being not only outstanding but of enormous benefit to the entire community of Farmborough and for this reason we would like to nominate him for the 2017 Community Award.

Another event in support of the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

Earlier this year Devizes Rotary helped Gianni Campanella, of Dolicpani Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes, to raise just over £3,000 for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal through the Singing for Life Concert – click HERE for details.

At the end of July the appeal had hit £1.7million, which means that with less than 12 months to go the Appeal still needs to raise a further £1.2 million to turn this dream into a reality.

To that end I’d like encourage you all to buy tickets to the ‘Bard Heads’ event which will take place in Ramsbury at7:30pm on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Jules Hobbs, who lives in Rowde, will be performing her own show to say thank you for her Dad’s life, and all profits raised will go to the Radiotherapy Appeal.

For Tickets click HERE

Thanks for your support


Water The Essential

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Vaughan James, a professional photographer from New Zealand, currently living in Switzerland, will be presenting his collection of photographs under the title ‘Water the Essential’ in an exhibition being hosted by the Shapero Gallery in Mayfair, London. At his request a Demonstration Water-Survival Box will be on display with a view to raising awareness of our Rotary project and, in the longer term, generating funding support from a wider audience. Vaughan and I will be opening the exhibition at 6pm on Tuesday, 12 September when it is hoped the majority of invitees will be from the world of Rotary. Anyone from our own District will be very welcome to come along. Just print off a copy of the invitation.

If any members of Rotary happen to be in London that day it would be great to have your support on the night.

Hugo Pike OBE PHF

Director of Operations – Worldwaterworks Ltd

Past President – Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge

Invitation file added below.


YC (Young Chefs) at YC’s

YC’s Cafe in Brewery Square in Dorchester was the venue last night for a celebration of the Casterbridge Rotary Club’s RIBI Young Chefs (YCs at YC’s?).
The Rotarians held their weekly meeting and were joined by previous Young Chefs; Tim Williams (2013-14), Katie Platt (2015-16) who came Third Nationally, and Nik Jones (2016-17) who was a District 1200 Winner. Nik’s parents own the restaurant and he is currently undertaking an apprentice under the guidance of his father, Chef Jamie Jones. Nik (pictured below) took an active part in the kitchen and the preparation of the delicious food but did manage to join the other Young Chefs for his meal. Katie baked the wedding cake for her mother’s wedding in the Summer and is hoping to enter #GreatBritishBakeOff. Tim Williams was the inspiration for the evening when it was realised that a number of Young Chefs were in the area. In a few weeks, Tim will be going to study Biochemistry at Bath University. We wish them all well in their future careers and thank them for their skills and hard work in the competition.
Since Casterbridge Rotary first entered the #RIBIYoungChefcompetition in 2006, the club has had considerable success with, Nationally, one winner, two second places and two third places. Rotarian Diana Apps acknowledged the considerable contribution made by teacher Sally Voss of The Thomas Hardy School and chef/mentor Mark Vaughan, now of The Brace of Butchers in Poundbury, and Club President Les Fry presented Sally Voss and Mark Vaughan with engraved clocks in appreciation of their dedication and support for the competition.YC 2011-12-31 23.00.00-9

Devizes Lions and Rotary support the Devizes Opportunity Centre

Back in May the sun shone on the annual Charity Golf Day which was jointly organised by Devizes Lions and Rotary – click HERE for details. As a result a total of £3,390 was raised for the Devizes Opportunity Centre which helps children with special needs and their families.

Last month members of both Lions and Rotary visited the Centre to formally present the cheque to staff at the Centre.

The above photograph was taken during the visit, and shows Cliff Evans (Rotary) and Roger Stratton (Lions) holding the cheque while surrounded by fellow Lions and Rotary members, plus a selection of staff, parents and children from the Centre.

Many congratulations to all involved at the Centre who do a great job promoting the overall development and life chances of young children who have disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health conditions. Go to http://www.devizesopportunitycentre.co.uk/ for more details.

Brass at the Mill

Featuring Tiverton Town Band at Coldharbour Mill


Welling District Rotary in conjunction with Coldharbour Mill invite you to this event on 24th September 2017


Barbecue at the butchers!

Ever keen to make their meetings that little bit different, Casterbridge Rotarians held a barbecue on the verge outside the shop at a butcher’s shop in Poundbury, Dorchester! The #BraceofButchers in #Poundbury, #Dorchester hosted the evening with delicious food and an opportunity to shop and to taste the locally produced #ConkerGin. One of the ‘butchers’, Mark Vaughan and his wife Sian, a Casterbridge Rotarian, provided a very efficient and personable waiter in the form of their son Charlie! Needless to say, a great evening was had by all and many thanks must go to the #BraceofButchers who treated them so well.
With a bit of imagination, a Dorset town felt like a Mediterranean promenade for a few hours!fullsizeoutput_63

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