How did the Exmoor Challenge Go?

District 1200 won the trophy again!

Report from The Rotary Club of Exmoor

SENIOR CHALLENGE   –   Wimbleball Sunday 1oth April 2016.

Exmoor ChallengePresentation

Well weren’t we blessed; with the weather, with the turn out and with the funds raised?   It was a great day all round.  The majority of the money will be going to The South West Children’s Hospice, with donations also going to Exmoor Search and Rescue, The Wimbleball Lake Trust and Devon Air Ambulance, at the request of The Bampton First Responders.

In all 133 walkers; Rotarians, their family members, children, friends and a number of dogs and local people all willing to take part. After egg, bacon and sausage rolls, prepared by three former Presidents, two member’s wives and a former member, the walkers started out around 0900 on one of the two walks. They had come from various places; Bude, Lyme Regis, Mendip, Yeovil, Bridgewater, Warminster and other rotary clubs. The last group leaving at 11 o clock with two young children and dogs.

Assisting with the event were 19 Exmoor Rotary members, 5 partners, 4 friends with assistance from Exmoor Search and Rescue and Bampton First Responders.

An early hiccup was identified; we had had to change the route due to restrictions placed late on us. This meant that the outward part had changed and the shorter walk was basically reversed. New written route cards and maps were available, but unfortunately not all walkers were made aware of this and issued with the revised route.  It therefore became rather confusing with them following the old route they had printed off from the web site.  My sincere apologies for this. This also meant rather more than the specified distance was covered.  It won’t happen next year.   Although it remained sunny and dry the wind also caused some walkers a problem with some of the route sign Having taken into consideration comments made about the difficulty of the terrain on previous walks, neither of these routes were too challenging with regard to climbs, the rain had made it rather spongey in places.

By 3.30pm, even with the ‘challenges’, all had returned safely, having enjoyed the views and countryside. The quickest around the long course (10 miles approx) took just over 3 hours.

After they had checked in everyone was able to refresh, relax, reminisce and comment, with plenty of homemade cake and tea available. A big thank you for the donations you all made at this time.

District 1200 (Somerset, parts of West Wiltshire and West Dorset) swept the board and again walked off with the trophy.  They outnumbered District 1175 (Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) by almost 3 to 1, which is a bit disappointing.  However, 1175 did have a workshop running on this day, not quite sure how the dates managed to clash, but this may have accounted for the low numbers from 1175.

On hand, at the end, was 1200 District Governor Bob Acland to reclaim the trophy, which was presented by Exmoor’s current President David Whiteway.

Thank you all for supporting us, whether walking or assisting or cake making. Look forward to seeing you all and your friends next year.

The Rotary Club of Exmoor.

Bloodhound Land Speed Record attempt

The Rotary club of Crewkerne is hosting a talk by Richard Noble on his attempt to break the world land speed record

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The event will be held at:

Old Tithe Barn, Haselbury Mill
Crewkerne TA18 7NY

Wednesday 30th March 2016 from 6.00p.m.




The Rotary Exmoor Challenge 10th April 2016

Annual Walking Challenge between Districts 1175 and 1200

Supporting The Children’s Hospice South West

Sunday 10TH April 2016

Every year, the Exmoor Rotary Club holds The Rotary Exmoor Challenge. The Challenge is an amiable competitive walk between Districts 1175 and 1200 through Exmoor countryside, for a either a 10 mile or 5 mile route for those who prefer a shorter walk.The walk will be using footpaths and lanes near to Wimbleball Resevoir and Haddon Hill



Due to adverse conditions (mud!) on footpaths and parking in Morebath, the walk will now start at Upton Village Hall  TA4 2DB (not Morebath) 

 District 1200 has won the shield by a narrow margin over the past two years.

The Exmoor Rotary Challenge will be taking place on 10th April 2016.  The route this year will start from the Morebath Village Hall Morebath.   There will be refreshments at the village hall as usual.  There are some excellent country side views as you go around either walk.

The Challenge:

  1. Either a 10 mile or 5 mile route for those who prefer a shorter walk.
  2. Every Rotarian, their family, and friends completing either walk earns points for their District. The District with the most points wins the Challenge Shield for a year.
  3. The walks also raise money from sponsorship and the entry fees for The Children’s Hospice South West, which exists almost entirely from donations.

The Walks:

For 2016 we will start and finish from Morebath Village Hall Registration between 9-11am and everyone is expected to finish by 4pm.

Before and after either walk, Exmoor Rotary Club will serve complimentary refreshments in the Village Hall.


The entry fee is £7 per individual. No fee for entrants under 18.

Entry Forms can be downloaded here

An adult must accompany an entrant under 18.

Dogs are welcome but you must keep them on a lead near main roads or livestock, as the Challenge does take place in the lambing season.


Rotary Club of Calne Doubles Its Membership

The Rotary Club of Calne is leading the way in our District by inducting a further 3 Associate members, Tanya Herbert, Tracy Howell and Christine Cooper doubling the Club’s membership in less than 6 weeks. All of the new members are prominent people serving the local community and will bring new initiatives to the Club.

Calne Rotary
L to R = Tanya Herbert, Joint President Alastair Muir, Tracy Howell, Terry Bate District Marketing Officer, Christine Cooper

As Chair of the Marketing, PR and Communications Committee, I was thrilled to be invited to induct the new Associates and welcome them into the Rotary family. The Club meets at the White Hart Hotel Calne, in the atmospheric, newly refurbished Medieval room. It was a very happy evening, everyone was relaxed and Rotary’s newest Associates in the world, were proud to wear their badges. This was my first sight of the Associates badge – an attractive red.

Having experienced it first hand, I am convinced that opening our doors to Associate members is a recipe for success. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of these three young women – I had assumed they had been coming along to meetings for a while and was surprised to find they had all decided to step up to becoming Associates after only a few weeks. Already they are playing a full part in the club’s activities – while I was there, final plans were being made for the town’s Food and Drink Festival.

I commend Calne on all that they are doing – the club has attracted just the sort of people and age profile that we so desperately need. I had a wonderful evening – I still have a smile on my face – and when it was time to leave, Tanya, Tracy and Christine all thanked me warmly and gave me a big hug. I made them promise to invite me back when they became full members.

If you want to know more about Calne’s Associates initiative, please contact Rotarian Ivor Watkins 01249 813168.

Submitted by Terry Bate – Chair Marketing, PR and Communications

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