District 1200 won the trophy again!
Report from The Rotary Club of Exmoor
SENIOR CHALLENGE – Wimbleball Sunday 1oth April 2016.
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.
“Congratulations to Glastonbury and Street………….at the 8 month stage in the year your club is by far the biggest supporter of Polio plus anywhere in GB+I. Stand tall G+S because that is a magnificent effort.”
DG Bob Acland
February figures published by Rotary GBI show that contributions to Polio Plus are lower this year to date than in February in 2015. Despite these indicators some clubs have had great success with their fund raising efforts and are to be congratulated also many clubs have contributed far in excess of the $1.500 goal. Top of the list this year to date is the Rotary Club of Glasonbury & Street who have contributed $11,846 in the current Rotary year.
On advising the club of their success, club President Paul Lambert was quick to point out that
“The vast majority of the funds contributed were raised at an event starring Mary Berry, this was set up by her younger brother William who is a member of our club. Emma Britten of BBC radio Somerset, who did a superb job of hosting the proceedings, and Bridgwater college generously provided the venue. Everyone involved in the event gave their time for free. The Rotary Club of Bridgwater helped us out by organising the parking.”
Once again the Rotary Club of Somer Valley is running its Wessex Beer Festival. Now in its ninth year it proves to be bigger and better than ever. Held in the grounds of the Court Hotel, Chilcompton, Friday evening 4 September and noon until late on Saturday 5th, it will offer a selection of 28 beers from around the country along with 30 ciders so drinkers can sample those they cannot find locally.
A selection of fine food will compliment the drinks, as well as free car parking and free soft drinks for designated drivers. All of this to a background of live music from a variety of local bands to complete the party atmosphere.
There is still the opportunity for businesses and / or individuals to promote themselves in the programme by sponsoring the entire event, or by just sponsoring a barrel. Tickets cost £8 if purchased in advance or £10 at the door, which includes a souvenir glass and several drink tokens. All profits go to club charities.
For further sponsorship details or to order tickets on line go to our own specialist website http://www.wessexbeerfestival.co.uk, or phone 01761 235835.