The Royal Marines are Coming to Bath quickly followed by Father Christmas

The Bath Fireworks display this year made a profit of over £18000 and provided a memorable spectacle for the 7500 people who attended. (many thousands more watched from outside of the ground but contributed to the profit as a result of our army of collectors). Thanks must go the the Bath Building Society which has been sponsoring this event for 39 years.

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Friday 28th November, The Royal Marine Band HMS Collingwood with it’s Director of music Major Pete Curtis MBE Royal Marines is putting on a Christmas Concert in Bath Forum. This concert has been organised by the three Bath Rotary clubs and is to raise funds for the RM and RN Charity and Friends of Young Carers, Bath.
This is a return visit to this venue for Major Pete who was born, and educated in Bath and took his first steps in his distinguished musical career at the Salvation Army Citadel, Green Park, Bath.
There still some tickets available which can be purchased at the Bath Box Office, and the Forum Box Office and they will even be for sale on the night at the door. The principle sponsor for this event is Rotork, an international company created in Bath, and 20 other local companies are also providing financial support.
Having seen the programme of music for the evening, we are assured of a varied, and decidedly entertaining musical evening which will show leanings towards Christmas but will not be dominated by that theme.
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While organising this concert we have also been getting ready for our Father Christmas Collection which is looked forward to by residents and visitors of all ages.

38 Shoppers carols

In the middle of this we are managing, in conjunction with our local newspaper, the Annual Carol Service in Bath Abbey on 16th December which is always a sell out, partly because tickets are free, but mostly because it provides such a Christmas focus for the community and especially the lonely and disabled who we gather up and take to the event.

As you can see we look forward to Christmas Day as an occasion to rest and recover our strength for 2015 events.

Happy Christmas to all in District 1200

Trevor Dawson

Weston Rotarian receives a surprise Paul Harris Fellowship

Weston Rotary Club PHF Presentation

Rotarian John Horler received a surprise Paul Harris Fellowship from President Terry Gilbert at our lunchtime meeting. John joined Weston Rotary Club 48 years ago in 1966, 22 days before England last won the World Cup! He was President 1983/4, served as Treasurer 1973 to 1980 and was a Trustee of the Boys House Children’s Fund. More recently 15 years ago he single handed set up the Club Website, an innovation at the time, and has diligently run it ever since.

Weston Rotarians support the Annual Carnival


Weston Rotary members will be assisting with the collection at the Annual Carnival on Friday 7th November – this is a spectacular event and one not to be missed. Their collection float is shown here.

Rotary Float

Bath Fireworks Display Poster Competition

All the WinnersChildren from 44 schools in Bath and North East Somerset have entered this year’s Fireworks Safety poster competition sponsored by Bath Building Society and supported by The Rotary Club Bath. The winners of the five categories were invited to a ceremony with The Mayor at The Guildhall on Monday and all the winning children were given a money voucher to open a Bath Building Society Account, a 51 piece art set and a Bath Building Society goody bag. The winners were chosen from over 6,000 entries.
4 – 5 years
1st : Maisie Wallis, Combe Down Primary School
2nd: Aurora Newman-Lewis, Widcombe Infants School
3rd: Grace Gill, St Stephens Primary School
6 – 7 years
1st: Ebonnie Dutton, St Martin’s Primary School
2nd: Emelia Joynt, Freshford Primary School
3rd: Aiyana Baxter, Moorlands Junior School
8 – 9 years
1st: Thomas Frost, St Phillips Primary School
2nd Lois Edwards, Combe Down Primary School
3rd: Charlotte Walker, Moorlands Junior School
10 years plus
1st: Louis Bain, Oldfield Park Junior School
2nd: Lucy Frost, St Phillips Primary School
3rd: Edmund Campion-Dye, Swainswick Primary School
Special Schools
1st: Aaron Conner, Threeways School
2nd: Hannah Griffin, Threeways School
3rd: Lewis Fussell, Threeways School
The overall winner of the competition was THOMAS FROST, age 8 from St Phillips Primary School.
The posters were judged on their Fireworks safety message and artistic merit.
Dick Jenkins, Chief Executive of Bath Building Society said: “Congratulations to all the winners, the standard of the entries this year was excellent!”
The judges for this year’s competition were: Tiffany Hardie-Evans from Bath Building Society, Councillor Martin Veal, Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Cherry Beath the Mayor of Bath, Dan Stride from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and Alan Keeling the President of The Rotary Club Bath.

All the children that entered the competition will be given a Free Child Voucher that can be exchanged for a ticket to the Display when purchasing an Adult ticket.
The Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 2 November this year at The Recreation Ground and will be run by The Rotary Club and sponsored by Bath Building Society.
Tickets can be bought from all Bath Building Society branches, Bath Rugby Ticket Office, the Students’ Union at the University of Bath and the Bath Box Office Ticket Agency (Bath Tourism Office). Standard Adult admission costs £5 if bought in advance, and £6 on the gate. Children’s tickets are £3 in advance and £4 on the gate.


Chelwood Bridge Primary Schools Football

psf1Primary School Teams from Cameley, Chew Magna and Chew Stoke took part in the Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club’s Annual Football Competition held at Chew Valley School on 8th October.

Boys and Girls from Years 5 and 6 played matches and Chew Stoke were the overall winners, finishing the competition undefeated in their games. All the matches were played in an excellent spirit and all of the schools are to be congratulated on the enthusiasm and commitment of their players!

Thanks are also due to Jo Hibbert, Head of PE at Chew Valley School, for arranging the use of the all-weather pitches at the school and for organising the Sixth Form Students who expertly officiated all of the games.

The picture shows the teams with the Winners Trophy and their medals at the end of the afternoon.

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