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Weather forecast looking good for Classics at the Castle

Hope to see lots of Rotarians at the Classic Car spectacular in Sherborne tomorrow 19th July.

Rotary Clubs working together, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale.

Classic & Supercars Show

The sun is shining in Sherborne at the moment and the local forecast looks good for tomorrow.   The site is ready and exhibitors are starting to set up.

DSC_4841 Classics at the Castle Sherborne, 2014

Follow our web site later for a sneak preview of what the show looks like this year.

You can check the weather for Sherborne here

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Langport shoppers give generously for Nepal

Rotarians from the Langport and Somerton Club collecting at Tesco Langport on Friday 1st May towards water survival boxes for Nepal

The collection raised a total of £778, contributing to a total of £1000 forwarded by the Club to water survival boxes. World Water Works (www.worldwaterworks.org) is a Rotary charity which sends the boxes costing £150 each, containing filter equipment to provide clean drinking water along with practical tools and materials, direct to Rotary Clubs based in disaster areas for distribution.

The Rotary Club sincerely thanks Tesco for its immediate positive response to the request for a Rotary collection and its customers for their exceptional generosity. 500 water survival boxes are already in transit to the Nepal. The World Water Works charity has no paid employees and boxes are packed by volunteers.


Rotary Club President Gerard Tucker and Past District Governor Stan Jones begin the collection towards Water Survival Boxes at Tesco Langport


Urgent Appeal for Earthquake victims in Nepal

Good afternoon to all District International Service Chairmen and fellow Rotarians in Britain, Ireland, France, Scandinavia and USA


At least 2,000 dead, hundreds of thousands made homeless and/or without access to clean water

Humanity First UK (one of our regular aid agencies) are considering sending a team to assist. We have offered the bulk of our current stock of packed Water-Survival Boxes (providing they can cover the cost of air freight). We expect a decision from HFUK in the next day or so. The alternative route would be via Rotary District 3292 that includes Nepal.

Funds are urgently needed to cover the cost of air freight for the existing stock and to pay for more boxes that may well be requested given the scale of this disaster.

Donations can be made by bank transfer to:

Bank:                   CAF Bank, West Malling, Kent, England
Bank Code:          40-52-40
Account:              Worldwaterworks Ltd
A/C No:               00020591

Donations from outside Great Britain should include:

IBAN:         GB48MIDL40053072138549
SWIFT:       MIDLGB2141W

Online donations can be made on our BigGive page – access via our website www.worldwaterworks.org

In order that we can continue to respond at the same level to future disasters we need sustained funding in the order of £150,000 – £200,000 each year. The standard box containing a Grifaid Aquafilter Family water-purification kit and other essential survival items costs £150. This covers the cost of the box, contents, and air freight to the disaster area. The new water purification kit is designed to supply 100,000 litres of clean water for at least 3 years if used 24/7.  As all the work involved in running the project is provided by volunteers donations are applied to the costs of the box, water-purification kit, other essential survival items and the air freight charges to ensure the aid reaches families in need in the shortest time possible. We hope all Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs can support our endeavours by donating the cost of two boxes (one in the case of Inner Wheel Clubs) each year. Demonstration Boxes are positioned in most Rotary Districts for use by local Clubs and where none can be located we can supply – email back to me please.

Donations can be made online through our website or by cheque made payable to ‘Worldwaterworks Limited’ and sent to Westfield Business Centre, 32A Second Avenue, Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4BH

Yours in Rotary humanitarian aid Service
Hugo Pike OBE PHF
Director of Operations
PP RC Chelwood Bridge

Classics at the Castle Sherborne 19th July 2015

Don’t miss our 12th annual Classics at the Castle event, recently featured in Classic Car Weekly on their Best of British Events page

With an expected 1,200 entries from super cars to classics, you are guaranteed plenty of cars to admire. This years event has a dedicated area for American cars, customs and hot rods, as well as exhibitions by local car dealers and car clubs.

As always, there will be a craft fair, auto jumble, and the Charterhouse car auction, and we also have one or two rather special features of interest this year, such as the Bloodhound Supersonic simulator which will give you the opportunity to test your driving skills at high speed.

This event is jointly run by the Rotary Clubs of Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale, and our main charity benefiting from the event this year is
Cancer Research UK.

Mendip’s New Member

The Rotary Club of Mendip inducted its second new member of the year. Anwar Hussain.  Anwar has supported the Club over a number of years by holding fund raising events at his restaurant.

The Clubs other new member Brian Smith was inducted earlier in the year.IMG_1128

Charity Concert at Wincanton 12th February

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The concert will provide a lively evening of some of the favourite pieces of the performers, providing a range of music and song. Wine and nibbles will ensure a sociable and enjoyable evening for all.

Tickets are £10 each and can be ordered in advance, online at www.netaticket.co.uk or from King Arthur’s School, the Bruton Recorder Consort, the Wincanton Choral Society, Redfearns Cafe and Bistro in Wincanton, Church Bridge Stores in Bruton and Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary.

Further information is available on the Brue Valley Rotary Club website http://www.bruevalleyrotary.org or contact Andrew Davies on 07968 380101.

North Bradley Big Breakfast 22nd February 2015

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Big Breakfast at North Bradley 22nd February 2015.

Booking is essential for this event at The Peace Memorial Hall, North Bradley.
9.30am – 1pm on 22nd February 2015.
Ticket includes a full English breakfast and Fair Trade drinks.
All profits to go towards the eradication of Polio.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Trowbridge Wessex Mead.

Skydive 99 – 2015 Attempt To Break World Record

Be part of the largest worldwide tandem skydiving event ever!

4 copy As one of the charities to benefit from the 2014 successful attempt to break the world record for the number of tandem skydives in a single day  Worldwaterworks Ltd (Rotary Water-Survival  Box) has been provisionally allocated 8 places for the 2015 attempt to raise the record from 281 (2014) to 333. The attempt is to take place on Saturday, 20 June, 2015 and individual nominations need to be registered by 31 January.  The following information has been received from the organisers and individual Rotarians, members of their families, or friends, are invited to take part in this unique experience whilst raising sponsorship for our Rotary charity.

Full details of the World Record attempt including an information pack and sponsorship form can be found by going direct to the Skydive 99 website page allocated to Worldwaterworks Limited and the Water-Survival Box –


Happy New Year, well done Rotary!

We were on Radio Somerset this morning!

World Waterworks and the work we are continuing to do with flood affected residents on the Somerset Levels were just two of the topics discussed this morning when Hugo Pike and Peter Noble were interviewed on Radio Somerset.

When asked what was in store for Rotary 1200 in 2015 Peter replied that nothing changes, disasters continue to happen, and Rotary is always there with volunteers to collect funds or supply the emergency equipment needed.  The general public are very supportive of Rotary because they know that we are all volunteers so all money collected goes to the intended cause.

We are always looking for more Rotarians to help us and in some areas we are even starting new clubs.  We are a service organisation providing opportunities to use your skills to help our local communities as well as international causes, while also having fun and making new friends.

If you are interested in volunteering in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, find a club local to you and make contact to find out what we do.

Doesn’t that make you proud to be a Rotarian

Membership is an issue for many clubs, and not just Rotary Clubs. Our recent “Selling the Sizzle” workshop certainly got people thinking about this issue, and here is just one attendees thoughts following the event.

“I attended an MPRC seminar in D1200 in November, run by fellow Rotarians from another District, an RI initiative. There were lots of things of interest and it was thought provoking. Plenty of time to think about the issues raised while I went off on an Antipodean holiday just after.

One thing I heard several times throughout the seminar was the statement “Doesn’t that make you proud to be a Rotarian?” But at the same time we were being told that Rotary in the UK was in crisis, continual decline in numbers, do this and do that to recruit, form new clubs, Satellite Clubs, Associate Members, throw away the rule book in some instances, the important thing is to get recruits.Box with contents and Aquafilter 2014

Well, I thought, if we are all so proud of being in Rotary and Rotary is so good then why are we not recruiting in vast numbers, why are people not flocking to join us, knocking on the door and saying “Can I be part of this, PLEASE?” It cannot be just poor media exposure, many of us live in quite small communities, know lots of people, why are they not joining?

But they are not, are they? It follows, surely, that the public perception of Rotary is somewhat different from our own. Maybe we are getting drunk on our own whisky (an old Scots phrase that I am sure you can decipher for yourself). We need to research, objectively, what OUR COMMUNITY really thinks of us. Are we still perceived as being that stuffy ‘old men’s lunch club’? Are we just ‘comfortable’ with the format we have had for years, of old friends gathering for a meal once a week, jacket and tie, ‘fewer now than there were once – but that’ s to be expected, we’re getting older’.

FatherChristmas smallWe need to accept that the community perception of our Club, not our own analysis of ourselves, is the important one and then change our club to make it attractive to the community. We may think we are having fun while we meet but if nobody else thinks that and wants to join in then we will just wither and die.

20141114_193122[1]There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution to Club membership. All communities are different and so it follows that there is a different prospective membership resource. Bath, Bridport, Dorchester and Lyme Regis (for example) will have to tackle things in different ways. But the common theme is they each need to look at their community profile, get out and interrogate it and see what it thinks of Rotary, take that as the starting block and progress accordingly. Don’t try to change the community view of Rotary without first changing your club, it will not work. And if you don’t change your club to suit the results of that interrogation then the club will surely die.”

John McCallum
Rotary Club of Lyme Regis
Dec 2014

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