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THE NEW PRESIDENT FOR 2018-2019 is Adam Travis

Presidents Message

I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming all visitors to Mendip RC website, whether you are Club members, potential new members or are simply interested in what we do.

Rotary is a global voluntary organisation with over 1.2 million members supporting a very wide range of community-based projects large and small, whilst at the same time providing its membership with fellowship and friendship.

The Rotary Club of Mendip support local causes within the Cheddar Valley. As well as donating funds to international disasters such as the Tsunami in Indonisia.

Globally Rotary is in the final stages of its 30-year $1b Polio Eradication Programme; this life-changing disease is now limited to a few cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are very hopeful that within 3 years Polio will finally be defeated.

At a local level Mendip RC and its members will continue to support its youth programme in the local community including, Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Artist, Young Writer, Youth Speaks, The Big Pitch, and mock interviews.

Internationally, Mendip is leading a group of Rotary Clubs in Somerset, India and Uganda to support a rural district 50km north-east of Kampala for the next 3 years. This project will provide sanitation, basic healthcare, IT skills and mentoring to young and female entrepreneurs. The project will cost US$75k, 60% of which will come from Rotary Foundation, our own Charity, and this speaks volumes for the power of Rotary.

If you are interested to hear more about this fantastic organisation and would like to contribute to both our local and international communities, please visit us at The Strawberry Special Draycott on Thursday evenings, 19:00 for 19:30. 

A Day at Taunton Races


A number of rotarians and their wives spent an enjoyable day at Taunton Races. They were accompanied by rotarians from Weston Super Mare and Wrington Vale. We had a room with a view of the course, where we had lunch. Members of the group ventured out to the saddling enclosure to view the horses before making their bets. Good weather good company, fellowship.

Young Musician Cheddar Valley

Mendip Rotary Club’s annual young musician competition was held recently in the Bailey Concert Hall of Sidcot School. Instrumentalists and singers from schools in the Cheddar Valley were invited to take part. The competition was judged by local professional musicians Barry Rose OBE and David Cheetham.

In the under-15 age group the winner was 10-year old pianist Yuying Fan, a student at St Michael’s C of E School in  Second prize went to flutist Ella Hicks-Hurley, a student at

In the over-15 age group the winner was trumpeter Nina Tyrrell, a student at Kings of Wessex Academy. Koichiro Fueda from was awarded second prize for his performance. 

 There was an additional award for outstanding musical potential made in memory of seventeen year-old Catrine Basil an accomplished musician and former student at sidcot School who tragically died following an accident in 2003. This was awarded to hannah Coulton a student at Priory Community School Worle.

The judges awarded the cup for the best overall performance to Nina Tyrrell. Nina lives in Axbridge.

Head of Music at , Paul Woolley, accompanied the students on piano.

The Club supports Local PTA

In association with the Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School PTA, the Story Teller Chair was funded by the Rotary Club of Mendip with the benches funded by the PTA.
The Chair is the focal point where their teacher can sit while the children gather around on the benches. The teacher can then conduct the class with stories or other learning activities. The idea is that as children like being outside where they are more 
relaxed and enjoy their time, the equipment will be very useful.

Members of the PTA, , Gill, Elaine and Claire attended a recent meeting where Adam Travis the Club President handed over a cheque for the chair.

End Polio Now

The croci planted by the Club in Cheddar are now in bloom for all to see. They were planted to remeber the aim of Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide. Club involvement goes back to the beginning when Rotarian John Lane was the Rotary International Greaty Britain and Ireland treasurer for Polio Plus which was the initial name for the initiative. Polio has been reduced by 99.9% and in 2018 was only found in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. There were only 31 recorded cases.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

 18 year old George Winby was sponsered by the Rotary Club of Mendip to join 23 other young people from other Rotary Clubs on a Rotary Youth Leadership Award course held on dartmoor during the 2019 winter half term. The youngsters are pictured with District Governor elect Dennis Stevens and his wife Jill.

Fellowship evening at Wilcox Cider Barn

Members enjoyed an evening of fellowship at the Wilcox Cider Barn. Rotarian Dennis Malpass informed the members of the tremendous work carried out by the Club in relation to the eradication of polio and the building of an eye hospital in India.

Big Pitch Finals

Fancy Fudge a team from year 9 students from the Kings of Wessex Academy won the annual entrepeneur competition "The Big Pitch" which is run by the Club. Scarlot and Florence were declared the winners when Mendip Rotarians judged the competition on five criteria: concept, image, sustainability, profitability and teamwork. The project started last autumn with 19 teams entering the competition and four of them made it to the final. The runners up were: Nomm-on who made biscuits using a traditional German recipe, Happy Chappy who made dog treats and Sweat Creations who made Christmas themed sweets.

A Rugby Evening with Tom Dunn from Bath Rugby 23rd May

Come and join us to hear Tom Dunn talk about life as a professional rugby player.

Big Pitch 2019

The semi finals of this years Big Pitch were held recently, The final will take place on the 7th February at the Strawberry Special Draycott. This is the Clubs annual competition to develop the next wave of entrepreneurs. The teams decide on a product, manufacture it, market the product and then sell it at various locations. The pictute shows the finalists.

Club members on standby

Club members who own 4x4s are on standby to assist the Rotary Emergency Volunteer Action Group during the current wintry conditions. The members are available to transport vunerable people and essential workers in locations experiencing deep snow, which are inaccessible to normal vehicles.

Emergency Volunteer Action Group

Rotarian David Welch gave the Club an update on the Emergency Volunteer Action Group (EVAG) which was formed in District 1200. It was formed as a response to the Somerset floods and raised £150k to help those affected. As a result of the work carried out it was asked by Somerset CC to assist in providing plans for future incidents. The Group was involved recently with storm Emma where members with 4x4 vehicles transported essential personnel and residents who were affected by the deep snow. As a result of the Civil Contingency Act the group are now involved with Dorset and Wiltshire CC which are within the boundaries of District 1200. In the event of an incident the volunteers have the ability to man centres for evacuees, man reception centres to log  interview and assign tasks to other volunteers, run warehouses as a logistic issue for any donations and develop a recovery programme. There are now two operations centres 1. to receive people effected and 2 to organise the rota of other volunteers to ensure any requirements are staffed for the duration. The picture shows David Welch with members of the Club who are part of the EVAG team.

Global Sight Solutions

The Club was entertained by Rotarian John Miles who gave a talk on the charity Global Sight Solutions, originally The Guildford Rotary Eye project.The aim of the Charity is to develop The Avoidable Blindness Programme. There are 50 million men, women and children worldwide who cannot afford to have their eyesite restored. Local hospitals are set up and run by local people with the aim of them becoming financially sustainable. The Charity has set a target of 50 new hospitals to be opened by 2020 to support those already operational. Due to the assistance of Rotary Foundation a gift of £5 will become £15 which is the cost of a cataract operastion in the developing world. To donate go to the Charities website.

Christmas celebrations

The Club together with the Inner Wheel Club of Mendip held thier annual Celebration of Christmas. Following a service at St. Peter's Church Draycott conducted by Rotarian Mike Gelder everyone adjourned to the Strawberry Special for a meal and fellowship. The assembled were entertained by a performance from the Inner Wheel Club of Mendip. the Inner Wheel of Mendip.

Cheddar Festive Night

Following a disaterous start when the main marquee was destroyed by a strong gust of wind the Rotary Club event went ahead. The marquee was intended for use by the students fro the Kings Academy to sell their products as part of the Big Pitch initiative. Thanks to La Rocca the students were allowed to set up their stalls around the restaurant and the event continued. The Rotary stall was moved to a members drive where hot dogs and burgers were sold. The Inner Wheel Club also used the same location to sell doughnuts and hot chocolate. An excercise in disaster recovery.

Local Rotary Clubs adopt a Ugandan Village

The Rotary Clubs of Mendip; Bridgwater, Weston Super Mare and the District 1200 E Club have combined to adopt the , Uganga in an exciting US$70,000 project.

Adoption’ involves improving the basic needs of a village through three primary means – Water; Education and Medical. 

This project has been made possible through a Rotary Foundation Grant which multiplied the funds raised by the local clubs, D3201,Kerala, Cochin and Tamil Nadu, South India. Also Rotary Clubs of Kampala Sunrise, and so is a truly international initiative.

Mendip honour two local cave rescue divers involved in the Thai Cave Rescue

The Rotary Club of Mendip honoured two of the Cave Rescue Divers from the Cheddar Valley who were involved in the rescue operation to free the boys belonging to the Thailand football team who had become trapped in the Tham Luang Caves. Chris Jewell and Connor Roe were part of the International rescue operation and both were involved within the cave system to bring the boys out. Chris and Connor are members of the British Cave Rescue Council. At a special Club meeting the two were presented with the Paul Harris Fellow Award. It was considered that the two had exemplified the essence of Rotary “Service Above Self”. It is the first time in its 75 year year history that the Club has given this award to Non Rotarians.

During the evening attended by members and guests including Rotarians from the Rotary Club of London and Rotary Club of Rugby an interesting presentation about the rescue operation was given.

Talk on Homelessness

Naseem Talukdar gave a very interesting talk to the Club about homelessness in Somerset.

Mendip support Cheddar Rescue

President Adam Travis hands over a cheque to Cheddar Rescue as the Rotary Club of Mendips continued support of local organisations.

Polio Presentation at Cheddar Library

Rotarian Bob Acland preparing to give a talk to members of the public about Rotary's invovlment in the eradication of polio worldwide.

Mendip Rotary Plant Crocus for World Polio Day

Members of the Rotary Club of Mendip plant purple crocus to celebrate World Polio Day. Rotary International with the Bill and Melisa Gates Foundation is working towards the eradication of polio worldwide. The reason purple crocus are planted is because when children are vaccinated their little fingers are dipped in purple ink to signify that they have been vaccinated.

Talk on the eradication of polio by Mendip Rotary at the Cheddar Library

ROTARY’S WORLD POLIO DAY

Rotary International has been working to eradicate poliomyelitis (polio) for over 30 years, and its goal of ridding the world of this crippling contagious disease is in sight. The project started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the . Since then, along with partners, Rotary has helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries against the disease. The number of polio cases has reduced by 99.9 percent worldwide and Rotary won't stop until the disease is gone for good. Today, , , and are the only countries where polio remains endemic, and even in these countries the number of cases is very small.

Members of the public are warmly invited the Cheddar Library on Wednesday 24th October at 2 pm to a live event and a talk by the Rotary Club of Mendip about how it is taking bold steps to contribute to polio eradication. There is no need to book for this free event–simply turn up. If you require more information, please contact Rotarian Jim Skinner 07880 791580.

The picture shows crocus planted in the Rotary Sensory Garden Cheddar.

Mendip Rotary donate to Shelterbox to provide assistance to the survivors of the Indonisian Tsunami and Earthqauke 

The Rotary Club of Mendip have donated funds from thier charity account for the purchase of a Shelterbox to be sent to survivors of the Indonisian Tsunami and Earthquake. The box will be one of many sent by the Rotary Charity Shelterbox and will provide shelter and basic equipment to a family who have lost everything. The picture shows the contents of the Shelterbox.

Mendip Rotary provide two Water Survival Boxes

The Club have provided funds to purchase two Water Survival Boxes to replenish the depleted stocks following the large consignment sent to Kerela India following the flooding there. These will be available to send to anywhere where clean water is required following a natural disaster. The water filter can turn 100,000 litres of contaminated water into drinking water. The box also contains items for basic survival. The contents can be seen in the photograph below.

Mendip Rotary are giving a talk on the eradication of polio on 24th October at 2:00pm.

It is the aim of Rotary International to eradicate polio from the world. To hear more come to Cheddar Library on the 24th October at 2:00pm. For more information ring 0788-791580.

Re building a school in Nepal

The Club has donated to the District 1200 initiative led by the Rotary Club of Yeovil to rebuild a school in Nepal which was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. The 7.8 earthquake destroyed 475 schools. The total cost is £64k of which £53k has been raised to date. One of the partners is the Somerset Charity School in a Bag., who delivers rucksacks filled with stationary learning resources and eating utensils to disaster affected children.

Mobile eye unit for India

  

Following a talk from Rotarian Yinka Osaba from the Rotary Club of Yeovi,l related to the work carried out by the SSM Eye ResearchFoundation in India. The Club donated funds towards the mobile eye unit. The Project Nethra is in conjunction with the Girdhar Eye Institute India. The Rotary Club of Cochin initiated the project which was supported by the Rotary Club of Yeovil. The project cost were $80k.

Presentation of the Rotary Community Service Award to  Bailey of Bristol

President Richard and Past President Phil present the Rotary Community Service Award to Craig Robinson in thanks for the tremendous support given by Bailey of Bristol and Prima who supllied the Caravan and ancillary prizes for our raffle to help Macmillan. 

Handover of the Caravan Donated by Bailey of Bristol Caravans

The Caravan from our prize draw being handed over to the winners Mr & Mrs Britton at winchester Caravans. The caravan was donated by Bailey of Bristol. president Richard Tilleyand Past President Phil Hunt made the presentation.

BATH & WEST SUCCESS  FOR PRIDDY SCHOOL FEATURING MENDIP ROTARY BIRD BOX & BUG HOTEL

Priddy School featured a bird box and bug hotel made by members of Mendip Rotary in their Gold Award entry in the Bath & West Show competition for schools for the best decorated shopping trolley; the competition was sponsored by Morrisons. 

Credits included reference to our club which made boxes and hotels for a number of local schools over the last two years - congratulations are due to President Richard for coming up with this environmental initiative and of course to the school, one of whose teachers is the daughter of one of members Mark Summers. The photo gallery includes further pictures

CHARITY WALK & BBQ 

40 people and children took part in the Rotary Club of Mendip inaugural walk. This included participants from 5 other Rotary Clubs. Frome RC, Frome Town RC, Frome Selwood RC, Bridgwater RC and Bradley Stoke RC. There were 2 walks on for families of approximately 3.5 miles around Compton Bishop and a longer walk of 5.5 miles to Crook Peak and back. Both walks set of from the Cross Memorial Hall.

The walks included a treasure hunt to keep everybody interested. Seven families took part in the event.

After the walk there was a presentation of certificates to all walkers and the winners of each walk who had the most correct answers. This was followed by a BBQ where everybody relaxed in the sunshine and recounted their experiences.

The walk was to raise funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Rotary Charities

Photo shows walkers relaxing after their exertions - there are more photos in the Photo Gallery

CLUB 2018 VISIT TO PORTUGESE e-club

In 2018 President Richard led 11 members to visit an e-club based in Olhao,Portugal, which is an extension of RIBI. They provided us with a visit to Vineyard and to a Rotary Food Farm which grows crops to distribute to the poor in local towns. Whilst on the trip we toured Olhao, our base, Tavira & Faro including an interesting return from Faro to Olhao - as ever our hotel was good and reasonably priced and we had excellent meals in local restaurants. SEE the Photos on our website for more revelations! 

YOUNG MUSICIAN - MENDIP CANDIDATE IS RUNNER-UP IN RIBI NATIONAL COMPETITION AT THE AGE OF 13 - CONGRATULATIONS POPPY !!!!!!

Thirteen year-old Poppy McGhee, a pupil at Hugh Sexey C of E Middle School, became Runner up in the final of RIBI Young Musician Competition in Edinburgh on 19th. May having previously won the South West Final and Rotary 1200 District Young Musician Competition (instrumental section) held recently at Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar. Her ability and violin performance was highly impressive at all levels.

She played ‘Chant-Poème’ by Aram Khachaturian and ‘The Hot Canary’ by Paul Nero. Of the latter piece, Poppy said, “The Hot Canary makes me smile; I hope it makes you smile too.” Her playing was described by the three adjudicators as ‘demonstrating complete mastery of her instrument’ and having ‘captivated the audience’.

                 ROTARY POLIO DAY DISPLAY IN CHEDDAR

Thanks to Nigel Deane we obtained a prime site in Cheddar to enable a prominent display to celebrate Rotary's amazing efforts to lead the world in trying to eliminate Polio, the figures speak for themselves 350,000 cases in 1988 down to just 37 in 2016. Sustained major efforts and funding are still needed to achieve the target of total elimination!

THANKS TO BAILEY OF BRISTOL WE RAISED OVER £25k

Bailey of Bristol donated a top of the range 4 berth single axle Pegasus Caravan to Mendip Rotary Club to raffle for Cancer and other Rotary Charities. The draw took place on Sunday 22nd October as planned.

Chief Executive of Bailey of Bristol made the draw for 9 prizes, the main prize being the caravan which will be furnished to the winners choice. Below are listed  the winning numbers who is shown drawing the prize. On his left is President of Mendip Rotary Club Richard Tilley & on his left in the pink shirt Immediate {ast President Phil Hunt.

We obviously cannot reveal names and addresses - but here are the details:
First......................Caravan...... ..........09834........BH25  ( New Milton)
Second................  Awning..................03539. .......BS28  (Wedmore)
Third ....................BBQ................. .....04444........NP16  ( Newport)

Fourth  ............... .Chairs.................. ..05573.......TN29   
Fifth ...................  Hamper................09956... ... ..SO51
Sixth .................. .Hamper............ ....03950.....  ..TA24 
Seventh .............. .Hamper................ 02357.......  TA3  
Eighth ..................Hamper.............. ..00984......   TA9
Ninth ...................Hamper............ ....01306          email address

All winners have been advised. 

For more information visit the Win a Caravan website by clicking the link button

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YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION 2017

Once again the popular Young Chef competitors produced an amazing array of dishes which gave our judges a difficult decision deciding on the winner. Thanks to the staff of Kings of Wessex Academy for inspiring the students to enter.

BRAD BURTON,BRITAIN'S No. 1 MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER   ( his Mum says), INSPIRES MEMBERS & GUESTS

On 21st September our meeting was held at Rookery Farm where over 80 members and visitors enjoyed a good meal and lively talk from Brad who kindly donated his services free. It was surprising to see the lengths to which people would go to obtain a free copy of Brad's book! Hopefully some of the young business people attending will emulate his business success!

ROTARIANS FROM INDIA VISIT OUR CLUB

We were delighted to welcome to extend our Friendship to members of Rotary District 3201 India. Local visits were arranged and the Rotarians and their partners attended our meeting to share information about their District and Clubs in India and also enjoyed hearing an interesting about 'Henry the Hoover' which excited their entrepreneurial instincts. More photos can be found in the photo gallery.

BIRD & BUG BOXES FOR CHEDDAR FIRST SCHOOL

After the popularity of our Boxes at Cheddar First School four members got together to build more for Cheddar First School, a few hours work and some wood courtesy of Vice President Richard Tilley enabled the above boxes to be prepared before moving them to the school. We hope may happy bugs and and birds will thrive!

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