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Rotary Spring Walk
The Rotary spring this year was organised by Rtn Hopkin Joseph Along the costal path from Porthcawl to Sker house and back.
On Saturday 4th May a group of 22 Rotarians and friends met at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, to be hosted / guided for the morning walk and lunch by Gaina Morgan and Margaret Thomas. As we set off, crossing the putting green to reach the public coastal path walkway (a broad walk in this area) Margaret gave a little talk on the background of the club and the clubhouse (a building which had initially been erected at the Great Exhibition and there after taken down with part transported to Porthcawl). When we reached Pink Bay Gaina pointed out the fresh water well in the rocks, and the window at sker house in the distance used by seventeen century "wreckers". The next stop was Sker point-where the Santampa had run aground in 1947 (Gaina's father had been part of the shore based rescue party) with the loss of 47 people including the lifeboat volunteers on the Mumbles lifeboat.
A short walk followed to Sker House, stopping at a second world war US troop constructed wells. In the garden of Sker House Gaina gave a detailed background of it's history, its occupants (from Monastic times in the twelfth century to the Turberville family and their support of Catholic priests some of whom, and Gaina had read their last letters which still survive, were "hung drawn and quartet to the "wreckers" through to the recent tenant farmers. Gaina showed us the Monastic Barn, and the Monastic fish pond. The role / work of the buildings at Risk Trust was explained, and how the current owner, Professor Niall Ferguson, had (with the help of John Exon) improved the garden. The return journey almost retraced our steps to the Royal Porthcawl Golf club for a welcome glass of liquid refreshment, and a lunch thereafter in the club dining room of goujons of fish, peas and chips.
A dry but windy morning-good for a walk.
Many thanks to Gaina for telling is about the area in general and Sker in particular, to Margaret for the information provided about the Golf Club and for hosting us there, and to Professor Niall Ferguson (with john Exon) for letting us wander around the gardens of sker House. Special thanks was given to hopkin for organising the day by Rtn Teresa Griffiths.
Rotary Junior Quiz
An exciting Quiz Competition was held at Maes yr Haul Primary School on Thursday 2nd May. Six local primary schools competed to win the Junior Quiz organised by Bridgend Rotary Club.
Ffaldau, Coychurch, Litchard, Maes-yr-Haul, Oldcastle and Trelales Primary school were each represented by 4 students who were tested on their general knowledge. Parentsfamily, teachers and friends turned out to support their teams and they were not disappointed by the standard of responses to the questions.
After a very close competion the Maes yr Haul team emerged victorious! The team members were Max Hemsley, Olivia Gibbs, William Hurley and James Dowie.
Bridgend Rotary would like to thank all the schools, including pupils and teachers, who prepared for the competition. They offered all of those present a very lively and exciting evening. Congratulations!
Amelia Trust Farm
The Rotary club of Bridgend has carried out a large project installing a new kitchen area at the farm for young people to improve there cooking skills.
This work with the help of a simplified grant was carried out by Rtn Neil Solman, Rtn John Ward with assistance from Rtn Mark English formally of Bridgend club and now a member of the Llantwit Major rotary club with support from Rtn Sonja Cain, Rtn Natasha Kerr and there family's.
The First minister Carwyn Jones came to the Amelia Trust Farm to officially open the area and to look at the work carried out on the farm.
Two New Members
President Mike Lewis Inducted two new members today, Edward Jones & Greg May with Rtn Sonja Cains chair of membership committee.
The Rotary Club of Bridgend was entertained on Friday evening 22nd March by tinnitus. Tinnitus is a band of 5 doctors and a pretender with a first aid certificate! They first performed in 1990 in many local illustrious venues such as, The Laleston Inn, Wick village Hall and one (very brief) appearance at the Porthcawl Pavilion, to which they have never been invited back! They perform mainly for fun, to annoy their audiences and raise money for charity. Two younger members have expanded their repertoire by three new songs,including one written after 1950!
To be Serious for a moment, It was a brilliant evening. They presented a random selection of songs, with no noticeable theme, two or three of which had not been heard by the evening's audience before.
The purpose of the evening was to raise money for the charity Abesu, which is a Penarth based charity, supporting the building of a women's commune, with houses and water, in Southern Zambia. Abesu's aim is to enable the women, who are mainly widowed due to the Aids epidemic, to be self-supporting.
Bridgend Rotary Club is very grateful to Tinnitus for giving up their time to support this worthy cause. It was a most enjoyable evening and they certainly will be asked for a repeat performance.
Rtn Caron Jones, International Committee.
Junior Youth Speaks Competition
An exciting competition was organised by Bridgend Rotary club to showcase the excellent standard of Public speaking presented by the Primary schools in the Bridgend area. The competition was hosted by Croesty Primary School on Thursday 21st March. On the evening Croesty School Choir offered a very warm welcome to everyone by adding a musical touch at the beginning of the event.
Eleven Primary Schools entered the competition and all competitors were of a very high standard. This made it a very enjoyable experience for all family, friends and staff who were there to offer their support.
The adjudicators had a difficult task on the evening, but first prize was awarded to a worthy Cameron Jones from Tremains Primary School whose topic,was "The Horse meat Scandal". Second Prize was given to Madison Taylor from Maes Yr Haul, whose topic was "What a difference a Century Makes". Third Prize was awarded to Daniel Exton from Litchard Primary School, Whose topic was "Island Farm Prisoner of war camp".
The Winner,s Shield is sponsored by the Sinclair Motor Group Mr. Lee Page, Head of business at Bridgend Audi, was there to present the shield to Cameron Jones. Mr. Mike Lewis, President of the Bridgend Rotary club, was also on hand to present Certificates to all participants.
Rtn Gillian Hale
On March 4th The International Committee held a special evening With guest speaker RT. Hon Rhodri Morgan Introduced by the first minister Carwyn Jones.
Rotary St Valentines Dinner
The Rotary Club of Bridgend celebrated this year's St. Valentine's Day by attending the Seasons Restaurant at Bridgend College. This was the twenty-fifth consecutive year the Rotary Club have supported the students who prepare and present the food.
This very popular event is organised by Rtn Roy Hodgkinson MBE.
The Restaurant Manager, Mr. Tony Trumper, has for the last eighteen years been responsible, with his staff, to prepare students for employment within the catering trade.
The variety of food, preparation and service has now reached a very high standard with Rotary has pledged our continued support.
Rotary Youth speaks area final Competition
The Rotary Youth Speaks area was held in Bryntirion Comprehensive School Bridgend on Tuesday 12th January. The teams competing in the Senior section were Bryntirion Comprehensive School and Maesteg Comprehensive School. The evening was a great success and was enthusiastically supported by Family, friends, teachers and Rotarians who were rewarded by an excellent standard of public speaking presented by the students on the night.
It was a very close competition but the Maesteg Comprehensive School Team was the winner on the night discussing the topic "Can Science bring Morality?" The Chairperson was Siobhan Walters, the speaker was Ewan Thomas and the proposer of the vote of thanks was Anabelle Rees. Bryntirion Comprehensive came second with their discussion of "Our 'Them and us'Society". The Chairperson was Amy Edwards, the speaker was Laura Thomas and the proposer of the thanks Sophie Keegan. Awards were also given for the Best Chairperson which went to Siobhan Walters of Maesteg, the best speaker which was given to Laura Thomas of Bryntirion and the best proposer of the vote of thanks which was awarded to Anabelle Rees of Maesteg.
There was one team in the intermediate section and they were from Ysgol Gyfun Gymreag Llangynywyd. They offered a very interesting and entertaining topic for discussion which was "Television Talent Shows are Demeaning". The chairperson was Rhydian Smith, the speaker loan Lloyd and the Proposer of the vote of thanks was Tesni Morgan.
All of the students who took part in the competition were praised by the adjudicators for their performance on the night. The Maesteg Comprehensive Team and the Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Team will now go forward to compete in the Rotary District 1150 finals on Friday 8th March at Cardiff Vale College. We wish them all great Success!!!
Rtn Gillian Hale