Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bridgend
- What do we do?
By combining skills and resources, Members of the Bridgend Rotary Club make a real contribution to the lives of others. As Rotary is present in 200 countries, we are unique in being able to reach people in need all over the world, from running life changing projects in developing countries, making an immediate response to disaster hit regions, and supporting local community projects and charities.
August Ramble - a short walk along level ground starting at Bryngarw Country Park.
Gwyn Thomas and Edward Jones (Edward on crutches after a hip operation) decided to remain close to Abergarw House.
Hopkin Joseph, President Alan Reeks (plus dog), Paul, Gillian Hale, Mike Lewis, Edgar Burt,Tomi, Sonja Cain and John McCarthy. The walk set off, walking initially down to the western bank of the Garw River (running with crystal clear water albeit after summer rain and then northwards through the well maintained Japanese garden of Abergarw house the route crossed pasture fields, through some overgrown footpaths and muddy (very muddy in part) trails to reach the South Bettws to Llangeinor Road. The major route obstacle was encountered here; a 5 bar gate (locked) to "leap over" closely followed by two frisky horses (who encouraged a quick exit) - all safely over one member landing rump first backwards with an Olympic display of gymnastics!!! Crossing a road bridge over the Garw River then next down a stepped path into the railway land of the Brynmenin to Pontycymmer rail track with cycle track adjoining (a gentle, dry, hardsurfaced pathway) for the return journey to the Country Park, reaching the car park.
Jane Lewis joined the group for a convivial light snack in the Country Park Cafe. A really good menu, very well presented food and good value; a good end to an enjoyable stroll.
Rtn Hopkin Joseph
Annual Garden Party
The Rotary Club of Bridgend annual garden party was held recently at Gwyn Thomas's house in Pencoed which was a great success, held on one of the best days this summer.
President Alan Reeks, Chair of the International Committee Judy McCarthy, St John's nurse Joy Evans
Rotarians said: Our new president Alan Reeks,
hosted guests including the past district governor, Sandra Townsend, the Ogmore Vale Silver Band and 1062 Air
Training Corps. "An afternoon of Festive Fayre was enjoyed by 60 people with a magnificent display of equestrian riding by one of our newest Rotarian members Jennifer Myerscough. "The Ogmore Vale Silver Band stirred emotions with some wonderful entertaining music. With Cathrine Lewis serving excellent food with many activites such as out door bowls being played.
President hand over Dinner
The Bridgend Rotary Club Presidents hand over dinnerevening was held at the Heronston Hotel on Monday 6 July. Handing over the Presidents chain of office took place between the outgoing President Rtn Sue Cassidy and the incoming President Rotarian Allan Reeks. Sue stated, that she was delightted to have had the honour of being elected to represent the club and its members over the past year,which had at times had its moments, but that so much good work had been achieved and many thousands of pounds had been raised and distributed to local charities that She could only expressed here sincere thanks to the chairs and members of her committees for their hard work. Sue will now act as the clubs past President for the ensuing year, offering support and guidance to the incoming President Rotarian Allan Reeks.
Rtn Allan expressed his wish to emulate the excellent work that Rtn Sue had achieved during her year of office and looked forward to working with her, the chairmen and members of the various committees many of whom will come together as a whole on major projects like the Wggle Dragon Cycle Ride, the BikerFun Ride, Disabled Fishing and football competitions, the Cistmas collections and many more fund raising activities.
He wished Rtn Sue, now his past President, Dr Bob Broughton OBE the clubs President Elect and Rtn Wayne Morgan MBE President Nominee his very best wishes for a coming year which will be filled with help, support and goodwill from all of the club members.
Rtn Wayne Morgan MBE.
Dragon Ride 15
At the turn of the century,a time when "sportives" did not exist on British shores, a small collection of 270 cyclist braved the fearsome, yet stunning terrain of the South Wales mountains to complete an epic 226m ride; unbeknownst to this journey would become a world renowned cycling challenge, the wiggle Dragon Ride.
The group were faced with some of the country's most testing climbs including the 'Rhigos' , 'Black Mountain' and 'Devil's Elbow' and working together they conquered everything in their path, returning home in glory. Each cyclist was hailed a hero and become part of cycling legend.
For over a decade thousands of cyclists from over thirty countries around the world have journeyed to South Wales in the tracks of these brave pioneers; their goal, to claim that they too have "slayed the Dragon". It is now said that for one to become a "true sportive rider" one must have completed this famous ride; with its long and relentless alpine-like climbs it's one of the UK's toughest and most rewarding cycling challenges and a "bucket-list"event for cyclists across the globe.
The Bridgend Rotary Club has been the leading the leading organisation to support this event by manning the essential feed stations spread out at various intervals around the route. The Bridgend Rotary Club is proud to be associated with the event and each year over the past 4 years we have raised a significant amount of money through our involvement for our local charities. We are looking forward to next year's event which is promising to be bigger and better than in pervious years.
Event details distances Corto 43km, Medio Fondo 153km, Gran Fondo 226km, Dn Devil 302km, Women Only 43km.
Rtn Wayne Morgan
Junior Rotary Quiz 13th May 2015
The Bridgend Rotary junior quiz was held at Trelales Primary School on Wednesday 13th May and it proved to be great success. Six Schools each entered a team of four pupils representing years 3,4,5 and 6. Tondu,Ffaldau,Maes yr Haul, Litchard, Oldcastle and Trelales Primary School prepared teams whose general knowledge was to be admired.
Every pupil demonstrated his / her enthusiasm and depth of knowledge as each competed for the first prize and the winner's cup. There was a lot of support on the evening from teachers, pupils,family,friends and Rotarians.
After a very closely fought competition Litchard Primary School emerged victorious to claim the cup. The team comprised Evan Richards (Year 3), Thomas Lewis (year 4), Finley Armstrong (Year 5) and Jack Biggs (Year 6).
The Rotary Club of Bridgend would like to thank Trelales Primary and the Head teacher, Mr.Morrison, for hosting the event. They would also like to thank all the pupils who participated and all those who turned up to support and make it such a wonderful evening.
Rtn Gill Hale.
' Would I Lie to You ' Charity evening
An evening of entertainment was held by the Bridgend Rotary Club billed as ' would I Lie To You. The Bridgend Rotarians presented their own version of the popular show 'WINLTY' at the Blandy hall in Laleston on Friday evening 1st May. There were two teams which were captained by Rev Mike Lewis and Dr Bob Broughton with the urbane and much loved 'Adjudicator' Gerry Bassett (he of the attendance register and bonus ball fame) in the chair. Two hours of fun and ribaldry ensued with the 40 plus audience enjoying the 'put-downs', lies and damn lies.
The event a buffet and fun evening in aid of McMillan Cancer support and raised £502.60 through a raffle and donations. The participants all wore WINLTY tee-shirts and of course, these will be worn again next year at a repeat challenge.
Fellowship day RC Bridgend and Cheltenham - 25th April 2015
Twenty six members and friends, including ten from Bridgend rotary met at the coach and horses in Llangynidr, near Crickhowell between 10:30 and 11:00 on Saturday morning. This grave an opportunity to provide the pub with lunch orders and / or have a cup of coffee, and also to meet everyone from both localities prior to setting out on the walk at 11:00. The four and a half mile, two hour walk was ably led by a Cheltenham member, and covered road, fields and a very pleasant canal path for the return to the pub.
A very good lunch was enjoyed in the pub, with good opportunity for fellowship. The presidents of both clubs expressed their appreciation for this combined fellowship.
A Bridgend member provided instructions and guidance on how to proceed to the Sugarloaf Vineyard where everyone met around 15:00. This provided time for refreshments, a DIY tour of the vines and also, an opportunity to sample four of the wines. There was ample space for everyone to sit down around the tables for further inter-club fellowship. The successful and enjoyable day ended, for a few, with dinner at the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny.
Junior Youth Speaks
Bridgend Rotary Club held its annual competition at Croesty Primary School on Thursday 19th March. It was a very exciting event with 11 primary schools competing for the Rotary Shield awarded to the winner. Each competitor chose his/her topic and presented it to the audience. Diverse subjects such as Drones, Super heroes, the impact of Poverty on Education and Winston Churchill were presented in an interesting and lively manner.The standard of the speakers was exceptional, making it a very difficult task for the adjudicators. The event was well attended by parents, teachers, friends and Rotarians to make for a friendly evening and an audience who offered great support to the pupils on stage.
The final result was that Jasmine David of Tremains Primary School was declared the winner on the evening. Jasmine presented a lively and persuasive argument to convince her audience that "More boys should be encouraged to become involved in Dance". Jasmine was presented with the Shield and a gift voucher by President Sue Cassidy. David Sheldon from Pencoed Primary School was also awarded a prize as the runner up on the night. He offered an extremely interesting and engaging point of view on "School Attendance".
The whole evening was a great success and was enjoyed by all those present. Bridgend Rotary Club wish to thank all those students who took part to make it such a wonderful competition.
Rtn Gill Hale
On 2nd March the International committee put on an International evening with speaks from Ty Cariad Africa With guests from Interact at Pencoed Comprehensive School.
Speaks from Ty Cariad Paul Booth and Harvey Jones, Guests President of Interact, Ellie Taylor,Treasure Rhian Bateman and Secretary Carwen with President Sue Cassidy and Chair of International Committee Rtn Judy McCarthy.
Ty Cariad Africa
Ty Cariad children's home in Namugongo was established in 2003 following a visit by Paul Thomas (Chaplain to South Wales Fire and rescue Service) to the Uganda fire and rescue headquarters in Kampala. His visit coincided with a local fire fighting team's return from an incident where they rescued two babies, who had been dropped into latrine. Sadly these babies died and Paul shared in the fire crew's distress.
Ty Cariad Africa is a UK based charity that raises money to help orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. There aim is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress and to provide access to education amongst orphans and vulnerable children. They have a partner with organisations that promote tracing, re-linking and resettlement of children in their families and extended communities wherever possible. They believe that all children have a right to be loved and to be safe from harm. They should have nutritious food, clean water and good healthcare a right to education and a right to play - to be children.
Rotary Web Team
Rotary Club of Bridgend Valentine's Dinner
This special annual event which is organised and run by Rtn Roy Hogkinson has been well supported for over 25 years by Bridgend Rotary Club which was held at Bridgend College Seasons Restaurant on Thursday 12 February 2015.
Many thanks should go to Restaurant Manager Anthony C Trumpery, head Chef Neil Hughes and all the students who prepared the food and the waiting staff who courteously provided an excellent services.
Rotarian President Sue Cassidy thanked the College staff for this special evening and Rotary members for the continued support of this Student career development event.
Rotary Web Team.
Bridgend & Porthcawl Rotary District Final Quiz Competition
The competition was held in the Atlantic Hotel, Porthcawl on Monday 9 February. The competition was hosted by Porthcawl with the Assistant Governor, Mansel Thomas adjudicating. Both teams started slowly with an inspired guess from Bridgend winning the first round. As the rounds continued Bridgend started to edge away with the final score of Bridgend 42 points Porthcawl 30 points with both teams been congratulated on a hard fought contest.
The President of the Porthcawl Rotary Club, Rotarian Wayne Warlow, was magnanimous when he congratulated the Bridgend Rotary club team an a deserving win and wished them well in the next round of the competition, the inter-district final. President Sue Cassidy of the Bridgend Rotary club said; that it was a most enjoyable evening with good company , food and fellowship with the win coming as a bonus. She thanked the Porthcawl Rotary club and President Wayne for hosting the evening and suggested that a rematch could be arranged at some point in the future. The teams were delighted with their efforts and were congratulated by the assembled Rotarians on a well run and competed contest.
Rtn Wayne Morgan.
International Youth speaks area final
The Bridgend Rotary Club was delighted to host the Rotary International District 1150 area Youth speaks final at Brynteg Comprehensive school on Monday 19th January 2015. The competition aims to offer young people; An experience of speaking on a public platform as members of a team. An in contrive to formulate ideas on topical subjects. The discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time. The opportunity of learning and practising high standards of expression,presentation and appearance. the impartial criticism and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators. Each team is comprised of three members; the chair person, the speaker and the proposer of a vote of thanks.
There were in effect two competitions at the area final; Intermediate competitors from Brynteg Comprehensive School their topic"Welsh should remain mandatory in schools and the current system should not be altered" speaker Halle Bletsoe, verses, 293 (Cowbridge) Air Training Corps their topic "Will space tourism change humanity for the better" speaker Thomas Wood. The senior competitors comprised; Ysgol Gyfun Maesydderwen, Swansea, topic "Better off a life on benefit" speaker Isabelle Truscott. Brynteg Comprehensive school topic "Should the global community be making a greater contribution to prevent the spread of Ebola" speaker Conner Lomax and Cowbridge Comprehensive School topic "The UK should do more to help developing countries combat disease" speaker Elliot Macneil.
The adjudicators Mr Andrew Wood, Reverend Hywel Richards and Mr James Ledyard stated that the competition was very tight with the winners taking honourers by the narrowest margin. Questions to each team were put by Rotarian Caron Jones and the time keepers were Rotarian Roy Hodgkinson and Rotarian Edward Jones. Rotarian Mansel Thomas, District assistant governor presided over the competition along with Bridgend President Sue Cassidy. Both stated that this was a very high calibre completion and congratulated the contestants encouraging them to continue the good work and wished them well in their future careers.
Winners Intermediate Competition: 293 (Cowbridge) Air Training Corps. Runners up, Brynteg Comprehensive school.
Winner Senior Competition: Cowbridge Comprehensive School. Runners up Brynteg Comprehensive School with third place going to Ysgol Gyfun Maesydderwen.
The winners of both categories will now go forward to compete in the district final on Friday 6th March 2015 at Cowbridge Comprehensive School.
Rtn Wayne Morgan
At a resent Tinnitus concert, sufficient funds were raised to purchase a shelter box. This box can be traced via the shelter box web site, www.shelterbox.org/trackbox box number UK0073210. Thank you to all who helped to make this possible.
Tree Planting at Pen - y - Fai Primary School
On Friday 14th November, First Minister Carwyn Jones planted the first tree, part of a landscaping project, at Pen-y-fai Church in Wales School, ably assisted by the County Borough Mayor, Cllr Gary Thomas and his Consort Mrs Kay Jenkins, Head teacher Mrs Christina Bach,pupils, teachers and parent from the school, President Sue Cassidy and other assorted Rotarians.
First Minister with Children planting the first tree. First Minister with President Sue Cassidy with Rotarians planting trees.
120 trees were provided by the Woodland trust, along with bamboo stakes and protective sleeves. species planted were hawthorn,hazel,holly,rowan,crab apple and downy birch.
The project has involved pupils at the school in planning the planting site, and they will be involved in future maintenance of the trees as the grow. Planting will provide hedging and shelter, and will encourage the return of wildlife disturbed during the building of the new school, in due course, the bats which were re-homed during the building work will be able to return also.
In addition, in keeping with commemoration of WW1 projects across the country, part of birch wood will be dedicated as a WW1 Memorial wood.
The new planting, as well as providing pleasant landscaping, will also be a valuable teaching resource for the school.
Thank you to all who turned up to assist on the day.
Rtn Mike Lewis
Foundation evening with the First Minister
On November 3rd the Rotary Club of Bridgend held its annual Foundation evening with the First Minister Carwyn Jones as guest speaker,with Presidents and guests from Cowbridge and Porthcawl Rotary Clubs.
Rtn Caron Jones, First Minister Carwyn Jones, President Sue Cassidy and Rtn Hugh Thomas.
After an excellent meal, Carwyn spoke at first on his experiences in New Zealand as a bachelorette student sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cowbridge. He then went on to speak on the NATO conference telling humorous stories of the event, closing with a question and answer session on Wales and local government.
SOUTH WALES SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOOTBALL CHALLENGE SHIELD OCTOBER 2014
This annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Bridgend and Heronsbridge School was again sponsored by Past Rotarian Derek Gaynor.
The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Council, Gary Thomas, presented the winners shield to Maes Gwyn School from Aberdare. The runners up were Ysgol Bryn Castell from Bridgend.
The most improved side was Woodlands High School, Cardiff, with the fairplay award going to Penybryn School, Swansea. The player of the tournament award was Dan Thomas from Maes Gwyn School, Aberdare.
All one hundred plus players were presented with medals by Mayor Gary Thomas and Rotarian Gillian Hale, Chair of the Bridgend Youth Services Committee.
Mayor Gary Thomas,Rtn Gillian Hale and Consort Ms Kay Jenkins Maes Gwyn School Aberdare
Autumn Walk Saturday 11 October 2014
9 members of the Rotary Club of Bridgend (President Sue Cassidy, Rotarians Hopkin Joseph, Edward Jones, William William, Mike Lewis, Gillian Hale, Sonja Cain, David Hubbard and John McCarthy) plus 7 guests and a dog left the Custom House at Penarth Marina at 09:30 to walk around the eastern perimeter of Cardiff Bay to Mermaid quay.
After crossing the barrage locks, passing by the fish pass, walking along the open elevated section of the barrage provided a good vista out to the Bristol channel (where it was high-tide with a seawater level higher than the freshwater level within the barrage) and inland looking towards the Penarth Marina, the Ely River Marina, the Sports village, the Taff River Marina, the Wetlands Reserve and Mermaid Quay. After a brief stop at the Scott Memorial display (recording that it was from Cardiff over a 100 years ago that the expedition set off to the South Pole) walking further along the barrage provided better views of the entrance, on the seaward side of the barrage, to Cardiff Docks (still a very busy freight port), with to the North views to the Senydd, the Millennium Centre and the Pier head building. In the distance Cardiff City Centre buildings (e.g... the Millennium Stadium) were clearly visible. There after the walk proceeded, passing the Colliery exhibition, undeveloped docks, the " Dr Who Exhibition Centre" , and the Norwegian Church to reach Mermaid Quay.
At Mermaid Quay,as the Norwegian Church cafe had not opened, a very welcome coffee was taken at Cawalladers. Some of the party then visited the shops at Mermaids Quay, others walked on westwards,past St David's Hotel, to the Wetlands Reserve;a habitat for lots of water fowl and birds.
The Whole party then re-assembled at the Pier head Building to watch a 10 minute film of the changes in the docks at Cardiff; growing as a coal exporting port in the 80 years to 1914 (exporting at it's peak to over 10 million tones of coal) declining for that use in the 60 years afterwards to nothing in 1970 but still a very busy freight port.
Three of the party walked back to Custom House, the remainder taking a water taxi (which toured the western side of Cardiff Bay passing the sports Village-the national swimming pool, the white water rafting centre etc). All metup at the Custom House at Penarth Marina, now a very good restaurant, for a welcome two course lunch to finish the trip.
The weather forecast had been for rain so all had wet weather gear. In the event it was a warm dry morning ideal for walking but whilst at Lunch there were torrential downpours. Some-one was looking after the Rotary Club of Bridgend that morning !!!!
Rtn Hopkin Joseph
Rotary Club of Bridgend Bake off
The rotary club of Bridgend recently held a fun bakeoff in the Blandy Hall, Laleston, to raise funds for the supply of LifeStaw, a portable water filter. These will be distributed to vulnerable ethnic groups in developing countries. The LifeStraw Filter effectively removes all bacteria and parasites,responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases, from polluted water sources.
In the photos Judge Carol Moon, overall winner Gemma Brooks, President Sue Cassidy,Rtn Judy McCarthy,Past President Michael Lewis and Morgan.
Diane Ward receiving her gold award. Gaynor Davies receiving her Bronze award.
A gold rosette and one prize of a �25 cookware voucher, sponsored by Procook and Tesco, were awarded to each of the winners in 3 categories: Large cakes; Gemma Brooks. Small Cakes (plate of 6); Diane Ward. Cakes an with International Theme; Doreen Watts. The overall winner, Best in show; was Gemma Brooks, who received a trophy Vase. Each winner also received a specially commissioned Rotary Bakeoff apron.
A special Award was presented to young Morgan, the grandson of Rotary Past President Michael Lewis, for his expertise in producing a mouth-watering plate of small cakes. The show was competently judged by Carol Moon. Silver rosettes were awarded to Juliet McIver and Julie Williams, with one unclaimed. Bronze rosettes were awarded to Kyra Lewis, Gaynor Davies,Stacey Thomas and Reverend Mike Lewis. Rotarians Haydn and nick, from the Rotary club of Brynmawr, gave an impressive impromptu demonstration of the LifeStraw that really brought home to all present the purpose of the evening. The Rotary Club of Bridgend would like to thank all those who entered cakes in the Bakeoff, plus our sponsors and Judge Carol Moon.
Rtn John Ward
FISHING FOR THE DISABLED ANNUAL COMPETITION
ROTARY CLUB OF BRIDGEND
PAST PRESIDENT KENDRICK GRIFFITHS QPM MEMORIAL SHIELD
Ex-chief Constable of Merthyr Tydfil Kendrick Griffiths QPM was remembered on 17th September 2014 when Special Schools and Adult Training Centres within the area took part in a fishing competition at Seven Oaks, Ystradowen, for his commemorative shield.
Representatives from Bryn Castell, Heronsbridge, Valley Gateway Training Centre, Bridgend Resource Centre and Pencoed Comprehensive School (Special Unit) took part. The winning team was Pencoed Comprehensive School and they were presented with the trophy by Rotary President Sue Cassidy.
The Bridgend and District Fishing for the Disabled Association are desperately seeking volunteers from experienced fishermen to assist and ensure the continuation of their very worthwhile, and very much appreciated, monthly fishing competitions for young people.
If you can assist in any way please contact Ralph Merchant Tel.No.01656-667855 for further information.
District Governor visit and Wheel Chair presentation
The Bridgend Rotary Club dinner held on 1st September was delighted to Host Cellan Hall and his immediate family,his Mother Mrs Anita Davies and her partner Mr Gareth Clode. They were there to see Cellan Receive his sports wheelchair, which he hopes will help him get selected to play top flight table tennis at the Rio Para Olympic games in 2016. The Rotary Club has raised a significant amount of funding through various means to fund the wheelchair and are delighted that they were able to support Cellan in this way.President Sue Cassidy told the assembled audience that Cellan was an inspiration to all young people not only is he dedicated to his table tennis and plays at every opportunity in all major competitions, but is also focussed on his studies. Cellan recently achieved 10A's and 3B's in his GCSE exams.
President Sue with past president Mike Lewis, District governor Sandra, Cellan and his family.