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The Cowbridge Rotary Club Car Boot Sales raise around £3000 each year for Rotary Charities and we would like to thank all who participate.

Advance dates for 2017:  10th Sept, 8th October

No need to prebook, just turn up from 7:00am and sell. The £6 stall fee will be collected on the day.


Cowbridge Rotary Present £12,000 to Alzheimer’s Research UK

Cowbridge Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Adele Pryce-Roberts a Neurologist and Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Fellow to receive a cheque for £12,000 on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s Research was chosen as one of his charities by last year’s Rotary Club President, Steven Blackman.

Said Steven, “Mother struggled with dementia and so many families have been touched by the disease. There’s so much that needs to be done in order to further understand dementia. But Cardiff University is playing a major role as part of the newly launched UK Dementia Research Institute to find new ways to diagnose, treat, prevent and care for people with dementia”.

Cowbridge Rotary Club’s fund raising includes such events as Car Boot Sales, Quiz Night, Santa’s Sleigh, Reindeer Parade, Street Collections and Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival. This has been a Team effort between all our Club members and the generosity of The Cowbridge Community. The Club also received a matching grant from The Waterloo Foundation.

Photograph. Left to right.

 President - David Harris.  Neurologist - Adele Pryce-Roberts. Immediate Past President - Steven Blackman and some of the 40 members of Cowbridge Rotary Club.

Town Hall car park clear up

Sunday, 30th July saw a large working party armed with garden tools attacking the overgrown areas of the car park. You can see more photographs and a full report by clicking here.

Young Citizen Awards

Members of Cowbridge Rotary recently presented seven Young Citizen awards in local Primary schools. The awards were decided by the School staff and presented at special assemblies at the schools. Steve Pearce, Chair of the Cowbridge Rotary Youth Committee said ‘I have been blown away by the achievements of these young people. The citations talk about young people in such positive terms as caring, considerate and role models. It was a privilege to meet them and to recognise their efforts.’

In the photo above, clockwise from top left

Y Bont Faen Primary School – Bronwen Pullin
St Nicholas Church in Wales Primary School – Henry Duggan
Llansannor Church in Wales Primary School – Luca Wheeler
St Davids Church in Wales Primary School – Sam Sheppard
Peterston Super Ely Church in Wales Primary School – Henry Campdonic
St Brides Major Church in Wales Primary School – Eli Phillips
Centre: Llangan Primary School – Bryn Wardhaugh

School Gardens Blooming

The first Rotary Primary Schools Garden competition reached its climax recently with the judging and awards ceremony at Llangan Primary School and Y Bont Faen Primary School. The garden club at Llangan were the winners in the competition judged by Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens and Mary Wallis from the Cowbridge Physic Garden. The competition was very close with Y Bong Faen Garden Club being awarded a well-merited certificate of achievement. The judges were particularly impressed with the commitment of staff, parents and garden club members at both schools and agreed that both gardens were a credit to their schools. Cowbridge Rotary are hoping to run the competition next year.

Club Handover Dinner

Past President Steven handed over the role of "Big Cheese", otherwise known as President, to David Harris on Monday, 26th June. President David confirmed the officers of the club, Michael Long as President Elect, Peter Davies as President Nominee and Don Bell as Treasurer. Chris Crossley was not present but will continue as Secretary. There are another 61 photos to be found by clicking on the photo.

News from Meissen

Congratulations to Don Bell who was awarded a second Paul Harris Fellowship by our twin club Meissen for his services to international fellowship.  The award was presented by Meissen President Gerwig Argow at the celebration of 20 years of friendship between our clubs.

RotaKids at Longmeadow Court

The RotaKids from Y Bont Faen Primary School visited the residents of Longmeadow Court on Thursday, 15th June. They worked in small groups and showed examples of their work and read stories. There were lots of animated conversations and many smailes all round. After a glass of squash and a KitKat the pupils returned to school and decided to make another visit in the Autumn term.

Rotary at the Food & Drink Festival.

Photos taken at the food and drink festival can be seen by clicking here

Rotary welcomes new members interested in having fun while 'giving something back' to the community. Fresh ideas and enthusiasm are the life blood of any organisation! It is easy to contact us using the "Click Here" button at the top right of the page.

Rotary provides opportunities to connect with people of like ideas, providing unique opportunities to serve the community using one's own professional skills alongside leaders of other businesses and professions. Rotarians help one another, and together help others.

Rotary is fun  every club holds social activities that offer diversions from today's demanding professional and personal schedules. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and other events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and the opportunity for service.

Rotary helps personal growth and development by continuing one's growth and education in human relations and by developing and extending leadership skills. Serving in Rotary helps one learn how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.

Rotarians are people who believe that whilst it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

Cowbridge - A Market Town in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan

Cowbridge is a township that has developed on the site of a Roman fort built in the 1st century AD. Sir Richard de Clare, Lord of Glamorgan, granted Cowbridge a Charter in 1254 and developed the town. By 1266 Cowbridge had town walls with four gates, although the North Gate was used mainly for cattle. It was an important centre for trade and was the last recipient of a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1886 and was able to appoint its own Councillors and Mayor. This tradition has continued in spite of the local Government reorganisation of 1974.

Cowbridge was renowned for its fairs but also became well known for its traffic jams on the main route from Cardiff to West Wales. A bypass to the north of the town solved that problem and the town continued to develop as a business and commercial centre as well as a popular dormitory town for Cardiff.

Today Cowbridge is known as the Bond Street of Wales and there are many shops that make the atmosphere of the High Street an enjoyable place to wander and to spend money! A farmers market twice a month also adds to the variety of goods available.

The Rotary Club of Cowbridge was chartered in February 1961, currently has 36 members and meets in the Bear Hotel, a historic coaching inn. We are always pleased to welcome visiting Rotarians or others interested in the work of Rotary to our meetings.

Rotary was founded over 100 years ago on the principle of "meeting regularly to enjoy and expand one's circle of business and professional acquaintances." That principle remains true today, and in an increasingly complex world, Rotary continues to provide one of the most basic human needs: the need for friends and fellowship.              

(Photos by Mike Baker. www.bakerlite.co.uk)

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Sponsor of Cowbridge Music Festival

Friday 22nd September 19.30

Sponsor of Cowbridge Music Festival

Rotary is sponsoring the concert by The Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet at the Cowbridge Comprehensive School.

Speaker meeting with partners - Ian Gwilym

Monday 25th September 19.00

Speaker meeting with partners - Ian Gwilym

Ian Gwilym will talk on "The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme"

District Quiz vs RC of Porthcawl

Wednesday 27th September 19.00

District Quiz vs RC of Porthcawl

This is a first round contest. Partners and friends invited.

Monday 2nd October 19.15

Club Committees

Sunday 8th October 08.00

Car Boot Sale

In Cowbridge Town Hall car park. The last of the season!

Monday 9th October 17.30


Speaker meeting - David James

Monday 9th October 19.00

Speaker meeting - David James

David will speak on "Regency England"

Friday 13th October 17.00 - 13.00 Sunday 15th October

District Conference at Plymouth


Monday 16th October 19.15

Business meeting + Web/computer training

NOTE: This meeting will be held in the computer suite of the Cowbridge Comprehensive School. Timings and arrangements for the meal will be posted here soon.

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Bear Hotel, High Street, Cowbridge, We meet on Mondays at 1915
(No meeting on Bank Holidays)
Bear Hotel, High Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AF  01446 774814

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