as featured on the BBC's Antiques Road Trip

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

The sales will be back next year starting on Sunday 10th April, 2016

Santa is coming to town

The Rotary Santa's Sleigh will be touring the streets starting on Tuesday, 1st December. The timings and route obviously depend on the weather as Santa doesn't like his beard to shrink!

The planned routes are as follows but they are subject to change. Check back here to see any updates or the "Cowbridge Rotary Club"  Facebook site.

Tuesday 1 December              Cowbridge West End including Broadshoard, Tyla Rosyr and Geraint’s Way Estate


Wednesday 2 December        Cowbridge Central including  The High Street, Middlegate Walk, Druid’s Green, Borough Close


Thursday 3 December            Cowbridge South and Llanblethian including The Verlands, River Walk, Love Lane, Cae Rex, Broadway


Friday 4 December                 Cowbridge East including Brookfield Park Estate, Hillside Drive, The Paddock, East end of Broadway


Tuesday 9 December              Aberthin and Ystradowen


Saturday 14 December           Outside Café Nero, Bird’s Lane , Cowbridge

Presentation to Y Bont

A presentation of a cheque for £500 was made to Marged Griffiths, General Manager of the Y Bont Childrens charity, and Marilyn Allin at the meeting on Monday, 26th October. Find out more about Y Bont on their website,

Allotment Project

      Brenda opening raised bedsJims plaque

On Friday 17th July, 2015 Brenda Grove unveilled the commemorative plaque on the raised beds at the allotments which were the brainchild of our late member and Brenda's husband, Jim Grove. This ceremony was part of the official opening of the allotments which was attended by Alun Cairns, MP and Jane Hutt, AM.

Easter Fayre

Easter Fayre Bonnet winners

Easter Sunday was a special day in Cowbridge if you were under 10. It was the day of the great Easter Fayre, organized by the Rotary Club, with its Easter Egg Hunt  in the Old Hall Gardens, and lots of children were there to take part. The brightly coloured eggs were duly found, tokens taken out and many chocolate eggs were given out as rewards for the diligent small hunters. But eggs were not the only things to look out for; there were also the Easter Bonnets on display as well. And what a sight they were too! What�s more, there were prizes for the best bonnets. It was really a day to remember: the sun shone and the sky was blue. There was a display of owls, and there were exotic poultry. There was hoopla and face painting. The trees were bedecked with steamers, there was a cake stall and tea and biscuits and the wild flowers were twinkling amongst the sunlit grass and best of all was Mr. Nibbles, the Easter Bunny himself, who cut quite a figure with his pink waistcoat and ears! He led the colourful procession through into the Physic Garden next door and then, with our local MP Alun Cairns, helped judge the very important Easter Bonnet competition. But the Easter Bunny is very busy around Easter, and he mysteriously disappeared shortly after that. Let�s hope he can be around next year for another Easter Fayre in Cowbridge! Thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success.

Cowbridge Rotary joins the world of fashion

A very succesful evening of fashion and music was held at the Bear Hotel on Thursday, 26th March, 2015.

With fashions provided by Ushi's  of Cowbridge and volunteer models a signioficant sum was raised for the Velindre Cancer Centre and a good time was had by all.

Race Night

The betting was fast and furious at the Race Night held in the Cowbridge Town Hall on Saturday, 7th February. After a fish & chip supper followed by a delicious ice cream not all the jockeys were in top form but there were some exciting races with over �1100 being raised for the charitable work of Rotary.

Tools for Self Reliance

Rotarian Geoff Jones is collecting old, unwanted tools to donate to the Tools for Self Reliance charity. ( J-C Jones and his wife Pat "saw" the collection off to a good start.

If you have any of the following, please contact Geoff (

  • plumbing tools � especially heavy duty floor-standing pipe benders
  • arc welders (240V, stick type) plus accessories
  • carpentry tools � especially large carpenters vices, metal jack planes, tri-planes and drawknives
  • building tools, especially builders squares and corner trowels
  • engineering and metalworking tools � especially HSS twist drills, metric taps & dies and hand-operated bench grinders
  • bicycle repair tools � especially spoke spanners
  • shoe repair tools � especially skiving knives
  • auto-mechanics tools � especially heavy duty foot-pumps, tyre pressure gauges and piston ring compressors
  • electrical repair tools � especially multi-meters and desoldering equipment
  • industrial/professional quality power tools � especially heavy duty drills and bench grinders
  • blacksmiths tools � especially anvils and leg vices
  • good quality Singer round-bobbin hand machines � because spare parts are easily available in the UK and all over Africa for these old but solidly-built machines
  • electric sewing machines. These need to be in good working order and be capable of zig-zag stitching and embroidery. A foot controller and instruction manual, though preferable, are not essential

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.

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Details of Santa's tour of the town and villages will be published later.
The Club round of the Young Musiciasn - Instrumental will be held at Cowbridge Comprehensive School at 18:30 on Wednesday, 2nd December,2015
Youth Speaks at the Comprehensive School

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