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             The New President for 2020-2021 Ceri Davies

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 celebraties 75 years since its Charter Presentation during this Rotary Year. It has contributed to the Cheddar Valley and Internationally in those years.

The Club sends £500 to assist the relief effort following the explosion in Beirut Docks

Following investgations by International Chair Mike Latham to determine which NGO was on the ground the Rotary Club of Mendip have sent £500 within days of the massive explosion in the docks in Beirut. The monies were sent to the NGO Medicin Sans Frontieres, to assist with their work in helping those injured in the blast. Thanks have been received from MSF and Rotary Clubs in Beirut.

Rotary in Action.

New Member Inducted into the Rotary Family

Local businesman Mike Sartain was inducted into the Rotary Club of Mendip last Thursday by Club President Ceri Davies. Mike was sponsored by Rotarian Nigel Deane. The induction was carried out under the “new normal” conditions of social distancing outside at the Strawberry Special where the Club meet. In line with Government guidlines only three other members were in attendance, Mike Hiles Membership Chair, John Mander Secretary and Scott McIntosh Treasurer. In these unusual conditions a risk assessment was prepared with plenty of anticeptic wipes and gel available. Mike had to pin his new Rotary badge on himself another first. Following Mike’s induction into Rotary those in attendance had a good socially distancing fellowship evening to welcome our new Rotarian.

The New President for 2019-2020 Ian Maynard

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 Club has supports Childrens Hospice South West

The Club has donated £250 to the Childrens Hospice South West who support families in the Cheddar Valley through difficult times. The Hospice has seen a reduction in donations as a result of Covid 19.

Club present cheque to Court House Cheddar

The Club has presented a cheque for £100 to the Court House Retirement Home nominated charity. The care workers stayed inside the home during the Covid pandemic to look after their residents, not seeing their families for weeks. During this period they raised monies for Weston Hospice Care. 

Anwar cooks a fourth batch of curries for key workers

Rotarian Anwar Hussain a member of the Rotary Club of Mendip based in Cheddar, prepared and cooked 70 take-away meals for NHS employees, care home staff and other essential workers. This is the fourth occasion Anwar has prepared and served meals. The Rotary Club of Mendip, as part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, has sponsored the event on two occasions. 

This year mendip Rotary Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Anyone living in the Cheddar Valley wishing to find out more about the Club should visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Anwar Hussain cooks thrid batch of free curries for NHS 

Rotarian Anwar Hussain cooked a third batch of his free Curries for local NHS Staff & Carers in the Cheddar Valley, on this occasion, the Rotary Club of Mendip were very pleased to both sponsor & help distribute the curries.  The meals were prepared by Anwar  and brought to the distribution location, where they were given out at a safe distance. Rotarians were on hand to ensure correct social distancing, with the recipients being directed to a holding area while their food was placed on a table. They then collected it after the Rotarian had moved back. Rotary in Action.

The Club amends the road signs to reflect the revised guidlines

Following the revision of the Government guidelines the Club has amended the road signs to relect the new message. Stay alert and keep 2 mtres apart. Protect our key workers.

Rotarians & Inner Wheel send laundry bags to Tooting Hospital

After sending laundry bags to Stroud Hospital the Club were contacted by the Renal Unit St. George's Hospital Tooting. The Club with members of Inner Wheel together with Pam Salmon ex Ladies Circle and Gill Latham Past President Inner Wheel 30 bags were delivered 3 days later. The staff were very appreciative of the bags.

Rotarian organises a street party to celebrate peace

Rotarian Roger Burdock and his wife Jane a member of Inner Wheel organised a socially distancing street party to celebrate VE day. It was organised to celebrate peace and understanding to support Rotary peace scholars.

Members have completed the installation of the Stay at Home Signs

Members have completed the installation of the Stay at Home Signs in the Cheddar Valley. Signs have now been erected on the roads into Wedmore and Cross. The Club would like to acknowledge thw support from the following local businesses. Worle Glass & Joinery, The FSC Group, Deane & Sons, JVS Holdings and Cheddar Signs.

Club members support Court House Retirement Home Cheddar

Staff at Court House Retirement Home Cheddar have locked themselves down in the home to look after residents. Club members donated wine as a thank you for their dedication and for them to enjoy when they get time to relax.

Mendip Support key workers with Stay at Home signs

As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches several Club members and local businesses have joined together to support key workers and the Government guidelines with Stay at Home signs. These have been placed in the Cheddar Valley. The costs of the signs has been donated by local businesses and they were erected by Club members. The Club would like to thank Cheddar Signs for sponsoring and producing the signs, together with Worle Glass and Joinery and The FSC Group.

The Club and The Inner Wheel Club of Mendip together

Club members together with the Inner Wheel Club of Mendip have been producing laundry bags for key workers, who put their worn clothes in to wash. This reduces the number of times worn clothes have to be handled. The second batch were delivered to Axbridge for onward delivery to Bath Hospitals. There were 56 bags from Rotary and Inner Wheel and 22 bags from a lady in Glastonbury who saw our efforts on social media. Pam Salmon is also producing non surgical face masks which have been given to the pharmacies in Cheddar and Axbridge.

The Club is assisting The Cheddar Chamber Support Fund

The Rotary Club of Mendip has donated £250 to the recently established Cheddar Valley Coronavirus Support Group fund. Together with 5 members who donated individually the total donated is £500, which is half the stated target. The fund has been set up by Cheddar Chamber to support local people in the Cheddar Valley in these unprecedented times. The Rotary club of Mendip is pleased to support this community initiative to assist the residents of the Cheddar Valley and the surrounding area.

The Cheddar Valley Coronavirus Support Group was established to meet the demand from isolated and vulnerable people and is supported by the Cheddar Parish Council and Cheddar Chamber of Commerce. It has responded to 600 requests for assistance since its inception. Members if the Club are also assisting by answering the call helpline number.

The Club contacts Rotary Clubs around the Globe

In these uncertain times and to foster Rotary Fellowship, Rotarian Howard Darkin has made contact with all the Clubs Mendip have visited around the world during the last 20 years of international trips. The Club does not have a twin but the President at the time decides which country to visit and then the International Chairman contacts Rotary Clubs in the location. The most recent trip was to Bordeaux where we visited the Rotary Clubs of Bordeaux Bouscat and Bordeaux Ouest. (Archive photo)

Non surgical face masks delivered to Axbridge chemist


A second set of non surgical face masks have been delivered to the Pharmacy in Axbridge. The efforts involve several members of the local community as well as the clubs. When Lynne Hebborn owner of the sewing shop “Time Out” in Cheddar was asked to open her shop to get more supplies of elastic which were running out, she gave a large quantity as a donation. Also Pam Salmon who is not a member has produced several bags and the lots of face masks. Pam was a member of Ladies Circle when John was in Table. Our thanks to Lynne and Pam for their support. We were contacted by a lady in Glastonbury who had produced 22 bags and asked if we wanted them. These are now with us for distribution.

Mendip donate to the Cheddar Valley Foodbank

At a recent zoom virtual meeting members agreed to donate a further £500 to the Cheddar Valley Foodbank. The Club has supported this organisation over a number of years as it helps people within its catchment area. NB The picture is from the archives

Rotarian cooks 62 curries for free distribution to NHS staff

Rotarian Anwar Hussain cooked 62 curries which he distributed free to NHS staff in the Cheddar Valley. They were distributed as the staff returned home from work. Anwar is hoping to repeat the event. The initial event was sponsored by Anwar's new company Cheddar Taxi & Chauffeur. Anwar demonstrates by action the Rotary motto "Service Above Self"

Delivery of laundry bags and facemasks to the Pharmacy Cheddar 


Rotarian Marc Angliss delivers the first of the laundry bags and facemasks for use by the Pharmacists in Cheddar while keeping the safe recommended distance. Stay Safe.

Laundry bags for Front Line Workers

Members of the Club together with members of The Inner Wheel Club of Mendip are making laundry bags from old sheets and pillow cases. These will then be given to local front line staff who can put their clothes in to wash. This will reduce the amount of handling of dirty clothes.

Social Distancing

The Club has created a buddy system, the membership has been split into small groups to ensure continued contact during this time. The younger members are helping more vunerable members. The picture shows how a member delivered supplies using social distancing.

Big Pitch 2020

The Final of the 2020 Big Pitch was held at a recent Club meeting. Four teams of young business people from the King of Wessex Academy who had succesfully competed in the semi finals presented their products and business skills to the Club. The competition was very close and the winner was Madeline Bibby with her business "Maddies Somerset Apple Cakes". All produce was sourced locally. Madeline donated 25% of her profits to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Big Pitch began last Autumn and was organised by Rotarian Patrick Simpson from FSC International (Food Service Centre) of Cheddar. There were 15 teams originally with the 4 finalists selected from them. The runners up were "Pet Patisserie" who made dog biscuits and other treats. "Delicate Decor" who made wooden laser-cut hand painted designs and "Sweet Makes" who made a variety of seasonal themed cakes, buscuits, crackers and cake stands. All the teams in the final considered the environmental and sustainable features of their products. The event was sponsored by Webb & Company and Hilliers Garden Centre allowed competitors to sell produce at the Cheddar Branch.

Concert in Aid of The Amber Trust

Join the Rotary Club of Mendip for an evening of entertainment in aid of the Amber Trust. The renown Derek Paravicini will be headlining. Also playing is Poppy McGee District 1200 finalist in the Young Musician. Also taking part are, The Somernotes and Ashleigh Turley. Derek Paravicini can be seen on you tube.You can also watch him on the Channel 5 documentary "The Musical Genius Derek Paravicini.

End Polio Now Campaign

The crocus planted by the Club in support of the Rotary Internationals End Polio Campaign can be seen around the area. Over the last 30 years Rotary has donated $2 billion to the eradication effort and protected 2.5 million children from the disease. RI has now committed to raising $50 million per year for the next 3 years to completely eradicate the disease from the world. The Bill gates Folundation has again promised   2-1 donations. They are purple because when a child is inoculated their little finger is dipped in a purple dye.

A wine tasting evening

The Club enjoyed an excellent talk on wines from the Rhone Valley given by Peter Wright Chairman of the Somerset Wine Tasting Group. Wines not normally generally available were tasted whilst hearing history of the region and wine growing. Wines tasted were, Saint Peray white, Red Amadieu, Maby and Chateau Neuv di Pape. A good fellowship evening.

Mendip 70's night at Shipham Village Hall

Join us to enjoy a night of 70's music with great company and food.

The Rotary Club of Mendip Uganda Project

Thanks to a US$70,000 project being led by the Rotary Clubs of Mendip and Kampala Sunrise the latest initiative was Medical Camp at the Ndwaddemutwe School. This was a tremendous success with 957 people attending and being tested and treated for wide range of conditions thanks to the 29 strong medical team organised by Rotary. The Rotary Clubs of Mendip; Bridgwater, Weston Super Mare and the District 1200 E Club were all involved in the funding of this project.
Already a water well is now providing clean water for the first time, the school rooms have been refurbished and water storage tanks and latrines are shortly to be provided in the school. A micro loan system is now operating enabling businesses to be formed as a part of the effort to make inhabitants self–sufficient.
A great deal of benefit and a lot of hard work by the Rotary Club of Kampala Sunrise – Rotary gets things done and new members are always welcome. If you would like further information contact mikegelder1000@gmail.com

Rotary establishes a new Peace Centre in Africa

Rotary in partnesrship with Makerere University has established a new Rotary Peace Centre in Kampala Uganda. The Peace Centre will offer a postgraduate certificate programme to peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges to peace in the region

The Club were involved in the Cheddar Festive Night

The Club were once again involved in Cheddar Festive Night. It was selling burgers and hot drinks in the Rotary Garden. This years contestants in the Big Pitch Competition were there to sell their products to people attending the evening. It was an ideal opportunity to showcase the Clubs involvement in the local community.

President lays a wreath on Rememberence Sunday