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Cowbridge Rotary wins the District September 'Best project' award

DG Alison has selected the "Wartime Memories of Cowbridge Rotarians and their Families" book as the best project in District 1150 for September and our Charity Account is richer by £50.

Well done to President Steve whose idea it was and who edited the book.

Clicking on the cover photo on the left will take you to a page on the District website where the preface to the book is available.

Presentation to Heather Weddell

Cowbridge Rotary took the opportunity to celebrate the contribution that Reverend Heather Weddell of the Cowbridge United Free Church, made, and continues to make, to the local community during this pandemic crisis. There are many families in the area who have warmly welcomed her tireless activity and support. This activity includes organising food distribution to those families shielding and food supplies for those hit hard financially by the impact of the pandmemic

 The 'Thank You' certificate was presented by President Steve Pearce, and his wife Wendy, at the United Free Church. Great job Heather

Cowbridge Rotary Club Calendar Photographic Competition

Picture that! Enter our Photo Competition reflecting on an extraordinary year

 If a picture paints a thousand words, there’s an amazing tale to tell about the year 2020.
Cowbridge Rotary is reflecting this exceptional year with the launch of an exciting Photo Calendar 2021 competition to raise money for local and national charities.

Open to everyone, including three special categories for Under 18s, the competition offers 12 chances to win 12 prizes, with the winning photographs featuring in the 2021 Calendar.
The theme of the photo competition is ‘Out of the Ordinary’ reflecting that, in these extraordinary times, we’ve all found ourselves restricted to doing ordinary things. And yet, out of that ordinary, extraordinary times have emerged and, with them, the opportunity to record our stories with extraordinary photographs.

The 12 categories for the competition are:
a. On the Coast
b. In the Garden
c. Pets at Play
d. Creative Bakes
e. Our Countryside
f. Family Life
g. Keeping Active
h. Skylines
i. Interesting Buildings
j. Weather
k. Wildlife
l. Life in Lockdown

Three of the categories, ‘Pets at Play’, ‘Family Life’, and ‘Keeping Active’ are age-restricted, with entry limited to youngsters under the age of 18 and in full-time education.

Each of the winning 12 photographs, selected by the independent judging panel, chaired by well-known professional photographer Mike Baker, will feature on one of each of the 12 months of 2021, with the overall winner also being featured on the calendar front cover.

Voucher prizes will be presented to each of the individual winners and the 2021 Calendar will be on sale in time for Christmas, helping to raise much-needed funds for Rotary supported local and national charities.

So, why not share your amazing photographs of your ordinary things in an extraordinary year, for a chance to win in the Cowbridge Rotary 2021 Photo Calendar competition.

Closing date for the competition is Sunday October 11th 2020.

Get clicking, and get your photos in for a chance to win! Entries are open now - click here for details.

Water to Schools Project in Tororo District, Eastern Uganda

Since 2014 the Rotary Club of Cowbridge, recently partnered with its twin Rotary Club of Meissen, Germany, has been working with The Vale for Africa ( a registered charity which co-ordinates aid in the eastern area of Uganda) to sponsor the provision of clean water to a number of schools in the Tororo District of Eastern Uganda. This year Rotary has provided £2,600 in sponsorship funding. Find out more about this project by following this link. More.....

Music in Mind Launch

"Remember to Remember" is an emotional song that was written by Cowbridge Rotarian David Parsons and was recently launched on a CD. The song is dedicated to the memory of his mother who lived with dementia.

Sung by the Music in Mind group supported by the pupils of Cowbridge Comprehensive School, the song can be downloaded from Amazon Music or from Apple Music.

A documentary video of the recording of the song can be seen here: Documentary

Polio immunisation in Pakistan

Monday 13 July 2020 Cowbridge Rotary  had its first virtual speaker meeting of the year.  It was a great success with fellow Rotarians attending from other Clubs and from then District.

Lynne Carpenter, from the Zebulon Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, gave a passionate account of her trip to Pakistan with a group of Rotarians from the USA and including two Youth Exchange students from Chile. 

Pakistan is one of two countries where the wild polio virus still exists. These countries are the focus of Rotary's  'Stop Polio' campaign funded by the Rotary Foundation

 The situation she described in the country was stark. The local people are very poor and with 30 million children, the risk from Polio is clear and pressing. 

With only 8 cases in 2018 there seemed to be some progress made but there have been nearly 60 so far this year. More details of Lynne's trip can be seen by clicking here. 

Couple this with the difficulties experienced particularly in the North West of the Country (which borders Afghanistan) including the killing of two Polio workers, whilst Lynne was in the Country, the task is monumental.

But it was clear the people of the Pakistan made a substantial impression on her with their welcome and friendliness. This impression was most felt by her through the children. They are the recipients of the two doses of vaccine in the first five years of life.

We collect money for the Rotary Foundation. With additional funding from the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation helping to increase the sum collected.  But you don’t really have a feel for the challenges. Lynne gave us a real feeling for that challenge and the reason why we collect for Foundation.

Community Service at Y Bont Faen School

During the lock-down period the grass in the grounds of Y Bont Faen Primary School has continued to grow and become unruly, much like the hair of many Rotarians.

Despite the best efforts of the school caretaker a blitz was needed and Rotary rose to the challenge with two working parties equiped with mowers, blowers and rakes to get the school looking at its best and safe for the return of children on Monday, 29th June. Working at social distances, it did not take long to tame the grass and weeds. It was good to be able to have a return to Rotary fellowship and banter even though it resulted in some sore backs!

The Friday team

The Saturday team


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Cowbridge students continue to shine on the Rotary International stage

Cowbridge Comprehensive School students have been recognised as a shining example of ‘Service Above Self’ with the award of a Platinum Distinction Citation by Rotary International.

 A youth arm of Cowbridge Rotary, the Cowbridge Interact Club brings together young people, aged between 12-18, to develop leadership skills and contribute to local, national and international Rotary initiatives.

 The Platinum Distinction has been awarded to Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s Senior Interact Club in recognition of the its extensive community activities over the past year.

 The 2019-20 programme has included a range of events and initiatives, from crocus planting to mark World Polio Day on October 24th, to promotion of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Youth Exchange programmes, and the Interact Christmas Quiz, which raised over £600 in support of the Young Minds and the Welsh Hearts charities.

 Interact Club members also provided invaluable support to their parent club, Cowbridge Rotary, on a variety of initiatives during the year, including the popular Cowbridge Charity Quiz at the Town Hall, Santa’s Sleigh much-loved annual pre-Christmas tour of Cowbridge and surrounding villages, and the acclaimed St David’s Concert at Ramoth Hall.

 Such has been the success of Interact at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, that a second Youth Interact Club has now been set up for Key Stage 3 students. Launched during the 2019-20 academic year, with tremendous help and support from the existing senior Interact members, the new youth group is already showing signs of following in their senior’s flourishing footsteps.

 Awarded to Cowbridge Comprehensive School Interact Club by Rotary International President Mark Maloney, the Platinum Distinction Citation marks another significant milestone in the successful partnership between Cowbridge Rotary and its young student ambassadors. 

 Congratulating the Interact Club on its success, Cowbridge Rotary President Peter Davies said: “The commitment of Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s pupils and teachers has been immense, and this award of distinction is well deserved. We are constantly amazed and grateful for the energy and enthusiasm with which they throw themselves into these activities, not just for their own ideas and initiatives, but in stepping up to support us with our events. It is so rewarding for us to see how much they benefit from our partnership and no Rotary Club could be prouder of their Interact members than we are. I have no doubt the launching of the second Interact Club at Cowbridge School will only see their achievements reaching even greater heights in years to come.”

 Purple for Polio

crocusYou may see purple crocus flowers starting to show in Twt Park and at the Comprehensive School. These have been planted to raise awareness of the Rotary End Polio Now project which started in 1979. The wild polio virus has nearly been eliminated from the world and we must finish the job.

Learn more at www.endpolio.org.


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.

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.              

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Wed, Oct 21st 2020 7:00 pm

District Quiz - First round

Versus Rotary Club of Swansea

Mon, Oct 26th 2020 9:30 am

Purple for Polio Dinner

Enjoy your dinner whilst listening to entertainment and getting the latest update on polio.


Mon, Nov 2nd 2020 7:00 pm

Club Committees

Mon, Nov 9th 2020 5:00 pm

Club Council Meeting

Mon, Nov 9th 2020 7:00 pm

Speaker Meeting - Ian Yemm

"My time at the Welsh National Opera"
Partners and guests are invited.

Mon, Nov 16th 2020 7:00 pm

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