Working with the Community

The Rotary Club of Taunton works with, within and for the community. It's been a busy few months as the Club organised a Tribute concert to those who served and opened our very own Christmas Pop-up-Show in Taunton town centre.

Taunton Rotary serving the Community opens Christmas Pop-up-Shop in town centre

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The Rotary Club of Taunton has had a very busy few months. Not only have we returned to all but normal operations, we have been very active.  The recent Inclusive Disability Ball at Oake Manor saw 200 enjoy an evening of entertainment dancing and fun, Our Tribute Concert in aide of those who have served and in recognition of 100years of the Royal British Legion was enjoyed by over 150 attendees who listened to a variety of music and choral pieces.  was returned to all but normal operations an.

It's been all hands on deck for our Christmas Pop-up-Shop with Rotarians and Friends of Rotary swinging into action to set up the venture slap bang in the middle of town. The shop sells all manor of gifts and promotes awareness of Rotary activities. Partners work with us in the shop  and funds raised go to charity.

Never in recent history has there been a better opportunity for us collectively to embrace our Rotary motto, which is 'Service above Self'.  Our organisation is well connected to the voluntary sector and charities in Taunton and this strengthens our connections as the Taunton Rotary community. 

The Rotary Club of Taunton remained active throughout the pandemic, supporting many local organisations and meeting the needs of those affected.  We gave over £13,000 to a range of organisations and helped others raise over £9,000 for Coronavirus related activities. Some of those benefiting included: 

  • The Coronavirus Community Help Taunton - An Emergency Fund for those in need 
  • Besom - Home starter packs and fresh food for those in need 
  • Cullen's Catering - Ready to Go Sunday lunches for those trapped at home 
  • YMCA Dulverton - Art materials for the homeless 
  • Taunton Area Debt Advice (TADA) - A project to provide remote access to debt advice
  • The Women's Refuge - Donations and £300 of shopping vouchers
  • Go-Create - 'In Isolation' project '
  • North Taunton Partnership Refurbishment of the Priorswood Community Centre
  • Young Carers and Isolated families - Smartphones for on-line communication 
  • Grant raising help to North Taunton Partnership

The Rotary Club of Taunton has supported and founded many local organisations over recent years. These include:North Taunton Drugs Bus, Reminiscence Learning; Taunton rail responders; Royal British Legion (Taunton); Taunton Festival of Arts; Citizens Advice Bureau; Women's Refuge; Musgrove Park Hospital; Taunton Christmas Party for the Elderly; Young Carers; Children's Hospice SW; Military wives Choir; Somerset Disability Ball; Rotary Community HUB; The Taunton Flower Festival; Somerset Sight; the Musgrove Hospital League of Friends and many individual donations to Young People.

We also support international initiatives including; Wateraid; Shelterboxes; Polio eradication; REMIT - Malaria eradication; Himalayan Children and World Water Works Emergency Boxes.

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A Musical Tribute to those who served

Somerset Remembers

more A Great Success - Featuring the Taunton Male Voice Choir, Eight to the Bar and West Somerset Brass Band this year's Royal British Legion's 100 years anniversary choral concert was a great success and a tribute to all those who served.

Fun at the Inclusive Disability Ball

Somerset's Inclusive Disability Ball 2021

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Somerset County Cricket Club

Cricket Fans support Rotary charities

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Rotary Christmas Pop-up-Shop opens for Business

Christmas Pop-up-Shop

more A Christmas Pop-up-Shop is now open for business in Taunton town centre, promoting the work of partners and selling gifts for the festive season with all money raised going to charity.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

more Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after seventy years of service. Taunton Rotary is facilitating the exchange of events and information in preparation for this historic occasion

Somerset Computers for Home Learning

more Inspired by recent demands for computers for home learning, a local group has come together to get students learning on-line. Donate your computer or lap top now. All data is cleaned, computer restored and sent to children for home learning.

Deep in the Neroche Woodland

Neroche Woodlanders

more £250 has been donated to the Neroche Woodlanders to help children stay in touch with nature. The donation forms part of the Club's efforts to support our community during the Coronavirus lockdown.

A cheque for £350 was presented to Mrs Lesley Thomas, manager of the North Taunton Community Centre

Rotary supports Taunton's Drug Busting Bus

more Motivated by local media reports of young lives being lost to drugs, members of Taunton Rotary have acted quickly to support the North Taunton Partnership ' Drug Bus' initiative aimed at educating young people on the impact of drug abuse.

Past President Ian Ramus of Taunton Rotary Club presenting a cheque for 'Archie', to the patron Angela Rippon CBE, alongside the Manager, Emma Green of Reminiscence Learning.

Fundraising for Archie

more Past President Ian Ramus of Taunton Rotary Club presenting a cheque for 'Archie', to the patron Angela Rippon CBE, alongside the Manager, Emma Green of Reminiscence Learning.

Priorswood Community Centre Manager, Lesley receiving a cheque from President Peter Ball

Supporting North Taunton Partnership

more Taunton Rotary Club has contributed to the refurbishment of the Community Centre at Priorswood which provides valuable support and access to facilities and activities for those who live in North Taunton

One of the many grateful recipients

Hot Meals for those Isolated at Home

more The Rotary Club of Taunton has supported Cullen's Catering in their initiative to provide free hot meals to those stuck at home during Lockdown

Jenny Keogh and Liz Hutchin, both Directors at Go-Create

Art for those in Isolation

more The Rotary Club of Taunton has today announced £500 of support for a community arts 'In Isolation' project which is to be run by Somerset's premier arts organisation, Go-Create.

CCHT
The Coronavirus Community Help Taunton

Taunton Rotarians help Community Helpers

more Taunton Rotary has provided £500 to the Coronavirus Community Help Taunton, a volunteer group and an established part of the Coronavirus Helpers. The funds go towards an Emergency Response Fund.

Besom, A bridge between those who want to give and those who need help

Besom

more Taunton Rotary has today announced funding to support Besom a Christian charity that helps those in need.