The following programme was agreed at our club assembly on 7 JULY

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The following items will form the basis for local community projects for the coming year.

This year we are operating in challenging and uncertain times and we are still not sure how social distancing and other government regulations will impact on our programme in the light of COVID 19. Health and Safety is our number one priority both to our members and the community we serve and we will need to look at innovative methods of working in the future.

An additional challenge will be our sources of revenue in that our major fund raising event- the beer festival has now been cancelled for this year and we are uncertain of whether we can operate the float in its current form. Again we will need to look across club to see how we can raise money.

Therefore our strategy going forward will be:


Rotary isn’t about making a donation, it is about making a difference” 

so we must build on our community network and support them in other ways during these difficult times.

Our focus must be on helping those community groups that are showing benefit within the community supporting the disadvantaged. We will work both across our own club and with cluster clubs and other clubs to run joint community projects.

This time of challenges brings us opportunities which we will continue to explore so our programme at this time is not fixed but will continue to evolve over the period.

At present we have identified the following actions

1 Christmas Float - if not in current format discuss alternatives in terms of routes, possible collection by crowd funding. We will focus on this at our September meeting.


2 - Over 60's Concert: plan to run next April. Hope to be back to normal by then: This will depend on float and beer festival revenues or other sources of income.

3 Run another Community Crocus competition in conjunction with International Committee. Corms. This project will be outdoors and lends itself to social distancing. It also supports the Polio campaign and gets community involvement.

4 Support Newton Hospital in their remembrance garden project. This is a long term project and until it has been scoped and we know how many partners there are there are no identified costs (we could possibly help tend the garden and refurbish our Rotary plinth) We want to support this in principle. We could also support community fund raising events.

5 Get involved with community groups on other projects that do not necessarily involve cash donations.

6 Promote projects involving healthy activities such as walking, running and cycling with other community groups.

7 Work with environmental (Lyme Wood)and horticultural groups (NGA . Mesnes Park allotments) on projects involving local schools and disadvantaged members of the community.

8 Where possible work on cross club and with cluster and district on relevant community initiatives. We agreed that our normal method of giving out donations will be severely curtailed and we should focus on helping the community on specific issues particularly around food poverty.

This is our outline plan which the community committee commends to club

Phil Round

Community Chair

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