The Month That Was That Was- March 24

Quiet but Nevertheless busy Months


Welcoming New Members and saying good-bye

In February and March we received applications from 3 potential new members and formally welcomed Barbara Jones and Kevin Phillimore into the club: hopefully next month will see Ray Adlam inducted as a new member to Wells Rotary as well. Sadly though we have also said adieu to Piers and Sue Rose, who are leaving Wells to set up home in Devon to be closer to their family.

After a lively couple of months either side of Christmas, February and March have been a little less busy for Wells Rotary. However we were quite busy.

End Polio Now fundraising party.

Well done to John and Rachel who hosted a wine tasting evening in support of the Rotary Foundation flagship project to end polio across the world. Taste-testing four red and five white wines was a little challenging but nevertheless a most enjoyable evening and a great fundraising event.

Including the raffle the total raised for Polio was over £400.


Tools for Africa

President Angela attended a talk at Mendip Rotary about the tools for self-reliance project. This is project that Richard Leworthy is leading for Wells: he has already sorted out some tools from his own shed. If anyone has old tools they do not need any more, please make contact with Richard and we can arrange a collection.

Skittles with WI widows

We thought it would be a good idea to entertain the men of the WI women while the women were at their meeting. Not only was this a great social evening but it was an opportunity to promote Rotary. Even though we were thrashed in skittles we all had a really great evening.

February’s Guest Speaker - Charlie Adcock


Charlie gave the club a talk about his Somerset based business - Event Horizon which operates from three locations in Somerset. The firm is engaged primarily in energetics, with the core areas being aerospace, defence and the film industry: it does a lot of work for big movies creating controlled explosive special effects. Its work can be seen in a wide variety of films including Captain America, Skyfall, Warhorse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to name a few.

Emergency First Aid in Wells


February and March saw us running 3 training sessions for local businesses with St. John Ambulance. Attendees from the club and a number of Wells high street businesses were kept busy practising techniques and asking questions. This included learning how to use a defibrillator. Specifically, the training taught participants that there are things we can all do to try and save a life, if we come across somebody who has had a mishap, fall, seizure or health event on a street.

The next stage is to invite everyone who has completed the training to the club and present them with First Aid Packs. We are also talking to City Maps about promoting the location of 1st Aid Packs and Defibrillators on the back of the Wells City Map.

March’s Guest Speaker  Paul James

Paul joined us to talk about the Winston’s Wish charity, which the Santa Fun Run was in support of. Paul gave an interesting exposé of his solo walking fundraising exploits on behalf of the charity, which seeks to support grieving children and young people, providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK. President Angela closed the evening by presenting Paul with a cheque for £750.

Winners of the Art Competition

March saw the conclusion of the Young Photographer 2024 competition, which required young students to enter their photographs to the theme of 'Rebuilding', and also the Young Artist 2024 competition, which required students to enter a piece of their own artwork, to the same theme. They were allowed to interpret the subject in any way they liked. 



The Listening Project expands to St Cuthbert’s Junior School

We are pleased to say that our Listening Project has expanded to the Infants School. We have a great list of volunteers who dedicate their time to hear children read. This all came about after the Covid pandemic and Rotary asked how we could help the children to repair the damage. Our listeners find it very rewarding and are more than happy to give up 1.5 hours a week to hear the children read.




VISIT TO THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY STEAM MUSEUM

Our main social event in March was the trip to Swindon. We were guided through the offices and stores, then through the foundry, pattern and carriage-building shops and the machine and boiler shops to the finished product. It was a fascinating day out, and gave us a really good insight into the organisation needed to run a very large factory in Victorian times and through to the 20th century.


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Quiet but Nevertheless busy Months

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President Angela welcomes Ray to the club

Wells Rotary inaugurates RotaKids club

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They can only save lives with our combined support.

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What a great thing to do: collecting around 120 trees and raising funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice.

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Helping the blind and partially sighted

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Each week a team of listeners goes to St Cuthbert’s Primary School to listen to children read. It is so rewarding to see the positive impact on the children’s reading skills.

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To find our further detail on meetings and events please contact club President Angela

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Volunteers from Wells Rotary in action in Nepal

Working together we are united in the challenge of making a difference to the lives of others

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At Wells Rotary Club we are involved with various activities within the community, from working with young people through Kids Out, Young Chef and Public speaking, to organising the Santa Fun Run and Christmas Tree Collection.

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Rotary District 1200 comprises Wells Rotary along with the other rotary clubs of Somerset, West Wilts and West Dorset. Circa 1200 is our district news sheet. Follow the link below to Circa 1200 to see what is going on across Somerset

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Defibrillators - have we got any and where are they?

Conscious of the need for rapid access to defibrillators following a coronary event, Wells Rotary has been working to make these life-saving machines available to the public at all times. It is an ongoing project.

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Rotary in Wells is part of the global Rotary International, working with other clubs to eradicate polio, to help with other natural disasters, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves elsewhere in the world

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In 2000 Rotarians from Wells trekked out to a remote area in North Nepal to build a health clinic. They came up with the idea of holding an annual Boules Tournament to support the clinic and the rest is history.

Held annually in the Bishop's Palace gardens in the centre of Wells, the Wells Charity Boules Tournament is a fun event for all of the family.

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Fireworks at the Festival

Wells Rotary has stewarding the Festival for over 35 years: not only have we raised over £100,000 for humanitarian projects but also have seen a lot of amazing artists. We all have personal memories and highlights from the experience.

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In commemoration of the Queens Platinum Jubilee the West and East Mendip Ways were re-launched as a single 50-mile walk branded as "The Mendip Way".

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President Angela welcomes Ray Adlam to Wells Rotary in April

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