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In this section are held items that appeared on the News page of the web site during Richard Abbott's year as President, largely relating to club events and activities.

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Desford Colliery Band at St. Mary's Church

June 11th saw the world famous Desford Colliery Band visit Melton Mowbray. At a concert in St. Marys Church an audience of around 80, who clearly appreciate good music more than indifferent football (it was England's opening match in the European cup that same evening), enjoyed a real delight. Conductor David Johnson led the 28-strong band in playing a wide range of pieces. These varied from traditional marches to pieces more often heard played by a full orchestra.  In honour of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday the band opened with an early arrangement of God Save the Queen. Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man followed.  Cornet soloist Gary Wyatt played a moving version of My Love is like a Red, Red Rose. The second solo,  this time a soprano cornet by Stephen Bailey. was of the James Bond theme, Live and Let Die, a fascinating variation from the more usually heard piece.  John Williams' film score for Jurassic Park also featured in the first half of the concert.

During the interval the band sold CDs of their music and the audience refreshed themselves with wine,  teas and coffees.

After that we were again splendidly entertained with a further variety of music. The versatility of the euphonium was well demonstrated by soloist Martyn Patterson in the medley Brilliante.  Our other soloist,  playing Demelza by Nash on the tenor horn, was Murray Borthwick. Rogers and Hammerstein, King and then Respighi's March on Rome concluded the formal programme.  An exciting arrangement of Bach's famous Toccata in D was played by the Colliery Band as their encore with the xylophonist solo replicating music more normally heard on the organ.

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The audience clearly enjoyed the concert and left well pleased with their choice of entertainment for the evening.

Many thanks to Alison Blythe for organising such a great evening,  and to the Melton Rotary Club members who helped make it such a success.  The proceeds will help fund our work with schools in the Philippines and other charities supported by Rotary.

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Young Designers succeed again

The annual Young Designer competition gave us a wide range of unusual and imaginative designs, showing the talents of our local youngsters.  They gave the judges a really hard time in picking their winning choices.

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The Winners and Runners-Up qualify for the District stage of the competition which will be held at De Montfort University on 18th June.

Results:

Senior Winner  - Saskia Iprenburg for a combined chalk board and book case (book case on rear face)

Senior Runner-Up - Joe Miller for a "Robot Wars" vehicle

Intermediate Winner - Kristy Graves for a dress with a skyline hem (my description)

Intermediate Runner-Up - Angus Cummings - Wooden toy car

Manufacturing Prize awarded by MV16 - Peter Birley for a desk game featuring a table tennis ball and electronic counter

Thanks are due to David Wilson of MV16 who was the prime organiser of the event and to Martin Hart of MMB Rotary who officiated with David Wilson in awarding the prizes.

Judges on the day: Jim Schofield - MMBR, Gavin Howling - MMRC and Eric Hall MMRC

Pictures courtesy of Eric Hall

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A Life of Organs

The speaker at our club on 23rd May was Chris Gray, a locally-based restorer and builder of organs in churches and elsewhere.  Chris's talk showed just how much there is to the subject, and kept us all interested - amply demonstrated by the number of questions at the end of his talk.  Thank you Chris.
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Youth Speaks Intermediate Final

The Youth Speaks Intermediate Final was held on Sunday 24th April at Catmose College. Participating teams were:

The winning team going forward to the  National Final was Catmose College and comprised Georgia Bell (Chairperson) Elizabeth Mott (Speaker) and Florence Brown (Vote of Thanks).

Summer McCann of Headlands School was selected as the best Chairperson, Libby Marshall also of Headlands the best Speaker and Florence Brown of Catmose College the best Vote of Thanks.

All teams achieved an excellent standard with a number supported by exceptional individual performances.

DG Geof Blurton presented the winners with their awards and gave a vote of thanks to Catmose College, participating schools and their teams.
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Air Ambulance Donation

At our meeting on 11th April the club was pleased to present a cheque for 2,300, representing a portion of the profits from last September's Autumn Ball, to John Nowell of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service.  John told us about how the air ambulance service works to provide a much needed emergency paramedic service in hard-to-reach areas, and rapid emergency transport for accident victims.

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Great Melton Duck Race

The great Melton Duck Race was held in favourable conditions on 10th April.  A light wind gave the ducks all a steady run from the launch point in the middle of the lake across to the bank.   Winning numbers are as follows:-
In fact all ducks that finished were yellow with a red bill, even the two that didn't finish were yellow with a red bill, uncanny!

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The race went exceptionally well, with blue flares set off before launch for effect and to define wind direction for finishing line. The start was excellently planned by Launch team, with a surprisingly effective and functional mechanism , no scapegoats required.  No fowl play, a fair competitive race with most entrants within a few metres of leaders.

An excellent day and a great turnout from Twin Lake visitors, our own club and members of Melton Aurora Rotary Club.  Thanks to Ian Neale (MC), Gavin, Jenny, Zoe and James Howling, David and Pam Ward, Bob and Gill McCord, Graham Bett, Kate Theobald, James Green, Stephen Robinson, John Horn.  And from Melton Aurora, Jane Horn, Jean Marie and Christine Vernon, Tom and Kate Jones.

And thanks to our reporter David Ward.

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Margaret Morris and Stephen Robinson inducted as members of the club

At our meeting on 4th April 2016 we were delighted to welcome Margaret Morris and Stephen Robinson as members of the club.

Margaret is the wife of our long standing member and past president David.  As well as bring up a large family Margaret has been the administrative strength in David's planning business for many years.

Stephen is a retired Maths teacher, as is his wife Lesley.  They have recently moved into Burton Lazars, so strengthen the contingent in the club from there.  Stephen is a keen photographer, but currently they are both concentrating on settling into their new house.

Both have a strong wish to support our community and will bring many strengths to the club.


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88th Charter Night Celebration

A very successful 88th Charter dinner was held at Scalford  Hall on 21st March.
Although a black tie event the evening was less formal than in previous years.  Expertly organised by President-elect  Ian Neale and M/C 'd by joint Vice-Presidents Janet Shortland and Adrienne Holland, the event was attended by 72 Rotarians and friends.  President Richard Abbott was in the chair accompanied by his wife , Jane.  Guests included The Mayor of Melton, The Senior Town Warden, the Presidents of Aurora and Belvoir Rotary Clubs and District Governor Geoff Blurton and his wife Heather.  The Bob McCord trophy for Rotarian of the year was awarded to Adrienne Holland.

The Guest Speaker was Clare O ' Neill who gave us an amusing talk about her life as an opera singer and treated us by singing an assortment of songs and arias.  She was extremely engaging and feedback from everyone indicated how much they had enjoyed her performance.

Overall a resounding success.

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Youth Speaks District Final

At the District Final of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition Catmose College had 2 finalists in the Intermediate Section and I in the Senior.
In the Intermediate Jasmine Holland won Best Chairman, Elizabeth Mott won Best Speaker and her Team, with Georgia Bell and Florence Brown went through in 2nd place to the Regional Final on April 24th at Catmose College
The standard in the Senior competition was very high indeed, in which Jack Menzies, Richard Ferris and Benjamins Krumins performed very well indeed.
Many congratulations to all the students and their coaches on another successful year  in the competition.

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India Polio National Immunisation Day

Rotary reaches out to keep India Polio free
Eric Hall and David Ward have recently returned from India where they took part in the Polio NID (National Immunisation Day), having assisted in a small way in achieving Rotary's aim to immunise 172 million children under 5 years old in just a few days.

To achieve this challenging task, Rotary who provide funding and Operational support work closely with the Indian Government, WHO, UNICEF, and the BMGF (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), the WHO provide technical support, UNICEF communication aspects, and the BMGF  significant funding.  The logistics of the operation are impressive with 1.17 million vaccination teams, 2.5 million vaccinators, in 700,000  locations, to target 172 million children under 5 years old of India's 1.3 billion population.

Eric and David, two of 106 Rotarian volunteers from Great Britain and Ireland, travelled with a small team of 12, via Delhi to Ludhiana a highly polluted industrial city in the West Punjab.  Similar small teams either stayed in Delhi or travelled to Karnal, Bhiwadi, Badaun, Kolkata.  In Ludhiana the team of 12 were met with local Health workers, medical students and Rotarians to  take part in a rally to publicise the Polio immunisation Day.  The following day much smaller teams of 3 or 4 were established to visit areas of high Polio risk and to administer the vaccine to children under 5 years old, by two simple drops onto the tongue.  Each  dose of vaccine costing around 20p.  The high risk areas being locations such as camps with extremely poor living conditions and places with a high number of transitory people such as bus or rail stations.

Children, once immunised, had a purple mark painted onto the nail of their small finger of their left hand, before receiving a small gift such as pencil, pen, or balloon.  The mark applied to ensure that the child did not return for a second dose in order to receive a second gift.  Eric and David who administered the Polio vaccine to children in such camps commented: 'There is a personal benefit from volunteering in knowing that you may have prevented a child from contracting this terrible disease, it is a very rewarding and moving experience.  In addition, it helps that the turnout of children is high when we, as strange foreigners, arrive dressed in our bright yellow Rotary shirts'.

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Eric and David's journeys continued after their immunisation experiences when they joined a small team of 15 Rotarians and travelled on to Darjeeling, enjoying the sight of the Himalayas and Everest  during the flight between Delhi and Bagdogra.
Whilst in Darjeeling the team attended a meeting of the local Rotary Club, visited Tea plantations, participated in  Tea Tasting, visited the Sherpa Tensing museum and memorial, left the hotel at 4.15 am one morning to travel up to Tiger Hill to witness the sun rise illuminating Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world after Everest and K2.  Only two disappointments were recorded:

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Storehouse Funds raised at Santa Run

On 11th January Penny Hancox presented a cheque for 260 to the club to go to the President's charity, Melton Storehouse. The money was raised by sponsorship for Penny who ran in the Santa Fun Run. This was the second successive year in which Penny has raised money for the club in this manner.   In addition Penny raised a similar sum for her own charity in her role as President of Melton Inner Wheel this year. Well done and thank you Penny!

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Christmas Party

The Annual Christmas Party on 14/12/15 was great fun.  Many thanks to Ian Neale for the time and effort put into organising it. We had a surprise visit from Santa Claus , who delivered the secret Santa presents. A highlight was observing Mr and Mrs Horn spending a considerable amount of the evening trying to open John's present. This had been skilfully wrapped by Jane Abbott , who won the prize for best wrapped present, as judged by Peggy Drury.

Santa's second task was to deliver presents to all the Ladies in Rotary, a token of thanks from the club for all their devoted efforts towards our activities over the years. Thanks also to Dina Neale for making the table decorations for those in the room who had not otherwise received a present.

Other highlights were the sight of Ben Abbott wearing a purple paper hat, albeit not for long, and Alison Blythe bombarding everyone in the room with airborne missiles. Congratulations to Tracy who scored 23/24 in a very difficult task requiring sensitive fingers, a good sense of smell and a knowledge of common objects which were inside material pouches kindly made by Helen Betts. The president's score of 7 raises concerns as to why his right cerebral hemisphere is not working properly!

Finally thanks to John Redwood - shown in his starring role as Santa!
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Santa Fun Run

Well done Santas!!

A big thank you to everyone who turned out on Sunday for the 6th Santa Fun Run despite the weather!!  250 of you turned out raising an amazing 6000 for your charities and Rotary.  Suzanne Rathbone warmed up the Santas as our Healthy Elf before the Mayor Jeanne Douglas and our District Governor Geoff Blurton started us off with a countdown.  The Mayor did the 1 mile herself in a Santa Suit cheered on by us all. Our District Governor did the full circuit of 5km. Our president's recollection of the run is of the DG trying to decide how far he could/would run." I told him he could break off and take the short route home. He wavered as he got to the junction, saw the dogs on leads, pushchairs and children doing the full circuit and bravely came back the long way round. Well done Geoff !"

The dog competition was won by Lilly the Newfoundland dressed as an Angel, 2nd was an Elf and third Rudolf the collie.  This was judged by judged by Helen & Vicky from Pets at home.  All received prizes and doggie treats so everyone a winner!!

The Mayor judged as the cutest Kid a Santa buggy complete with reindeer. Second was a lovely elf.  Well done everyone, you looked fab. All entrants received prizes and treats.

The runners’ results were1st overall George Griffiths aged 15 years in 20 minutes 54 seconds, 2nd Michael Cooke 20 minutes 54 seconds 3rd Daniel Christmas 20 minutes and 58m seconds. 1st Child and 5th overall was Euan Gibbs aged 12. 1st lady was Helen Widdowson.  The first child home in the 1 mile course was James Pearson.  We do not record other places, but well done to you all.  Not forgetting the runner with a Scottie raising 300 who did the run accompanied by his owner!

Our grateful thanks goes to our sponsors.  The Christmas music and the PA system was provided by 103 the Eye. All participants were given a goodie bag provided by Tesco Melton, with water, crisps and a banana.  There was also a sugar boost provided by Mars foods. 

Check out our photographs and video on our website Facebook and Twitter feeds. Photographs were kindly taken this year by Barry Chidlow of Melton Photographic Society whom we welcome on to the team for the first time, as well as Tim  Williams from the Melton Times,  Rotarians Julie Hinde, Graham Bett and Jane Abbott.  If you see any photos you like please contact us and we'll be happy to send you copies.

So next year, why not join us? Save the date - Sunday 11th December 2016. Join us with family and friends. All the information will be on our website www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk. Get involved and raise funds for your favourite charity. The format will be similar to this year, with 5K or 1 mile routes in the Melton Country Park.

A BIG THANK YOU to you all and Happy Christmas.

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Postscript:

You may like to listen to BBC Radio Leicester on Listen Again, to around 10:30 to 11:00 this morning.  They have a programme called Clueless, where their reporter follows a load of cryptic clues to find a trail around Leicestershire.  Our Santa Run was one of the places where there was a clue.  Listen from about 1h 28m into the programme for the start of the full thing when they are coming from Whissendine into Melton.  They eventually find their way to the Melton Country Park, but arrive just after about 1h 45s into the programme when they get there, albeit a bit later than planned.  The run had already started, so she ends up chasing our healthy elf, who  has the clue she needs, round the course.  She catches the elf by about 2h7m into the programme.

It all arose when I was phoned by Radio Leicester on Monday to ask if we could place a clue somewhere around the event.  We discussed it and they alighted on the healthy elf as a good place to hide the clue.  Suzanne was happy to play along, so we pinned the clue, in an envelope, to her coat.  The run setting off early nearly wrecked things as she expected to find the elf before the start!  Anyway, all was fine as she did get the clue. “Our” clue sent them off to TwinLakes.

 Worth a listen, even if only the end part.  www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038ly5g#play

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Young Chef - Melton Heats Results

The Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs held their annual Young Chef competition for local secondary schools in November.  Twenty aspiring young cooks, under the eagle eyes of the judges, whisked, chopped and baked enthusiastically to produce a healthy two course meal.   The judges were joined this year by Luke Holland, Head Chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. Winners Emily Dawson (Long Field Academy) and Bryony Marshall (Belvoir High School), together with the runners up, will be rewarded by a couple of sessions of fine dining coaching at the hotel and a fine dining lunch.  Emily and Bryony will also compete in the Rotary Young Chef District Final in Leicester in early 2016.

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Youth Speaks - Melton Heats Results

The annual Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition was held recently at the Quorn Lodge Hotel. There were five entries from Catmose College (3 Senior, 2 Intermediate) , and one Intermediate entry from  John Ferneley College.  All present, judges, parents, friends, teachers and Rotarians, were very impressed by all who took part in what was a very entertaining
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The topics chosen showed imagination and understanding of many current issues. Speeches were delivered with humour, where appropriate, and great confidence, giving the judges a difficult task. Eventually they decided that Catmose College A won the Senior, with Catmose College C second, while the Intermediate went to Catmose College A with John Ferneley second. All these teams will now progress to the District Semi-Finals and we wish them every success.

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Weekly meeting held at Bellini's

On 30/11 our 5th Monday meeting was a well attended social event at Bellini's restaurant in Melton. The evening was attended by 39 people comprising Rotarians, spouses and friends. In addition to enjoying a delicious Italian meal we had the bonus of an entertaining exposure to the stock market. This was provided by visiting Rotarian Mike Storr from Carlton Rotary Club in Nottingham. We were led through the ups and downs of imaginary local businesses, humorously referenced to recognisable local sites and, occasionally, local Rotarians. David Morris, Adrienne and Penny, along with their guests, proved worthy winners on the night and perhaps should be asked to advise us on how to invest our Rotary funds. Maybe not!

Many thanks to Mike Storr, plus Alison and Wendy from Bellini's, for a very successful evening, and to all attendees who contributed to the 100 raised for Asthma UK.

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Philippines Visit, November 2015

We have now completed our visit to The Philippines, and specifically to Tacloban, the epicentre of the massive damage and loss of life during Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolande) in November 2013.  We arrived on the weekend which was the second anniversary of the typhoon itself, 8th November.  We were greeted with the city-wide spectacle of tens of thousands of candles lining most of the city streets from nightfall onwards.  It seemed every home, shop and business had put several candles outside, all to commemorate their losses two years before.

Earlier in the day the local Rotary club of San Juanico had organised a memorial run, with 1km, 5km, 10km and 21km choices.  It was designed to allow the several hundred entrants to raise money for their own good causes helping with the still on-going recovery in the area from Yolande.

The principal purpose of our  visit was to see the developments at Sagkahan Elementary School, in a suburb of Tacloban.  This has been the subject of a global grant-aided project over the past year or so.  Monies raised by our own club, but also by several clubs across district 1070, notably Towcester, clubs in Devon (district 1290) and elsewhere were matched by a grant from the Rotary Foundation, bringing the total funds available to about $120,000.  This has allowed refurbishment of 6 classrooms damaged by the storm surge and high winds, installation of solar powered fans and lights, provision of 25 computers, and training of nearly all the teachers in the school in the use of IT for education of the children.  Some further work will be done, as funds allow, to provide hand washing and potable water, and to drain and refurbish the play area and running track in the centre of the school.  It is planned to finalise this work by February.  As the school has about 1900 pupils this will help with the education and future lives of many families in the region.

We were honoured to be present at the hand-over ceremony and take part in the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening of the classrooms.

The project has been managed locally by the Rotary Club of San Juanico, under the control of architect Ed Cumpio.  The quality of the  building refurbishment work was apparent in the admirable result.  The praise all round for the effectiveness and usefulness of the IT instruction was a testament to the work of Lucy Joseph, the step-daughter of one of our club members, who spent four weeks in Sagkahan earlier this year - thank you Lucy.  And, of course, very many thanks are owed to all the sponsors of the project, especially the Rotary Club of Towcester, the combined clubs of District 1290 (Devon) and of course The Rotary Foundation. without which little of this would have been possible.  All the contributors were listed, not only in the banners at the opening ceremony but also are permanently painted onto the gable walls of one of the classroom blocks.

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The remainder of the Rotary activity during the week has been to discuss with the local Rotarians some potential future projects. One we will look to develop will be extending the training of teachers in IT skills across the city of Tacloban.  This will take some time to set up, and is currently planned for April/May 2017, during the Filipino schools' summer break (a time when their teachers are available for such courses).  We need to address the finding of teacher-trainers, as well as ensuring such training is followed through in the teachers' schools by making sure the necessary IT equipment is available to them.  We will of course need substantial funding for this work in due course.  We will be grateful, as will the children in the Philippines, if you are able to help at that time.

There are many other schools in the area in need of help.  One high school has received books from us in Melton.  They showed us their science lab from which all the equipment had been washed away during the storm surge.  While the Filipinos' ability to make do and mend is admirable, they themselves realise how lacking they are in the facilities to teach science to their 11-16 year-old pupils.  Can we help?  Similarly, rural schools we visited need more support.  Their recovery from Yolande progresses, but there remains much to do.

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Teas for the Elderly

On Sunday 25th October we provided and hosted a tea for the elderly members of the Contact group and the volunteers who drive them to the different monthly venues.  40 people came to Burton Lazars Village Hall where they were offered a delicious tea and the opportunity for conversation and laughter with friends.  The occasion was made extra special with the attendance of the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, David Snartt, his wife and their driver. Mr Snartt took the opportunity to talk to the visitors and discover how very much they appreciate these events.  Many thanks are due to Angela Fielding, who is the organiser, and to the guests who came along.

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Concert at St. Mary's Church

The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray welcomed Uppingham School Chamber Orchestra back to St Mary’s Parish Church for this year’s Autumn Concert.  The church resounded to the brass and drums in Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man which opened the concert.  The audience, many of whom had enjoyed a pre-concert dinner or canapes, were then able to relax to the gentle but lesser known Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments by Strauss in which several principal players gave beautiful performances.  The highlight of the first half was undoubtedly Ali Asgarov’s playing of the Bach Concerto in A Major for Violin.  The church acoustics allow the music to sing above the orchestral accompaniment delighting the listeners with Ali’s clear and distinguished performance.  The concert ended with the orchestra playing Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” leaving many looking forward to next year's event. 

Proceeds in excess of 2000 from the concert are to go to the Rotary project refurbishing Sagkahan Elementary School in the Philippines and other charities and good causes supported by Rotary.

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Many thanks to those who attended.  We hope you enjoyed the evening.
Thank you for your support for our project to improve education in the Philippines where they suffered so badly from the devastating typhoon so recently.

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Minor Sports vs Melton Aurora

The Melton Mowbray and Melton Aurora clubs met for our minor sports round 1 on 13th October at The Plough in Stathern.   We played for the best of three at Long Alley Skittles.  There was a total of 33 members and friends of the two clubs present.  We had a meal together before playing skittles and it became obvious that our tactic to eat before playing paid off! After the meal we split into two teams of 16 with one scorer.  Melton won the first round 68 to 67 and the second round 92 to 68.  It was a very sociable evening and enjoyed by all.  We await the draw for the second round.

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Leo Buccahan, Rotary Peace Fellow, visits our club

One of Rotary's most important programmes is that of Peace Fellowships.  These are awarded to students who wish to study subjects under the broad heading of peace and conflict resolution at one of six universities across the world including Bradford.  The Fellowships are sponsored by The Rotary Foundation.

One of the eleven Fellowships awarded this year went to Leo Buccahan, a passionate educationalist from the northern Philippines who is making it his life's work to develop education as a means to broadening world peace.  Leo visited our club on 5th October to tell us of his life, his studies and his plans for the future.
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Leo Buccahan's presentationSummaryLeo was born in Baguio, in Luzon (some members visited there in 2004)
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Various measures of peacefulness, happiness, Philippines vs UKLeo on the family farmWith the citrus crop
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A basis for Leo's inspirationLeo's early teachingVSO work in Mozambique
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Teaching in New MexicoWorking in a SE Asia Youth ProgrammeThe vision of the Rotary Pace Centres
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Visiting the local Rotary clubLocations of the Rotary Peace Centres40 years of Peace Studies at Bradford University
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Leo's is the 13th class of Rotary Peace FellowsAnother inspirationApplied Field Experience in New Zealand
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Applied Field Experience in New ZealandSome of Leo's academic studiesAn opportunity for Leo to apply some of his learnings
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Invitation to the forthcoming Peace SeminarLeo's plans for the futureWhere alumni of the Peace Fellowships are working now
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Leo's dissertationLeo's dissertationWhere alumni of the Peace Fellowships are working now

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A final inspiration

Leo ended by inviting us all to the Rotary Peace Centres conference in Bradford on 31st October, an invitation not to be missed.  They are all, Leo especially, an inspirational group of students.

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District Conference, Bournemouth

A commendably large party of 15 people represented our club at a very sunny Bournemouth District Conference on 25th to 27th September. The conference theme was 'vision' as represented by ways in which Rotarians might help those with impaired sight and, alternatively, by their visionary approach to their Rotarian lives.

Our club was represented heavily at the upper end of the organisation where Bill Hill organised a highly enjoyable conference, David Morris hosted the RIBI President and John Dehnel, in his capacity of DG elect, outlined his plans for next year's conference in Nottingham.
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We all greatly enjoyed the speakers and ate and drank luxuriously. Let' s try to get even more members to support John and Ian in Nottingham next year.

Richard Abbott

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Ball at Scalford Hall

The Grand September Ball was held at Scalford Hall on 19/9/2015 to raise money for Air Ambulance and local charities.This was a joint venture with The Aurora Club and planned by an organising committee consisting of members with varied talents from each of the clubs. The original idea had been suggested by David Morris and initiated in conjunction with the club presidents.

The hotel had kindly offered their new marquee free of charge and we were massively supported by a large range of local sponsors. The main entertainment was from Tony Rifugiato's splendid 10 piece band 'Functionality', supplemented by a harpist, an opera singer, a casino and a table magician. 210 guests attended the event.

 The evening was a huge success and raised over 8000 pounds for the selected charities including the Leicestershire Air Ambulance. A big thank you to everyone involved.

Richard Abbott

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District Quiz, September 2015

The two Melton Mowbray quiz teams entered into the District Quiz competition held on Thursday 17th September 2015 at Beedles Lake Golf Clubhouse, achieved all their objects and more, once again exhibiting not only our entrants quizzing excellence, but superb stratagem.

Our teams achieved honour and recognition by finishing with the third and fourth highest scores of the night out of a field of 15 entrants, the ‘A’ team, successfully missing out on second place and progression to the next round by one point, the ‘B’ team being a further 3 points behind.  The ‘B’ team also achieved success by coming away with the ‘Chocolate prize’ for being closest in ‘guessing’ the number of votes that Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour Leadership vote by!
 
The two Club teams were: -
Team ‘A’ – John Redwood, Adrienne Holland, Diana Osborne and Joe Carrington who achieved the third highest score with 38 points. (Equal third place).
Team ‘B’ – John Horn, Richard Abbott, Bill Hill and David Ward, who achieved the fourth highest score with 35 points. (Equal fifth place)
 
Heat Quiz results:-
- First place Loughborough Beacon with +40 ? points, progress to next round.
- Second place Melton Mowbray Belvoir, with 39 points, progress to next round.
- Equal Third place Melton Mowbray ‘A’ team, and Soar Valley, with 38 points.
- Equal fifth place Melton Mowbray ‘B’ team, and Coalville ‘A’, with 35 points.
 
Thanks to District organisers and our Club facilitator John Horn for a good night.

David Hon. Sec.

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Classic and Vintage Vehicle Festival

Over 40 classic and vintage vehicle owners came along on Sunday 6th September to our 1st Melton & Vintage Classic Vehicle Festival fund raising festival in the Play Close.  The sun shone all day making the venue picture perfect on the day.  We raised 785, to be shared with the QMC Helipad and projects supported by Rotary locally and internationally.
 
Drivers came from far afield, many newcomers to Melton, and were impressed with our town and facilities in the Play Close.  Thank you to the Town Estate for their support.  We were delighted in the quality of vehicles.  The Jaguar best in show topped the value at over 100,000 but all cars were special to their owners, who care restore and maintain these vehicles as part of our vehicle history and heritage from  home and abroad.  Thank you also to all those who attended on the day.  Your positive comments on our first event and your requests mean we plan to be back by popular demand.  We will be running in 2016.  For more information please keep an eye on the event website www.meltonvehiclefestival.org.uk  

The winners by public vote were as follows:
Best in Show.   Jaguar E Type  Reg. YND 544L  Terry Isham
81/90    Ford Capri                   Reg. OUT 650W
71/80    Ford Escort Mexico     Reg. GJU 72L        Mr Green
61/70    Triumph TR4               Reg. VNH 74 F      Mr Underwood
51/60    Austin A30                  Reg. SUC 86 S       Mr Jackson
41/50     No Cars in this group
Before     1940  Morris 10/4    Reg. OD 8528       Mr Wilkinson
Misc. Vehicles  Jeep                Reg. YVL 756       Mr Turner
in the draw of all voting forms completed the winner was Sam.

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Photos courtesy of Julia Hinde, Graham Bett, Jane Abbott.

Congratulations to all entrants.  Everyone one who participated was a winner.  And thank you to our sponsors for making a great day!

Missed it?  Put it in your diary for 2016.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Visit to Sagkahan School project, Philippines August 2015

Alison Blythe visited our school project in Sagkahan again in August.  She reports:

Current Situation :

3 classrooms and 1 large room finished except for actual installation of actual toilet pans (to avoid being used by all and sundry) : 2 classrooms in separate block have had integral toilets constructed but now await final cleaning and redecoration, lights and fans.

Solar panels in place and will give sufficient power for all rooms.  Special secure building attached to integral toilet structure to house batteries, control units etc, complete with locked door and iron security gate.

Students expected to start using classrooms from Monday 24 August 2015.

Then temporary classroom blocks will be dismantled and shipped to another barangay for use.

Ground area will then be cleared, levelled, and drainage channels completed to dyke.

ALB sending out sample of membrane to put under new ground works to help deter natural growth.

Teacher Training successfully completed by Lucy Joseph.  This has been a great success.  She has trained all 50 teachers in 2 sessions per day – morning and afternoon.  Their knowledge was a lot more basic than expected.  She has lodged with Nice, Headteacher, copies of all lesson plans, schemes of work etc. for future use.

DG Buddy wishes this to be the basis for a major training scheme for 1500 primary school teachers throughout Tacloban in conjunction with Local Educational Supervisor.  Discussed using primary school student teachers on internship – possibly June – August 2016.

Sagkahan to become flagship school in the community.

Official Handover confirmed for Monday 9 November 2015.  Local dignatories present will include Mayor, Chief Superintendent of Education, District Education Supervisor, and other Rotarian dignatories.

Japanese Rotarians visited on 14 August and agreed to pay for the refurbishment of 3 further classrooms and building a new block of 2 – 3 rooms from scratch.  This will be funded by the individual clubs, not under a GG.

 

ALB 16/08/2015

Thank you Alison for your visit and your report.

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District Governor's Visit to our club

District Governor Geoff Blurton visited our club on 24th August.  We were particularly pleased that he was able to spare the time in his busy schedule, as it gave Alison Blythe an opportunity to talk about the super progress in the development of the school and the teacher training in Sagkahan School in Tacloban, Philippines.  Ken was able to relate that work to his experiences in working with Rotary in Africa, where he has been a Rotarian himself.


Seen in the pictures are DG Geoff and our club president Richard, and Alison showing the smiling school children we are supporting through our work at the school.

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Presidential and District Governor's Citations presented

17th August was a proud day for the club, as Assistant Governor Graham Martin, on behalf of immediate past- District Governor Ken Billington presented two citations to the club in respect of last year's achievements.  Seen below, Graham is presenting the Presidential Citation certificate to past-President Bill Hill.  This is an acknowledgment and thanks from the President of Rotary International to the club for completing activities in a range of areas of Rotary Service.  The second picture shows Graham presenting the District Governor's citation to current President Richard Abbott, again noting the club's achievements locally.

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Rotary Stars Presentations

Rotary Stars awards are aimed at recognising a pupil in Year 6 in any of our local schools who has demonstrated  such attributes as good citizenship, caring for others and/or the environment, showing initiative and a good attitude to school.  The award is outside the normal academic and sporting achievements and helps to build self esteem.  The nominated pupil is chosen by the head teacher and staff.  The award consists of a certificate, a badge and a book.

Below are pictures of some of this year's awards:

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Wellbeing Arts

We were pleased in July to be able to present a cheque for 1,000 to Kathryn Saunby at her studio in Melton Mowbray, in support of Wellbeing Arts.

Wellbeing through the arts is a national initiative promoted by Government, Local Authorities and other support organisations. The purpose of our local group is:
Membership of the organisation is through referral only from Leicester County Council Social Inclusion support service, social workers and doctors.

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