part of our work to support community causes and charities the Rotary
Club of Melton Mowbray organised and ran its second annual Vintage and
Classic Car Festival in the Play Close, in September. This year
all the proceeds will be going to Loros, which is one of the two
charities supported by our President Ian Neale. Although all the
expenses and monies from the raffle are not yet received, we anticipate
that around £1000 will be set aside for Loros.
Some 47 cars assembled, raging from a 1930’s Austin 7 Ruby to a Rolls
Royce. The best in show went to an Austin Healy 3000 Mk 11,
closely followed by a Ford Falcon and a Ford Consul Capri; these were
voted for by the general public.
It was an excellent event with the Members of Melton Rotary working
with the other Rotary clubs in Melton Mowbray and also supported by the
members of their satellite section. We wish to thank all those who
supported us in the event, the car owners, Town Estate, Dickinson and
Morris, Derek Jones Butchers, St Mary’s Church and Launde Abbey. We
were also supported by the Ladies in Rotary, Sharon and her vintage
catering Van, Tina and her catering Van and Graham and the children’s
new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray
Satellite Group on 5th September. Our satellite group grows from
strength to strength. It now numbers 9 fully inducted members.
These members are full members of the Melton club, joining the 39
Active and 2 Honorary members. This gives a new Club total of 50,
including 2 Honorary members.
• Alan Matthews, a Smart Home Consultant
• Rachel North, a Writer
• Joseph Halford, a maths Teacher
teachers from Leicestershire have just returned to the UK after leading
a successful teacher training programme at a school in Tacloban City,
The two, Valerie Turner and Kuldip Kaur, are senior teachers at Wigston
Academy, and had volunteered as part of a programme funded and
organised by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.
Over a packed two weeks, they trained 138 Philippine colleagues in the
use of computers in lessons and in support tasks such as tracking
student progress. The training was aimed at building on earlier work
carried out by the Melton Rotary Club to rebuild classrooms and provide
computers and books.
Valerie said: “It was hard work but we loved every minute of our time
in Philippines. The teachers were very responsive and keen – and we
really felt we made a difference.
International afternoon tea was hosted by Janet Shortland in
July. A total of £410.00 was raised at a very enjoyable
traditional afternoon tea with garden games. This was to go towards the
cost and installation of water fountains, at the Tacloban school in the
Philippines, we have been renovating.
President Ian Neale, welcomes Alison Freer Jones as the latest member of the new satellite section of the Melton Mowbray club:
Alison who is a former Mayor and councillor of Melton Borough Council,
works with children with learning difficulties. She is very
involved with the community of Melton Mowbray and is a trustee of the
Sir Richard Raynes Foundation, a charity set up to help young people,
living or being educated in Melton Mowbray
Rotary Club member John Dehnel visited Skegness on the 30th July to see
a contact of the Skegness club, Lee Todd, set off on a daunting
challenge to raise awareness of one problem of poverty in the third
world – a lack of shoes. Lee's challenge is to walk from Skegness
to Liverpool – BAREFOOT!!
The information Lee gave us is:
July 30th 2016 l will be setting off from Skegness on the East coast
and I will be walking, barefoot, through Lincolnshire, Yorkshire,
Manchester and finishing in Liverpool, on the West coast. This
159 mile walk, will take in some highs and lows across all kinds of
terrain, but as the founder of Shoe Aid, l believe that it is up to me
to bring more awareness to the statistics in world shoe poverty.
are 300 million children without shoes around the world, some 70
million children can't get educated because they need shoes as part of
the school uniform, in addition to this there are 30,000 deaths per
year due to foot infections.
reason this journey will be taken completely barefoot is to highlight
how millions of people don't have any other choice but to walk barefoot
On average, I will be walking between 18 and 22 miles each day. Several celebrities will be joining me on the walk;
Ashley Griffith, from reality TV,
The Rise & Fall of the Krays actor Kevin Leslie and Coronation Street actress Claire King will be meeting me in Manchester.
I hope, like in the film Forrest Gump, people will be inspired to join me along the way.
The Shoe Aid Team will be encouraging people along the route to donate their unwanted shoes.
order to prepare myself for this challenging ordeal, I have been
training at a local gym, who have supported me by providing 3 month’s
free membership. I have also been soaking my feet in surgical
spirit to harden the skin and at the beginning of June, I will begin
walking barefoot everywhere.
Just imagine the misery of living without shoes for just one day. One pair of shoes could save a life.
Rotarians from the Melton Rotary Club donated unwanted pairs of shoes
to start Lee's collection, which will be sent to Africa to alleviate
Handover, Inductions of New Members, DG's Citation and Paul Harris Fellowships
4th July was a big day for The
Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray. Not only did we have the handing
over of the president's role from Richard Abbott to Ian Neale, but Ian
also inducted 5 new members into the club. Assistant
Governor Graham Martin presented the club with the District Governor's
citation to the club in recognition of the work done by the club in the
past year. And Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to both Diana
Osborne and David Ward, in recognition of their support for the club
and its activities over many years.
• 5 new active members were inducted, 4 to form part of a new Satellite group, 1 as a ‘normal’ Club member.
• This takes the membership to 45 members, split 39 full active, 2 Honorary members, 4 Satellite Group.
• This includes the unfortunate loss of two members that occurred during June, before Rotary year end.
• Furthermore, an additional 2 Satellite group
members are also approved simply waiting for a mutually suitable
induction date, and there are some further potential members for the
satellite club in the wings.
This adds enormous strength to the club in carrying out a wide range of
projects to support our community. We welcome the new members to
the club and to the satellite group.
Congratulations and many thanks to to Diana and David.
Rotary Club in Melton Mowbray are delighted to announce that one of our
own members, John Dehnel, is coming into post as the District Governor
for Rotary in the region covering the East Midlands and central eastern
England. John has been a Rotarian in Melton for 20 years, during
which time the Melton Rotary Club has been active in supporting our
local Melton community as well as promoting many humanitarian,
educational and livelihood projects overseas. Examples of the
local work carried out by Melton Rotary are: in schools organising
events such as Young Musician and Youth Speaks competitions; with
adults in raising awareness of the risks of strokes caused by high
blood pressure, and recently assisting the Storehouse foodbank; and
with older folk, the club being part of the network of local
organisations distributing Christmas cheer at the end of the
year. John has been particularly active over the past many years
working with our club and Rotary in the Philippines, most recently in a
major project to help schools in Tacloban recover from the devastating
typhoon a couple of years ago.
is seen here visiting Sailability, an organisation devoted to helping
disabled people gain some personal freedom out on the water. Also
John recently visited Sywell airfield in Northampton, where Rotary took
young carers for a day’s aviation experience as a respite from their
daily caring for infirm family members. In our third photo John
is auctioning “Polio Teddy”, raising money to complete the eradication
of polio world-wide, a job that has been promoted by Rotary since 1985;
from a point where over 1000 children every day were being newly
affected by polio, Rotary and our partners have reduced to incidence to
under 30 per year, and are working to eradicate completely this awful
disease within the next three years.
John told us that he is honoured to lead a group of over 2,500 members
of Rotary in 90 clubs across 6 counties, in doing so much valuable work
supporting our communities locally and worldwide.
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.
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.
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
The Winners and Runners-Up qualify for the District stage of the
competition which will be held at De Montfort University on 18th June.
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
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
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.
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.
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:-
First place was no. 312, a yellow duck with red bill, sponsored by
Charlie and Bethany Crawley NG10 and by Leigh O'Reilly-Saunders LE12,
both of whom win the first prize of £75.
Second place was no.142, a yellow duck with a red bill, sponsored by Sarah Cherry B73 and Hannah Bennett DE21, both winning £50.
Third place was no. 434, another yellow duck with a red bill, Louise Melillo PE2 and Haiza H PE20 both winning £25.
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!
Close paddle to the finish
The winner is netted ...
and passed to the judge
Announcing the results
The winner is
Spectators across the lake
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.
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.
Margaret with her sponsor Kate
Margaret and Richard
Stephen and Lesley with President Richard and Stephen's sponsor Julia
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.
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
The standard in the Senior competition was very high indeed, in which
Jack Menzies, Richard Ferris and Benjamins Krumins performed very well
Many congratulations to all the students and their coaches on another successful year in the competition.
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'.
1-1 Ludhiana Team
1-1 Slum 1 Team Ludhiana
1-2 Ludhiana Team
2-2 Rally 20th Feb
2-2 School after Rally 20th Feb
2-3 Rally Sat 20th Feb
2-4 Rally 20th Feb
3-6 Environment Slums
3-5 Environment Slums
3-6 Environment Slums
4-1 People Slums
4-5 People Slums
4-6 People Slums
4-7 People Town
4-11 People Slums
4-12 People town area
4-13 People Slums
4-14 People Slums
4-16 Baby waiting immunisation
5-1 Eric Applying Drops
5-3 David Applying Drops
6-2 Street markets
6-3 Street Markets
6-4 Tuc Tuc Transport
6-5 Manual Transport
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:
Everest was not visible from Tiger Hill due to cloud conditions, but Mt Kanchenjunga was spectacular.
Jamling Tenzing, the son of Sherpa Tensing, and a member of the Rotary
Club of Darjeeling could not attend the meeting. Norgay has
climbed Everest several times.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Long Field Academy Competitors
Long Field Academy: Emily Dawson with Rotarian John Adcoc
Belvoir High School: Bryony Marshall with Rotarian John Adcock
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Leo Buccahan, Rotary Peace Fellow, visits our club
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.
Leo Buccahan's presentation
Leo was born in Baguio, in Luzon (some members visited there in 2004)
Various measures of peacefulness, happiness, Philippines vs UK
Leo on the family farm
With the citrus crop
A basis for Leo's inspiration
Leo's early teaching
VSO work in Mozambique
Teaching in New Mexico
Working in a SE Asia Youth Programme
The vision of the Rotary Pace Centres
Visiting the local Rotary club
Locations of the Rotary Peace Centres
40 years of Peace Studies at Bradford University
Leo's is the 13th class of Rotary Peace Fellows
Applied Field Experience in New Zealand
Applied Field Experience in New Zealand
Some of Leo's academic studies
An opportunity for Leo to apply some of his learnings
Invitation to the forthcoming Peace Seminar
Leo's plans for the future
Where alumni of the Peace Fellowships are working now
Where alumni of the Peace Fellowships are working now
A final inspiration
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Reg. OUT 650W 71/80
Ford Escort Mexico Reg. GJU
72L Mr Green 61/70
Reg. VNH 74
F Mr Underwood 51/60
Reg. SUC 86
S Mr Jackson 41/50 No Cars in this group Before 1940 Morris 10/4 Reg. OD 8528 Mr Wilkinson Misc.
756 Mr Turner in the draw of all voting forms completed the winner was Sam.
Photos courtesy of Julia Hinde, Graham Bett, Jane Abbott.
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.
Visit to Sagkahan School project, Philippines August 2015
Alison Blythe visited our school project in Sagkahan again in August. She reports:
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.
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.
expected to start using classrooms from Monday 24 August 2015.
temporary classroom blocks will be dismantled and shipped to another barangay
will then be cleared, levelled, and drainage channels completed to dyke.
out sample of membrane to put under new ground works to help deter natural
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
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.
become flagship school in the community.
Handover confirmed for Monday 9 November 2015.Local dignatories present will include Mayor, Chief Superintendent of
Education, District Education Supervisor, and other Rotarian dignatories.
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.
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.
and District Governor's Citations presented
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
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
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.
Hand-over and Wine Tasting evening Our club
meeting on the 29th June was one at which we celebrated the passing of
Bill Hill's year as President during 2014-15, and welcomed in Richard
Abbott as President for 2015-16. The President's chain
of office was presented to Richard, who also presented his
President-elect chain to Ian Neale, who will be supporting Richard in
that role for the coming year. The club thanked Bill with a token
of appreciation, an RSPB book of Birds of Prey, and wished Richard and
Ian well for the coming year.
evening was then passed with much banter and fun, with a wine tasting
event. We were invited to try and to compare various pairs of
wines, to see which of us preferred drier or sweeter wines, New World
or Old, expensive or cheap, older or younger wines. The choices
were well spread across the participants in all cases.
Club's Presentation The
Interact Club of Melton Mowbray was pleased to present four donations
of £500 each from its fundraising activities in recent years to Cystic
Fibrosis, Rainbows, Diabetes UK, and Rutland Conquerors.
presentation was made at MV16 on 26 June in front of the year group 12
with the Rotary District Governor and members of the Rotary Club in
Moore's last meeting Monday
22nd June was a disappointing day for the Melton club; it was
Linda Moore's last meeting as a member. Linda joined the
club 15 years ago, along with Adrienne Holland: they were the
first lady members of the club. Nowadays about one third of
the members are female. In those 10 years Linda has become a
mainstay of the club's activities for youth in our community. The
on-going success of the Melton Youth Speaks is largely thanks to her
commitment and drive.
All the club wish Linda well with her
on-going activities. We know she will continue supporting our
community, albeit more outside Rotary itself. We are delighted to
hear from Linda that she will continue to help with running Rotary's
Youth Speaks competitions, which has become such an important part of
the development of students' social skills in the area.
was presented with a token of the club's appreciation by President Bill
Driving at Belvoir Castle Carriage
driving, especially in our area, is a growing activity, and the
Midlands Carriage Driving Society held its latest competition in the
splendid grounds of Belvoir Castle on 14th June. The event was
organised by Rotarian Geoff Goodwin, who kindly invited the members of
the Melton Rotary Club to attend. This made for a great venue for
President Bill's summer picnic.
We met up during the morning to
watch some of the event - similar to a horse-back three-day event (but
without the jumps). The horses had all taken part in dressage and
"round the cones" competitions the day before. The Sunday was the
marathon. The horses started with a 6km cross country time trial,
followed by a further 6km trial included timed obstacles, shown in the
pictures below. Julie Goodwin, Geoff's wife, was competing and
looked very neat and tight in her negotiating the obstacles. She
and her backstepper Nat are in the black and white outfits in the
By lunch time unfortunately the rain started, and we
retired to the marquee for our picnics. 19 members of the club
and family and friends came along. Despite the weather we all
enjoyed the event.
thanks to Geoff Goodwin for the invitation and for his hard work
putting on the event overall.
local final of the Young Designer Competition was held at
Melton Vale Post 16 Centre on 3rd July. We are grateful for MV16's
host the event and the support and organisation provided by Mr David
Entries were divided into two categories, Intermediate Award for
students up to
16 years and Advanced Award for students over 16 years. Three judges
Melton Rotary Club and Melton Mowbray Belvoir examined the student's
supporting documentation and their exhibits between 2pm and 5.30pm. All
judges commented on the high standard of the exhibits and their
in establishing the winners. Medals were awarded to the winner and
runner up in
each category and all students were presented with a certificate to
participation in the competition.
judges, who represented Melton?s Rotary Clubs, had a very challenging
but greatly rewarding task in adjudicating and selecting the winners
from the high standard of work presented.
results were: Design: 16 to 18 years old Winner ? Louis Walker Runner
Up ? Thomas Marshall
Up to 16 years old Winner ? Jake Green Runner Up ? Chris
Morgan-Smith Highly Commended Luke Glover
Award Winner ? Tiffany Clarke Runner Up ? Jordan Smith
and script courtesy of Eric Hall and Eric Sylt
Rotary International the National
Young Photographer Competition is a
well-established and successful competition promoted by
Melton's Rotary clubs. This year
the theme "Light up the Community" was taken on by students from John
College and Melton Vale Post 16 Centre.
the search for excellence, young photographers are
encouraged to interpret the theme in its widest sense portraying people
environment with an emphasis on identity. It also aims to
encourage young people to experiment with
photography, show interpretation of their chosen topic and express
photographs were judged on Technical
Merit, Content, Composition, Imagination and Style.
Baker (JFC) won the local competition and together with Abbie Sheldon
Jessica Seddon (JFC) had a group of photographs entered in the Rotary
competition.Abbie won the intermediate
level of the District competition with Jessica in second place.Abbie's photographs will now go forward to
the National competition.
of Alex Baker with President Tony Pick;
Abbie Sheldon, far right and Jessica Seddon second left.
School, Philippines - school project underway
project to renovate a school in Tacloban, Leyte following the
disastrous typhoon 18 months ago is now underway. Once the
classrooms are ready and the equipment installed, we will be starting
intensive training of the teachers, primarily in IT skills.
see the photos below provided by Buddy Estudillo of RC San Juanico in
early June 2015.
successful public speaking teams from Catmose College, Oakham just
missed out on reaching the national finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks
2015 competition in a closely contested encounter at Uppingham
Community College on Sunday 26 April. The twelve teams taking part came
from as far afield as Bridlington, Hull, Whitby and Biggleswade, having
qualified through three previous rounds of the competition.
the senior competition the team from Catmose (Holly Jones, Yaznia
Pourmozafari and Isaac Costa) were runners-up to Scarborough College.
Holly won an individual award as best chairperson. They presented a
convincing argument which addressed why some boys underachieve at
intermediate team (Liam Bottomley, Phoebe Parker and
Sian Willard) faced tough competition. Despite a concerted team effort
they were unplaced.
The standard at this stage of the
competition was exceptionally high, with some outstanding individual
performances. We wish the teams from Scarborough and Bridlington good
luck in the finals.
This year's event
organiser Duncan Manderson reports that, during a day inviting members
of the public to have their blood pressure tested by nurses in the Bell
Centre, the numbers tested, although lower than last year due to a
lack of footfall in the afternoon, still make the event extremely worth
The actual results were: - - Total
Tested 210 - Tested as OK 125
- Number advised to see Doctor within 4 weeks - 80
- Number advised to see Doctor within 7 days - 5
We hope to
have helped to make a real difference to those individuals future
Ladies in Rotary for
their April meeting invited the members of the Melton Mowbray Rotary
Club for a social skittles match at the Crown Inn on Thursday 14th
The evening was a
great success with a small degree of competitive team skittles highly
complicated by team selection problems mainly due to dual allegiance of
many of the ladies belonging to both camps, not enough able bodied men,
and the presence of a well stocked bar.
One team finally won
the first phase 2:0, before the 28 attendees adjourned for an excellent
meal of ham, egg and chips, chilli, or bangers and mash, and
unfortunately to replenish their glasses. Then the trouble
A game of 'Killer
Skittles' for the remaining 22 stalwarts began. This was
when the true nature of competitive rivalry amongst friends, upholding
the honour of your village, desire for the cash prize of £2.20, all
came to the fore.
In the final showdown
the normal suspects were present with representatives of gender and
Ladies, namely through Jane Abbott and Margaret Morris -
Asfordby, our own Duck man Eric Hall -
Melton, the highly favoured bookies favourite of Ian Neale -
Scalford, the in form but unpredictable Michael Osborne -
Burton Lazars, the highly focused Richard Abbott. Asfordby through Eric
Hall finally reaped the rewards, but the question remains, was this due
to a miss spent youth, the Asfordby air, an ability to hold alcohol
better than the rest, or just luck?
A great night was had
by all. Thanks to the
Ladies in Rotary team for organising the night, the staff of the Crown
Inn for their hospitable service, good food and drink, and to all the
participants. David Ward
Speaks district final - The winning streak continues
two Catmose College teams, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Melton
Mowbray and Melton-Belvoir continue their successful 2015 Youth Speaks
journey by progressing through to the regional finals for the second
The senior team of Holly Jones (chairperson),
Yaznia Pourmozafari (speaker) and Isaac Costa (proposer of the vote of
thanks) won their district final ahead of Stratton Upper School,
Biggleswade. In addition Yasnia won the individual best speaker award
and Isaac won the best proposer of the vote of thanks award. Their
subject was entitled ?Boys will be Boys? - a well-argued, measured
presentation on the underachievement of boys in school.
intermediate team of Liam Bottomley (chairperson), Phoebe Parker
(speaker) and Sian Willard (proposer of the vote of thanks) were
runners-up to Wellingborough School. Sian won an individual award.
Their subject, redrafted from the earlier rounds, encouraged us all to
find inspiration in the individual achievements of ordinary people who
have pushed themselves ?to Infinity and Beyond?
final of Youth Speaks will take place on Sunday 26 April at Catmose
We wish these exceptional young people the very best of
Yuuho Guoru visited the Melton club on 23rd
February and spoke engagingly to the club about Japan and her time
int he UK. She is here as a Rotary Scholar, travelling under a
Rotary Foundation District Grant. She has come to study
under a particular professor at De Montfort. She is anxious to learn
more about helping disadvantaged young people particularly in poorer
countries and has already visited Gambia in January as part of her
research. The course she is following is not offered in Japan
where they have a culture of helping the elderly but not very much in
place for young people. Her talk was interesting and ended with
an explanation of some of the Japanese food, how their diet keeps the
nation fit. They have one of the longest average living ages in
the world - 83.4% - and are the 3rd least obese country. Her
lesson to the club in using chopsticks may not have fully sunk in
with President Bill, who asked our Foundation chairman Alison to
illustrate their use in the photo.
16th February 2015 President Bill Hill was pleased to induct Fiona
as a member of the club. Fiona was previously a lawyer, but on
moving to Melton set up a dog kennels locally. David Morris met
Fiona at the local business forum and introduced her to our club.
We wish Fiona well with our Rotary club.
teams from Catmose College, Oakham, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of
Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir, triumphed at this year's Youth
Speaks district semi-finals held at Bourne Academy in early February.
Both teams took first place in their respective age categories.
impressive intermediate team addressed the issue of "To infinity and
beyond" - about the value of space travel and its importance to the
survival of humankind. The senior team were outstanding,
the subject of "Boys will be boys" - a humorous take on why boys
underachieve at school and what can be done about it. Both
faced stiff opposition, especially from Bourne Grammar School, who on
this occasion were runners-up in both competitions.
teams the very best of luck on March 14th at the district final to be
held at Catmose College.
were pleased to welcome a knowledable and enthusiastic speaker from the
charity Canine Partners to one of our January.meetings.
charity train dogs to be companions for people with diabilities, with
the dogs able to help with a wide range of everyday mobility-related
tasks in and out of the home. They have recenlty opened a new
centre in our region, in Osgathorpe, between Loughborough
and Ashby de la Zouch. We hope to be able to visit
the near future.
and a big thank you to everyone who joined the Rotary 5th Melton Santa
Fun Run in the Country Park yesterday, as well as to those who
organised it and made it happen on the day. Entrants?
money raised for their own charities added up to just over £5,000.
Combined with a small profit from the entry fees the event
has contributed around £7,500 to local charities.
fantastic result with 330 runners and walkers from the little ones in
buggies and with their dogs to the seniors. Councillor Slater
his mobility scooter proves it inclusive to one and all. We
it was a great spectacle to kick off the countdown to Christmas, and a
special gift to all the charities who will benefit this year.
Photos from the event are available for purchase either as a
digital file or as prints, from the
website at www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk.
results are 1st
257 Jim Hatherley 18 mins 19
No 325 Joshua Wilson 19 mins 4 secs
3rd & 1st Lady No 294
57 secs 2nd
No 1 Louise
No 323 Jane Wilson
1st Junior & 6th
overall No 41 Joseph Birch
Last and very much by no means least John Little who has supported us
every year and raised over £100 for Melton in Bloom.
dressed Dog - sponsored and Judged by Pets @ Home
1st Bruno the boxer dressed as a reindeer with owner wearing
stocking outfit! 2nd
Norman the terrier
wonderfully attired in a knotted elf body suit with a cute elf hat
3rd Harvey the Labrador - in an original owner -handmade Santa outfit! Expertly
compared and judged by their Manager Nick - well done to all other
competitors who joined in the fun with doggie treats for all entrants!
dressed buggy & baby - sponsored and judged
Sainsbury's Melton 1st prize
Elisa Lovegrove who
was also pushed around the course at high speed!
Joint 2nd and third cute Santa baby in a sling who also was
in the warm up and jogged around the course and the 'elfie baby Our
thanks to Fiona Keighley and Charlotte for judging.
to Fiona Keighley and Charlotte for handing out much needed
refreshments of mince pies and water on the finish line!
and yourselves as without you this event would not be possible who
joined in the fun and looked wonderful so if you missed out this year
get it in the calendar for 2015 Sunday
grateful thanks to
our sponsors Sainsbury?s Melton for water and mince pies,
103 The Eye for Christmas tunes on the day with their mobile roadshow
and commentary equipment, Mars
for the much
appreciated chocolates, and The
Suzanne Rathbone, who also ran and showed how 'elthy she is!!
the companies who supported us with the costs of suits and
to make the event possible. All are featured on the home page
website at www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk.
The date for
for next year is Sunday 13th December 2015. Check us out on
Facebook and Twitter to keep up to speed.
training at Stapleford Park for the final
delicious and attractive food prepared by
our talented winners for Martin Furlong at Stapleford Park Country
last week. The expert advice given by Martin and his team will enable
refinement of these three course meals at the District Final in
Melton Rotary Club combines forces every year with the Melton
Belvoir Rotary Club, the Melton Lions and the Barnes Trust to bring a
little cheer to the people of Melton who are less fortunate than most
of us. With the support of Morrisons and Sainsbury we ask
shoppers there to purchase an additional item during their shopping and
put it in our trollies on leaving the store. This year we
collected an astonishing number of items, for which we thank the stores
and the general public. We had sufficient items then, when
up by some purchases from money donated by the clubs, to make
about 480 Christmas food parcels. These were then distributed
some of the older and more needy folk in Melton and some of the
surrounding villages, bringing smiles and heartfelt thanks from those
we delivered to.
The pictures show the club members
the food parcels:
are always happy to consider adding names to our distribution list, so
if you know someone whose Christmas would be helped in this way please
let us know.
annual Rotary Youth Speaks public-speaking competition was held held on
Wednesday 26 November at Quorn Lodge Hotel. Speaking to a packed room,
teams from Catmose College, Oakham tackled such diverse topics as boys'
attitudes to education, space travel, school meals and the
salaries paid to footballers and other celebrities. The
teams will go forward to the next round of the competition early next
year, representing the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton
Senior winning team Holly
chairperson Yaznia Pourmozafari - speaker Isaac
- vote of thanks
Intermediate winning team Liam
Bottomley - chairperson Anand Raghavan
- speaker Sian
Willard - vote of thanks
and Graham Bett inducted as members of the club
our meeting on 24th November 2014 we were delighted to welcome Helen
and Graham Bett as members of the club, Both come from an
educational background, Helen in secondary education in Melton itself,
and Graham as a head teacher in Loughborough. Both have a
wish to support our community and will no doubt bring many strengths to
Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs have recently held their annual Young Chef
competition for local secondary schools. Twenty
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 Martin
Head Chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. Winners Megan Smith
and Lucy Towle, together with runners up Lauren White and Bryony
Marshall will be rewarded by a couple of sessions of coaching at the
hotel and a fine dining lunch. Megan and Lucy will also compete in the
Rotary District Young Chef final in Leicester in early 2015.
closely fought district quiz on 23rd October saw the two Melton teams
acquit themselves very well at the Area B heats at Beedles Lake Golf
Club. The Melton "B team" of John Dehnel, Bill
Hill and Michael Osborne came out on top of the other Melton teams, and
2nd overall on the night just 1 point behind the leaders.
were closely followed by the Melton "A team" of Richard Abbott,
Adrienne Holland, Ian Neale and John Redwood in equal 3rd place.
Congratulations to the winners, Loughborough Beacon.
many thanks to the organisers, Charlie Stevens and Graham Packwood from
the Wreake Valley Rotary Club.
by word of mouth, emails and Twitter continue to come in for the highly
successful choral evening at St. Mary's church in Melton
Club of Melton Mowbray hosted Uppingham School's Chapel Choir and
Orchestra at St Mary's Parish Church last Friday, 17th
an audience of about
500 people a
wonderful concert, the proceeds of which will go to supporting the
Project to reconstruct a school in Tacloban destroyed by
typhoon Haiyan nearly a year ago, and also towards the St Mary's Organ
Stephen Williams and Alex Laing, with organist Peter Clements led the
performers through the programme which featured
students as soloists.
with a rousing performance of Zadok the Priest - traditionally sung
coronation services. Jamie Conway then took over the organ and
chamber orchestra in the Adagio in G Minor, commonly
followed with the
Cantique de Jean Racine, the excellent part singing taking benefit from
Asgarov, Rosina Griffiths, Richard Liu, Araminta Penn-Clark, Anson Poon
Anthony Poon shared the three movements of the Bach Double Violin
between them. The
second half of the concert was devoted to
a moving performance of the Fauré Requiem.Ali Asgarov played the solo in the Sanctus, Susannah Hill
soprano solo in Pie Jesu and Arthur Landman was the Baritone soloist in
Offertorium and Libera Me.
performance was enhanced by the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church
wonderful acoustics and enables choir, orchestra and soloists to use
concert some of the audience enjoyed an excellent pre-concert dinner at
Torré restaurant whilst others were served canapés and wine in the
and orchestra were
treated to a
wonderful tea in the Samworth Centre prepared by members of Ladies in
whilst many members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray helped with
programme sales and general management of the evening.
left the church expressing their pleasure at a highly successful and
evening which raised a substantial amount towards the Rotary project
refurbishment of part of the Sagkahan Elementary School in the
the St Mary's Organ Restoration Fund.Organiser Mrs Alison Blythe commented that the success of
concert is the result of many people's contribution and hard work but
due to the excellent performance given by the pupils of Uppingham
would like to thank all those who attended, and are delighted that so
many enjoyed the evening. The proceeds will make a great
difference to the work we can do on the school in the Philippines and
children an education again. over 1200 raffle tickets were sold.
Hambleton Hall (Meal for Less for
2) Mr Lomax of Houghton on the Hill (0078) Harboro'
Jesson of Gretton Court, MM (0838) Family Photoshoot with
Inspirique Mrs Bridget Green of Eastwell
Miss Nelson of Cottesmore (0774) Meat voucher from Derek
Mrs Downes from
Berkhamsted (0260) Afternoon Tea for 2 at Kilworth
house Mrs Judy Morgan from Great
Missenden (0413) Food
Hamper from Melton Cheeseboard Mr
Saunders of Burton
Many thanks are
Alison Blythe for her dedication and extremely hard work in organising
generosity of Melton
people and the hard work of Rotarians from the Melton Rotary Club came
together again today in Melton market place. The weather was kind up to
12.30 pm, we had a good location thanks to
Town Estate, and the stall looked enticing with the Shelter Box tent
erected and contents displayed. In addition there was some
fellowship particularly when trying to erect the tent. With
display we illustrated to shoppers and passers-by some of what
doing to help with reconstruction of a school in the Philippines, south
of Tacloban. This was the site of the disastrous
little less than a year ago. Many of the Filipino families
still have no proper housing, no employment and no schools.
tent may have attracted many to stop and talk, but it was the
enthusiasm of our members that led to the BRILLIANT RESULT
with: - -
202 Raffle tickets sold @ £1 gives £202 of extra cash -
15 Concert tickets sold, (8 for canapes @ £12.50 and 7
@ £7.50) giving an extra £152.50 of extra cash. So an overall
"balanced" benefit of £354.50 for the morning's work, every
penny of which will go towards reconstructing the Sagkahan Elementary
School near Tacloban.
first round of the 2014-15 minor sports inter-club competition started
for the Melton Mowbray and Ashby clubs at the Blue Bell pub in Hoby on
Tuesday 7th October. Skittles was the minor sport chosen by
host club, Melton Mowbray. Melton also had the advantage of a
shorter distance to travel and turned out with a team of 11 players;
Ashby brought 7 over from far distant parts; unfortunately John
Steedman their president, was unable to play in this round, but told us
he was looking forward to his team winning so he could play in round.
The hosts played fair and agreed to 4 of the Ashby players
allowed to throw a second time. I'm still not sure whether
best or worst players were given this extra duty. but the
combination of the long journey and the extra demands led to Ashby
coming out the narrow losers, 71 points to 81. While this
spare the Ashby team from having to organise the next round, President
John will have been sorely disappointed, now no longer having the
chance to play in this year's competition. And more
being part of the great fun and fellowship provided by Minor Sports
came to the Sysonby Knoll on Monday 29th September, in the form of an
Eggheads-style quiz. President-elect Richard Abbott,
assisted by Linda Moore, had arranged a very different format of
meeting for the lunch on that day, with a promptly served lunch (thanks
Jenny) followed by the two teams assembling on front of the audience
(the rest of the club) to be tested on a variety of topics.
Eggheads team was John Horn, David Ward, Adrienne Holland and John
Redwood, challenged by Michael and Diana Osborne, Eric Hall and Joe
Carrington challenging John Horn
Diana Osborne and
Hall taking on David Ward
Moore - our quizmaster
The chairman and scorers
The challengers receiving their prize
wearing his Egghead!
Richard and Linda for an interesting variation to our normal lunchtime
small party of 9
from the Melton Mowbray Rotary Club joined over 800 other Rotarians,
families and friends at the District Conference in Scarborough on the
19th to 21st September. Most of us travelled there on the
though president Bill, the assistant conference manager, had duties on
Thursday too. David and Margaret had a family occasion on the
Friday so opted for an early start on the Saturday.
we used in Scarborough were along the cliff top, with the Spa
Conference Centre at its base. Fortunately the cliff lift is
efficient and quick way to make the transit, and was particularly close
to the Red Lea Hotel where most of us stayed.
itself was interesting, with some excellent speakers and entertainment.
evening was a convivial fish & chip supper - for 800
That preceded an excellent concert in the main hall.
entertainment started with the C Sharps, a Barbers Shop Quartet made up
of 4 young men (19 years old) from Grantham. They
good, and received a deserved standing ovation. The C Sharps were
followed by Young Musician Finalist, Katie Marshall ? a 13 year-old
soprano. Here voice is wonderful, and she will undoubtedly have a
bright future. We were then entertained by the Military Wives Choir,
who were 18 ladies from 4 Lincolnshire RAF bases, whose husbands and
partners are serving in the forces. Again, they were excellent. After
the interval, The C Sharps did a second set, followed by
Young Musician finalist ? Amelia Young, who played the violin.
Another wonderful talent, showing the benefits of the Rotary
Young Musician competitions. The Military Wives concluded an
morning the Friendship Village opened at 8:30. There were a
variety of stalls displaying the work of the District committees.
The International stall, for example, showed graphically how
widely Rotary work in District 1070 spreads across the world.
There were displays of club projects; the Melton club
pictures, a slide show and videos of the typhoon and the school
reconstruction project in the Philippines (thanks to Eric Hall for
putting that together). Also several charities showed off their
activities. The first two plenary sessions of the
started at 9am with District Governor Ken Billington introducing a
range of speakers representing Burn Aid, Hope and Homes for
children, and Wulugu (an group supporting action in Africa).
Gordon McInally, Past President of RIBI represented the RI
President Gary Huwang, and spoke well about some of the aims and
objectives of Rotary in the current year. After the coffee break Roger
Neuberg showed us the excellent work he coordinated on providing
e-Ranger ambulance motor bikes to Uganda. He was followed
by Barry Badham on the Azad Chowdury Academy in Bangladesh.
So there were plenty of opportunities on show to encourage
Rotarians to do more service across the UK and the world. The
session finished with a presentation by Andy Reid, a triple amputee and
a representative of the ABF Soldier's Charity. Andy's presentation was
superb, with hard facts about his life in the forces in various parts
of the world, latterly in Afghanistan. While on duty
there he suffered injuries from an IED, necessitating the
amputation of both legs and his right arm. His talk was, however, laced
with humour and projected him as a person who accepts what life has
dealt him and gets on with it.
evening Gala Dinner was followed by entertainment from The Likely Lads
band. They caught the mood of the evening well and soon most
the guests were on the dance floor. I have no idea what time
all finished - I ducked out well before then!
two further plenary sessions, starting with a time for reflection led
by Geoff Mackey encouraging us to accept that change is inevitable;
profit from it! The Stroke Association thanked Rotary for all
support. There were presentation on the forthcoming Rotary
International Convention in Sao Paulo and on next year's District
Conference, to be held in Bournemouth. The morning was
with an amusing talk by David Byron the former managing director of the
airline BMI Baby.
I encourage all members to
the Bournemouth Conference on 25-27th September next year.
on Area Finals day, not as good as we hoped but a respectable 4th
position. Star of the day Joe Carrington with the best overall score.
Well done Joe. The club has benefited with cheques for £150 so not a
bad day's work from the team.
The Rotary Stars project is aimed at recognising a pupil in a primary
school who, in the opinion of its staff and children, has shown
consistently such attributes as good citizenship, care and helpfulness
to others, and personal endeavour. The award is not for
or sporting achievement and does not add to the workload of the staff.
The presentation of the award normally takes place at the end
the year assembly. It consists of a certificate, badge and
or book token.
are the extremely worthy recipients being presented with their
awards by the presidents of the Rotary Club, Diana Osborne and Bill
Hill and the Rotary Stars organiser Penny Hancox.
27th August a victorious Melton golf team won a hard fought match
against the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley to win a place in the
District final on the 10th September. Well done to the whole team.
We wish them luck in the final.
players were Joe
Carrington, Brian Grommett, Bill Glancy, Richard Haines and Geoff
28th July 2014 President Bill Hill was please to induct Dick Colgrove
as a member of the club. Dick is a long standing member of
Rotary. He has moved house to live in Melton Mowbray, so has
transferred from the Stamford Rotary Club to join the Melton Mowbray
club. We were pleased to see 4 of his fellow Rotarians,
their current president Jim Guthrie, join us at Dick's induction to
wish him well.
District Council meeting in July 2014 Immediate Past President
Diana Osborne and David Morris were presented with the district
Environmental Award for 2013-14. This was in recognition of
business support project set up and run by the club, led by David
Morris, during the past Rotary year.