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A Minor Sports Victory, November 2016

An excellent evening of Fun, Fellowship and cutthroat skittles competition occurred on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at the Royal Oak in Cossington.
A team of 11 highly tuned athletes from our Rotary Club took on the vastly superior and experienced team of 12 from the Soar Valley Rotary Club to decide who didn't progress to the next round in the annual Minor Sports competition.

The very hospitable and thoroughly friendly team of Soar Valley, through their local knowledge of the skittle alley, finally gained the upper edge by losing 2 legs to 1 in the deciding end.  The prize of not having to progress to the next round with a possible draw against Skegness drove them on.  Our President Ian did however try his best to achieve non progression by scoring a delightful 0, in the deciding leg, as photo shows.

The evening ended with a skittles K.O. competition with President Ian's wife Dina taking the 5 prize, which was kindly donated to Polio charity along with entrance monies - see photo of monies received presented by Soar Valley President Elect Hilary Holmes.     
Minor Sports
  Minor Sports

Many thanks to Janet for organisation, and for Soar Valley for their hospitality and friendship.

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Young Chef Competition - Melton heats, November 2016

Competitions for the Rotary Young Chef Competitions are now taking place throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The four stage competition involves Local, District and Regional heats culminating in the National Final in May 2017.

Three local schools, Belvoir High School, John Ferneley College and Long Field Academy participated in the local heats. These were won by:
•    Lucy Towle – Belvoir
•    Harry Hooley – John Ferneley
•    Emily Dawson – Long Field

Luke Holland, the lead judge and chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, praised all the young chefs for the very high standard of work which, in addition to demonstrating their own skills, also reflected the excellent tuition, leadership and support of parents and schools. 

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The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to:
•    Learn how to cook a healthy meal
•    Develop food presentation skills
•    Consider food hygiene issues
•    Develop organisational skills
•    Develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation
The participants amply demonstrated these were being met.

As part of their prize, Lucy, Harry and Emily will be able to benefit from a visit to Stapleford Park where Luke and his team will guide them in the finer points of food preparation and presentation.

Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs thank the judges, parents and schools for their participation and encouragement, particularly at a time when syllabuses, school budgets and teaching resources are under review.  

 
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PAINTING THE TOWN PURPLE!


Thanks to the Rotary Clubs in Melton Mowbray, parks, gardens and school grounds across Melton will be a sea of purple crocuses next spring.  This is after local Rotary Clubs donated and sold 15,000 crocus bulbs as part of the worldwide End Polio Now Campaign.

On Monday Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray President Ian Neale presented 500 crocus bulbs to Town Estate Senior Town Warden Dinah Hickling. The crocuses will be planted by the Town Estate and bring a splash of purple colour around the Rotary Sundial in Egerton Park next spring.

Monday was World Polio Day and members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray all wore purple to support the event, making further donations to the cause.

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Uppingham School Choir Concert

The lofty rafters of St Mary’s Parish Church resounded to Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” as Uppingham Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra sent tingles down the spines of audience members on Fridayn 14th October, opening this year’s Autumn Concert.   Next followed “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi.  The soloist was Richard Liu who gave a masterful performance along with the Chamber Orchestra.  Francesca Moorehead treated everyone with her soprano voice using the church acoustics to the full in singing the Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart.  After the interval the audience were treated to the “Coronation Mass” also by Mozart.  This lesser known mass was brilliantly sung by the full Chapel Choir, giving solo platforms to soloists Sophie Bellamy, Francesca Moorehead, Rosina Griffiths, William Playle-de Vries, Nicholas Hollands, and Theo Wilson who all gave excellent contributions.  The Chamber Orchestra, occasionally with the organ, played under the baton of Alex Laing and the Chapel Choir was conducted by Director of Music and Choir Master Stephen Williams. 

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Audience members were full of praise for the excellent performances and thoroughly enjoyed their evening.  Everyone thought the students from Uppingham were splendid.

The concert was arranged by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray in conjunction with Uppingham School to raise funds towards the ongoing Rotary Projects in the Philippines and other charities supported by Rotary.   Speaking at the end of the evening, Alison Blythe thanked the school for their continued support of the project through coming to Melton and giving audiences such excellent entertainment.  

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Twenty Twenty presentation at club meeting , Conference golf success
At our meeting on 19th September we had an interesting presentation by Amy Connell from Twenty Twenty, a charity supporting and mentoring young people through their teenage years.

Also, the trophy for the men's winner at the Conference golf competition the previous weekend was presented to Joe Carrington by District Governor and club member John Dehnel.
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Joe Carrington golf

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Vintage and Classic Vehicle Festival

As 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.

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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 rides.

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New Satellite Club members inducted

Three 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.

We welcome
•    Alan Matthews, a Smart Home Consultant
•    Rachel North, a Writer
•    Joseph Halford, a maths Teacher

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Tacloban, Philippines ICT Teacher Training

Two teachers from Leicestershire have just returned to the UK after leading a successful teacher training programme at a school in Tacloban City, Philippines.

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.

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Gaden Party in Eaton

An 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.

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Garden Party Garden Party Garden Party

Thank you Janet.

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Alison Freer Inducted

President Ian Neale, welcomes Alison Freer Jones as the latest member of the new satellite section of the Melton Mowbray club:
Alison Freer
 
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

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Shoe Aid - big challenge

Our 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:
On 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.

There 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.

The 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 every day.

On average, I will be walking between 18 and 22 miles each day.  Several celebrities will be joining me on the walk;
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.

In 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 the needs.

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Handover, Inductions of New Members, DG's Citation and Paul Harris Fellowships

The 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.

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Richard Abbott handing over to Ian Neale
Ian Neale Richard's caricature
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District Governor for our district

The 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.

Sailability   Young Aviators  Polio Ted
John 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.

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