Great Melton Duck Race As
the sun shone and tension mounted at 1pm last Sunday, 1000 ducks were
released from their captivity in the middle of the lake at Twin Lakes
park. At first they seemed afraid to leave their friends, but soon a
few brave souls swam out ahead, making a dash for the far shore and
leaving their mates in the main pelaton. After rounding the island and
being careful not to disturb a nesting swan, the leaders were
soon jostling for pole positions, and even quacking about it.
Coming in first was duck 685, closely followed by 62 and in third place was duck 662.
Careful Rotarians helped the rest back into their nesting boxes and everyone went home happy!
Rotary's District Young Chef (West) final was held at Tudor Grange
Samworth Academy, Leicester on Saturday, 25th March 2017.
Lucy Towle (Belvoir High School), Emily Dawson (Long Field
Academy) and Harry Hooley (John Fernely College), sponsored respectively by
Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, Melton Belvoir Rotary Club and Melton Aurora Rotary
Club, excelled in producing tasty delights but narrowly missed progressing to
the Regional Final. However, Lucy's achievements over the various rounds were
recognised by the sponsoring clubs who were please to acknowledge her skills by
awarding her the Melton Rotary Clubs' Young Chef Shield for 2017.
Eradication programme was once again seen in action, and supported by members
of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.
Club Members Eric Hall
and David Ward took part in the recent RIBI NID (National Immunisation Day) in
India, joining the UK’s team of 66, which included 5 from District 1070.
Eric and David joined
the immunisation team working in Bhiwadi a polluted industrial city some 70 Km,
or 3 hrs drive South West of Delhi, other teams travelled to Amritsar with most
staying in the city of Delhi.
Over the 5 days in
Bhiwadi, (26th Jan – 31st Jan 2017), the visiting Rotarians were royally hosted
by the Rotary Club of Bhiwadi, The Rotary Club of Bhiwadi Shakti an all women
Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel Club of Bhiwadi and a new Rotary Club in
fellowship and friendship of the hosts was outstanding, freely and openly.
After the Immunisation
programme Eric and David travelled to Agra, Jaipur and back to Delhi enjoying
the sights of the Taj Mahal, Red Sandstone Forts, Palaces including the
experience of an Elephant ride up to a hill top palace.
The attached photos are
samples of the experience.
The winners and runners up from the local competitions of Rotary’s
Young Chef competition recently experienced the life of a chef working in a 2
AA Rosette restaurant when they visited Stapleford Park Country House Hotel.
Having succeeded in their respective school’s round, the pupils from Belvoir
High School, Long Field Academy and John Ferneley College were able to benefit
from seeing and participating in the culinary operations of the large
prestigious kitchen. Bring it on Ronald!
The pictures show both the Melton Mowbray heats and the winners at Stapleford Park.
A big thank you to everyone who turned out on Sunday for the 7th Santa Fun Run. 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 start- thank you Suzanne.
We also had the fun of the best dressed Christmas dog
and the cutest Santa child competitions.
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 below and on our Twitter feed. 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 10th
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.
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.
Many thanks to Janet for organisation, and for Soar Valley for their hospitality and friendship.
Young Chef Competition - Melton heats, November 2016
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.