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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.  


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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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.


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


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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Thank you Janet.


Alison Freer Inducted

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


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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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.

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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.


Desford Colliery Band at St. Mary's Church

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

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

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

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


Young Designers succeed again

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

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


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

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

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

Intermediate Runner-Up - Angus Cummings - Wooden toy car

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

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

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

Pictures courtesy of Eric Hall


A Life of Organs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Great Melton Duck Race

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

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

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

And thanks to our reporter David Ward.


Margaret Morris and Stephen Robinson inducted as members of the club

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

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

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

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

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Welcome to you both.


88th Charter Night Celebration

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

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

Overall a resounding success.


Youth Speaks District Final

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


India Polio National Immunisation Day

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

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

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

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

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

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Storehouse Funds raised at Santa Run

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

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Christmas Party

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

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

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

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

Well done Santas!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A BIG THANK YOU to you all and Happy Christmas.

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

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

 Worth a listen, even if only the end part.


Young Chef - Melton Heats Results

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

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Thanks to Eric Sylt for story and pictures.


Youth Speaks - Melton Heats Results

The annual Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition was held recently at the Quorn Lodge Hotel. There were five entries from Catmose College (3 Senior, 2 Intermediate) , and one Intermediate entry from  John Ferneley College.  All present, judges, parents, friends, teachers and Rotarians, were very impressed by all who took part in what was a very entertaining

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.

John Horn.
3rd December, 2015.


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.

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

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

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

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

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


Teas for the Elderly

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

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Concert at St. Mary's Church

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

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

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


Minor Sports vs Melton Aurora

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

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Leo Buccahan, Rotary Peace Fellow, visits our club

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

One of the eleven Fellowships awarded this year went to Leo Buccahan, a passionate educationalist from the northern Philippines who is making it his life's work to develop education as a means to broadening world peace.  Leo visited our club on 5th October to tell us of his life, his studies and his plans for the future.
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A final inspiration

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


District Conference, Bournemouth

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

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

Richard Abbott


Ball at Scalford Hall

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

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

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

Richard Abbott



District Quiz, September 2015

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

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

David Hon. Sec.


Classic and Vintage Vehicle Festival

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

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

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

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

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


Visit to Sagkahan School project, Philippines August 2015

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

Current Situation :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sagkahan to become flagship school in the community.

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

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


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Thank you Alison for your visit and your report.


District Governor's Visit to our club

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

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

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Presidential and District Governor's Citations presented

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

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Rotary Stars Presentations

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

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

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Wellbeing Arts

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

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


Sagkahan School, Philippines - more photos of the building work

Our project to renovate a school in Tacloban, Leyte following the disastrous typhoon 18 months ago is progressing well.  We recently received the following photos of the work.

We are visiting the school in early November.  Contact the club if you'd like to join us.

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Presidents' 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.


The 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.

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Interact 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.
The 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 attendance.

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Linda 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.

Linda was presented with a token of the club's appreciation by President Bill Hill.

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Carriage 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 photos.

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.

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Many thanks to Geoff Goodwin for the invitation and for his hard work putting on the event overall.


Rotary: Young Designer Competition

The local final of the Young Designer Competition was held at Melton Vale Post 16 Centre on 3rd July. We are grateful for MV16's agreement to host the event and the support and organisation provided by Mr David Wilson. Entries were divided into two categories, Intermediate Award for students up to 16 years and Advanced Award for students over 16 years. Three judges from Melton Rotary Club and Melton Mowbray Belvoir examined the student's extensive supporting documentation and their exhibits between 2pm and 5.30pm. All the judges commented on the high standard of the exhibits and their difficult task 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 mark their participation in the competition.

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The 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.
The final results were:
Design: 16 to 18 years old
Winner ? Louis Walker
Runner Up ? Thomas Marshall

Design: Up to 16 years old
Winner ? Jake Green
Runner Up ? Chris Morgan-Smith
Highly Commended
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Manufacturing Award
Winner ? Tiffany Clarke
Runner Up ? Jordan Smith

Pictures and script courtesy of Eric Hall and Eric Sylt


Rotary Young Photographer Competition

Organised by 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 Ferneley College and Melton Vale Post 16 Centre.

In the search for excellence, young photographers are encouraged to interpret the theme in its widest sense portraying people and the 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 their ideas. The photographs were judged on Technical Merit, Content, Composition, Imagination and Style.

Alex Baker (JFC) won the local competition and together with Abbie Sheldon (JFC) and Jessica Seddon (JFC) had a group of photographs entered in the Rotary District 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.

The photographs are of Alex Baker with President Tony Pick; Abbie Sheldon, far right and Jessica Seddon second left.

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Pictures and script courtesy of Eric Sylt


Sagkahan School, Philippines - school project underway

Our 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.

Please see the photos below provided by Buddy Estudillo of RC San Juanico in early June 2015.
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Youth Speaks Regional Final results

The 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.
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In 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 school.
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The 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.

Linda Moore


Stroke Awareness Day - Saturday 18th April 2015

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 while.

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 health.
thanks those who helped.


Ladies in Rotary Skittles Night

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 April 2015.

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 started.

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 village:-
    - 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?
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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


The Big Melton Duck Race

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This year's Big Melton Duck Race was held in very windy conditions on 12th April at TwinLakes Park.  Many thanks to TwinLakes for their hospitality, and thank you to all our duck sponsors.

£75 - Number 314
Emma - Lincoln
Toby - Melton Mowbray
James - Loughborough

£50 - Number 798
Francis - Bourne
David - Nuneaton

£25 - Number 636
Clair - Chesterfield
Rachel - Oakham

We will be contacting all winners shortly to arrange to get your prizes to you.

More photos to come soon.  Watch this space.


Youth Speaks district final - The winning streak continues

The 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 consecutive year.

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.

The 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?

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The regional final of Youth Speaks will take place on Sunday 26 April at Catmose College.

We wish these exceptional young people the very best of luck.


Young Musician northern semi-final

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Intermediate Solo Instrumental Section - Eve Millward (far right) ClarinetJunior Solo Instrumental Section - Rachel Campbell (2nd left) Piano; Emily Spencer (3rd left) Clarinet.

The competition took place at John Ferneley College, Melton Mowbray on Saturday 7th March.

The photographs show the Rotary clubs in Melton's sponsored participants.


Yuuho Guoru Visits Club

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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.


Young Chef Finals in Leicester

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Lucy and Lauren receiving their certificates at the Y oung Chef District Final held on Saturday February 4th at Lutterworth College.


Fiona Buckton Inducted as a Member of the club

Fiona Buckton InductionOn 16th February 2015 President Bill Hill was pleased to induct Fiona Buckton 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.


Youth Speaks Semi-Final

Two 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.

The 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, tackling the subject of "Boys will be boys" - a humorous take on why boys underachieve at school and what can be done about it.
Both teams faced stiff opposition, especially from Bourne Grammar School, who on this occasion were runners-up in both competitions.

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We wish the teams the very best of luck on March 14th at the district final to be held at Catmose College.      


Canine Partners visit Melton Rotary Club

The club were pleased to welcome a knowledable and enthusiastic speaker from the charity Canine Partners to one of our January.meetings.  The 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 there in the near future.
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Santa Fun Run another great success

Well done 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? estimates of 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.

It was a fantastic result with 330 runners and walkers from the little ones in buggies and with their dogs to the seniors.  Councillor Slater on his mobility scooter proves it inclusive to one and all.  We feel 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 event website at

The results are
    1st overall           No 257  Jim Hatherley    18 mins 19 secs
    2nd                          No 325  Joshua Wilson   19 mins 4 secs

    3rd & 1st Lady    No 294  Suzanne Rathbone          20 mins 57 secs
    2nd Lady              No 1       Louise Houghton
    3rd Lady                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.

Best dressed Dog - sponsored and Judged by Pets @ Home
    1st Bruno the boxer dressed as a reindeer with  owner wearing a 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!

Best dressed buggy & baby  -  sponsored and judged by 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 also in the warm up and jogged around the course and the 'elfie baby
Our thanks to Fiona Keighley and Charlotte for judging.

Thanks also 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

Our 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 Healthy Elf Suzanne Rathbone, who also ran and showed how 'elthy she is!!
    the companies who supported us with the costs of  suits and medals to make the event possible.
All are featured on the home page of our website at

The date for the diary for next year is Sunday 13th December 2015.  Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to speed.

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See also the video of the start at


Young Chef, training at Stapleford Park for the final

More delicious and attractive food prepared by our talented winners for Martin Furlong at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel last week. The expert advice given by Martin and his team will enable even more refinement of these three course meals at the District Final in February.

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Christmas Parcels

The 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 topped up by some purchases from money donated by the clubs, to make up about 480 Christmas food parcels.  These were then distributed to 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 assembling the food parcels:
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We 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.


Youth Speaks

The 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 winning teams will go forward to the next round of the competition early next year, representing the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir.

Senior winning team
Holly Jones -  chairperson
Yaznia Pourmozafari - speaker
Isaac Costa - vote of thanks

Intermediate winning team
Liam Bottomley - chairperson
Anand Raghavan - speaker
Sian Willard - vote of thanks

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St. Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival

The church again looks splendid.
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Helen and Graham Bett inducted as members of the club

At 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 strong wish to support our community and will no doubt bring many strengths to the club.
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Welcome to you both.


Young Chef, local heats, November 2014

The Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs have recently held their annual Young Chef competition for local secondary schools.  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 Martin Furlong, 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.

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District Quiz

A 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 Glancy,  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.  They 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.  And many thanks to the organisers, Charlie Stevens and Graham Packwood from the Wreake Valley Rotary Club.

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Osprey Update

The link between local schools and the osprey migration work supported by the Melton Rotary Club received some local publicity:
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Choral Evening at St Mary's Church

Congratulations by word of mouth, emails and Twitter continue to come in for the highly successful choral evening at St. Mary's church in Melton Mowbray.

The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray hosted Uppingham School's Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra at St Mary's Parish Church last Friday, 17th October.  They gave an audience of about 500 people a wonderful concert, the proceeds of which will go to supporting the Philippine Project to reconstruct a school in Tacloban destroyed by typhoon Haiyan nearly a year ago, and also towards the St Mary's Organ Restoration fund.

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Conductors Stephen Williams and Alex Laing, with organist Peter Clements led the performers through the programme which featured several students as soloists.

Starting with a rousing performance of Zadok the Priest - traditionally sung during coronation services. Jamie Conway then took over the organ and accompanied the chamber orchestra in the Adagio in G Minor, commonly attributed to Albinoni.  The choir followed with the Cantique de Jean Racine, the excellent part singing taking benefit from the lofty church.  Six students, Ali Asgarov, Rosina Griffiths, Richard Liu, Araminta Penn-Clark, Anson Poon and Anthony Poon shared the three movements of the Bach Double Violin Concerto 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 sang the soprano solo in Pie Jesu and Arthur Landman was the Baritone soloist in the Offertorium and Libera Me.

The whole performance was enhanced by the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church which has wonderful acoustics and enables choir, orchestra and soloists to use this to best advantage.


Prior to the concert some of the audience enjoyed an excellent pre-concert dinner at La Torré restaurant whilst others were served canapés and wine in the church.  The choir and orchestra were treated to a wonderful tea in the Samworth Centre prepared by members of Ladies in Rotary whilst many members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray helped with ticket and programme sales and general management of the evening.


Everyone left the church expressing their pleasure at a highly successful and enjoyable evening which raised a substantial amount towards the Rotary project for the refurbishment of part of the Sagkahan Elementary School in the Philippines and the St Mary's Organ Restoration Fund.  Organiser Mrs Alison Blythe commented that the success of such an enjoyable concert is the result of many people's contribution and hard work but largely due to the excellent performance given by the pupils of Uppingham School.

We 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 give 2000 children an education again. over 1200 raffle tickets were sold.  The winners were:

Hambleton Hall (Meal for Less for 2)    Mr Lomax of Houghton on the Hill (0078)
Harboro' Hotel (Meal vouchers)        Mrs Jesson of Gretton Court, MM (0838)
Family Photoshoot with Inspirique    Mrs Bridget Green of Eastwell (1640)
Flight in Light Aircraft                            Miss Nelson of Cottesmore (0774)
Meat voucher from Derek Jones        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 Lazars (0536)

Many thanks are owed to Alison Blythe for her dedication and extremely hard work in organising this concert.



Philippines School Fund Raising

The 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 good fellowship particularly when trying to erect the tent.
With this display we illustrated to shoppers and passers-by some of what we are doing to help with reconstruction of a school in the Philippines, south of Tacloban.  This was the site of the disastrous typhoon little less than a year ago.  Many of the Filipino families there still have no proper housing, no employment and no schools.

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The 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 standard tickets @ £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.

Many many thanks to all concerned.


Minor Sports triumph ... well, at least we won!

The 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 the 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 being allowed to throw a second time.  I'm still not sure whether their 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 will 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 importantly being part of the great fun and fellowship provided by Minor Sports each year.


Club Quiz

Eggheads came to the Sysonby Knoll on Monday 29th September, in the form of an Eggheads-style quiz.  President-elect Richard Abbott, much 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.  The Eggheads team was John Horn, David Ward, Adrienne Holland and John Redwood, challenged by Michael and Diana Osborne, Eric Hall and Joe Carrington.  

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Many thanks to Richard and Linda for an interesting variation to our normal lunchtime format.


District Conference, Scarborough

A 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 Friday 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.

The hotels we used in Scarborough were along the cliff top, with the Spa Conference Centre at its base.  Fortunately the cliff lift is an efficient and quick way to make the transit, and was particularly close to the Red Lea Hotel where most of us stayed.

The Conference itself was interesting, with some excellent speakers and entertainment.

Friday evening was a convivial fish & chip supper - for 800 people!  That preceded an excellent concert in the main hall.  The entertainment started with the C Sharps, a Barbers Shop Quartet made up of 4 young men (19 years old) from Grantham.  They were very 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 another 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 excellent evening.

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Saturday morning the Friendship Village opened at 8:30.  There were a wide 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 had 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 Conference 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.
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The Saturday evening Gala Dinner was followed by entertainment from The Likely Lads band.  They caught the mood of the evening well and soon most of the guests were on the dance floor.  I have no idea what time it all finished - I ducked out well before then!

Sunday morning saw 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 its 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 concluded with an amusing talk by David Byron the former managing director of the airline BMI Baby.

I encourage all members to consider attending the Bournemouth Conference on 25-27th September next year.


Golf - another good day

Golf finalClub Golf team 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.Golf final


Rotary Stars Awarded

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 academic or sporting achievement and does not add to the workload of the staff.  The presentation of the award normally takes place at the end of the year assembly.  It consists of a certificate, badge and book or book token.

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Shown 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.


Golf Success

Dick Colgrove InductionOn 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.

The players were Joe Carrington, Brian Grommett, Bill Glancy, Richard Haines and Geoff Goodwin.


Dick Colgrove Inducted as a Member of the club

Dick Colgrove InductionOn 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, including their current president Jim Guthrie, join us at Dick's induction to wish him well.


District Vocational Award Presented

Environmental AwardAt the 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 the business support project set up and run by the club, led by David Morris, during the past Rotary year.


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