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Brue Valley Rotary Club Celebrates its Success

Saturday 5 March 2011, 17:32
By Roger Lowe

Brue Valley membersAfter a year of participating in fund raising activities and in generating interest in a new Rotary Club for the Bruton, Castle Cary and Wincanton areas, the founder members were thrilled to receive their charter on December 1st, 2010. To celebrate their success, over a hundred Rotarians from all over the south west of England gathered for the Brue Valley Charter Evening at the Wincanton Racecourse on 27th January, 2011. The highlight of the evening was the presentatation of the Rotary pin to each member of the new club by the District Governor, Stan Jones.

Brue Valley now joins the 1,840 rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland to become part of Rotary International with 1.2 million members in some 200 countries and different geographic regions across the world.

Stan Jones (District Governor) presents the Rotary Pin to Simon Jones (President)
Stan Jones (District Governor)
presents the Rotary Pin to
Simon Jones (President)

As has become the custom in Rotary clubs, members of the Brue Valley Rotary Club have organised and have participated in a number of fundraising events and activities throughout the last year. This has included shaking money collecting boxes (for the eradication of polio) outside Tescos and during the Shepton Mallet Carnival. They have helped to fill 'Water Boxes' for the families affected by earthquakes in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, walked for 'Childsplay', helped to provide refreshments at the Castle Cary Cavalcade, supported the Bruton Church Fete, a Castle Cary coffee morning and planted crocuses in our three main towns to mark the enormous efforts of Rotarians to eradicate polio throughout the world. The Cranmore Chase Fun Run was the major event organised by this club. On a crisp and sunny morning in October, more than 80 runners of all ages set off to race around the Cranmore countryside. The money raised was presented to St Margaret's Hospice. As well as this, during the year the club has given financial support to Childsplay (for children's hospices), Castle Cary Market House Regeneration Project and the Yarlington Village Hall Project.

Robert Norman & Penny Underwood
Robert Norman (Shepton Mallet) and Penny Underwood
(Sherborne Castles), who provided the inspiration for
the formation of the Brue Valley Rotary Club, present
'The object of Rotary and the 4-way test' to the
gathered audience.
Graham Walton & Simon Jones
Graham Walton (President of Shepton Mallet)
presents the Rotary President's jewel to Simon Jones

Since it received its charter, Brue Valley Rotary Club has continued to grow and new members have joined the club. However, we are still looking for enthusiastic men and women of all ages and backgrounds who are prepared to use their energy, humour and professional skills to help make a difference to the lives of others, both in the local community and abroad.

Members of the club meet once a week, on a Thursday evening, at the Stag's Head Inn, Yarlington. The meetings are always informal and it is a great place to socialise with like-minded people and to share ideas for future fundraising events. If you would like to find out more about Rotary and would like to join this young and enthusiastic club, please contact either:

Chris Ringrow on 07767 488719 or email: or
Penny Underwood on 07798 685910 or email: .


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