Welcome to the Rotary Club of Frome
Welcome to Frome Rotary, of which I have the pleasure and honour to be president this year. Though we get a lot of community work done, our meetings are full of good humour and we enjoy plenty of social events. Please explore the website and learn about our club and activities and the great world-wide movement Rotary International. If what you learn makes you want to come to one of our meetings, you are most welcome. You might even decide to join us. Please feel free to view our library of newletters.
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Although Frome Rotary Club has been going since 1925 we like to keep up with the times. At present, we have 53 members and in our time have founded two daughter clubs Midsomer Norton & Radstock and Frome Selwood and also Frome Probus club. We have been twinned with the Rotary Club de Bayeux since 1964. We meet on alternate Mondays for Lunch at 12.30pm, the other Mondays at Breakfast at 7:30am and Twilight at 6:15pm. Occasionally we meet with our partners in the evenings at 7:15pm.This variation from the Rotary 'norm' has proved popular and has increased attendance from members who cannot make lunchtime. We are a friendly and informal lot and visitors are most welcome.
Frome Rotary Charitable Trust is a registered Charity number 1100424.
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'Frome a Special Town'
Frome, the home of the Rotary Club of Frome and the Rotary Club of Frome Selwood, is a remarkable town, having more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset,it has always been able to adapt effortlessly to the changing times. It values its past and much careful conservation work continues to be done to its old buildings, but it looks very much to the present and future. To read more about Frome click on this link.
To know what is happening in Frome visit Frome Times.
Homes for Nepal’s Earthquake Victims
Rebuilding shattered homes in earthquake-devastated Nepal villages will be helped by a combined operation of three Rotary clubs. A £1,000 cheque from Frome club has made possible the dream of the Wrington Vale club and their French twin, Dourdan club. Frome club’s international committee learnt that the simple, but vital £15,000 soil-brick making machine was out of the reach of the twinned clubs.
With Frome’s promise to give money the machine is on its way. Villagers will be taught the simple operation of the machine – this brick construction is considered to the answer to permanent earthquake homes – and it will move from village to village.
Wrington Vale’s international chairman, Phil Gooding, received the cheque from Chris Good, Frome’s committee chairman, when both clubs met on Wednesday (April 15). A contingent of 10, visited the Wrington Vale club. President Gerry Atkinson wished host president Gary Carr success when he visits Nepal next week to see the machine, and makes a sky dive to help raise the remainder needed.
Frome Rotarian Celebrates 90years Young
Frome Rotarian Alan Sandall celebrated his 90th Birthday which fell on our weekly meeting date. Alan having written several books covering the events that he has experianced in his 90 years it was apt that his birthday cake represented two books. We wish Alan many more years of activity within Frome Rotary Club.
Purple for Polio
Well, they are in the ground now so it is up to mother nature. Yes, we planted approx 5000 purple crocus bulbs today with the help of pupils from Critchill school and Frome town ranger Mark Branson. To read more
Crocus Spring Update
Crocuses spotlight the peril of polio
Purple crocuses blooming in Frome have a special meaning. They remind passers-by of the 25-year world-wide campaign, led by Rotary, to eliminate deadly polio. Planted by members of the Frome club, helped once again by Critchell School students, all returned (on Thurday, March 2) to admire the results.
Rotarians in the town have been actively involved since the international campaign started. Money they raised has helped to pay for the immunisation programmes in affected countries. Two Frome Rotarians have just returned from hands-on helping repeat immunisations of children in India.
When the “End Polio” campaign started thousands of children across the world were crippled every year. Now it is just single figures, in two countries.
Claire and Naomi led the Critchell planters; Rotary president Gerry Atkinson, and international committee chairman, Chris Good, were among the Rotarians who helped plant the thousands of crocus bulbs. Displays are around the Boyle Cross, in the Market Place, the grass bank at North Parade and on the riverside. Town Ranger, Mark Branston, liaised to make it possible to tell the message.
Rotarians Honoured for 50 Years Service to Rotary
Rotarians Alan Sandall and Dr John Moxon were presented with certificate at the Rotary meeting on 30th September 2016 to mark the 50th year service in Rotary.
Rotary Youth Speaks Competition
The Semi-Finals of the above competition were held on 9th February at Standerwick Market, when six previous winning teams competed for the District Final.
By finishing as runners-up, the marvellous Selwood School team will be appearing again in this prestigious event, on 25th February at Kings of Wessex School Cheddar.
Schools came from Warminster, Chippenham, and as far away as Beaminster in Dorset.
The testing subject tackled by Selwood Academy was “ Treating refugees as a problem is the problem “, and was presented confidently in a well-argued and articulate manner.
We wish them well in progressing to the next stage of this challenging event.
New Books For Trinity School Library
Trinity School have received an early Christmas present from Frome Rotary Club this week, with the arrival OVER 50 new books to complete their library. As part of a wider initiative in the town to inspire children and their families to read together, Frome Reads has come about from a rising concern over literacy levels in Frome. To read more click here.
Young Writer 2017
FROME ROTARY “YOUNG WRITER” COMPETITION
On Wednesday 8th February a very successful Competition was held with local schools to search for the best Young Writer in the area.The 500 Word entry was to be entitled “Reflections”.
This National Competition supported by Rotary is held annually, with the prestigious Finals being held in a few months time.
“Chicken House Publications” along with “Huntingraven Books” jointly sponsored the event yet again.
In the Junior section the Winner was Daniel Hopkins (runner-up Martha Johnston), both from Springmead School in Beckington.
In the Intermediate section the Winner was Abigail Thorne (runner-up Adam Shepherd), both entrants from Frome College.
The Winners submissions now progress to the District Finals for judging later in the month, and if successful will move even closer to the National Final.
Results of District Competition
Congratulations to Daniel Hopkins (Springmead School Beckington) who came runner up in the Junior section and also to Abigail Thorne (Frome College) who was the outright winner of the Intermediate section.
The special ‘Certificates of Excellence’ were presented by the Frome Rotary Club President, Gerry Atkinson.Frome College Principal, Gavin Ball, added his congratulations to the worthy contestants.
Frome College Mock Interviews
Back in 2009 the Club saw a need to train young people in presenting themselves to adults in an interview situation and to assist them with their career planning. It also recognised that there needed to be a closer relationship between Frome College and local employers. The Rotary Mock Interview Proramme for Year 10 students was designed to achieve this. It was set up by the Club in 2009 and has now been running for 7 years. Whilst for the first 5 years it was run by members of the Club it has now been taken on and further developed by the Next Steps organisation at the College with club members just providing interviewers where required. Over 250 students are now interviewed by around 70 representatives of local employers. This has proved to be a fine example of the role of Frome Rotary Club as an initiator. The 2017 mock interviews will take place on 15th and 16th March.
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Last Updated March 22nd 2017
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We meet on Mondays at 07.30 ; 12.45 ; 18.15 : and 19.15. Phone Secretary
(Meet lunchtimes, alternating with breakfast, twilight and occasional evening meetings with Partners.)
The Standerwick Suite
Frome BA11 2QB tel: 01373 831105