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Presidents Message

I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming all visitors to Mendip RC website, whether you are Club members, potential new members or are simply interested in what we do.

Rotary is a global voluntary organisation with over 1.2 million members supporting a very wide range of community-based projects large and small, whilst at the same time providing its membership with fellowship and friendship.

Globally Rotary is in the final stages of its 30-year $1b Polio Eradication Programme; this life-changing disease is now limited to a few cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are very hopeful that within 3 years Polio will finally be defeated.

At a local level Mendip RC and its members will continue to support its youth programme in the local community including, Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Artist, Young Writer, Youth Speaks, The Big Pitch, and mock interviews.

Internationally, Mendip is leading a group of Rotary Clubs in Somerset, India and Uganda to support a rural district 50km north-east of Kampala for the next 3 years. This project will provide sanitation, basic healthcare, IT skills and mentoring to young and female entrepreneurs. The project will cost US$75k, 60% of which will come from Rotary Foundation, our own Charity, and this speaks volumes for the power of Rotary.

Locally we will continue to support charitable work and have the exciting prospect of organising a major raffle with a target of raising £25,000 to support Rotary work

If you are interested to hear more about this fantastic organisation and would like to contribute to both our local and international communities, please visit us at Wedmore Club one Thursday evening or call me on 01934 516673.

Richard Tilley              President Mendip RC 2017/18



Thanks to Nigel Deane we obtained a prime site in Cheddar to enable a prominent display to celebrate Rotary's amazing efforts to lead the world in trying to eliminate Polio, the figures speak for themselves 350,000 cases in 1988 down to just 37 in 2016. Sustained major efforts and funding are still needed to achieve the target of total elimination!

               WINNERS OF THE WIN A CARAVAN DRAW                    ANNOUNCED               


Bailey of Bristol donated a top of the range 4 berth single axle Pegasus Caravan to Mendip Rotary Club to raffle for Cancer and other Rotary Charities. The draw took place on Sunday 22nd October as planned.

Chief Executive of Bailey of Bristol made the draw for 9 prizes, the main prize being the caravan which will be furnished to the winners choice. Below are listed  the winning numbers who is shown drawing the prize. On his left is President of Mendip Rotary Club Richard Tilley & on his left in the pink shirt Immediate {ast President Phil Hunt.


We obviously cannot reveal names and addresses - but here are the details:
First......................Caravan................09834........BH25  ( New Milton)
Second................  Awning..................03539........BS28  (Wedmore)
Third ....................BBQ......................04444........NP16  ( Newport)

Fourth  ............... .Chairs....................05573.......TN29   
Fifth ...................  Hamper................09956...... ..SO51
Sixth .................. .Hamper................03950.....  ..TA24 
Seventh .............. .Hamper................02357.......  TA3  
Eighth ..................Hamper................00984......   TA9
Ninth ...................Hamper................01306          email address

All winners have been advised. 

For more information visit the Win a Caravan website by clicking the link button




Once again the popular Young Chef competitors produced an amazing array of dishes which gave our judges a difficult decision deciding on the winner. Thanks to the staff of Kings of Wessex Academy for inspiring the students to enter.


On 21st September our meeting was held at Rookery Farm where over 80 members and visitors enjoyed a good meal and lively talk from Brad who kindly donated his services free. It was surprising to see the lengths to which people would go to obtain a free copy of Brad's book! Hopefully some of the young business people attending will emulate his business success!


We were delighted to welcome to extend our Friendship to members of Rotary District 3201 India. Local visits were arranged and the Rotarians and their partners attended our meeting to share information about their District and Clubs in India and also enjoyed hearing an interesting about 'Henry the Hoover' which excited their entrepreneurial instincts. More photos can be found in the photo gallery.



After the popularity of our Boxes at Cheddar First School four members got together to build more for Cheddar First School, a few hours work and some wood courtesy of Vice President Richard Tilley enabled the above boxes to be prepared before moving them to the school. We hope may happy bugs and and birds will thrive!




Once again Rotarians have been using their professional skills to encourage young people at Kings of Wessex Academy in 2016. The winners and their teachers were invited to join a club meeting for official presentations both of their work and the trophies. The standard of cuisine and art were incredibly high - so much so that choosing winners was very difficult for the expert judges.


In October 2016 the club have planted 5000 crocus corms as part of the initiative world wide to promote funding of Rotary's major initiative to eliminate Polio. Some have been planted by Wedmore in Bloom others by local schools and those in the Curchyard at ST Mary's Church by club members and we look forward to impressive display next Spring.


The Club aspiration to proceed with a US$70,000 project together with the Kampala Sunrise Club appears to be going ahead following support form the Bridgwater Rotary Club; Kerela District in India, the Ugandan District and our own District 1200. The formal Application is now to be submitted to the Rotary Foundation for their Matching Funds and as the project meets all the Grant criteria we are hopeful of approval. Full details of the application will soon be posted on this site,


Young people aged between 10 and 17 took part in "˜Cheddar Valley"™s Got Talent"™, a music competition organised by the Rotary Club of Mendip which took place at Kings of Wessex Academy recently. The best under-13 entrant was Marishelle Harris with her piano playing of "˜Moody Prawn Blues"™ by Franklyn Gellnick. The senior competition was won by Phoebe Lynch, a trumpeter, who played Slavonic Fantasy by Carl Höhne. Phoebe will go on to take part in the district competition in 2016.

Organiser Maggie Steel said, "We have had a wonderful evening"™s entertainment, showing that there is a great deal of musical talent in the Cheddar Valley." She went on to thank the adjudicators Jayne Obradovic from Wells Cathedral School, and professional singer Katherine Harris, and the music staff from Hugh Sexey Middle School and Kings of Wessex for their support.


Members of the Mendip Rotary club spent two fun-filled Saturday mornings making and installing bird boxes, bug boxes, raised flower beds for the forest school area at Axbridge CofE First School Academy.

Organiser Rotarian Richard Tilley said, "We"™ve really enjoyed ourselves, and produced something of benefit for the local community. We"™d be happy to talk to other schools in the Cheddar Valley about assisting with their nature projects." He went on to thank local suppliers Somerlap Timber of Mark and Woodland Horticulture of Glastonbury for their generous donations of timber, raised beds and topsoil.

Mrs Lorna Richardson, head teacher at Axbridge CofE First School Academy explained, "The Forest School approach provides outside learning opportunities for all the pupils in a safe and secure setting. We are able to raise pupils"™ attainment through social and emotional development, and it helps to highlight a greater awareness of the natural environment. Through the effort and generosity of the Mendip Rotarians, we were able to enhance the limited space in the school grounds and we are very grateful for their time and effort in helping the school with such a worthwhile project




 Why do we do all this? - to have fun and help those in need with the funds we raise - why not join us!

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