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The Cowbridge Rotary Club Car Boot Sales raise around £3000 each year for Rotary Charities and we would like to thank all who participate. It is held in the car park behind Cowbridge Town Hall. Additional parking is available in Arthur John's car park for buyers.

2018 Car Boot Sales at the Town Hall Car Park

 Sunday 13th May, Sunday 10th June, Sunday 8th July
Sunday 12th August, Sunday 9th September, Sunday 14th October

Sellers set up from 7am – Fee £6 per car. Buyer’s welcome from 8.30am

Please note that to improve the safety of buyers and stall holders, a revised positioning of stalls & parking will be used in future.


Presentation to Headway

On Monday 16th April President David presented a cheque for £1000 to Lucy Lawler, who gave a talk to club about Headway Cardiff. Headway is a charity that promotes understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide s information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. In addition, Headway will campaign to reduce the incidence of brain injury.

Rotary Spring Gardens

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St David's Day Concert

ConcertCowbridge Rotary held their rescheduled St David’s Day celebration with a traditional supper and entertainment at Ramoth Church. The concert was postponed due to the snow but happily was rearranged for Friday 23rd March. A capacity audience was treated to homemade ‘cawl’ and ‘bara brith’ in the vestry, before being invited into the Church for a concert given by three extremely talented young musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Tenor, Osian Wyn Bowen, who is in the final of the Milford Haven Opera Competition, and is currently singing in the College’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, sang Welsh favourites such as David of the White Rock and Ryan Davies’ Pan fo’r Nos yn Hir, and also delighted the audience with his rendition of the classic American ballad Homeward Bound. Two harpists, Elin Kelly and Mared Pugh Evans, already international artists, played solos by John Thomas, Tchaikovsky, York Bowen and a newly commissioned work by former Royal Harpist, Catrin Finch, entitled Môr Arianrhod, depicting the calm sea between Anglesey and the mainland. Both harpists excelled and enchanted the audience with their musicianship and mastery of their instrument. At the mid point of the programme, Rotary President, David Harris, recited the famous Eli Jenkins’ prayer from Under Milk Wood to harp accompaniment.
An enjoyable evening was had by all, and  £931 was raised that will go to the charities of Headway and MS. Thanks from Cowbridge Rotary to all who supported the event.

Rotary support for Cowbridge Dementia Friends

May 21-27th is National Dementia Week. Check back soon for details of events in Cowbridge.

Cowbridge businesses receiving their new Dementia Friends mats.

Cowbridge businesses have begun to sign up as Dementia Friends, working to become dementia friendly. Last Friday a number of businesses were presented with door mats which broadcast their support.

The Cowbridge Dementia Friendly Community Committee is asking individuals and businesses in Cowbridge to be even more considerate of those living with Dementia and their carers. The Committee is running a number of Dementia awareness sessions produced by The Alzheimer’s Society in order to become a Dementia Friend.

Cowbridge Rotary Club is actively supporting the initiative. One of its members, Colin Jones has secured the production of brightly coloured mats from Millennium Mats to both record businesses’ support and to demonstrate welcome to those living with Dementia.

David Harris, President of Cowbridge Rotary Club and Steven Blackman Chairman of Cowbridge Dementia Friendly Community presented mats to Amanda Jones Jewellers, Arthur John Hardware, The Bear Hotel, Costa Coffee, Cowbridge Cycles, HSBC, Cowbridge Library, United Free Church, Fulgo Developments and Cowbridge Town Council

There are over 850,000 in The UK with Dementia and possible many more undiagnosed.

Cardiff University plays a major role in the UK’s biggest dementia research initiative with their £13m dementia research centre established earlier this year. 

Public health Wales has a six step strategy to help reduce Dementia Risk including being physically and socially active.

RotaKids at Longmeadow Court

The RotaKids from Y Bont Faen Primary School visited the residents of Longmeadow Court on Thursday, 15th March, 2018. They worked in small groups and showed examples of their work and read stories. There were lots of animated conversations and many smiles all round. After a glass of squash and a KitKat the pupils returned to school and decided to make another visit in the Autumn term.

Rotary at the Food & Drink Festival.

Photos taken at the food and drink festival can be seen by clicking here

Rotary welcomes new members interested in having fun while 'giving something back' to the community. Fresh ideas and enthusiasm are the life blood of any organisation! It is easy to contact us using the "Click Here" button at the top right of the page.

Rotary provides opportunities to connect with people of like ideas, providing unique opportunities to serve the community using one's own professional skills alongside leaders of other businesses and professions. Rotarians help one another, and together help others.

Rotary is fun  every club holds social activities that offer diversions from today's demanding professional and personal schedules. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and other events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and the opportunity for service.

Rotary helps personal growth and development by continuing one's growth and education in human relations and by developing and extending leadership skills. Serving in Rotary helps one learn how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.

Rotarians are people who believe that whilst it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

Cowbridge - A Market Town in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan

Cowbridge is a township that has developed on the site of a Roman fort built in the 1st century AD. Sir Richard de Clare, Lord of Glamorgan, granted Cowbridge a Charter in 1254 and developed the town. By 1266 Cowbridge had town walls with four gates, although the North Gate was used mainly for cattle. It was an important centre for trade and was the last recipient of a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1886 and was able to appoint its own Councillors and Mayor. This tradition has continued in spite of the local Government reorganisation of 1974.

Cowbridge was renowned for its fairs but also became well known for its traffic jams on the main route from Cardiff to West Wales. A bypass to the north of the town solved that problem and the town continued to develop as a business and commercial centre as well as a popular dormitory town for Cardiff.

Today Cowbridge is known as the Bond Street of Wales and there are many shops that make the atmosphere of the High Street an enjoyable place to wander and to spend money! A farmers market twice a month also adds to the variety of goods available.

The Rotary Club of Cowbridge was chartered in February 1961, currently has 36 members and meets in the Bear Hotel, a historic coaching inn. We are always pleased to welcome visiting Rotarians or others interested in the work of Rotary to our meetings.

Rotary was founded over 100 years ago on the principle of "meeting regularly to enjoy and expand one's circle of business and professional acquaintances." That principle remains true today, and in an increasingly complex world, Rotary continues to provide one of the most basic human needs: the need for friends and fellowship.              

(Photos by Mike Baker. www.bakerlite.co.uk)

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Cowbridge Car Park - Work Day

Sunday 22nd April 09.00

Cowbridge Car Park - Work Day

Details to be announced.

Monday 23rd April 19.00


Blood Pressure Awareness Day

Saturday 28th April 10.00

Blood Pressure Awareness Day

Lesser Hall.

Speaker meeting - Rev Dr John Baldwin

Monday 30th April 19.00

Speaker meeting - Rev Dr John Baldwin

The speaker's subject is Church Towers and Bell Ringing.

Sunday 6th May 10.00

Open Gardens


Monday 7th May 19.15


Visit by Meissen Club

Thursday 10th May 18.00 - 16.00 Sunday 13th May

Visit by Meissen Club

Our twin club, Meissen, will be with us from their arrival on Thurday to departure on Sunday.

Friday 11th May 19.00

Joint Meeting with Meissen Club

In Bear Hotel

Saturday 12th May 09.30

District Assembly

Follow the link below for details.

Car Boot Sale -

Sunday 13th May 07.00

Car Boot Sale -

Monday 14th May 19.00


Thursday 17th May 14.00

Longmeadow Court

Longmeadow Court Garden Tidy-up

Saturday 19th May 09.00

Longmeadow Court Garden Tidy-up

To be confirmed.

Monday 21st May 17.30

Council, AGM & Business

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Bear Hotel, High Street, Cowbridge, We meet on Mondays at 1915
(No meeting on Bank Holidays)
Bear Hotel, High Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AF  01446 774814

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