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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.

The next Car Boot Sale will be in April 2018. Check back for dates.

No need to prebook, just turn up from 7:00am and sell. The £6 stall fee will be collected on the day.


Rotary support for Cowbridge Dementia Friends

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.

Even Santa is Dementia Friendly in Cowbridge!

On behalf of Cowbridge Rotary, Santa and the elves thank everyone who has donated to our charity collection this year.

We hope that members of the community enjoyed seeing Santa as he made his way through the streets. If, because of the adverse weather, we missed you and you were disappointed, we are sorry and hope to make up for it next year.

Cowbridge Rotary celebrates young people’s achievements


Cowbridge Rotary hosted its annual Youth night at the Bear Hotel focusing on the splendid achievements of young people.  Guests included Mrs Debra Thomas, Head Teacher and Jonathan Ling Deputy at the Cowbridge Comprehensive School and Mrs Julia Adams, Head Teacher at Y Bont Faen as well as the young students.

Penny Weir and Tom Vardy, who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award activity at Storey Arms in the summer, gave the members and guests a marvellous insight into the leadership activities. These involved canoeing, caving and gorge walking and leading teams in previously untried activities in this outstanding, development week-long course. 

Dylan Lloyd Doyle and Isobel Davies, President and Secretary of the Comprehensive School Interact group laid out their varied and exciting programme for the year ahead including their fundraising activities. David Harris, Cowbridge Rotary President presented them with the prestigious Rotary International Presidential Citation for the work of Interact. 

Head Boy, Dan Marshall and Head Girl Henrietta Glanville spoke eloquently about their work in providing the bridge between the pupils and the leaders in the school.  

The evening concluded with a review of the work of Rotakids at Y Bont Faen Primary School. The new club, for 7 to 10 year olds, has made a great start and continues from strength to strength. 

Mrs Thomas, Mr Ling and Mrs Adams all talked about the excellent relations between Rotary and School and the inspiring competitions and support Rotary provided. David Harris, Rotary President, concluded the evening by saying how impressed he was with the students involved. Their maturity, action and energy were truly impressive. He also commended the support the club had received from the schools in Rotary activities. Pictures from the evening can be seen here.

End Polio Now

Cowbridge Town Hall

Cowbridge Town Hall is lit up in purple on Monday 23rd and on Tuesday 24th October which is World Polio Day. Find out more about polio and the drive to eliminate it by visiting www.endpolio.org.

School Gardens Blooming

The first Rotary Primary Schools Garden competition reached its climax recently with the judging and awards ceremony at Llangan Primary School and Y Bont Faen Primary School. The garden club at Llangan were the winners in the competition judged by Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens and Mary Wallis from the Cowbridge Physic Garden. The competition was very close with Y Bong Faen Garden Club being awarded a well-merited certificate of achievement. The judges were particularly impressed with the commitment of staff, parents and garden club members at both schools and agreed that both gardens were a credit to their schools. Cowbridge Rotary are hoping to run the competition next year.

Club Handover Dinner

Past President Steven handed over the role of "Big Cheese", otherwise known as President, to David Harris on Monday, 26th June. President David confirmed the officers of the club, Michael Long as President Elect, Peter Davies as President Nominee and Don Bell as Treasurer. Chris Crossley was not present but will continue as Secretary. There are another 61 photos to be found by clicking on the photo.

News from Meissen

Congratulations to Don Bell who was awarded a second Paul Harris Fellowship by our twin club Meissen for his services to international fellowship.  The award was presented by Meissen President Gerwig Argow at the celebration of 20 years of friendship between our clubs.

RotaKids at Longmeadow Court

The RotaKids from Y Bont Faen Primary School visited the residents of Longmeadow Court on Thursday, 15th June. They worked in small groups and showed examples of their work and read stories. There were lots of animated conversations and many smailes 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

Thursday 18th January 00.20 - 23.50 Friday 2nd February

Six Nations Competition

Make your predictions for the 15 Six Nations matches. The best prediction wins £100.


Monday 22nd January 19.00

Business meeting

Monday 29th January 19.00

Speaker meeting - Mandy Davies

The subject is the New Cowbridge Market plans

Young Chef - Area 7 Final

Monday 5th February 16.00

Young Chef - Area 7 Final

To be held at Cowbridge Comprehensive School.

Monday 5th February 19.15

Club Committees

Monday 12th February 17.30


Speaker meeting - Mike Clubb

Monday 12th February 19.00

Speaker meeting - Mike Clubb

Subject - Bridgend Arsenal

Thursday 15th February 14.00

Longmeadow Court

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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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