Bathavon Rotary Club
"Service Before Self"
This is the motto of Rotary International and the members of Bathavon Rotary Club endeavour to follow this philosophy:
Peggy Dodds - On a couple of occasions during the year we put on our painting gear and re-decorate public rooms in this local old persons day care centre, or help to maintain the gardens.
Twerton School - Once a week during term times we take it in turns to spend 90 minutes listening to children reading. The help is encouraged and appreciated by the school, and is proven to make a difference to the childrens' reading ability.
Kids Out - Every June we provide transport to Longleat for children with special needs from a couple of local schools. The event is organized by a local Rotary district committee and enjoyed by more than 800 children on the day.
Young Chef - Pupils from local secondary schools are invited to enter a national Rotary cooking competition. Bathavon organizes the area heat with the help of a local school who make their kitchen facilities available. The successful competitor goes on to participate in regional and national finals.
Youth Speaks - Each year members of the club organize a Public Speaking competion for pupils from local junior schools. Teams of three pupils make their presentation to a panel of judges who at the end of the day award a prize to the best team.
The International and Foundation Committee has run three overseas projects in the last four years.
We provided 50 toilets to communities in the North East of Sri Lanka. The communities were returning refugees after the end of the civil war with the Tamil Tigers. The project was carried out in partnership with the Rotary Club of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka). The total value of the project was £12000.
We provided 10 community wells to the same communities as the previous project. The project was carried out in partnership with the Rotary Club of Trincomalee and the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. The total value of the project was £13000.
We provided spoken English classes for thirty children from remote villages in Southern Sri Lanka. The project was carried out in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hambantota. The total value of the project was £1000. We hope to run the project again in 2015/2016.
2010/2013 and 2015/2018
The club funded the secondary education of five talented girls at school in Kenya who would otherwise have had no opportunity to continue at school. They are all now successfully studying at Kenyan universties. We are now funding the education in Nairobi of another girl from 2015 to 2018.
We enjoy ourselves and have regular outings, wine tastings, quiz nights, etc . Partners are occasionally invited to these events and to our normal meetings when a speaker is arranged. We recently visited the SS Great Britain in Bristol and are due to visit a local National Trust property next month.
Fund Raising 2016/17
For The Bath Rugby Foundation.....over £5000 raised for the Foundation this year by our collectors, well done .details
Best of Bath Music Evening on 4 March 217
Featuring the Band of Avon Fire and Rescue Service, the Capella Choir and the Military Wives of Colerne Choir raised over £700 towards the Bath Rugby Foundation and other Rotary Charities. Mike Wood thanked all for their support.details
Gardening at Peggy Dodds
Bathavon Rotarians clearing a section of the garden at the Peggy Dodds Day Care Centre.details
We regularly volunteer to help pack waterboxes for Waterbox Survival. http://www.watersurvivalbox.org/details
Bathavon Rotary Club Magazine
B&T is the Club magazine of the Bathavon Rotary Club with details of our upcoming programme of events and reports of all Club activitiesdetails
Iconic Cycling Events
Talk by Steve Baxter, commercial manager of the Bike Bath event. Bike Bath is an annual weekend-long event for bike riders of all abilities, starting at The Rec in Bath and then touring the surrounding area.details
Farm to Shop
Partners and Guests are invited to the Society Cafe in Kingsmead Square to learn about and taste the many varieties of coffee.details
William and Caroline Herschel
Talk by Jonathan Hall about astronomers William and Caroline Herschel.details
Presentation by Peter Roswell of the Rotary Club of Wrington Vale on Heartworks, a proect to provide a Training Simulator based in Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. Grace: Malcolm Chatwin Host: Peter Millsdetails
Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Talk by recently retired Avon & Somerset Police DCI Nick Papuca. Nick was in charge of criminal investigation, responding to serious crime. Grace: Vince Arkell Host: David Beresford-Smithdetails
3 Clubs Christmas Carol Concert
The 3 Bath Rotary Clubs Christmas Concert at the Forum with the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, commencing 7:30. Raising funds for Friends of Young Carers and Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity. Tickets £15 and £30, children half price.details
Talk by Ceceil Weir on Julian House
Talk by Cecil Weir on Julian House is a refuge for homeless people.details
Visit to Dyrham Park
A tour of Dyrham Park for members, their partners and guests. Tour and buffet meal provided at a cost of £15 per person.details
Handover to new President Charles Hayward. Guests and partners welcome. Grace: Presidents Peter Mills and Michael Wood Host: Tim Westbrookdetails
Speaker Dr Linda Watts
A talk on the History of the Cleveland Swimming Pool by Dr Linda Watts. Grace: Mike Spragg Host: Mike Richardsdetails
Speaker Sir Graham Watson MEP
Talk by Sir Graham Watson MEP about life as an MEP. Grace: Andrew Bragg Host: Thomas Blaettlerdetails
Speaker Nigel Huxley
Talk by Nigel Huxley, Branch Manager of Waitrose Bath, about Waitrose. Grace: Ivan Street Host: Brian Archerdetails
Speaker Maggie Steel
Talk by Maggie Steel about the Precious Sisters and their work in Kenya. Grace: Brian Archer Host: Malcolm Chatwindetails
Speaker David Zein
Talk by David Zein about Lebanon. Grace: Debra Galloway Host: Ivan Streetdetails
Speaker Yvonne Brunton
Talk on Dorothy House by the charity's Community Fundraiser Yvonne Brunton. Grace: Val Mason Host: Averil Armstrongdetails
Speaker Geoffrey Carr
Talk by Geoffrey Carr on the loss of the RMS Titanic. Grace: Tim Westbrook Host: Brian Archerdetails
Speaker Peter Davy
Talk by Peter Davy about trams in Bath. Grace: John Gowland Host: John Youngdetails
Speaker Professor Anna Gilmore
Talk by Professor Anna Gilmore of Bath University on Smoking. Grace: Roger Wilson Host: Alan Bleathmandetails
Visit by Judy Barnard Jones, District Governor
Visit to club of District 1200 governor Judy Barnard Jones. Grace:Peter Hopwood Host: Ken Jefferiesdetails
Mint Room Quiz
Quiz Night at the Mint Room. Members, partners and guests welcome, entry £20 per person to include excellent 3 course Indian dinner.details
Speaker Samantha Grief
Talk by Samantha Grief about the Big Issue. Grace: John Long Host: Alison Patrickdetails
Open invitation to people interested in learning about Rotary, to meet members and learn about some of the projects supported. Grace: Peter Mills Host: Ian Peggdetails
Mayor of Bath
A talk by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Cherry Bleath. Grace: Mike Richards Host: Jan MacKenziedetails
William & Caroline Herscel
Talk by Jonathan Hall about astronomer William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Grace: Mac Place Host: John Gowlanddetails
Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal
Wallace and Gromits Grand Appeal fundraises for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and St Michaels Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit) at St Michaels Hospital.details
Teenage Years in a Prison Camp
Peter Bazire talk about his life as a teenager in a Japanese Prison Camp within China during World War 2.details