UK branch of the
International Federation of Flying
Rotarians held its annual meeting this year in Dundee.78 members of IFFR joined the meeting for
lunch at Dundee airport on Friday 27th June.This comprised members and friends from 10
countries, including New Zealand and the USA.It was wonderful to see so many friends attending,
over the past few years of attending Flying Rotarians' events in the UK
is a major benefit
of the concept of Rotary Fellowships.These exist for 64 different hobbies, sports and interests
Rotarians across districts and countries (see www.rotary.org/en/rotary-fellowships
for a list of these).
flew into Dundee,
though several travelled by car, myself
we were unable
to fly out from Leicester airport that morning due to the low cloud and
thunder storms in the East Midlands.As
this weather persisted on our drive to past Doncaster we were pleased
to be on
included a visit to the home of the Queen
Mother, Glamis Castle, followed by a convivial dinner in the Apex Quay
was spent in St.
Andrews, with an excellent guided tour of the town, experiencing the
the university and the golf. The "Himalayas" putting green was a real
and the nearest I will get to playing at St. Andrews.The gala dinner that evening was held after a
tour of Dundee's new major tourist attraction, Captain Falcon Scott's
was built in Dundee
specifically for his arctic expeditions.After a long spell in St. Catherine's Dock in London the
gone back to its port of origin where it has been fully restored and
tale of courageous adventure down south.Dinner was in the Discovery Centre overlooking the ship.
took us back to
the planes, with many setting off for
planes had glorious
flights from Dundee across the Grampians and Loch Lomond to the
village of Plockton on the west coast of Scotland, adjacent to the Skye
airfield looks out over the
Skye; on the day the view was in bright sunshine.The
hotel in Plockton looked after us well,
before departure back to Dundee, and the close of the weekend event.
owed to Rotarian Ian Kerr, the event organiser.
our meeting on 23rd
June we had an interesting and informative talk from Helen Benzie, the
local organiser of Home-Start. Helen joined the Club for
and explained to members the current
work of Home-Start in helping families with pre-school age
President Diana Osborne was pleased to
cheque for £1,000 to Helen who accepted it on behalf of Home-Start
Melton & Rutland. This represented the proceeds from a quiz
and sponsorship from participation in the Santa Fun Fun.
year's local Rotary Young Designer Competition was held on Wednesday
11th June 2014, as in previous years within the excellent facilities of
the Design centre at the MV16 College. The quality and range
entries for both the senior and intermediate sections exceeded the
wildest aspirations of the Rotary judges. These
Pick and David Ward for the seniors section, Jim Schofield and Mic
Hurst for the intermediates. Some 40 excellently presented and varied
designs all supported with full technical definitions and
specifications ensured that the judges' task was challenging.
ranged from electronic counting and dispensing devices, through an
architectural design for a bird hide, an adult drift trike to a
outstanding glamorous dress.
Thanks go to David
Wilson head of
MV16 design centre for facilitating and for acting as MC, and to Mic
Hurst of our joint Youth committee of Rotary for project managing this
superb exhibition of local designer talent.
winners were presented with their awards by our club President Diana,
President Keith Yates of Melton Belvoir, and David Wilson, these were
- Senior winner, Tom Gilbert, for an
remote controlled robot arm. - Senior runner up, Jamie Graham,
portable speaker system with roller door. - Highly commended,
Lennon, for a space saving bike rack. - Highly commended,
Collins, for a radio controlled boat with bait dispenser.
Intermediate winner, Katie Ailmore, glamorous fashion dress design. -
Intermediate runner up, Isaac Topley, an electronic metronome. -
Highly commended, Grady Hutton, speaker, amplifier, storage box. -
Highly commended, James Keall, electronic miniature ski run counter. -
Manufacturing Award presented by college, Grady Hutton, the speaker box.
to all of the entrants for their hard work in defining, designing and
constructing the exhibits.
More Rotarians ought to
event to see the design talent that our local schools are developing.
Assembly and Presentation of Presidential Citation
9th June Assistant Governor John Saunders attended our club to hear the
plans for the coming year developed by incoming president Bill Hill and
his team. These are documented elsewhere
this web site. John also was pleased to have the opportunity to present
to the club a citation, with distinction, from the President of Rotary
International, Ron Burton, recognising the wide achievements of
the club during President Diana's year from 2013 to 2014.
triumphs in Rotary Young Writer Competition Brownlow
Primary School pupil Sophie Ufton has won this year's Rotary Young
(8) entered the contest after reading about it in the Melton Times.
annual event, run by the combined youth committees of the Rotary Club
of Melton Belvoir and the Melton club, recognises young people's
writing skills. This year's theme invited entrants to write
someone who had influenced their life, showing the effect that person,
alive today or someone from history, had had on their life.
Sophie chose to write about British novelist J.K. Rowling,
known as the author of the Harry Potter series.
presented with her trophy, medal and certificates by Maggie Saunders,
from the Rotary Club of Melton Belvoir, during a recent Key Stage 2
assembly at her school. Her proud mum was also there to see the
2013-14 District Golf Competition we won
our semi-final match against Rutland Rotary Club, a convincing
result of 99 points to 80. Brian
Grommet had a good personal score of 35 points and
was helped to
our success by Richard Haines,Sue Bailey, Geoff Goodwin and Joe
Duck Race Melton
Rotary Club's Great Duck race for 2014 took place at TwinLakes Park on
27th April. Our 1000 ducks were set off promptly at 1:30,
signalled by a smoke flare to attract the spectators who came to cheer
their ducks to the bank. We were fortunate to have a decent
breeze, so the race took only about 15 minutes to complete.
winning ducks were: 1st place
Duck number 81
2nd place Duck number 891 3rd
place Duck number
997 We will be contacting the winners and sending them their
many thanks to Phil Bendall and the staff of Twinlakes
for their allowing us to sell ducks over the Easter fortnight and use
their lake for the race itself.
Typhoon Haiyan (known
Yolande) struck the Philippines on 8
November, 2013. The resulting damage to factories, schools, food
industries and lives lost was the greatest ever suffered in the
500,000 homes were demolished or rendered unusable. The number of
deaths will probably
never be known but estimates vary between 10,000 and 20,000.
suffered terribly. The Philippines is the world's second-largest
producer, accounting for more than 25 percent of global production in
Haiyan damaged or destroyed an estimated 33 million coconut trees and
consequence affected more than one million coconut farmers. Over
fishermen were also affected by the typhoon. In some areas up to 95 per
boats and fishing equipment were trashed. The passing of family members
loss of income is a tragedy that is difficult to fully appreciate.
resulting from the
of a scale that warranted a worldwide appeal. Rotary immediately
responded and within
a few weeks £37,000 was raised or donated by clubs in our local Rotary
1070. An essential element of the speed of response and funds raised
was the generosity
of the public. The unselfish approach to the needs of others was
As part of ensuring this
at the earliest opportunity, funds were transferred directly to a
Appeal set up by Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines. This
was later followed by sending containers filled with less critical but
essential items which included dry packed and tinned food, electrical
generators, clothes, books and crockery.
In late March, six
Rotarians from our
Rotary District, Alison Blythe, John Dehnel and Eric Hall from Melton
Stephen Bath and Norrie Bell from Sleaford and Elaine Sefton from
Cromwell visited the islands to see how the monies raised and goods
were being distributed by the Filipino Rotary clubs. The evidence was
and plain to see. Shelter Box tents by the many hundreds, new
roofing sheets everywhere, plywood building panels in new homes and
purifiers to reduce the risk of disease. The group also rolled up their
and assisted in distributing less urgent goods recently released from
Donated funds are also
being used to
fishing boats, known locally as bancas, and to equip them so that
once again earn their living from the sea.
Although it is now some
event, it is very difficult not to be affected by the carnage and the
living conditions still being experienced. Many homes suffered the loss
family members. Where this was the main earner, the ability to achieve
basic standard of living or provide a new home is sadly still beyond
Despite all their
the local people was remarkable and uplifting to experience. So too was
of thanks for the help and aid provided. There were many instances of
approaching the group to personally convey their thanks or hand over
written notes recording their appreciation.
The current priorities
industries, homes and schools. The phase of recreating
underway. However, it is clear that, especially around
be many more months and probably years, before the consequences of
Sorting, Packing and
Distribution of Relief Goods
Boxes and Tools in Warehouse
of the Devastation along the East Coast of Leyte. Shelter Box
Reconstruction of Housing
The Power of the Water Surge
Crab Farming set up as a
In addition, during the visit
Rotarians visited Mahaplag, in Leyte, the site agreed 2 years ago for
the Global Grant-aided project to provided a potable clean
supply for the village. The story of that visit is here. The follow up
showed us that some
water volume and quality testing had been done, but that more work on
both is required. We also identified two further sources of water.
One of these is not fit for drinking as it is, but may be
treatable at a lower cost than that of laying new pipelines around the
village. The other new source is potable, but would need
to get it to the village - maybe at an unsustainable cost.
Rotary clubs in Cebu (Banilad Metro) and Maasin are to investigate
further. We visited the Cebu University water resources
and are awaiting their suggestions on what further pre-feasibility
studies are required to move the project forward. We remain
willing to support this project, but much further work is required
locally, and it is in the hands of the local community to
progress the political, legal, technical and financial matters
Original Spring (B2)
pipeline, non-potable water
Landslides damage pipiework!
Legal clearance from Highways
neghbouring villages (Barangays) required:
the last 2
years MM Rotary club have provided
financial support for 10/11 year olds from local schools to attend the
Zone in Leicester. This Charitable Unit provides practical
demonstration to the
students to acquaint them with potentially dangerous scenarios which
experience on a day to day basis. The Club have received very positive
from the children and their teachers with regard to the educational
mixed group of Rotarians from the Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir
Clubs paid an invited visit to
the Warning Zone. We were guided around the various scenarios within
by a volunteer, thereby receiving the same experience as the students.
involved was highly impressed by the quality of the exhibits and the
educational value for the student. We all felt that our financial
to the life experience of our youngsters was money well spent.
the story of a previous visit in
The district finals of Youth Speaks 2014
Saturday 1stMarch at Kettering Baccleuch
clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton
Mowbray-Belvoir sponsored teams from Catmose College, Oakham; these
having triumphed in the competition at club and district semi-final
The intermediate team took first
place in their
with two team members receiving individual awards as the best speaker
proposer of the vote of thanks. The team comprised Holly Jones, Yaznia
Pourmozafari and Matthew Hallgarth. Their presentation was entitled
of Silence? and explored the medical condition of tinnitus. The
fierce with teams from schools in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire,
Bedfordshire and Leicestershire.
The senior team from Catmose also
took first place
competition with individual awards presented to team members as best
chairperson and proposer of the vote of thanks. The team comprised
Edwards Cole, Tom Law and Isaac Costa. Their chosen topic was ?History,
no future in it?. They alsofaced
opposition from schools across the Rotary district.
The two successful teams now proceed
of this national competition to be held in Castleford at the end of
March. We wish them well.
Local Plan Are
you frustrated with Planning? Get involved now in Melton's new Local
On the 10th
February 2014 Melton
Borough Council visited
the Melton Mowbray Belvoir club to discuss the new Melton Local Plan.
will cover the foreseeable future, up to 25 years, to guide development
throughout the Borough, over this period. This will be the key tool
decide where the housing, retail and business needs of the community
provided and how important countryside, ecological and heritage
The Council is keen to include as
many people as
producing the plan; it provides an opportunity for people to shape the
which they live, meeting their needs and creating a better and more
place to live.
new design on the left is a redesign of a long-existing edition of our
club banner shown on the right. The new design was
David Ward working with Richard Haines' graphics skills,
availability of material and plenty of advice from Club Council.
you read on, see if you can spot the differences:
Slightly larger overall size to meet standard material size for
manufacturer, presumably following metrication, but now 192mm wide x
280mm overall length against 185mm x 270mm. - Material is
Faced soft touch material, as opposed to Double lined satin, looks and
feels similar, but the satin sewing expertise retired, so new material
adopted. - Wooden rod and finials in the hem as opposed to
plastic previously. - Modified Pork Pie to reflect the Melton
of Pork pie with rounded body, previously straight sided. -
of RI latest standard font and Roundel design, note greater space for
Rotary International, slimmer gear spokes and chunkier gear teeth (to
me, says David Ward, these teeth would be impossible to mesh and drive,
but that's marketing. - Cost of new banner £5.00 each, no
previous design and when purchased.
If you are
likely to visit other Rotary Clubs be sure to ask the club secretary
for one or more banners to exchange during your visit.
Rotary Club together with the Rutland Osprey
Project are helping students (and teachers) in The Gambia to learn more
the migratory flights of Ospreys and other migrant species. We are
computers and an internet connection in all of the schools we are
This will allow them to follow the progress of satellite-tagged Ospreys
make links with other schools on the migratory flyway.
(20th-24th January 2014) we
computers at Tanji and Kartong schools. To put the significance of this
context, despite the fact that the two schools have a combined total of
students, they had only one working computer (and no internet
between them for students to use. We have installed a single machine in
for the time being but will be expanding that in the coming months.
of our Rotarians, Bill Hill and
Bill Glancy, are also Osprey project volunteers and they joined the
Rutland Water Osprey project for a week in The
Gambia. Bill Glancy is an IT expert and his technical knowledge was
during the trip. The computers themselves were provided by Lasting
an ICT business solution provider, based in Serrekunda. Their Head of
Development Alhagie Mbow installed the computers and will also provide
after-sales support for the schools. Alhagie runs ICT training courses
at the Lasting Soultions HQ and as part of the ongoing sustainability
we plan to send
at least one teacher from
each school onto these courses.
Typhoon Haiyan, Yolande - collection in Melton town, December 2013 Many
thanks to the Melton Times for publishing this article recording our
thanks to the people of Melton Mowbray in assisting us with
in the Philippines following their horrendous typhoon.
The Santa Fun Run this year was again fortunate to have great weather,
as 441 Santas came together in the Melton Country Park for
becoming a Melton tradition. The 5 km course took some little
15 minutes, others rather longer. We had also introduced a 1
course this year for those who felt that more suitable. Most
to the finish smiling, though some panting rather to hard for
to be sure. Medals for all and a more than ample supply of
chocolate bars and snacks were available after the finish.
all helped towards raising around £15,000 for local charities and
associations. From the numbers they told us, cancer
and support groups did particularly well, with well over £2,300
expected. School groups and sports clubs raised good sums for
their activities; Mowbray Rangers turned out in numbers and raised
£1150 for their club. What a brilliant results all
Well done and thank you. And thank you to all our many
and supporters in other ways.
late November some 40 Rotarians from the UK, another dozen or so from
Belgium and a lone Swedish Rotarian met up in Delhi to participate in
one part of India's long-running campaign to eradicate polio from the
country and ensure it does not return. John Dehnel, from the
Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, was one of this party. The
of the National Immunisation Day, organised by the Indian government
health department and supported widely by Rotarians in India, was to
vaccinate some 70 million children against polio on one day, the 24th
November in this case. This massive operation is carried out
twice per year across the whole country, with several "sub-NIDs" in
between. With a population of over 1 billion and
1 million new babies born every month, keeping up with vaccinating
every child is a mammoth task. It is essential, however to be
there is sufficiently widespread immunity to prevent any
polio should the virus be re-imported to the country by a traveller
from one of the still-infected countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan or
Nigeria. Because of the low standards of hygiene in many
areas of India and the consequent problems of diarrhoea, the vaccine is
not well absorbed by many children. The multiple doses most
receive over their first few years ensure sufficient immunity is
developed by most.
So with that as background, the
Rotarians travelled from our Delhi hotel to
city, Ghaziabad, on the Saturday morning, to be greeted by
Rotarians from several of the Ghaziabad clubs. We then
at a local secondary school to take part in a parade around the local
streets with about 400 of the school children led by a small brass
band. The children carried large banners all advertising the
vaccination programme to take place the next day. That,
with posters and banners everywhere we travelled, ensured no-one had
any excuse for not knowing the NID was happening the next day.
was the most amazing day. Three of us, Pat Luckett RC South
Holland), Bryan Woodward (RC Loughborough Beacon) and I, were allocated
a "booth" to work at. We were accompanied by a
local health workers who had brought the vials of vaccine - kept
chilled to prevent deterioration - and the record sheets to note how
many children we vaccinated. Mothers, fathers and even older
siblings brought there children to the booth in a continuous stream.
Once shown the technique, between the three of us we
drops of vaccine in the (sometimes protesting) mouths of over 300
children. We carefully marked the little finger of
hand with purple dye (the "purple pinkie"), so we could be sure that
any child that came back for a second dose (and a second little present
such as a pencil, a whistle, or the like) did not succeed and waste
vaccine. That also helped the next day when visiting houses
the mop-up sessions to rule out children that may have been brought to
the booths the day before.
final day, the Monday, showed us just what a massively intensive
programme this all is. Small groups of about three health
are each allocated a small block of streets, such that all the
habitations (houses, squats, tent cities and every other place) are
visited. The intent is to knock on every single door, ask if
there are any children under 5 years who have not been vaccinated, and
apply the drops there and then. Chalk marks made on the doors
indicate whether children have all been vaccinated, or if there is a
need to call back later to catch the children when they return
home. The scale of this across a country of over 1 billion
is just mind-blowing. The human resource and cost of this
operation several times a year just emphasises how essential it is to
finish the job.
our way back to the hotel in Delhi we were invited to visit St.
Stephen's hospital Polio Corrective Surgery and Rehabilitation Project.
Here we gained a small insight into the efforts the
health care system has for decades to come to help with rehabilitation
of people who were crippled for life with polio paralysis, and enable
them to regain some partially normal life.
are "this close" - let's make sure we do
complete the eradication of polio world-wide.
publicised in the Melton Times over Christmas:
Over the past three weeks the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray have held
three local heats for the Young Chef competition. The winner of each
heat will now progress to the District Final during February 2014.
Before then they will enjoy two coaching sessions at Stapleford
Country House Hotel - thank you to the hotel. The winners
Daybell from Belvoir High School, Ryan Sharp from Long Field Academy
and Joe Smith from John Ferneley College' As ever standards were high
and all competitors deserve to be congratulated for their entries and
for their conscientious preparation.
winner, Ryan Sharp's success can be seen in an article and video clip
in the Melton Times.
Two of the winners, Ryan and Joe,
later had the
wonderful opportunity to cook for Head Chef Martin Furlong at
Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. This was their second
to Stapleford and was the final session, intended to help them prepare
for the next stage of the competition, the District semi final.
getting down to business the participants took part in a photo-shoot
with Jennifer Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, as seen
in the last of the pictures above.
Martin and his
then spent the morning with the students demonstrating how to further
develop their culinary skills. Ryan Sharp from Long Field
together with Joe Smith from John Ferneley College were thrilled to be
given this opportunity. They were complimented on the quality of their
meals and their careful work in the kitchen. They were also treated to
lunch in the hotel restaurant. Their parents also, were
delighted, commenting on the benefit of this unique and inspirational
experience so generously provided by the hotel.
On Thursday 14th November the club was invited
to the Melton
Community Awards Ceremony, and was delighted to receive a commendation
for the excellent support for our community provided by the annual
Santa Fun Run. We were beaten into second place by the
Christmas Tree festival at St. Mary's church.
Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray-Belvoir held the first round
national public-speaking competition -Youth Speaks- on Wednesday 13thNovember.
Teams from Catmose College, Oakham
triumphed for the third successive year. They now proceed to the
semi-finals in January representing two of the local Rotary clubs.
Speaking on diverse
topics such as the best of British, tinnitus and history, there's no
it, the teams of three spoke eloquently and convincingly to a packed
appreciative audience. The event was hosted by Quorn Lodge Hotel.
The club enjoyed an evening of fun at Sysonby Knoll of the Monday
before Halloween. The room had been decorated wonderfully
imaginatively by Jenny and Gavin with a ghoulish theme, reflected by
the menu following the same lines. Several members had
tales to tell over the evening, and it proved to be an enjoyable
evening for all.
On Sunday 27th
October the Community
assisted by other Rotarians and their partners, entertained the Sunday
Group of Old People in the Borough of Melton, to tea at Burton Lazars
Some 36 pensioners and their drivers
treated to a selection of sandwiches, homemade trifles and cakes
the Rotarians, countless cups of tea were consumed and our visitors
talking with members of the Club.
The Sunday Contact Group meet monthly
and go to a
organisation and venue each month. It was the first time the
Group had been to
Burton Lazars Village Hall, which proved to be a very good venue with
access and good parking. The event was also a first
Rotarians and a good
expansion of our work with the elderly in our community.
Angela Fielding the organiser of the
has expressed her grateful thanks. She tells us that all the
appreciated the tea and are hoping that Rotarians will entertain them
Very Reverend David Montieth was our speaker in October, telling us
of the plans for the interment of the remains of King Richard
Leicester Cathedral. Clearly he countenances no alternative
fit for a King: the proposed design
King Richard Ill's tomb
designs for the
tomb of King Richard III have been revealed by Leicester Cathedral, as
seek planning permission for the design. The Cathedrals Fabric
England will review the plans and is expected to make a decision by
King will have
a raised tomb of finely worked
Swaledale fossil limestone deeply incised with a simple cross, placed
centre of a rose carved in white limestone, surrounded by a band of
Kilkenny limestone, in a special area created by re-ordering part of
interior of the Cathedral. The top of the tomb is inclined towards the
a symbol of the resurrection of the dead.
name of the
King, the dates of his birth and death
(1452-1485) his personal motto, 'Loyaulte me Lie (Loyalty binds Me)'
'boar' badge will be carved into the dark circular band on the floor
tomb. The area will be defined by wooden screens, between the new altar
the tower and a new chapel which will be used for private prayer and
site of the
tomb is in what is now the Chancel of
the Cathedral, a traditional place of honour. This is equivalent to the
position of the King's original grave in the Grey Friars Priory
Leicester, the Very Reverend David
Monteith, said: "We fully respect the process of the Judicial Review
will ensure the procedure leading to the reinterment is correct. While
takes its course we must, as would any Cathedral in this position, seek
planning permission for the detailed and costly changes which need to
to the building.
regal and respectful in its elegant simplicity, as befits the final
place of a King of England. By placing the tomb in our Chancel, we are
King Richard the same honour as did those friars more than 500 years
Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens said "I am proud
to support the Cathedral in continuing to progress its responsibility
prepare for the reinterment of King Richard while the judicial process
continues. Our Cathedral deserves our prayerful support during this
and challenging time".
the inside of the Cathedral -
which include opening up the area directly under the tower - will also
better experience for the thousands of people expected to visit -
through the building, past the tomb area and through various
boards telling the story of the King and the Cathedral.
is also being dramatically improved
through the Cathedral Gardens project, which will create a new public
space, including re-siting the statue of Richard III now in Castle
a new piece of artwork funded by the County Council. This project has
to tender and the work is expected to start during October.
Chair of the Richard III Society, has
described the overall design as "utterly inspired'.He said: "Because of the Judicial
Review, the Society must stick by its neutrality. If in two to three
time it is clear that Richard is coming to Leicester then I hope this
proceed according to these plans. This design is utterly inspired and
does not come here, I hope they will do the same thing somewhere else."
design work has
been guided by a project group
chaired by the Rev Canon Mandy Ford, which included representatives
Richard III Society, the City Council and the University of Leicester.
said "This design is the result of wide and careful consideration. The
architects have responded to our desire for a monument which speaks of
great Christian themes of life, death and resurrection, while marking
resting place of one individual".
International District 1070 Conference held in York between 27th ? 29th
September 2013, delivered excellent weather, with great fellowship.
programme enjoyed by
a good balance of
message, humour, and timing delivered by some exceptional speakers.
dinner held on the platforms, within York?s Railway Museum, must be the
highlight of any conference. Some 800 delegates wandered, glass of wine
hand, amongst the ?Best of British Industrial Engineering? ? soaking up
atmosphere of the Steam Locomotive era, well the male anoraks at least.
Mallard was not in attendance as off doing a tour, see photo, but
similar class locomotives were present.
partners from the Club made this short but traffic affected journey
Michael Osborne, Richard and Jane Abbott, John Dehnel, Jim and Theresa
Bill and Angela Hill, Bob and Gill McCord, David and Margaret Morris,
Yvonne Rowe, David and Pam Ward attended.
of the key
highlights were, (my view) :-
Morley facilitated the conference professionally ? well done.
Mackey, Director BASF, ?View from a Hummock?, a most humorous speaker,
supported by hilarious slides ? but delivered clear motivational
messages, such as:-
totally revolutionary at your next Rotary meeting ? SIT IN ANOTHER SEAT
!, SIT NEXT TO SOMEONE DIFFERENT !, EVEN SPEAK TO SOMEONE DIFFERENT IN
THE CLUB !
Are you a
Member of Rotary or are you a Rotarian?
daughter of Margaret and Andrew, spoke very passionately and
articulately on the Footsteps Foundation.
of Dragons Den Fame delivered an inspirational speech on what a ?Can
Do? person can achieve, a young single women in her case.
Hignell, outstanding sportsman in the fields of International Rugby,
County Cricket, and Sports commentator for BBC and ITV, then diagnosed
with incurable disease Multiple Sclerosis, spoke on his incredible
journey of discovery about living with disability. At end of his
session the delegates waved rugby flags and scarves to a Rugby
rendition led by Grace O?Malley the 15 year old vocal soloist winner at
the prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
the best of your circumstances, be thankful for your advantages.
an amazing music hall talent entertained with impressions of Gracie
Fields, Joyce Grenville, Victoria Wood?s ?Let?s Do It? and extracts
from Stanley Holloway?s recitals, continuing until tears, running
mascara and time limits put paid to an hilarious session, albeit
without a Rotary message ? other than FUN.
worthy of their presence made this Conference a great experience for
involved, if future Conferences are as good it will be very difficult
hotel rooms and seats at dinner. I understand that 300 have already
for next year !!!!!!!!!!!
the 85 years since the founding of the club in 1928 a large collection
off archives has accumulated. On 30th September many of these
were assembled at the Sysonby Knoll, and about 24 members enjoyed an
evening reviewing much of the history of the club, supported by viewing
all the items displayed.
the meal Bob McCord related some of the stories from the past, as in
his speech copied here.
we don't have all the information about the archives. However
there are a number of photographs and if you look closely there are
members with coloured hair on one photograph and white hair or no hair
on another. I won't mention anything about size.
President Diana has asked me to
little history of Rotary in Melton.
The Rotary movement was born on
February 1905 in Chicago and soon spread to other parts of the US.
The first club outside the US was formed in Winnipeg Canada
1910, followed by Dublin, London and Belfast in 1911, Manchester,
Glasgow, Edinburgh in 1912 and Leicester, our mother club, in October
July 1927 RIBI Resolutions were passed at District Council No
that a Rotary Club be formed in Melton Mowbray and the 15 men gathered
agreed to be founder members. The interim President to be
Barnes and the interim Secretary to be Robert Stuart Smith.
On the 6th February 1928 The
of Melton Mowbray numbering 22 made formal application for membership
in Rotary International. The application was approved by
20th March 1928, and it is around this date we hold our Charter Night
every year. The presentation of the Charter
Monday 22nd October 1928 at the Kings Head Hotel in the centre of town.
Members and their wives were joined by Rotarians from
Nottingham, Loughborough and Hinckley.
The menu for the evening:
Sole a la Colbert
Sweetbreads and Peas
Roast Pheasant and Chips
Rotary Pudding Coupe Jacque
Cheese The wine
list was Claret (5/- (25p) per bottle, Burgundy 7/6 (37p), Moet and
Chandon 17/6 (87p)
William Barnes had attended a Rotary Conference at Harrogate and had
the pleasure of meeting the great man, Paul Harris.
The club progressed through the
making its presence felt in the town. They hosted District
Council, and had many Evening Meetings and Socials with top speakers
from around the country.
the war years there was very little Rotary activity, no conferences or
inter-club visits; everyone was fully stretched carrying
vocation by day and A.R.P. or Home Guard duties at night and weekends.
However, Melton Rotarians soon provided a Get You Home
the expense of their precious petrol ration, this for forces personnel
who found themselves stranded in Melton and unable to get transport to
the war the Melton Ambulance was manned by hospital staff but only
during an eight-hour day. After that no ambulance was
even for emergencies. The Melton Rotarians stepped in and undertook to
provide drivers for urgent cases at any time during the night.
There was no maternity hospital in Melton and emergency calls
take patients to Leicester Royal Infirmary were quite frequent.
This very necessary and valuable service was maintained for a
considerable time, in fact until the Health Service appointed full time
the only county without a Rotary club was Rutland so Melton Club set
the procedure in motion to form the Rotary Club of Oakham, later to be
changed to the Rotary Club of Rutland. Around
the same time The Ladies in Rotary was formed to assist in fund raising
and providing EverGreen Teas, which it continues to do to this day.
A silver cup kindly donated by
President Bill Katz became a sporting challenge against the Grantham
club. The last time we played was in 1997 and we were able to
retain the cup which is also here this evening.
1955/56 was notable for the fact
were actively involved in the formation of Melton Round Table and
President Hedley Buxton presented them with their regalia at the launch
sixties President John Roper's chosen project was to install a
chiropody clinic at Gloucester House for the use of the old people of
Melton. The clinic was fully equipped at a cost of £300,
considerable sum at that time, and continued way into the late
seventies providing as many as five half-day sessions per week.
Also around this time storage
provided for the Hudson Bede Houses. The local Scouts and
received a donation of £200 to enable them the purchase a marquee.
Three not-so-young sponsored Rotarians walking from the
Oakham raised £250 for a Voluntary Service Overseas worker.
In 1962 a Charter cum Ladies
place at a cost of 17/6 per hear (87p new money) which probably had
something to do with more than 200 attending.
1968 was the fortieth
anniversary of the
club. Three founder members presented the club with a silver
cigarette box in appreciation of their 40 years of fellowship.
Most of the members were smokers. The silver box is
seventies the club focused on the young and disadvantaged and major
purchases of toys and recreational apparatus were donated to the new
Mount School, Peter Pan House and Craven Lodge as well as the larger
national children's charities.
in 1974 was the election of Ken Westmoreland to the post of District
Governor of the new district 107.
Artur Hunt was instrumental in forming the Citizen's advice bureau.
£400 was raised to give much needed financial assistance to
local St. John Ambulance.
Rotary in 1979 and was inducted by Marshall Pobjoy. The
membership was 54 plus me, 55. Classifications:
9; doctors - 3; bankers - 3; churchmen - 2; plus various other
professions: solicitors, estate agents, architects, farmers,
accountancy, pharmacy, and many more. I would say 80% plus
and after one o'clock they were absolutely desperate for the President
to give the loyal toast so they could all light up. It was a
totally different club to what it is now in many ways.
was close to 70%.
eighties saw the formation of the Melton Belvoir Rotary Club in 1984.
The Desford and Dowty Colliery
gave a concert at St. Mary's Church , which was a great success and
provided funds to support three youngsters on Operation Raleigh.
An eye camp evening arranged
Indian friends raised enough money to support four eye camps.
A number of us visited Cotgrave
and experienced first-hand the dangerous conditions the miners faced
each day of their working lives.
we made by a number of Rotarians to Norway, Denmark, India and the
the Polio Plus campaign dedicated to eradicate polio began and by 2000
had raised over £250 million pounds to purchase vaccine.
the number of polio cases worldwide is fewer than 250 and we hope it
won't be long before polio is no more.
In the nineties after much
ladies joining Rotary, our club inducted the first two ladies in the
millennium year 2000 and today we have 11 lady members who contribute
greatly to our club.
just like to say, the future of this great club lies with the present
membership who I am sure will continue to give service locally and
internationally for many years to come."
previous club history on the
History pages, and particularly the earlier history
at this link to a meeting on our
you to all those who organised the evening, and especially to Bob for
has a community support project to provide essentials for
to local people who have an immediate need. The supplies include bags
of high quality non-perishable food and toiletries, enough for 2-3
days. Storehouse also offers practical support in the form of
for all ages, household items, bedding, baby equipment, toys and small
electrical items. Storehouse is a no-profit enterprise, with
donated items of money being used to help the most disadvantaged in our
The Melton Rotary club had an
absorbing talk by
Francesca Sirel from the Storehouse, which is based at The Fox
Leicester Street, at our
meeting on 23rd September. Any help we, or any one reading this, can
give will be put to very good use. The Storehouse can be
email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on 07582
057054. Or please visit and enjoy a cup of tea on Wednesday
mornings or Friday lunchtime.
Melton Rotary club has been pleased to help Melton Homestart with a
donation of £1,000. The money will go to charity's family
groups which are always in need of help. The funds were
the Rotary club's annual Duck Race at Twinlakes Park at Easter.
Melton Homestart support groups helped over 260 parents, carers and
children and 81 families with educational support,
friendship and practical help during the past year. Homestart was
chosen as the President's Charity by the Rotary club's president for
2012-13, Julia Hinde, who is seen handing over the cheque in the photo
club achieved some very creditable performances in the District Quiz
this week. There were 12 teams competing, faced with a wide range of
questions of varying complexity.
Team A ( Jenny F,
Linda M, Mike
R and David W ) with 26 points were mid-table, while Team B ( Richard
A, Adrienne H, John H and John R, who was unfortunately delayed in
arriving ) were 2nd equal with 3 other teams on 29 points. Soar Valley
won with 32 points.
The star answer came from
Adrienne " Name
the timepiece with the most moving parts ? Anybody else like to answer?
very enjoyable lunch was held at Alison's house in Melton on the 18th
August, raising funds in support of the club's international projects
such as our work in the Philippines. About 24 members and
of the club enjoyed a lamb roasted on site, plus accompaniments
provided by several members of the club. Alison's garden made
a very pleasant venue, and her work in making such a good day of it was
very much appreciated.
update and Bird Ringing at Rutland Water Our
meeting on the 29th July took place at the Lyndon Nature Reserve on
Rutland Water. Tim Mackrill began by updating us on the
breeding success this year. with 14 chicks fledged (a record for
Rutland Water). Then Toby, from the Rutland Water bird
group, gave us a fascinating demonstration of bird ringing.
visited the mist nets used to carch the the birds for ringing, and also
saw at close hand several birds being uniquely
with a tiny metal ring placed round their legs, at the same
as the species, weight, wing length and feather state are recorded.
this all gives valuable information on the health and
patterns of bird populations.
Speaks team visits Melton club On
15th July, the Club recognised the achievement of the Catmose College
Intermediate Youth Speaks Team in coming 2nd in the Regional Final this
year, by inviting them and their coach to lunch. They were
asked to give their presentation again for the Club, which they did
with great confidence and aplomb.