11th saw the world famous Desford Colliery Band visit Melton Mowbray.
At a concert in St. Marys Church an audience of around 80, who clearly
appreciate good music more than indifferent football (it was England's
opening match in the European cup that same evening), enjoyed a real
delight. Conductor David Johnson led the 28-strong band in playing a
wide range of pieces. These varied from traditional marches to pieces
more often heard played by a full orchestra. In honour of Queen
Elizabeth's 90th birthday the band opened with an early arrangement of
God Save the Queen. Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man
followed. Cornet soloist Gary Wyatt played a moving version of My
Love is like a Red, Red Rose. The second solo, this time a
soprano cornet by Stephen Bailey. was of the James Bond theme, Live and
Let Die, a fascinating variation from the more usually heard
piece. John Williams' film score for Jurassic Park also featured
in the first half of the concert.
During the interval the band sold CDs of their music and the audience refreshed themselves with wine, teas and coffees.
After that we were again splendidly entertained with a further variety
of music. The versatility of the euphonium was well demonstrated by
soloist Martyn Patterson in the medley Brilliante. Our other
soloist, playing Demelza by Nash on the tenor horn, was Murray
Borthwick. Rogers and Hammerstein, King and then Respighi's March on
Rome concluded the formal programme. An exciting arrangement of
Bach's famous Toccata in D was played by the Colliery Band as their
encore with the xylophonist solo replicating music more normally heard
on the organ.
The audience clearly enjoyed the concert and left well pleased with their choice of entertainment for the evening.
Many thanks to Alison Blythe for organising such a great evening,
and to the Melton Rotary Club members who helped make it such a
success. The proceeds will help fund our work with schools in the
Philippines and other charities supported by Rotary.
annual Young Designer competition gave us a wide range of unusual and
imaginative designs, showing the talents of our local youngsters.
They gave the judges a really hard time in picking their winning
The Winners and Runners-Up qualify for the District stage of the
competition which will be held at De Montfort University on 18th June.
Senior Winner - Saskia Iprenburg for a combined chalk board
and book case (book case on rear face)
Senior Runner-Up - Joe Miller for a "Robot Wars" vehicle
Intermediate Winner - Kristy Graves for a dress with a skyline hem
Intermediate Runner-Up - Angus Cummings - Wooden toy car
Manufacturing Prize awarded by MV16 - Peter Birley for a desk game
featuring a table tennis ball and electronic counter
Thanks are due to David Wilson of MV16 who was the prime organiser
of the event and to Martin Hart of MMB Rotary who officiated with David Wilson
in awarding the prizes.
Judges on the day: Jim Schofield - MMBR, Gavin Howling - MMRC and
Eric Hall MMRC
speaker at our club on 23rd May was Chris Gray, a locally-based
restorer and builder of organs in churches and elsewhere. Chris's
talk showed just how much there is to the subject, and kept us all
interested - amply demonstrated by the number of questions at the end
of his talk. Thank you Chris.
our meeting on 11th April the
club was pleased to present a cheque for £2,300, representing a portion of the
profits from last September's Autumn Ball, to John Nowell of the
Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service.
John told us about how the air ambulance service works to provide
a much needed emergency paramedic service in hard-to-reach areas, and
rapid emergency transport for accident victims.
great Melton Duck Race was held in favourable conditions on 10th
April. A light wind gave the ducks all a steady run from the launch
point in the middle of the lake across to the bank. Winning numbers
are as follows:-
First place was no. 312, a yellow duck with red bill, sponsored by
Charlie and Bethany Crawley NG10 and by Leigh O'Reilly-Saunders LE12,
both of whom win the first prize of £75.
Second place was no.142, a yellow duck with a red bill, sponsored by Sarah Cherry B73 and Hannah Bennett DE21, both winning £50.
Third place was no. 434, another yellow duck with a red bill, Louise Melillo PE2 and Haiza H PE20 both winning £25.
In fact all ducks that finished were yellow with a red bill, even the
two that didn't finish were yellow with a red bill, uncanny!
Close paddle to the finish
The winner is netted ...
and passed to the judge
Announcing the results
The winner is
Spectators across the lake
race went exceptionally well, with blue flares set off before launch
for effect and to define wind direction for finishing line. The start
was excellently planned by Launch team, with a surprisingly effective
and functional mechanism , no scapegoats required. No fowl play, a
fair competitive race with most entrants within a few metres of leaders.
An excellent day and a great turnout from Twin Lake visitors, our own
club and members of Melton Aurora Rotary Club. Thanks to Ian Neale
(MC), Gavin, Jenny, Zoe and James Howling, David and Pam Ward, Bob and
Gill McCord, Graham Bett, Kate Theobald, James Green, Stephen Robinson,
John Horn. And from Melton Aurora, Jane Horn, Jean Marie and Christine
Vernon, Tom and Kate Jones.
Margaret Morris and Stephen Robinson inducted as members of the club
At our meeting on 4th April 2016 we were delighted to welcome Margaret Morris and Stephen Robinson as members of the club.
Margaret is the wife of our long standing member and past president
David. As well as bring up a large family Margaret has been the
administrative strength in David's planning business for many years.
Stephen is a retired Maths teacher, as is his wife Lesley. They have
recently moved into Burton Lazars, so strengthen the contingent in the
club from there. Stephen is a keen photographer, but currently they
are both concentrating on settling into their new house.
Both have a strong wish to support our community and will bring many strengths to the club.
Margaret with her sponsor Kate
Margaret and Richard
Stephen and Lesley with President Richard and Stephen's sponsor Julia
88th Charter Night Celebration A very successful 88th Charter dinner was held at Scalford Hall on 21st March.
Although a black tie event the evening was less formal than in previous
years. Expertly organised by President-elect Ian Neale and
M/C 'd by joint Vice-Presidents Janet Shortland and Adrienne Holland,
the event was attended by 72 Rotarians and friends. President
Richard Abbott was in the chair accompanied by his wife , Jane.
Guests included The Mayor of Melton, The Senior Town Warden, the
Presidents of Aurora and Belvoir Rotary Clubs and District Governor
Geoff Blurton and his wife Heather. The Bob McCord trophy for
Rotarian of the year was awarded to Adrienne Holland.
The Guest Speaker was Clare O ' Neill who gave us an amusing talk about
her life as an opera singer and treated us by singing an assortment of
songs and arias. She was extremely engaging and feedback from
everyone indicated how much they had enjoyed her performance.
Youth Speaks District Final At
the District Final of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition Catmose
College had 2 finalists in the Intermediate Section and I in the Senior.
In the Intermediate Jasmine Holland won Best Chairman, Elizabeth Mott
won Best Speaker and her Team, with Georgia Bell and Florence Brown
went through in 2nd place to the Regional Final on April 24th at
The standard in the Senior competition was very high indeed, in which
Jack Menzies, Richard Ferris and Benjamins Krumins performed very well
Many congratulations to all the students and their coaches on another successful year in the competition.
Hall and David Ward have recently returned from India where they took
part in the Polio NID (National Immunisation Day), having assisted in a
small way in achieving Rotary's aim to immunise 172 million children
under 5 years old in just a few days.
To achieve this challenging task, Rotary who provide funding and
Operational support work closely with the Indian Government, WHO,
UNICEF, and the BMGF (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), the WHO
provide technical support, UNICEF communication aspects, and the
BMGF significant funding. The logistics of the operation
are impressive with 1.17 million vaccination teams, 2.5 million
vaccinators, in 700,000 locations, to target 172 million children
under 5 years old of India's 1.3 billion population.
Eric and David, two of 106 Rotarian volunteers from Great Britain and
Ireland, travelled with a small team of 12, via Delhi to Ludhiana a
highly polluted industrial city in the West Punjab. Similar small
teams either stayed in Delhi or travelled to Karnal, Bhiwadi, Badaun,
Kolkata. In Ludhiana the team of 12 were met with local Health
workers, medical students and Rotarians to take part in a rally
to publicise the Polio immunisation Day. The following day much
smaller teams of 3 or 4 were established to visit areas of high Polio
risk and to administer the vaccine to children under 5 years old, by
two simple drops onto the tongue. Each dose of vaccine
costing around 20p. The high risk areas being locations such as
camps with extremely poor living conditions and places with a high
number of transitory people such as bus or rail stations.
Children, once immunised, had a purple mark painted onto the nail of
their small finger of their left hand, before receiving a small gift
such as pencil, pen, or balloon. The mark applied to ensure that
the child did not return for a second dose in order to receive a second
gift. Eric and David who administered the Polio vaccine to
children in such camps commented: 'There is a personal benefit from
volunteering in knowing that you may have prevented a child from
contracting this terrible disease, it is a very rewarding and moving
experience. In addition, it helps that the turnout of children is
high when we, as strange foreigners, arrive dressed in our bright
yellow Rotary shirts'.
1-1 Ludhiana Team
1-1 Slum 1 Team Ludhiana
1-2 Ludhiana Team
2-2 Rally 20th Feb
2-2 School after Rally 20th Feb
2-3 Rally Sat 20th Feb
2-4 Rally 20th Feb
3-6 Environment Slums
3-5 Environment Slums
3-6 Environment Slums
4-1 People Slums
4-5 People Slums
4-6 People Slums
4-7 People Town
4-11 People Slums
4-12 People town area
4-13 People Slums
4-14 People Slums
4-16 Baby waiting immunisation
5-1 Eric Applying Drops
5-3 David Applying Drops
6-2 Street markets
6-3 Street Markets
6-4 Tuc Tuc Transport
6-5 Manual Transport
Eric and David's journeys continued after their immunisation
experiences when they joined a small team of 15 Rotarians and travelled
on to Darjeeling, enjoying the sight of the Himalayas and Everest
during the flight between Delhi and Bagdogra.
Whilst in Darjeeling the team attended a meeting of the local Rotary
Club, visited Tea plantations, participated in Tea Tasting,
visited the Sherpa Tensing museum and memorial, left the hotel at 4.15
am one morning to travel up to Tiger Hill to witness the sun rise
illuminating Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world
after Everest and K2. Only two disappointments were recorded:
Everest was not visible from Tiger Hill due to cloud conditions, but Mt Kanchenjunga was spectacular.
Jamling Tenzing, the son of Sherpa Tensing, and a member of the Rotary
Club of Darjeeling could not attend the meeting. Norgay has
climbed Everest several times.
Storehouse Funds raised at Santa Run On
11th January Penny Hancox presented a cheque for £260 to the club to go
to the President's charity, Melton Storehouse. The money was raised by
sponsorship for Penny who ran in the Santa Fun Run. This was the second
successive year in which Penny has raised money for the club in this
manner. In addition Penny raised a similar sum for her own
charity in her role as President of Melton Inner Wheel this year. Well
done and thank you Penny!
Christmas Party The
Annual Christmas Party on 14/12/15 was great fun. Many thanks to
Ian Neale for the time and effort put into organising it. We had a
surprise visit from Santa Claus , who delivered the secret Santa
presents. A highlight was observing Mr and Mrs Horn spending a
considerable amount of the evening trying to open John's present. This
had been skilfully wrapped by Jane Abbott , who won the prize for best
wrapped present, as judged by Peggy Drury.
Santa's second task
was to deliver presents to all the Ladies in Rotary, a token of thanks
from the club for all their devoted efforts towards our activities over
the years. Thanks also to Dina Neale for making the table decorations
for those in the room who had not otherwise received a present.
highlights were the sight of Ben Abbott wearing a purple paper hat,
albeit not for long, and Alison Blythe bombarding everyone in the room
with airborne missiles. Congratulations to Tracy who scored 23/24 in a
very difficult task requiring sensitive fingers, a good sense of smell
and a knowledge of common objects which were inside material pouches
kindly made by Helen Betts. The president's score of 7 raises concerns
as to why his right cerebral hemisphere is not working properly!
Finally thanks to John Redwood - shown in his starring role as Santa!
A big thank you to everyone who turned out on Sunday for the
6th Santa Fun Run despite the weather!!250 of you turned out raising an amazing
£6000 for your charities and Rotary.Suzanne
Rathbone warmed up the Santas as our Healthy Elf before the Mayor Jeanne Douglas and
our District Governor Geoff Blurton started us off with a countdown. The
Mayor did the 1 mile herself in a Santa Suit cheered on by us all. Our District Governor did
the full circuit of 5km. Our president's recollection of the run is of
the DG trying to decide how far he could/would run." I told him he
could break off and take the short route home. He wavered as he got to
the junction, saw the dogs on leads, pushchairs and children doing the
full circuit and bravely came back the long way round. Well done Geoff
competition was won by Lilly the Newfoundland dressed as an Angel, 2nd
was an Elf and third Rudolf the collie. This was judged by judged by Helen & Vicky from Pets at
home. All received prizes and doggie treats so everyone a winner!!
The Mayor judged as the cutest Kid a Santa buggy
complete with reindeer.Second was a
lovely elf. Well done everyone, you looked fab. All entrants received prizes and
The runners’ results were1st overall George
Griffiths aged 15 years in 20 minutes 54 seconds, 2nd Michael Cooke
20 minutes 54 seconds 3rd Daniel Christmas 20 minutes and 58m seconds.
1st Child and 5th overall was Euan Gibbs aged 12. 1st
lady was Helen Widdowson. The first child home in the 1 mile
course was James Pearson. We do not record other places, but well
done to you all.Not forgetting the runner with a Scottie raising £300 who did the run accompanied by his owner!
Our grateful thanks goes to our sponsors. The
Christmas music and the PA system was provided by 103 the Eye.
were given a goodie bag provided by Tesco Melton, with water, crisps
and a banana. There was also a sugar boost provided by Mars foods.
Check out our photographs and video on our website Facebook and Twitter
feeds. Photographs were kindly taken this year by Barry Chidlow of Melton
we welcome on
to the team for the first time, as well as Tim Williams from the
Melton Times, Rotarians Julie Hinde, Graham Bett and Jane Abbott.
If you see any photos you like please contact us and we'll
be happy to send you copies.
So next year, why not join us? Save the date - Sunday 11th
December 2016. Join us with family and friends. All the information will be on our website www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk. Get involved and raise funds for your
favourite charity. The format will be similar to this year, with 5K or 1 mile routes in the
Melton Country Park.
A BIG THANK YOU to you all and Happy Christmas.
You may like to listen to BBC Radio Leicester on Listen Again,
to around 10:30 to 11:00 this morning. They have a programme called
Clueless, where their reporter follows a load of cryptic clues to find a trail
around Leicestershire. Our Santa Run was one of the places where there
was a clue. Listen from about 1h 28m into the programme for the start of
the full thing when they are coming from Whissendine into Melton. They
eventually find their way to the Melton Country Park, but arrive just after
about 1h 45s into the programme when they get there, albeit a bit later than
planned. The run had already started, so she ends up chasing our healthy
elf, who has the clue she needs, round the course. She catches the
elf by about 2h7m into the programme.
It all arose when I was phoned by Radio Leicester on Monday
to ask if we could place a clue somewhere around the event. We discussed
it and they alighted on the healthy elf as a good place to hide the clue.
Suzanne was happy to play along, so we pinned the clue, in an envelope, to her
coat. The run setting off early nearly wrecked things as she expected to
find the elf before the start! Anyway, all was fine as she did get the
clue. “Our” clue sent them off to TwinLakes.
Young Chef - Melton Heats Results The
Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs held their annual Young Chef
competition for local secondary schools in November. Twenty
aspiring young cooks, under the eagle eyes of the judges, whisked,
chopped and baked enthusiastically to produce a healthy two course
meal. The judges were joined this year by Luke Holland,
Head Chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. Winners Emily Dawson
(Long Field Academy) and Bryony Marshall (Belvoir High School),
together with the runners up, will be rewarded by a couple of sessions
of fine dining coaching at the hotel and a fine dining lunch.
Emily and Bryony will also compete in the Rotary Young Chef District
Final in Leicester in early 2016.
Long Field Academy Competitors
Long Field Academy: Emily Dawson with Rotarian John Adcoc
Belvoir High School: Bryony Marshall with Rotarian John Adcock
Youth Speaks - Melton Heats Results The
annual Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition was held recently at the Quorn
Lodge Hotel. There were five entries from Catmose College (3 Senior, 2
Intermediate) , and one Intermediate entry from John Ferneley
College. All present, judges, parents, friends, teachers and
Rotarians, were very impressed by all who took part in what was a very
The topics chosen showed imagination
and understanding of many current issues. Speeches were delivered with
humour, where appropriate, and great confidence, giving the judges a
difficult task. Eventually they decided that Catmose College A won the
Senior, with Catmose College C second, while the Intermediate went to
Catmose College A with John Ferneley second. All these teams will now
progress to the District Semi-Finals and we wish them every success.
Weekly meeting held at Bellini's On
30/11 our 5th Monday meeting was a well attended social event at
Bellini's restaurant in Melton. The evening was attended by 39 people
comprising Rotarians, spouses and friends. In addition to enjoying a
delicious Italian meal we had the bonus of an entertaining exposure to
the stock market. This was provided by visiting Rotarian Mike Storr
from Carlton Rotary Club in Nottingham. We were led through the ups and
downs of imaginary local businesses, humorously referenced to
recognisable local sites and, occasionally, local Rotarians. David
Morris, Adrienne and Penny, along with their guests, proved worthy
winners on the night and perhaps should be asked to advise us on how to
invest our Rotary funds. Maybe not!
Many thanks to Mike Storr,
plus Alison and Wendy from Bellini's, for a very successful evening,
and to all attendees who contributed to the £100 raised for Asthma UK.
Philippines Visit, November 2015 We
have now completed our visit to The Philippines, and specifically to
Tacloban, the epicentre of the massive damage and loss of life during
Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolande) in November 2013. We
arrived on the weekend which was the second anniversary of the typhoon
itself, 8th November. We were greeted with the city-wide
spectacle of tens of thousands of candles lining most of the city
streets from nightfall onwards. It seemed every home, shop and
business had put several candles outside, all to commemorate their
losses two years before.
Earlier in the day the local Rotary
club of San Juanico had organised a memorial run, with 1km, 5km, 10km
and 21km choices. It was designed to allow the several hundred
entrants to raise money for their own good causes helping with the
still on-going recovery in the area from Yolande.
principal purpose of our visit was to see the developments at
Sagkahan Elementary School, in a suburb of Tacloban.
This has been the subject of a global grant-aided project
over the past year or so. Monies raised by our own club, but also
by several clubs across district 1070, notably Towcester, clubs in
Devon (district 1290) and elsewhere were matched by a grant from the
Rotary Foundation, bringing the total funds available to about
$120,000. This has allowed refurbishment of 6 classrooms damaged
by the storm surge and high winds, installation of solar powered fans
and lights, provision of 25 computers, and training of nearly all the
teachers in the school in the use of IT for education of the children.
Some further work will be done, as funds allow, to provide hand
washing and potable water, and to drain and refurbish the play area and
running track in the centre of the school. It is planned to
finalise this work by February. As the school has about 1900
pupils this will help with the education and future lives of many
families in the region.
We were honoured to be present at the
hand-over ceremony and take part in the cutting of the ribbon to mark
the official opening of the classrooms.
project has been
managed locally by the Rotary Club of San Juanico, under the control of
architect Ed Cumpio. The quality of the building
refurbishment work was apparent in the admirable result. The
praise all round for the effectiveness and usefulness of the IT
instruction was a testament to the work of Lucy Joseph, the
step-daughter of one of our club members, who spent four weeks in
Sagkahan earlier this year - thank you Lucy. And, of course, very
many thanks are owed to all the sponsors of the project, especially the
Rotary Club of Towcester, the combined clubs of District 1290 (Devon)
and of course The Rotary Foundation. without which little of this would
have been possible. All the contributors were listed, not only in
the banners at the opening ceremony but also are permanently painted
onto the gable walls of one of the classroom blocks.
the Rotary activity during the week has been to discuss with the
local Rotarians some potential future projects. One we will look to
develop will be extending the training of teachers in IT skills
across the city of Tacloban. This will take some time to set up,
and is currently planned for April/May 2017, during the Filipino
schools' summer break (a time when their teachers are available for
courses). We need to address the finding of teacher-trainers, as
well as ensuring such training is followed through in the teachers'
schools by making sure the necessary IT equipment is available to them.
We will of course need substantial funding for this work in due
course. We will be grateful, as will the children in the
Philippines, if you are able to help at that time.
are many other schools in the area in need of help. One high
school has received books from us in Melton. They showed us their
science lab from which all the equipment had been washed away during
the storm surge. While the Filipinos' ability to make do and mend
is admirable, they themselves realise how lacking they are in the
facilities to teach science to their 11-16 year-old pupils. Can
we help? Similarly, rural schools we visited need more support.
Their recovery from Yolande progresses, but there remains much to
Teas for the Elderly On
Sunday 25th October we provided and hosted a tea for the elderly
members of the Contact group and the volunteers who drive them to the
different monthly venues. 40 people came to Burton Lazars Village Hall
where they were offered a delicious tea and the opportunity for
conversation and laughter with friends. The occasion was made extra
special with the attendance of the Chairman of Leicestershire County
Council, David Snartt, his wife and their driver. Mr Snartt took the
opportunity to talk to the visitors and discover how very much they
appreciate these events. Many thanks are due to Angela Fielding, who
is the organiser, and to the guests who came along.
Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray welcomed Uppingham School Chamber
Orchestra back to St Mary’s Parish Church for this year’s Autumn
Concert. The church resounded to the brass and drums in Aaron
Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man which opened the concert.
The audience, many of whom had enjoyed a pre-concert dinner or canapes,
were then able to relax to the gentle but lesser known Serenade for 13
Wind Instruments by Strauss in which several principal players gave
beautiful performances. The highlight of the first half was
undoubtedly Ali Asgarov’s playing of the Bach Concerto in A Major for
Violin. The church acoustics allow the music to sing above the
orchestral accompaniment delighting the listeners with Ali’s clear and
distinguished performance. The concert ended with the orchestra
playing Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” leaving many looking forward
to next year's event.
Proceeds in excess of £2000 from
the concert are to go to the Rotary project refurbishing Sagkahan
Elementary School in the Philippines and other charities and good
causes supported by Rotary.
Many thanks to those who attended. We hope you enjoyed the evening. Thank
you for your support for our project to improve education in the
Philippines where they suffered so badly from the devastating typhoon
Melton Mowbray and Melton Aurora clubs met for our minor
sports round 1 on 13th October at The Plough in Stathern. We
played for the best of three at Long Alley Skittles. There was a
total of 33 members and friends of the two clubs present. We had a meal together before playing skittles and it became obvious that our tactic to eat before playing paid off!
After the meal we split into two teams of 16 with one scorer.
Melton won the first round 68 to 67 and the second round 92 to 68. It was a very sociable evening and enjoyed by all. We await the draw for the second round.
Leo Buccahan, Rotary Peace Fellow, visits our club
of Rotary's most important programmes is that of Peace Fellowships.
These are awarded to students who wish to study subjects under
the broad heading of peace and conflict resolution at one of six
universities across the world including Bradford. The Fellowships
are sponsored by The Rotary Foundation.
One of the eleven
Fellowships awarded this year went to Leo Buccahan, a passionate
educationalist from the northern Philippines who is making it his life's
work to develop education as a means to broadening world peace.
Leo visited our club on 5th October to tell us of his life, his
studies and his plans for the future.
Leo Buccahan's presentation
Leo was born in Baguio, in Luzon (some members visited there in 2004)
Various measures of peacefulness, happiness, Philippines vs UK
Leo on the family farm
With the citrus crop
A basis for Leo's inspiration
Leo's early teaching
VSO work in Mozambique
Teaching in New Mexico
Working in a SE Asia Youth Programme
The vision of the Rotary Pace Centres
Visiting the local Rotary club
Locations of the Rotary Peace Centres
40 years of Peace Studies at Bradford University
Leo's is the 13th class of Rotary Peace Fellows
Applied Field Experience in New Zealand
Applied Field Experience in New Zealand
Some of Leo's academic studies
An opportunity for Leo to apply some of his learnings
Invitation to the forthcoming Peace Seminar
Leo's plans for the future
Where alumni of the Peace Fellowships are working now
Where alumni of the Peace Fellowships are working now
A final inspiration
ended by inviting us all to the Rotary Peace Centres conference in
Bradford on 31st October, an invitation not to be missed. They
are all, Leo especially, an inspirational group of students.
commendably large party of 15 people represented our club at a very
sunny Bournemouth District Conference on 25th to 27th September. The
conference theme was 'vision' as represented by ways in which Rotarians
might help those with impaired sight and, alternatively, by their
visionary approach to their Rotarian lives.
Our club was
represented heavily at the upper end of the organisation where Bill
Hill organised a highly enjoyable conference, David Morris hosted the
RIBI President and John Dehnel, in his capacity of DG elect, outlined
his plans for next year's conference in Nottingham.
all greatly enjoyed the speakers and ate and drank luxuriously. Let' s
try to get even more members to support John and Ian in Nottingham next
Grand September Ball was held at Scalford Hall on 19/9/2015 to raise
money for Air Ambulance and local charities.This was a joint venture
with The Aurora Club and planned by an organising committee consisting
of members with varied talents from each of the clubs. The original
idea had been suggested by David Morris and initiated in conjunction
with the club presidents.
The hotel had kindly offered their new
marquee free of charge and we were massively supported by a large range
of local sponsors. The main entertainment was from Tony Rifugiato's
splendid 10 piece band 'Functionality', supplemented by a harpist,
an opera singer, a casino and a table magician. 210 guests attended the
The evening was a huge success and raised over
£8000 pounds for the selected charities including the Leicestershire Air Ambulance. A big thank you to everyone
two Melton Mowbray quiz teams entered into the District Quiz
competition held on Thursday 17th September 2015 at Beedles Lake Golf
Clubhouse, achieved all their objects and more, once again exhibiting
not only our entrants quizzing excellence, but superb stratagem.
teams achieved honour and recognition by finishing with the third and
fourth highest scores of the night out of a field of 15 entrants, the
‘A’ team, successfully missing out on second place and progression to
the next round by one point, the ‘B’ team being a further 3 points
behind. The ‘B’ team also achieved success by coming away with
the ‘Chocolate prize’ for being closest in ‘guessing’ the number of
votes that Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour Leadership vote by!
The two Club teams were: - Team
‘A’ – John Redwood, Adrienne Holland, Diana Osborne and Joe Carrington
who achieved the third highest score with 38 points. (Equal third
place). Team ‘B’ – John Horn, Richard Abbott, Bill Hill and David
Ward, who achieved the fourth highest score with 35 points. (Equal
Heat Quiz results:- - First place Loughborough Beacon with +40 ? points, progress to next round. - Second place Melton Mowbray Belvoir, with 39 points, progress to next round. - Equal Third place Melton Mowbray ‘A’ team, and Soar Valley, with 38 points. - Equal fifth place Melton Mowbray ‘B’ team, and Coalville ‘A’, with 35 points.
Thanks to District organisers and our Club facilitator John Horn for a good night.
40 classic and vintage vehicle owners came along on Sunday 6th
September to our 1st Melton & Vintage Classic Vehicle Festival fund
raising festival in the Play Close. The sun shone all day making
the venue picture perfect on the day. We raised £785, to
be shared with the QMC Helipad and projects supported by Rotary
locally and internationally.
Drivers came from far
afield, many newcomers to Melton, and were impressed with our town
and facilities in the Play Close. Thank you to the Town
Estate for their support. We were delighted in the quality of
vehicles. The Jaguar best in show topped the £ value at over
£100,000 but all cars were special to their owners, who care restore
and maintain these vehicles as part of our vehicle history and heritage
from home and abroad. Thank you also to all those who
attended on the day. Your positive comments on our first event and your
requests mean we plan to be back by popular demand. We will
be running in 2016. For more information please keep an eye
on the event website www.meltonvehiclefestival.org.uk
The winners by public vote were as follows: Best in Show. Jaguar E Type Reg. YND 544L Terry Isham 81/90
Reg. OUT 650W 71/80
Ford Escort Mexico Reg. GJU
72L Mr Green 61/70
Reg. VNH 74
F Mr Underwood 51/60
Reg. SUC 86
S Mr Jackson 41/50 No Cars in this group Before 1940 Morris 10/4 Reg. OD 8528 Mr Wilkinson Misc.
756 Mr Turner in the draw of all voting forms completed the winner was Sam.
Photos courtesy of Julia Hinde, Graham Bett, Jane Abbott.
to all entrants. Everyone one who participated was a winner.
And thank you to our sponsors for making a great day!
Missed it? Put it in your diary for 2016. We look forward to seeing you there.
Visit to Sagkahan School project, Philippines August 2015
Alison Blythe visited our school project in Sagkahan again in August. She reports:
and 1 large room finished except for actual installation of actual toilet pans
(to avoid being used by all and sundry) : 2 classrooms in separate block have
had integral toilets constructed but now await final cleaning and redecoration,
lights and fans.
in place and will give sufficient power for all rooms.Special secure building attached to integral
toilet structure to house batteries, control units etc, complete with locked
door and iron security gate.
expected to start using classrooms from Monday 24 August 2015.
temporary classroom blocks will be dismantled and shipped to another barangay
will then be cleared, levelled, and drainage channels completed to dyke.
out sample of membrane to put under new ground works to help deter natural
Training successfully completed by Lucy Joseph.This has been a great success.She has trained all 50 teachers in 2 sessions per day – morning and
afternoon.Their knowledge was a lot
more basic than expected.She has lodged
with Nice, Headteacher, copies of all lesson plans, schemes of work etc. for
wishes this to be the basis for a major training scheme for 1500 primary school
teachers throughout Tacloban in conjunction with Local Educational
Supervisor.Discussed using primary
school student teachers on internship – possibly June – August 2016.
become flagship school in the community.
Handover confirmed for Monday 9 November 2015.Local dignatories present will include Mayor, Chief Superintendent of
Education, District Education Supervisor, and other Rotarian dignatories.
Rotarians visited on 14 August and agreed to pay for the refurbishment of 3
further classrooms and building a new block of 2 – 3 rooms from scratch.This will be funded by the individual clubs,
not under a GG.
Governor Geoff Blurton visited our club on 24th August. We were
particularly pleased that he was able to spare the time in his busy
schedule, as it gave Alison Blythe an opportunity to talk about the
super progress in the development of the school and the teacher
training in Sagkahan School in Tacloban, Philippines. Ken was
able to relate that work to his experiences in working with Rotary in
Africa, where he has been a Rotarian himself.
Seen in the
pictures are DG Geoff and our club president Richard, and Alison
showing the smiling school children we are supporting through our work
at the school.
and District Governor's Citations presented
August was a proud day for the club, as Assistant Governor Graham
Martin, on behalf of immediate past- District Governor Ken Billington
presented two citations to the club in respect of last year's
achievements. Seen below, Graham is presenting
Citation certificate to
past-President Bill Hill.
This is an acknowledgment and thanks from
the President of Rotary International to the club for completing
activities in a range of areas of Rotary Service. The second
picture shows Graham presenting the District Governor's citation to
current President Richard Abbott, again noting the club's achievements
Stars awards are aimed at recognising a pupil in Year 6 in any of
our local schools who has demonstrated such
attributes as good citizenship, caring for others and/or the
environment, showing initiative and a good attitude to school.
The award is outside the normal academic and sporting
achievements and helps to
build self esteem. The nominated pupil is chosen by the
head teacher and staff. The award consists of a certificate, a
badge and a book.