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In this section are held items that appeared on the News page of the web site during the joint presidency of Janet Shortland and Adrienne Holland, largely relating to club events and activities.

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Mock Interviews, Harington School Oakham, June 2018


During June, members of the club helped out at the Harington School, the post-16 college in Oakham.  The school is only 3 years old, but is growing rapidly.  They have 112 students in year 12 this year, all of whom are preparing for their next steps in life, be that to university, other colleges, oir direct into employment. An important part of that preparation is developing their skills in interviews and writing CVs.

The school has brought together a team of about 30 adults who conduct mock interviews with each of the students, putting them in the unfamiliar situation of talking about themselves, their achievements and ambitions to people they have not met before.  Constructive feedback is given, both orally and in writing.

Over a week in June, members of the Melton Rotary Club helped with this activity. We all found it extremely satisfying. It is great way to support in our community.

The school is growing rapidly and a larger team of interviewers will be needed next year. Talk to one of our members who took part in if you would be willing to help in future.


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Music Scholar, Greg Scotland, June 2018

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One of our visitors at the club on 25th June was Greg Scotland, a talented young violinist.  Greg is about to go off to San Diego to spend three weeks playing and learning with the prestigious San Diego Youth Orchestra.  This is one of a series of "Youth Camps" organised by Rotary International.  As well as winning this competitive post to further his musical aspirations, Greg will be hosted by Rotarian families while in San Diego, substantially reducing the cost of such an opportunity.


During his visit Greg played us a piece of Bach's music, for unaccompanied violin, as can be seen in the photo.



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Presidents' Garden Party, June 2018

Our joint presidents for the year, Janet Shortland and Adrienne Holland, pooled their efforts with several other members of the club on 23rd June to hold a wonderful garden party at Janet's lovely home in Eaton.  Over 80 guests enjoyed convivial company, good food, and a talented jazz band, the Groove Merchants.

As well as a pleasant afternoon, the aim was to raise funds for Cancer Research and Homestart.  The event raised over 1080, to be split between the two charities. As Janet said afterwards, it was all only made possible the  attending, and a lot of hard work.  Molly and Megan’s pot washing experience at the pub came in very handy.  Meg was in charge of the Pimms as she works behind the bar there now.
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A big thank you to all the helpers and to the people who donated raffle prizes. Huge thanks to The Groove Merchants band who very kindly gave their services free.  And an enormous thank you to Janet for opening her house and gardens to host the event, as well, we suspect, of doing a great deal of the work herself.

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Young Designer, June 2018

This year's Young Designer Competition was held at the Melton MV16 College on 20th June. Students from John Ferneley College, Long Field Academy and Priory Belvoir Academy all contributed to the wide range of products on display. Judging was undertaken by Gavin Howling, Tony Pick and Peter Field. The keen eyed experienced judges were challenged with selecting winners for the junior and senior competitions. Sadly, but common to all competitions, it was necessary to select winners from the impressive array of items submitted by the students. The winners were: Senior - Tom Golland, Junior - Neil Hammond.  Runners-up were: Senior - Sarah Brown, Junior - Sam Putnam.
 

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The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray are pleased to acknowledge and are grateful for all the work undertaken by the staff in support of their students.


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Melton Duck Race, May 2018

Melton Rotary Goes Quacktastic

The club's annual duck race this year moved to the town's park and was watched by a large crowd of local people.

Members sold ‘duck tickets’ in Melton market place and at the Melton Show over the bank holiday weekend and one thousand (1000)! plastic ducks were launched into the river Eye on Monday  afternoon.  The ducks swam slowly and  majestically to the finish where they were ‘rescued’ into nets.

Winners have been contacted – Ian and Andy , both from Melton won 1st and 2nd prizes of 75 and 50 and third prize of 25 went to Charles from London. 

Organiser Helen Bett thanked everyone who helped to make the event a great success and also everyone who bought tickets. Over 1000 was raised  to support the club's Kids Out project.

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CPR and Defibrillator Awareness Training, to May 2018

The Melton Mowbray club has been very active over the past few months, spreading the message about the value of CPR and the use of defibrillators in the case of cardiac arrest.

What would you do if you came across someone collapsed, unresponsive and not breathing?

The members of our club initially spent an evening with the organisation Heartwize learning about how to act to save lives in such a situation last autumn.  Since then, several of the club members have spent more time studying the techniques, and have, since the start of the year, been acting as trainers with Heartwize, spreading the skills to others around the Rotary district.

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So far we have made 24 visits to other Rotary clubs.  We have trained around 500 people, Rotarians, relatives, friends and members of local businesses, in CPR.  They are now more confident in how to carry out effective CPR, and more aware of the techniques for using defibrillators.  This will maximise the chances of survival of someone they see who has a cardiac arrest.  The response has been extremely enthusiastic, and we are delighted to have had such excellent feedback scores.
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We will be pleased to come to your club, group, school, etc., to demonstrate CPR and demystify the use of defibrillators.

We bring the training mannequins you can see in the photos, so everyone has ample opportunity to practice CPR - the chest compressions essential to keep someone alive until a defibrillator and the ambulance service can be there.  We bring defibrillators so you can see how they are used, see that they are very easy to use, and ask questions about them.  Just contact us at the Melton Rotary Club.

This programme is supported by, and run in conjunction with Heartwize, a charitable group set up by two of the consultant cardiologists at the Leicester Hospitals group.   They have been teaching CPR in Leicestershire schools since 2012.  Together with Rotary in the East Midlands, we are now taking these essential skills to the wider community, contributing to saving some of the 60,000 people in the UK who suffer potentially fatal out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year.

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Melton Mowbray Young Chef Shield presented to Longfield Academy student, Sophie Spokes

The Melton Mowbray Rotary Club's Young Chef Shield was presented to Sophie Spokes on 23rd April by club president Adrienne Holland.

The award signifies Sophie's success in being the top competitor in the Melton area as judged at the District Competition.

Sophie is a pupil at Longfield Academy.

One photo also shows Mrs Jane Tait, the food technology teacher at Long Field.


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Uppingham School concert at St. Mary's Church, April 2018

The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray was delighted to welcome the Chamber Orchestra of Uppingham School to perform the Spring Concert following a year’s break due to the refurbishment of St Mary’s Church.  The audience, some of whom had flown in from Germany and Hong Kong, were treated to a marvellous evening of top class music.  The concert opened with the Uppingham Wind Ensemble performing selections from Mozart’s Gran Partita Serenade No 10 let by Mr Andrew Webster.  The quality of playing set the tone for the evening.

Following the Wind Ensemble, the full orchestra of some 50 players, conducted by Mr Richard Smith, played the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.  The playing of the soloists, Elizabeth Ludwig and Carlotta Rothenfusser, was superb with the two instruments weaving themes between each other in complete synchronisation throughout, leading some to think the performers were professionals in their fields, rather than 17-year old pupils.

After the interval we had fun with some Romanian Folk Dances and then into a complete performance of Haydn’s “London” symphony (No 104).

The acoustics of our wonderful Church have been enhanced (if that were possible) and allowed the orchestra, some people thought, to give perhaps the best performance heard yet from this highly professional orchestra.
 

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Thank you to Alison Blythe for organising such an enjoyable event.

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Youth Speak Regional Final - Results, April 2018

Below are photos and details of the 2018 Youth Speaks Regional Final.  This saw two teams from Catmose College provide excellent performances in their respective age categories.

The Intermediate team (11 - 13 years) won their group and now qualify for the National Final to be held in Exmouth on 12 May. A picturesque area and slightly closer to us than Lands End.

The Seniors Team (14  -17 years) gave a faultless performance in the high standard field but just failed to displace the winners.

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Induction of new member - John Hodgson, April 2018

The club was pleased to welcome a new member to the club, John Hodgson.  He was inducted into the club by joint Presidents Adrienne Holland and Janet Shortland.  John was a local teacher, and lives in Great Dalby.  He has heard good things about Rotary from various friends, and expressed his keenness to join us in many of our activities.

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Charter Night, March 2018

The club's Charter Night - the celebration of the club's 90th birthday, was held on 12th March in the lovely surroundings of St Mary's Parish Church, Melton.  The church was looking spendid after its major refurbishment last year.  The food and service, provided by Carol Sloan of the Samworth Cafe, were both extremely good.  The entertainment from Anthony King was unique and hugely enjoyable.  A great evening was had by all.

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Youth Speaks District Final

The Youth Speaks District Final was held at Uppingham Community College on 24th February.  The two teams from Catmose College, entered by the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mownbray and Melton Belvoir did extremely well.  The internediate age group team won their final.  The seniors came second in their age group.  They will both go on to the regional final for the east of England on 21st March, again at Uppingham   Looking to the future, the National Final of The Rotary in Britain and Ireland Youth Speaks competition is on 12th May, at Exmouth Community College, Exmouth.  Based on their perfomances last week, there is every chance one or both teams will be making that rather longer journey.


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Young Chef District Final

The Young Chef District Final West was held yesterday (24/02/2018) at the Tudor Grange Samworth Academy in Leicester.

Sophie Spokes (Long Field) sponsored by MMBRC and Jessica Ryder by MMRC excelled in a very tough field but were unable to dislodge the winner and runner up from their leading positions - on this occasion.

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The heat was won by Lorena Dawes, sponsored by Ashby de la Zouche Castle RC, with Millie-Jayne Hynard, sponsored by Ashby de la Zouche, runner-up.

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Visit by Melton Borough Council CEO, Edd de Coverly

The photo shows club president Adrienne Holland and Edd de Coverly, CEO Melton Borough Council, at the club meeting at Sysonby Knoll Hotel where members were given an insight into the workings and objectives of the Council.
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Visit to Indian National Polio Immunisation Day

Two Club Members, Eric Hall and David Ward travelled to India in February to participate in the 2018 NID, both having previously taken part in earlier Polio immunisations.  Their visit started in Delhi to meet the other 90 or so volunteers for a Polio update by PDG Raman Bhatia of District 3011, one of the main drivers of the Rotary initiative.

The following day after visits to Delhi’s religious buildings the volunteers headed off to their NID locations, with Eric and David selecting Kolkata (Calcutta).  Other locations covered by the RIBI initiative were New Delhi, Amritsar and Bhiwadi the location of Eric and David’s NID last year.  The Kolkata NID was professionally organised by numerous local Rotary Clubs in District 3291, the coordinator being Shayak Gupta of Calcutta South East, with support from Local Health Dept. Officials, Indian National and District Polio Committee, local politicians, other other Clubs included: -
•    Rotary Club of Barasat Outer
•    Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria
•    Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta
•    Rotary Club of Garden Reach  
•    Rotary Club Calcutta North West
•    Rotary Club of Central Calcutta

Rather than give a full description of the visit the following groups of photographs will hopefully give a flavour of the ‘Real India’.

1.    Rotary Club Members Vehicles and publicity
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DG Chris Davies visits the club

We were pleased to have our current District Governor visit the club today, 15th January, to encourage us to continue with all the good work she recognises we are doing.  She reminded us of the Rotary Theme for the year, Making a Difference, which no-one doubted is what Rotary is all about.  She reminded us of the RI President's environmental request for a tree to be planted for evey Rotarian in the club.  The work done over the world, as well as in our club, to eradicate polio continues well, despite the long, drawn out nature of the end-game. And she congratulated us all, awarding at least 4 bottles of (virtual) champagne for the great way our club embraces Rotary ideals.
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We look forward to seeing Chris again at our Charter Night celebrations in March.

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Youth Speaks Semi-Final - Teams sponsored by Melton Clubs progress to final

Rotary District 1070 Youth Speaks Semi Final
Place: Bourne Methodist Church
Date: Saturday, 13th January 2018

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Two teams progress to the District Final to be held on 24th February
Catmose College. Speaking on the subject of 'Children's mental health'. Team members: Chairperson - Cecilly Parsons, Speaker – Tom McEeny, Vote of Thanks – Daniel William. Sponsoring Rotary Club - Melton Mowbray
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Speaking on the subject of 'Are the values Disney promotes wholesome?' Team Members: Chairperson – Annie Didin, Speaker – Anna Nguyen, Vote of Thanks – Begum Gur. Sponsoring Rotary Club – Uppingham
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Two teams progress to the District Final to be held on 24th February
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Speaking on the subject of 'What about the men?' Team members: Chairperson – Ella Withers, Speaker – Alice Burton, Vote of Thanks – Jess Falconer. Sponsoring Rotary Club – Melton Mowbray Belvior
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Kesteven and Sleaford High School.
Speaking on the subject of 'Are the laws of joint criminal enterprise changing the way that modern society looks upon criminals'. Team members: Chairperson – Natalie Sands, Speaker – Emily Dunham, Vote of Thanks – Katherine Bolton. Sponsoring Rotary Club – Sleaford Kesteven
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There's More to Tea than a Tea Bag, December 2017

The club's final "normal" meeting of the yearwas entertained by a fascinating presentation on teas from across the world, given by Anna Stasinska, owner and designer of the Old Brickyard Tea Garden in Scalford.  To quote her: "The more I discover, the more I realise there is to learn and love about tea".

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Youth Speaks, local heats, November 2017

The first local round of the national Youth Speaks Competition was held at Quorn Lodge Hotel on 21st November.

The competition has two age groups, 11 to 13 years (Intermediate) and 14 to 17 years (Senior).  Three teams from Catmose College qualified for the Semi Final of the District Competition to be held in January 2018; two Intermediate and one Senior team.
Intermediate Team A, comprised Jack Barnett (Chairperson), Oliver Williams (Speaker) and Josh Sennett (Proposer of the Vote of thanks)
Intermediate Team B, comprised Cecilly Parsons (Chairperson), Tom McEnery (Speaker) and Daniel Williams (Proposer of the Vote of thanks)
Senior team comprised Ella Withers (Chairperson) Alice Burton (Speaker) and Jess Falconer (Proposer of the Vote of thanks)

The Chair of the adjudicators, Robin Jones, congratulated the teams on their performances and wished them further success in the next round.

This local round of the  Youth Speaks competition was organised by the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray Belvior and Melton Mowbray. Andrew Leaver, as a lead organiser, acknowledged the continued high standard achieved by the staff and students at Catmose College and concluded the evening by thanking Quorn Lodge for hosting the competition.

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Young Chef, local competition, October/November 2017

Heat one in the local round in Rotary’s Young Chef national competition has been held at Long Field Academy.

It forms part of the four stage national competition aimed at supporting and encouraging the development of cookery skills including presentation, healthy eating and hygiene. At a time of increasing debate on the benefits of healthy eating and personal responsibilities, the competition provides an ideal platform for recognising the skills learnt at home, schools, academies and colleges.

The eight students from Long Field fully demonstrated the high skills existing at the Academy.  The excellent work shown by Sophie Spokes as winner and Chloe Young, the runner up, allowed them to nudge ahead.

Rotary is particularly pleased to acknowledge the help and support provided by the staff and management at the Academy.   



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This was then followed by the second round of the local heats, held at Priory Belvoir Academy on 25th November 2017.

Seven students entered this popular event and impressed the judges, parents and Rotarians with the high standard of their culinary expertise.
•         Jessica Ryder was voted the winner after demonstrating a fine judgement in detail, a well balanced menu and attractive presentational skills.
•         Such was the high standard of the event that two students, Abigail Snow and Rosie Turnbull, tied for the runner-up position.

Belvoir and Melton Rotary Clubs are pleased acknowledge that without the support provided by the Academy, teaching staff, parents and judges, the event could not be held. What a loss for tomorrow’s citizens and parents that would be!


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Rotary Clubs in Melton - Joint Meeting, October 2017

The end of October saw the first joint meeting of the Rotary clubs across Melton for many years.  The Club Presidents set up the meeting to discuss how better our Rotary Clubs can work together to ensure we are serving the community in and around Melton.  About 60 members from the three clubs, including members from the satellite Enterprise Group, came together at the Melton Bowls Club.  As well as sharing activities each club is undertaking this year, thoughts were started on suitable joint projects.

The evening was an enjoyable one, sharing an excellent meal and finishing with a "beetle drive" where we all mixed across the clubs and developed better friendships between us all.
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Contact Teas, October 2017

What a recipe!

Take 150 sandwiches and add 36 deliciously iced cup cakes. Put out three large trifles together with fruit cake, sponge cake and scones and mix liberally with 36 local pensioners.  Add enough tea to keep everyone happy and well lubricated!

This happy mix was the latest Contact Tea Party at Burton Lazars village Hall where the elderly were served by The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray with what was described as a ‘wonderful spread’.

Rotarians Helen Bett and Adrienne Holland said it had been a lovely afternoon and a real pleasure to meet and chat to the guests and to serve the teas.

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Tacloban Teachers' Visit, October 2017

Below is a picture following the presentation on 15th October by two local teachers who went to the Philipines to continue the ICT training programme started three years ago in the wake of Hurrican Haiyan.  The teachers' names are Kuldip Kaur and Valerie Turner. They are from Wigston Academy.  We are grateful for their support in this on-going help to this devastated community.

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District Quiz, 2017

Both our teams in the initial round of the District Quiz performed with their usual skill and tactical know-how on how to come as near as possible to winning without the prospect of long district travel to later rounds. The A team ended a mere half point behind the winners Bradgate, with the B team a half point further behind. The event, including the meal, was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to all who took part.

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District Conference, Llandudno 2017

17 members of the club attended the District 1070 annual conference in Llandudno in September 2017, led by Presidents Janet Shortland and Adrienne Holland.  The photo shows most of the attendees, at the Imperial Hotel prior to going out to the gala dinner night.  From left to right they are Graham Bett, Michael and Diana Osborne, John Dehnel, Janet Shortland, Gill Mc Cord, Helen Bett, David Ward, Adrienne Holland, Bob McCord, Pam Ward, Teresa and Jim Green.  David & Margaret Morris and Bill & Angela Hill stayed in the Llandudno Bay hotel and joined the remainder of the party at the dinner.
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The conference itself inlcuded inspiring presentations from the following:
RI President's representative - Piotr Wygnanczuk
Woodland Trust – John Tucker
Shannon Trust - Angela Cairns
Different Strokes - Megan Giglia, Paralympian
The Rutland Ospreys - Dr. Tim Mackrill
Chris Wells – Rotaract
Colin Alderson, chef to the Queen
Ogden Trust - Judith Green
Warning Zone - David Webster
Palliative Care, Ethiopia - Chris Davies and Richard Power
My life in TV - Nicki Chapman

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Vehicle Festival 2017

THE THIRD YEAR OF THIS EVENT IN THE VINTAGE AND  CLASSIC VEHICLES SHOW CIRCUIT

Charity was the winner after Melton Rotary Club’s spectacular Vintage & Classic Vehicle Fun Day on Sunday 3rd September 2017.  Melton Market Place was full with vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, scooters and people as Melton Rotary Club’s spectacular Vintage & Classic Vehicle Fun Day proved a huge success.

The event, held from 10am until 2pm, saw a wide range of more than 50 vehicles arrive in a bid to be judged Best in Show as voted for by the public.  The award went to a 1955 Standard 8 owned by 71-year-old Harry Brentnall from Derby, who explained that he bought the car when his wife told him to stop going down the pub and to get a hobby!  "It cost me 100 and another 100 to have it delivered to me. It was in a real mess when I got it. My wife took one look at it and told me to send it to the scrapyard," he said.  He added that he didn't have any knowledge of repairing cars before he bought the Standard 8 but that he had taught himself by referring to some old car manuals he had picked up at jumble sales.  Harry said he only heard about the Rotary Club event the week before at another car show and thought he would come along for something to do as his wife had other plans for the weekend.  "I love coming along to car shows to hear all the nice comments about the car," he added.

Runner-up was a Jensen Interceptor Mark III owned by Andrew Beeston from Melton Mowbray.  He explained that the car, which has a V8 7.2 litre engine, was one that he had wanted since he was a child and that it is rare to see them, so when one came up for sale about seven years ago he had to have it.  Andrew went along to the event with his family and car-mad son.  Louis,13, said he was delighted that his dad drove the Interceptor and that he is the envy of all his friends.

Between 800-900 was raised for Cancer Research and Home-Start, Rotary supported charities, from donations and raffle prizes.  The result of the raffle was as follows: 1st: Chris Richardson, winner of 24 hours at Launde Abbey dinner bed and breakfast; 2nd: Bob McCord, tea for two at Gates Garden Centre; 3rd: Geoff Goodwin, Dickinson & Morris hamper; 4th: Mr Sharman, meat voucher from Derek Jones. 

Rotarian Ian Neale said: “It was a good day and we had 55 classic cars. There was a lovely atmosphere in the Market Place.  “We took plenty of money in our collection buckets and sold lots of raffle tickets.  This was the first time we held the event in the Market Place as opposed to Play Close. Rotarians and I felt it was much better, more compact and more visible to people.”

There were a number of stalls and attractions to keep everyone busy during the event including a children's fancy dress competition, which was won by three-year-old Felix Cuzmiar, dressed as Robin Hood. Second prize went to his twin brother Arlo.  Hattie the clown kept the crowds amused with balloon modelling and blowing giant bubbles, there was a cake stall, refreshments and a bouncy castle and local radio station 103 The Eye broadcast live from the event.

Organisers wish to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the event such a big success, including all those who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets and to all those who gave their support on the day.


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CPR and Defibrillator Training Evening

What would you do if someone collapsed unconscious in the street in front of you?
What would you do if a member of your family complained of a chest pain, then collapsed, not breathing, on the living room floor?

27 members of Melton Rotary Clubs' members and friends are now better able to respond appropriately, possibly saving lives should the collapse be caused by a cardiac arrest.

The Heartwize organisation aims to spread knowledge of how to perform effective cardio-pulmonary resuscitation across the East Midlands, and has teamed up with Rotary District 1070 to assist with this.  Clubs in Northampton and now in Melton Mowbray have now been part of a 2-hour session where the principles of CPR have been discussed, and the attendees have had hands-on practice at doing CPR.

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The other element of the evening was to demystify the use of defibrillators.  These are appearing increasingly on public buildings, in shops, offices and other work places.  The machines are completely automated, and give voice instructions on how to work them from the moment the ON button is pressed.  The group was able to practice with training defibrillators on the CPR dummies, and will all be more confident in their use should the scenario above occur.

Thank you to Dr Doug Skehan and Julie Young of Heartwize for providing such professional input to the evening's activities.

If you are interested in receiving some training, please contact anyone in the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray, or talk direct to Heartwize.  We'll be pleased to help.

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Presidents' Handover

Monday, 3rd July was the occasion of the handover of the presidency of the club from Ian Neale to our joint incoming presidents, Adrienne Holland and Janet Shortland.  Ian acknowledged the help and support of the club during his year as president, in whihch we continued to achieve much good in the town and elsewhere.

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We all wish Adrienne and Janet the very best in leading the club and continuing its successful programmes.

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