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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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Young Designer

The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir held the Melton heats of the 2017 Young Designer competition, at MV16 College on 8 June 2017 under the guidance and with the generous help of David Wilson.  The participating schools were Belvoir High School, Long Field Academy, John Ferneley College and MV16.  The entries were unversally imaginative and creative.
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Intermediate competition (GCSE level) 7 students
Winner: Henrietta Wright - Self-assembly mood light
Runner-up: Helen Barber - Vanity unit using recycled wood
Highly commended: Jacob Neale - Self-assembly desk lamp

Senior competition (A level) 6 students
Winner: Luke Parkin - Drumsticks holder
Runner-up: Lily Hemsley - Storage seat
Highly commended: Child's rocking chair/toy

Certificates presented by David Wilson (MV16) and Tony Pick (Melton Mowbray Belvoir RC)

Judges:
Intermediate competition: Tony Pick (MMBRC), Jim Schofield (MMBRC)
Senior competition: Gavin Howling (MMRC), Eric Hall (MMRC)

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Great Melton Duck Race

As the sun shone and tension mounted at 1pm last Sunday, 1000 ducks were released from their captivity in the middle of the lake at Twin Lakes park. At first they seemed afraid to leave their friends, but soon a few brave souls swam out ahead, making a dash for the far shore and leaving their mates in the main pelaton. After rounding the island and being careful not to disturb a nesting swan,  the leaders were soon jostling for pole positions, and even quacking about it.
Coming in first was duck 685, closely followed by 62 and in third place was duck 662.

Careful Rotarians helped the rest back into their nesting boxes and everyone went home happy!

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Young Chef District Finals, March 2017

Rotary's District Young Chef (West) final was held at Tudor Grange Samworth Academy, Leicester on Saturday, 25th March 2017.

Lucy Towle (Belvoir High School), Emily Dawson (Long Field Academy) and Harry Hooley (John Fernely College), sponsored respectively by Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, Melton Belvoir Rotary Club and Melton Aurora Rotary Club, excelled in producing tasty delights but narrowly missed progressing to the Regional Final. However, Lucy's achievements over the various rounds were recognised by the sponsoring clubs who were please to acknowledge her skills by awarding her the Melton Rotary Clubs' Young Chef Shield for 2017.


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Youth Speaks Competition - Melton heats, February 2017

The Youth Speak semi finals for District 1070, Area B, was held on 11th Feb 2017 at Bourne Methodist Church.

The Intermediate Semi-Final comprised teams from St George's Academy (Sleaford), Bourne Grammar School, Catmose College (two teams) and Uppingham Community College.

Winners: Uppingham Community College represented by Will Deely, William Pinkerton and Matilda Brown
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The Senior Section Semi Final comprised teams from Stamford High School, Catmose College (2 teams) and Kesteven and Sleaford High School.

Winners: Catmose College represented by Kenneth Spark, Joe Betts and Thomas Nguyen
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The sponsoring clubs for Catmose College are Melton Mowbray Belvoir and Melton Mowrbray through the joint Youth Committee for the clubs.

The final will be held on 11th March at Oakham.

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Polio Immunisation - Visit to India

Rotary’s Polio Eradication programme was once again seen in action, and supported by members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.

Club Members Eric Hall and David Ward took part in the recent RIBI NID (National Immunisation Day) in India, joining the UK’s team of 66, which included 5 from District 1070.

Eric and David joined the immunisation team working in Bhiwadi a polluted industrial city some 70 Km, or 3 hrs drive South West of Delhi, other teams travelled to Amritsar with most staying in the city of Delhi.

Over the 5 days in Bhiwadi, (26th Jan – 31st Jan 2017), the visiting Rotarians were royally hosted by the Rotary Club of Bhiwadi, The Rotary Club of Bhiwadi Shakti an all women Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel Club of Bhiwadi and a new Rotary Club in formation.

The hospitality, fellowship and friendship of the hosts was outstanding, freely and openly.

After the Immunisation programme Eric and David travelled to Agra, Jaipur and back to Delhi enjoying the sights of the Taj Mahal, Red Sandstone Forts, Palaces including the experience of an Elephant ride up to a hill top palace.

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Young Chef 2017

The winners and runners up from the local competitions of Rotary’s Young Chef competition recently experienced the life of a chef working in a 2 AA Rosette restaurant when they visited Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. Having succeeded in their respective school’s round, the pupils from Belvoir High School, Long Field Academy and John Ferneley College were able to benefit from seeing and participating in the culinary operations of the large prestigious kitchen. Bring it on Ronald!

The pictures show both the Melton Mowbray heats and the winners at Stapleford Park.


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Visit by the High Sheriff, January 2017

President Ian welcomed High Sheriff of Leics Surinder Sharma & his wife Vijay to our Club meeting. Surinder spoke about his role as High Sheriff and the work of UNICEF .
    
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Santa Fun Run, December 2016

Well done Santas!!

A big thank you to everyone who turned out on Sunday for the 7th Santa Fun Run.  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 start- thank you Suzanne.

We also had the fun of the best dressed Christmas dog and the cutest Santa child competitions.

Our grateful thanks goes to our sponsors.  The Christmas music and the PA system was provided by 103 the Eye. All participants 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 below and on our Twitter feed.  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 10th 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.

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A Minor Sports Victory, November 2016

An excellent evening of Fun, Fellowship and cutthroat skittles competition occurred on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at the Royal Oak in Cossington.
A team of 11 highly tuned athletes from our Rotary Club took on the vastly superior and experienced team of 12 from the Soar Valley Rotary Club to decide who didn't progress to the next round in the annual Minor Sports competition.

The very hospitable and thoroughly friendly team of Soar Valley, through their local knowledge of the skittle alley, finally gained the upper edge by losing 2 legs to 1 in the deciding end.  The prize of not having to progress to the next round with a possible draw against Skegness drove them on.  Our President Ian did however try his best to achieve non progression by scoring a delightful 0, in the deciding leg, as photo shows.

The evening ended with a skittles K.O. competition with President Ian's wife Dina taking the 5 prize, which was kindly donated to Polio charity along with entrance monies - see photo of monies received presented by Soar Valley President Elect Hilary Holmes.     
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Young Chef Competition - Melton heats, November 2016

Competitions for the Rotary Young Chef Competitions are now taking place throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The four stage competition involves Local, District and Regional heats culminating in the National Final in May 2017.

Three local schools, Belvoir High School, John Ferneley College and Long Field Academy participated in the local heats. These were won by:
•    Lucy Towle – Belvoir
•    Harry Hooley – John Ferneley
•    Emily Dawson – Long Field

Luke Holland, the lead judge and chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, praised all the young chefs for the very high standard of work which, in addition to demonstrating their own skills, also reflected the excellent tuition, leadership and support of parents and schools. 

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The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to:
•    Learn how to cook a healthy meal
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•    Consider food hygiene issues
•    Develop organisational skills
•    Develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation
The participants amply demonstrated these were being met.

As part of their prize, Lucy, Harry and Emily will be able to benefit from a visit to Stapleford Park where Luke and his team will guide them in the finer points of food preparation and presentation.

Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs thank the judges, parents and schools for their participation and encouragement, particularly at a time when syllabuses, school budgets and teaching resources are under review.  

 
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PAINTING THE TOWN PURPLE!


Thanks to the Rotary Clubs in Melton Mowbray, parks, gardens and school grounds across Melton will be a sea of purple crocuses next spring.  This is after local Rotary Clubs donated and sold 15,000 crocus bulbs as part of the worldwide End Polio Now Campaign.

On Monday Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray President Ian Neale presented 500 crocus bulbs to Town Estate Senior Town Warden Dinah Hickling. The crocuses will be planted by the Town Estate and bring a splash of purple colour around the Rotary Sundial in Egerton Park next spring.

Monday was World Polio Day and members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray all wore purple to support the event, making further donations to the cause.

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Uppingham School Choir Concert

The lofty rafters of St Mary’s Parish Church resounded to Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” as Uppingham Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra sent tingles down the spines of audience members on Fridayn 14th October, opening this year’s Autumn Concert.   Next followed “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi.  The soloist was Richard Liu who gave a masterful performance along with the Chamber Orchestra.  Francesca Moorehead treated everyone with her soprano voice using the church acoustics to the full in singing the Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart.  After the interval the audience were treated to the “Coronation Mass” also by Mozart.  This lesser known mass was brilliantly sung by the full Chapel Choir, giving solo platforms to soloists Sophie Bellamy, Francesca Moorehead, Rosina Griffiths, William Playle-de Vries, Nicholas Hollands, and Theo Wilson who all gave excellent contributions.  The Chamber Orchestra, occasionally with the organ, played under the baton of Alex Laing and the Chapel Choir was conducted by Director of Music and Choir Master Stephen Williams. 

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Audience members were full of praise for the excellent performances and thoroughly enjoyed their evening.  Everyone thought the students from Uppingham were splendid.

The concert was arranged by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray in conjunction with Uppingham School to raise funds towards the ongoing Rotary Projects in the Philippines and other charities supported by Rotary.   Speaking at the end of the evening, Alison Blythe thanked the school for their continued support of the project through coming to Melton and giving audiences such excellent entertainment.  

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At our meeting on 19th September we had an interesting presentation by Amy Connell from Twenty Twenty, a charity supporting and mentoring young people through their teenage years.

Also, the trophy for the men's winner at the Conference golf competition the previous weekend was presented to Joe Carrington by District Governor and club member John Dehnel.
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Vintage and Classic Vehicle Festival

As part of our work to support community causes and charities the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray organised and ran its second annual Vintage and Classic Car Festival in the Play Close, in September.  This year all the proceeds will be going to Loros, which is one of the two charities supported by our President Ian Neale.  Although all the expenses and monies from the raffle are not yet received, we anticipate that around 1000 will be set aside for Loros.

Some 47 cars assembled, raging from a 1930’s Austin 7 Ruby to a Rolls Royce.  The best in show went to an Austin Healy 3000 Mk 11, closely followed by a Ford Falcon and a Ford Consul Capri; these were voted for by the general public.

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It was an excellent event with the Members of Melton Rotary working with the other Rotary clubs in Melton Mowbray and also supported by the members of their satellite section. We wish to thank all those who supported us in the event, the car owners, Town Estate, Dickinson and Morris, Derek Jones Butchers, St Mary’s Church and Launde Abbey. We were also supported by the Ladies in Rotary, Sharon and her vintage catering Van, Tina and her catering Van and Graham and the children’s rides.

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New Satellite Club members inducted

Three new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray Satellite Group on 5th September.  Our satellite group grows from strength to strength.  It now numbers 9 fully inducted members. These members are full members of the Melton club, joining the 39 Active and 2 Honorary members. This gives a new Club total of 50, including 2 Honorary members.

We welcome
•    Alan Matthews, a Smart Home Consultant
•    Rachel North, a Writer
•    Joseph Halford, a maths Teacher

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Tacloban, Philippines ICT Teacher Training

Two teachers from Leicestershire have just returned to the UK after leading a successful teacher training programme at a school in Tacloban City, Philippines.

The two, Valerie Turner and Kuldip Kaur, are senior teachers at Wigston Academy, and had volunteered as part of a programme funded and organised by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.

Over a packed two weeks, they trained 138 Philippine colleagues in the use of computers in lessons and in support tasks such as tracking student progress. The training was aimed at building on earlier work carried out by the Melton Rotary Club to rebuild classrooms and provide computers and books.

Valerie said: “It was hard work but we loved every minute of our time in Philippines. The teachers were very responsive and keen – and we really felt we made a difference.

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Gaden Party in Eaton

An International afternoon tea was hosted by Janet Shortland in July.  A total of 410.00 was raised at a very enjoyable traditional afternoon tea with garden games. This was to go towards the cost and installation of water fountains, at the Tacloban school in the Philippines, we have been renovating.

Garden Party
Garden Party Garden Party
Garden Party Garden Party Garden Party

Thank you Janet.

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Alison Freer Inducted

President Ian Neale, welcomes Alison Freer Jones as the latest member of the new satellite section of the Melton Mowbray club:
Alison Freer
 
Alison who is a former Mayor and councillor of Melton Borough Council, works with children with learning difficulties.  She is very involved with the community of Melton Mowbray and is a trustee of the Sir Richard Raynes Foundation, a charity set up to help young people, living or being educated in Melton Mowbray

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Shoe Aid - big challenge

Our Rotary Club member John Dehnel visited Skegness on the 30th July to see a contact of the Skegness club, Lee Todd, set off on a daunting challenge to raise awareness of one problem of poverty in the third world – a lack of shoes.  Lee's challenge is to walk from Skegness to Liverpool – BAREFOOT!!

The information Lee gave us is:
On July 30th 2016 l will be setting off from Skegness on the East coast and I will be walking, barefoot, through Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Manchester and finishing in Liverpool, on the West coast.  This 159 mile walk, will take in some highs and lows across all kinds of terrain, but as the founder of Shoe Aid, l believe that it is up to me to bring more awareness to the statistics in world shoe poverty.

There are 300 million children without shoes around the world, some 70 million children can't get educated because they need shoes as part of the school uniform, in addition to this there are 30,000 deaths per year due to foot infections.

The reason this journey will be taken completely barefoot is to highlight how millions of people don't have any other choice but to walk barefoot every day.

On average, I will be walking between 18 and 22 miles each day.  Several celebrities will be joining me on the walk;
I hope, like in the film Forrest Gump, people will be inspired to join me along the way.

The Shoe Aid Team will be encouraging people along the route to donate their unwanted shoes.

In order to prepare myself for this challenging ordeal, I have been training at a local gym, who have supported me by providing 3 month’s free membership.  I have also been soaking my feet in surgical spirit to harden the skin and at the beginning of June, I will begin walking barefoot everywhere.

Just imagine the misery of living without shoes for just one day. One pair of shoes could save a life.

Rotarians from the Melton Rotary Club donated unwanted pairs of shoes to start Lee's collection, which will be sent to Africa to alleviate the needs.

Shoe Aid
Shoe Aid Shoe Aid Shoe Aid
 

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Handover, Inductions of New Members, DG's Citation and Paul Harris Fellowships

The 4th July was a big day for The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.  Not only did we have the handing over of the president's role from Richard Abbott to Ian Neale, but Ian also inducted 5 new members into the club.   Assistant Governor Graham Martin presented the club with the District Governor's citation to the club in recognition of the work done by the club in the past year.  And Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to both Diana Osborne and David Ward, in recognition of their support for the club and its activities over many years.

•    5 new active members were inducted, 4 to form part of a new Satellite group, 1 as a ‘normal’ Club member.
•    This takes the membership to 45 members, split 39 full active, 2 Honorary members, 4 Satellite Group.
•    This includes the unfortunate loss of two members that occurred during June, before Rotary year end.
•    Furthermore, an additional 2 Satellite group members are also approved simply waiting for a mutually suitable induction date, and there are some further potential members for the satellite club in the wings.

This adds enormous strength to the club in carrying out a wide range of projects to support our community.  We welcome the new members to the club and to the satellite group.

Congratulations and many thanks to to Diana and David.

Ian Neale
Richard Abbott handing over to Ian Neale
Ian Neale Richard's caricature
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District Governor for our district

The Rotary Club in Melton Mowbray are delighted to announce that one of our own members, John Dehnel, is coming into post as the District Governor for Rotary in the region covering the East Midlands and central eastern England.  John has been a Rotarian in Melton for 20 years, during which time the Melton Rotary Club has been active in supporting our local Melton community as well as promoting many humanitarian, educational and livelihood projects overseas.  Examples of the local work carried out by Melton Rotary are: in schools organising events such as Young Musician and Youth Speaks competitions; with adults in raising awareness of the risks of strokes caused by high blood pressure, and recently assisting the Storehouse foodbank; and with older folk, the club being part of the network of local organisations distributing Christmas cheer at the end of the year.  John has been particularly active over the past many years working with our club and Rotary in the Philippines, most recently in a major project to help schools in Tacloban recover from the devastating typhoon a couple of years ago.

Sailability   Young Aviators  Polio Ted
John is seen here visiting Sailability, an organisation devoted to helping disabled people gain some personal freedom out on the water.  Also John recently visited Sywell airfield in Northampton, where Rotary took young carers for a day’s aviation experience as a respite from their daily caring for infirm family members.  In our third photo John is auctioning “Polio Teddy”, raising money to complete the eradication of polio world-wide, a job that has been promoted by Rotary since 1985; from a point where over 1000 children every day were being newly affected by polio, Rotary and our partners have reduced to incidence to under 30 per year, and are working to eradicate completely this awful disease within the next three years.

John told us that he is honoured to lead a group of over 2,500 members of Rotary in 90 clubs across 6 counties, in doing so much valuable work supporting our communities locally and worldwide.

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