Young Chef competition - Preparation for the next round:
the local heats for Rotary's Young Chef competition in November Chloe
Young and Annabelle Maddy, students of Long Field Academy, had shown
particularly high culinary skills, and are now preparing for the next round. We
have been wonderfully supported by Stapleford Park hotel, who gave the
two students the chance to rehearse their cooking skills under the
experienced eye of the hotel’s head chef, Anthony Fitt. This visit's
training session should, we hope. prepare them well for the forthcoming East
Midlands district final.
Melton Rotary Club and the students are grateful for the excellent
support provided by Stapleford Park Hotel and the time invested by
On the 19January 2019, the Rotary club of Melton
Mowbray celebrated its 15th Annual Burns Supper at the clubs
headquarters, The Sysonby Knoll hotel, Melton Mowbray. 67 guests attended, made up of Rotarians their
families and friends. As normal, they had a great time celebrating the life of
the Bard. The event is based on a traditional Burns Supper structure as found
in Scotland and the world at large. It
is a formal night, full of pomp and circumstance, good food and an excellent
piper who has become a fixture at our Burns supper over the years.
At this point I would like to explain the clubs agenda for
the Burns evening, its running order and
why we as a club continue after 15 years tocelebrate the life of Robert Burns, using the same format.
A Burns supper might readily conjure up images of revellers
washing down alcohol beverages and forkfuls of peppery Haggis with wee drams of
malt whisky, but the historical origins are often taken for granted and
So who was Robert Burns and why is revered not only in
Scotland, but all over the western world? He was a poet and a song writer from
humble beginnings, who penned more than 550 poems and songs until his death in
1796. He was also well known for his
astute social commentary.One would say
he was a revolutionary figure in his homeland and beyond.
Burns Supper running
The Burns supper is an institution of Scottish life; a night
to celebrate the life and works of the National Bard. The running order covers all the key elements
you need to plan a Burns Supper.
Piping in the guests
It is important for large Burns Supper to have an elected
Chairman for the evening and a piper to welcome in the guests. It is also important that the audience should
stand and applaud their arrival. Once
the guests are seated, the Chairman and the Club President welcome everyone to
the evening’s proceedings.
The Selkirk Grace
A short but important prayer which is read to usher in the
start of the meal, preferably by any Scot present in the audience.
Piping in the Haggis
All guests stand for the piping in and out of the star
attraction ”the Haggis” which is delivered on a platter by a procession comprising
the chef carrying platter, the piper (who will address and slay the haggis),
the Club President and anyone who has Scots blood in their body, especially
those in formal Scot’s dress. Note, a whisky- bearer will ensure that the
whisky toast carried out by the guests is well lubricated. During the
procession, all guests stand and clap hands in time to the “pipes” until the
Haggis reaches its destination. It is
then everyone waits in anticipation of the address and mutilation of the
Haggis. Once the address is completed
the piper will ask everyone to raise their glasses and shout in unison, “The
The Immortal Memory
Preferably a Scottish speaker delivers a speechon the life of Robert Burns.The speech must paint a colourfulpicture of Scotland’s beloved Bard, his highs
and lows, his human frailty etc.
The Toast to the
The humorous highlight of most Burns Supper comes with this
toast, which should be designed to praise the role of women in the world today,
in particular to those present.
The Toast to the
Normally it’s revenge by the Lassies on the role of men in
the world today – a few home truths are told!
Final Remarks and
Auld Lang Syne (Piper)
By the Chairman, the Club President and the Piper plus all
guests; a hearty farewell to one and all.
The format that is used by the Club has been established
over the years; we are comfortable with it, it suits us and we have great fun
with it, and we believe it reflects Robert Burns and his life.
the Senior Semi-Final of Youth Speaks held at Bourne Methodist Church
recently, a team sponsored by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray and
representing Harington Sixth Forrm College was selected to go forward to
the District Final. The team consisted of Miriam Culy,Thomas Randle and
Scott Willard. Their topic was 'The effect school has on mental health'
This is the first time Harrington Sixth Form College has entered a team
in this competition. We wish them well in the next round.
200 people joined the 2018 Melton Santa Fun Run, organised by the
Melton Rotary Club. The weather was much kinder to us this year,
with the rain staying away and the sun coming out for the run.
The event was enjoyed by everyone, from ages 3 to 78.
It was a sea of red and white on 9th December as hundreds of
participants took part in the Melton Santa Fun Run and Walk. The event
saw 210 runners participate in silly red hats and thick white beards.
Entrants had the option to do a brisk 1 mile route or tackle a harder
5km course around Melton Country Park.
Alison Blythe, president of the Rotary Club, said runners raised £2,860
for their own good causes with an additional £1,000 being raised for
Rotary charities. "We were really pleased with the turnout
considering the snow-induced interruption last year". said Alison. "The
weather stayed good and lots of people did it just to have fun. Thank
you to Rotarians and friends that helped us on the day". The winner of
the 5km distance was 13-year-old Charlie who finished in a time of 19
minutes and 16 seconds. A warm-up with the Healthy Elf proved popular
as did the best dressed dog competition.
had a great night of pub skittles at the Plough at Stathern last night
(27th November). The Melton Rotary Club vs RC Bourne - and we won
- so we are through to the next round of District1070 Minor Sports 😊😊
local Young Chef Competition was held at Long Field Academy on 26 Nov
2018. I've only included a fraction of the photos taken on the day!
Melton's answer to the Bake Off competition was held at Long Field
Academy. Eleven eager competitors confounded the judges with tasty
dishes prepared with flare, care and speed. After thoroughly
considering all aspects of the skills displayed and after multiple
re-tastes by the judges, they eventually chose Annabelle Maddy as the
winner closely followed by Ellie Bendall, Isobella Freeman and Chloe
Young as worthy runners up.
Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray: Tree Planting Project
Supported by the Woodland Trust & Melton Mowbray Town Estate
Dozens of Melton Rotarians from the three Rotary clubs in the town
planted over a hundred new trees in Melton Town Estate’s Prior Close on
Saturday 24 November.
The event kicked off National Tree Week in Melton Mowbray and was also
part of a worldwide challenge for Rotarians to plant a tree for every
member in 2018. Supported by The Woodland Trust, Rotarians from the
three Clubs of Melton Mowbray planted a mix of trees, including oak,
hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn, silver birch, hazel, that will encourage
birds and wildlife for many years to come.
At 11:00am the Presidents of the Melton Rotary Clubs planted their
trees and handed them over to the Senior Town Warden of the Town Estate.
President Alison said: “This is a fine example of Rotarians enjoying
working together for the environment, to help build a sustainable
future for our local community.”
The three Presidents are:
Alison Blythe – Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray
Paul Saxby - Rotary Club of Melton Aurora
Jim Schofield - Rotary Club of Melton Belvoir
Senior Town Warden of the Town Estate is John Southerington
This was a very successful and happy occasion at Burton Lazars village
hall. Approximately 36 guests arrived with their volunteer drivers and
enjoyed sandwiches, trifle and ca
This was a very successful and happy occasion at Burton Lazars village
hall. Approximately 36 guests arrived with their volunteer drivers and
enjoyed sandwiches, trifle and cakes provided by Rotary members. They
were very chatty and enjoyed sharing stories and jokes.
Many thanks to everyone involved from the cake bakers and tea-pourers to the washers-up and table storers!
thank you from the Melton Mowbray Club for all the support we received
for our 4th Annual Vintage and Classic Vehicle Fun Day in the Market
Place last Sunday. We had over 60 Vehicles and crowds enjoyed the
wonderful weather entertainments a great selection of vehicles and
motorbikes, St Georges Morris Dancers, Tombola, cake stall, Hattie the
Clown with the balloon making skills, hook a duck from the Aroura Club
and Sponsored Cycle from our Satelite Club.
Best in Show voted by the public was Nigel Green from Melton Mowbray
with his Mark 1 Ford Mexico. It's his boy racer car and he loves
it! The car was 6 years old when bought it and he has owned it
for 40 years. He restored it with a friend 26 years ago.
Hhe did the mechanics and his friend did the paintwork. He loves his
cars as he also has an X3 convertible, another Mexico and a Fiesta XR2.
Music and commentary was provided by 103 The Eye. All funds will
go to our local charities and projects supported by us in 2018.
See our website for details of all our events. Interested: check
us out on www.meltonrotary.org.uk.
1st prize of £50 in our raffle was David Sharpe, 2nd prize (a meal for
two at Sysonby Knoll) was Jean Hamblin, 3rd prize (tea for two at
Gates) was Sabina Silcox. Prizes will be in the post. How
many ducks in the Triumph Stag? The £10 prize was won by a young
lady called Alisha.
Organiser Ian Neale said, "We are delighted the event is growing, so we
have set the date of Setember 1st 2019 for next year's event.
Note this in your diary. We look forward to welcoming you next
year. Please check out our website
www.meltonvehiclefestival.org.uk. Follow us on Facebook and
Twitter to see the vehicles attending this year.
is a Rotary award which recognises and rewards young people who have
demonstrated on - going acts of good citizenship. Those nominated
do not necessarily have to be working on a Rotary project, what matters
is that they individually, or as part of a group, have made a positive
difference which has been recognised as worthy of nomination.
The Melton Rotary clubs’ award for 2018 has been made to Zoe Glasgow
who is seventeen and lives in Rempstone. She was nominated by her
tutors at The Hub where she has been a student, two days each week,
studying for BTEC awards in beauty and catering. She has also
been a student at East Leake Academy where she has just completed her
What makes Zoe very special is that she was born with Turner Syndrome,
a female genetic disorder affecting one in every two thousand baby
girls. These girls have only one X chromosome, instead of the
usual two, which means that they may have a range of resulting
Zoe is very involved in the Turner Syndrome Society (tss.org.uk) and is
very active at regional and national level. This year she is the
national team representative and gives talks to raise awareness of the
condition and is also involved in fundraising. In spite of these
commitments Zoe has gained distinctions in all her course work and her
tutors describe her as lively and bubbly, possessing a natural empathy
and usually the first to help others.
After an enjoyable year full of achivement, joint-Presidents Adrienne
Holland and Janet Shortland handed over the presidency to Alison
Blythe. Janet had already gone away; the photo shows Adrienne and
Alison, both looking very pleased, possibly for different
Our new secretary Graham Bett monitors proceedings in the background.
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
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.
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
During his visit Greg played us a piece of Bach's music, for unaccompanied violin, as can be seen in the photo.
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.
to all the helpers and to the people who donated raffle prizes. Huge
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.
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.
Photos courtesy of Eric Hall
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Photography: Eric Hall
Thank you to Alison
Blythe for organising such an enjoyable event.
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.
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
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.
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.
Young Chef District Final West was held yesterday (24/02/2018)
at the Tudor Grange Samworth Academy in Leicester.
Spokes (Long Field) sponsored by MMBRC and Jessica Ryder by
MMRC excelled in a very tough field but were unable to dislodge the
runner up from their leading positions - on this occasion.
heat was won by Lorena Dawes, sponsored by Ashby de la Zouche
Castle RC, with Millie-Jayne Hynard, sponsored by Ashby de la Zouche,
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
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
2. Teams and Local Transport ‘Tuc-Tucs’
3. Garden Reach Slums – NID
4. Railway Slums – NID
5. Sikh Temple (Delhi), food kitchens, cooking for
thousands 24 x 7 x 365.
6. Local Scenes
7. Other Scenes of interest, Mother Theresa’s Tomb,
Black Hole of Calcutta Memorial etc..
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.
We look forward to seeing Chris again at our Charter Night celebrations
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
Intermediate Age Group:
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
Catmose College. 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
Senior Age Group:
Two teams progress to the District Final to be held on 24th February
Catmose College. 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
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
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".
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.
local competition, October/November 2017
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
development of cookery skills including presentation, healthy eating
hygiene. At a time of increasing debate on the benefits of healthy
personal responsibilities, the competition provides an ideal platform
recognising the skills learnt at home, schools, academies and colleges.
eight students from Long Field fully demonstrated the high skills
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
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
• Jessica Ryder was
voted the winner after demonstrating a fine
judgement in detail, a well balanced menu and attractive presentational
• 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The conference itself inlcuded inspiring presentations from the
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
THE THIRD YEAR OF THIS EVENT IN THE VINTAGE AND CLASSIC VEHICLES
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
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
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.
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.
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.
We all wish Adrienne and Janet the very best in leading the club and
continuing its successful programmes.
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.
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)
Intermediate competition: Tony Pick (MMBRC), Jim Schofield (MMBRC)
Senior competition: Gavin Howling (MMRC), Eric Hall (MMRC)
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!
District Young Chef (West) final was held at Tudor Grange
Samworth Academy, Leicester on Saturday, 25th March 2017.
Towle (Belvoir High School), Emily Dawson (Long Field
Academy) and Harry Hooley (John Fernely College), sponsored
Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, Melton Belvoir Rotary Club and Melton
Club, excelled in producing tasty delights but narrowly missed
the Regional Final. However, Lucy's achievements over the various
recognised by the sponsoring clubs who were please to acknowledge her
awarding her the Melton Rotary Clubs' Young Chef Shield for 2017.
Eradication programme was once again seen in action, and supported by
of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.
and David Ward took part in the recent RIBI NID (National Immunisation
India, joining the UK’s team of 66, which included 5 from District 1070.
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
staying in the city of Delhi.
Over the 5
Bhiwadi, (26th Jan – 31st Jan 2017), the visiting Rotarians were
by the Rotary Club of Bhiwadi, The Rotary Club of Bhiwadi Shakti an all
Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel Club of Bhiwadi and a new Rotary Club in
fellowship and friendship of the hosts was outstanding, freely and
programme Eric and David travelled to Agra, Jaipur and back to Delhi
the sights of the Taj Mahal, Red Sandstone Forts, Palaces including the
experience of an Elephant ride up to a hill top palace.
samples of the experience.
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
Having succeeded in their respective school’s round, the pupils from
High School, Long Field Academy and John Ferneley College were able to
from seeing and participating in the culinary operations of the large
prestigious kitchen. Bring it on Ronald!
pictures show both the Melton Mowbray heats and the winners at
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.
also had the fun of the best dressed Christmas dog
and the cutest Santa child competitions.
Our grateful thanks goes to our
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 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.
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.
Many thanks to Janet for organisation, and for Soar Valley for their
hospitality and friendship.
Competition - Melton heats, November 2016
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
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
The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to:
• Learn how to cook a healthy meal
• Develop food presentation skills
• 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
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.
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
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.
Twenty presentation at club meeting , Conference golf success 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.
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.
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
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.
• Alan Matthews, a Smart Home Consultant
• Rachel North, a Writer
• Joseph Halford, a maths Teacher
teachers from Leicestershire have just returned to the UK after leading
a successful teacher training programme at a school in Tacloban City,
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.
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.
Ian Neale, welcomes Alison Freer Jones as the latest member of the new
satellite section of the Melton Mowbray club:
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
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:
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.
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.
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
average, I will be walking between 18 and 22 miles each day.
Several celebrities will be joining me on the walk;
Griffith, from reality TV,
Rise & Fall of the Krays actor Kevin Leslie and Coronation Street
actress Claire King will be meeting me in Manchester.
hope, like in the film Forrest Gump, people will be inspired to join me
along the way.
Shoe Aid Team will be encouraging people along the route to donate
their unwanted shoes.
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.
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
Inductions of New Members, DG's Citation and Paul Harris Fellowships
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.
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.
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.