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Young Chefs at Stapleford Park

The photos below show winners and runners up from The Priory Belvoir and Long Field Academies at their visit on the 6th February to Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. During the course of the visit, Head Chef Anthony Fitt and his team provided the students with the opportunity to discover some of the skills required for fine dining and to enjoy the tasty result. Wheat flakes at breakfast time will never be the same.

The visit was a precursor to Rotary's District Young Chef Competition in which Chloe Young, Hannah Smith and Tija Jones will display their skills this Saturday, 8th February. We wish them well.

The academies and Rotary in Melton are grateful for the support and encouragement provided to the students by the hotel, Head Chef Anthony Fitt and the excellent liaison provided by Hannah Folwell.


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Photos and story courtesy of Eric Hall

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Presidential Citation Presented to Club

On 3rd February, Immediate-Past District Governor Tim Tucker presented the club with a certifcate marking the citation of the club for its inspirational work in the community, awarded by the President of Rotary International Barry Rassin.  The picture shows past President Alison Blythe, under whose leadership the club earned the award, and current club president Adrienne Holland.

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Presidential Citation

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Janice Hall's Induction to the club

President Adrienne expressed her delight in welcoming Janice Hall to membership of the club when her induction was held on 6th January.

Janice Hall's Induction

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Christmas Party 2019

December 16th Xmas Party.  Rotarians along with their family and friends having fun at Christmas time.

43 attended and enjoyed the event, particularly the limerick competition. 

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Santa Fun Run 2019

Over 250 people enterd for the  2019 Melton Santa Fun Run, organised by the Melton Rotary Club.  The weather was kind 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 8th December as the participants took part in the Melton Santa Fun Run and Walk. The event saw 260 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 around 4,000 for their own good causes and for Rotary charities.  "We were really pleased with the turnout; well up on last year" said Alison. "The weather stayed good and lots of people did it just to have fun. We are very pleased to that some entrants raised moneyfor their own charities and good casuses through their sponsorship. 

Thank you to Rotarians and friends that helped us on the day.

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Christmas Parcels 2019

Over 100 vulnerable families received parcels of food this festive season from the Rotary Christmas parcels collection. In addition, four boxes of food were handed over to Melton Storehouse for onward distribution to others in need this Christmas. Generous shoppers at Sainsbury's donated extra food items to Rotary volunteers on Saturday 7 December.

Rotarian Helen Bett coordinated the efforts of ten members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray and supported by five members of the Rotary Club of Melton Belvoir. 

Helen commented “I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of local people without whom this would not have been possible. This was an effective and successful project supporting some of the most deserving people of our town.”

Over 100 vulnerable families have received parcels of food this festive season from the Rotary Christmas parcels collection. In addition, four boxes of food were handed over to Melton Storehouse for onward distribution to others in need this Christmas. Generous shoppers at Sainsbury's donated extra food items to Rotary volunteers on Saturday 7 December.

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Rotarian Helen Bett coordinated the efforts of ten members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray and supported by five members of the Rotary Club of Melton Belvoir. 

Helen commented “I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of local people without whom this would not have been possible. This was an effective and successful project supporting some of the most deserving people of our town.”

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Young Chef Heats at Long Field Academy

Another excellent performance by 13 pupils at Long Field Academy meant the judges were presented with a major challenge in fulfilling their task. However, after the most careful consideration of all the skills on display and teasing their taste buds, a winner and two runners up were eventually identified. These were: Winner - Chloe Young, Runners-up - Megan Ellard and Harry Reeves. The care, attention and tuition provided to the budding chefs by their teacher Mrs Tait meant junk food is off the menu - hopefully for good.

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Young Chef Heats at Belvoir Priory Academy

Teja Jones and Hannah Smith were joint winners of the Young Chef heats held at Belvoir Priory Academy on 29th November.  They are shown in the picture with Helen Bett, leader of the Community team in our club.  Also participating and pictured are Chris and Joshua.  Ten students participated in the high standard event.

The second local event will be at Long Field Academy on 6th December.

Young Chefs at Belvoir Priory
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Photos courtesy of Graham Bett and Eric Hall

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Tree Planting

On a wet Saturday morning on 23rd November, we were out planting just over 100 trees in Egerton Park.


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Children in Need 2019

It was a great night - here are just some of our Rotary volunteers sales and bucket collection volunteers. And thanks to so many Melton people - who were so generous!

BBC Children in Need

Postscript (coutesy Melton Times): Matt Baker has told us last night's turnout in Melton was the biggest ever for a live TV broadcast of the rickshawchallenge in its 9-year history!

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Melton Goes Purple - Polio Day 2019

24th October every year is World Polio Day.  This year around a third of the hundred-plus Rotarians from across the three Rotary clubs in Melton Mowbray came together to celebrate the wonderful achievements of Rotary and our partners in eradication of polio across the world.  Enormous strides have been made since
1985 when Rotary started the push to eradicate this terrible disease.  At that time 125 countries had endemic polio, and total of 350,000 people caught polio every year - that's about 1000 every day.  Now there are only two countries where the wild polio virus still has a foothold; Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The whole of India rid itself of polio about 5 years ago.  We anticipate that the whole of Africa will be declared polio-free in 2020.  And of the three strains of polio virus that existed when we started, one was eradicated some years ago; on World Polio Day this year the second type was declared no longer to exist in the wild across the world.  What an achievement - well worth celebrating!

Melton Mowbray Rotarians planted 10,000 crocus corms on the embankment between Burton Road and Station Approach.  These will sprout purple early next spring, reminding us all of the "Purple for Polio" slogan which signifies the purple dye painted on children's fingers in less-developed countries
when they are vaccinated, to check they all get the vaccinations at the right time.
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Planting purple crocus corms Planting purple crocus corms
 
On 24th October, Rotary arranged for St. Mary's Church to be bathed in purple at night.  The Council offices were similarly lit, both picking up the "Purple for Polio" theme for us all.
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Please help us to finish the job - donate here.  Thank you.

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Young Chef Winner for 2018-19

The photo below shows Annabelle Maddy, a pupil at Long Field Academy, being awarded the Melton Mowbray Young Chef shield by Alison Blythe.

 Annabelle Maddy shield presentation

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Minor Sports Competition - round 1

13 members of the club enjoyed a fun evening in good company when we visited the Royal Oak at Cossington for our first round minor sports fixture against the Rotary Club of Loughborough.

The two photos show the victorious team (us!) and the two teams together after the match.

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Classic and Vintage Vehicle Festival, September 2019

Sunday 1st September saw the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray's
5th Vintage and Classic Vehicle day, sponsored by Astons, in the Market Place.  The sun shone on exhibitors and visitors who enjoyed the sights of the cars and bikes, as well as various stalls raising funds for projects and causes for 2019. Commentary and music was provided by the team at 103 The Eye.

Our thanks to everyone who attended and contributed  to the day.

The car voted by the public as best in show was a Triumph TR4A owned by Ian from Whissendine.  Bought in July 2002, it was a retirement project
which took 3 years to rebuild.  The car is his pride and joy.  He loves to drive for pleasure and takes the car regularly to shows in fine weather.

Best bike went to a BSA5580  250cc owned by Wendy from Melton, and shown by her daughter Fay.  The bike, owned by her late husband, is one of 4 which both Fay and her brother show in memory of their father. 

Both owners were delighted with their prizes kindly donated by Halfords.  Both winners thanked  the public for voting for them. 

The Club also thanks exhibitors and the public who attended  and contributed to the success of the day.  We thank the Soi Restaurant and Regal Cinema for the raffle prizes.

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Pictures courtesy of Tim Williams

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Charnwood 2019 Scout International Camp

The Leicestershire Scout Association ran an international Scout camp at Charwood campsite, near Loughborough in the week of 27th August.  Over 5,000 Scouts, Guides and leaders attended.  Rotary District 1070 took the opportunity to showcase Rotary.  A large marquee was arranged, in which exhibitions and demonstrations of the activities of Rotary, particularly for younger people, were presented.

The Melton Mowbray club, supported by Rotarians from Northampton, an ex-Rotarian from Ashby and Heartwize, demonstrated the skills of CPR and the use of defibrillators to around 500 attendees at the camp.  The Scouts who took part were most appreciative, remarking to others how interesting it all was.  Thank you to the team of John Dehnel, Eric Hall, Adrienne Holland and Janet Shortland from Melton, Richard Arnold and Richard Strange from Northampton and Aris Harrison-Price from Ashby, as well as Julie Young and Doug Skehan from Heartwize.

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Congratulations are owed to Rotarians Ray Spare and John Roberts, and their team from the Ashby clubs, for identifying such a great way to show off some of what Rotary does for our communities.

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CPR Training at John Ferneley College, Melton

The club's members undertook our first schools training session at John Ferneley College at the end of term.  About 200 year-10 students went off for their holidays more confident on how to react should they find one of their family, a friend, or anyone else collapsed and needing help.  Over two days we taught 8 classes of about 25 students how to assess a patient, and how to react should they not be responding or breathing.  The students universally expressed great interest in the programme.  We are invited back to train the next year-10 group in the coming academic year.

This was our first venture in conjunction with Heartwize's school-specific programme.  (Our previous activity has largely been in Rotary clubs and other community groups).  The Rotary Heartwize group, largely Melton-based at the moment, is leading the organisation and annual training in CPR  for all year-10s in the three schools in Melton Borough (John Ferneley, Longfield and Belvoir High).  We are also working in conjunction with the Rutland ambulance service First Responders.  They are leading in the oganisation of a similar programme with the Rutland secondary schools.  We are working together to ensure we have sufficient trainers for the events themselves.  At John Ferneley, five Melton Rotarians were involved over the two days, assisted by two Rutland First Responders. 

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Rotarians support Learning

Throughout this year children in Melton and the surrounding area have been having special lessons in a Life Education caravan which visits schools. These visits are only able to happen because The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir give financial support to Leicestershire Life Education, the organisation that delivers the programmes.  The Rotary Foundation has supported a project during 2018-2019 to ensure schools in the Melton areea can bebfit. As well as experienced teachers in the club reviewing the programme, Helen Bett, one of those teachers, sat in on lessons at two of the schools and subsequently wrote glowing reports of the structure and value of the lessons themselves.

The caravans are pictured after the renovation (albeit before the graphics were applied to the side panels).
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Children from Reception class to Year 6 have learned about being healthy and eating well, the importance of exercise, staying safe – both outside and on-line, making friends, understanding feelings and making wise decisions in life. The quick-fire question and answer sessions are supported with ICT and videos and favourite of all - Harry the Giraffe who gets into all sorts of scrapes but learns the right thing to do each time. The lessons are fast-paced and fun and build up each year so that children learn at the level right for them. After the visits schools can use the on-line resources in their own PSHE lessons to follow up the themes.

Parents are always welcomed to talk to the Educators about the content of the lessons.

And at the end there is always the opportunity to give Harry the giraffe a cuddle! 

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Presidents' Handover 2019

The end of the Rotary year was marked on the 1st July with the formal hand-over of the office of Club President by Alison Blythe to Adrienne Holland.

Alison was thanked for her achievements during a busy year, many of which are chronicled in the Rotary Club Central reports on the Rotary International website and, of course, in the news items below.  Alison's commitment and hard work for the club was particularly praised.  Thank you Alison for all you led the club to achieve this past year.  We look forward to Adrienne's leadership for the coming year.  This is Adrienne's second time as President, having been joint-president with Janet Shortland two years ago.  We wish you well Adrienne.

Alison and Adrienne

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Interact at Melton Vale College support EyeGaze

Interact is a small group, affiliated to the Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, comprising only four students, all of whom are in year 12 at MV16. They decided to support Birch Wood’s project to raise funds for the Eye Gaze program to support extremely disabled students. Eye Gaze is a piece of software which allows students to control the computer with their eyes. Once they have mastered the technique it allows them to communicate, operate a variety of programs and have a voice.

Interact raised the 750 through two main activities. The first was a Cake Stall at Melton market. This raised about 90 despite the market being cancelled due to bad weather; families and friends were persuaded to buy the cakes! The main fund raiser was a quiz, held at MV16 and with the very popular quizmaster Richard Angrave. Interact held a raffle and provided soft drinks and a huge variety of cakes. The evening was well attended with about 80 quizzes - and great fun.
Interact present cheque to EyeGaze

The Interact group plan to continue into the Autumn term, to support the new year 12 students whom, we hope, will take over as committed and enthusiastic Interactors.

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Young Artist

A change in approach by some local schools and colleges to students’ art work and the examination system meant that Catmose College was the only organisation to participate in this year’s Young Artist Competition organised by the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir.  While the reduced numbers were disappointing, the very high standard of work presented by Catmose’s students was impressive and very pleasing.

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Intermediate Winner – Mara Bradbury-Harrold Intermediate Runner-up – Oliver Pound Intermediate Runner-up - Freya Morton
Young Artist Senior Winner Young Artist Senior Runner up
Senior Winner – Shannon Sage Senior Runner-up – Rosie Bangs

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Another new member joins the club

As well as the three new members who joined the club on 20th May, we were delighted to welcome another new member, Siobhan Lane who joined on 10th June.  Siabhan runs a bridal shop in Melton.  She was introduced to the club by Ian Neale.

Siobhan Lane and President Adrienne

These four new members will all be members of the club's satellite group, helping develop enterprise in the town as a primary part of their activity.

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Mock Interviews, Harington School Oakham, June 2019


Three members of the club have helped out at Harington School, the post-16 college in Oakham.  The school is now 4 years old, and continues to grow rapidly.  They have about 130 students in year 12 this year, all of whom are preparing for their next steps in life, be that to university, other colleges, oir direct into employment. An important part of that preparation is developing their skills in interviews and writing CVs.

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

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

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


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Duck Race

Another successful day at the races!

26th May saw this year's Melton Duck Race take place in the Melton Play Close park.  Our club members are grateful to those who sponsired the ducks, raising about 1200 for the club's funds.  These go towards Rotary's own charity, The Rotary Foundation, and other activities supported by the Melton Rotary club.

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Three new members join the club

On 20th May we were delighted to welcome three new members into the club, all of whom will be part of the satellite group within the club:
Shelagh Core    Business Promotion, running the town's BID team, sponsored by Andrea Fiford
Rochelle Roffe   Primary school teacher, a highly enthusiatic new member
, sponsored by Alison Blythe
Tracey Wright   Chartered Marketer, who proclaims her strength as "sticking to the point", sponsored by Martin Scholes

New members with sponsors

We look forward to Siobhan Lane, a business retail manager, also joining the satellite group of the club in a few weeks time.

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Fashion Show, May 2019


84 people attended a Fashion Show by "Colours"  organised by Janet Shortland of Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, and were thoroughly entertained by models demonstrating a wide range of manufacturers' clothes from popular, and not so well known, fashion houses including Next, M&S, White Stuff and Hobbs. The wine and nibbles contributed to making a very enjoyable evening   The clothes were available to purchase and not many people left empty handed!  A total of 671.13 was raised from the proceeds of the evening which is to help support the Rotary Club's project to build toilets and washstands in a school in Tacloban City on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. Fashion Show

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Young RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), March 2019

The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir were pleased to sponsor Dylan, a young man attending The Hub, on a 3-day Young RYLA course  at the Whitehall Outdoor Education Centre, which is run by the Derbyshire County Council, during the spring half-term break.

The course is individually tailored to meet the needs of the group and includes
a range of both outdoor and indoor activities including a climbing wall.

The aim is to enable young people to develop personal skills by undertaking, first hand, different and sometimes challenging tasks in a safe environment that will:
* improve communication skills,
* develop leadership and team building skills.
* develop the use of initiative and improve self-reliance.
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Dylan had a very good time and reported back on his experiences to a meeting of the Melton Belvoir club in March.
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Satellite Enterprise Group Update, July 2019

The Enterprise group, the satellite of the Melton club, has held three very successful forums recently, all targeted at local businesses and business leaders.

The first gave thoughts and advice on better use of videos to promote local businesses:
Videos for Business

The second was held at the time of International Women's day, celebrating women's successes in business and building for success:
Satellite Women's Day
The third event in this series was held in the new Sol restaurant in Melton, with the opportunity for a super Indian meal to follow:
Protect your Business

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Charter Night, March 2019

The club's 91st anniversary was celebrated in style in the magnificent setting of St Mary's church, Melton Mowbray on 18th March.  Led by President Alison and organised by President-elect Adrienne Holland and her super club service team, the event was one of good company and good food, all with a great ambiance.  129 Rotarians, friends, family and guests attended, from 23 clubs.

After the meal, Squadron Leader James McMillan gave a fascinating talk packed with anecdotes about his flying career.  He started flying in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, having moved to NZ with his parents when he was 10.  In 2002 he returned to the UK to join the RAF.  After a varied career across several squadrons, aircraft types and theatres of operation, he "retired" in 2011,only to join the Red Arrows as a display pilot.  After three years with the Reds, James retired (again) and now flies for the professional, civilian air display team, The Blades, based at Northampton Sywell.  The intricacies of training and displaying at as high a standard as both the Red Arrows and The Blades were well illustrated by James' talk and the pictures he showed.

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Many thanks to the organisers and our speaker for an excellent evening.

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Indian National Immunisation Day - Visit February 2019

Club members Eric Hall and David Ward joined 30 other UK Rotarians planning to participate in India’s National Polio Immunisation programme, NID, organised for early February 2019 in two locations, Bhiwadi and Amritsar.  Owing to organisational issues within the Indian Government the teams were informed at short notice that an adequate supply of suitable Polio vaccine would not be available. However as the organisation for hosting by the two local Rotary Clubs was already in place the visits took place.

Eric and David joined 14 other UK Rotary members including our past member Richard Fisher and his wife Anne in what turned out to be the most exceptional programme of hospitality, hosting and visits to great projects organised and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bhiwadi and their Inner Wheel Club. The overall experience and commitment of the Indian Rotarians was quite humbling.

The photographs attached detail: -
•    Welcome by Rotary Club of Bhiwadi and their Inner Wheel members, with later presentation involving the wearing of turbans.
•    School for 600 girls from ‘Below the Poverty Line’ families, dancing and singing presentations given.
•    School for Disadvantaged children, both Physically and Mentally, again short play presentation by children.
•    Presentation of an Ambulance by Rotary Club.
•    Visit to a crematorium which we had visited two years earlier where the six manual cremating areas were being supplemented by a gas fired automated unit, provided by Rotary. Cremation is expensive in India.
•    Local hospital were the maternity area is to be refurbished by Rotary Club – greeted by an old friend, a medic from our previous NID visit two years ago.
•    Sewing Machine project, to be extended to additional buildings, here young girls are taught to be seamstresses to a National curriculum.  On qualifying each girl is given a sewing machine which ‘Singer’ provide to Rotary at 50% cost.
•    A Pharmaceutical dispensary operated and funded by Rotary.
•    Home for retired cows, production of methane gas for cooking and lighting, milk, etc....
At this point one of the party discovered through her Rotary contacts that a supply of Polio vaccine was available in the District of Ghaziabad, a city some 2.5 hrs away to the N.E. of Delhi – in an area known as the Haarlem of Delhi.  Contact was then made with the District Governor and the area Polio Champion who at very short notice professionally organised an immunisation programme for the ‘Bhiwadi’ team.
The remaining photographs give an insight into the environment and living conditions of the families, but particularly the children existing in the slum areas of Ghaziabad.
 
David Ward and Eric Hall.


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Young Chef competition - Preparation for the next round:

At 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.

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Melton Rotary Club and the students are grateful for the excellent support provided by Stapleford Park Hotel and the time invested by Anthony.

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Burns Night Supper, January 2019

On the 19 January 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 to  celebrate 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 forgotten.

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 order explained.

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 Haggis”.

The Immortal Memory

Preferably a Scottish speaker delivers a speech  on the life of Robert Burns.  The speech must paint a colourful  picture of Scotland’s beloved Bard, his highs and lows, his human frailty etc.

The Toast to the Lassies

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 Laddies

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.

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Youth Speaks Semi-Finals


At 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 For
rm 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'

Harington School

This is the first time Harrington Sixth Form College has entered a team in this competition. We wish them well in the next round.

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Santa Fun Run 2018


Over 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.


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Minor Sports - Skittles Triumph, November 2018


We 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 😊😊

Thanks to Pres-Elect Kriss for herding the cats.
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Alan Odom and Martin Scholes' Induction, 26th November 2018


Great to welcome two new members today. Alan and Martin are here with President Alison.
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They’re joining at a busy time for ⁦‪Melton Rotary‬⁩ but we’re sure they’ll enjoy the two sides of the Rotary coin - “fun & friendship” and “service above self”.

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Young Chef Competition - local heats


The 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.

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Annabelle Maddy, Winner
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Melton Rotary Clubs Plant Trees, November 2018


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.”

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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

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Contact Teas, October 2018


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!

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Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show, September 2018

A big 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.

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The Rotary Young Citizen of the Year Award 2018

This 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 GCSE course.

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 disabilities.

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.
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Presidents' Handover, July 2018



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 reasons. 

Our new secretary Graham Bett monitors proceedings in the background.
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