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In this section are held items that appeared on the News page of the web site during Bill Hill's year as President, largely relating to club events and activities.


Sagkahan School, Philippines - more photos of the building work

Our project to renovate a school in Tacloban, Leyte following the disastrous typhoon 18 months ago is progressing well.  We recently received the following photos of the work.

We are visiting the school in early November.  Contact the club if you'd like to join us.

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Presidents' Hand-over and Wine Tasting evening

Our club meeting on the 29th June was one at which we celebrated the passing of Bill Hill's year as President during 2014-15, and welcomed in Richard Abbott as President for 2015-16.  The President's chain of office was presented to Richard, who also presented his President-elect chain to Ian Neale, who will be supporting Richard in that role for the coming year.  The club thanked Bill with a token of appreciation, an RSPB book of Birds of Prey, and wished Richard and Ian well for the coming year.


The evening was then passed with much banter and fun, with a wine tasting event.  We were invited to try and to compare various pairs of wines, to see which of us preferred drier or sweeter wines, New World or Old, expensive or cheap, older or younger wines.  The choices were well spread across the participants in all cases.

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Interact Club's Presentation

The Interact Club of Melton Mowbray was pleased to present four donations of £500 each from its fundraising activities in recent years to Cystic Fibrosis, Rainbows, Diabetes UK, and Rutland Conquerors.
The presentation was made at MV16 on 26 June in front of the year group 12 with the Rotary District Governor and members of the Rotary Club in attendance.

Rachel Mann-Bradbury from Diabetes UK; Sofie Power, Interact President; Abby Thompson, Interactor, Rotarian Diana OsborneDebbie Sowter, Rachel Mann-Bradbury, Abby Thompson, Ken Billington, Sofie Power, Natasha Roberts, Sarah Lebbon, District Governor Ken Billington , Rotarian David MorrisRachel Mann-Bradbury, Sofie Power, Abby ThompsonSofie Power introducing the presentations
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David Morris, Natasha Roberts from Cystic Fibrosis, Ken Billington
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Linda Moore's last meeting

Monday 22nd June was a disappointing day for the Melton club; it was Linda Moore's last meeting as a member.  Linda joined the club 15 years ago, along with Adrienne Holland: they were the first lady members of the club.  Nowadays about one third of the members are female.  In those 10 years Linda has become a mainstay of the club's activities for youth in our community.  The on-going success of the Melton Youth Speaks is largely thanks to her commitment and drive.

All the club wish Linda well with her on-going activities.  We know she will continue supporting our community, albeit more outside Rotary itself.  We are delighted to hear from Linda that she will continue to help with running Rotary's Youth Speaks competitions, which has become such an important part of the development of students' social skills in the area.

Linda was presented with a token of the club's appreciation by President Bill Hill.

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Carriage Driving at Belvoir Castle

Carriage driving, especially in our area, is a growing activity, and the Midlands Carriage Driving Society held its latest competition in the splendid grounds of Belvoir Castle on 14th June.  The event was organised by Rotarian Geoff Goodwin, who kindly invited the members of the Melton Rotary Club to attend.  This made for a great venue for President Bill's summer picnic.

We met up during the morning to watch some of the event - similar to a horse-back three-day event (but without the jumps).  The horses had all taken part in dressage and "round the cones" competitions the day before.  The Sunday was the marathon.  The horses started with a 6km cross country time trial, followed by a further 6km trial included timed obstacles, shown in the pictures below.  Julie Goodwin, Geoff's wife, was competing and looked very neat and tight in her negotiating the obstacles.  She and her backstepper Nat are in the black and white outfits in the photos.

By lunch time unfortunately the rain started, and we retired to the marquee for our picnics.  19 members of the club and family and friends came along.  Despite the weather we all enjoyed the event.

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Many thanks to Geoff Goodwin for the invitation and for his hard work putting on the event overall.


Rotary: Young Designer Competition

The local final of the Young Designer Competition was held at Melton Vale Post 16 Centre on 3rd July. We are grateful for MV16's agreement to host the event and the support and organisation provided by Mr David Wilson. Entries were divided into two categories, Intermediate Award for students up to 16 years and Advanced Award for students over 16 years. Three judges from Melton Rotary Club and Melton Mowbray Belvoir examined the student's extensive supporting documentation and their exhibits between 2pm and 5.30pm. All the judges commented on the high standard of the exhibits and their difficult task in establishing the winners. Medals were awarded to the winner and runner up in each category and all students were presented with a certificate to mark their participation in the competition.

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The judges, who represented Melton?s Rotary Clubs, had a very challenging but greatly rewarding task in adjudicating and selecting the winners from the high standard of work presented.
The final results were:
Design: 16 to 18 years old
Winner ? Louis Walker
Runner Up ? Thomas Marshall

Design: Up to 16 years old
Winner ? Jake Green
Runner Up ? Chris Morgan-Smith
Highly Commended
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Manufacturing Award
Winner ? Tiffany Clarke
Runner Up ? Jordan Smith

Pictures and script courtesy of Eric Hall and Eric Sylt


Rotary Young Photographer Competition

Organised by Rotary International the National Young Photographer Competition is a well-established and successful competition promoted by Melton's Rotary clubs. This year the theme "Light up the Community" was taken on by students from John Ferneley College and Melton Vale Post 16 Centre.

In the search for excellence, young photographers are encouraged to interpret the theme in its widest sense portraying people and the environment with an emphasis on identity. It also aims to encourage young people to experiment with photography, show interpretation of their chosen topic and express their ideas. The photographs were judged on Technical Merit, Content, Composition, Imagination and Style.

Alex Baker (JFC) won the local competition and together with Abbie Sheldon (JFC) and Jessica Seddon (JFC) had a group of photographs entered in the Rotary District competition.  Abbie won the intermediate level of the District competition with Jessica in second place.  Abbie's photographs will now go forward to the National competition.

The photographs are of Alex Baker with President Tony Pick; Abbie Sheldon, far right and Jessica Seddon second left.

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Pictures and script courtesy of Eric Sylt


Sagkahan School, Philippines - school project underway

Our project to renovate a school in Tacloban, Leyte following the disastrous typhoon 18 months ago is now underway.  Once the classrooms are ready and the equipment installed, we will be starting intensive training of the teachers, primarily in IT skills.

Please see the photos below provided by Buddy Estudillo of RC San Juanico in early June 2015.
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Youth Speaks Regional Final results

The successful public speaking teams from Catmose College, Oakham just missed out on reaching the national finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks 2015 competition in a closely contested encounter at Uppingham Community College on Sunday 26 April. The twelve teams taking part came from as far afield as Bridlington, Hull, Whitby and Biggleswade, having qualified through three previous rounds of the competition.
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In the senior competition the team from Catmose (Holly Jones, Yaznia Pourmozafari and Isaac Costa) were runners-up to Scarborough College. Holly won an individual award as best chairperson. They presented a convincing argument which addressed why some boys underachieve at school.
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The intermediate team (Liam Bottomley, Phoebe Parker and Sian Willard) faced tough competition. Despite a concerted team effort they were unplaced.

The standard at this stage of the competition was exceptionally high, with some outstanding individual performances. We wish the teams from Scarborough and Bridlington good luck in the finals.

Linda Moore


Stroke Awareness Day - Saturday 18th April 2015

This year's event organiser Duncan Manderson reports that, during a day inviting members of the public to have their blood pressure tested by nurses in the Bell Centre,
the numbers tested, although lower than last year due to a lack of footfall in the afternoon, still make the event extremely worth while.

The actual results were: -
    - Total Tested 210
    - Tested as OK 125
    - Number advised to see Doctor within 4 weeks - 80
    - Number advised to see Doctor within 7 days - 5

We hope to have helped to make a real difference to those individuals future health.
thanks those who helped.


Ladies in Rotary Skittles Night

Ladies in Rotary for their April meeting invited the members of the Melton Mowbray Rotary Club for a social skittles match at the Crown Inn on Thursday 14th April 2015.

The evening was a great success with a small degree of competitive team skittles highly complicated by team selection problems mainly due to dual allegiance of many of the ladies belonging to both camps, not enough able bodied men, and the presence of a well stocked bar.

One team finally won the first phase 2:0, before the 28 attendees adjourned for an excellent meal of ham, egg and chips, chilli, or bangers and mash, and unfortunately to replenish their glasses.  Then the trouble started.

A game of 'Killer Skittles' for the remaining 22 stalwarts began.  This was when the true nature of competitive rivalry amongst friends, upholding the honour of your village, desire for the cash prize of £2.20, all came to the fore.

In the final showdown the normal suspects were present with representatives of gender and village:-
    - Ladies, namely through Jane Abbott and Margaret Morris
    - Asfordby, our own Duck man Eric Hall
    - Melton, the highly favoured bookies favourite of Ian Neale
    - Scalford, the in form but unpredictable Michael Osborne
    - Burton Lazars, the highly focused Richard Abbott.
Asfordby through Eric Hall finally reaped the rewards, but the question remains, was this due to a miss spent youth, the Asfordby air, an ability to hold alcohol better than the rest, or just luck?
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A great night was had by all.

Thanks to the Ladies in Rotary team for organising the night, the staff of the Crown Inn for their hospitable service, good food and drink, and to all the participants.

David Ward


The Big Melton Duck Race

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This year's Big Melton Duck Race was held in very windy conditions on 12th April at TwinLakes Park.  Many thanks to TwinLakes for their hospitality, and thank you to all our duck sponsors.

£75 - Number 314
Emma - Lincoln
Toby - Melton Mowbray
James - Loughborough

£50 - Number 798
Francis - Bourne
David - Nuneaton

£25 - Number 636
Clair - Chesterfield
Rachel - Oakham

We will be contacting all winners shortly to arrange to get your prizes to you.

More photos to come soon.  Watch this space.


Youth Speaks district final - The winning streak continues

The two Catmose College teams, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton-Belvoir continue their successful 2015 Youth Speaks journey by progressing through to the regional finals for the second consecutive year.

The senior team of Holly Jones (chairperson), Yaznia Pourmozafari (speaker) and Isaac Costa (proposer of the vote of thanks) won their district final ahead of Stratton Upper School, Biggleswade. In addition Yasnia won the individual best speaker award and Isaac won the best proposer of the vote of thanks award. Their subject was entitled ?Boys will be Boys? - a well-argued, measured presentation on the underachievement of boys in school.

The intermediate team of Liam Bottomley (chairperson), Phoebe Parker (speaker) and Sian Willard (proposer of the vote of thanks) were runners-up to Wellingborough School. Sian won an individual
award. Their subject, redrafted from the earlier rounds, encouraged us all to find inspiration in the individual achievements of ordinary people who have pushed themselves ?to Infinity and Beyond?

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The regional final of Youth Speaks will take place on Sunday 26 April at Catmose College.

We wish these exceptional young people the very best of luck.


Young Musician northern semi-final

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Intermediate Solo Instrumental Section - Eve Millward (far right) ClarinetJunior Solo Instrumental Section - Rachel Campbell (2nd left) Piano; Emily Spencer (3rd left) Clarinet.

The competition took place at John Ferneley College, Melton Mowbray on Saturday 7th March.

The photographs show the Rotary clubs in Melton's sponsored participants.


Yuuho Guoru Visits Club

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Yuuho Guoru visited the Melton club on 23rd February and spoke engagingly to the club about Japan and her time int he UK.  She is here as a Rotary Scholar, travelling under a Rotary Foundation District Grant.  She has come to study under a particular professor at De Montfort. She is anxious to learn more about helping disadvantaged young people particularly in poorer countries and has already visited Gambia in January as part of her research.  The course she is following is not offered in Japan where they have a culture of helping the elderly but not very much in place for young people.  Her talk was interesting and ended with an explanation of some of the Japanese food, how their diet keeps the nation fit.  They have one of the longest average living ages in the world - 83.4% - and are the 3rd least obese country.  Her lesson to the club in using chopsticks may not have fully sunk in with President Bill, who asked our Foundation chairman Alison to illustrate their use in the photo.


Young Chef Finals in Leicester

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Lucy and Lauren receiving their certificates at the Y oung Chef District Final held on Saturday February 4th at Lutterworth College.


Fiona Buckton Inducted as a Member of the club

Fiona Buckton InductionOn 16th February 2015 President Bill Hill was pleased to induct Fiona Buckton as a member of the club.  Fiona was previously a lawyer, but on moving to Melton set up a dog kennels locally.  David Morris met Fiona at the local business forum and introduced her to our club. We wish Fiona well with our Rotary club.


Youth Speaks Semi-Final

Two teams from Catmose College, Oakham, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir, triumphed at this year's Youth Speaks district semi-finals held at Bourne Academy in early February. Both teams took first place in their respective age categories.

The impressive intermediate team addressed the issue of "To infinity and beyond" - about the value of space travel and its importance to the survival of humankind.
The senior team were outstanding, tackling the subject of "Boys will be boys" - a humorous take on why boys underachieve at school and what can be done about it.
Both teams faced stiff opposition, especially from Bourne Grammar School, who on this occasion were runners-up in both competitions.

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We wish the teams the very best of luck on March 14th at the district final to be held at Catmose College.      


Canine Partners visit Melton Rotary Club

The club were pleased to welcome a knowledable and enthusiastic speaker from the charity Canine Partners to one of our January.meetings.  The charity train dogs to be companions for people with diabilities, with the dogs able to help with a wide range of everyday mobility-related tasks in and out of the home.  They have recenlty opened a new centre in our region, in Osgathorpe, between Loughborough and Ashby de la Zouch.  We hope to be able to visit there in the near future.
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Santa Fun Run another great success

Well done and a big thank you to everyone who joined the Rotary 5th Melton Santa Fun Run in the Country Park yesterday, as well as to those who organised it and made it happen on the day.
Entrants? estimates of money raised for their own charities added up to just over £5,000.   Combined with a small profit from the entry fees the event has contributed around £7,500 to local charities.

It was a fantastic result with 330 runners and walkers from the little ones in buggies and with their dogs to the seniors.  Councillor Slater on his mobility scooter proves it inclusive to one and all.  We feel it was a great spectacle to kick off the countdown to Christmas, and a special gift to all the charities who will benefit this year.  Photos from the event are available for purchase either as a digital file or as prints, from
the event website at www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk.

The results are
    1st overall           No 257  Jim Hatherley    18 mins 19 secs
    2nd                          No 325  Joshua Wilson   19 mins 4 secs

    3rd & 1st Lady    No 294  Suzanne Rathbone          20 mins 57 secs
    2nd Lady              No 1       Louise Houghton
    3rd Lady                No 323  Jane Wilson

    1st Junior & 6th overall  No 41    Joseph Birch

    Last and very much by no means least John Little who has supported us every year and raised over £100 for Melton in Bloom.

Best dressed Dog - sponsored and Judged by Pets @ Home
    1st Bruno the boxer dressed as a reindeer with  owner wearing a stocking outfit!
    2nd Norman  the terrier wonderfully attired in a knotted elf body suit with a cute elf hat
    3rd Harvey the Labrador - in an original owner -handmade Santa outfit!
Expertly compared and judged by their Manager Nick - well done to all other competitors who joined in the fun with doggie treats for all entrants!

Best dressed buggy & baby  -  sponsored and judged by Sainsbury's Melton
    1st prize Elisa Lovegrove who was also pushed around the course at high speed!
    Joint 2nd and third  cute Santa baby in a sling who also was also in the warm up and jogged around the course and the 'elfie baby
Our thanks to Fiona Keighley and Charlotte for judging.

Thanks also to Fiona Keighley and Charlotte for handing out much needed refreshments of mince pies and water on the finish line!

.........  and yourselves as without you this event would not be possible who joined in the fun and looked wonderful so if you missed out this year get it in the calendar for 2015 Sunday

Our grateful thanks to
    our sponsors Sainsbury?s Melton for water and mince pies,
    103 The Eye for Christmas tunes on the day with their mobile roadshow and commentary equipment,
    Mars for the much appreciated chocolates, and
    The Healthy Elf Suzanne Rathbone, who also ran and showed how 'elthy she is!!
    the companies who supported us with the costs of  suits and medals to make the event possible.
All are featured on the home page of our website at www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk.

The date for the diary for next year is Sunday 13th December 2015.  Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to speed.

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See also the video of the start at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melton-Santa-Fun-Run/216235251778289


Young Chef, training at Stapleford Park for the final

More delicious and attractive food prepared by our talented winners for Martin Furlong at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel last week. The expert advice given by Martin and his team will enable even more refinement of these three course meals at the District Final in February.

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Christmas Parcels

The Melton Rotary Club combines forces every year with the Melton Belvoir Rotary Club, the Melton Lions and the Barnes Trust to bring a little cheer to the people of Melton who are less fortunate than most of us.  With the support of Morrisons and Sainsbury we ask shoppers there to purchase an additional item during their shopping and put it in our trollies on leaving the store.  This year we collected an astonishing number of items, for which we thank the stores and the general public.  We had sufficient items then, when topped up by some purchases from money donated by the clubs, to make up about 480 Christmas food parcels.  These were then distributed to some of the older and more needy folk in Melton and some of the surrounding villages, bringing smiles and heartfelt thanks from those we delivered to.

The pictures show the club members assembling the food parcels:
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We are always happy to consider adding names to our distribution list, so if you know someone whose Christmas would be helped in this way please let us know.


Youth Speaks

The annual Rotary Youth Speaks public-speaking competition was held held on Wednesday 26 November at Quorn Lodge Hotel. Speaking to a packed room, teams from Catmose College, Oakham tackled such diverse topics as boys' attitudes to education, space travel, school meals and  the salaries paid to footballers and other celebrities.
The winning teams will go forward to the next round of the competition early next year, representing the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir.

Senior winning team
Holly Jones -  chairperson
Yaznia Pourmozafari - speaker
Isaac Costa - vote of thanks

Intermediate winning team
Liam Bottomley - chairperson
Anand Raghavan - speaker
Sian Willard - vote of thanks

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St. Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival

The church again looks splendid.
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Helen and Graham Bett inducted as members of the club

At our meeting on 24th November 2014 we were delighted to welcome Helen and Graham Bett as members of the club,  Both come from an educational background, Helen in secondary education in Melton itself, and Graham as a head teacher in Loughborough.  Both have a strong wish to support our community and will no doubt bring many strengths to the club.
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Welcome to you both.


Young Chef, local heats, November 2014

The Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs have recently held their annual Young Chef competition for local secondary schools.  Twenty aspiring  young cooks, under the eagle eyes of the judges, whisked, chopped and baked enthusiastically to produce a healthy two course meal.   The judges were joined this year by Martin Furlong, Head Chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel. Winners Megan Smith and Lucy Towle, together with runners up Lauren White and Bryony Marshall will be rewarded by a couple of sessions of coaching at the hotel and a fine dining lunch. Megan and Lucy will also compete in the Rotary District Young Chef final in Leicester in early 2015.

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District Quiz

A closely fought district quiz on 23rd October saw the two Melton teams acquit themselves very well at the Area B heats at Beedles Lake Golf Club.  The Melton "B team" of John Dehnel, Bill Glancy,  Bill Hill and Michael Osborne came out on top of the other Melton teams, and 2nd overall on the night just 1 point behind the leaders.  They were closely followed by the Melton "A team" of Richard Abbott, Adrienne Holland, Ian Neale and John Redwood in equal 3rd place.  Congratulations to the winners, Loughborough Beacon.  And many thanks to the organisers, Charlie Stevens and Graham Packwood from the Wreake Valley Rotary Club.

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Osprey Update

The link between local schools and the osprey migration work supported by the Melton Rotary Club received some local publicity:
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Choral Evening at St Mary's Church

Congratulations by word of mouth, emails and Twitter continue to come in for the highly successful choral evening at St. Mary's church in Melton Mowbray.

The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray hosted Uppingham School's Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra at St Mary's Parish Church last Friday, 17th October.  They gave an audience of about 500 people a wonderful concert, the proceeds of which will go to supporting the Philippine Project to reconstruct a school in Tacloban destroyed by typhoon Haiyan nearly a year ago, and also towards the St Mary's Organ Restoration fund.

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Conductors Stephen Williams and Alex Laing, with organist Peter Clements led the performers through the programme which featured several students as soloists.

Starting with a rousing performance of Zadok the Priest - traditionally sung during coronation services. Jamie Conway then took over the organ and accompanied the chamber orchestra in the Adagio in G Minor, commonly attributed to Albinoni.  The choir followed with the Cantique de Jean Racine, the excellent part singing taking benefit from the lofty church.  Six students, Ali Asgarov, Rosina Griffiths, Richard Liu, Araminta Penn-Clark, Anson Poon and Anthony Poon shared the three movements of the Bach Double Violin Concerto between them.    The second half of the concert was devoted to a moving performance of the Fauré Requiem.  Ali Asgarov played the solo in the Sanctus, Susannah Hill sang the soprano solo in Pie Jesu and Arthur Landman was the Baritone soloist in the Offertorium and Libera Me.

The whole performance was enhanced by the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church which has wonderful acoustics and enables choir, orchestra and soloists to use this to best advantage.


Prior to the concert some of the audience enjoyed an excellent pre-concert dinner at La Torré restaurant whilst others were served canapés and wine in the church.  The choir and orchestra were treated to a wonderful tea in the Samworth Centre prepared by members of Ladies in Rotary whilst many members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray helped with ticket and programme sales and general management of the evening.


Everyone left the church expressing their pleasure at a highly successful and enjoyable evening which raised a substantial amount towards the Rotary project for the refurbishment of part of the Sagkahan Elementary School in the Philippines and the St Mary's Organ Restoration Fund.  Organiser Mrs Alison Blythe commented that the success of such an enjoyable concert is the result of many people's contribution and hard work but largely due to the excellent performance given by the pupils of Uppingham School.

We would like to thank all those who attended, and are delighted that so many enjoyed the evening.  The proceeds will make a great difference to the work we can do on the school in the Philippines and give 2000 children an education again. over 1200 raffle tickets were sold.  The winners were:

Hambleton Hall (Meal for Less for 2)    Mr Lomax of Houghton on the Hill (0078)
Harboro' Hotel (Meal vouchers)        Mrs Jesson of Gretton Court, MM (0838)
Family Photoshoot with Inspirique    Mrs Bridget Green of Eastwell (1640)
Flight in Light Aircraft                            Miss Nelson of Cottesmore (0774)
Meat voucher from Derek Jones        Mrs Downes from Berkhamsted (0260)
Afternoon Tea for 2 at Kilworth house    Mrs Judy Morgan from Great Missenden (0413)
Food Hamper from Melton Cheeseboard    Mr Saunders of Burton Lazars (0536)

Many thanks are owed to Alison Blythe for her dedication and extremely hard work in organising this concert.



Philippines School Fund Raising

The generosity of Melton people and the hard work of Rotarians from the Melton Rotary Club came together again today in Melton market place. The weather was kind up to 12.30 pm, we had a good location thanks to Town Estate, and the stall looked enticing with the Shelter Box tent erected and contents displayed. In addition there was some good fellowship particularly when trying to erect the tent.
With this display we illustrated to shoppers and passers-by some of what we are doing to help with reconstruction of a school in the Philippines, south of Tacloban.  This was the site of the disastrous typhoon little less than a year ago.  Many of the Filipino families there still have no proper housing, no employment and no schools.

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The tent may have attracted many to stop and talk, but it was the enthusiasm of our members that led to the BRILLIANT RESULT with: -
-  202 Raffle tickets sold @ £1 gives £202 of extra cash
-  15 Concert tickets sold, (8 for canapes @ £12.50 and 7 standard tickets @ £7.50) giving an extra £152.50 of extra cash.
So an overall "balanced" benefit of £354.50 for the morning's work, every penny of which will go towards reconstructing the Sagkahan Elementary School near Tacloban.

Many many thanks to all concerned.


Minor Sports triumph ... well, at least we won!

The first round of the 2014-15 minor sports inter-club competition started for the Melton Mowbray and Ashby clubs at the Blue Bell pub in Hoby on Tuesday 7th October.  Skittles was the minor sport chosen by the host club, Melton Mowbray.  Melton also had the advantage of a shorter distance to travel and turned out with a team of 11 players; Ashby brought 7 over from far distant parts; unfortunately John Steedman their president, was unable to play in this round, but told us he was looking forward to his team winning so he could play in round.  The hosts played fair and agreed to 4 of the Ashby players being allowed to throw a second time.  I'm still not sure whether their best or worst players were given this extra duty.  but the combination of the long journey and the extra demands led to Ashby coming out the narrow losers, 71 points to 81.  While this will spare the Ashby team from having to organise the next round, President John will have been sorely disappointed, now no longer having the chance to play in this year's competition.  And more importantly being part of the great fun and fellowship provided by Minor Sports each year.


Club Quiz

Eggheads came to the Sysonby Knoll on Monday 29th September, in the form of an Eggheads-style quiz.  President-elect Richard Abbott, much assisted by Linda Moore, had arranged a very different format of meeting for the lunch on that day, with a promptly served lunch (thanks Jenny) followed by the two teams assembling on front of the audience (the rest of the club) to be tested on a variety of topics.  The Eggheads team was John Horn, David Ward, Adrienne Holland and John Redwood, challenged by Michael and Diana Osborne, Eric Hall and Joe Carrington.  

Joe Carrington challenging John HornDiana Osborne and John RedwoodEric Hall taking on David WardThe Eggheads
The audienceLinda Moore - our quizmasterThe chairman and scorersMuch conferring
The EggheadsThe EggheadsThe challengers receiving their prizeDavid wearing his Egghead!

Many thanks to Richard and Linda for an interesting variation to our normal lunchtime format.


District Conference, Scarborough

A small party of 9 from the Melton Mowbray Rotary Club joined over 800 other Rotarians, families and friends at the District Conference in Scarborough on the 19th to 21st September.  Most of us travelled there on the Friday though president Bill, the assistant conference manager, had duties on Thursday too.  David and Margaret had a family occasion on the Friday so opted for an early start on the Saturday.

The hotels we used in Scarborough were along the cliff top, with the Spa Conference Centre at its base.  Fortunately the cliff lift is an efficient and quick way to make the transit, and was particularly close to the Red Lea Hotel where most of us stayed.

The Conference itself was interesting, with some excellent speakers and entertainment.

Friday evening was a convivial fish & chip supper - for 800 people!  That preceded an excellent concert in the main hall.  The entertainment started with the C Sharps, a Barbers Shop Quartet made up of 4 young men (19 years old) from Grantham.  They were very good, and received a deserved standing ovation. The C Sharps were followed by Young Musician Finalist, Katie Marshall ? a 13 year-old soprano. Here voice is wonderful, and she will undoubtedly have a bright future. We were then entertained by the Military Wives Choir, who were 18 ladies from 4 Lincolnshire RAF bases, whose husbands and partners are serving in the forces. Again, they were excellent. After the interval, The C Sharps did a second set, followed by another Young Musician finalist ? Amelia Young, who played the violin.  Another wonderful talent, showing the benefits of the Rotary Young Musician competitions.  The Military Wives concluded an excellent evening.

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Saturday morning the Friendship Village opened at 8:30.  There were a wide variety of stalls displaying the work of the District committees.  The International stall, for example, showed graphically how widely Rotary work in District 1070 spreads across the world. There were displays of club projects; the Melton club had pictures, a slide show and videos of the typhoon and the school reconstruction project in the Philippines (thanks to Eric Hall for putting that together). Also several charities showed off their activities.  The first two plenary sessions of the Conference started at 9am with District Governor Ken Billington introducing a range of speakers representing Burn Aid, Hope and Homes for children, and Wulugu (an group supporting action in Africa).  Gordon McInally, Past President of RIBI represented the RI President Gary Huwang, and spoke well about some of the aims and objectives of Rotary in the current year. After the coffee break Roger Neuberg showed us the excellent work he coordinated on providing e-Ranger ambulance motor bikes to Uganda.  He was followed by Barry Badham on the Azad Chowdury Academy in Bangladesh.  So there were plenty of opportunities on show to encourage Rotarians to do more service across the UK and the world.  The session finished with a presentation by Andy Reid, a triple amputee and a representative of the ABF Soldier's Charity. Andy's presentation was superb, with hard facts about his life in the forces in various parts of the world, latterly in Afghanistan.  While on duty there he suffered injuries from an IED, necessitating the amputation of both legs and his right arm. His talk was, however, laced with humour and projected him as a person who accepts what life has dealt him and gets on with it.
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The Saturday evening Gala Dinner was followed by entertainment from The Likely Lads band.  They caught the mood of the evening well and soon most of the guests were on the dance floor.  I have no idea what time it all finished - I ducked out well before then!

Sunday morning saw two further plenary sessions, starting with a time for reflection led by Geoff Mackey encouraging us to accept that change is inevitable; profit from it!  The Stroke Association thanked Rotary for all its support.  There were presentation on the forthcoming Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo and on next year's District Conference, to be held in Bournemouth.  The morning was concluded with an amusing talk by David Byron the former managing director of the airline BMI Baby.

I encourage all members to consider attending the Bournemouth Conference on 25-27th September next year.


Golf - another good day

Golf finalClub Golf team on Area Finals day, not as good as we hoped but a respectable 4th position. Star of the day Joe Carrington with the best overall score. Well done Joe. The club has benefited with cheques for £150 so not a bad day's work from the team.Golf final


Rotary Stars Awarded

The Rotary Stars project is aimed at recognising a pupil in a primary school who, in the opinion of its staff and children, has shown consistently such attributes as good citizenship, care and helpfulness to others, and personal endeavour.  The award is not for academic or sporting achievement and does not add to the workload of the staff.  The presentation of the award normally takes place at the end of the year assembly.  It consists of a certificate, badge and book or book token.

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Shown are the extremely worthy recipients being presented with their awards by the presidents of the Rotary Club, Diana Osborne and Bill Hill and the Rotary Stars organiser Penny Hancox.


Golf Success

Dick Colgrove InductionOn 27th August a victorious Melton golf team won a hard fought match against the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley to win a place in the District final on the 10th September. Well done to the whole team.  We wish them luck in the final.

The players were Joe Carrington, Brian Grommett, Bill Glancy, Richard Haines and Geoff Goodwin.


Dick Colgrove Inducted as a Member of the club

Dick Colgrove InductionOn 28th July 2014 President Bill Hill was please to induct Dick Colgrove as a member of the club.  Dick is a long standing member of Rotary. He has moved house to live in Melton Mowbray, so has transferred from the Stamford Rotary Club to join the Melton Mowbray club.  We were pleased to see 4 of his fellow Rotarians, including their current president Jim Guthrie, join us at Dick's induction to wish him well.


District Vocational Award Presented

Environmental AwardAt the District Council meeting in July 2014 Immediate Past President Diana Osborne and David Morris were presented with the district Environmental Award for 2013-14.  This was in recognition of the business support project set up and run by the club, led by David Morris, during the past Rotary year.

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