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Click on the link in this list to view the News Item, which are in date order, most recent first. (Note: older items have been moved to the "History" page - click here) Young Artist - local competition March 2020

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Litter Picking - June 2021

Welby Road and the Asfordby by-pass received a much needed clean up in June thanks to the efforts of the Melton Rotary Club. 
8 members were out and collected several bags of
carelessly discarded rubbish.

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Young Artist - local competition 2021

Sixteen students from Catmose College and Harrington School entered this year for Rotary in Melton’s Young Artist Competition. The extremely high standard of work left the judge with an unenviable challenge, but ultimately the skills and quality exhibited in the works produced winners.

Intermediate winners

Senior winners

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Ailee Parsons Finn Lashbrook Freya Morton Arabella Grint
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Polly Greening Jessica Newby Shannon Sage Lucy Parkins



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Santa Fun Run, December 2020

The annual club Santa Fun Run took place over the weekend of 12th-13th December albeit this year with entrants running or walking a course of their own choosing and at a time convenient to them. We advised them to run only solo or with members of their "bubble".  Photos of the event are on the Photo Wall of the Santa Fun Run pages at: http://www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk/PhotoWall.html

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Contact Teas, December 2020

The photos are from 6th December when members of the club made up Christmas tea boxes for the Re-engage group and the residents of Wexford House. Many thanks to the team of bakers and sandwich makers for providing such lovely fare.
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National Polio Day

Rotary has been a leader in the eradication of polio world-wide, investing over $2 billion since 1985, and eliminating the disease across very nearly the entire world.  But the last little bit is still a massive job, needing continuing government and financial support.  The Melton clubs continue to publicise this activity and need through taking part in National Polio Day each year. In October 2020 we had two separate activities:

Melton Market Place hosted a demonstration of an iron lung - the life-saving machine that would have been used to save the life of children affected by this crippling and potentially fatal disease:

Iron lung Iron lung


And on the same day the combined Rotary clubs of Melton Mowbray have planted well over a thousand more purple crocus corms on the station
approach embankment.  Club members are planting a similar further number in their gardens and local verges.  Purple signifies the colour of the indelible pen with which the little fingers of children and babies in third world countries are marked to signify that they have had the vaccine that day, so we can be sure we vaccinate as many as possible, but don't waste vaccine with double doses:

Crocus planting


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Young Chef Presentation

First in a group of twenty-three. That is what Teja Jones achieved in winning the Young Chef Shield, an award organised by Rotary in Melton. Rotary’s Young Chef Competition is, subject to external restrictions, an annual event that comprises local, district, regional and national rounds.

Teja, and Hannah Smith, students at The Priory Belvoir Academy, were joined by Chloe Young from Long Field Academy when they competed in the Local and District Rounds of the competition earlier this year.

A spokesperson for Rotary in Melton said it was particularly pleasing to see that the standards displayed by the students continued to rise each year. Whilst this reflected well on the students and their tutors, it made judging more challenging but this was a task they were happy to accept.

The photograph shows Leven Newton, Head teacher at The Priory Belvoir Academy, presenting Teja with the Young Chef Shield.

Young Chef Teja Jones

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President's Lunch and Handover

23rd August was our first distanced face-to-face event since Covid19 zoomed over us......

Handover Alison Blythe PHF
Handover from Adrienne to President Malcolm (Click to play video)
Presentation to Alison of the Paul Harris Fellowship.

With many thanks to Alison for hosting us.

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Young Artist - local competition

This year's local Young Artist Competition run by Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir Rotary Clubs attracted 14 entries.

All the works were of a very high standard.  After careful study the following students from Catmose College were selected as winners. They will now progress to the District Competition. This will start at 18.00hrs on 4th April at Queniborough Village Hall.
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Mara Bradbury-Harrold
"Woman in pink"
Frey Morton
"Elephants crossing a land bridge late evening"
Lily Wilson
"Four faces of a woman"
Shannon Wilson
"The Fox"

Intermediate Age Group

Mara Bradbury-Harrold, "Woman in pink" supported by Melton Mowbray RC
Frey Morton, "Elephants crossing a land bridge late evening", supported by Melton Mowbray Belvoir RC

Senior Age Group

Lily Wilson, "Four faces of a woman", supported by Melton Mowbray RC
Shannon Wilson, "The fox", supported by Melton Mowbray  Belvoir RC

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Crocuses on Show

A lovely showing of crocuses has bloomed on the embankment opposite the Melton Council offices, next to the road leading to the station.  These were planed last October as a joint venture between the three Melton Rotary Clubs.  They celebrate the amazing progress Rotary and our partners world-wide have achieved in the eradication of polio.  In 1985, when we started, there were 360,000 children every year across the whole world catching polio.  This equated to 1000 children every day being infected, a high proportion being crippled for life, if not dying.  Now the numbers are only around 100 per year, and cases are confined to just Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Rotary and partners will not cease from the fight to eradicate this horrible disease until polio no longer exists anywhere.

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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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Council Offices

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).
Life Education Caravan
Life Education Caravan Life Education Caravan

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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