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It is with great sadness that the Club has learned that a great friend of Langport & Somerton Rotary Club has passed away. Margaret Chadbourne had put up a stoic fight against cancer for several years, but it finally took her life.
The Club offers its deepest condelences to her loving husband of over 40 years, Past President Roger, who has been an active member of the Club for over 25 years. It was quite heroic to see them both attend the Club's Summer Ball in May at a time when they both knew that the end was near.
Margaret's funeral took place at St Andrew's Church, Curry Rivel where she had been a Church warden for many years. The packed service heard from Margaret's daughters as well as Roger who told us of his first meeting with Margaret at school when they were 6 years old - 62 years ago!
Charity Summer Ball - A huge success
The Club's first Summer Charity Ball in May was a huge success with over 150 people attending The Edgar Hall to be "wined and dined" in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Bill Sivewright, the CEO of the Air Ambulance will be attending the Club on 27th July to talk about their work and to receive a cheque for £2,000.
If you would like to hear what he has to say and to witness the cheque handover,
then email the Secretary.
Date for your diary - the next Summer Ball will be next May with dancing to the 60's favorites The Tremelos.
Langport & Somerton Rotarians welcomed Michael Eavis CBE to the Club.
Langport & Somerton Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Michael Eavis CBE, the founder and organiser of Glastonbury Festival, on Thursday 30th March for a Dinner followed by a Q&A Session MC'd by our own Rupert Cox.
120 people attended what turned out to be one of the most succesful Rotary meetings of recent years that raised £827 for local charities, including Michael's chosen Pilton Methodist Church. The remainder will be invested in a variety of local and overseas projects that Rotary supports such as BIBIC, the Nepal Trust and the Forget-Me-Not Memory Cafe.
The Rotary Club of Langport and Somerton have planted over 6000 purple crocus corms in the area, with hundreds ready to sprout in each of the following parishes:- Curry Rivel, High Ham, Aller, Long Sutton, Hambridge, Huish Episcopi, Langport and Somerton. Across the UK over 6 million crocus corms are being planted.
The crocus's in the villages have been planted on public grassed areas and should be in flower towards the end of February next year.
Why have these crocus's been planted?
Well, Rotary's charity is called the Rotary Foundation, and next February will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. In the last 30 years the Foundation has funded vaccinating children around the world against Polio, with the aim of eventually eradicating it.
30 years ago Polio was prevalent in over 125 countries around the world. Now in 2016 Polio is in only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria), and so far this year there have only been 26 cases of Polio reported worldwide. To date over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated around the world.
When a child has been vaccinated their 'pinkie finger' is marked with purple dye to indicate which child has been vaccinated. To mark the anniversary, and the progress made in eradicating Polio, this is the reason why purple crocus's are being planted.
Rotary are working in partnership with Bill Gates from Microsoft, and for every £1 that Rotary raises then Bill Gates with give £2 to become £3. It only costs 20p to vaccinate a child.
"No Room At The Inn"
Langport & Somerton Rotarians were delighted to support an informal community group who provide Christmas Day lunch for folk who have no one to share the special day with. Below is their heartfelt "thank you"
Just a quick email to say a big "thank you" for again providing the soft drinks for our lunch, they were much appreciated by us all! We have been so well supported again by our local businesses and groups. We are truly grateful to you all.
We all had a really lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a real "community success" with businesses and volunteers all playing a vital part. Thank you so much. We are looking forward next year !
With all best wishes for 2017
A Grand Donation
In the last few weeks the local Rotary Club of Langport and Somerton have raised £1000 to buy equipment for the locally based, charity 'bibic''.
At the end of October a Barn Dance was held in Curry Rivel village hall, and a fantastic sum of £675 was raised. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this great evening.
A packing session to fill pencil cases with a selection of pencils for School-In-A-Bag was held at the home of Rt Sherrie-Jane Jackson.
Amid much laughter, coffee & banter, 1000 pencil cases were filled with black, blue and red pens which will save School in a Bag a lot of time and effort for their next bag-packing session - and it took us just over an hour!
We shall repeat that, and other small tasks, for the project later in this Rotary year.
The Langport Arms