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"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 are now in our third year and going from strength to strength. This year we were 41 in total. Guests arrived around 11.00 and were welcomed with coffee and mince pies. There were "reunions" for those who attended in previous years and lots of new faces to welcome too .
As usual, the event was held in the Sixth Form Cafe at Huish Episcopi Academy. We really appreciate the donation of this lovely facility which is bright, airy and welcoming and would like to thank Andrew Davis and Steve Tilley whose generosity enables us to hold this event.
The helpers are always busy, fetching and carrying but also chatting and socialising which is such an important part of the occasion. There was a lucky dip for a small present and a local picture quiz to tickle the brain cells. A traditional Christmas lunch with all of the trimmings was served and enjoyed by all.
After lunch the Little Soul Band came and played a mixture of festive music, with the audience singing along. This was their second visit to us and as ever, they put on a great performance - thank you to Helen, Greg and Lou - we appreciate their time and generosity.
The day was rounded off with the Queen's Christmas message before our guests headed home with a "goody bag" containing a few Christmas treats for tea.
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
Happy Christmas from everyone at the Forget-Me-Not Memory Cafe.
Fun and fellowship every Tuesday afternoon at The Angel, Langport for those who are feeling the challenges associated for the loss of memory, and for those who care for them.
This years Christmas party included a special yuletide tea, games and a good old sing-song to complete a memorable year for the Cafe as it fledged its wings from direct control of Rotary to become a stand-alone asset for the Langport, Somerton and surrrounding villages.
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.
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