Yesterday evening a group of more than 20 Brue Valley Rotarians and friends visited Glastonbury Abbey, where we joined ‘Brother Paul’ for a tour of the abbey ruins. After learning that at the time of the Doomsday Book the abbey was the wealthiest in the land, Brother Paul enlightened us in the legends of Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur.
After the great fire in 1184 the abbey was re-built in just four years to become the largest in the country. The tour revealed the vastness of the abbey surroundings and its lands around, for those who had not visited previously a more leisurely return is recommended.
A big thank you to local historian, rotarian, cider maker and friend of Brue Valley, Alan Stone (Brother Paul) for his time and for making our visit so interesting. Alan joined us at Knights Fish Restaurant in Glastonbury for supper.
Today, at a lunch at Compton Abbas airfield, arranged by IPP Nicky Creed, one of Brue Valley’s founder members, Angela Winson, was wished bon voyage to her new home in Ringwood. Several members, as well as AG Jane Gibbs, helped to see her on her way and many gifts were presented, just to help fill her new apartment. There was much merriment by all and an excellent lunch made things all the better.
Angela has been a stalwart of the club since Chartering, she is a Past President and was Secretary for three years. Additionally Angela held posts in District 1200 as well as visiting India for the Polio Vaccinations and Mufilira to help support the hospital.
We wish her all the best and hope she settles well in her new home, perhaps she may even join the local Rotary…………………
I was in charge of Rubbish.
So here is my “Rubbish Team No 1”
And “Rubbish Team 2”
Past and present Presidents enjoying themselves.
Roger Enjoying himself.
Andrew enjoying himself
The first outing of the new Rotary year took place on 18 July 2019 with a trip to the Bere Cider Company near Langport.
The first challenge, at least for some of our members, was to find the farm with various SatNav being blamed along the way.
Once we were all there, we were treated to a passionate and personal explanation of how a hobby turned into a business for Jim and Mary Lockyer, a tour of the facility before a hearty ploughman’s meal was enjoyed.
Grateful thanks to Jim and Mary for looking after us so well.
To promote the Classic & Supercars Show at Sherborne Castle on 21st July 2019, Brue Valley Rotary provided a display of vehicles at Clark’s Outlet Village, Street, to entice shoppers to the show. Although the display was never overcrowded there was a steady stream of interested visitors throughout the day – and we managed to sell 4 tickets for the show.
A big thank you for Clark’s Village management for allowing us to use their facilities, this year in a more prominent position in the centre of the site.
Last night Brue Valley held their traditional BBQ at the home of the incoming President and a big thank you to Mike and Jules Kew for letting us share their home for the evening. Master chef Simeon was showing off his culinary skills in charge of the grilling, to the enjoyment of all members.
After the food came the formalities, with outgoing President elect Mike addressing the crowd from on high, where he was later invested as the new President by outgoing President Nicky Creed. In his new role Mike
presented Andrew Davies with his chain of office as the new President Elect.
To bring the formalities to a close Mike was presented with a new digital pointer by Mike Stokes.