Rotarians over the hill

In this particular case the hill in question being Lodge Hill, Castle Cary.

On a lovely August evening the intrepid Brue Valley Rotarians assembled at the Fire Station before setting off for the dizzying heights of Lodge Hill before returning The George for a well deserved meal.

I am sure the caption “takes one to know one” fits with one of the attached photos but I can’t seem to recall which one it is….


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Yeovil Boot Sale

On Sunday Angela, Marcia and Karen headed to the weekly Boot Sale held in Yeovil. It was extremely hot and we were glad that we took some chairs and an umbrella and plenty of water to tide us over.  Even before the event was open to the public we had sold enough items to cover the cost of our stalls for the day.  There was a steady stream of ‘punters’ and we came away with a profit of £73.80.  BOOT SALE

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Reduce, Re-use, Recycle…….

What a load of rubbish……………. we saw at Carymoor Environmental Centre, Dimmer, Castle Cary.  A small group of inquisitive rotarians and guests enjoyed a short but interesting visit.

After a brief introduction to the creation of the site, by Karen from the Carymoor team, we went to the landfill by car, it’s a big site!  On the way we stopped at the new ‘Going Underground’ display where cross sections of the landfill, across the last 4 decades, depicted the nature of rubbish which we all discard in our dustbins.  In the 70’s we were throwing away vinyl records, nappies and space hoppers and more recently complete laptop computers have been found in dustbins!

At the landfill site, which is due to be closed in 2021, we saw the vast amounts of waste, waiting to be buried, which was being scavenged by gulls and crows.  Eventually this will all be capped with a metre depth of clay, any methane produced will be taken off and the land will be returned as a nature reserve.

There was so much more to see, unfortunately time was against us, and perhaps a longer visit in the future will be arranged.

You can help to cut down on waste, remember REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE…………

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Brue Valley at Classic & Supercars

On a blisteringly hot day 25 Brue Valley members and friends assisted at the Sherborne Classic & Supercars Show doing all manner of tasks from running a Members Marquee, where guests were treated to a view of the showground whilst relaxing with their tea and coffee, to collecting waste at regular intervals throughout the day.  We manned entry gates, car parks, the information tent and had the excitement of holding ropes to allow parades of spectacular vehicles to pass.

There were over 2000 vehicle exhibits on show including over 500 ‘on the day’ classics which just turned up to visit the show.  Other visitors arrived early, and left early, some because of the heat and others to watch football or tennis with which we were competing!

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Taking breaks in the rest area didn’t always keep us out of the sun and shade was sought wherever needed………………………. well done Brue Valley, here’s hoping we have helped to raise a significant amount for the supported charities !



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Door to Door

This Rotary Roving Reporter when in Wincanton last week witnessed the fantastic door to door service provided by the CAT bus service and its driver one Chris Ringrow. What a busy man! His responsibilities weren’t confined to driving; they included assisting passengers exiting the bus, finding and allocating sufficient trolleys, providing reassurance on collection times and generally being a huge help to his passengers. What brilliant community service Chris. Well done.

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World Cup fever ……….

Yesterday, Saturday 7th July, Brue Valley members were in attendance at Clark’s Village in Street to promote the forthcoming Classic & Supercar Show at Sherborne Castle on 15th July.  Little did we know, some 6 months ago, that the magnificent England football team would reach the quarter finals of the World Cup which would be played on 7th July!

A big thank you to Trustee Mark Main for lending us his MGA and Maserati Gran Tourismo and to Colin D for the MG Midget 1500.

After a fairly slow start – we had been told to expect a busy morning, when tens of shoppers, not hundreds, were interested in our display and some were even interested in next week’s show – footfall in the complex was almost non-existent…………………….. if you needed to have a quiet shop in Clark’s this was the time to do it.

We did stay until 7.00pm when the shops closed, but it was not the most successful day we have ever had, despite the challenging situation we did have some fun – until someone took the radio away at half-time!!!!!

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