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What an exciting evening members of Brue Valley Rotary had last night, exploring the wonders of West End Garage in Bruton at the invitation of owner Gordon Fry. The garage can fix ANYTHING ! From family saloons through to military 8-wheel juggernauts, minor servicing to major re-structuring and re-building of blown up vehicles and even repair of various kinds of tankers. It really does seem that no job is too big or too small.
Alongside the day job, Gordon has a collection of military vehicles which have all been restored, probably better than their original condition. However most surprising were the various field guns and a Naval Bofors anti-aircraft gun. Some Rotarians were a little more excited than others as we toured the collection and we were all thoroughly entertained by Gordon’s stories of how he came by the vehicles and the history behind them.
Gordon joined us afterwards for supper at The Montague Inn where we enjoyed a delicious steak and ale pie.
A very big thank you to Gordon and his staff at West End Garage for sparing their time to show us around.
Brue Valley Rotary entered at team at the quiz held at Castle Cary Rugby club on 24th January 2020. The team comprised Donal, Anne, John, Amanda, Chris and Sue. The proceeds from the quiz go towards the Ladies Rugby tour and Cultural Exchange to Mufulira.
Those in the club will not be surprised that any team that included Donal and John would do well, however all were amazed that we took the lead at the beginning and had the highest score at the end. Our knowledge of rugby did let us down however our knowledge of almost everything else held us in good stead. Although it had to be admitted that John and Donal provided most of the answers , there were also valuable contributions from the other team members. I think we were all impressed when Sue knew that there were 33 bones in the spine, Anne knew that a Boar and Sow were the terms for the male and female badger and Amanda knew that Carol Anne Duffy was a Poet Laureate.
Many thanks to Wendy Silver for organising the event and all of those that catered for us through out the evening.
We were one of more than 20 teams
Winners with 46 points
Dividing the winners spoils
What a great night it was at The Catash Inn, North Cadbury, for our annual wassail.
There was a large attendance and we were entertained by the Wyvern Morris Men and before marching off to the orchard for the wassail formalities. Andrew Moore gratefully thanked everyone who had helped to make the evening a success by their kind donations – of all sorts. As usual, local cider historian Alan Stone conducted the proceedings as ‘The Butler’ and explained to all present the history of the wassail. Our first ever Wassail King, who looked brilliant, blessed the apple tree with cider before offering the traditional toast to the branches, everyone then joined in singing the wassail song before returning to The Catash for a warming supper. However, for those not fortunate enough to book a table at the pub, our famous burgers and bacon bap service was in operation and was very busy. The free mulled cider was very popular, During the meal we were again entertained by the assembled Morris Men who performed a Mummer’s Play (Google it!) which was very well received. There were lots of prizes in the raffle which took quite a long time to conduct. After a hearty filling meal at the Catash, the Wyvern MOrris Men entertained us with a selection of traditional songs and music. We hope to hold another wassail next year.
Over £500 was raised for charities supported by the Rotary Club of Brue Valley
Many thanks to the following:
- Wyvern Morris Men ( and Ladies )
- The Butler ( Alan Stone )
- All at the Catash
- Sparkford Sawmills for the sawdust
- Those who put up our posters to advertise the event.
- Brue Valley Rotarians for helping to set it all up and run it safely and successfully
On Thursday, 17 January 2019 a small contingent travelled through the wind and rain to visit book printer, CPI Anthony Rowe in Melksham. We were introduced to the company by Nigel Clements when he came to speak to us about Haynes Publishing.
After a short presentation on the company we had an extensive tour of the print works by Operations Manager, Dan Flower, being shown a reel of paper becoming a coverless book as it passed through one very large HP machine before being moved through to the next hall where it was bound and packed.
After a very interesting tour we retired to the Milk Churn for refreshments.