North Cadbury Family Race Night

Saturday, 15 September 2018 witnessed the North Cadbury Family Night, a collaboration between the North Cadbury Village Hall and Brue Valley Rotary who will equally share the funds raised.

Having pre-sold 85 of the available 96 tickets we knew we were in for a busy and successful evening:  and so it proved to be!  We were able to run all eight races – seven of which had been sponsored by local businesses (ensuring all costs of the evening were covered in advance) and “ownership” of the horses in the last race were auctioned on the night (raising an additional £72).

The “punters” were most enthusiastic in cheering on their horses, the Village Hall committee provided a fine spread and the bar did a roaring trade throughout the event whilst the Rotarians ran “the tote” and generally orchestrated the event.

Final figures are not yet available but we do know “the tote” raised £412.

North Cadbury Village Hall Committee are keen to run the event again and I am sure we will.  However, could we team up with other village halls in our patch to run similar events now we are such pros at these events?

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Brue Valley’s Coffee morning shakes Costa Coffee !!


News of Costa Coffee’s sale of its 3821 shops to Coca-Cola and the associated increase of 16.3% in its parent’s company share price to £46.75 prompted the writer to investigate another rising coffee shop star. Yes, it was Brue Valley’s coffee morning at Castle Cary’s Market House yesterday. The place was buzzing. Colin J and Liz gave the initial impression of being meeters and greeters but their true purpose of seamlessly relieving customers of pound coins in exchange for raffle tickets was soon apparent. Angela and Sally efficiently dispensed the famous Bue Valley Latte as well as serving tempting and delicious cakes, (the Andrew Davies flapjack was particularly good). Jenia and Simeon were ever present in the media department where interesting and diverse CD’s, DVD’s and books were available. Our furniture supremo Colin D was in good form attempting to sell a multicoloured wine rack and other items to the numerous attendees. Synchronising the event was our ever-present President. The result of all this energy was a profit of circa £184. Great work – thanks are due to everyone mentioned plus (a) anyone who I might have missed and, (b) Mike S who organised the morning but was laid low with a nasty bug. Apologies for the pictures which have nothing to do with the reported event …….! RW

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Parkinson’s Summer Garden Party

The Parkinson’s Summer Garden Party at Charlton Musgrave Village Hall today was huge fun. Sally and Angela were in action at an early point arranging strawberries and cream on the myriad of scones with military precision. Marcia was soon on hand to supervise the serving of tea, scones and cake to the many attendees. Your correspondent and our Immediate Past President were consigned to tea and coffee duties where they remained for the majority of the afternoon. The addition of tea to coffee granules is best forgotten. Jules Kew and team were there to face paint and everyone enjoyed the afternoon. The alpacas were lovely.  Huge thanks to Liz and Mike for organizing Brue Valley’s involvement in such a happy event. Our involvement was clearly appreciated. RW


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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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