Tapas in the Garden

Thirteen intrepid adventurers enjoyed a superb evening at the Yeo Valley Organic Gardens in Chew Valley.  On arrival we wandered around the magnificent gardens, one particularly keen member was determined to master the 1km haybale maze – but I think he cheated, he couldn’t possibly move that fast, not with a dodgy knee!

Afterwards we joined our reserved table for the tapas meal.  We had a taster menu specially selected………….   most of us had a taste of everything, but some dishes had great difficulty in getting round the table.  The good bit was that desserts and ice cream were included, and that rounded off a most pleasant evening.

If you enjoy tapas, and have visitors who also like them, it would make a great evening out, you will need to check their website:  https://www.yeovalley.co.uk/the-valley/events-in-the-valley, to see what’s on.

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The Great Somerset Cycle

Manning the Water Stations at the ‘Great Somerset Cycle’ for St Margaret’s Hospice.

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The Great Somerset Cycle

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Our new colourful Rotary tops

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Brue Valley Explore Local Wood

A surprise for most Brue Valley Rotarians when we visited Haddon Wood in Alhampton this evening – they didn’t know it was there!  We were guided by Gert Schley and Margy Cockburn who very knowledgeably explained how the wood came about.  Gerd’s wife Mary had a vision of a community wood in Alhampton for the benefit of all villagers but where to put it?  Some apparently spare land was considered but finding the owner proved difficult, however once found and approached the owner, Ms Haddon agreed to donate the land to a registered trust and eventually The Woodland Trust took it on.  After four years the wood is starting to take shape and is really worth a visit, early morning wildlife is a must.  After our tour of the wood we retired to the Alhampton Inn which, under new management, fed and watered us very well.

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Luncheons at Classics at the Castle

Today feels like the beginning of a holiday as I start to relax and enjoy being back at home.  For the last five days Angela and myself have been working at Sherbourne Castle, preparing for the show.  Friday we took control of the luncheon marquee, a daunting task with a very messy floor to sort out,  all the tables and chairs to wash (but we were well trained in that, see previous blogs!) and an ambition to provide guests with an impressive experience.  Thanks to Helen Furness and all her team, who provided excellent food and service through Saturday and Sunday, we were able to sort out any difficulties which arose and after all the background hard work and planning we ended Sunday feeling pleased that it seemed to have been a great success.  Many thanks to all those Rotarians who helped us to achieve this, too numerous to mention.  And now, another cup of coffee and maybe I should start to settle to normal life again?

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