St Margaret’s Hospice – Glitter Run – 20 May 2018

On a very hot late spring day, those intrepid Brue Valley Rotarians were out in force parking cars and making and selling Pimms and Cider.

Whilst those running thought they had worked hard, we worked even harder trying to convince them they had had it easy…but still deserved a well earned Pimms or Cider to mark the completion of their epic adventure.

So impressive was the selling, we ran out of Pimms before 2pm!

As ever with Brue Valley Rotary, every event is a learning opportunity.  This time, we were instructed in the dark art of making the perfect jug of Pimms using a technique reminiscent of the “where’s the lady” con using three cups.  Well done Melanie:  it worked!

As Victoria from St Margaret’s quite rightly pointed out at the end:  “you were magnificent” as we handed over the £400+ takings from the day.

Well done one and all!

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RNLI Castle Cary Regatta

Brue Valley were once again helping the local community on the hottest Early Spring Bank Holiday on record!  Providing refreshments at the Castle Cary Regatta on the Horse Pond we raised £145 for the RNLI, it was a 50% increase on last years event.  Well done all those who helped.  This is the second year the event, which is supported heavily by Shepton Mallet Drifters MBC, has been run.  Although the flotilla was somewhat depleted because other members of the Drifters were attending the Abbey Hill Steam Fair,


the good people of Castle Cary were generous in their support of the RNLI.

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Stalwarts Challenge Exmoor!!!

The question we were all  asking  was “why are we doing this?” Participation in this year’s Exmoor Challenge entailed a 7:30 am start; if that wasn’t bad enough the weather deteriorated rapidly as our small but enthusiastic group  (Karen, Grahame, Anne and Roger W) headed west towards the starting point at Oakford. Nevertheless morale was high by the time we arrived at the Village Hall. Coffee and bacon baps (not a patch on ours!)  were consumed prior to us assuming full and impressive  wet weather kit.

We had already decided to do the 7.5 mile long walk and by 9:45 we were on our way. It would be an understatement to say it was wet. Copious quantities of mud and rain  were in evidence throughout our perambulations. We experienced great fellowship with Rotarians from Districts 1175 and 1200 as we circumnavigated the set walk. We were back at base by 12;25 pm for sandwiches, tea and cake – we were wet but happy. Coco the dog enjoyed it too.

You might well  ask what the Exmoor Challenge is all about? It’s a challenge between Rotary Districts 1175 and 1200. Rotarians from each district, their families and friends earn one point for completing the puny short walk (4.5 miles) and a well deserved two points for the long walk’s completion (7.5 miles). The district with the most points wins the Challenge Shield. Of greater importance is that the money raised from entry fees and sponsorship is donated to the Children’s Hospice South West and the Sand Dam Project.

A good day.

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Gardening Games at Cale Park

The Week’s Hot Tip  courtesy Joe Swift, (who you’ll know is Monty Don’s number two),  is to “fish out unwanted weeds to reduce the number of desirable weeds ……! “.  Well Joe old boy we at Brue Valley have news for you – there’s no such thing as desirable weeds.  This was evidenced by this morning’s blitzkrieg on our gardening project at Wincanton’s Cale Park.

Recapitulation might be necessary . The avid reader will recollect Brue Valley Rotary Club agreed to restore an overgrown bed adjacent to the river at Cale Park to its former glory. The larger photo demonstrates the magnitude of our task on our first visit a few weeks ago.  On that occasion the roots of many large shrubs were enthusiastically removed. Today found three Rotarians doing what our leader, (Mr Roger Lowe), described as “a bit of rough digging”. A blitzkrieg doesn’t do justice to the effort; we really went for it – so much so the job was completed within the hour. The well earned euphoria though was diluted by Mr Lowe opining, after deep consideration,  that further digging would be necessary.

The post rough digging coffees and Lovington’s buns (thank you Mr Moore) were a welcome conclusion to the morning’s excitement.

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Bruton Coffee Morning

Once again Brue Valley Rotary hosted the coffee morning in Bruton Community Hall although numbers were slightly lower than hoped we still managed to raise around £160 for local Rotary charities.  A big thank you to all members who donated items for the sale tables, especially the hard working bakers and to those members who turned up to man the tables and tea bar.


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Brue Valley Go Skittling!

Brue Valley Rotary held a very boisterous social evening at The Camelot Inn, South Cadbury, on Thursday where we enjoyed a delicious meal followed by a slightly unorthodox game of skittles ……………………… the eventual winner, Jenia, hadn’t told us that she is the ‘unofficial’ Bulgarian Skittles Champion!


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