Yesterday evening members of Brue Valley Rotary Club, after enjoying s fish and chip supper at Whitstone’s Restaurant, visited Shepton Mallet Prison for a tour in the dark.
Over 400 years old it’s one of Shepton Mallet’s most haunted sites, where restless spirits still tread. Torture. Murder. Hangings, a cold breath on the back of the neck, a whisper, a flicker – then silence. It’s all the more chilling for being absolutely real!
Our guides, Paul and Charlie, led us round the prison with only torches for light, relating the history of the prison and some of the strange, unexpected sightings and occurrences, even to the present day. There have been many sightings of a lady in a white wedding dress, but unfortunately we didn’t see any apparitions………………….
The prison will be redeveloped soon so there is not much longer to re-visit the prison, possibly in daylight next time.
After a call from our Mother Ship (aka Shepton Mallet Rotary Club) asking for a helping hand manning the pay-lines at the Shepton Mallet bonfire and firework display on Saturday, 4 November, Nicky and Andrew M donned the hi-viz and happily took the public’s money for an hour and half.
Not sure we were really needed as there seemed to be plenty of Rotarians and helpers standing around but, as ever, Service before Self!
Work continues on the Telephone Box for the Defibrillator in Bruton. Thanks to a donation from Mill on the Brue we have now purchased and fitted 11 new windows. The outside and some of the inside was given another coat of paint. It certainly looks a lot better now.
Work will continue during the week.
The soaring rocket indicated the start of the Castle Cary & Ansford 40th Anniversary Carnival, As ever Brue Valley Rotary Club were in the forefront of collecting bucket duties. After a morale building team talk at Maggs Lane we were then in action. Andrew M, (who had recovered from his mild, but understandable irritation of the previous night), was soon cajoling the crowds with his customary aplomb. Jonny, Philippa and Paul followed on and were last seen efficiently and conscientiously working the crowds. The sartorially elegant Nicky took her time in completing the course but obviously enthused the many spectators. Anne and Roger (two buckets ) W and brought up the rear; their buckets reaping the benefit of bulk low denomination coinage. Melanie was ever present – so much so the writer thought she did two laps of the circuit. It’s noteworthy that between the eight of us we had about 25% of the issued collecting buckets. A busy and tiring night but a job well done. Special thanks to Paul, Philippa and Anne for supporting our Club and the event.
Angela, Sally, Andrew M, Jonny, Melanie, Anne and Roger W were on bucket duty at the Wincanton Carnival last night. The crowds were out and the cash flowed into those buckets. We were told to drop off full buckets at the Bear and get empty ones – sadly six of the seven bucketeers were told by staff at the Bear they knew nothing of this arrangement! Result – telescopic and tired arms! Anne, through much perseverance, was the only one to enjoy the luxury of a lighter load. It was just as well that Brue Valley were there as few other collectors were in evidence. Job well done!!!
A group of club members visited the NHS Treatment Centre in Shepton Mallet this evening and what an interesting and eventful evening it was! We were met by Engagement & Liaison Executive Jen Lewis who, after taking us to our briefing room, explained the history of the centre and it’s partnership status with Somerset Health Partnership.
We were then introduced to Tim Jobson, Consultant Gastroenterologist, who went into great detail about the ups and downs of Endoscopy. He gave a fascinating talk about how he goes about discovering, and treating, problems within the upper and lower parts of our digestive system – it was most revealing. We were astounded by the number of checks made to ensure that he is safe to continue his work, he has to report 27 KPIs. Probably his most important advice was to ‘know your body’, if you notice anything unusual – GET IT CHECKED WITH YOUR GP.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon David Shardlow then told us about his work replacing hips. The history of arthritis stretches back to the dinosaurs but it was quite a while before hip replacements became commonplace. He described the various materials that had been used in hip replacements, most with little or no success, until the late 1800s when metals were introduced, but these had limited life. Latest materials are ceramics which can last 40 years of normal use.
Both were very interesting talks and provoked great interest from our members, we were particularly re-assured by the fact that waiting times for treatment are better than the national average by half, this is the place to go if they offer any of the treatments you may require.
I think the photos say everything about the quality of service at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre.