The Bruton Defibrillator is now active !

Thanks to all those in Brue Valley Rotary Club who helped and also to Mill On the Brue for the generous donation which allowed us to replace many of the windows.

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Children In Need Collection Exceeds £1300


On Friday night 10 Brue Valley Rotarians and friends dressed up to collect for BBC’s Children in Need.  We collected in over 40 Pubs and Restaurants in the towns and villages in and around Castle Cary, Bruton and Wincanton. Great fun was had by all those who took part and we raised over £1300!

Many thanks to all those generous people who gave their money and their support and for welcoming us so warmly.

We would like to thank the following Pubs and Restaurants for allowing us to collect on their premises:

Cannards Well – Shepton Mallet
Cross Keys – Lyford
Dolphin Inn – Wincanton
Hauser and Wirth – Bruton
Miah’s Indian Restaurant – Castle Cary
Pecking Mill – Evercreech
Pilgrims Rest – Lovington
Prestleigh Inn – Shepton Mallet
Smithy at Carlton Musgrove
Sparkford Inn – Sparkford
Stags Head – Yarlington
The Alhampton Inn – Alhampton
The Bake House – Castle Cary
The Bay Tree – Castle Cary
The Bear Hotel – Wincanton
The Bell Inn – Evercreech
The Brook House Inn – Castle Cary
The Bruton Castle – Bruton
The Bull – Hardway
The Camelot Inn – South Cadbury
The Catash – North Cadbury
The Fox & Hounds – Charlton Adam
The Gallery – Castle Cary
The George Hotel – Castle Cary
The Horse Pond – Castle Cary
The Hunter’s Lodge – Wincanton
The Manor – Ditcheat
The Mildmay Arms – Queen Camel
The Miller’s Inn – Wincanton
The Montague Inn – Shepton Montague
The Natterjack Inn – Southwood
The Nog Inn – Wincanton
The Old Red Lion – North Brewham
The Orchard Inn – Galhampton
The Pickled inn – Evercreech
The Quarry Inn – Keinton Mandeville
The Sun Inn – Bruton
The Travellers Rest – East Pennard
The Unicorn at Bayford
The Wagtail – Wincanton
The Walnut Tree – West Camel
The White Hart – Castle Cary
Uncle Toms Cabin – Wincanton
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Brue Valley Go To Jail

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.



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Shepton fireworks

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!Fireworks

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New Windows in Bruton Telephone Box

20171029_131207 (Medium)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.

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Work will continue during the week.







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Déjà Vue – Brue Valley at Castle Cary Carnival


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.

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