Week 2 – Join us at the Classic and Supercar Show!

Sherborne Classic and Supercar Show at Sherborne Castle is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  Not only that but it is one of the biggest events of its kind in the West Country.

This really is an event for the whole family, as well as over 2,000 classic and supercars on display, we have a Land Rover 70 years celebration parade, Pistonhead Members Tour, a rally car parade, and the Charterhouse Auction on site.   We have “Little Landies” for the children,  the Internationally famous ‘World Rally Car’ simulator, Slot car racing, a large catering village, live music and children’s entertainment, and over 150 – trade, craft and autojumble stands.

And in this lovely summer weather why not have a picnic on the East Lawn where, during the afternoon we will also be showing the Wimbledon Final and the World Cup Final on large screen TV’s.

Help Sherborne Charity Hidden Needs Trust become Sainsbury Charity of the Year.

This great little charity raises awareness of the vital work that the Opportunity Groups in Somerset and Dorset do for children with Special Educational Needs.  It is run by one of our members, Rachael Goodfellow, and this week Rachael tells us that:

“ I am really pleased to let you know that HNT has made it through to the last 3 to be Sainsburys Charity of the Year here in Sherborne. I am up against 2 BIG local charities and so need every help I can in voting!!! The local postcode to here is DT9
If you can, please ask all parents, friends, relatives, literally anyone you meet to get online…
Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year
The screen then asks for the postcode…and will then take you to various store options. I am under The SHERBORNE BRANCH in LUDBOURNE ROAD
Press on that and you will see HNT…have a look at the website and press VOTE PLEASE!”

Will we see the last case of polio this year?

Rotary has been at the forefront of the campaign to eradicate polio since 1988, and since 2013 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given 2 USD for every 1USD which Rotarians give to the End Polio Now campaign.   This campaign has enabled 2.5 billion children to be vaccinated globally.    Funds raised in Sherborne from SHIFF 2017, our Sherborne International Film Festival, are being donated to this campaign as we are so close to eradicating polio from the world.    We don’t only give money to this campaign, Rotarians voluntarily given their time to take part in national immunisation days, and I myself went to India to Utter Pradesh to do just that. I learned so much and we helped to raise awareness of the important of vaccination in the population.

So what good has all this fundraising done?  So far there have only been 11 cases of wild polio in the whole world in 2018, but that is still 11 too many. The total for the whole of 2017 was just 22, and the high season for infections is passing. Could 2018 be the last year we will see polio anywhere in the world.   So close!

We will be in the information tent as the Sheborne Classic and Supercar Show so come along and find out about our club and which local charities will be benefiting from the show this year.  

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Week 1 – 2nd July 2018 – the beginning of the Rotary year……..

……and the day that I officially became President of the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles – wow!

This is the presidential chain – there have been 22 Presidents before me. That’s a lot of footsteps to follow in.

Mmmm…….. blue and yellow……..not really my colours.    But I am not planning to wear it much so I have put it away in its box.

We are the only Rotary club in Sherborne, there used to be two, now there is just us. Rotary is a huge organisation with 1.2 million members in more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries around the world and since it started in 1905 Rotarians have volunteered their skills and abilities to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian problems. While having fun and enjoying friendships, we share a commitment to improving lives both locally and internationally. Anyone who shares the Rotary values can be a Rotarian.

Our club meets twice a month for Rotary business meetings when we plan our activities and projects. We have other social meetings as well which, in the next couple of months, will involve walking, a BBQ and treasure hunt, a picnic at one of our local village events, and a meeting with a local poet. Many of these activities involve food as some point – Rotarians like food!

But my first week as President has been taken up with organising the Classic and Supercar Show at Sherborne Castle next weekend on Sunday 15th July. This is just one of several events which we are organising in Sherborne during the next few months, and this is a big one.

We work on this event with two other Rotary Clubs, Brue Valley and Yeo Vale, and this is the 5th year we have run it. Each year it gets better, and this year we have sold all the stand space and advance entries are higher than this time last year. The weather is set to be warm and sunny (just like it is now) and it is going to be a fantastic event.  Why do we do this? Well last year we raised over £42,000 for charity most of which was distributed to local charities in our area.

So that is our club, and if you want to know more about what we do in Sherborne and beyond, you can follow this blog and find out how my year evolves.

You are also welcome to come along and meet us at any of our meetings and you can contact us from our web site

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Ever wondered what Rotary in Sherborne does?

Now is your chance to find out! 
We are having a Rotary Awareness event on Monday 23rd April at the Crown Pub in Sherborne
between 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  

Why not come along and meet us, have some light refreshments and find out more about our activities in Sherborne, and what else Rotarians do.  

You can find out more about out club on our website http://www.rcsc.org.uk and on our Facebook page

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Our Annual Charity Golf Day Tuesday 26th June 2018

This year our annual Golf Day will be raising funds for the new cancer unit at Dorchester Hospital.  Why not get a team together and join us for this fun day at Sherborne Golf Club. 

You can find our more by downloading our announcement and a registration form here.

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Auction of Toy, Games, Childrens books

The entire contents of a local playschool are being auctioned in Sherborne this Saturday 25th November.

Approximately 200 items are being sold with proceeds going to Sherborne Castles Rotary Charities and the Hidden Needs Trust.  Come along on Saturday and buy your Xmas presents here. 

The Sale will be held at the former HSBC Bank at 10am (viewing Friday 24th November 10am to 12 noon. 


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Value of Rotary shared at the District Conference

Source: The value of Rotary shared at our District Conference

ACT LOCALLY, IMPACT GLOBALLY –  this was a theme celebrated by Rotarians from Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire at their annual conference in Wells on Saturday.

This phrase was repeated many times by the various partner organisations with whom Rotarians have worked to change lives on a global scale.  Speakers at the conference, expressed how important the relationship with Rotary is to their work, whether it is providing actual help, such as when building a heath centre in Nepal, by saving “ring pulls” which are the basic material for enabling families in the Philippines to run small businesses creating bags and jewellery, or taking part in abseil and zip wire challenges to raise funds to educate children in South African townships.

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Sherborne’s 9th International Film Festival

26th – 29th October 2017 at the Powell Theatre

Your chance to catch up with some of the best foreign films recently released.  There is a mixture of drama, action, comedy, terror and tragedy, sometimes all found in one movie.

Organised by Sherborne Castles Rotary, the Festival not only provides the community of Sherborne with the opportunity to see foreign films which would not otherwise be shown locally, but also to raise funds for charity.

We are really looking forward to presenting four days of excellent foreign film entertainment and hope that you will join us.

This year, the proceeds of the Festival will be divided between an international project to re-build a school in Nepal, the Polio Plus eradication project and other local charities supported by Sherborne Castles Rotary.

Check our web site to find out more about our Festival OR download a programme here.


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‘Water the Essential’

Rotary- volunteering, supporting communities, having fun

Dear fellow Rotarians and friends

As many of you may be aware our Rotary Water-Survival Box has been adopted in support of a photographic project ‘Water the Essential’  by New Zealand Photographer Vaughan James. 

The combined project was the subject of an exhibition in the Shapero Gallery, Mayfair, London between 12 and 30 September. The video was made by Rotarians Francesca Albini and Maria Giovanna Audia and as well as highlighting Vaughan’s stunning water themed photographs the video includes interviews with Vaughan James, Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge, and Hugo Pike representing the WSB project. 

During the period that the exhibition was open Hurricane Maria crashed through the Caribbean archipelago creating further devastation to that caused by Hurricane Irma just 10 days previously. 500 Water-Survival Boxes have been made available for distribution by members of the Rotary District 7020 Hurricane Recovery Committee and are being supplied to ‘families…

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So what is twisted cider?

On a dull Monday September evening 16 hearty souls, made the trip to Longburton to visit Ben Weller at ‘Twisted Cider’. The weather was kind to us, as was Ben who greeted us with tea, coffee or for those brave enough, some cider.

We were then led on an impressive tour of his orchards, where we learnt about different varieties of apples, the work needed within the orchard and more importantly the pressing of the apples. After a ‘tasting’ of the pressed apples Ben then showed us how his cider is produced, from the collection of the apples, the cleaning and sorting, the pressing, fermentation and stillage. A hugely impressive display for a hobby!

We then had a tasting of all Ben’s products, followed by a traditional fare of breads, cheeses, pates and pickles. We were allowed to have a pint of our favourite cider which was fantastic and just what the doctor ordered.

It was a wonderful Rotary fellowship evening and the Club are so grateful to Ben for letting us come and visit. We wish him all the best for the future and will be back to get some goods!

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£53,000 to Charity by Rotary in Sherborne

Local charities have received a huge boost from the proceeds of the Sherborne Castle Classic and Supercar show which has become a major fundraising event for our club.  

This years event, the 13th show to be held at the Castle, raised a huge £53,000 for charity and much of this was presented to local charities. At a special event held in the entrance hall of Sherborne Castle, cheques presented included:

Click here to see full details of how funds were distributed.

Next years Classic and Supercar Show will be on 15th & 16th July 2017.   Check our web site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what is new for our first 2 day event. 

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Our charity Golf Day 2016

Our annual Charity Golf Day was held on 28th June with 19 teams taking part.

The winning team

The event started with bacon rolls and ended with dinner (and I understand a comedian) so looks like a good time was had by all.




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It’s Hidden Gardens of Sherborne again 4th and 5th June 2016

Your chance to see what is over the garden wall

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Download a brochure here to see which gardens will be open.

All proceeds to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles

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Charity Golf Day, Sherborne Golf Club

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Sherborne Golf Club, 28th June 2016

Download Entry form here

Places going fast, book now to avoid disappointment

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Rotary Youth Speaks Semi-Finals February 2016

On Thursday 4th February the team from Sherborne Preparatory School, who won the local heat of the Intermediate Youth Speaks Competition, travelled to Holyrood Academy in Chard.  Together with seven other teams they competed in the semi-finals to win a place in the regional event.

Youth Speaks

Team from Sherborne Preparatory School

There were two teams from the Park school another from Holyrood itself, Colfox in Bridport was represented as was Wadham from Crewkerne, Sunninghill from Dorchester and Beaminster school. There was a wide range of topics chosen from the more serious like “Equality and Gender stereotypes” that Sunninghill spoke about to the more lighthearted subjects “ToTweet or not to Tweet” as chosen by Colfox.

The standard of preparation and delivery by all teams was extremely good but Beaminster School were adjudged to be the winners by the adjudicators Mrs Kerton-Johnson, Mrs Sarah Green and Mr Johnathan Farey. They spoke about “What makes a Sport” and were praised for their clear argument and confident delivery. They will now go on to compete again on 27th February at the Regional finals at the Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar. Colfox Academy came second with their talk on Tweeting.

Sherborne Prep’s team of Felix Beddow chairman, Mathew Dick speaker, and Rory Gibbs the proposer of thanks all gave a confident performance talking about “Time”. They were commended by the judges for their team work when their chairman momentarily lost his way his team members very subtly slid his prompt cards into view. The students all represented themselves and their school extremely well. It was a very well attended event organised by Chard Rotary club.

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Rotary Great Western 10K Run

All you runners, join us for this great annual event!

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Free entries for charity fundraising entries
This is a great multi terrain course with stunning views of the countryside.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles in partnership with the Yeovil Town Road Running Club.


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