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’

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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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2016 Winners of our Andrew Simpson Olympic Bursaries

In 2012, in recognition of the London Olympics, the two Rotary clubs in Sherborne decided to offer a bursary to two youngsters from the Gryphon School, each year until the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Jasmine Moore, Angus Buckland and their teacher Alan Cummings

Jasmine Moore, Angus Buckland and their teacher Alan Cummings

Now for the fourth year two talented young sports people have been selected, against very strong completion, as our 2016 winners.

This week these two committed youngsters had a meal with us at our club meeting and gave us a short presentation of their sport.  Jasmine Moore described how swimming is a way of life for which she trains every day, with a schedule which has allocated slots for rest and recovery.    For Angus Buckland rugby is the only thing and he has a set of goal which he aims to achieve, with the talent and enthusiasm to ensure that he does.

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We need new gardens in Sherborne

Can you help by opening your garden for the weekend?

Our fifth Hidden Gardens of Sherborne event will be on 4th and 5th June 2016, and we are sure there are some very special hidden gardens in Sherborne which we would love to include in the event.

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If you have a garden with access from outside (not through your house) and would like to help us raise funds for charity by opening your garden for the weekend, then we would love to hear from you.

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We want to make our fifth event a bit special, and some new gardens will help us to achieve this.  Your garden doesn’t need to be large or immaculate, we all love to share a garden which is clearly loved and cared for by its owner.

Our 2015 event raised approximately £2,800 for distribution to charity.

If you think your garden would be appreciated by the people of Sherborne, please contact Sue Thomas-Peter 01935 815234.

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Sherborne Preparatory School winners of Rotary Youth Speaks Intermediate competition

The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles has held the local round of the national Rotary Youth Speaks Intermediate Competition at the Gryphon School. This year teams from three local schools took part. The winning team was one of the teams from the Sherborne Preparatory School. Their speaker Matthew Dick who spoke about ‘Time’ was ably assisted by the team’s chairperson Felix Beddow and Rory Gibbs who gave the vote of thanks. Second place went to a team from Leweston School and third place to another team from the Sherborne Preparatory School.

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All competitors at Rotary Youth Speaks

Mrs Christine Stones the chair of the panel of adjudicators which also included Mrs Sally Westlotorn and Miss Anne Salt commended all the teams and gave a special mention to Jacob Burgess-Rollo from the Gryphon school who stepped in at the very last minute due to the illness of a member of one of the teams from his school.

The President of the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles David Havard thanked all the teams, their schools and supporters for making the competition such an enjoyable evening. He also thanked the headmaster of the Gryphon School Steve Hillier for the use of the schools facilities.

The winners now go on to a district final. If successful there they will go on to the regional final and ultimately on to the national final which is being held in Preston, Lancashire in May 2016.

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The winning teams with the president of the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles David Havard and Mrs Christine Stones chair of the panel of adjudicators.

The winning team from Sherborne Preparatory School are in the front row with blue certificates from left to right Matthew Dick, Felix Beddow and Rory Gibbs. In second place were the team from Leweston School who are in the second row with red certificates from left to right Eliza Dawson, Emillia Brazier and Daisy Pilkington. Finally in third place the second team from Sherborne Preparatory School with green certificates from left to right Hugh Ridgway, Harry McGinty and Will Chesterman.

Report by Russ King

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Memorial Garden in Klaipeda a gift of Sherborne Castles Rotary Club

On 28 September Helena Peart and her son Christopher arrived in Klaipeda form the UK in order to present a cheque for 34,000 Euros to the St Francis oncology Centre.

Hellena and Christopher

The money had been collected by the Sherborne Castles Rotary Club in England as a last request by Michael Peart who died in April. Michael asked his son Christopher to take part in the annual Run for Hope held in Klaipeda in May of this year. (For further information see

Michael Peart had been the first British Ambassador to the newly reindependent Lithuania from 1991 to 1994, a patron of the St Francis Cancer Support Centre and the President of Sherborne Castles Rotary Club from 2009 to 2010.

During the presentation Aldona Kerpyte, the Director of the Centre, presented certificates of appreciation to Sherborne Castles Rotary and to Helena and Christopher Peart.
The money will be used to create a Memorial Garden in the central courtyard of the St Francis oncology Centre to commemorate the life and work of Michael Peart.

Nijole Raudyte,
Public relation specialist,
St. Francis oncology centre

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