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 https://www.justgiving.com/Christopher-Peart/

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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Welcome to our new members

Our club has been really busy in and around Sherborne, and in the past few years and many of our projects have become regular annual events in the town, including Hidden Gardens of SherborneSherborne International Film Festival, and Classics at the Castle, which raise thousands of pounds for local organisations, national charities and our international projects.

Each of these events is only possible because of the skills, experience and contacts which our members have, and are prepared to use to help organise these projects, and also to be there on the day to marshal and support as necessary.

So it has been a great pleasure to welcome 5 new members to our club in the past couple of months, bringing new skills and experience, and whatever time they are able to commit to our clubs activities.

Welcome to  Neville Huxtable, Steven Pleasance, Frank Skinner, Jo, Harper and Rachel Goodfellow.

If you are interested in joining our club and sharing in the fun and fellowship as well as assisting with our projects, then do contact us to find out more.

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What a busy year we are having!

The Rotary club of Sherborne Castles deserves its reputation as an active club which organises professionally run major projects in our town, in aid of charity.  Many of our events have become regular fixtures in the town.

Jazz at the Red House

This event held on the day before our Hidden Gardens event, was very much enjoyed by those who attended, and the Wriggle Valley Band were on top form.

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Mike Hatch, Chairman of the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital receives the cheque.

This event raised a total of £2,660 of which £1,330 was presented to Friends of the Yeatman in Sherborne.  There is a plan to establish a second end of life care unit in The Willows to supplement the Jean King Suite and this sum will help to achieve this.

Hidden Gardens of Sherborne

This event is always popular and good weather ensured plenty of visitors to the 20 gardens kindly opened for the weekend by Sherborne residents, to raise funds for charity.   The total surplus from the event was £4,600 which will be shared between Marie Curie and St Margaret’s Hospice and other local charities.

We are very grateful to our sponsors Churchouse, who donated wine for the thank you party for garden owners, which was held on Sunday evening.

Charity Golf Day

Held at Sherborne Golf Club, this was a great day with 17 teams, and support from hole sponsors and providers of auction prizes, ensured this event created a surplus of £3,671. Of this sum £3,000 is to be given to St Margaret’s Hospice in memory of Michael Peart, and the balance will be held in charitable funds for local donations.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.

Classics at the Castle

What a day to remember.  So many cars and so many people enjoying a great day out.   Some 8,000 people and 1,300 cars were on site at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 20th July to enjoy the 12th annual Classics at the Castle event.  This is the second year that this event has been run as a partnership between the Rotary Clubs of Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale.

Brian Culcheth one of our celebrity visitors photographed by Philippa Annett

For more information about this event check out http://www.classicsatthecastle.co.uk

………..  and still to come this year:

Historic Vehicle Rally -Sunday 30th August – Sherborne School

SHIFF – Sherborne International Film Festival in October.  -Thursday 29th October to Sunday 1st November.  http://shiff.org.uk/

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Collection for Nepal

Both Rotary clubs in Sherborne were in Cheap Street last Friday collecting to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.  We are so grateful to everyone who gave so generously to help with this cause.

We raised  just under £1,800 from the collection last Friday and have receive additional donations in the last few days which will take this total to almost £2,500.  All the money collected is being sent to Shelterbox this week to enable them to provide more shelter and essential supplies to those in Nepal who have lost everything.

In addition, The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles has funded 3 water survival boxes boxes provided by World Waterworks, a Rotary project run by Chelwood Bridge Rotary club in Somerset.  Supporting these Rotary projects ensures that all the money given goes directly to those in need.

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Thank you everyone who gave so generously last week.


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Michael Peart Appeal

Michael Peart

Michael Peart Past President of the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles is terminally ill in St. Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil. Before retirement Michael was the first British Ambassador to Lithuania following the break-up of the Soviet Union. During his time as Ambassador Michael forged strong personal links in Lithuania which have continued throughout his retirement years.

Amongst his enduring connections is the St Francis Cancer Support Centre in Klaipedia of which Michael is a Patron. On 17th May the centre will be holding their annual 10K Hope Run which is one of their principal fundraising events. In talking to Michael his son Christopher has undertaken to take part in the event this year in his memory. Christopher hopes to raise as much money as possible for the centre so others can receive the same sort of care and support as his father has received in St Margaret’s.

The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles is supporting Christopher Peart and has set up an account with Rotary Charity Fundraisers. As a result Gift Aid can be claimed on all qualifying donations.

Please take a moment, use this link and read Christopher’s story. Hopefully you will be moved to donate to this cause in memory of a very special Rotarian.

Update from Christopher Peart: It is with great sadness that Dad passed away peacefully at St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil on Thursday 2 April 2015. Mum and I are truly devastated but are determined to make Dad proud through this fundraising appeal. 03/04/15 11:31

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What’s behind the garden wall? Hidden gardens of Sherborne June 2015

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The Hidden Gardens of Sherborne has become part of Sherborne’s annual calendar, and the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles is delighted to be able to hold this event again this year with new gardens as well as some favourites  6th and 7th June 2015
2pm – 5pm

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Sherborne’s Olympic Bursary Winners 2015


For the third year since the 2012 Olympic Games, the Rotary Clubs of Sherborne and Sherborne Castles have awarded a bursary to some highly talented young people from the Gryphon School who are already competing at county level and above in their chosen sport.

Each year choosing the worthy winners becomes more difficult and this year we have awarded three bursaries as we found it impossible to reduce this final three to two.  This years winners are:

Madelyn White  – Swimming and Accro Gymnastics
Madelyn spends 20 hours a week training for swimming, and is ranked top 3 for her age group (16).   Her highest achievement to date is making the ASA National final as part of this regions 4×100 freestyle relay team, finishing 5th overall from 40 teams competing.

Madelyn also does Accro Gymnastics training twice a week and has qualified at National level.   She competed in British Championships as part of a pair and came 16th, and at an International competition in Germany was placed 12th overall.

She will use her bursary money for competition fees  and for training in specialist camps.

William Morris  –  Rugby
William plays for Sherborne RFC, is in his 2nd year playing for Dorset and Wilts, and this year has played for Bath Academy.   He was player of the year 3 times at Sherborne.  He has been awarded the Gryphon School Contribution to Sport Award, and Gryphon Rugby player of the year.

William wants to progress to professional rugby with Bath and also do a degree in Sports development eventually, and will use his bursary to replace equipment and for travel costs.

Sophie Ward  –  Karate
Sophie is a black belt in 2013 was part of the Western Karate club based in Bristol where they have very high level of members including a world champion, and she has won two English National bronze medals, competed at International open competitions, and is a National Squad member.  Sophie trains twice a week in Yeovil, Bristol every three weeks as well as Friday nights and Sunday morning sessions

She hopes to be in the National Squad eventually and competing Internationally in 5 years time.  Her bursary money will help access training in Bristol more frequently and contribute to travel to competitions/entry fees.

Congratulations to all three winners, it was great to see them at our club recently and to hear their plans and dreams.  We where overwhelmed by just how hard these youngsters train and how committed they are to their chosen sports.


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