Rotary Pop-up-Shop Raises £13,000 for Charity

Jan 2, 2022
Over £13,000 raised for charity

The Pop-up-Shop, a brain child and inspiring idea from The Rotary Club of Taunton was a great success. Selling bric-a-brac and promoting Rotary the shop opened in late November and recently closed as 2021 ended. The shop was also supported by a partner organisation, ‘Action for Climate Change’, and hosted a popular Santa and elves grotto which was visited by over 64 children. Rotarians, their family, friends and volunteers all contributed to raising over £13,000 for the Club’s charities, amongst which are the Conquest Centre and the Musgrove Park Hospital League of Friends.

Thanks are extended to all those who visited the shop and purchased goods ad also to those who helped out throughout the shops short life.

If you want to find out more about becoming a member of Rotary of helping out as a ‘Friend’ of Rotary, please do get in contact with the Club.


Caroling for Christmas

Dec 17, 2021

Rotarians, family friends and Sea Cadets joined together to carol in the Christmas message.  Standing outside the Rotary Pop-up-Shop in Taunton Town Centre the band of carolers entertained shoppers on this late Christmas shopping night.

Thanks to all passers by who gave generously to Rotary charities, amongst which this year is the Conquest Centre and League of Friends (Musgrove Park Hospital)

Christmas Pop-up-Shop Last chance to bag a bargain

Dec 14, 2021
Families enjoy meeting Santa in his Grotto

It’s the last chance to bring the kids to see Santa and his elves at the Rotary Christmas Pop-Up shop that opened in November. The shop has already raised over £9,000 for local charities, the Conquest Centre and the Musgrove Park League of Friends. This remarkable success is down to Rotarians and volunteers who have brought Christmas cheer to many through the sale of donated quality items.

There are still bargains to be snapped up and prices have been reduced so get along to the shop and buy for charity.

Santa and his elves will be there on the last Saturday before Christmas, between 11am and 3pm giving presents to children, with toys gifted by the toy shop, ‘The Entertainer’. For a donation of £5 per family it’s not too late to give your children the gift of Christmas wonder.

The Taunton Rotary Club Pop-Up Shop is in North Street (near Lloyds Bank), and open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm up until Christmas.

Cricket Fans’ Generosity Returns

Cricket fans have certainly returned with a gusto following months of ‘cricket’ isolation. Fans flocked to the County ground to see Somerset County Cricket Club in action and many have generously returned to the Rotary charity car park opposite the Vivian Richards Gate on Priory Bridge Road.  The Rotary Club of Taunton run the car park on weekends and bank holidays with the kind support of Viridor who own the site. This year, despite a reduced season, the Club has raised £2,271 which will go towards the Club President’s charities, one of which is the Conquest Centre, a local charity supporting riding for the disabled.

None of this could be achieved without the support and generosity of cricket fans, who donate £5 or more for the opportunity to park close to the ground. If you want a parking place and know that your donation will go to a good cause, get there early when the next season starts.

Young Photographers Celebrated

Scarlett's winning entry

Winners of the Taunton Rotary Club Young Photographer 2021 competition were celebrated at a private awards ceremony due to the restrictions of the continuing Coronavirus situation. Neave Hughes and Scarlett Jones, were presented with  their certificates by Club President Peter Renshaw at an event hosted by Rotarians at the weekend. It was a very successful afternoon, enjoyed by all and much appreciated by the parents and the winners.

All competitors submitted three photographs to exhibit their talent. Both Neave’s and Scarlett’s entries were judged to be especially compelling, artistically creative and technically advanced. Neave will start her further education in the autumn at Bridgwater and Taunton College with the ambition of developing a career in professional photography.  Scarlett, who is also a keen horse rider will continue to develop her skills ad wo knows, she may also find that her talents shape her future career choices. See more of the winning entries on the Taunton Rotary website.

Get your cameras clicking as the competition will be held again this year with entries to be submitted before the end of 2021. The theme for the 2022 competition will be “Colours of Nature”.

If you are a potential entrant, parent, carer or teacher and want to get involved. Find out more about the entry requirements and criteria of Young Photographer and  contact contact Patrick Berry for more information and register your interest. You can email Patrick direct at

A Musical Tribute to those who Serve

Join the Taunton community and ‘Friends of Rotary’ to enjoy a concert full of variety: from rock to opera, choral pieces and jazz. Performers include The Taunton Vale Male Voice Choir, Eight to the Bar (TBC), West Somerset Brass Band, Taunton Rotary Choir and individual performers.

Register early for this unmissable event which celebrates 100 years of the Royal British Legion and recognises all those who serve, remembering especially those who have died during the Coronavirus pandemic and those who have served as workers and volunteers during this difficult time. The event will be held in the impressive auditorium of the Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, with an Act of Remembrance conducted by Rotarian Adrian Prior-Sankey MBE, Royal British Legion Chaplain.

All proceeds go to the armed forces charity, the Royal British Legion; the Conquest Centre, a charity dedicated to providing therapeutic outdoor activities for the young and Go-Create, an arts-based charity based in Taunton and Somerset.

Tickets are £12.50 per adult and £6.00 for under 18s.

Tickets can be bought by contacting through online through  Eventbrite

St Margaret’s Summer Fete: Wanted – Volunteers and Plants

St Margaret’s Summer Fete is looking for VOLUNTEERS, plant donations and your interest.  Contact Kerry Ballie at St. Margaret’s Hospice if you can help out at this annual event.

St. Margaret’s Summer Fete

Taunton Flower Show is back and looking for Volunteers

Jul 13, 2021

The Taunton Flower Show is back in business and takes place from 6th – 7th August. This fabulous event is a great reminder of all the things we have most missed during our ‘Lockdown’ year. Getting out, meeting others, attending events, viewing the amazing creations and stalls and enjoying ourselves alongside others.  Although it’s a scaled down event this year we’re sure the buzz and bustle of this much loved Flower Show will be heartily welcome.

The Flower Show organisers are keen to recruit VOLUNTEERS, so if you’d like to help out contact the organisers through the Flower Show website or email the organisers: . Alternatively contact us and we’ll pass on your contact details.

Christmas is Coming! – Volunteers needed

Jul 13, 2021

Don’t know what to do with that Christmas Tree when the festivities are over? For several years St Margaret’s Hospice has been offering their local communities a Christmas Tree Collection Scheme. This involves organising a pre-arranged roadside collection service of Christmas Trees in early January. In return residents are encouraged to make a donation to the Hospice. What a great service which is this year being run with their partner Children’s Hospice South West.

The Hospice are calling for VOLUNTEERS to help run this charitable service. If you think you can help either as a driver or someone who can load and unload, then do get in touch with the or make contact through this website and we’ll pass on your contact details.

Dene Barton Community Hospital needs your help

Jun 15, 2021

Wanted: A new Chairperson and Secretary for The Friends of Dene Barton Community Hospital.

The Friends of Dene Barton Hospital were established to raise funds for patient resources at the Dene Barton Community Hospital based in Cotford St Luke, near Taunton.  The Hospital has a Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and an outpatients section of the Musgrove Park Hospital Physiotherapy Department. Also based at the hospital is a District Nurses Hub, an Integrated Rehabilitation Team, a Pain Team and a Rapid Response Team. The Friends are urgently in need of a new Chairperson and Secretary. This very active and successful group may have to fold if they can’t find committed volunteers to take these roles.  Please help if you can. You can contact the current Chairperson, Alan Sutton, for more information. All enquiries will be confidential.

The group meets every five weeks and has tremendous support from the local community and especially the primary School.