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 rotaryclubtauntonyouth@yahoo.com.

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 tautonrotary@outlook.com 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