Royal British Legion receives donation from Taunton Rotary

President Elect hands over a donation to the Royal British Legion

Taunton Rotary donated £1000 to the Royal British Legion after raising funds from their annual Remembrance Concert last November (’21). The concert was a great success despite the continuing issues of the Omicron virus and although funds were depleted to some extent the generosity of the audience and sponsors ensured that the concert went ahead as usual. The donation was handed over by President Elect, David Lewis at a luncheon meeting of the Club.

The concert was particularly important as it celebrated 100 years of the Royal British Legion which was established to support and care for veterans and their families and which is one of the oldest military charities carrying out this work for others.

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Friend of Rotary receives Somerset’s Highest Award

Feb 8, 2022
Luis Martello receiving his award from the High Sheriff, Thomas Sheppard

The Rotary Club of Taunton is proud to have hosted an event where Luis Martelo was given a Citizen of Somerset Award by Thomas Sheppard, the High Sheriff of Somerset.

Luis first came to our attention when he was busking in the town centre, with superlative playing of his trumpet.  Luis, who is originally from Portugal and a veteran, has won many prestigious musical awards.  When approached to see if he could help us with our commemorative Concert to the Royal British Legion last November (2021), Luis and his band not only gave of their time to help us practise but they also performed at the event. The event raised over £3,000 for charity and Louis’ trumpet rang out for the last post. Luis has a background in meeting challenges and helping others.  He was thanked by the retailers Hatchers for the excellent work he did to prevent shoplifting, taking a constructive approach to reduce crime but also assist the perpetrators.  He is currently building his skills as a boxer and will be boxing in aid of the Children’s Hospice South West later this year.

Luis lives with his wife and 5 children in Taunton. He is a true ‘Friend of Rotary’ and we are proud to be associated with such a dedicated and talented man.

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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.

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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)