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: volunteers@tauntonfs.co.uk . 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 Kerry.Baillie@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk 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.



Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Preparations

Jun 9, 2021

Join other organisations in Taunton and make preparations for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations taking place in 2022.

Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old she is now the longest serving monarch. There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities and people come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. Across the four days the celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflections on The Queen’s 70 years of service. Taunton expects to celebrate with style.

The Rotary Club of Taunton is running a Queen’s Jubilee Forum and facilitating the exchange of ideas and event information.  Get in touch if you want to be involved by contacting Taunton Rotary.

‘Pieced Together’

May 25, 2021
Pieced Together

Go-create are the architects for this tremendous arts initiative.  Jigsaw pieces have been created by individuals and organisations across Taunton during the Lockdown period and are soon to be displayed.  Take a look at the current Brewhouse exhibition ‘Pieced Together’ to get a flavour and contribute. This project was partly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taunton.

Inclusive Disability Ball Returns

May 20, 2021

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taunton and Green Days Centre, the Inclusive Disability Ball returns on 27th October at Oake Manor Golf Club.  After two years of absence, this popular event is already a sell out success. The event includes a two course meal, dancing to DJ Dave Lee, live music from Boy band ‘Reunion’, a fun costume photo-booth, fireworks by Firestorm and many other entertaining activities. Other organisations supporting the event include Carly Press, Party On and Cover with Love. Take a look at our last Disability Ball before Lockdown which was held in 2019.

The Flag flies for Young People on Somerset Day

May 17, 2021

The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards went ahead this year despite many challenges presented by the COVID lockdown. Nominations flooded in for this prestigious event and eight young people from across Somerset were chosen to receive awards in a range of categories. Four youngsters from Taunton were selected in their categories.  Amy Keitch won the award for Overcoming Physical Adversity for her achievements in attaining Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Emily Vernon was recognised for her musical talents and ‘bagged’ the award for Cultural Activity. Fin Bendle won the Sport Award for achievements in cricket and Gwen Greenslade-Yates won the Volunteering award for his campaign, Owen’s War on Plastic’.

You can read more about their stories on the Rotary Club of Taunton’s website or listen to the awardees alongside BBC’s Claire Carter as she announces the winners. The Taunton Club has a key role in organising and sponsoring the awards alongside Avon and Somerset Police, Somerset Day community Interest Company, Young Somerset and BBC Somerset.

Past winners have included England cricketer, Jos Butler; British gymnast, Laura Gallagher and wheelchair athlete, Jamie Edwards.

Launch of Rowbarton Pantry

Apr 28, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of good food is wasted by the UK food industry every year. As part of a Somerset-wide plan Somerset West and Taunton are developing a small network of Local Pantries in each district where individuals can access food for a small membership fee far less than the actual cost of the goods which are harvested from the surplus supplies of local companies.

The Local Pantry at Rowbarton opened on 23 March 2021 and will be open to members every Tuesday between 2 and 4pm. Membership costs just £3.50 and for this you receive £15 – £20 worth of food each week, including fresh fruit, meat/dairy and family favourites, to stock up the cupboard and fridge. Membership lasts for up to six months with renewal upon request if there are places. The scheme has 30 spaces.

Gillian Flick from the the Rowbarton Pantry is looking for VOLUNTEERS to assist in the organisation and distribution of food supplies.  If you can help, you can make contact and register through the through the Spark for Change website.

If you want to find out more visit the Rowbarton Pantry facebook page.

Chop Your Mop

Apr 9, 2021

The League of Friends, a charity set up to raise funds for specific projects for Musgrove Park Hospital are calling for you to share your pre-and post lockdown ‘hair and scare’ stories and ‘photos. The campaign heralded as ‘Chop your Mop’, is suggesting that we donate what we would have spent on a haircut to the charity instead. Ask your friends and family to sponsor your Chop for this good cause.

For donations visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/chopyourmop and click ‘Give Now’.

Share your ‘photos and stories on Facebook @LeagueofFriendsMusgroveParkHospital Facebook

Farewell John

Dec 5, 2020

Taunton Rotary Club is mourning the passing of a longstanding member and past President John Meikle who died recently at the age of 97 and leaves an amazing legacy of public service. John was a long standing member of the Taunton Rotary Club but is best known for his many years of public service as a Taunton Deane Councillor.

John was instrumental in developing many Taunton initiatives and held a number of prestigious posts during his long service.  John was a local businessman with a much loved  family. The Rotary movement and Taunton are all the richer for his contributions.

John’s family have asked for any donations in his memory to go to Rotary charities.