‘Pieced Together’

May 25, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Chop Your Mop

Apr 24, 2017
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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’.