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3rd April – No meeting

8th April – Rotary Young Chef 2017

Kindly Hosted by Shaftesbury School and organised by Mike Hurley, eight contestants from Falmouth to Havant gathered at Shaftesbury School for a gruelling 2 hours of preparation, cooking and presentation of their three course meals for the Regional Final. The three judges Clive Harris, David Griffin-Shepherd and James Farrow then had the task of assessing the high standards and close competition produced by these teenagers.
Thanks to all those clubs who supported the event with their competitors, Keith Brown (Site manager & First Aid), Berenice Deakin (Photography), Tesco (prize sponsor). The runner up was Izabella Darmanin from Havant and The winner who goes on to the National Final at Lincoln College is Jonny Smith from Gosport.  Thank you to all the competitors who took part and those that have hosted and organised the events for the students to take part.


10th April – Business meeting

Our business meeting included the final discussion of our twinning visit with Heerlen and also our community projects. The highlight of the evening however was the induction of two new members. President Bernard and the club were very happy to welcome Tim Cook and David Britton to our membership. Tim was a Rotarian in Liskeard before moving to Shaftesbury. He is a building consultant. David has lived in the town for two years and runs a marquee and Christmas decorating business. Both are particularly interested in getting involved in the community work of the club and have already started enjoying our social programme which has also helped us to welcome their partners into the club.


21st April – 24th – Heerlen Visit

We met our fifteen Dutch visitors from the train at Gillingham and then welcomed them to our homes.
On the Saturday morning we all met at the band hall car park and travelled by coach to Bristol. We were given a guided tour around the SS Great Britain. Many of our own members had of course seen around the ship before but the guided tour taught us much that we hadn’t known. Our tour of the ship and the museum was followed by a lunch of soup and sandwiches. In the afternoon we travelled by coach to Clifton and looked at the suspension bridge. The afternoon was sunnier and warmer than any of us had expected. Most of our group made their way down from the bridge and back to the centre of town enjoying a visit to the Red Lodge. A few got lost and travelled via a few bars, to meet the rest of the party at the Aqua restaurant for an early evening meal. We then all returned to Shaftesbury by coach.
After a great day out in Bristol, a later Sunday morning morning start was most welcome when we made the visit to Haines motor museum. The highlight of the tour for most including our visitors was to find the cars that you had previously owned, quite a trip down memory lane. Returning to Shaftesbury Win & Fred gave a tour and commentary on the ” Blue Plaques” that adorn many of the Town’s buildings. In the evening we all met at the Fleur restaurant for an enjoyable three course meal with wine. The evening involved many members of the club who hadn’t had the chance to host and was relaxed and rich with friendship.
Finally on the Monday morning we said farewell to our guests and wished them a safe return home from Gillingham restaurant. It had been a very successful twinning weekend.


25th April – No meeting

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