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In this section are held items that appeared on the News page of the web site during Diana Osborne's year as President, largely relating to club events and activities.


Flying Rotarians in Scotland

The UK branch of the International Federation of Flying Rotarians held its annual meeting this year in Dundee.  78 members of IFFR joined the meeting for lunch at Dundee airport on Friday 27th June.  This comprised members and friends from 10 countries, including New Zealand and the USA.  It was wonderful to see so many friends attending, friendships built up over the past few years of attending Flying Rotarians' events in the UK and across Europe.  This is a major benefit of the concept of Rotary Fellowships.  These exist for 64 different hobbies, sports and interests shared by Rotarians across districts and countries (see for a list of these).

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Most flew into Dundee, though several travelled by car, myself included.  Unfortunately we were unable to fly out from Leicester airport that morning due to the low cloud and imminent thunder storms in the East Midlands.  As this weather persisted on our drive to past Doncaster we were pleased to be on the ground!

Friday afternoon included a visit to the home of the Queen Mother, Glamis Castle, followed by a convivial dinner in the Apex Quay hotel in Dundee.  Saturday was spent in St. Andrews, with an excellent guided tour of the town, experiencing the history, the university and the golf. The "Himalayas" putting green was a real challenge, and the nearest I will get to playing at St. Andrews.  The gala dinner that evening was held after a tour of Dundee's new major tourist attraction, Captain Falcon Scott's ship, The Discovery.  The ship was built in Dundee specifically for his arctic expeditions.  After a long spell in St. Catherine's Dock in London the ship has now gone back to its port of origin where it has been fully restored and tells the tale of courageous adventure down south.  Dinner was in the Discovery Centre overlooking the ship.

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Sunday took us back to the planes, with many setting off for home.  But six planes had glorious flights from Dundee across the Grampians and Loch Lomond to the delightful village of Plockton on the west coast of Scotland, adjacent to the Skye Bridge.  The airfield looks out over the Cuillins on Skye; on the day the view was in bright sunshine.  The hotel in Plockton looked after us well, before departure back to Dundee, and the close of the weekend event.

Many thanks are owed to Rotarian Ian Kerr, the event organiser. 



HomeStartAt our meeting on 23rd June we had an interesting and informative talk from Helen Benzie, the local organiser of Home-Start.  Helen joined the Club for lunch and explained to members the current work of Home-Start in helping families with pre-school age children.

President Diana Osborne was pleased to present a cheque for 1,000 to Helen who accepted it on behalf of Home-Start Melton & Rutland. This represented the proceeds from a quiz evening and sponsorship from participation in the Santa Fun Fun.


Young Designer, Melton Heats

This year's local Rotary Young Designer Competition was held on Wednesday 11th June 2014, as in previous years within the excellent facilities of the Design centre at the MV16 College.
The quality and range of entries for both the senior and intermediate sections exceeded the wildest aspirations of the Rotary judges.  These were Tony Pick and David Ward for the seniors section, Jim Schofield and Mic Hurst for the intermediates. Some 40 excellently presented and varied designs all supported with full technical definitions and specifications ensured that the judges' task was challenging.

Exhibits ranged from electronic counting and dispensing devices, through an architectural design for a bird hide, an adult drift trike to a outstanding glamorous dress.

Thanks go to David Wilson head of MV16 design centre for facilitating and for acting as MC, and to Mic Hurst of our joint Youth committee of Rotary for project managing this superb exhibition of local designer talent.

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The winners were presented with their awards by our club President Diana, President Keith Yates of Melton Belvoir, and David Wilson, these were declared as:-

- Senior winner, Tom Gilbert, for an infrared remote controlled robot arm.
- Senior runner up, Jamie Graham, for a portable speaker system with roller door.
- Highly commended, Fred Lennon, for a space saving bike rack.
- Highly commended, Louis Collins, for a radio controlled boat with bait dispenser.

- Intermediate winner, Katie Ailmore, glamorous fashion dress design.
- Intermediate runner up, Isaac Topley, an electronic metronome.
- Highly commended, Grady Hutton, speaker, amplifier, storage box.
- Highly commended, James Keall, electronic miniature ski run counter.
- Manufacturing Award presented by college, Grady Hutton, the speaker box.

Congratulations to all of the entrants for their hard work in defining, designing and constructing the exhibits.

More Rotarians ought to attend this event to see the design talent that our local schools are developing.

David Ward


Club Assembly and Presentation of Presidential Citation

On 9th June Assistant Governor John Saunders attended our club to hear the plans for the coming year developed by incoming president Bill Hill and his team.  These are documented elsewhere on this web site. John also was pleased to have the opportunity to present to the club a citation, with distinction, from the President of Rotary International, Ron Burton, recognising the wide achievements of the club during President Diana's year from 2013 to 2014.

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Sophie, 8, triumphs in Rotary Young Writer Competition
Brownlow Primary School pupil Sophie Ufton has won this year's Rotary Young Writer Competition.

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Sophie (8) entered the contest after reading about it in the Melton Times.

The annual event, run by the combined youth committees of the Rotary Club of Melton Belvoir and the Melton club, recognises young people's writing skills.  This year's theme invited entrants to write about someone who had influenced their life, showing the effect that person, alive today or someone from history, had had on their life.  Sophie chose to write about British novelist J.K. Rowling, best known as the author of the Harry Potter series.

Sophie was presented with her trophy, medal and certificates by Maggie Saunders, from the Rotary Club of Melton Belvoir, during a recent Key Stage 2 assembly at her school. Her proud mum was also there to see the presentation.

Story and picture courtesy of the Melton Times


Golfing Success

In the 2013-14 District Golf Competition we won our semi-final match against Rutland Rotary Club, a convincing result of 99 points to 80.  Brian Grommet had a good personal score of 35 points and was helped to our success by Richard Haines,Sue Bailey, Geoff Goodwin and Joe Carrington.

The final match is yet to be arranged.  Good Luck!


Duck Race
Melton Rotary Club's Great Duck race for 2014 took place at TwinLakes Park on 27th April.  Our 1000 ducks were set off promptly at 1:30, signalled by a smoke flare to attract the spectators who came to cheer their ducks to the bank.  We were fortunate to have a decent breeze, so the race took only about 15 minutes to complete.  The winning ducks were:
    1st place Duck number 81
    2nd place Duck number 891
    3rd place Duck number 997
We will be contacting the winners and sending them their prizes very shortly.

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With many thanks to Phil Bendall and the staff of Twinlakes Park for their allowing us to sell ducks over the Easter fortnight and use their lake for the race itself.


Club Visit to the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolande) struck the Philippines on 8 November, 2013. The resulting damage to factories, schools, food producing industries and lives lost was the greatest ever suffered in the Philippines. Over 500,000 homes were demolished or rendered unusable. The number of deaths will probably never be known but estimates vary between 10,000 and 20,000. Livelihoods also suffered terribly. The Philippines is the world's second-largest coconut producer, accounting for more than 25 percent of global production in 2013. Haiyan damaged or destroyed an estimated 33 million coconut trees and in consequence affected more than one million coconut farmers. Over 145,000 fishermen were also affected by the typhoon. In some areas up to 95 per cent of boats and fishing equipment were trashed. The passing of family members and loss of income is a tragedy that is difficult to fully appreciate.

The devastation resulting from the typhoon was of a scale that warranted a worldwide appeal. Rotary immediately responded and within a few weeks 37,000 was raised or donated by clubs in our local Rotary District 1070. An essential element of the speed of response and funds raised was the generosity of the public. The unselfish approach to the needs of others was overwhelming.

As part of ensuring this aid reached the needy at the earliest opportunity, funds were transferred directly to a Disaster Appeal set up by Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines. This immediate help was later followed by sending containers filled with less critical but still essential items which included dry packed and tinned food, electrical generators, clothes, books and crockery.

In late March, six Rotarians from our local Rotary District, Alison Blythe, John Dehnel and Eric Hall from Melton Mowbray, Stephen Bath and Norrie Bell from Sleaford and Elaine Sefton from Huntingdon Cromwell visited the islands to see how the monies raised and goods provided were being distributed by the Filipino Rotary clubs. The evidence was most satisfying and plain to see. Shelter Box tents by the many hundreds, new corrugated metal roofing sheets everywhere, plywood building panels in new homes and water purifiers to reduce the risk of disease. The group also rolled up their sleeves and assisted in distributing less urgent goods recently released from containers.

Donated funds are also being used to build new fishing boats, known locally as bancas, and to equip them so that fishermen can once again earn their living from the sea.

Although it is now some 4 months after the event, it is very difficult not to be affected by the carnage and the pitiful living conditions still being experienced. Many homes suffered the loss of family members. Where this was the main earner, the ability to achieve even a basic standard of living or provide a new home is sadly still beyond their means.

Despite all their problems, the resilience of the local people was remarkable and uplifting to experience. So too was their expression of thanks for the help and aid provided. There were many instances of locals approaching the group to personally convey their thanks or hand over quickly written notes recording their appreciation.

The current priorities are rehabilitating industries, homes and schools.  The phase of recreating livelihoods is underway.  However, it is clear that, especially around Tacloban, it will be many more months and probably years, before the consequences of Haiyan begin to fade.

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Reconstruction of Housing
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In addition, during the visit the Rotarians visited Mahaplag, in Leyte, the site agreed 2 years ago for the Global Grant-aided project to provided a potable clean water supply for the village.  The story of that visit is here.  The follow up showed us that some water volume and quality testing had been done, but that more work on both is required. We also identified two further sources of water.  One of these is not fit for drinking as it is, but may be treatable at a lower cost than that of laying new pipelines around the village.  The other new source is potable, but would need pumping to get it to the village - maybe at an unsustainable cost.  The Rotary clubs in Cebu (Banilad Metro) and Maasin are to investigate further.  We visited the Cebu University water resources centre and are awaiting their suggestions on what further pre-feasibility studies are required to move the project forward.  We remain willing to support this project, but much further work is required locally, and it is in the hands of the local community to progress the political, legal, technical and financial matters remaining.

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Visit to Warning Zone

For the last 2 years MM Rotary club have provided financial support for 10/11 year olds from local schools to attend the Warning Zone in Leicester. This Charitable Unit provides practical demonstration to the students to acquaint them with potentially dangerous scenarios which they may experience on a day to day basis. The Club have received very positive feedback from the children and their teachers with regard to the educational value of these visits.

 On 21st February a mixed group of Rotarians from the Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir Clubs paid an invited visit to the Warning Zone. We were guided around the various scenarios within the unit by a volunteer, thereby receiving the same experience as the students. Everyone involved was highly impressed by the quality of the exhibits and the educational value for the student. We all felt that our financial contribution to the life experience of our youngsters was money well spent.

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[For the story of a previous visit in 2010, click here.]


Youth Speaks District Final

The district finals of Youth Speaks 2014 took place on Saturday 1st March at Kettering Baccleuch Academy. The  Rotary clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray-Belvoir sponsored teams from Catmose College, Oakham; these teams having triumphed in the competition at club and district semi-final stages.

The intermediate team took first place in their age range with two team members receiving individual awards as the best speaker and proposer of the vote of thanks. The team comprised Holly Jones, Yaznia Pourmozafari and Matthew Hallgarth. Their presentation was entitled ?The Sound of Silence? and explored the medical condition of tinnitus. The competition was fierce with teams from schools in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire.

The senior team from Catmose also took first place in their competition with individual awards presented to team members as best chairperson and proposer of the vote of thanks. The team comprised Ellen Edwards Cole, Tom Law and Isaac Costa. Their chosen topic was ?History, there's no future in it?. They also  faced stiff opposition from schools across the Rotary district.

The two successful teams now proceed to the regional final of this national competition to be held in Castleford at the end of March. We wish them well.

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Melton Local Plan
Are you frustrated with Planning? Get involved now in Melton's new Local Plan

On the 10th February 2014 Melton Borough Council visited the Melton Mowbray Belvoir club to discuss the new Melton Local Plan. The plan will cover the foreseeable future, up to 25 years, to guide development throughout the Borough, over this period. This will be the key tool that will decide where the housing, retail and business needs of the community will be provided and how important countryside, ecological and heritage features will be protected.

The Council is keen to include as many people as possible in producing the plan; it provides an opportunity for people to shape the place in which they live, meeting their needs and creating a better and more sustainable place to live.

For more information or to get involved in the new Melton Local Plan please email 


Club Banner redesigned - Spot the difference!

The new design on the left is a redesign of a long-existing edition of our club banner shown on the right.  The new design was established by David Ward working with Richard Haines' graphics skills, market availability of material and plenty of advice from Club Council.

Before you read on, see if you can spot the differences:
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- Slightly larger overall size to meet standard material size for manufacturer, presumably following metrication, but now 192mm wide x 280mm overall length against 185mm x 270mm.
- Material is Satin Faced soft touch material, as opposed to Double lined satin, looks and feels similar, but the satin sewing expertise retired, so new material adopted.
- Wooden rod and finials in the hem as opposed to white plastic previously.
- Modified Pork Pie to reflect the Melton design of Pork pie with rounded body, previously straight sided.
- Adoption of RI latest standard font and Roundel design, note greater space for Rotary International, slimmer gear spokes and chunkier gear teeth (to me, says David Ward, these teeth would be impossible to mesh and drive, but that's marketing.
- Cost of new banner 5.00 each, no records of previous design and when purchased.

If you are travelling and likely to visit other Rotary Clubs be sure to ask the club secretary for one or more banners to exchange during your visit.


Osprey Project - Visit to The Gambia

Melton Rotary Club together with the Rutland Osprey Project are helping students (and teachers) in The Gambia to learn more about the migratory flights of Ospreys and other migrant species. We are installing computers and an internet connection in all of the schools we are working with. This will allow them to follow the progress of satellite-tagged Ospreys and to make links with other schools on the migratory flyway.

Last week (20th-24th January 2014) we installed computers at Tanji and Kartong schools. To put the significance of this into context, despite the fact that the two schools have a combined total of 2500 students, they had only one working computer (and no internet connection) between them for students to use. We have installed a single machine in each for the time being but will be expanding that in the coming months.

Two of our Rotarians, Bill Hill and Bill Glancy, are also Osprey project volunteers and they joined the Rutland Water Osprey project for a week in The Gambia. Bill Glancy is an IT expert and his technical knowledge was indispensable during the trip. The computers themselves were provided by Lasting Solutions Limited, an ICT business solution provider, based in Serrekunda. Their Head of Business Development Alhagie Mbow installed the computers and will also provide after-sales support for the schools. Alhagie runs ICT training courses at the Lasting Soultions HQ and as part of the ongoing sustainability we plan to send at least one teacher from each school onto these courses.

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More details can be found at this link.  More pictures are on our club Facebook page.


Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, Yolande - collection in Melton town, December 2013
Many thanks to the Melton Times for publishing this article recording our thanks to the people of Melton Mowbray in assisting us with relief in the Philippines following their horrendous typhoon.
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Santa Fun Run 2013

The Santa Fun Run this year was again fortunate to have great weather, as 441 Santas came together in the Melton Country Park for what is becoming a Melton tradition.  The 5 km course took some little over 15 minutes, others rather longer.  We had also introduced a 1 mile course this year for those who felt that more suitable.  Most came to the finish smiling, though some panting rather to hard for us to be sure.  Medals for all and a more than ample supply of chocolate bars and snacks were available after the finish.

Entrants all helped towards raising around 15,000 for local charities and associations.  From the numbers they told us, cancer research and support groups did particularly well, with well over 2,300 expected.  School groups and sports clubs raised good sums for their activities; Mowbray Rangers turned out in numbers and raised 1150 for their club.  What a brilliant results all round.  Well done and thank you.  And thank you to all our many sponsors and supporters in other ways.

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And see the video of the Healthy-Elf warm-upon YouTube at


Polio National Immunisation Day - India

In late November some 40 Rotarians from the UK, another dozen or so from Belgium and a lone Swedish Rotarian met up in Delhi to participate in one part of India's long-running campaign to eradicate polio from the country and ensure it does not return.  John Dehnel, from the Melton Mowbray Rotary Club, was one of this party.  The objective of the National Immunisation Day, organised by the Indian government health department and supported widely by Rotarians in India, was to vaccinate some 70 million children against polio on one day, the 24th November in this case.  This massive operation is carried out twice per year across the whole country, with several "sub-NIDs" in between.  With a population of over 1 billion  and well over 1 million new babies born every month, keeping up with vaccinating every child is a mammoth task.  It is essential, however to be sure there is sufficiently widespread immunity to prevent any spread of polio should the virus be re-imported to the country by a traveller from one of the still-infected countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan or Nigeria.  Because of the low standards of hygiene in many poorer areas of India and the consequent problems of diarrhoea, the vaccine is not well absorbed by many children.  The multiple doses most will receive over their first few years ensure sufficient immunity is developed by most.

So with that as background, the European Rotarians travelled from our Delhi hotel to an adjacent city, Ghaziabad, on the Saturday morning, to be greeted by Rotarians from several of the Ghaziabad clubs.  We then assembled at a local secondary school to take part in a parade around the local streets with about 400 of the school children led by a small brass band.  The children carried large banners all advertising the vaccination programme to take place the next day.  That, together with posters and banners everywhere we travelled, ensured no-one had any excuse for not knowing the NID was happening the next day.


Sunday was the most amazing day.  Three of us, Pat Luckett RC South Holland), Bryan Woodward (RC Loughborough Beacon) and I, were allocated a "booth" to work at.  We were accompanied by a couple of local health workers who had brought the vials of vaccine - kept chilled to prevent deterioration - and the record sheets to note how many children we vaccinated.  Mothers, fathers and even older siblings brought there children to the booth in a continuous stream.  Once shown the technique, between the three of us we put two drops of vaccine in the (sometimes protesting) mouths of over 300 children.  We carefully marked the little finger of the left hand with purple dye (the "purple pinkie"), so we could be sure that any child that came back for a second dose (and a second little present such as a pencil, a whistle, or the like) did not succeed and waste vaccine.  That also helped the next day when visiting houses on the mop-up sessions to rule out children that may have been brought to the booths the day before.


That final day, the Monday, showed us just what a massively intensive programme this all is.  Small groups of about three health workers are each allocated a small block of streets, such that all the habitations (houses, squats, tent cities and every other place) are visited.  The intent is to knock on every single door, ask if there are any children under 5 years who have not been vaccinated, and apply the drops there and then. Chalk marks made on the doors indicate whether children have all been vaccinated, or if there is a need to call back later to catch the children when they return home. The scale of this across a country of over 1 billion people is just mind-blowing.  The human resource and cost of this operation several times a year just emphasises how essential it is to finish the job.  


On our way back to the hotel in Delhi we were invited to visit St. Stephen's hospital Polio Corrective Surgery and Rehabilitation Project.  Here we gained a small insight into the efforts the Indian health care system has for decades to come to help with rehabilitation of people who were crippled for life with polio paralysis, and enable them to regain some partially normal life.


We are "this close" - let's make sure we do complete the eradication of polio world-wide.

The visit was publicised in the Melton Times over Christmas:
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Young Chef - Melton Heats

Over the past three weeks the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray have held three local heats for the Young Chef competition. The winner of each heat will now progress to the District Final during February 2014. Before then they will enjoy two coaching sessions at Stapleford Hall Country House Hotel - thank you to the hotel. The winners were Adam Daybell from Belvoir High School, Ryan Sharp from Long Field Academy and Joe Smith from John Ferneley College' As ever standards were high and all competitors deserve to be congratulated for their entries and for their conscientious preparation.

Long Field Academy's winner, Ryan Sharp's success can be seen in an article and video clip in the Melton Times.

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Two of the winners, Ryan and Joe, later had the wonderful opportunity to cook for Head Chef Martin Furlong at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel.  This was their second visit to Stapleford and was the final session, intended to help them prepare for the next stage of the competition, the District semi final.

Before getting down to business the participants took part in a photo-shoot with Jennifer Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, as seen in the last of the pictures above.

Martin and his colleagues then spent the morning with the students demonstrating how to further develop their culinary skills.  Ryan Sharp from Long Field Academy together with Joe Smith from John Ferneley College were thrilled to be given this opportunity. They were complimented on the quality of their meals and their careful work in the kitchen. They were also treated to lunch in the hotel restaurant.  Their parents also, were delighted, commenting on the benefit of this unique and inspirational experience so generously provided by the hotel.

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Community Awards Event

On Thursday 14th November the club was invited to the Melton Community Awards Ceremony, and was delighted to receive a commendation for the excellent support for our community provided by the annual Santa Fun Run.  We were beaten into second place by the amazing Christmas Tree festival at St. Mary's church.

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Youth Speaks - Melton heats

Youth has its say.

The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray-Belvoir held the first round of the national public-speaking competition -Youth Speaks- on Wednesday 13th November. Teams from Catmose College, Oakham triumphed for the third successive year. They now proceed to the district semi-finals in January representing two of the local Rotary clubs.

 Speaking on diverse topics such as the best of British, tinnitus and history, there's no future in it, the teams of three spoke eloquently and convincingly to a packed and appreciative audience. The event was hosted by Quorn Lodge Hotel.

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The club enjoyed an evening of fun at Sysonby Knoll of the Monday before Halloween.  The room had been decorated wonderfully imaginatively by Jenny and Gavin with a ghoulish theme, reflected by the menu following the same lines.  Several members had ghostly tales to tell over the evening, and it proved to be an enjoyable evening for all.



Sunday Contact Group Teas

On Sunday 27th October the Community Group assisted by other Rotarians and their partners, entertained the Sunday Contact Group of Old People in the Borough of Melton, to tea at Burton Lazars Village Hall.

Some 36 pensioners and their drivers attended and were treated to a selection of sandwiches, homemade trifles and cakes supplied by the Rotarians, countless cups of tea were consumed and our visitors enjoyed talking with members of the Club.

The Sunday Contact Group meet monthly and go to a different organisation and venue each month.  It was the first time the Group had been to Burton Lazars Village Hall, which proved to be a very good venue with easy access and good parking.  The event was also a first for the Rotarians and a good expansion of our work with the elderly in our community.

Angela Fielding the organiser of the Sunday Contact Group, has expressed her grateful thanks.  She tells us that all the group appreciated the tea and are hoping that Rotarians will entertain them again in October 2014

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King Richard III

The Very Reverend David Montieth was our speaker in October, telling us of the plans for the interment of the remains of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.  Clearly he countenances no alternative site!

Stone fit for a King: the proposed design of King Richard Ill's tomb

The detailed designs for the tomb of King Richard III have been revealed by Leicester Cathedral, as they seek planning permission for the design. The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England will review the plans and is expected to make a decision by late October.

The King will have a raised tomb of finely worked Swaledale fossil limestone deeply incised with a simple cross, placed at the centre of a rose carved in white limestone, surrounded by a band of dark Kilkenny limestone, in a special area created by re-ordering part of the interior of the Cathedral. The top of the tomb is inclined towards the east, as a symbol of the resurrection of the dead.

The name of the King, the dates of his birth and death (1452-1485) his personal motto, 'Loyaulte me Lie (Loyalty binds Me)' and his 'boar' badge will be carved into the dark circular band on the floor around the tomb. The area will be defined by wooden screens, between the new altar under the tower and a new chapel which will be used for private prayer and for regular daily worship.

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The site of the tomb is in what is now the Chancel of the Cathedral, a traditional place of honour. This is equivalent to the position of the King's original grave in the Grey Friars Priory

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith, said: "We fully respect the process of the Judicial Review which will ensure the procedure leading to the reinterment is correct. While this takes its course we must, as would any Cathedral in this position, seek planning permission for the detailed and costly changes which need to be made to the building.

"The overall concept is regal and respectful in its elegant simplicity, as befits the final resting place of a King of England. By placing the tomb in our Chancel, we are giving King Richard the same honour as did those friars more than 500 years ago."

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The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens said "I am proud to support the Cathedral in continuing to progress its responsibility to prepare for the reinterment of King Richard while the judicial process continues. Our Cathedral deserves our prayerful support during this exciting and challenging time".

The improvements to the inside of the Cathedral - which include opening up the area directly under the tower - will also create a better experience for the thousands of people expected to visit - leading them through the building, past the tomb area and through various interpretation boards telling the story of the King and the Cathedral.

The Cathedral site is also being dramatically improved through the Cathedral Gardens project, which will create a new public open space, including re-siting the statue of Richard III now in Castle Gardens and a new piece of artwork funded by the County Council. This project has gone out to tender and the work is expected to start during October.

Dr Phil Stone, Chair of the Richard III Society, has described the overall design as "utterly inspired'.   He said: "Because of the Judicial Review, the Society must stick by its neutrality. If in two to three months' time it is clear that Richard is coming to Leicester then I hope this will proceed according to these plans. This design is utterly inspired and if it does not come here, I hope they will do the same thing somewhere else."

The design work has been guided by a project group chaired by the Rev Canon Mandy Ford, which included representatives from the Richard III Society, the City Council and the University of Leicester. Mandy said "This design is the result of wide and careful consideration. The architects have responded to our desire for a monument which speaks of the great Christian themes of life, death and resurrection, while marking the resting place of one individual".

The CFCE submission and pictures can all be seen on the website, with a short video from the Dean.


District Conference, York

The 85th Rotary International District 1070 Conference held in York between 27th ? 29th September 2013, delivered excellent weather, with great fellowship.

The programme enjoyed by the vast majority of delegates, was a good balance of message, humour, and timing delivered by some exceptional speakers.

However the Conference dinner held on the platforms, within York?s Railway Museum, must be the highlight of any conference. Some 800 delegates wandered, glass of wine in hand, amongst the ?Best of British Industrial Engineering? ? soaking up the atmosphere of the Steam Locomotive era, well the male anoraks at least.

The record breaking Mallard was not in attendance as off doing a tour, see photo, but several similar class locomotives were present.

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Seventeen members and partners from the Club made this short but traffic affected journey north.

President Diana and Michael Osborne, Richard and Jane Abbott, John Dehnel, Jim and Theresa Green, Bill and Angela Hill, Bob and Gill McCord, David and Margaret Morris, Mike and Yvonne Rowe, David and Pam Ward attended.


Some of the key highlights were, (my view) :-

Many other speakers worthy of their presence made this Conference a great experience for all involved, if future Conferences are as good it will be very difficult to obtain hotel rooms and seats at dinner. I understand that 300 have already signed up for next year !!!!!!!!!!!

Views of David Ward


Club Archives Night

Over the 85 years since the founding of the club in 1928 a large collection off archives has accumulated.  On 30th September many of these were assembled at the Sysonby Knoll, and about 24 members enjoyed an evening reviewing much of the history of the club, supported by viewing all the items displayed.

After the meal Bob McCord related some of the stories from the past, as in his speech copied here.

"Unfortunately we don't have all the information about the archives.  However there are a number of photographs and if you look closely there are members with coloured hair on one photograph and white hair or no hair on another.  I won't mention anything about size.

President Diana has asked me to give a little history of Rotary in Melton.

The Rotary movement was born on the 25th February 1905 in Chicago and soon spread to other parts of the US.  The first club outside the US was formed in Winnipeg Canada in 1910, followed by Dublin, London and Belfast in 1911, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh in 1912 and Leicester, our mother club, in October 1916.

On 13th July 1927 RIBI Resolutions were passed at District Council No 7 that a Rotary Club be formed in Melton Mowbray and the 15 men gathered agreed to be founder members.  The interim President to be William Barnes and the interim Secretary to be Robert Stuart Smith.

On the 6th February 1928 The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray numbering 22 made formal application for membership in Rotary International.
The application was approved by RIBI on 20th March 1928, and it is around this date we hold our Charter Night every year.
The presentation of the Charter was on Monday 22nd October 1928 at the Kings Head Hotel in the centre of town.  Members and their wives were joined by Rotarians from Leicester, Nottingham, Loughborough and Hinckley.

The menu for the evening:
    Turtle Soup
    Sole a la Colbert
    Sweetbreads and Peas
    Roast Pheasant and Chips
    Rotary Pudding Coupe Jacque
The wine list was Claret (5/- (25p) per bottle, Burgundy 7/6 (37p), Moet and Chandon 17/6 (87p)

President William Barnes had attended a Rotary Conference at Harrogate and had the pleasure of meeting the great man, Paul Harris.

The club progressed through the thirties making its presence felt in the town.  They hosted District 107 Council, and had many Evening Meetings and Socials with top speakers from around the country.

During the war years there was very little Rotary activity, no conferences or inter-club visits; everyone was fully stretched carrying on their vocation by day and A.R.P. or Home Guard duties at night and weekends.  However, Melton Rotarians soon provided a Get You Home service at the expense of their precious petrol ration, this for forces personnel who found themselves stranded in Melton and unable to get transport to outlying villages.

After the war the Melton Ambulance was manned by hospital staff but only during an eight-hour day.  After that no ambulance was available even for emergencies. The Melton Rotarians stepped in and undertook to provide drivers for urgent cases at any time during the night.  There was no maternity hospital in Melton and emergency calls to take patients to Leicester Royal Infirmary were quite frequent.  This very necessary and valuable service was maintained for a considerable time, in fact until the Health Service appointed full time staff.

In 1950 the only county without a Rotary club was Rutland so Melton Club set the procedure in motion to form the Rotary Club of Oakham, later to be changed to the Rotary Club of Rutland.
Around the same time The Ladies in Rotary was formed to assist in fund raising and providing EverGreen Teas, which it continues to do to this day.

A silver cup kindly donated by Past President Bill Katz became a sporting challenge against the Grantham club.  The last time we played was in 1997 and we were able to retain the cup which is also here this evening.

1955/56 was notable for the fact that we were actively involved in the formation of Melton Round Table and President Hedley Buxton presented them with their regalia at the launch meeting.

In the sixties President John Roper's chosen project was to install a chiropody clinic at Gloucester House for the use of the old people of Melton.  The clinic was fully equipped at a cost of 300, quite a considerable sum at that time, and continued way into the late seventies providing as many as five half-day sessions per week.

Also around this time storage heaters were provided for the Hudson Bede Houses.  The local Scouts and Guides received a donation of 200 to enable them the purchase a marquee.  Three not-so-young sponsored Rotarians walking from the Melton to Oakham raised 250 for a Voluntary Service Overseas worker.

In 1962 a Charter cum Ladies Night tool place at a cost of 17/6 per hear (87p new money) which probably had something to do with more than 200 attending.

1968 was the fortieth anniversary of the club.  Three founder members presented the club with a silver cigarette box in appreciation of their 40 years of fellowship.  Most of the members were smokers.  The silver box is also on display.

In the seventies the club focused on the young and disadvantaged and major purchases of toys and recreational apparatus were donated to the new Mount School, Peter Pan House and Craven Lodge as well as the larger national children's charities.

Notable in 1974 was the election of Ken Westmoreland to the post of District Governor of the new district 107.

President Artur Hunt was instrumental in forming the Citizen's advice bureau.  400 was raised to give much needed financial assistance to the local St. John Ambulance.

I joined Rotary in 1979 and was inducted by Marshall Pobjoy.  The membership was 54 plus me, 55.  Classifications: educationalists - 9; doctors - 3; bankers - 3; churchmen - 2; plus various other professions: solicitors, estate agents, architects, farmers, accountancy, pharmacy, and many more.  I would say 80% plus smoked and after one o'clock they were absolutely desperate for the President to give the loyal toast so they could all light up.  It was a totally different club to what it is now in many ways.  Attendance was close to 70%.

The eighties saw the formation of the Melton Belvoir Rotary Club in 1984.

The Desford and Dowty Colliery Brass Band gave a concert at St. Mary's Church , which was a great success and provided funds to support three youngsters on Operation Raleigh.

An eye camp evening arranged with our Indian friends raised enough money to support four eye camps.

A number of us visited Cotgrave colliery and experienced first-hand the dangerous conditions the miners faced each day of their working lives.

Visits we made by a number of Rotarians to Norway, Denmark, India and the Philippines.

In 1985 the Polio Plus campaign dedicated to eradicate polio began and by 2000 had raised over 250 million pounds to purchase vaccine.  Today the number of polio cases worldwide is fewer than 250 and we hope it won't be long before polio is no more.

In the nineties after much debate about ladies joining Rotary, our club inducted the first two ladies in the millennium year 2000 and today we have 11 lady members who contribute greatly to our club.

I would just like to say, the future of this great club lies with the present membership who I am sure will continue to give service locally and internationally for many years to come."

[See also previous club history on the History pages, and particularly the earlier history at this link to a meeting on our 100th anniversary].

Thank you to all those who organised the evening, and especially to Bob for his research.


Storehouse at The Fox

Melton has a community support project to provide essentials for basic living to local people who have an immediate need. The supplies include bags of high quality non-perishable food and toiletries, enough for 2-3 days. Storehouse also offers practical support in the form of clothing for all ages, household items, bedding, baby equipment, toys and small electrical items. Storehouse is a no-profit enterprise, with any donated items of money being used to help the most disadvantaged in our local community.

The Melton Rotary club had an absorbing talk by Francesca Sirel from the Storehouse, which is based at The Fox in Leicester Street, at our meeting on 23rd September. Any help we, or any one reading this, can give will be put to very good use.  The Storehouse can be contacted by email at, or by phone on 07582 057054. Or please visit and enjoy a cup of tea on Wednesday mornings or Friday lunchtime.


Homestart - support from the Melton Rotary Club

The Melton Rotary club has been pleased to help Melton Homestart with a donation of 1,000.  The money will go to charity's family support groups which are always in need of help.  The funds were raised at the Rotary club's annual Duck Race at Twinlakes Park at Easter.

The Melton Homestart support groups helped over 260 parents, carers and children  and 81 families  with educational support, friendship and practical help during the past year. Homestart was chosen as the President's Charity by the Rotary club's president for 2012-13, Julia Hinde, who is seen handing over the cheque in the photo below.



District Quiz

The club achieved some very creditable performances in the District Quiz this week. There were 12 teams competing, faced with a wide range of questions of varying complexity.

Team A ( Jenny F, Linda M, Mike R and David W ) with 26 points were mid-table, while Team B ( Richard A, Adrienne H, John H and John R, who was unfortunately delayed in arriving ) were 2nd equal with 3 other teams on 29 points. Soar Valley won with 32 points.

The star answer came from Adrienne " Name the timepiece with the most moving parts ? Anybody else like to answer?


Lamb Roast lunch

Another very enjoyable lunch was held at Alison's house in Melton on the 18th August, raising funds in support of the club's international projects such as our work in the Philippines. About 24 members and friends of the club enjoyed a lamb roasted on site, plus accompaniments provided by several members of the club.  Alison's garden made for a very pleasant venue, and her work in making such a good day of it was very much appreciated.

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Osprey update and Bird Ringing at Rutland Water

Our meeting on the 29th July took place at the Lyndon Nature Reserve on Rutland Water.  Tim Mackrill began by updating us on the ospreys' breeding success this year. with 14 chicks fledged (a record for Rutland Water).  Then Toby, from the Rutland Water bird ringing group, gave us a fascinating demonstration of bird ringing.  We visited the mist nets used to carch the the birds for ringing, and also saw at close hand several birds being uniquely identified with a tiny metal ring placed round their legs, at the same time as the species, weight, wing length and feather state are recorded.  this all gives valuable information on the health and migration patterns of bird populations.

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Youth Speaks team visits Melton club
On Monday 15th July, the Club recognised the achievement of the Catmose College Intermediate Youth Speaks Team in coming 2nd in the Regional Final this year, by inviting them and their coach to lunch. They were then asked to give their presentation again for the Club, which they did with great confidence and aplomb.

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