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Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2017

The national Rotary Shoebox Scheme provides packages for the unfortunate children and foster parents in the infamous orphanages of eastern Europe.  We provide empty boxes to 12 of our local schools  and over the term they fill the boxes with articles for the children or their "carers/parents".


In addition Rotary clubs and Churches from our neighbouring District also complete shoeboxes

They include simple items as a bar of soap, a toothbrush, a soft toy, a notepad and pencil etc and then write their name on the outside and to whom it is intended, such as "Young girl" or "Old lady" since we try not to forget the elderly who care for many of these poor children. 

The boxes are then collected by Rotarians and shipped direct to Eastern Europe where they are distributed by Rotarians, and charities known to Rotary e.g. Hope & Homes


We believe that in this way, with the guidance of their teachers, our children gain some appreciation of others who are severely deprived, many of which are also ill, and, as we approach Christmas we are all reminded of those less fortunate than ourselves. 


The Chepstow & District Rotary Club has collected no less than 1000 filled shoeboxes this year and these will be loaded for despatch this coming week

Rotary wish to extend a big Thank You to all the local schools, churches and Rotary Clubs that have supported the shoebox appeal.. 

If you are interested in supporting Rotary with this and other worthwhile community projects simply visit  for details.


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School Awards 2017

Every year Chepstow & District Rotary give a school award to the Secondary schools to distribute to pupils who the school deem to be worthy of an award either by Achievement or progress.

On 6 December President Rtn David Burr presented two awards to students of Wyedean School and Sixth Form during award giving evening in st Mary’s Church Chepstow.

MayaTyrrell received the award for Key Stage 4 Overall achievement, and Jade Storey for Key Stage 4 Overall progress.

On 28 November 2017 President Rtn David Burr presented to Cyro Phipps a Rotary Service Recognition Award  award for work with the Chepstow School  friendship Group.                                         

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Paul Harris Fellows

It is with great pleasure and honour that  on 12 December 2017 I was able to present to two fellow Rotarians  the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

The two members Past President Rtn Frank Sainsbury and Honorary Rotarian Barry Hopkinson.

Both have worked extremely  hard over the past years for the benefit of others and wholeheartedly deserved the award.

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                                                                                         Rtn David Burr, President

 Tintern Abbey Torchlight Carol Service 2017

On Saturday 02 December the Chepstow Rotary Club staged the annual Torchlight Carol Service at Tintern Abbey.  This most popular family event is always well supported and this year over 475 attended the celebration.  


Families started arriving from 4.30 and by 5pm the supporting Monmouth Rotarian marshals reported that the car parks were beginning to fill. 

Families gathered in The Anchor pub where they warmed up prior to the event.  After lighting their flaming torches and illuminating their light sticks the people formed a very, very long procession on the road adjacent to the Anchor Inn

At precisely 6pm the assembly, led by the Reverend  Andrew Webster of Chepstow Methodist Church, slowly marched off, up the road.  Once inside the Abbey grounds the column filed down the outside of the south wall on this cool evening  to the voices of the Wyedean School Choir that rose from within those ancient ruins. 

The buzz of the crowd had changed entirely into a hushed reverence for the sounds and the sights of our beautiful Tintern Abbey.  Then, as people entered the main Abbey building in an unfamiliar direction through the east door, one heard the gasps of the children as they saw those ancient walls illuminated from within and the view of the choir assembled on the dais at the far end. 

As this Christmas service was led by Reverend Webster, carols were sung with much energy, lessons read with passion and there was a genuine feeling of goodwill towards one another throughout. 

Rotary President David Burr thanked everyone for coming to the event and made an appeal for donations to Rotary charities that support causes in our own community.  

He wished everyone a very happy Christmas.  The service was closed by Reverend Webster after which the assembly exited the Abbey and dispersed into the darkness. The Christmas celebrations had certainly started well.  

The event raised over £3,200 and after all expenses were paid, including programme printing, the flambes, light sticks and St John's Ambulance, the club was able to add over £2,100 to its charity fund. 

In 2018 the Rotary Torchlight Carol Service will be held once again on the first  01 December 2018, commencing at 6pm


Burns Night  2018

The Annual Burns night was held at Abbey Mill on the 20 January 2018.

24 Rotarians and guests gathered to celebrate the life of Robert Burns, Scotland most loved poet..

A superb supper was provided by Chris and Shelley Rastall.

All were met by a piper player outside on a bitterly cold evening, however with the whisky running free a warm glow could be felt within.

The evening commenced with The Selkirk Grace, and the piping in the Haggis.

Traditional Scottish Haggis served with Neeps and Tatties, toasted in with a Dram of Scotch.

The address to the Haggis was given by Eddie Jones The Toast to the Lassies by Rtn. Geoff Sumner, and the reply by Anne Wickham (Wife of Senior Vice president.

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Last October the Rotary Club of Chepstow & District  supplied to Churches in Tidenham and  Mathern Village  5000 purple crocuses to be planted by the side of paths, verges and embankments at our churches and Mathern Vllage

The crocuses are part of the Rotary’s END POLIO NOW campaign, Rotary purchases the crocuses, to visually publicize the results of our campaign.

What a delight following a very hard winter to see the fantastic  results of the planting. The Club thanks all those who planted the crocuses in a very wet October/November

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Crocuses Spring 2018