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Chepstow Show

Roll up, roll up, roll up.  Get your Tombola tickets here. 

Plenty of wonderful prizes.  Beer to drink, shampoo to make your hair curl, chocolates to enjoy, and bottles to make you smell nice in the bath. 

Such was the cry from the Rotarians as they promoted their Tombola tickets to the crowds at Saturdays Chepstow Show.   

Over 200 prizes had been donated by Chepstow Rotary club members and every single one of them was won during the day.  In addition, a box of smaller prizes was provided from which accompanied children could choose an additional gift, which they did with a smile.  

The sellers were accompanied by the sound of a barrel organ that was built by Rotarian Geoff MORRISS who fed the paper rolls though the device all day long. 

The members enjoyed a private lunch in the tent, both provided by Rotarian Chris RASTALL of Abbey Mill, and this helped the day along. 

The Chepstow Club are now recruiting new members and leaflets were handed out at the show. 

The sun shone and the Club had a successful day raising some £500, every penny of which will be passed to Rotary charities and good causes, both local and international.  [See photographs]


On Wednesday 19 July, at The Dell Primary School in Welsh Street, Chepstow, over 400 pupils gathered when Rotarian Christopher WILSON, presented Rotary illustrated dictionaries to pupils on behalf the Chepstow & District Rotary Club.   

Head Teacher, Steve KING stated that the prizes were to be awarded to those students who had shown the most improvement in their year. 

He also thanked the local Rotary Club for their ongoing support and their encouragement of learning. 

Following a short talk on the aims and ideals of the international Rotary organisation the students who selected to receive the  dictionaries were  Alannah MORA, Cameron HEMMINGS,Charlotte SCOTT,  Olivia PITT , Casper DURMAN  and Eliza DAVISON . [See photograph]

The Chepstow Rotary Club continues to support many community initiatives, including several competitions for young people for speaking, music, writing and technical ability. 

It also includes this annual event, where a total of 72 dictionaries were presented to12 local primary schools.   

The Club considers that presenting the dictionaries to children in the local schools encourages a love of reading and learning in the young.

The Chepstow Rotary Club is now actively seeking new members, please contact us, its not like you think.



We are aware of a number of people who would like to join in the various activities of Chepstow & Distrct Rotary but cannot afford the time to attend our weekly meetings.

We are therefore considering forming an ‘e-satellite’ club. The idea is for its members to keep in touch with all activities electronically and meet up monthly or bi-monthly for an informal meeting to discuss plans and projects


Membership of the e-club can either be full Rotary membership enjoying all the benefits of the world-wide Rotary organisation, or Associate membership, merely being connected with the Chepstow & District club.

It is hoped that this will enable people to enjoy the fellowship of Rotary and help with our charitable projects if wished without the commitment of normal Rotary weekly attendance.

If you would like more details please contact Geoff Sumner, Club Secretary on geoffcesumner@gmail.cpm or 01291 624758


David Burr, Club President on or 01291 627886,


They arrived from airports far and wide; from Heathrow, Newquay, Gatwick and Stansted. 

But in every case their destination was Chepstow Garden Centre where the Chepstow & District Rotary Club welcomed their guests from their twinned club, the German Westerwald Club on Thursday 01 June. 

The 15 Rotarians and wives had travelled to Chepstow on their biannual visit to their twinned club where they were accommodated with the local club members.

The Westerwald, or Western Forest, is a low mountain region of Germany on the right bank of the River Rhine of some 1,350 square miles, or some 30 times the area of our Forest of Dean. 

The Westerwald Rotary Club, with its 60 members scattered throughout the area, has been twinned with the Chepstow Rotary Club since 1979.

In spite of the rain at Castel Coch the visitors were amazed at the beautiful fairy tale folly with its delightfully painted interior.  Oh to be a rich man, said many. 

After a pub lunch in Llantrissant the group visited The Royal Mint where many minted their own one Pound coin,

A celebration dinner at Abbey Mill, Tintern, was on a Welsh theme that included Cawl and Welsh pork with leeks followed by Caerphilly and Snowdon cheese.

The Chepstow Rotary Club is supporting a water/education project in Romania and after the dinner the German Club made a generous donation to this project. 

Following coffee and Welsh cakes at Abbey Mill the following day, the "Cathedral of the Forest" at Newland was the first stop. Dating back to the 1200s with its celebrated Miners Brass, the German guests were impressed with the amount of history contained within this large building nestled in a quiet Forest village. 

But then, from the bright skies above, the group descended deep into the caves of Clearwell under the guidance of owner Jonathan Wright.  In the gloom they wondered at prehistoric bones, an ochre workshop, the remains of the iron mining industry and a spectacular projected light show of the creatures that had inhabited the waters long, long ago. 

Following a picnic the group entered the Secret Forest with its Scowles and iron age round houses.  In the evening everyone relaxed at a barbecue when the German visitors exclaimed their great admiration for the diversity of the area and the great hospitality of their Rotary hosts. 

 While many of them had visited the cities of UK they all remarked that this was the real country where they had been able to discuss and better understand the British people and their land; their understanding; their warmth; their welcome. 

The bonding of people through understanding was clear to see and everyone agreed that this had been a most successful exchange visit.

[See photographs]