The success and popularity of the last 16 Classic Car Runs organised by the Rotary Club of Chepstow & District has led to this event becoming a welcome addition to the calendar for classic car enthusiasts.
The Wye Run is a non-competitive event for classic and interesting cars and the people who enjoy using them. The aim of the organizers is to provide a memorable and leisurely drive through our beautiful countryside, to provide onlookers with the spectacle of interesting cars, and to raise money for worthwhile charities supported by the Rotary Club of Chepstow & District
This year the Run set off from Chepstow Garden Centre from 0900 on Saturday 05 May. The route was carefully selected, keeping to lesser-used scenic roads through the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons.
Those taking part were encouraged to take their your own lunch or picnic and stop to enjoy it where you please along the route.
.At the end of the Rally refreshments were on sale and Rally cars remained on display up to 5pm, at which time participants were awarded completion certificates, photographs of their cars and, of course the prizes.
At their Business Meeting held at the Beaufort Hotel on Tuesday 5th June, President David Burr reminded members that a key aim of the Chepstow & District Rotary Club is to provide support in the community.
It was decided to benefit the following bodies to the extent stated below:
Bulwark Rangers towards the purchase of equipment for the Duke of Edinburgh awards - £250.
Singing for Pleasure Group to enable them to copy music and song sheets for their singing groups - £100.
Chepstow Rugby Club towards kit for the Under 11’s Section - £250.
Tutshill Baby & Toddler Group - £100
Aylburton Acorns Baby & Toddler Group - £100
Sedbury Baby & Toddler Group - £100
1st Chepstow Boys and Girls Brigade - £250
The Rotary Alzheimers Awareness Campaign - £150.
The President remarked that every one of the above voluntary organisations made a most valuable contribution to the local community and welcomed this opportunity to provide support to them.
Details of all of the Rotary support and activities are at chepstowrotary.org.uk
The President also highlighted the fact that the Rotary Club is an ideal medium for local people to enjoy a great social life while becoming involved in real support for their Community. [See photographs]
At Abbey Mill, Tintern, on the evening of 3rd July 2018, Richard WICKHAM , was inducted as the new President of the Chepstow and District Rotary Club having served as the Senior Vice President for the previous year.
Richard practised as a vet in Canterbury while his wife, Anne, was a doctor. They are both long standing supporters of Rotary and Richard twice served as President of his Canterbury Club.
On retirement the couple moved to Woolaston where they were eager to continue with Rotary as a route to friendship and service to the community.
Richard thanked his predecessor, David Burr, for his efforts during his year as President. He reflected on an enjoyable and most successful year and presented a small gift to David and a bouquet of flowers to David’s wife, Joyce, on behalf of the Club.
Richard accepted the responsibility of President with enthusiasm and set out the aims and objects of his Presidential year. He plans to follow the four “F’s” – fun, fellowship, fund raising and finding new members.
He had generated a full programme of meetings, events and activities to ensure that fun and fellowship remain at the top of the agenda. At the monthly ladies’ evenings at the St Pierre Hotel speakers have been specially selected to be of interest to the ladies.
He stated that the key fundraising events of The Wye Run for classic cars, Giant Tombola on the Rotary Stand at the Chepstow Show and the Tintern Torchlight Carol Service would all continue with full support.
The last of the four “F’s” was Club membership which was undoubtedly the most difficult issue to be addressed and Richard appealed to all members to leave no stone unturned in addressing this problem.
He reminded everyone that the Club is well defined on www.chepstowrotary.org.uk where anyone interested may read of past and future events and obtain more information.
He encouraged any Rotarian who had a potential new member in the form of a friend, relation or neighbour, to bring them and their partner to one of the meetings or social events where they would immediately recognise the enjoyment and satisfaction inherent in Rotary. He stressed that all are welcome
Richard spoke of the overall cost of membership that might be of concern to potential new members. With that in mind, he had tried to ensure that during this coming year all the meetings, events and activities would be affordable and above all good value for money.
He then inducted Christopher WILSON as the incoming Senior Vice President and Geoffrey SUMNER as the Junior Vice President.
Finally, he reminded members that The Chepstow and District Rotary Club is a small, friendly Club with a big heart that punches well above its weight on many occasions. He looked forward to serving the Club as President to the very best of his ability after which the members were upstanding for a toast to Rotary and The Chepstow Club.[See photographs]