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Christina Launches Tree of Light 2016

A crowded Mall at Telford Town Centre filled by the sounds of the splendid Hope House Choir heralded the arrival of Christina Trevanion who was to switch-on the 2016 Telford Tree of Light.

BBC Bristol - President John in the News Studio

President John supported by three members of the Club visited the BBC studios in Bristol on 9th November.  An early start gave us time to arrive at the Rotary Club of Clifton for lunch, meeting their President John [Whitham] and hearing their speaker describe her year working with a children's charity in Cambodia.  

John and the Great Little Trains

The Rotary Club of Prestatyn have a Trust Fund that provides holidays for elderly men.  The Rotary Club of Wellington were invited to nominated three people to particpate.  Club member John Rice was a last minute replacement.  John writes:

The Harry Johnson Trust

The Club was pleased to welcome to its meeting on Friday 28th October Sally Johnson, the prime mover in establishing the Harry Johnson Trust.

The Harry Johnson Trust was established in November 2014 following the death of seven year old Harry in July of that year.  Harry died following a nine month fight with Double Hit Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  

Wellington Cricket Club Awards

Every year Wellington Rotary Club attends the Youth prize night at Wellington Cricket Club and makes a £25 award to the boy and girl who in the opinion of the coaches has made the best effort during the playing season.

President John Wardle and Chair of Youth Peter Williams attended the event on Friday 14th October to present these awards.  


Alan Olver joined members and shared with them the development of support for the homeless in Telford & Wrekin.  He told members of the work of Maninplace and his vision for the future of the organisation.

Fellowship's a Load of Bowls - 2. The Return Match

Thursday, 8th September saw the second game of crown green bowls against The Probus Club of Wellington, this time at the former Sugarbeet Factory at Allscott.  Thank you Rotarian Chris Yates for your assistance with the arrangements. An enjoyable game played in a friendly spirit.  Probus members took their 'defeat' on the chin with a smile.

RYLA Presentation

The three Rylarians that the Club sent to this year's RYLA camp at the end of August described to Club members how they had enjoyed and benefitted from the RYLA experience.

Higher Education Awards Made

The Flagship Project of the Youth Services year at the Rotary Club of Wellington is the Higher Education Award.  This award is made annually to young persons from Wellington who will be entering the first year of Higher Education. It is designed to help enhance both their learning experience and their personal development before they enter their chosen career.

More than the money that is raised - Telford Tree of Light.

We have received our first donation for this year's Tree of Light - and with it these wonderful words:

"I live in Telford and my dad, who passed away from brain cancer in Jan 2014, loved the Tree of Light in Telford Town Centre at Christmas.  I missed out in putting his name down for it last year so I've been stalking the website ever since to get in haha.