At the Christmas Lunch held at the Buckatree Hall Hotel on 23rd December one of our members received a huge surprise.  President John listed the achievements of this member but it was only as he reached the end of his speech that Past President Venn Davies realised it was all about him.  In front of members and guests, including his wife Sue, Venn was made a Paul Harris Fellow by President John Wardle.

Carol Singing at Oakwood

Rotarians, partners and members of Inner Wheel gathered at Oakwood in Wellington to share Christmas Carols, readings and music with the residents.  The event was organised by Rotarian Rod Kirby who was master of ceremonies.  

The Guildford Rotary Eye Project

Rotarian John Miles from the Rotary Club of Leatherhead spoke to members of the Wellington Club about the work of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project.  The charity, which was formed in 1998 aims to provide one million free cataract operations in economically emerging areas of the world where poverty prevents patients from affording the treatment for this condition.

Home-Start Telford and Wrekin

The Club welcomed Home-Start Telford & Wrekin Fundraising Manager, Julia Allinson, as today's speaker.  Home-start is a National charity that is based in many local communities throughout the country.  Julia explained the work of the charity in Telford & Wrekin and how this benefits many local families at their homes.  Julia thanked the Club for its support from both the Fairbourne Fund and the telford Tree of Light where Home-Start is our nominated charity.

Presence at the Tree of Light

Members of the Rotary Club of Wellington have been on duty at the Tree of Light in Telford Town Centre from 10.00 until 16.00 throughout this week.  Along with the Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre and The Wrekin members will be in attendance at the Tree on every day until Saturday 17th December.

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.