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Cornwall Rotary club stages environmental exhibition

Cornwall Rotary club stages environmental exhibition

Falmouth Rotary Club’s two-day Environmental and Carbon Reduction Exhibition helped to raise the profile of the march towards ‘net zero’.

The exhibition was held at the Princess Pavilion to spotlight what was being done to reduce emissions and explaining how people could help.

The 28 exhibitors included the South West Water, Suez Recycling & Recovery, Cornwall Council, the town councils and the Falmouth Harbour Authority.

These were supplemented by groups actively concerned with nature, wildlife and the Fal Estuary. Many stands highlighted what people can do to reduce their energy consumption, insulate their homes, reduce waste and buy less but buy better.

Falmouth’s Mayor, Councillor Steve Eva, opened the exhibition and was accompanied by Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council’s Lead on the Environment who gave a presentation on their plan to reach Net Zero by 2030.

342 food parcels were packed and donated by Southampton Rotary Club.

Exeter University’s Justin Olosunde gave a presentation on Floating Offshore Wind which showed the benefits from floating wind turbines planned to be installed off Hayle in the near future.

Southampton Magna Rotary Club recently packed 342 food parcels donated to local organisations to pass onto people struggling with the current cost of living crisis.

Each bag contained a range of basic groceries and a few treats. Members were helped with the packing by volunteers from the social enterprises Board in the City and Easy Tz Meals, plus charities No Limits and People’s Pride Southampton.

The goods were supplied by Iceland and The Big Difference and were part funded by a District 1110 Foundation Grant. Packing was provided by the meeting venue, the Novotel Hotel, in the function room at the Ibis Hotel.

The bags were donated to eight local charities and faith groups, plus nine schools.

In North Wales, the Rotary Club of Llandudno held a special event at The Victoria Club in Craig y Don to thank all the local people, businesses and organisations who acted as collection points for the ‘Hope Restored’ Foodbank in the town.

The event was led by Rotarian Mike Perry, Rotary’s Chairman of Community Service and attended by a number of collection point partners.

Brenda Fogg, founder-co-ordinator of ‘Hope Restored’ spoke about the work of the foodbank, and Rotarian Mary Oliver outlined the work of the trustees.

Rotary is not just about service but also having fun and friendship.”

At the Rotary Club of Rochford’s charity golf day last year, one of the charities chosen to benefit was MacMillan Cancer Support. One of the Essex branches is situated in Southend Hospital and Manager Friederike Englund attended a recent club meeting and explain what they do to help cancer patients.

After the meeting, Rochford President, Geoff Newman was delighted to give a cheque for £1,000 to Friederike to help continue their very valuable work.

Rotary is not just about service but also having fun and friendship. In Oxfordshire, Banbury Cherwell Rotary staged Chinese New Year Celebrations at Croughton Village Hall.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Croughton Village Hall, organised by Banbury Cherwell Rotary.

Ninety-five people attended the event which featured a lion and dragon act from Leicester who performed a dramatic dance. The evening managed to raise £1,000 for charity.

In Dorset, Christchurch Rotary Club held its 12th annual wine-tasting evening at the Captains Club Hotel to raise funds for the Rotary End Polio Now programme.

Over £1,500 was raised, which – when augmented to £4,500 by the generous two-for-one additional funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – is sufficient to immunise over 11,000 children.

Christchurch Rotary continues to run activities such as the annual wine-tasting, which attracted some 60 guests for an evening combining education with fun, to support this vital cause.