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Rotary Club looks back on a successful 2015

AS we enter into 2016, Frome Rotary public relations officer Margaret Gilmour  reports on Frome Rotary Club’s activities and events during 2015.

“Frome Rotary club have had another successful year working in partnership with the local community and organisations within it.

“Frome Rotary president, Patrick Cusworth, took over from our outgoing president Jerry Lewis earlier this year and has been involved in working non-stop in Rotary community activities.

“The many youth projects that Frome Rotary runs have been a pleasure to be involved in by both participants and organizers.  These range from mock interviews at Frome College, Frome Half Marathon, Young Musician, Young Chef, Youth Speaks, Young Photographer and the annual Kids Out event at Longleat.

“Rotary support to the Life Education caravan which goes around local schools educating all age groups about health and lifestyle continues, but the sad loss of Rotarian Mike Cole who was a leading light in this work has been keenly felt.

“We raised significant funds for Rotary charities and causes throughout the year with the Rotary pop up shop in the Westway precinct where everyone got a bargain!

“We have also been able to use our community funds to help a number of deserving causes in and around Frome, often working in partnership with our sister clubs Frome Selwood, Lions and the Frome Carnival committee.

“We also generously donated to disasters including the Nepal earthquake and raised £4,000 for our outgoing president Jerry Lewis’s chosen charity Help for Heroes, with the One Night Only show at the Frome Memorial Theatre.

“As we ended this successful year, the people in and around Frome enjoyed the Christmas float as it travelled all over the town and outlying villages with Lions and Frome Rotary  collecting for further funds to continue the good work of all these organizations.

“The faces of children and adults smiling and waving to Father Christmas waving from on top with the music carols filling the night air raises the spirits of everyone around and children are brought out from their warm houses to see this magical event which happens every year.

“Frome Rotary club celebrates its 90th birthday as a club over the coming months and feel proud not only to look back at its strong history in the town, but look forward with pleasure in continuing its special relationship with the generous communities in and around Frome.

“We thank all your readers most sincerely for their amazing support throughout the year.”