PSA Testing at Oakengates

Rotary Wellington donated £1500 to the Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group PSA testing evening at Oakengates on 22nd October. There were six Wellington Rotarians in attendance, supplementing the few Prostate Support Group volunteers, assisting with the stewarding and booking in of the 303 men and ten women who attended the event. (The ladies had accompanied their husbands to ensure that they actually had a blood test).

Tree of Light Switched On

A crowded Mall at Telford Town Centre filled by the sounds of the Salvation Army Band heralded the arrival of Jo Jesmond of Free Radio who was to switch-on the 2017 Telford Tree of Light. Chairman of the organising committee, Max Clowes, welcomed representatives of the charities supported by this year's Tree, the Tree's sponsors, the Presidents of the four organising Rotary Clubs and many of those whose families' names appear around the Tree.

Remembrance Day 2018

President Peter together with members of the Club, partners and friends joined the Remembrance Parade in Wellington on 11 November arriving at All Saints Church just before 11.00.  Following the Service and Act of  Remembrance President Peter joined with other local organisation to lay a wreath at the Lytch Gate, Wellington's War Memorial.

Presentation to Samaritans

The speaker at the meeting on 2nd November was from Telford Samaritans.  Joanna 272 gave a full insight into the work that they do in this area.  In the year March 2017 to March 2018 they handled 17,900 telephone calls, 5600 e-mail contacts, 4800 SMS contacts and saw 160 people face to face.

Charity Film Night 2018

Principally to support our local Samaritans branch as well as other local Rotary charities, this year’s Film Evening was held on 30th October. Organised by Sophie Yates and Jim Tranter the film was the Stephen Spielberg cold war movie ”Bridge of Spies”. A notable thriller with many Oscar nominations and starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance who won the Oscar for best supporting actor.

October Food Bank Collection

The second donation to the Telford Foodbank took place in October following a collection of items at a Club meeting. Richard's car was well down on its suspension as it left the Buckatree carpark for the Sutton Hill base of the foodbank. The next collections takes place on 30 November, 4 January, 1 February and 1 March.

Alison's Bee Class

The Club were intrigued to learn about bees, particularly honey bees.  Local beekeeper Alison Wakeman shared her extensive knowledge about keeping bees.

Here she is seen with President Elect Vic Young.

50 Tree Walk

Vic Young writes:

After a very interesting talk from the Friends of Dothill Local Nature Reserve (FDNLR) last June, some Rotarians, spouses, partners and Inner Wheel members gathered at Admaston House on 11th October to be shown around the Reserve and its 50 Tree Trail (set up as part of the Telford Town’s 50th celebrations).

Preparing for Tree of Light 2018

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Wellington met on Friday 12th October to help prepare for the coming Rotary Telford Tree of Light Campaign.  Members packed over 1000 envelopes which are to be sent out to contributors to the 2017 to the Rotary Tree of Light.