The Rotary Club of Crewkerne is missing working with schools on its well established youth projects but members are continuing to work behind the scenes and donate to local and worthy causes. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed annual activities such as the Young Chef and Young Musician competitions, the Rotary Technology Tournament which attracts 96 students from six local schools and the Big Pitch business project, members have been meeting weekly on Zoom with a guest speaker and have made donations of more than £7,000 during the past year.

A spokesman for the Rotary Club of Crewkerne said: “While we may not have been physically helping we have assisted several local organisations financially. Not just from club funds but our members have dug deep into their own pockets as well.” Organisations and community schemes that have received support include; Be A Good Neighbour run by Crewkerne Community Church, Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne in Bloom, ARK at Egwood, Yeovil District Hospital Breast Cancer Unit, Pilsdon Community, Magdalen Environmental Trust, Children’s Hospice South West, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Christmas Toy Boxes for Kids Out.

The Rotary’s shop which is well supported each year by the local community was unable to open last November, which greatly reduced funds coming in. The club’s annual presentation of Usborne Dictionaries to Year 6 pupils at Maiden Beech Academy was unable to take place in its usual format but 120 copies of the reference book were delivered to the school.

Following Government advice and consideration of the wellbeing of its members, the Rotary Club of Crewkerne were not able to assist at the Henhayes vaccination hub but said: “Our daughter club, Crewkerne District have been a tremendous help. There is light at the end of the tunnel and come late summer, we will hopefully be physically active once again.”

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