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On a sunny afternoon Chester Deva Rotary members and friends visited the PettyPool Trust College and Outdoor Centre in Sandiway, Mid Cheshire.

Petty Pool Trust Visit

After a brief overview of the Trust from managers Jayne and Lee, two of the 3rd year students Malcolm and Jake gave us a tour of the facilities available at the PettyPool Trust. Our guides made introductions to the teaching staff in each of the classes being taught that day, followed by a brief  walkabout of the Outside Centre.

This College offers Vocational studies for young people with learning disabilities. Various courses are taught to students to attain City & Guilds entry Level in such subjects as Preparation for work, Animal Care, Conservation, Forestry, Horticulture, Recycling, Hospitality, Catering, Retail, IT Studies, Independent Living. These courses are complimented with Work Placements and Travel training for all students.

Our thanks go to the Trust for an interesting visit, with afternoon tea and cake provided.

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At the venue The Field of Dreams, Chester the Sunday morning started cool, windy and overcast but dry, which allowed local Volunteers and other Rotarians in Rotary District 1180 to complete the set up of the Games and facilities in advance of the arrival of the disabled Participants coming from North West and North Wales.

Chester Deva Rotary members assisted the Cheshire County Bowmen to set up the Archery targets, ready for the official start of the Games at 10-0am.

After that, Archery ever popular with the Participants became very busy into the afternoon, with up to 170 trying out the Archery.

This years Games included Archery, Basketball, Bowls, Boccia, Cricket, Cycling, darts, Golf putting, Football penalty  shoot-out, Skittles, Table-Tennis, Tennis and many other FUN activities. This gives all Participants a chance to try out Games they would not normally have access to.

At 3-0pm the Participants assembled for the Medal Ceremony, with DG Beryl Cotton, the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr. Razia Daniels and the CEO of Lloyds Bank/MBNA Chester presenting the medals to all Participants.

With over 250 participants helped by upwards of 200 Rotarians and Volunteers, the 17th FUN Games was a great success and our thanks go to Lloyds Bank/MBNA Chester for the use of  The Field of Dreams Venue.


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A sobering reminder of the brutal impact of polio was delivered at a special event held in Coventry on Monday (September 11 th ).

Original post:
Remembering the impact of polio in Coventry 60 years on

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The Manchester Arena Families Trust, which was established by Rotary District 1285 following the devastating bombing on 22 nd May, is now in a position to distribute funds. The district, which includes the city of Manchester and surrounding areas, established the Trust to provide practical help to victims and families of those killed, injured or affected by the attack.

See more here:
Manchester Arena Families Trust begins distributing funds

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