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More than half a million Rohingya people are facing fresh perils living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where the coming cyclone season threatens to wash away their flimsy plastic shelters. Rotarian Liz Odell is currently working in Bangladesh as a response volunteer with the charity ShelterBox. “Conditions are dire, with most people living in small shelters made of flimsy black plastic sheeting and bamboo poles,” reports Liz, a past president of the Rotary Club of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire

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Rotarians and ShelterBox on the ground following Rohingya crisis

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An inspirational true story of polio, paralysis and love without limits is hitting the big screens this month – and you can see the film before its full release at four Rotary charity screenings. Breathe follows adventurous and charismatic Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield ( Hacksaw Ridge , Silence ), who has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa

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Polio hits Hollywood big screen in Breathe

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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 ).

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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.

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Manchester Arena Families Trust begins distributing funds

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Four students who won the Rotary Prize for Medical/Scientific Advancement at the Big Bang Fair have been putting their invention to the test at Imperial College. Zack Glindon, Alex Handley, Thomas Hollingsworth and Cameron Woodhouse from Gillingham School in Dorset won the prize for their invention, a mosquito repellent device called the ‘morbosphere’. Following their win, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and Imperial College London teamed up to give the students a chance to see some malaria research in action, and to test their prototype.

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Rotary award winners test anti-malaria invention at Imperial College

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UK leads final push to make polio history

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Rotary’s president in Great Britain and Ireland has welcomed the UK government’s £100 million cash boost towards the global battle against polio.

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UK leads final push to make polio history

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Cambridge Road Primary School, Ellesmere Port, Year 6 students have actively supported the Stroke unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in raising funds by various inventive means in the school and have recently completed three painted boards to be mounted at the Hospital in the Stroke Unit Garden.

Some students representing the 6th School year show off the Painted Boards.

As can be seen they have used their imagination, to make these boards both colourful and cheerful, so that patients at the new Stroke Unit Garden in the Hospital are hopefully helped towards their recovery.

Chester Deva Rotary members thank all Year 6 students and their parents(who helped a little) for their work raising funds and in producing these wonderful painted boards.













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Fellow Rotarians from Rochdale Rotary Club, joined Chester Deva Rotarians, Partners, friends and Family at a meeting in the Mercure Abbots Well Hotel, Chester, for what was planned as an ‘Evening with Rotarian Stan Fielding(PHF)’.






Malcolm Wilson interviews Stan Fielding







After Dinner Stan Fielding, aged 100 on July 26th 2017, gave those present some entertaining and informative details to his long life as a Youth, a Policeman, a  WW2 Pilot and as a serving Rotarian of  52years, all in a relaxed interview hosted by Rotarian Malcolm Wilson(PHF).

Stan still a very active member of Chester Deva Rotary was recognised by his fellow Rotarians with a presentation of  a third ‘Paul Harris Fellow'(PHF) in the form of a sapphire Pin. The Paul Harris Fellow is considered the highest award in the International Rotary Foundation Organisation and is only given by his fellow Rotarians in recognition of their contribution to the works of Rotary. To achieve this award three times is  very rare.

Ian Gearing Presents (PHF) Sapphire pin to Stan

The evening concluded with Chester Deva Rotarian Stan Fielding (PHF) presenting a £360 Cheque to Rochdale Rotary Club representative Rotarian David Acton for monies to be used towards ‘Urban Farming’ in Africa.

David Acton(Rochdale RC) receives Cheque for Urban Farming Scheme from Stan Fielding (Chester Deva RC)

These funds were raised by Stan and fellow Rotarians in the Chester deva Rotary Club towards setting up the’ Urban Farming’ scheme to grow vegetables and fruit in a cost effective way in arid areas, where water is scarce, and land under-utilised, so allowing land to be used as an Urban Farm.

Our thanks go to Rotarian Stan Fielding(PHF) for making it a jovial and enjoyable evening,


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