Week 24 – Xmas in Sherborne

The Christmas crib in the Conduit has been a familiar feature of Christmas in Sherborne for the past 40 years.

The original Sherborne Rotary club took the time and trouble to put this up each year and the collection from appreciative visitors is used for local youth related projects in Sherborne.   Now our members carry on this tradition and the crib remains in place throughout the festive season.

When the lights were turned on around the crib at Sherbprne’s  “Love a Local Xmas” festive shopping event on 2nd December, it received many admiring comments due i am sure to the great refurbishment job which has been carried out during the summer by the art department at the Gryphon School.    It was 30 years since the crib had last been refurbished and the original hand painted panels have been painstakingly restored copying the original artist’s style.   We are very grateful to the Head of the Art Department at The Gryphon, Michael Fenton-Wilkinson who carried out this work.   Also our thanks go to Tenovus in Sherborne  who, on hearing that baby Jesus was missing, very quickly found a replacement.

Rotary is a organisation who’s members volunteer their time to support our community, and the relationships we have with the many small community organisations which make a big difference to peoples lives, is very important to us.   We look forward to strengthening those relationships in 2019, and it is a joy at Christmas to see some of them celebrating their successes in the local media.

Future Roots / Countrymen UK  based at Holnest and a beneficiary from our Classic and Supercar show, have won a national award for its approach to sustainable health and care.
Yeovil Freewheelers – also beneficiaries of the Classic and Supercar show, has celebrated 40 years of delivering medical supplies in Somerset and Dorset, which makes them the oldest free emergency couriers service to the NHS in the country.
3rd Sparkford Scout Group – supported us with their litter picking activities at our Classic and Supercars show.  Their cub group has been making and sending out Xmas cards to people they felt would appreciate them in their local community.

We wish you all our friends and supporters a very happy Xmas and a successful 2019

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