Since starting in 2015 the Rotary Ludlow Club has been able to invest some £9,000 in a range of local community projects through the initiative ‘Ludlow Rotary Cares’. In 2016, following a very successful Ludlow Dog Day event on July 24th at Stokesay Court, the Club has awarded 11 grants to a total value of £5,000.
‘Ludlow Rotary Cares’ is the name the Club has given to a scheme aimed at small local charities and organisations active in the local community in and around Ludlow. It encourages applications for grants up to £500 which will make a significant difference for specific identifiable projects.
In 2016 organisations were asked to submit requests for up to five hundred pounds. Eleven were chosen from around thirty applications. Seven were based in Ludlow and four came from villages within fifteen miles of the town. All support community activities and events that help improve life in the area, particularly young people.
Standing left to right John Aitken, Mayor Paul Draper, Ruth Houghton, Clare Ratcliff, Sheila Smith, Margaret Anderson, Philip Sandwell, Ron Golby, Paul Blewitt, Club President Fiona Jacklin. Front row Lisa Bedford, Caroline George, Clare Jackson, Linda Monteith.
Recipients from Riding for the Disabled, South Shropshire Gymnastics Club, First Ludlow Scouts Group, Neen Savage Parish Hall, Ludlow Male Voice Choir, Ludlow Youth Partnership, Clee St Margaret Village Hall, Homestart Ludlow, Leintwardine Craven Arms Youth Group and Bishops Castle Public Hall.
These groups came together on Tuesday October 18th at the Ludlow Mascall Centre to explain what the money would enable them to do. Two Rotarians were joined by Clive Leworthy of the Shropshire Community Council and by Councillor Paul Draper, Mayor of Ludlow to form a panel to consider the requests and to make the awards.
Fiona Jacklin, the president of the Rotary Club, said ‘’It has been a very successful and enjoyable evening, demonstrating the club’s commitment to the community. It was also heart-warming to see such valuable and important work being done by people in the local community. At the same time it is also a reminder of the ever-present need to support charitable causes and I look forward to repeating the event next year.”
Congratulations and thanks are due to Ludlow Rotarians who did a great job of organising the event.
Those receiving an award joined the Mayor of Ludlow and the President of the Ludlow Rotary Club.