Ellesmere Rotary has previously announced that the main beneficiaries of their 2022 Jubilee Bell Boat Regatta will be two charities with strong local links. One is The Lyneal Trust, which maintains three narrow boats, Wharf Cottage and chalets for use by families and groups that require disabled facilities. The Trust provides opportunities for disabled people to enjoy day trips and holidays based on the local canal system. Currently its fund-raising efforts are aimed at financing an update for Wharf Cottage.

The second is The Movement Centre, which is based adjacent to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital at Gobowen. The Centre is a separate entity that is entirely funded by charitable donations. It helps children with early years movement control problems in Shropshire and neighbouring counties. It provides specialist physiotherapy and patient specific bioengineering to fashion the right equipment to achieve the correct standing posture and movement. Typically, the children are 1 to 5-year-olds, who undergo assessment and then a 12-month course. There are now some six-month courses also. Additionally, there is a review and continuation service for those that require help as they get older. The Centre must raise a minimum of £200,000 each year to continue with its vital work.

The Regatta takes place annually on The Mere on the first Sunday in July (3rd) and is accompanied by a host of other attractions on the adjacent Cremorne Gardens, plus refreshment stalls. The former includes many activities for children to enjoy. Chairman of the Regatta Committee, Geoff Corfield, said “The occasion is a wonderful day out for all the family, and we are pleased that the event is able to go ahead in Jubilee year, especially as the last two years were lost to the Covid restrictions. The two charities should have received support from the proceeds of the 2020 event, and now need funding more than ever.” Entries from crews are still coming in, but those who have not yet done so are urged to do so quickly. Registration takes place at 11 am with the first race at 11. 30. There are three classes for the Bell Boat races: Open, Ladies and Youth. Geoff can be contacted on 01939 270313.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the activities of Ellesmere Rotary, or who might like to join, should contact the Secretary on 07763 945161.