The Rotary Club of Ellesmere has announced that the main beneficiaries of their 2020 Bell Boat Regatta will be two charities with strong local links.

One is The Lyneal Trust, which maintains three narrow boats, a 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.

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. Typically, the children are 1 to 5-year-olds, who undergo assessment and then a 12-month course. Additionally, there is a review and continuation service for those that require help as they get older. Currently the Centre helps 60 children each year at a cost to the charity of over £300,000.

The annual Regatta takes place on The Mere on the first Sunday in July (5th) and is accompanied by a host of other attractions on the adjacent Cremorne Gardens, plus refreshment stalls. The former includes several activities for children, such as electric Go Karting and Bubble Zorbs. Chairman of the Regatta Committee, Geoff Corfield, said “The occasion is a wonderful day out for all the family, with more attractions this year and better prizes to be won in the Grand Draw.” He also said that entries from crews are already flooding in, so anyone looking to take part in the racing should notify him as soon as possible on 01939 270313. There are three classes for the Bell Boat races: Open, Ladies and Youth.

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.