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Welcome to F&D Rotary
by Mike Gay, Andy Fisher & Phil Simon

Fishponds & Downend Rotary is a small (but perfectly formed), robust, friendly and very sociable club. We are dedicated to raising money for charity and good causes, which we achieve in various ways, by fundraising at events, street collections and by having a presence at public events like fetes and shows.

Our current President is Andy Fisher who has chonen to name our main beneficiary this year as Young Carers a charity based at the Carers Support Centre in Fishponds.  We will be running a number of fundraising events this year including our Christmas collection and Easter chocolate bunnies for this charity, as well as fund-raisers for Rotary Foundation, Rotary ShelterBox and other worthy causes.

F&D and Our Local Communities

F&D (Fishponds & Downend) Rotary is a local community driven organisation running events in our local communities, supporting charities and good causes in our local communities, providing service in our local communities, supported by people in our local communities,  based in the centre of our local communities, and drawing our membership from our local communities.

Events in the near future

As well as our normal meetings we have a number of social and fund raising events over the next few weeks. Coming up we have Young Musicians Heats on 10th, 15th and 17th November 2017,  a Christmas Charity Fashion Show at Downend School Hall on 25th November 2017 and Mock Interviews at Yate Academy on 30 November 2017.

Andy's President's Night has been booked for Saturday 30th June 2018 at the Aztec Hotel Bristol. Tickets are £27 per person. More details to follow.

Also in conjunction with the Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom group, we will be planting a display of 5,000 crocus corms.  The plan is to plant these on the grassy bank opposite the Badminton Road Methodist Church.  The all-purple crocus display will bloom in the early part of next year to symbolise Purple4Polio: Rotary's latest campaign in the long-term and enduring fight for world-wide eradication of Polio. A recent editorial article in the Telegraph pays testament  to the importance of Rotary's involvement in starting and continuing the battle against this appalling childhood disease:

“And while acknowledging the generous contribution of Bill and Melinda Gates, the main credit must go to the magnificent Rotary International who first launched the Polio Eradication Programme almost 40 years ago.”
Dr James LeFanu
British physician, medical journalist, and author

Recently happened

Janet and Mike's Curry Night: funds raised for ShelterBox, Street Collections in Staple Hill and Downend: for disaster relief in the Caribbean, and a Wine Tasting Night to which the District Governor, Alan Hudson, attended. Pasty Night at Dave and Rose's.  

Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Rotary supporting young people

Rotary on the brink of polio history

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 19:00 for 19:15
(with the exception of 1st Thursday when 19:00 for 19:30 for Speakers night with partners. Also please contact our Secretary for 5th Thursday arrangements.)
The Langley Arms,
Guest Avenue,
Emersons Green,
Bristol. BS16 7GA  0117 957 3512

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