Welcome to the Rotary Club of North Cotswolds
Our Club was founded on April 6 1965 with 28 members and its first meeting was held on April 23 the same year. Today we have over 40 members and meet every Tuesday evening at Naunton Downs Golf Club - (on the B4068 just outside Naunton village) - Post Code GL54 3AE.
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Contact us by Email: info@NorthCotswoldsRotary.org.uk or Telephone: 01608 661578
ROTARIANS "ON TARGET" - Thursday 27th April
Rotarians on target and enjoying a great day out with Archery at Batsford Arboretum.
COTSWOLD SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB TOMBOLA
Congratulations to The Cotswold School Interact Club, whose members ran a tombola stall at Upper Rissington over Easter and raised £158 for their nominated charities. Pictured, from the left are: Rotarian Andrew Mitchell, Nadine Jones, George Whitley, Megan Gibson, Olivia Bonner and Daisy Keen. Also pictured is the club banner designed by Interact members. Good effort everyone, well done!
ANNUAL KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY - Saturday 22nd April
North Cotswolds Rotary took part in Know Your Blood Pressure day in Bourton-on-the-Water on Saturday 22nd April. The purpose of the day, run with the support of the Stroke Association, is to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and an increased risk of having a stroke. A total of 73 people had their BP checked and of these, four were advised to seek medical advice. Twenty-two Rotarians and friends helped to run the event, several of whom were medical practitioners or former nurses. Our thanks to all who helped to make the day a success.
OPEN EVENING - Tuesday 6th June
ROTARY YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION - Saturday 21st January
One of two District semi-finals of the Rotary Young Chef competition took place at The Cotswold School on Saturday 21/01/17. As always standards were impressively high, and we are delighted that two Cotswold School students came first and second - Lucas Butler winning, with Grace Francis second. Both go through to the District Final, also at The Cotswold School on 25th February, along with Finn Justice (sponsored by Cirencester RC) who came third. Congratulations to all who t...ook part and good luck to all three going forward to the next round. We would like to thank The Cotswold School for hosting the semi-final, and we are most grateful to The Lucky Onion Group for providing two of the three judges - Al Gleeson, Head Chef, and Jason Gibbs, Chef de Partie, both at No 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham. We very much appreciate their professional advice and support.
THE COTSWOLD SCHOOL - Friday 20th January
North Cotswolds Rotary Club values its many links with The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, which Jonathan Dimbleby in 'Any Questions' tonight called "the finest secondary school in the land". Congratulations to The Cotswold School.
DISABLED CLUB CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Tuesday 13th December
North Cotswolds Rotary Club dressed up in dinner jackets to serve and entertain some 35 members of our local Disabled Club (together with some of their helpers and friends) to a Christmas lunch, followed by a rendition of some well-known Christmas carols, at Broadwell Village Hall. This is a pre-Christmas tradition that goes back many years and is greatly appreciated by all those who attend.
NORTH COTSWOLD ROTARY YOUNG WRITER COMPETITION 2016
Congratulations to the winners and runners-up in the Rotary Young Writer competition at The Cotswold School. Standards were impressively high with many of the entries showing considerable imagination and some commendably fluent writing, on the theme of 'Reflection'. The Senior age group winner was Rosie Bowers. In the Intermediate age group the winner was Eleanor Plater, with Mariola Rosser second ..... and Dolly Forrester third. Our thanks to English Teacher Mrs Lindis Dobson for her help in organising the competition, and we wish good luck to the winners in the next round, and a speedy recovery to Eleanor who was unable to attend the presentation.
Pictured (L to R): Mrs Lindis Dobson, Dolly Forrester, Rosie Bowers, Mariola Rosser, Rtn Mike Boyes.
CHRISTMAS CHARITY BAND CONCERT - Saturday 10th December
Christmas festivities got off to a flying start with the return of The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment playing a varied programme of music at North Cotswolds Rotary Club's 30th Anniversary Christmas Charity Band Concert.
The concert took place at The Cotswold School in front of an audience of over 300, and we were delighted to welcome as guest of honour The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, the Rt. Hon. Countess Bathurst. Also in attendance was District Governor Richard Purdon, together with members of The Cotswold School Interact Club whose help in selling programmes was very much appreciated.
Provisional figures indicate that the concert raised Â£3000.00 for charity, with half going to The Royal Air Force Music Services Charitable Trust, and the remainder being divided between the club's four principal charities - Gloucestershire Young Carers, MIND, Multiple Sclerosis, and Building Malawi.
Our thanks to all our helpers. supporters, and our guests - The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment for a wonderful evening of entertainment, and also The Cotswold School for the use of their facilities.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS - CHRISTMAS 2016
North Cotswolds Rotary Club is very pleased to support a very worthwhile local voluntary group - Community Awareness - who provide much-needed assistance for children from deprived families. At Christmas Community Awareness put together gift sacks - for 130 children this year - and the most deprived families also receivefresh meat, fruit and vegetables over the Christmas period. North Cotswolds Rotary Club donated Â£1,250.00 to help make possible the provisioning of these Christmas Gift Sacks, and we visited the group as they assembled the sacks in Evenlode Village Hall.
CHRISTMAS LATE NIGHT SHOPPING EVENT - BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER
Many club members and friends turned out to direct the traffic and collect money from motorists for charity at Bourton-on-the-Water's Late Night Shopping event on Friday 2nd December. The sum raised was Â£1,640.00 - our thanks to all who braved the cold to help raise funds for our nomoinated 2016 / 2017 club charities.
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and CITY OF BIRMINGHAM CHOIR
Saturday 12th November - SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM
Club members and friends enjoyed a wonderful 'Spectacular Classics' concert performed by the CBSO in Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Saturday 12th November, modelled on the Last Night of the Proms with the addition of a spectacular laser light show. An excellent social outing, full of entertainment, fun and friendship.
ROTARY "YOUNG CHEF" COMPETITION - Saturday 5th November
The first round of the Rotary Young Chef competition took place at The Cotswold School Academy on Saturday 5th November. The standards were impressively high from all eight contestants - Lucas Butler (winner), Grace Francis (2nd), Lauren Farley (3rd), Pau Gonzalez-Villamil Silva, Harry Marsden, Edward Parker, Nina Terroba-Taylor and Mollie Vadher. Congratulations to all the students who took part, and our thanks to Cath Lamb and Matt Smith of The Cotswold School for their work with the students, and to the judges - Jim Dee, Catherine Roffe and Bob Hadley; also to club president Colin Gatenby for his support. We wish Lucas all the best in our regional semi-final which will take place in January.
"MORETON 2 MORETON" CHARITY CYCLING - Tuesday 4th October
On a sunny October day in Moreton-in-Marsh 13 intrepid (not so young) Club Members cycled a total of 102 miles in 6 hours – and got no-where!
11 Rotarians cycled for half-hour, and two members for 15 minutes each. This was not a test of fitness, we were there to have fun in complete safety, and at the same time help several good causes that the club is supporting this year, (see details further down this page). And in the spirit of light-hearted fun Colin Gatenby (President), in the manner of a boxing second, waved a towel to cool down Graham Ogden as he put in a spurt towards the end of his half-hour stint.
We are most grateful to members for taking part and to all who generously supported the riders. A total of Â£1,000.00. was raised.
AND THE WINNER IS .....
Mrs. Mary Cooper of Shipston-on-Stour who guessed that we would cycle 101 miles (Just one short of our total distance).
(President Colin Gatenby presenting Mrs. Cooper with her cheque of Â£100.00 - with a letter of thanks)
Well done Mary
YOUTH & MUSIC - Saturday 1st October
St. Edwards Church in Stow-on-the-Wold was filled with young talented musicians during the evening of Saturday 1st October. The line-up included a performance by the Wind Ensemble "Triple TIme", comprising of 10 musicians playing flutes, clarinets and bass clarinet - all from the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water. Their programme consisted of both classical and modern music.
Additional soloists were drawn from Rotary's "Young Musician Competitions" in the North and South Cotswold districts. Hannah Brook-Hughes (14 years) is a hugely talented violinist. Hanah was also accompanied her younger brother (11 years) playing his cello. Katie Jenner (18 years) played both clarinet and saxophone. The concert raised Â£1,000.00 for The Rotary Foundation Centennary (Rotary's own Charity) – Thank you for a wonderful evening.
FUN, FERRIES AND FELLOWSHIP
Our club members recently visited our friends at Lymington Rotary Club. Throughly enjoyed by all - especially a ferry trip to the Isle of Wight for an evening meal. Sincere thanks to all concerned for a great few days.
(North Cotswold President Colin Gatenby with Lymington President Adam Ogilvie)
"THANK YOU" MORETON-IN-MARSH
The generosity of shoppers at helped us raise nearly Â£400,00 during our recent Charity Collection at Warner's Budgens Supermarket. All of the kind donations will go to our chosen charities.
TWILIGHT CHARITY WALK - COTSWOLD FARM PARK - 18th August 2016
Walkers supporting our Twilight Charity Walk Cotswold Farm Park raised Â£500.00 for Gloucestershire Young Carers and enjoyed a very pleasant walk around the beautiful Cotswolds on a lovely summers evening. Our thanks to all who took part, to club members who acted as marshalls, and to Cotswold Farm Park for allowing us to access their land and facilities and for providing an excellent BBQ to round off a most enjoyable event. It was also a good opportunity to learn more about the charity from an adult young carer - Abbie Rich, who talked about some of the challenges and sacrifices made by young carers.
BIG BOURTON PICNIC - Sunday 14th August 2016
At Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Big Bourton Picnic held at Greystones Farm in Bourton-on-the-Water, North Cotswolds Rotary Club member Ernie Rumsey took PR and marketing to a new level! Club members attended this family fun day to promote Rotary. Around 400 people attended and thoroughly enjoy themselves.
CLUB CITATION for 2015 / 2016
Past District Governor Tony Horn congratulated Graham Ogden for leading North Cotswolds Rotary Club through a successful year and achieving a Presidential Silver Citation in recognition of all that the club achieved during 2015-16. Well done Graham, and a big thank you from all members of North Cotswolds Rotary Club.
CHARITY DUCK RACING - Saturday 30th July 2016
To mix metaphors, 'Plastic ducks' rule the roost - they certainly float my boat! North Cotswolds Rotary Club raised more than Â£1200 for its four chosen charities - Gloucestershire Young Carers; MIND, Multiple Sclerosis Society; and Building Malawi. As reported in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard on 11th August 2016.
OUR 2016 / 2017 NOMINATED CHARITIES:
2016 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
We are pleased to announce that the SAM PILCHER TRUST received the club's Community Service Award for 2016. Club president Graham Ogden congratulated Colin and Terasa Pilcher for all that they have achieved since setting up the Trust in memory of their son, Sam, who died of cancer. The Trust helps and supports children with cancer and their families, and has helped to refurbish the Oncology Ward at Gloucester Royal Children's Hospital, and also the Adolescent Activity Room at Bristol Royal Children's Hospital, besides providing numerous grants to families in need with a child who has cancer. Well done, Colin and Terasa, and the Sam Pilcher Trust, you are doing wonderful work in the community and are very worthy winners of this award.
BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER'S FAMILY FUN DAY - SUNDAY 12th JUNE 2016
We entered into the spirit of the Bourton-on-Water's Family Fun Day to celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday. Our Rotary stand was visited by numbers of local people, some of whom took away our Club Newsletter and other Rotary Leaflets, and our games provided entertainment for parents and children alike. Lots of fun was had by all during a happy and successful local event.
CHARITY GOLF DAY 2016
Our 21st Charity Golf Day took place on Monday 23rd May at Naunton Downs Golf Club - a beautiful day and a great success. A total of over Â£4,000.00 was raised, and cheques were presented to representatives of our three local and one international charities: Stow Disability Association, Carers Gloucestershire, Winston's Wish and Building Malawi.
After an excellent dinner, numerous prizes were presented, including the overall winner on the day - Nick Chivers, and the best Rotarian score was won by Eve Blundell of Nailsworth Rotary Club.
Our sincere thanks go to our sponsors, and all the golfers for supporting the event. Our appreciation also to Norton Downs Golf Club and the many helpers who made the day such a success.
ROTARY YOUNG WRITER COMPETITION
Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and all who took part in the Junior Section of the Rotary Young Writer Competition.
Rotary encourages young writers to develop their writing skills, and many local schools support us by inspiring students to take part in the competition. Maybe this will be the first step in a successful writing career in years to come .....
Temple Guiting Church of England School
From the left: Kyle Chilton, Joe Loughrey (2nd), Fern O'Brien, and Edie Pollock (winner). Chloe Rigby, highly recommended, was unable to be present to receive her certificate.
Sherborne Church of England Primary School
From the left: Joseph Wells and Harriet Key - both Highly Recommended.
Ben Collett (1st), Fletcher Watts (2nd), and Daisy Cooper (3rd).
(Photographs are taken with North Cotswolds Club Member Mike Boyes presenting them with certificates & pens).
KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY
On Saturday 7th May - 70 people visited us on The Green in Bourton-on-the-Water to have their blood pressure checked.
This anniversary was an opportunity for us to celebrate our involvement in lots of projects and activities in our local community, including organising youth competitions to encourage young talent, blood pressure testing days, Christmas lunches for the elderly and those with disabilities, and various environmental improvements. We have also responded, with generous help from the public, to international disasters and have recently raised over Â£5,000 for earthquake victims in Nepal.
For our 2015 / 2016 Rotary Year our objective is to forge strong mutually beneficial links with local businesses and organisations, so that together we can be of greater benefit to each other and our community.
Being part of Rotary is more than just giving back to the community by volunteering it is also about bringing individuls personal skills, expertise and enthusiasm to help it thrive - whilst making some great friends along the way.
A local charity supported by North Cotswolds Rotary Club is currently organising Santa Sacks and fresh food boxes for families in crisis in the North Cotswolds this Christmas.
Christmas is a difficult time for families where income is very limited, and with the assistance from organisations Rotary Community Awareness is able to help parents make Christmas a little bit special by providing toys, books, stationery, games and toiletries.
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