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Summary of Club Activities - Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury

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Summary of Club Activities

`SUMMARY OF CLUB ACTIVITIES (as featured in the Yate and Sodbury Voice December 2019)`

The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury

In late October one of our longstanding club members, Paul Tily, died after a very short illness whilst on holiday with this wife Margaret in Cyprus. Paul was a very well-known local businessman who, over the years, was heavily involved in many aspects of the community, including the Town Council, the Town Lands Charity, the Town Trust and of course our Rotary club.  Paul will be much missed by his many friends and colleagues in the area, not least for his seemingly endless repertoire of hilarious jokes, and his jovial presence at so many local events.  Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time.

On a lighter note, John Appleby, one of the club’s longest serving members recently celebrated his 90th year.  He invited over 100 members to Aerospace Bristol for a memorable birthday dinner. Also the club arranged a tree planting ceremony at the Beaufort Polo Club.  John is one of its longest serving members.

Recent club activity has been as busy as ever.  In conjunction with the ladies of Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel club, members supported the first of a series of four Dementia Support Group tea dances in the town hall.  Some seventy people attended to enjoy dancing to the music and singing accompaniment.  The next tea dance is scheduled for 27 November (2 to 4 pm).  The ever popular Sodbury Slog was held on 10 November, organised by Bitton Road Runners. The club assisted with marshalling for the event.

The club provided a substantial donation to the Royal British Legion in support of the 2019 Poppy Appeal.  The club also participated in the Chipping Sodbury Remembrance Day Service and Parade along with the Inner Wheel ladies.

On the youth front the club provided financial assistance for new equipment needed by Culverhill School, St John’s Mead Primary School and Hawkesbury Upton Primary School.  Also, we made a financial pledge to assist with funding kit for Chipping Sodbury Football Club’s under 18s development team.

Stuart Fraser

Senior Vice President

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