Cheltenham North News
This is a summary of our activities, other than our normal Club Meetings,.over the past twelve months.
CHELTENHAM NORTH NEWS
This is a selection of our activities over the past twelve Months
11th July Mischief Movie Night at the Everyman
A group of Members and Partners visited the Everman Theatre to watch the Production of "Mischief Movie Night". Prior to the performance we enjoyed a meal in the Theatre Restaurant
We are grateful to Janet Keenan for arranging a very enjoyable evening.
5th July 2018 Visit to the Club Miss Cheltenham 2018
Our Guest Speakers were Sophie Lydia Smith a former Miss Cheltenham and organiser of the competition and Ms Katy Van Hemelryk Miss Cheltenham 2018. They gave an excellent presentation on the event plus an overview of their careers.5th July 2018 Presidential Handover
At the meeting on the 5th July President Steve told the Members that it had been at an honour and pleasure to have served as President for the past Rotary year.
President Steve then inducted SVP Beth as President for the forthcoming year 2018/19.
Beth duly presented a SVP medal to Michael Rouse, and JVP medal to Richard Purdon, and Steve an Immediate Past President badge.
Beer and Cider Fest 23rd/24th June
The “Beer and Cider Festival” was a great success. The sun shone, as ordered by Committee Chairman John Phillip, and the beer and cider, plus the odd glass of wine, flowed. Financially this was the most profitable year for this event and we have already arranged for an interim payment of £3,500 to the Hatherley and Redding Cricket Club, co-organisers of the festival, as Treasurer John is confident that their half-share of the proceeds will be at least that amount.
16th June Belmont School Funday
On Saturday 16 June the RCCN provided helpers to man the car park and organise the BBQ for Belmont School Funday – the following is a letter of thanks that we received:
Dear Cheltenham Rotary,
Thank you SO much for supporting our Belmont 2018 Family Funday. Despite grey skies the event was a huge triumph, raising over £2,400 towards projects in both the Senior and Junior areas of our school. This was by far our most successful year to date.
13th June Kids Out at Cattle Country
A record 45 pupils and 25 staff from The Ridge Academy contributed to a total attendance of more than 700 children and 200 adults, itself a record. Clearly Rotary has found yet another service which our community greatly appreciates. Once again the sun shone and the children raced from one favourite feature to the next. Except, of course, for those confined to wheelchairs or walking aids. The dedication of staff never fails to impress. I discussed her responsibilities with a young carer from St Rose’s School in Stroud, who was patiently feeding one of her palsied charges through a port directly into the stomach because swallowing was impossible or likely to cause inhalation pneumonia. The intense feeling of relief that one is not similarly burdened on a daily basis is hard to describe.
I am very grateful to Roberta, Mary Ann, Ann (W), Beth, Mike (B) and Richard (P) for their contribution to such a successful and worthwhile event.
9th June Tea Cruise with The Willow Trust
On 9th June we enjoyed an “ Afternoon Tea Cruise” with the Willow Trust, one of our nominated charities for 2017/2018. We were blessed with excellent weather and it was a wonderful way to pass a sunny Sunday afternoon.
A donation of £2,500 has been given to Willow Trust.31st May Club Meeting at the Pudding Club
Forty Four members Partners and Friends attended the Pudding Club to have a very enjoyable lunch including a selection of five puddings, which were voted upon.
We are grateful to Eric Labrum for making the arrangements.
19th May Elvis Tribute Concert
The Elvis event was in the excellent venue of the Parabola Arts Centre and everyone there seemed to have a really good time. As an added bonus, the event actually made money, raising approximately £900.
17th May 2018 Club AGM
The Club AGM was held on the 17th May with Club Assembly being postponed until July to accomodate District.
10th May Visit to Jet Age Museum
On 10th May we had the visit to the Jet Age Museum, which was very interesting with excellent explanations from the museum volunteers, followed by lunch at the Gloucester Old Spot.
May 2018 Cheque Presentation to Sue Ryder – 8 May
President Steve Wood and our treasurer , John Smith, presented a cheque for £6,000 to Sue Ryder as proceeds from the Wine Festival.
April 2018 Phase 2 of Project for Solar Lights in Zambia now approved
April 2018 Cheltenham Wine Festival
Over 400 enthusiastic wine lovers celebrated and raised a glass to the wonderful world of wine in the elegant Regency surroundings of the Pittville Pump Room on Saturday 7th April 2018 for the third annual Cheltenham Wine Festival.
The event was again sold out before the day. Lucky ticket holders enjoyed an unmissable fine wine experience as they travelled by taste, discovering and savering samples from over 340 wines from some of the best wine regions in 20 countries. Additionally, foodies delighted in tasting delicious treats from the award-winning artisan cheese, charcuterie and chocolate producers present.
The 30 wine experts exhibiting at the festival were on hand to guide those attending as they tasted an exciting range of wine styles and grape varieties giving them an opportunity to learn about the people and places behind them.
We were delighted to welcome our Guest of Honour, Cheltenham Mayor Klara Sudbury, and would like to thank all those attending the festival for helping us to raise nearly £10,000 for both our Charity Partners Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice and Rotary Charities.
With something for everyone, beginners to wine connoisseurs, The Cheltenham Wine Festival has become a much-anticipated event for wine lovers in Cheltenham’s busy festival calendar .
We are already looking forward to next year’s exciting event on Saturday 6th of April 2019 and wine lovers can register their interest in attending now by visiting our website at www.cheltenhamwinefestival.com.
It is hoped that the event will raise in the region of £9000 for Rotary Charities
April 2018 Stroke Awareness
In conjunction with Cheltenham Rotary Club members took part in a Stroke Awareness campaign in the Regent Arcade CheltenhamDuring the afternoon 101 people had their blood pressure checked and 28 had been advised to seek further medical advice. Bernie, Mike and Geoff had operated the pumps and 8 other members had encouraged the public to avail themselves of the opportunity.
APRIL 2018 INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBER ROBIN ANDREWS
Robin was proposed by David Rust, Michael Rouse read the Aims and Objectives of Rotary,
and was inducted by President Steve. Robin was warmly welcomed into the Club by all the members present.
MARCH 2018 GLOUCESTERSHIRE YOUNG CARERS DONATION
Vivien reported that she had presented a cheque for £2,500 to Gloucestershire Young Carers from the Club
School in the Bag Update March 2018
The email below is one received received from Luke Simon:
It gives me great pleasure to send you pictures from the recent SchoolBag distribution that took place at Shree Kalika School last week on International Women’s Day. In all 80 School Bags were handed out to the children. The photos are lovely and not only show off the children and their School Bags very nicely but also provide good context to how the stock is transported to the school and how they are packed at the premises.
You will notice that construction is still taking place at the school and some of the children are still learning in their TLC (Temporary Learning Centre).
On behalf of the children at Shree Kalika and us here at School in a Bag, thank you so much for your continued support. We are so grateful to the members from the Rotary Club of Cheltenham North.
March 2018 District Skittles John Phillip
Those of us who have played the game will readily agree that skittles for the mature participant is more a game of chance than skill. Take as examples our two most recent fixtures against Evesham on the 19th and Tewkesbury on the 28th. The alley at St Ecgwins Club is long and beautifully maintained whilst that at The Bluebell pub is short and bears the scars of frequent use and infrequent maintenance. Unsurprisingly, the pub feels obligated to offer a damp cloth in order to remove the dust and debris from the balls before use. But that is not all! Over the years the impact of ball on skittle has reduced the diameter of the skittles and therefore increased the size of the gaps between them.
Dear reader, you will surely have guessed where all this leading. Your enthusiastic representatives prevailed by 7 shots playing under the elegant conditions of St Ecgwins but succumbed to Tewkesbury by 10 shots. Suggestions that our Tewkesbury friends had concealed sandpaper in the ball cleaning towel are scurrilous. The CCTV recordings would have confirmed this view but, unfortunately, they had been removed for routine maintenance!
We have one remaining fixture this season. Worcester Vigornia failed to raise a team at the first time of asking. A walkover would significantly improve our record.
March 2018 Theatre Visit
There was a group visit by Members and partners to the Everyman Theatre to see " Pressure", a play about weather forecasting for the D Day landings
This was an excellent production that was enjoyed by all. We are grateful to Janet Keenan for making the arrangements and obtaining two for one tickets.
February 2018 District Quiz
February 2018 Tour of Cheltenham Ladies College
Eleven people attended in the end – some had dropped out due to illness. After coffee and biscuits the group had an amazing tour of the college learning about its history and admiring the wonderful stained glass. The tour, led by the college archivist, took over an hour and the group thought it was incredible.
February 2018 Skittles
We have now had our first match of the season against Cleeve Vale. It was a very good fellowship evening but unfortunately we lost with a result of 311 for Cheltenham North and 324 for Cleeve Vale.
Unfortunately our Match against Worcester Vigornia had to be postponed, the new date to be advised later. The dates for the two away matches against Evesham and Tewkesbury are as follows;
Evesham Monday 19th March
Tewkesbury Wednesday 28th March
More Information to follow.
January 2018 Planned Vocational Visits for 2018
Cheltenham Ladies College guided tour Wednesday, 14th February 10 am – Gill
Jet Age Museum, Cheltenham – Date to be confirmed for the spring - David
Willow Trust Tea Cruise, Saul Junction Saturday, 9th June PM – Ann
British Motor Museum, Gaydon – Wed 25th July at 10.45 am -Tony
Westons Cider, Much Marcle, near Ledbury Wednesday 10th October at 11 am approx. - Sally
January 2018 Cheltenham North 2018 Further project bringing Solar lights to Zambia.
At the Business meeting the members approved the first stage of the project in Zambia
Our Club, as in 2016 and 2017, is joining with the Rotary Club of Lusaka, this year largely through its satellite Rotaract Club , and the charity Solar Aid, operating through its branch.
This year's project is to provide with solar light, at a cost to the Club of circa £3500, a further 150 orphaned children in 3 orphanages and 28 schools which cater to over 10,000 students in Zambia.
It is distributing solar lights to impoverished orphanages and schools in a radius of some 200 miles around Lusaka city. The projects are making a major contribution to the spread of solar lights throughout Zambia where, those outside the main towns, are without electricity and reliant on expensive, dangerous and unhealthy kerosene lamps, or candles, during the daily 12 hours of darkness throughout the year.
A total of 616 SM100 solar lights were distributed in 2016 -7 to very poor orphanages and schools, some of the day school children being allowed to take one home at night. In 2017 a total of 26 health clinics were supplied with much larger appropriate sized lights - babies, for example, could then be delivered with adequate light instead of bad kerosene or candle light.
December 2017 Cheltenham North Carol Concert
This festive event was held on the 12th December in the Princess Hall of Cheltenham Ladies College.
Over 500 people joined us for the evening that was our 40th Carol Concert. It was compered by Mark Cummings from BBC Radio Gloucestershire and with Rotarian Michael Sanger Davies on the Organ.
There were performances by;
Leckhampton Primary School Choirs
Churchdown Male Voice Choir
Gloucestershire Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Soloist Danielle Smithson
We are grateful to the support received from our sponsors Renishaw, Randall and Payne and Spirax-Sarco.
We hope to raise over £5000 from the event from which we will be supporting Gloucestershire Young Carers, Kids Out, Linc. The Willow Trust, and other Rotary Charities.
December 2017 Proposal to Council for Legislation
You will be pleased to hear that following a masterful presentation by Richard Purdon , Peter Keenan's paper on Foundation was passed nem con at District Council this morning and so goes forward to America next year.
Details of the proposal can be obtained from the Club Secretary ( See contact button at the top of the Home Page)
December 2017 Tree Planting for the Environment
The project for the current President of Rotary International is to help the environment by planting 1.2 million trees around the world.
To support this project President Steve and the Club Council of Cheltenham North agreed to provide 45 trees.
These have now been organised by Rotarian Richard Purdon and delivered to Belmont School in Warden Hill Cheltenham, where planting has commenced.
Update March 2017
26 of the trees have now been planted with their protective wraparounds and are situated around the extremity of the playing fields.
The balance will be used to be part of a project for an external space which hopefully will take place after the Easter Break.
December 2017 Christmas Luncheon
Our Christmas luncheon was held at the "Manor by the Lake.
Over 60 Rotarians, Partners and Guests were present. We are grateful to the excellent arrangements made by Rosanne.
December 2017 Christmas Hampers
The Community committee has been busy shopping lately to provide Christmas food hampers and presents for three young children and their families, all referred to the Communities Caring for People - CCP - through their social workers for the “Adopt a Family” for Christmas scheme.
We were allocated three little boys, Robby, aged 1, Noah aged 3 and Paul aged 7.
We were given a list of non-perishable food, except for Christmas cake, Stollen and mince pies, of about 50 items, per family.
Gwynne Tucker Brown will be helping with the major Hamper Scamper effort soon.
November 2017 FIREWORKS
Richard Purdon reported that 25 members and partners helped out at the
Round Table Fireworks at the Racecourse on the 4th November.
An excellent event and very well supported
A one course supper was available afterwards for our helpers. The weather was very good and financial details will be provided later.
A cheque for £1000 has been received from Cheltenham Round Table as a contribution to our Charity account in lieu of the support received from Cheltenham North Rotary Club on the evening of the event.
September 2017 Visit to Nimbus Records
On Tuesday 5 September the second group of Rotarians and their partners braved the wet and windy conditions to travel to Wyastone, near Monmouth for a tour of the Nimbus record company – the first group having gone on 12 July.
It was amazing to think that this lovely house in the middle of the countryside was so important in the development of the record industry. They are now having to cope with music being downloaded and with streaming so are not producing the same number of CDs as before but they can burn you a CD almost at the drop of a hat! The visit was followed by lunch at the Old Court Hotel, Whitchurch and then a short river cruise.
Thank you to Sally Whittal for arranging this fascinating trip.
September 2017 Curry lunch in Aid of School in the Bag
The Second Curry Lunch in aid of School in a Bag Nepal was held on Sunday 17th September 2017 at York Barn, Tredington. Roger and Paddy had kindly offered to host the lunch in their superbly restored barn.
The lunch was a sell out with sixty one people attending. Liz Foy, the Schools Liaison Officer from School in a Bag, who had travelled from Yeovil, gave a short talk and had a sales table selling SIAB Bears and Bags. The International Committee had invited the Head of The King’s Junior School, Anne Haas and her husband Matthieu to the lunch as a thank you for their help in raising £750 from the school’s Carol Concert.
A magnificent £814.56 was raised. Without the offer of the use of their Barn from Roger and Paddy it would certainly be very difficult to replicate.
25 – 28 September 2017 Trip to Dartmouth
group of thirty Rotarians and their partners spent a very enjoyable few days in
Dartmouth staying at the Stoke Lodge Hotel, Stoke Fleming. Some of the group
were there for the walking – others for more leisurely pursuits. Arriving at
Monday lunchtime the first walk was during the afternoon – supposedly a flat
walk! No one will ever believe Andrew again!
There were several National Trust properties in the area in particular Coleton Fishacre – home to the Doyle Cart Opera and Greenways – Agatha Christie’s holiday home.
The highlight of the ‘holiday’ was a guided tour of the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth on Thursday morning before we departed. Before the visit we had to supply names and car registrations – I gather these were all checked! Our guides were a retired Naval Commander and his wife.
A huge thank you to Andrew and Gill Worthington for all their hard work and leadership during these few days and also to Richard Purdon for arranging the Dartmouth College Visit. We look forward to going again in 2018
August 2017 New Rotarians Ann Carter and Mary Ann Rust
During the month we were happy to welcome two new members to our Club membership. Ann Carter and Mary Ann Rust, whom joins her husband as a member of Cheltenham North.
August 2017 Visit to Safran
Tony Hughes arranged for 35 of us to visit SAFRAN in Churchdown, near Staverton airport, on 23 August 2017. Many knew the former Dowty site, but were keen to find out what went on in the big grey sheds, behind the SAFRAN sign.
On our arrival we were greeted by Peter Hall, Public Relations Manager who gave us a presentation, during which we learnt that SAFRAN is the leading European developer, manufacturer and maintainer of aircraft landing and braking systems, the company is proud to trace its local heritage to the work of Sir George Dowty.
Following the presentation we were split into three groups each one assigned a guide who gave us a comprehensive tour of the Churchdown manufacturing site for single aisle and wide body aircraft landing gear.
The visit concluded with a lovely lunch.
August 2017 New Honorary Member
Roger Champness was made an honorary member of the Club and presented with a Sapphire Paul Harris Award. Roger thanked members and said that he hoped to attend as many meetings and club events as possible in the future.
July 2017 Handover Meeting A New President
It is the start of the new Rotary year and at our meeting President Peter Watson handed over to the new President for 2017/18 Steve Wood.
July 2017 New Member Anne Wilson
We are pleased to welcome a new Member of the Club Anne Wilson who has transferred from Cheltenham Sunrise
July to September 2017 Boules
Our first District 1100 League match was at home versus Sunrise. They won but the excellent atmosphere afterwards and fellowship experienced during the game was extended to the Sandford Park Alehouse where we all agreed it had been a great evening.
Our next matches were away, on 26th July versus Cleeve Vale, which we lost and on 7th August versus Cotswold North A, which we won; both played in Prestbury. On the 14th we had a home fixture against Evesham, following the usual 6.30pm start; with its call to the Sandford Park Ale House giving numbers for baps and chips (we arrive after their kitchen has closed) we won; giving us two wins.
Summer 2017 Solar Lights Lunch Parties
It was so nice to see everyone at our two lunch parties and thank you very much for all your generous support for Cheltenham North's solar light projects in Zambia in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lusaka and the charity SolarAid.
The total raised for the project was £376.00 which, when added to the £285.00 raised by our first lunch party, makes a grand total of £661.00.
Summer 2017 Drayton Manor Trip for Children from Chernobyl
The Belorussian children much enjoyed their day at Drayton Manor which is always one of the highlights of their stay. The number of people at the Park was down on previous years so the children were able to go on all the rides without waiting in long queues.
This is the 4th year that RCCN has supported the Chernobyl Children’s project by funding the coach to take them to Drayton Manor for the day. A different group of children come to England each year for a month to give them respite from the increased levels of radiation that still exists in and around Chernobyl. Studies have shown that taking them out of the area for even a month reduces their chance of developing leukaemia.
Summer 2017 Gloucestershire Young Carers Day Out
Peter and Pat Watson and I met three members of the Glos. Young Carers staff and 12 children (8-13 years) at the Racecourse railway station to take the train to Winchcombe to have a BBQ at the Keenan’s.
On the train the young passengers were given quiz/colouring books to use which kept them quiet, and the volunteer staff came along to see us and chat with the children, and later let some of them try on the guard’s hat, and wave the green flag.
The children had a lovely time exploring the Keenan’s garden, playing hide and seek, football etc while the food was cooked, with strawberries and ice cream to follow.
These Young Carers miss out on a normal family life due to their circumstances and this one day gives them a chance to have a good day out with other children with similar problems.