Summary of Club Activities

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

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our longest standing and most valued members, Richard Kingscott.  Richard was the club President in 1999-2000 and from a Rotary perspective can best be remembered for his leadership and sustained commitment over many years to a range of activities including our mulled wine and mince pie stall on the annual Victorian Day in Chipping Sodbury High Street, raising significant sums to contribute to our fund for charitable and other deserving causes.  Only the week before his death Richard, supported by a number of club members, played a pivotal role in the Ploughing through the Ages event at Lyegrove Farm, Badminton, an event raising funds for local and national charities.  Richard will be sorely missed.

Following the significant manpower support we gave to the very successful Saddleback Sodbury Sportive in August we were delighted to fund the Baptist Church Lunch Club outing for a number of local residents with very limited mobility.  The club was also pleased to provide financial support to the local St John Ambulance group by meeting the cost of two field radios.  Further donations have been made to Sodbury in Bloom to fund the cost of a new greenhouse, a contribution to the cost of a new Raizer chair for Barnhill Court and to fund the season of tea dances run by the local Dementia Support Group in the town hall.  The first of four events was scheduled for 30 October to be followed by the second on 27 November.  On the youth front the club pledged support towards the travel costs of a student at Winterbourne Academy participating in a school foreign aid trip to Ecuador.  Also, the club pledged a financial contribution towards the cost of new football kit for the two youth teams at Wickwar Wanderers.

On the social side, the club finished a disappointing eighth at the Rotary District Boules final (Yate finished second).  A number of members enjoyed a day out at Wells Cathedral and others participated in a stimulating team building event at the Horseshoe pub.

Stuart Fraser

Senior Vice President

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