Ray's October President's Newsletter

Here's the latest news from President Ray Bayliss

We had a fascinating visit to the Canwood Gallery

So we’re off again! Summer holidays and relaxation are confined to the past – I hope you all enjoyed your various breaks – and so we’re back into the swing of the Rotary year.

One of the highlights of our interrupted summer months was our trip to the Canwood Gallery to see the fantastic job that Stephen Dale and his family have done of making a wonderful gallery in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside. It was a fascinating visit – who knew that you could see works by eminent artists and sculptors just a short drive from the city. We’ve agreed to make a donation to St Bart’s Hospital after our visit – that was where Stephen’s life was changed for ever when he was a patient and took some time out to visit the Tate Gallery where he discovered his enthusiasm for the arts.

Since then, we’ve had two remarkably informative evening meetings. We’ve heard about the Herefordshire Rain Forest Project, not, as some of us might have thought, a potential change to the agriculture of our county but, rather, a space the size of Herefordshire in South America which the group are trying to save for posterity. A couple of weeks later, we heard from fellow Rotarian Alison Sutherland about how she is helping refugees and asylum seekers to find their feet in this country after they have fled the horrors of their respective home countries.

But now it’s time to plan again for our future events and we’ve got plenty to look forward to in the coming months. 

On October 22, we’ll be hoping for a big turn-out of members and friends for our first Alzheimer’s Walk, as you know this is a subject dear to my heart. We’ll be setting off from Hereford Rowing Club and embarking on a five-mile route around Breinton and back. We’ll be looking for a minimum donation of £5 to take part and we’ll be making sure that the funds raised go to the local Alzheimer’s charity so that the people in our area are the ones to benefit.

Looking a little further ahead, there’s the race night coming up on November 24 so make sure you keep an eye on the yellow book for full details of that. One event which has, however, been deferred is the club outing to Liverpool which had been due to take place in November but will now happen next May when the weather might be a little more welcoming. More on that on due course, too. May looks like being a busy month with the annual duck race, so important to us as our principal fundraiser of the year, set to take place on May 5.

We’re also hoping to repeat our trip to India to help with the annual immunisation event next January. That was such a great thing to be part of before and it would be terrific if that could happen again. Watch this space!