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                                              Club Bulletin for October 2017

From Gill Rouse

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.

From Rosanne Cole – Chairman International Committee

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.

And so it was that the International Committee arranged to meet at Raj Shari Restaurant in Tewkesbury to discuss arrangements over, what else, a curry. (A most

enjoyable evening was had by all attendees). It was decided that the same format as the First Curry Lunch would be followed.

Set up day was the morning prior to the lunch. Roger had already collected the hot water containers from the restaurant. ‘The Girls’ decided that these could do with a wash and polish – so hands in soapy suds! Considerable fetching and carrying was undertaken by Roger, assisted by Ross and Michael S., - chairs from Village Hall etc. Fortunately cutlery and crockery are stored at Home Farm so no hiring was involved. Roger and team had to undertake a repeat performance in reverse as indeed did ‘The Girls’. Naz, the proprietor of Raj Shari, was so impressed with the containers on their return to him that he has offered a raffle prize of a curry for our next event.

Naz supplied the curry. Once again there was plenty of curry for guests to have seconds and even take home. Gwynne donated her delicious dhal. The homemade desserts were donated by Paddy, Jane, Janet, Mary Ann, Sue, Anne, Vivien, Rosanne and Helen (Gwynne’s sister in law). What a display! Gill ran the raffle – experience always shows! Ross and Michael R. acted as barmen and Peter did a superb job parking the cars. Great help was provided by members in serving and clearing up afterwards. Thank you one and all.

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. Matthieu won the mystery prize in the raffle which he loved. I understand from Anne that he has earmarked the dinosaur egg and the batman duck for his godson. The Star Prize of the Pink Wheelbarrow donated by County Building Supplies Cheltenham Branch was won by President Steve.

A magnificent £814.56 was raised. This was slightly lower than last year but the figures do not include SIAB sales. The beer was not donated this year but the figure does include a donation from a member of Waitrose’s staff. Members and non – members have reported how much they enjoyed the lunch. Undoubtedly there are areas that could be tweaked if we do it again. Without the offer of the use of their Barn from Roger and Paddy it would certainly be very difficult to replicate.

Update from Eric……

My daughter in law went to Uraguay to catch up with Rupert after the Leg 1 of the Race. Unfortunately Nasdaq had to divert to land during the first leg because a member of the crew developed a DVT. They also sustained damage to their spinnaker. These events resulted in them coming 11 out of 12 which was rather disappointing. Leg 2 to Cape Town started on 4 October – hopefully things will go smoother for them.

Trip to Dartmouth 25 – 28 September

A 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!

On one of the days we arranged to meet the walkers at Garra Head – no mean feat! All the lanes looked the same and it was almost impossible to find by road even with a sat nav! However, we did make it and the cream tea was the best reward.

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. They were fantastic and very caring to those of us who were not very mobile. We learnt that the college was built in 1902 the foundation stone having been laid by Edward VII and is the training establishment responsible for delivering the initial training course to all Royal Naval Officers. The college opened its doors to cadets in 1905. The main corridor is an uninterrupted 220 yards long (1/8 mile) stretching from the Chapel to the Senior Gunroom – the floor consist of highly polished parquet – along which races have been known to take place! It was a very interesting tour lasting two and a half hours but which seemed to go by in a flash.

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.


A very warm welcome to Ann Carter who was inducted as a member of RCCN on 17 August and to Mary Anne Rust who was inducted on 5 October.

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