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                            THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHELTENHAM NORTH

                                                BULLETIN –FEBRUARY 2018

BUSINESS MEETING 18 JANUARY 2018 – President Steve Wood

A select group of 24 members attended the Business Meeting on Thursday 18th January 2018. There were no guests.

A list was circulated so that members could indicate whether or not they would be attending the tour of Cheltenham Ladies’ College on 14th February 2018.

The President reported as follows:

The two enactments prepared by Peter Keenan for consideration at the Council of Legislation are moving through the process.

The next District 1100 Council Meeting will be held on Saturday 10th February at the Gables Hotel, Falfield, GL12 8DL. The start time is 9.39 for 10.00 and the finish time is 12 noon. Any member wishing to attend should notify Andrew Worthington.

The next Area 5 meeting will be on Wednesday 21st March. Venue and agenda not yet known.

This year’s Gloucester Business Show at the Centaur will be on 16th and 17th May. Richard Purdon, who manned a stall at last year’s event, will be unable to attend this year. Any member willing to do a 1 - 2 hour stint should let President Steve know. The idea is to promote Rotary and generate interest from the business community.

Nominations are sought for both potential recipients of and chairmanship of the committee for the Cheltenham Medal of Honour. President Steve has full details if any member is interested.

Treasurer’s Report

John Smith presented the audited accounts for the year ended 30th June 2017. These were approved unanimously by a show of hands.

Secretary’s Notices

The secretary informed members that he is required to submit nominations for the Officers, Council and committee chairs of Cheltenham North for the 2018/19 year to District. He will liaise with SVP Beth to obtain names.

The Club can vote for the RIBI President for 2020/21. This needs to be done by the end of January. Richard Purdon had indicated one of the nominees who he thought would do a good job and the members present decided to support this candidate. The Secretary will register our vote accordingly.

The Secretary reminded members that the way to record absences from meetings was via the e-mail address

Community Committee

In Vivien’s absence she asked Anne Wilson to present her report, which ran as follows:

The Community committee was busy shopping before Christmas 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.

Ann Carter, Anne Wilson and Vivien went shopping at Lidl, and Shirley bought the toys and clothing.

These little boys were able to have good toys and clothing to unwrap at Christmas and we hope the families would all have had a happier time, thanks to our Rotary club.

We received two kind donations, unsolicited, of £40 and £20, and so the cost to our club was £174.

Gwynne Tucker Brown and Peter Watson helped with the major Hamper Scamper effort, which was a very well organised packing of the large number of hampers, with many teams from various groups assisting. Gwynne used the second donation of £20 to help with this.

Vivien would like to thank Ann Carter, Shirley Setchell, and Anne Wilson for their good-natured participation in this scheme, and Anne’s husband Peter Wilson who very kindly helped deliver our 12 bags of goods to the CCP offices. We had to spread the load between bags as they would have been too heavy to lift otherwise!

The CCP staff would have put these items into the large cardboard Hampers for delivery to the 3 families on our behalf.

Our next project, at the end of January, will be a Tea Party for the Charlton Kings Happy Circle group, which is run by the Charlton Kings Senior Citizens Welfare committee.

We plan to serve the members with a selection of home made sandwiches, cakes, scones, shortbread etc. rather than their usual fare of tea and biscuits. There could be about 24 attending, including the members and the minibus driver and escort, and the team leader, and this will be held in St. Mary’s Parish Centre.

International Committee

In Rosanne’s absence, Peter Keenan reported progress on the Club's Solar lights project in Zambia.

This year's project is a 3 Phase Proposal to provide appropriate solar lights to 28 schools catering for over 10,000 students and 3 orphanages with a further 150 orphaned children, there being no other source of electricity. The estimated cost is £3,500. Our Club, as in previous years will be operating through the charity Solar Aid 's offices in Zambia and in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lusaka and in particular its Rotoract branch club which will participate in the distribution. The full details are contained in a letter from Zambia.

Phase 1 can go ahead now if we can provide £1400 - we already have in hand about £650 from our last summer's garden party plus £250 given towards our work by

Worcester Vigornia but the balance of about £500 would be needed from the Club's other funds. A decision regarding the balance of the money needed could be postponed until after the wine festival result is known.

Our Club is making a very material contribution to the future wellbeing of many of Zambia's poorest people .


Sally Whittal presented members with a number of options for visits this year and, based on preferences expressed, the following programme was developed:

Cheltenham Ladies College guided tour Wednesday 14th February 10 am – Gill organising

Jet Age Museum, Cheltenham – Date to be confirmed for the spring - David organising

Willow Trust Tea Cruise, Saul Junction Saturday, 9th June PM – Ann organising

British Motor Museum, Gaydon – Wed 25th July at 10.45 am -Tony organising

Westons Cider, Much Marcle, near Ledbury Wednesday 10th October at 11 am approx. - Sally organising.

Beer Festival

John Phillip ran through the arrangements for this year, highlighting new developments. Most notably the Ukeholics will be performing on Saturday evening and Sunday will feature a tournament for junior cricketers from a number of clubs.

Carol Concert

Beth reported that the 2017 concert is expected to have raised £5,000+, which it was agreed was a very good result. The committee has had a review meeting and identified ways in which next year’s event could be even better.


John Phillip reported that the Quiz team would be competing on 9th February. Our opponents will be Kingsholm, Cleeve Vale and North Cotswolds Rotary Clubs.

John Thompson reported that our next skittles matches will be on Tuesday January 23rd against Cleeve Vale and Tuesday January 30th against Worcester Vigornia.

Wine Festival

President Steve reported that arrangements were well in hand for this year’s festival. It had been decided that each session would be limited to 200 attendees and on that basis, session 2 is sold out after allowing for orders from members. 142 tickets have been sold so far for session 1 but we are confident that this session will also sell out. Members are encouraged to find advertisers for the programme at £95 per page,

Speaker Secretary

Eric set out his thoughts for future speakers.

Web Master

Clive O’Gorman explained that he has put Cheltenham North News on the home page and that our three main events, the Carol Concert, the Beer Festival and the Wine Festival, will alternate on the home page.

Hamper Scamper 2017– Peter Watson

The Rotary Club of Cheltenham North has supported this very worthwhile appeal, 2016 providing funding to purchase food for the hampers and in 2017 a group of ladies bought presents for less fortunate children to be sent to them before Christmas.

Gwynne Tucker Brown was keen to give a hand at packing the hampers and I joined her on the morning of 15th December at the Zurich Offices in Bishops Cleave. We were taken downstairs to a large office where the food was stored ready for packing. Like last year I was amazed at how much food is donated. It had already been sorted into areas of cereal, hot drinks, pasta, tins, tinned desserts, biscuits etc.

After a briefing, given by Chris Knight the CCP leader, we joined a team of 8 young people from GCHQ. GCHQ give their employees 2 or 3 days off each year to do local charity work, what a great idea! On the day around 30 staff from GCHQ were helping.

We were given another briefing, this time a retired headmaster who was the organiser for the morning. The whole procedure is so well planned. A team leader was chosen and she then split us into pairs, I was working with Gwynne for the morning.

Firstly, we placed 44 large cardboard boxes, which had already been made up, into 4 rows and then this is where the fun started. Each box had to have the same amount of food, so firstly breakfast went in, then hot drinks, followed by lunch (tin/jars of sauces and pasta or rice), followed by tins of fruit or rice puddings, then biscuits and finally sweets and treats. The boxes were then sealed, the two of us were in charge of taping the boxes up (it reminded me of preparing to move!) and then they were stored ready for distribution over the following couple of days. We had a tidy up and then the whole procedure was repeated but this time with small boxes for single parents or older people on their own. Once these were filled and sealed they were moved for storage and the process started again. During the morning our team of 10 packed around 130 boxes. We have been informed that at total of 1671 hampers were packed and distributed before Christmas.

At the end of the morning Gwynne and I felt we had done something positive for the community, met some very interesting young and willing people and seen how an organisation like this works. The following morning we both had aches and pains from all the bending, stretching lifting and leaning, but I suppose that was a benefit as well!!!

Rotary Quiz – John Phillip

The next quiz night will be on Friday, February 9th at 7:00 at Hatherley Manor when RCCN will be represented by Steve Wood, Janet Keenan and me. The opposition will be Cheltenham, Cleeve Vale and North Cotswolds. Supporters would be most welcome. The 4th team - and host - is Rotary @Kingsholm. Richard Purdon is the Quiz Master.

Future meetings and Events – Eric Labrum

Wednesday 14 February – Tour of CLC – Meet in the Princess Hall at 10am

Thursday 15 February – Speaker Howard Robinson on Edward Lear – host Gill Rouse

Thursday 1 March – Wine Committee Meeting @ 4pm

Club Council Meeting @ 5pm

Speaker Dr Paul Haigh on ‘Experiences of a nuclear specialist in the former Soviet Union’ – host John Smith

Tuesday 6 March – Theatre visit to the Everyman to see ‘Pressure’

Thursday 15 March – No Meeting due to Cheltenham Races

Wednesday 21 March – Theatre visit to Stratford to see ‘Macbeth’

Thursday 29 March – Meeting cancelled due to Easter Weekend

Thursday 5 April – Speaker Mike Fairbairn – a leading British glass engraver to the Royal Family and those of importance – he will speak about his experiences.

Host Beth Philip

Saturday 19 May – Elvis Tribute Concert in the Parabola Arts Centre – please get your tickets from Steve £12 each. Seats are reserved for this event so please buy early to secure a good view.

Please let Gill Rouse have any information you would like in the March Bulletin by the end of February, Thank you.

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