Completed meetings and events 2020-2021

Mon 28th June 2021 President Handover

Out with the old, in with the new. Old President John will reprise his year, thanking all who have supported him, before passing the chain of office to new President Brian who will introduce his teams for his year

Sun 27th June 2021 Tea Party fit for a Golden Anniversary

Postponed due to Covid rstrictions

Mon 21st June 2021 Role of a district assistant governor

Have you ever wondered what a district assistant governor actually does? Well tonight, Charlie, who is one of eight assistant governors will let us into the secret

Mon 14th June 2021 Rotary’s Community Draw

Bob Handley from Monmouth Rotary will tell us about his club's fund-raising events and in particular its community draw. President elect Brian has asked Bob to brief us as he would like to see if we can a provide a similar helping hand to local charities

Mon 7th June 2021 RAF Association

Rotary club member, Eric, is president of the Royal Air Forces Association’s (RAFA) Gloucester Branch. Tonight branch secretary Chris Hill will tell us about RAFA’s history and the welfare it so successfully delivers to those in need in the RAF family

Mon 31st May 2021 Spring Bank Holiday

No meeting tonight. Happy spring bank holiday everyone. Hope the weather is good for you all

Mon 24th May 2021 Gloucester Community Networking

Chris Auker-Howlett, a British Army Veteran, was injured in a jungle warfare training incident in 1998 and is now a wheelchair user will tell us about Gloucester Community Networking, a charity he set up to help people suffering with mental health issues

Mon 17th May 2021 An evening with live jazz by Kim and Mike Cypher

Kim one of UK’s most exciting saxophonists, vocalists and composer with husband Mike, on drums, will talk about their life and play for us. Tonight is part of their “For Mum” project. Individual donations to The Brain Tumour Charity would be appreciated. read more...

Mon 10th May 2021 Service Meetings

Another chance to get together to talk amongst friends online and plan for the future which we can now start to do with a little more certainty.

Mon 3rd May 2021 Early May Bank Holiday

No meeting tonight. Happy bank holiday everyone

Mon 26th April 2021 Richard Graham MP asks “so who was right about Brexit?”

Tonight we welcome back Richard for some light relief from Covid with a fresh look at that uncontroversial subject, Brexit, a year and some months on. Richard is a patron of HaVinG which helps homeless people in Gloucester, donations welcome read more...

Sat 24th April 2021 Today we celebrated Eric Ede’s 90th Birthday

A few of us gathered outside Eric’s house to surprise him by singing happy birthday. We presented him with a commemorative plaque. We were also able to present Eric, a former mayor of Gloucester with a letter and gift from the current mayor.

Mon 19th April 2021 Mike Cogger and Four Olympic Games

Mike will tell us about his journey to Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. He met many interesting characters including Steve Redgrave, Chris Froome, Maradonna and Kelly Holmes and visited the Acropolis, Great Wall of China and Statue of Christ the Redeemer

Mon 12th April 2021 Annual General Meeting

The AGM is the meeting where team leaders are elected, budgets are set; to take the club forward during the next Rotary year starting on 1st July. This will be followed by a service meeting

Mon 5th April 2021 Easter Bank Holiday Monday

There is no meeting tonight being a bank holiday. Happy Easter everyone

Mon 29th March 2021 Martin Surl our Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

The job of PCC is to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible. PCCs were established in 2012, and are voted for every four years. Martin has been our PCC since 2012 so will have much to tell us.

Mon 22nd March 2021 Dr Sharon Drewett and the Covid Vaccination Programme

Sharon is a GP based at Churchdown and the Director of North and South Gloucester Primary Care Network. All of her time recently has been dedicated to setting up and running the local vaccination programme out of Churchdown Community Centre.

Mon 15th March 2021 Food For Thought - How To Eat To Support Memory and Mood

Dr Jane Barnes PhD, our speaker tonight, is a biochemist and registered Nutritional Therapist with a particular interest in the link between gut and brain health. read more...

Mon 8th March 2021 Recycling in Gloucester City - Uncovering the Myths

Dawn Fearn, our speaker tonight, is the Waste, Recycling and Streetscene Manager at Gloucester City Council whose aim is to make Gloucester a clean and pleasant place for its residents to live

Mon 1st March 2021 Service Meetings

At tonight's service meeting Linda Clarke will explain our RGBI/Carers UK's partnership. Teams will then chat amongst themselves developing future plans before revealing all to the rest of us

Mon 22nd February 2021 It's Quiz Time again

It’s quiz time again, only this time online, hosted by our very own quizmaster Ivor Wakefield. Partners needed to answer the awkward questions?

Mon 15th February 2021 Andy Jarret talking about the Nelson Trust

The Nelson Trust a charity bringing belief, hope and long-term recovery to people whose lives have been torn apart by addiction. The trust provides residential addiction treatment and supports women in contact with the criminal justice system.

Mon 8th February 2021 David Owen Chief Executive of Gloucestershire First

David, who is at the sharp end of much of the current thinking and new developments, will provide an update on new economic and business initiatives in the City and wider County, along with a perspective on the impact of COVID.

Mon 1st February 2021 Service Meetings

Another chance to chat to friends in small breakout sessions before joining together with everyone to discover teams’ future plans

Mon 25th January 2021 Spies who loved with a helping hand

During lockdown employees at GCHQ starting to help people in a small way by delivering prescriptions. This became help in a big way by rehousing homeless people with household goods to set up home. Caroline Topham will tell us how it all started and grew

Mon 18th January 2021 Remember Matchbox Toys?

Well, tonight we will here from Liz Odell, daughter of Jack Odell who created Lesney the manufacturer of Matchbox toys. It is a fascinating story from humble beginnings to the FTSE 100. How did it happen? Listen in to our online talk to find out.

Mon 11th January 2021 Philip Robinson has been persuaded to tell us his story

A committed atheist who later found faith and became a Trappist monk; a Communist Party member who moved politically and will be a Conservative Party candidate in next May’s County Council elections; an air accident investigator; a teacher of mathematics

Mon 4th January 2021 Service Meetings

Time to catch up with friends after the Christmas and New Year quieter than usual festivities. Time to reset our focus for the rest of the Rotary year. Tonight teams will tell us their plans plus a visit from the District Governor

Mon 28th December 2020 Christmas Holiday

No meeting during the Christmas period. We hope all our readers had a good Christmas despite the Covid 19 restrictions

Mon 21st December 2020 A Serving of Christmas Spirit

With food, drink, songs, quiz, and other activities our online Christmas Party should put is good spirits for the holiday season read more...

Mon 14th December 2020 This is your life

Tonight our very own Richard Powell, alias Eamonn Andrews, will question an unsuspecting member about his life, career, hobbies or other interests as a sequel to our getting to know your members talks

Mon 7th December 2020 Annual Meeting & Service Meetings

This is the night we elect our officers for the next Rotary year. The annual meeting will be followed by a service meeting when teams will expand on their plans for the current Rotary year

Mon 30th November 2020 Club member’s work at Citizens Advice Bureau

CAB provides free, confidential, impartial advice & campaigns on big issues affecting people’s lives. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever the problem. Tonight Clare will tell us more about CAB & what our club member actually does!

Mon 23rd November 2020 Talking Heads

Three members of the red team will regale us with anecdotes of their careers, interests, hobbies or other activities. This is the first in a series of getting to know your members talks.

Mon 16th November 2020 Movement is Medicine – we are born to move

Kristine Hagan, tonight’s speaker competed in gymnastics, X country skiing and ballet. Severe injuries forced retirement, trained in chiropractic. Runs Personal Best nr Stroud, with clinicians, personal trainers, sports therapists and chiropodists read more...

Mon 9th November 2020 Ramblings from a director of Ramblers Walking Holidays

Mick Duxbury will talk about the fight for free access to roam the countryside, the appetite to roam beautiful UK. Mike will highlight some of the challenges and experiences of leading groups of people of various ages in this country and across the world

Mon 2nd November 2020 Service Meetings

At tonight’s online meeting we intend to set up breakout groups for teams to discuss their plans for the coming months. Towards the end of the meeting we shall revert to a full meeting so team leaders can tell all their plans

Mon 26th October 2020 Liz’s interactive art activity

Tonight club member Liz will give us a chance to do a simple drawing activity. Liz says it will be fun! Partners are very welcome. Nearer the time a list (very simple) of items required will be sent out. It won’t matter whether you can draw or not.

Mon 19th October 2020 Sorry it’s a secret!

During World War Two, the Government Code and Cypher School, now known as GCHQ, was based at Bletchley Park, home to the codebreakers. President John was based there during his career. What can he tell us about Bletchley Park? Listen tonight to find out

Mon 12th October 2020 As I wandered lonely ... as a trolley bus

Tonight club member David Zeal will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the great William Wordsworth ...

An evening of 'not altogether serious' poetry with a special guest appearance from Max Boyce sharing his recent lockdown work

Mon 5th October 2020 Service Meetings

Another chance for teams to enlighten us on their plans for the way forward as we hopefully begin emerging from lockdown

Mon 28th September 2020 Rachel Jones from Longfield - coping with Covid lockdown

Rachel, head of fundraising at Longfield Hospice Care, a charity we supported at start of lockdown, began her post just before lockdown. She will talk about her experiences of the past 6 months and how Longfield have responded during the COVID crisis

Mon 21st September 2020 Keeping older motorists on the road safely for longer

Tonight Alexandra Lloyd Jones will tell us about the Older Drivers Forum, which gives informative help and support to enable mature motorists to drive safely. Practical advice from wing mirror adapters to elevated driving seats is also available

Mon 14th September 2020 Fran Clark on the ups and downs of working as a gigging musician

Fran Clark a singer-songwriter & singing teacher began as a backing & session singer for original music and covers bands. As an accomplished jazz & soul singer Fran has performed professionally for over 20 yrs and released 3 albums of self-penned songs

Mon 7th September 2020 Service Meeting

An on-line service meeting for all to hear: our meeting plans for the foreseeable future, our proposals for community work, our ideas for fund raising and our initiatives for emerging from lock down.

Sat 5th September 2020 Gloucester Day Celebrations and Parade

The Gloucester Day celebrations and parade is an annual event celebrating lifting of the siege of Gloucester in 1943. There will be no parade this year however we will support a stall for Footsteps, a Gloucester charity for pregnancy related issues

Mon 31st August 2020 Happy August Bank Holiday Monday

There is no meeting on August Bank Holiday Monday

Mon 24th August 2020 Images used in the Grail stories

Club member Brian Collier’s talk will focus on two images that illustrate what the authors were trying to achieve. Brian hopes to invite audience participation in the process of trying to understand the significance of these images

Mon 17th August 2020 Sally Byng Chief Executive of the Barnwood Trust

Tonight Sally will outline the impact that the Covid 19 pandemic has had on the charity sector that we have seen as funders, and what we have been doing about it, with some reflections on the challenges to come for charities. read more...

Mon 10th August 2020 Captain Tom: An Inspiration to a Nation

RIBI host TogetherTalks, weekly online conversations connecting people across the globe to a range of leading speakers.
Tonight is such a talk with Hannah Ingram-Moore daughter of Captain Sir Tom

Mon 3rd August 2020 Service Meetings

Tonight's online meeting will give teams an opportunity to enhance their proposals to fulfill the brief of activities devised by president John for his year in office.

Mon 27th July 2020 Gloucester Model Railway Club

Club member Stewart is also a member of Gloucester Model Railway Club which provides members with information, advice and assistance about such railways. Tonight Stewart will tell us what it is all about

Mon 20th July 2020 I’s Quiz Time?

Hosted by our very own Mr Derek Ellson

Mon 13th July 2020 Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station

Robin Knox former Safety Case Engineer at EDF will present several videos showing progress at HPC during 2019, the people who work at the site, Big Carl, how the project is coping with Covid-19 restrictions and a quick reminder of the technology involved read more...

Sat 11th July 2020 Today we celebrated Peter Hickman’s 90th Birthday

We gave a surprise rendition of happy birthday outside his house. Peter thanked "the massed choir” Saying it was a surprise is the understatement of the year. I am normally not lost for words but members giving their time in coming to sing overwhelmed me

Mon 6th July 2020 Service Meetings

Teams to meet online prior to tonight's service meeting.
Tonight's online service meeting will give teams an opportunity to explain their propose activities during and after lock-down.
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