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Welcome to F&D Rotary

Fishponds & Downend Rotary is a small (but perfectly formed), robust, friendly and very sociable club.  We are dedicated to raising money for charities and good causes which we achieve in various ways: by fundraising at our events, street and supermarket collections, and by having a presence at public events like fetes and shows.

The public version of our monthly Club Diaries can be viewed here.

For the second time in our 55 year history we have Joint Presidents who will share the responsibility of leading the Club.  Long-time members Dave and Phil have nominated Little Hearts Matter and The Great Western Air Ambulance as their main Presidential charities.

F&D and Our Local Communities

F&D (Fishponds & Downend) Rotary is a local community driven organisation running events in our local communities, supporting charities and good causes in our local communities, providing service in our local communities, supported by people in our local communities, based in the centre of our local communities, and drawing our membership from our local communities.

Events held so far this year

As well as our normal meetings we have held a number of social, fundraising and community events in July, August and on into September.  We ran a stall selling second-hand paperbook novels and games, plus a Bottle Raffle at the Frenchay Flower Show.  We also ran a plant stall at the Lyde Green Summer Sizzler.  On the community service front we presented a free copy of the Usborne Dictionary 4 Life to every school leaver at Christchurch Juniors and the Tynings School.  In August we held our annual CiderFest and BBQ with a live band, which was an enormous success with 120 people dancing the night away and raising well in excess of £2,000 for our charities.  August also featured a (members and families only) fundraising event at one of member's home.

Upcoming events

September features a (members and families only) BBQ in support of the fund for hosting visitors from our twin Rotary Club in France.  We will be helping out other organisations with their events.  We have all our weekly meetings to attend, where we will discuss Club business, enjoy hosting speakers and guests, and as always enjoy the fellowship of our club.  Presentations at our Speaker Meetings are given on many subjects: including some (but not all) who will visit to inform us of their charitable works.

Further ahead in October and November we will be again helping out at other organisation's events, hosting more speakers including an account of the experiences of a Rotarian who took part in the Polio Immunisation team in Inda.  Communuity service will be provided through supporting Mock Interviews at Yate Academy (organised by Kingswood Rotary).  We will be holding a (members and families only) fundraising social event in support of our fund for the visit of our twin Rotary Club in France.   We also have a major fundraising event of our own: our Fashion Show at Downend School will be held on the 24th November.

Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Family Rotary club use skills to kick-start local charities

Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 19:00 for 19:15
(with the exception of 2nd Thursday when 18:45 for 19:00 for Business Meeting and 3rd Thursday when 19:00 for 19:30 for Speaker Meeting. Also please contact our Secretary for 5th Thursday arrangements.)
The Langley Arms,
Guest Avenue,
Emersons Green,
Bristol. BS16 7GA  0117 957 3512

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