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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.

Dave and Phil have continued their joint presidency into a second year. Their nominated Charity is Prospect Bristol and District Prostate Cancer Support Group.

This Rotary year is a historic year for the Club as for the first time  in its history the District Governor is a member of our Club.

Breaking news on Ending Polio

Today as all members should know is World Polio Day. The day established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. In 1988, when Rotary and its partners founded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the paralyzing disease affected 350,000 children. Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and later the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce that number by 99.9 percent.

Today, on World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in sometime in 2020

F&D and Our Local Communities

F&D (Fishponds & Downend) Rotary Club 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 and fund-raising events.

In the public area besides Lincombe Barn in Downend Bristol we planted crocus bulbs with the help of Downend in Bloom to help mark End Polio Day on 24 October 2019. The bulbs hopefully should be showing their flowers in the Spring of 2020.

In November 2019 we helped Downend Round Table with their Firework display, helped run a heat of Rotary's Young Musician competition, supported Kingswood Rotary Club with their "Mock Interviews" and successfully ran our popular Fashion Show.

In December we supported Cleeve Hill shops Christmas Fair and had our own Christmas collection at Morrisons Fishponds as well as having our Special General Meeting, Christmas meal and party.

In January we had a tour of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity's airbase and presented them with a cheque for £1,000. We held a joint meeting with the Rotary Clubs of Kingswood and Yate at the Holiday Inn Hambrook where we were given an entretaining and informative talk by Steve Slade. We also attended and helped run the Regional Final of Rotary's Young Musician competition. At the end of the month we had a successful Pasty Night with proper Cornish pasties.

Upcoming events

Besides our normal Fellowship, speaker and business meetings over the coming weeks, full details set out in our diary, we have a number of other events.

We shall be putting large Lindt chocolate bunnies in various shops pubs and offices in our locality over the next few weeks. The draws will take place at Easter. An article will appear shortly providing more information.

In March many of us wiil be going to the District Conference at Weymouth to support our District Governor and help steward the event.

This year Dave and Phil's Presidents Night will take place on the 9th May at the Holiday Inn Hambrook.



Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Sunday 2nd February 13.04 - 13.00 Tuesday 31st March

Visit to Great Western Air Ambulance Charity Air Base

Visit and presentation of cheque to Great Western Air Ambulance


Thursday 6th February 12.58 - 12.00 Tuesday 31st March

Defibrillator installed at Lincombe Barn

Defibrillator installed at Lincombe Barn Downend


Friday 7th February 19.00 - 01.00 Sunday 12th April

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Large Lindt Chocolate Easter bunnies appearing near you


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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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