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Hello and welcome to Fishponds & Downend Rotary Club Website

Fishponds & Downend (F&D) Rotary Club is a small (but perfectly formed), robust, friendly, and very sociable Club.  

We would love to encourage new members to join our club and see that the above is really true. If you are unable to join as a member but can offer some support at our fundraising events, then perhaps being a ‘Friend’ of Rotary would suit you? Please do get in touch and we will respond to you with details. If you are unsure whether Rotary is for you, you are more than welcome to join our meetings (via Zoom or in person when able) to see what we are about.


As a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 all face-to-face meetings has ceased until further notice. The Club however continues to function with weekly Zoom Club meetings each Thursday. All of our members have managed to join some of our meetings with help and guidance on setting up and using Zoom. We have also 'Zoomed' with other local Rotary Clubs when they host Speaker Meetings. If, as a guest, you would like to join one of our Zoom meetings, please contact the Club using the contact enquiry section on this website. Club Officers make weekly phone calls to all our Club Members, and we make use of email and WhatsApp communications between members to stay connected. On 16th July we had a Zoom Speaker Meeting and discovered the history of Matchbox toys. On 30th July we held a virtual wine tasting event with 29 attendees, tasting 3 different wines hosted by a local wine merchant.


Due to the current Covid19 situation our fundraising events have in the main ceased. We as Rotarians have however managed to raise small amounts of money through donations made by members themselves. A raffle drawn at our Speaker Meeting raised £95 for our charity account. We have aslo donated £280 to support CAP's new local Schools Partnership Project. Our virtual wine tasting event raised over £70 for Rotary Foundation, its own charity. In August we held a Virtual Auction using Zoom and raised £300. We have donated £1000 via Rotary International to support those affected by the Beirut Disaster. We have recently donated £250 to support 'KidsOut' Christmas Toy Box initiative 2020 which will cover the purchase of 10 toy boxes for children living in local refuges. Our Club also makes payments to Lendwithcare. As loans are repaid we lend again to different entrepreneurs. We are dedicated to raising money for charities and good causes which we achieve by fundraising at our events: some of which are facilitated by having a presence at public events like fetes and shows.  We also organise street and supermarket collections, mostly at Christmas-time, but also some in response to major disasters. Proceeds are often used to fund the purchase of ShelterBox and Water Survival Box emergency relief equipment (Rotary International is an official project partner of Shelterbox, and Rotary is a Charity Partner of Water Survival Box). At the end of October we will be hosting another virtual wine tasting event to support Rotary's End Polio Now campaign, and our club members are planning to plant 4000 purple crocus corms locally.

Community Service

From July 2020, this year’s President is Janet Palmer. The Club’s focus for the coming year is to offer support to local groups/clubs that provide for the elderly, lonely and/or vulnerable.  This may be in the form of funding, or practical help.

Also if you are involved in any local organisation involved in events that serve the community, e.g. litter picking, planting community gardens, food-banks etc. please get in touch and we will endeavour to provide support.

Currently, many of our fundraising events have been cancelled and it is likely that we will be limited on our ability to generate funds until the Government restrictions are lifted. If, however, you think that we can offer support in more practical ways, please do get in touch.

We recenty hosted Linda Clarke who gave a short talk on RGBI's partnership with Carers UK which members found of interest and we offer this statement to encourage Carers to get in touch and see how we can help.
There is also a video that explains the partnership

F&D and Our Local Communities

F&D 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.

During the last few months, many people have come together to offer support in many ways to their local communities. If you would like to get involved with an established service organisation that exists within your local community, please get in touch. We would love to meet you and show you what we do.

Social events

We always enjoy great social connections with fellow Rotarians not only in our own Club, but also with other Rotary Club’s especially those that are geographically close to us.  We enjoy, for example, dressing up in finery to attend our own and other Clubs President’s Nights. We have parties and dinners and arrange visits to pubs, restaurants, and places of interest.  Internationally we enjoy the fellowship and social interaction with our twin Rotary Club in South West France.

Events we were hoping to complete so far this year

Our Annual Chocolate Bunny fundraising raffle was cut short due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Most of the money raised from our ‘Bunnies’ placed in shops and pubs has now been collected, but with limited amounts of tickets sold only a small profit has been made.

In June we normally have a plant stall at Mangotsfield Flower Show, and in July a Book Stall/Bottle Stall at Frenchay Flower Show. Last year we ran a Bar at Lyde Green Summer Sizzler and we were hoping to do the same again this year. Sadly, all these events have been cancelled. Seedlings sown by some Members for the Mangotsfield Flower Show have been sold outside Rotarian’s Front Gardens or via Facebook, so a small amount of revenue has been generated.

Our ‘established’ Fashion Show, normally held at Downend School in November is unlikely to occur due to Covid-19. We plan to deliver this event in 2021, including a bar serving Gin cocktails, wine, and Prosecco.

We own a portable casino and we were preparing to start looking to hold ‘for fun’ events.  We will be able to offer this as a service for your charity fundraising event or for your private event.  Please get in touch and we will give you all the details.

As soon as we are able, we will be planning both routine and new events. Please keep checking this website for updates.

Thank you.



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
BS16 7GA  0117 957 3512

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