Rotary Celebrates 100 Year's of Rotary in Cheltenham during 2021/2022

Mon, Nov 1st 2021 at 12:00 am- Mon, Oct 31st 2022 - 1:00 am

The Three Rotary Clubs of Cheltenham are celebrating 100 year's of Rotary in Cheltenham during the Rotary Year 1/11/2021 to 31/10/2022.
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To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham all three Clubs are collaborating in the following projects.

"Tree Planting"

This project has been developed with support from Local Businesses. Friends and Members.

Locations for all the trees have been identified following discussions with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes and Gloucestershire County Council. Planting will commence on Saturday 24th October, with the first trees being planted in Montpellier. Schoolchildren will be invited to take part in the Project.

The first stage of the project is to plant fifty trees in Autumn 2020 and the remainder in Autumn 2021.

Project Manager and Landscape Consultant, Sue Jenkins said ‘We are grateful for the generous support and enthusiasm shown by the local Community wanting to provide a lasting environmental legacy for the town. During the pandemic residents have seen the importance of the public green spaces for informal recreation. Trees enclosing these spaces provide shelter and shade as well as dramatically increasing biodiversity and habitat for small birds.

Rotary clubs have worked for decades to eradicate the epidemic Polio, from the World, by funding and participating in vaccination programmes. To highlight this work, the first trees will be planted on End Polio Day, with symbolic purple crocuses planted around the base of trees.

Update February 2022

Centenary Tree Planting

Replacement trees

In January, Nature First replaced the 6 failed trees (mainly oaks) in various locations around town. The contract included replacement to be covered at the contractor’s expense.

As well as these trees, there were the 7 vandalised ones which required additional funding to replace and install wire mesh cages to give further protection. Fortunately, several generous individuals and organisations have been able to assist with raising sufficient funds to cover the costs to enable them all to be replaced with good sized trees.

Adam Henson’s planting of 100th Tree

On Thursday 27th January we had help from Adam Henson, of Country File, to plant the 100th Rotary Centenary Tree at Montpellier roundabout. The large specimen ornamental pear tree (Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer) was donated by David Evans, President of Cheltenham Rotary Club and his wife Gina in memory of their dog, Lucca.

Despite the dull weather, there was a good turnout of members and partners from all clubs and the District Governor, Graham Ogden, which was all photographed by our Chief Photographer, Michael Rouse.

Karl Stuckey, Director of Nature First, was responsible for the planting and has erected a substantial cage structure to protect it in this busy area of town.

Tree Planting to mark 50th anniversary of Cheltenham North Club

Following on from the success of planting 100 trees for the Rotary Centenary, we are planning to plant 50 more trees for the Cheltenham North’s club milestone this year.

During lockdown, when people were unable to spend money on holidays and treats, it was easier to find sponsorship. However, we realise that people are concerned about the additional costs of heating etc. and will be more reluctant to commit to funding these trees. It is encouraging that several individuals are interested in sponsoring trees and I am sure we will meet our target.

David Evans has found a source of funding for some of the trees by encouraging County Councillors to use part of their Build Back Better allocation to improve the environment in their area. Whilst this has involved liaising with many Councillors to try to agree potential locations, and complete multiple grant application forms, we are starting to obtain grant approval.

All Pictures taken for the "Trees Project" can be viewed within Photo Galleries that can be found at the top of this website Home page under "What we Do"

Mile of Coins Charity Event

To mark 100 years of service to Cheltenham and its citizens three Rotary Clubs intend to raise £25,000 by creating a Mile of Coins in Montpellier Gardens on Saturday, 28th May, 2022.

5280 foot-long, card strips, each bearing coins totalling £5, will be laid end- to-end by schoolchildren, members of local societies and organisations and the general public.

Every penny of the money raised will be used to complete the final stage of the eradication of the crippling and lethal disease of children, poliomyelitis, from our world.

Rotary International has been spearheading the fight against poliomyelitis since 1985 by paying for the vaccination of children across the globe. We have contributed more than £1.6 billion to the cost of vaccines and their administration to children. In 1985, 1000 children were being crippled each day by the poliovirus. By repeatedly vaccinating the millions of children at risk it has been possible to dramatically reduce that number. If we can maintain the vaccination programme for 2 or 3 more years we could make history by removing for ever the second worldwide scourge, after smallpox. Rotary is committed to funding the programme to the very end.

We will distribute the card strips to schools, organisations and the general public seeking their support in encouraging children, their families and others to attach coins. Alternatively, a donation of £5 will purchase a strip of pre-printed coins labelled with the donor’s name and organisation.

Additionally, we seek the support of sponsors especially to help meet the costs of printing the strips. For a donation of between £300 and £600 the sponsor’s logo will be printed on 6000 strips and leaflets going into many homes. A Main Donor donation of £1000 would have prominence on all our promotional material and websites.

Further details about poliomyelitis and the Mile of Coins event can be found on

We are most grateful for your interest in the project and ask that you PUT YOUR FOOT IN IT and BOOT OUT POLIO by contributing generously.

Initial Report on Event

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Firstly may I thank all of you who have contributed towards our final Centenary Event, by helping on the day, or in the organisation over the last year, or obtaining sponsored strips. The good news to date is that we have £5,600 pounds in the bank after payment of expenses and there are still outstanding payments expected to take the total to well over £6000.

In addition we were presented with the attached painting ( 20cms X 24cms) by renowned local artist PJ Crook MBE, which we are offering for sale by auction to Cheltenham Rotarians in who might like to have this memento of the event or simply would like to own this valuable piece of art. PJ has already had an offer from a Japanese follower of £1000 after she posted it on her social media platforms and selling in a gallery she would have a price tag of £2500 for this size painting.

We already have a bid for £1200 but if anyone would like to offer more please feel free to contact me and place your bid - the more the painting fetches, the greater our final result to give to the End Polio Campaign. We are intending to keep the Just Giving Webb site open for another month to allow for any late contributions. If you would like to bid for the painting please do so by the end of June.

Once we are confident we have received all the contributions we are expected to get, Paul Clark will produce a balance sheet and we will divide the sum total by 3 so that each Club will be making a significant contribution to the eradication of Polio.

Once more our grateful thanks to your help in another successful event in the Centenary year of Rotary in Cheltenham.


David Price

Rotary Club of Cheltenham

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Email : dw.price@ btinternet .com


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