July 2022 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Classic Car Run success
Yet again this year over 200 cars and motorbikes took part in our club’s Classic Car Run. The 26th run took place on 26 June with entrants lining up in Chipping Sodbury High Street before leaving for a tour of the countryside including a coffee stop at Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Club. Drivers returned to the Ridings for lunch and for the public to admire the wonderful array of vehicles on show. Profits for the event go towards the club’s support for deserving causes in our local community and beyond.
The club rounded off the Rotary year in style with a very enjoyable President’s Dinner at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club. In his last days as the club President, Keith Pattison made a club community award to Barbara Bennett (a long-standing member of Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel Club) for her sustained efforts and commitment in fundraising for the RNLI and in recognition of the many years of service to the activities of the Inner Wheel Club.
The club’s charity golf day held on 26 May was a great success with some 20 teams enjoying the competition and raising over £2700 for Freewheelers EVS, the local blood bikes charity. This sum was matched with a similar donation from St James’s Place, a financial planning and investment company.
On the international front the club made a sizeable financial donation to Kyiv Rotary Club in Ukraine to help their significant humanitarian efforts. We also made a financial donation to ALFA Christian Community, a small Bristol based charity, focusing on supporting adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The club was delighted, once more, to support the Rotary sponsored ‘Kids Out’ recent event at the Berkeley based Cattle Country Adventure Park, where some 500 children with learning difficulties enjoyed a day out. Our club sponsored 22 pupils and teachers from Culverhill School in Yate by arranging transport and providing t-shirts. Club members helped with supervising the various play events and distributing picnics. Also, we made a financial donation to St John’s Mead Primary School to assist with the costs of sending years 5 and 6 pupils for a trip to the Kilve Outdoor Centre.
On the social front both club teams made a winning start to the annual Rotary District boules tournament.
June 2022 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
The club’s major fundraising event, the Classic Car Run, will take place on Sunday 26 June. After a record-breaking entry for the 25thrun last year, entries are again very encouraging. Entrants will line up in Chipping Sodbury High Street for a start at 8.30 am and will have a break at Royal Wootton Bassett before returning to the Ridings. As always members of the public are very welcome to come along and see the range of vehicles of varying ages and sizes participating.
The club was delighted that our joint submission with Bradley Stoke Rotary Club resulted in Sean Suleman, the founder of the Blonde Angel Street Team, being recognised for his outstanding selfless service to the community with a major Rotary Community Champion Award (see separate article).
In partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Alloway and Thornbury the club contributed to the shipping costs associated with sending a major consignment of text books for use in schools in Harare, Zimbabwe. Some schools have as few as one text book!
Our speaker in April was club member John Myers, a former senior engineer with Airbus UK. John gave us a fascinating insight of the chequered past of the Boeing 737.
On the social front we have resumed our weekly game of boules at the Horton Social Club. Also, a number of club members joined Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel colleagues for a very pleasant cream tea event, staged to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West charity.
Blonde Angel Street Team – Major Rotary Award
Sean Suleman of Yate was honoured by Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland with a prestigious Community Champion award after being nominated by Bradley Stoke and Chipping Sodbury Rotary Clubs.
Held annually, Community Champions are part of Rotary’s Champion Awards, which recognise unsung people whose volunteering efforts have had a significant impact on people’s lives both at home and internationally.
Sean accepted his award at Volunteer Expo Live – the UK’s national volunteering show that was held at the NEC in Birmingham on the 5th and 6th of May. Receiving his award Sean said “This award means so much to the group. It inspires us all”.
Sean works full-time whilst also drumming for a successful band. It was on the way out of one of his gigs that he met four homeless people desperately in need of basic supplies such as deodorant, socks and food.
The next night he returned with those supplies and, after seeing how bowled over they were, he set out to get as much help as possible to the homeless population of Bristol and the surrounding areas.
With the help of his brother, a Facebook group with the title Blonde Angel Street Team was formed and since then Sean has amassed a following of over 4,500 members who want to support the homeless in some way.
Raising awareness of the plight of the homeless has been a fantastic initiative, with many of those helped by Sean and the Blonde Angel supporters are now living in their homes and have gained employment.
Nicki Scott, President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, commented: “What Sean has achieved with the Blonde Angel Street Team is truly inspiring. It just goes to show what a community can do when they’re all united under a common goal. Sean’s determination to support those less fortunate than him is truly admirable”.
May 2022 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
During April the club agreed to provide a financial donation to Sodbury in Bloom to help with the cost of plants and compost. Residents cannot help but notice the positive impact that the team provides with the very colourful and professional display of flowers and plants throughout the year in and around Chipping Sodbury. Also, the club agreed to provide a further financial donation to Shelterbox, an international charity that distributes a box containing a tent and lifesaving supplies to victims of disasters. This follows our financial donation last month to the Government’s District Emergency Committee Appeal for Ukraine.
As this article goes to print the club is waiting with eager anticipation to the staging of its inaugural Health and Wellbeing Day on 23 April. Thirty organisations agreed to take part along with a number of speakers on relevant topics.
As foreshadowed in last month’s club update plans are proceeding well for our Charity Golf Day on 26 May at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club. Entries have now closed.
On Sunday 26 June, the club will be staging it annual Classic Car Run. Last year we enjoyed a record entry and entries are now open for this year’s event.
On the social front a number of club members and partners enjoyed a few days away at the Carlyon Bay Hotel. And members visited Aerospace Bristol for a tour of the site. To fulfil the club President’s April social a number of members planned to enjoy a walk-through Lower Woods.
Our Speaker for April was Jock Heron who entertained us in some detail about military aircraft though the ages as seen from a former fighter pilot’s perspective.
Finally, the club continues to support a worldwide organisation called Treekly through a mobile app that promotes the planting of Mangrove trees in Madagascar simply by each member walking 5000 steps a day for five days of each week. So far, we have managed to plant some 60 Mangrove trees, a species which is a significant contributor to a number of ecosystem services.
April 2022 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Blonde Angel Street Team Major Award
Early in March we learned that Sean Suleman, one of the founders of the Blonde Angel Street Team, had been recognised for his selfless dedication to help homeless people in Bristol, Bath and locally. Sean has developed a network of volunteer helpers and has attracted a Facebook following of some 4700. Our Rotary Club submitted Sean’s nomination in conjunction with Bradley Stoke Rotary Club and with the active support of Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel Club and the Rotary District Governor. Sean will receive his award at the Great Britain and Ireland Rotary Champions’ Annual Gala Dinner Ceremony on 7 May at Birmingham NEC as part of Volunteer Expo Live, where five others will also receive awards for the outstanding contributions to their local communities or around the world.
Also in early March, Graham Ogden our Rotary District Governor presented a certificate to the club in recognition of its contribution to the “End Polio Now” ongoing project. Barry Riley received the award on behalf of the club.
The worldwide Rotary movement is making donations, both financial and otherwise, to support the Ukrainian people placed in significant hardship due to the relentless barbaric attack by Russian troops. Our club has donated £2000 to the Government’s Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal.
The club, following a talk to its members, also made a financial donation to ‘Buzz Club’ a Stroud based organisation offering education to young people on bees and the benefits they provide.
Our speaker in February was Ben Copeland who works for Caring in Bristol, a charity established to help the homeless, rough sleepers and those in need. The club has made numerous donations to Caring in Bristol over the years, most latterly in 2021 by providing financial support for a project in the Hartcliffe area.
Preparations for our inaugural Health and Wellbeing Day on 23 April in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall are proceeding well. Over 20 organisations have agreed to participate to explain how their activities can support healthier living. Oral presentations will also be offered on a range of relevant topics in No 61 Broad Street. There is space for more organisations to participate (point of contact telephone number on the poster).
On 26 May the club is organising a Rotary Charity Golf Day at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club. Outstanding prizes are on offer. The aim is to raise as much money as possible in aid of Freewheelers EVS, the local blood bike charity. For further information contact Ian Joseph (Tel: 07788 924945 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Club members and partners enjoyed an evening of skittles at the Horton Social Club in mid-March. The highest scorer was Inner Wheeler Binny Fraser with an impressive 38 over 4 legs. Further funds for the Ukrainian appeal were raised.
March 2022 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
A significant number of club members and friends enjoyed a memorable Burns Night in the Town Hall at the end of January. Entertainment was provided by the brilliant and talented set of musicians know as “Rock Pipes”. Also in January, club members heard from two experts on the many benefits that Bees provide. A number of club members joined the members of the Sodbury Wildlife and Nature Group and the Yate and Sodbury Clean up Group for a morning of tree planting on the land adjacent to Kingrove Common.
On the grants front, the club has recently made a financial donation to contribute to a major fundraising effort spearheaded by Bristol Rotary Club to raise money for an educational project in Lebanon. Also, on the international front we have made a financial donation to Shelterbox to assist with the major clean up effort following the devastation caused by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.
Finally, plans are well underway for the club’s inaugural Health and Wellbeing Day in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on Saturday 23 April. The aim is to showcase a number of local and further afield organisations to illustrate services and hints/tips to foster a healthier lifestyle. A discrete article explaining more about what we have in mind can be found on page ().
Review of 2021
On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury may I extend warm festive wishes to our supporters, friends and members of our local community.
2021 has been a frustrating year, ending as it is in a worrisome situation prompted by a rise in Covid numbers. However, we have not let the Covid pressure prevent us from undertaking a number of activities and particularly in the second half of the year. Some highlights were:
· June – the successful and 25th running of the annual Classic Vehicle Run bringing a record entry
· September – club and family members abseiled down the wall of Southmead Hospital raising some £4000 for the Hospital Charity Appeal.
· October – made a generous donation to Pauls Place for their “Pauls Place a Home Project appeal”
· The induction of three new members
· The continuation of our litter picking and community garden activities
· Participating in the Chipping Sodbury Remembrance Day Service and Parade and laying a wreath on behalf of the club.
· Supporting the highly popular and successful annual Sodbury Slog
· Supporting the Oasis Memory Café activities.
· Making a number of financial grants to deserving individuals and groups in our Community including local primary and secondary schools.
We would also like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the following groups throughout the year:
· Family Food4Free
· The Blonde Angel Street Team
· The Yate and Sodbury Clean Up Group
· Caring in Bristol
The Club has been delighted to support these groups and their highly appreciated efforts in the community. We have also been pleased to cooperate with our Inner Wheel Colleagues, the Lions Club of Chipping Sodbury and Sodbury in Bloom. The support and collaborative efforts of the Mayors of Chipping Sodbury and Yate have been noteworthy.
Photos illustrating these activities can be found in earlier posts.
Looking forward to the first half of 2022, Covid permitting, we have in prospect:
· January – tree planting
· February, March and April – Memory Café Tea Dances in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
· 23 April – Our inaugural Health and Wellbeing Day in the Town Hall
· May – Hosting a reunion with our twinned clubs in France, Germany and Italy.
· 26 May – Hosting a Charity Golf Day at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club
· 26 June – Classic Vehicle Run
· Potential new fundraising events centred on an art auction and a musical concert
· Further coordinated litter picking efforts.
We are a very active club and always looking for more help, either in the form of friends of the club to volunteer help in our activities or by expressing an interest to join the club. We would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact us at email@example.com
With best wishes,
Keith Pattison, Club President
January 2022 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
At the time of writing we are looking forward to the club’s traditional Christmas Dinner at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club on 20 December. Over 60 members and partners will be present to enjoy the return of our event following the cancellation in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.
Whilst on the social theme, along with other club members, I attended the Oasis Memory Café Christmas event in the Baptist Church on 7 December. The room was full. An enjoyable morning was had by all, entertained by the Ukulele Band, Sea Shanty singers and bell ringers accompanied by lunch.
December always brings with it requests to help the homeless and those in need. This year the club made a financial donation to Caring in Bristol for their Caring at Christmas appeal focused on supporting Bristol’s homeless with clothing, food, shelter and other essentials. Also, we donated to Family Food 4 Free non-perishable food and other essentials to support their Christmas push to supplement the outstanding work carried out by Dan and Aimee throughout the year. Finally, club members have joined with their partners in the Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel Club to provide clothing, food and toiletries for the Blonde Angel Street Team.
Our speaker in November was Ray Hughes who entertained us to an intellectually challenging talk on the origins of the universe.
Club members enjoyed a visit to the Severn Brewery in Tortworth in November for a morning of beer tasting, followed by lunch.
In the October edition of the Voice I confirmed that we had made a donation to Paul’s Place, a local charity in Coalpit Heath that aims to enhance the quality of life for physically disabled adults by providing social activities that connect people. Our financial donation went towards a project called Paul’s Place at Home, the aim of which was to buy good quality refurbished devices to enhance communications amongst members. We were delighted to hear recently that the project has got off the ground successfully with the help of our club and others. Paul’s Place is looking to fund further devices and hope to attract the interest of further donors to support this worthy cause in our community.
During the whole of 2021 club members have continued to volunteer at the West Walk Surgery weekly covid vaccination clinics.
Finally, on behalf of the club I would like to wish everyone in our local community a healthy and prosperous 2022.
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed two new members to the club on 1st November. Lynette Hutchins and Derek Trubody were formally inducted, witnessed by all club members present.
In recognition of the outstanding work undertaken by Dan and Aimee Waters (FF4Free) a Rotary District Governor’s certificate was awarded to them by our club Senior Vice President.
Again, this month the club has made a number of donations. The club topped up to £4000 the magnificent sum raised by the Chipping Sodbury Daredevils for the Southmead Charity Appeal following a recent abseil event. We have made our customary generous donations to the Royal British Legion. Also, we have donated to Stormwater Shepherds to help in their effort locally to strive towards clean water in our rivers and streams. On the youth front we have made a financial donation to Hawkesbury Upton Primary School to help towards transport costs for a number of pupils to attend a ‘Young Voices’ choir event in Birmingham in January.
We had hoped to have supported the first memory café Tea Dance on 23rd November, but a decision was taken to cancel it given the number of Covid-19 cases in the community. We hope that the next event on 2 February 2022 will still be held.
The 14th of November was a busy day for the club. In the morning we provided a number of marshals for the ever popular Sodbury Slog. In the afternoon our club President, Keith Pattison was privileged to take part in the Remembrance Day Parade in the High Street and to lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the club.
The President’s monthly social for October was intended to be an afternoon of mixed boules with our Inner Wheel colleagues. However, we had to abandon the event after one game dur to the torrential rain.
Our speaker in November was Ian Joseph, one of our club members, who gave an enlightened presentation on the challenges associated with the rollout of electric cars. Winter is around the corner, but to finish on a bright note the club has planted a meadow on a grass verge off St Johns Way. The area was sown with a wide range of native wildflowers seeds which will hopefully provide a sea of blooms next spring.
November 2021 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Paul Harris Fellow Award
Paul Harris was the founder of the worldwide Rotary movement. Fellow awards in his name are made to members who have made an outstanding contribution within the Rotary movement. This award was recently made to Mark Benstock primarily for the significant contribution he has made for a number of years that has ensured the success of the club’s annual Classic Car Run, our major fundraising event.
Following the participation of a number of our members and others in the Southmead Hospital Charity Appeal recent Abseil event I am delighted to confirm that over £3,500 has been raised. As a club we have been able and pleased to make periodic contributions to the hospital’s charity appeal fund.
Building on our litter picking efforts during 2021 our current President, Keith Pattison, is particularly keen to emphasise the importance of environmental sustainability. As individuals and collectively as a club we are looking for opportunities to “do our bit” in the local community. As an example the club was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Climate Action Fair on 18 September, organised by Chipping Sodbury Town Council to inform the local community about the crisis facing society. On a closely related topic, club members enjoyed a very thought-provoking talk by Peter Coombs, representing an organisation called Stormwater Shepherds, the mission of which is to inform global communities on how to stop plastic and urban pollution at source so that all lifeforms can enjoy clean water.
The Oasis Memory Café has recommenced its informal gathering for those with memory problems and any form of dementia in the Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (1030-12 noon). The club is pleased to sustain its role as partners. For further details contact Wendy (phone 01454 831023). Moreover, for those with memory problems and any form of dementia and who enjoy a dance, the ever-popular Memory Café Tea Dances are scheduled to get underway on 23 November from 2 pm to 4 pm in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Please come along to enjoy dancing, music and light refreshments and get the new series off to a positive start. Our club is proud to continue to support these tea dances.
Recently the club has made financial donations to worthy causes, this time to support the Haiti Earthquake Appeal and to Raysfield pre-school. At the end of September, Chipping Sodbury School arranged an open evening focused on the opportunities available to young people in the wider Chipping Sodbury Community. The club was delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the evening.
October 2021 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Chipping Sodbury Daredevils Abseil Success
On 11 September members of the Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, accompanied by two members of the Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel club and family members masquerading as “Chipping Sodbury Daredevils” abseiled down the wall of Southmead Hospital to participate in a fundraising event organised by the Southmead Hospital Charity Appeal. At the time of the event some £3000 had been donated by club members, Inner Wheel Club members, family and friends. This was a fantastic effort by the team, see pictures in gallery. Donations can be made at https://southmeadhospitalcharity.enthuse.com/pf/the-chipping-sodburydaredevils
Separately, the club has made a donation to Paul’s Place, a local charity in Coalpit Heath that aims to enhance the quality of life for physically disabled adults by providing social activities that connect people. Our donation will go towards a project called ‘Paul’s Place at Home’ where the charity will buy good quality refurbished devices to enhance communications amongst members. On a somewhat different theme the club has made a donation to the Chipping Sodbury School Rotary Racer Greenpower team to enable them to purchase new batteries for the car as they commenced the new racing season in early September.
A few of our club members have continued to be very active in the Sodbury in Bloom Community Garden, growing potatoes, carrots and beetroot to provide a modest supplement to the outstanding efforts of the Waters family of FamilyFood4Free fame.
I was both surprised and delighted to receive from our outgoing District Governor a personal Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service to Rotary and the Community in 2020/21. I felt gratified to receive this award given the challenging nature of my year as club President.
On the social side our club remains very active. Now enjoying face to face regular meetings at the Chipping Sodbury Golf Club, members gathered at the house of one of our colleagues for a very enjoyable evening of Pimm’s, wine and puddings. Also, in mid-September, for the President’s monthly club social a large number of members gathered at a pub in the High Street for a convivial Ploughman’s and Pint lunch.
The competitive Rotary District boules season is nearing its climax. Our Thunderboules team lost their final match by two points and failed by one game to reach the finals stage. Our other team, Wonderboules, at the time of writing, had just won a close match and sit at the top of their section with one match to go and a very good chance of reaching the finals.
Our club is now back into full swing following the challenges of the past eighteen months. We are a welcoming club and always keen to attract new members. If you feel that you would wish to make a meaningful contribution to the local community and beyond and enjoy a bit of social engagement and fun please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2021 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Meetings resume at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club
On 23 July members of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club met at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club for the first time since March 2020. To the relief of all our meetings will now be held at the golf club. On the same day Aimee and Dan Waters (of Family Food4Free fame) and children joined some of our members in the Sodbury in Bloom Community Garden to pick some of the potatoes grown there by our members, thus providing a very modest contribution to the excellent job the family does in supporting those in need in the local community with food.
For our face to face speaker meeting in August we were entertained to a fascinating insight into the lives of lions in Eastern Africa by Dr Brian Bertram, a renowned zoologist.
Our President, Keith Pattison, has arranged for a club social event during each month of his presidency. The first event in July was intended to be a walk in the Old Sodbury area but due to a fleeting heatwave that week it had to be cancelled on health and safety grounds. The August event, however, went ahead with over 20 members and friends enjoying a garden picnic at a member’s estate in Tormarton.
Looking ahead, on Saturday 11 September members of the club along with family members and two ladies from the Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel Club will undertake to abseil down the wall of Southmead Hospital to raise as much money as possible for the Southmead Hospital Charity Appeal. Please support their efforts by donating to https://southmeadhospitalcharity.enthuse.com/pf/the-chipping-sodbury-daredevils
On the social front, weekly games of boules continue at Horton Social Club. In the annual Rotary District boules competition one of our teams (Thunderboules) enjoyed its third win in succession. Our other team (Wonderboules) have not been so fortunate, with a record of one win and one defeat so far.
Finally, club members continue to support the Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the West Walk Surgery, Yate.
August 2021 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
As is customary each year the club President handed over to his successor in a recent ceremony. Stuart Fraser passed the chain of office to Keith Pattison. Reflecting on when he took office in July 2020 Stuart commented “I could never have imagined that the whole twelve months of my Presidency would be so challenging and unique due to Covid-19 constraints. Nevertheless, the club has remained in good stead and I am grateful for the members’ patience and sustained support throughout”. Keith Pattison the new President said “I want to focus on deepening our club’s involvement in local community activities whilst sustaining a social programme and having fun as we gradually move out of the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic”. At the same ceremony the club was delighted to induct Ray Perry as a new member.
The club was pleased to offer once more this year a holiday for a local family with children with learning difficulties at the Naish Holiday Village, New Milton. A very enjoyable time was had by the family.
Our speaker in June was Brad Ashton, a comedian. Club members were entertained by Brad’s comical and varied repertoire.
On the international front the club made a financial donation to the relief organization Shelterbox, a charity that distributes boxes containing a tent and life saving supplies to victims of disasters.
On the social front, weekly games of boules continue at Horton Social Club and the club Thunderboules team enjoyed a very good win over Stonehouse Rotary Club in the annual Rotary District competition.
Club members continue to support the Covid-19 vaccination clinics at the West Walk Surgery, Yate and at Ashton Gate.
Classic Car Run returns with Record Entry
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury staged the 25th running of its annual Classic Car Run event on Sunday 27 June. Having had to cancel the event in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions the club was delighted to be able to hold the event this year. The entry was fantastic, with over 250 vehicles and motor bikes lining up in Chipping Sodbury High Street before leaving for a tour of the countryside including a coffee stop at Chepstow Racecourse. The range of vehicles involved was spectacular with cars built back in the 1930s, American eyecatchers and Jaguars of all ages to mark the 90thanniversary of the SS model and 60 years since the launch of the E-Type.
Participants returned to the Chipping Sodbury Ridings for a well earned lunch and drink with terrific live musical entertainment and the atmosphere was great. The weather held out, just.
The profit made from this event enables the Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club to offer financial assistance to deserving causes in the Community. And the ladies of Chipping Sodbury Inner Wheel Club provided great support both at the Ridings and at Chepstow.
Stuart Fraser, the Club President, who set the vehicles on their way, supported by the Mayor of Chipping Sodbury James Ball, the Town Crier, and the Rotary District Governor, Chris Firth, said “After the year and more we have had to endure it was a delight to see so many special and varied vehicles in the High Street and an opportunity for local people to come and see them all off. A really uplifting event to conclude my year as the Club President, and I am particularly pleased that so many people came out to support the event”.
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
In my last month as club President, I am delighted to confirm that despite Covid – 19 constraints we have been very active in a number of areas.
It was a relief that the club was able to proceed with its major fundraising event of the year - The Classic Car Run. After the unavoidable cancellation of the 2020 event, we were able to stage the 25th running of the event on 27 June. As readers will see from the separate article the day was a real success with a record entry and attracted a good number of spectators.
Readers will see from the separate article that our ‘Grand Litter Clear Up’ event on 6 June was a great success with so many members of the local community coming together to collect a lot of litter and also to raise the awareness of the threat of plastic pollution to our environment.
Recently, we heard from Aidan Phillips from the WAVE Trust, a charity dedicated to making the world a safer place by reducing the root causes of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence. He spoke movingly about the issue of childhood trauma, an issue at the root of so many social and personal issues in our society. Following his talk, the club was pleased to make a financial donation to the WAVE Trust.
Separately, we also agreed to make financial donations to support the Young Chef Challenge Award at Brimsham Green School and the annual Endeavour Award at Chipping Sodbury School.
Also, on the international front we made a financial contribution to a Rotary District effort to fund oxygen concentrators to support the serious Covid – 19 situation in India via our colleagues in the Rotary Club of Pune.
A number of club members were pleased to assist with the day of mock interviews for Yate Academy students in May.
Again, this year club members joined colleagues from the local Lions Club to put up the bunting etc in Chipping Sodbury High Street which, along with the lovely hanging baskets, offers a pleasing look to the high street in preparation for the summer fair.
On the social front a good number of club members gathered in a local hostelry for beer and pizza and for some very welcome social interaction. Also, our weekly games of friendly boules continue at the Horton Social Club. One of our teams (Thunderboules) played their first match in the Rotary District annual competition against Gloucester Elvers and we managed to squeeze home by one point!
Finally, club members continue to volunteer at the vitally important Covid vaccination clinics at The West Walk Surgery and at Ashton Gate.
Living in the Plastic Age – A message from Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club
On Sunday 6th June, the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury will hold a litter clear up effort in Chipping Sodbury, Yate and surrounding areas. The aim is that club members, joined by local groups such as the Sodbury and Yate Clean Up Group, local schools, youth groups and others will clear up as much litter as possible in a focused effort. If you would like to join the effort, please contact our club lead Ian Joseph. His email details are shown on the poster opposite. Alternatively, the plan for the day can be found on our club Facebook page.
Club President, Stuart Fraser, said that the club decided some months ago to make litter clearance one of the club’s local community projects, inspired by a Rotary global initiative launched in 2018. “In practical terms, the Rotary movement under the banner of “End Plastic Soup” wishes to create awareness in local communities taking on a project to clean up streets, parks and countryside, providing an excellent opportunity to recruit community minded volunteers”. He added “we live in a plastic age, one that threatens to destroy the earth’s eco-system. Thus, our contribution in Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club is designed to raise the awareness of this threat.” 6th June 2021 is the Rotary End Plastic Soup Action Day. The leader of the Sodbury and Yate Clean Up Group, Sarah White added “Thank you to Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club for arranging this. We are glad to be part of it. During lockdown, despite the challenges we are all facing a huge number of people went out and made a difference to our community. We want to keep this momentum by encouraging everyone to join in, even if it’s just cleaning around their street. It all adds up, creating a safer home for us and our wildlife. Thank you to everyone involved who goes out litter picking. It truly makes a difference, and your effort is appreciated.”
Come on friends in our local community, let us get out there on Sunday 6th June and see what a difference we can make through our collaborative effort to improve our environment and to act as an impetus to continue these efforts into the future.
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
As readers will see from the related article entitled “Living in the Plastic Age” our club is gearing up for a community related litter clearing effort on Sunday 6th June. Along with Rotarians the effort will involve members of the Sodbury and Yate Clean Up Group, local schools and other community groups. And if you cannot join our coordinated effort can we encourage you to don a pair of gardening gloves and with a refuse bag spend an hour or so picking up litter in the vicinity of where you live. It is evident that with the sustained efforts of the Sodbury and Yate Clean Up Group and more recently the Cranleigh Court Community Hub there is an unprecedented momentum to make our local environment a pleasurable place in which to live.
In April we had a talk from Stephen Hay, Director for Police and Justice Partnerships of the Medaille Trust, a charity which exists to provide refuge and freedom to victims of modern slavery. His talk was incredibly thought provoking and highlighted the stark fact that cases of modern slavery exist in all parts of society and are probably present in our local community. For this talk we were delighted to be joined by our Rotarian colleagues from our twinned clubs in Germany, France and Italy and from Rotarians in local clubs.
Despite the very limited fundraising opportunities during the current Rotary year, the club was pleased to provide financial help to three worthy causes in our local community. Firstly, we offered a financial pledge to a dance group called StreetCred which runs multiple dance classes for 100 young people aged between 4-18 as well as classes for adults. Unavoidably, StreetCred has had to move to new premises which requires mirrors, an essential requirement to teach dance. Secondly, the club was delighted to provide financial support to St John’s Mead Primary School for a residential trip for years 5/6 to the Kilve Outdoor SSE Centre. And finally, we provided further support to Ovendale Nursery for the purchase of an additional acoustic cloud to support the needs of a pupil.
By the time this article is published we will be less than a month away from the running of our 25th Annual Classic Vehicle Run on 27 June. The level of entries has been encouraging but there is space for more. And remember, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the SS and 60 years since the launch of the Jaguar E-Type, we are accepting entries this year to any Jaguar (including the SS and Daimler variations) of any year.
Club members continue to volunteer at the Covid vaccination clinics at the West Walk Surgery and at Ashton Gate.
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
Spring is here, weather improving, pubs and restaurants open outside, COVID – 19 vaccination programme proceeding successfully with new cases dropping and deaths falling away dramatically. There is reason to be optimistic.
With the completion of our tree planting season the club’s local community group has now turned its attention to litter picking (see picture illustrating the efforts of a morning in mid March picking litter along the Wickwar Road). Building on these club occasional litter picking efforts we are planning for a major Action Day in Chipping Sodbury and Yate on 6 June inspired by the worldwide Rotary effort named ‘End Plastic Soup’, the aim of which is to work towards the removal of plastic from the planet through education and focused effort. On 6 June we hope that others will join us, including the local Yate and Sodbury fb Clean Up Group, the members of which are doing a great job to provide us in the community with a clean and pleasant environment to enjoy. Anyone or any groups wishing to join us on the day are encouraged to contact our club organiser Ian Joseph at email@example.com
The Southmead Hospital Charity is running an online raffle in July to raise funds for a range of requirements. Along with other Rotary clubs we were delighted to make a financial donation towards the raffle prizes.
Recently, club members enjoyed an interesting talk by Martin Evans, a prominent member of ‘Bristol Advanced Motorists’. Martin explained the benefits of advanced driving and the range of advanced driving courses available.
On the social front the club has resumed its weekly boules games at Horton Social Club to practice in preparation for the annual Rotary District competition. It has been great for a number of members to get together for some much needed face to face contact and banter.
A number of our club members continue to volunteer at the West Walk Surgery in Yate and at Ashton Gate to support the COVID vaccination programme.
Finally, Voice readers, it is only two months (27 June) until the 25th running of the ever popular club Annual Classic Vehicle Run. Entries are now open.
April 2021 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Classic Vehicle Run to make its return in 2021
I am delighted to confirm that the club’s very popular annual Classic Vehicle Run will make its return on Sunday 27 June 2021. The event had to be cancelled in 2020 and we hope that, the Government Covid-19 Roadmap restrictions permitting, we will stage the 25th running, commencing as always with the vehicles parading in Chipping Sodbury High Street before driving off on a route that includes a coffee stop at Chepstow Race Course.
The club’s winter tree planting initiative has now concluded. We managed to plant over 1400 trees in total near Brimsham Green School, in Pucklechurch and culminating in three sessions at the Marshfield Ice Cream Farm (see picture). This has been a great way to kick off the club’s local Community Group established at the end of 2020. It was encouraging that a number of ‘friends’ of the club helped out. Inspired by the local incredibly productive Yate and Sodbury litter collecting Facebook group and by the Rotary International initiative to tackle plastic pollution, the club has established a further project (see photo of a recent club effort on the Dodington road) based on litter and plastic collection. Our aim is to do our bit in the community to promote the protection of the environment and to work towards 6 June 2021 which will mark Rotary End Plastic Action Day.
Club members, joined by a number from Yate and District Rotary Club, enjoyed a fun Zoom event based loosely around the game of Bingo. The event was run by Roger Harper, a member of Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club and an Ambassador of the Jessie May Trust which provides nursing care at home for children with a terminal illness. The two clubs were pleased to make a financial donation to the Trust.
Club members recently enjoyed a fascinating talk by Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive, on the refurbishment of the Bristol Beacon (formally known as the Colston Hall). The extent of the work going on there is mind blowing as indeed are the recently announced overall costs and time taken to complete the project. The aspiration is for an opening in 2023.
Club members and wives continue to help out with the Covid vaccination programme at the West Walk Surgery in Yate.
March 2021 VoiceThe Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury – Paul Harris Fellow Award
In these challenging times for us all I was delighted, on behalf of our club, to make a Paul Harris Fellow Award to one of our members – Graham Miller. Paul Harris founded the Rotary movement in February 1905 and Fellow awards in his name are given to members who have made an outstanding contribution within the Rotary movement. Graham served as President of a Rotary Club in Newport before joining Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club about 10 years ago. He has fulfilled numerous positions in our club and has played a pivotal role in many fundraising and community events over the years.
Some of our members are volunteering in various roles at the West Walk surgery to support the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Sean Suleman, one of the founding members of the Blonde Angel Street Team, gave a talk to the club recently explaining the exemplary roles that he and others are continuing to fulfil to support homeless people in the community with food, toiletries, and clothing, particularly important during the very cold weather. The club was pleased to make a recent financial grant as well as clothing and food donations to the Blonde Angel Street Team.
In the same vein the club has agreed to enter into a project and to make a financial donation to Caring in Bristol, a non-profit making organisation focused on pursuing imaginative and creative ways with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Bristol and beyond to bring about lasting change.
Following our tree planting exertions over the Christmas and New Year period, club members recently planted some fruit trees in Pucklechurch.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 constraints the club has decided to defer its already postponed inaugural Health and Wellbeing day until Spring 2022. Similarly, our proposed hosting of the visit from our twinned clubs in France, Germany and Italy has been deferred until 2022. A final decision on the staging of our annual and very popular Classic Vehicle Run, scheduled for 27 June 2021, has yet to be taken.
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury establishes a local Community Group.
At the end of 2020 the club agreed to establish a local Community Group. The Group will identify individual projects and we hope to attract local friends and members of the community to help us to execute these projects. The Group got off to a flying start at the end of December with its first project – tree planting. We managed to plant some 400 new trees near Brimsham Green School and in Pucklechurch (see pictures showing the parties planting the trees). We are now looking to identify the next area for tree planting in the coming months. Anyone wishing to join our Community Group can contact the club by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Before Christmas we were delighted to help Dan and Aimee Waters at Family Food4Free to distribute food hampers to those in need in the local community. Dan and Aimee continue to provide a great service to those in need of help.
In January the club participated in a quadrilateral meeting via Zoom with our twinned Rotary Clubs in Toulon (France), Mannheim (Germany) and La Spezia (Italy). This provided an opportunity to share experiences through the Covid-19 Pandemic and ideas for the future. We hope to be able to host a visit of the three other clubs later this year should Covid -19 related restrictions ease sufficiently.
Despite the current lockdown the club is determined to continue to function helping wherever we can to provide support in the local community and further afield. And of course we continue to rely on our friend Zoom to sustain effective club communications.
January 2021 Voice
The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury
At the time of writing, we were looking forward to the club’s Christmas ‘Social’ event on 21st December. In normal times we would be enjoying a festive Christmas dinner at the Chipping Sodbury Golf Club but this year we are instead having a festive and fun filled evening using Zoom.
Club members recently enjoyed a very interesting talk by Bev Hodgson, wife of one of our members, who told us of her experience some years ago as a midwife in Pakistan with all of the challenges associated with culture, language and limited facilities/equipment.
Within the local community, the club made a further financial contribution to the Blonde Angel Street Team who are continuing to do an incredible job at pace in providing a range of support including food, clothing, and bedding to help homeless people. At the same time and following our recent financial assistance to Family Food 4 Free, we made a further financial contribution to the foodbank in Yate. It is so gratifying to witness the selfless efforts of so many local people involved in these vital activities and for the club to play a modest part in support of them.
On the youth front the club has made a financial pledge to the Wickwar Out of School Club to provide new outdoor amenities to improve the exercise facilities for children. Also, we have made a financial pledge to Southwold House in Yate, a home recently refurbished to provide 10 rooms for young people who need support to learn the skills for independent living. The pledge will contribute towards new gym and leisure equipment. And the club was pleased to make a further financial donation to Gympanzees, a charity that delivers multiple fully inclusive leisure facilities accessible for disabled children, young people and their families.
As we leave an unbelievably difficult and unprecedented 2020 and with the recent very welcome news about Covid-19 vaccines we can but look forward to the new year in the hope that before long we can return to more normal life and the resumption of our club activities, though I suspect that our new found friend ‘Zoom’ will continue to play a vital part in our club communications at least in the early stages of the new year.
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