Cheltenham North News

This is a summary of our activities, other than our normal Club Meetings,.over the past twelve months. You can also view our Club Meeting Notes and Club Bulletin in the "What we Do" area of the Home Page of this website.

                                              CHELTENHAM NORTH NEWS

                 This is a selection of our activities over the past twelve Months

March to Autumn 2020

                              Cheltenham North and the Coronavirus

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus situation face to face meetings that are usually held at the New Club have been cancelled.

However on a positive note like other Rotary Clubs Cheltenham North is holding regular meetings via the Zoom Conference facility, in which a large number of Club members are participating.

If you would like more details these can be found in the Future events box towards the bottom of the Club Website home page. Alternatively you can contact the Zoom Host via the Contact box at the top of the Club Website Home page.

Autumn 2020

Message from District Governor Chris Firth October 2020

"I thought I would share with all members this very good news I have received. This is the annual recognition of  club contributions to End Polio Now and The Rotary Foundation in 2019-20.  

Thanks to DG Judy for leading the District in all these achievements in teh last Rotary year.

In normal times the Certificates and banners would be given out at a face to face District Event but at the moment this is not possible. I hope we can do this later in the year or devise a virtual handover during November which is Rotary Foundation Month. 

 Contributions to End Polo Now: Countdown to History Campaign

This award is made to clubs that have contributed at least $1500 to Rotary’s efforts to eradicate Polio. 

Congratulations to

Bristol, Cheltenham, Cheltenham, Cheltenham North, Gloucester Severn, Nailsworth, Stroud, Swindon, Worcester, and Yate and District.

This reward is even more relevant now that polio has been officially eliminated in Africa and there now only two countries where Polio is endemic: Pakistan and Afghanistan."

Donations have been made to the following organisations by Cheltenham North

Gloucestershire Young Carers


International Charities

Marie Curie.

School in the Bag

In addition Cheltenham North has agreed to support the purchase of a vehicle for Community Connexions.

If you would like to also support the purchase of this vehicle please use the Link Below.

On the Just giving Home Page search and type in richard purdon and then search.

On the next page scroll down and find Community Connexions.

Thank you for your support.

Community Connexions (14)

July 2020 Donation to Kids Out

A donation of £360 has been made to the Kids Out Charity.

July 2020 A New President for Cheltenham North

Richard  Purdon has taken over as the Club President from July 2020. The virtual handover was made during the Club Zoom Meeting on the 18th June.

An initiative By The Cheltenham North International Committee in support of School in the Bag

February 2020

                                                     ‘CASH IN THE ATTIC’

Nick Bowkett of Stroud Auctions has very kindly agreed to waive their 15% Vendors Commission for any item that we sell at Stroud Auctions in aid of School in a Bag. The items that do well in the sale room are:

Ceramics, Glass, Ephemera, Stamps, Coins, Medals, Musical Instruments, Weapons, Militaria, Toys, Scientific Instruments, Motoring and Transport, Weights and Scales, Asian and Tribal Art, Jewellery, Silver

If Nick and his team feel that your item is unsuitable for auction we will offer it to Break (the charity shop for Young Carers). If it is rejected by Break then sadly we will dispose of it at the Civic Amenity Tip.

If you have any ‘scrap’ jewellery, such as single earrings, odd cuff-links, Auntie Aggie’s wedding ring, etc. etc. then Nick will help us sell these for scrap.

This is the ideal moment to have a clear out in aid of School in a Bag. Please bring your items to our Rotary meetings.

Cheltenham North Rotary Club has made a donation of £650 to Shelterbox

                                  Shelterbox Information

In 2019, families around the world saw their homes crumble after powerful earthquakes, cyclones and severe floods. Others had to abandon their homes, fleeing from life-threatening conflict. 

But, thanks to our incredible supporters, people who lost their homes to disasters received essential emergency aid.

Items like tools and tarpaulins helped build shelters and bring families together again. Mosquito nets and water filters helped mothers protect their children from vector and water-borne diseases.

District Skittles February 2020.

Cheltenham North has now completed two matches against Cleeve Vale and Tewkesbury.

Despite some heroic bowling by Kevin, Andrew and Tony (Too many Ducks!!!)  and the valiant  efforts of the other members of the Cheltenham North Team the results were as follows;  

Cleeve Vale 268    Cheltenham North 236

Tewkesbury 303     Cheltenham North 268.

On a more positive note they were very enjoyable evenings spent with fellow Rotarians.

We look forward to our matches against Worcester Vigornia and Pershore

Reading at Ravensfield School February 2020

Cheltenham North Members and Partners are supporting the pupiles by listening to the Children reading.

In addition one of our members supports certain children by the allowing them to read to her specially trained dog. 

Presentation to Leckhampton School January 2020

On Friday 31st January, President Michael and Secretary Andrew Worthington attended an assembly at Leckhampton Primary School and presented a cheque for £500.

A New Member for Cheltenham North January 2020.

At our meeting on the 16th January we were very pleased to welcome Carole Anderson as a Member of our Club.

This addition brings our membership to 54 an increase of eight during the past twelve months.

 Cheltenham North Carol Concert December 2019

Cheltenham North Rotary Club held its 42nd Annual Carol Concert at the Pricess Hall of Cheltenham Ladies College on the 17th December

The evening was compered by Paddy Grimshaw with Michael Sanger-Davies on the Organ.

There were performances by, the Cheltenham Silver Band, Leckhampton C of E Primary School Choirs, Severn’s 8 Choir, and Soloist Soprano Danielle Smithson.
We are grateful to the support from our sponsors. 
randall and payne

Pictures are on display within Photo Galleries and within the Carol Concert featured item on the Home Page

A Day at the Races December 2019

A Group of Members and Partners attended the Cheltenham Races to support the Charities being supported by the Mayors of Cheltenham and Tewkesbury

Hamper Scamper 10th December 2019

Five Cheltenham North Members went to The Grange at Bishops Cleeve yesterday to assist with the packing of Christmas Hampers. They had an enjoyable but 'physical' afternoon unpacking boxes of food!! It did their muscles good!

Cake Stall In the Cheltenham Market 7th December 2019
Member’s and Partners manned a Cake Stall to raise funds for Rotary Charities.
The member’s and Partners baked cakes, mince pies, sausage rolls, cupcakes, brownies – you name it, we had a wonderful selection, all for sale to raise funds.
As a consequence of our efforts nearly £300 was raised.
A big thank you to all those who participated, especially Gill who organised the event.

December 2019 School Children to the Theatre

Cheltenham North Rotary Club took 130 pupils and 14 staff to the Everyman Theatre to see the Owl and the Pussycat the Christmas Show over three days.

Cheltenham North Christmas Dinner 5th December 2019

The Annual Club Christmas Dinner was held at the Lilley Brook Golf Club on Thursday 5th December.

After Dinner the Members, Partners and Guests were entertained by "Ain't Misbehaving"

There was a raffle in aid of Shelterbox.

We are grateful to President Michael, Gill and Rosanne for organising an excellent event. 

21st November 2019 Club Meeting plus Special General Meeting

At the Club Meeting on the 21st November there was also a Special General Meeting to approve the Club Accounts for 2019/19 and to elect the Club Officers for 2019/20

After discussion the Trustee Charity Account and the General Account were approved by the members.present.

The Officers elected by the members present for 2019/20 are as follows,

President Richard Purdon

President Elect Geoff Fox.

Secretary Andrew Worthington

Treasurer Linda Pawley 

In addition Janet Keenan was elected as President Nominee and Ann Carter as a Club Trustee from 1/1/2020.

Visit to the Everyman Theatre 13th November 2019

A group of nine Rotarians and Partners visited the Everyman and following an enjoyable meal in the Theatre restaurant they saw a performance of "The Entertainer"

We are grateful to Janet Keenan for organising the visit.

CORINIUM MUSEUM VISIT 12th November, 2019

A group of Members and Partners visited the Corinium Meseum at Cirencester.

The museum provided an organised tour and afterwards the visitors enjoyed lunch at the Corinium Hotel. 

We are grateful to Sally and Peter for organising this Educational visit.


The most recent meeting took place this morning. Your representatives are Beth Phillip, Sue Jenkins, Geoff Fox and John.

In order to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham the committee has identified 3 projects:

The first and most advanced is the 100 Trees project. Under the leadership of Sue Jenkins we have established the cooperation of the Cheltenham Borough Council and the Highways Authority and a list of potential sites. In the near future we will have an information piece available for use when seeking sponsorship from businesses. This is, of course, a vital element of the project and we seek every members help in identifying those businesses with whom they have some sort of contact and their help in reaching out to those businesses. In a trial run, so to speak, David Evans of the Cheltenham Club, who chairs the collaboration group, has successful acquired £1000 of sponsorship from two companies in the town. Our target is to begin planting trees in the autumn of next year. An application for a grant of £500 will be made to District later this month. The CBC Fund for Green Initiatives will also be tapped.

The second project is a Celebratory Banquet to be held as near to the centenary date as possible in late October or early November 2021. The evaluation of sites has eliminated all except the Town Hall, The Ladies College and The College. Based on our requirements and the data gathered the Town Hall is probably in first place at the moment.

Finally, the third and least developed project is the Cheltenham Circular Challenge under the leadership of Stephen Lloyd of Cleeve Vale. We are seeking one or two volunteers from each club to join Stephen in progressing the venture. Although not finalised the route is likely to be very similar to that used in the past. It is possible but unlikely that the Circular Challenge will be a collaborative effort with the CCP who run the Cheltenham Challenge at the Race Course.

John Phillip


Members and Partners acting as Stewards supported the Cheltenham Round Table Firework display held at the Racecourse.

November 2019 Foundation Meals

The first lunch was held by Shirley Setchell and Roberta Rastrick for Ladies who Lunch raising £150 for End Polio Now.

The First round of lunches or dinners is due to start in November – Those who signed up will have been notified if they are to be a host or a guest. There will be another round after Christmas.

You may remember the idea is to for the guests to pay £25 per head with 4 guests at each meal - the host to provide a meal to the value of £50 (or more) that being their £25 per head contribution.

Meeting with Partners 31st October 2019 WORLD POLIO DAY CELEBRATION

President Michael gave a briefing on the current state of affairs with regards to polio eradication.

The Type 3 wild virus has now been eliminated worldwide. Richard Purdon advised members that he had received a cheque for £150 from Shirley and Roberta which was the proceeds from their Ladies Lunch.

The prizes for wearing purple went to Richard Purdon and Beth Phillip although several members looked extremely fetching in their purple outfits including Tony Pawley with his purple digit.

September 2019 Club Visit to Portsmouth

A group of twenty one members and partners visited Portsmouth from Monday 23 – Thursday 26 September staying at the Seacrest Hotel. The weather was slightly better than anticipated although the rain was heavy at times. Visits to the D-Day museum and Mary Rose were enjoyed by all together with a harbour boat trip. On the Monday night the group dined at The Briny restaurant where crab was on the menu! On Tuesday we dined at the Royal Naval and Royal Albert Yacht Club. A visit to Gunwharf Quays on Wednesday with wonderful views from the Spinnaker Tower was followed by free time. The Still and West is the oldest pub in Portsmouth and situated at the harbour entrance. Some of the group dined there on Wednesday evening whilst the remainder revisited The Briny.

Visit to the Everyman Theatre September 2019

A group of Member’s and Partners had an evening out at the Everyman Theatre to see “A Woman of no Importance by Oscar Wilde.

Prior to the performance the group enjoyed a meal in Matchams, the Theatre restaurant.

We are grateful to Janet Keenan for organising a very enjoyable evening.

Visit by District Governor September 2019

The District Governor Judy Powell visited Cheltenham North on the 5th September and gave an excellent presentation to member’s.

We are grateful to Judy for sharing her experiences and her thoughts on Rotary in the future.

Partners Evening August 29th 2019 Alex Chalk MP

Nearly seventy Cheltenham North members and Partners were entertained by an excellent presentation given by the MP for Cheltenham Alex Chalk.

Alex covered current issues both local and political.

The members are greatly appreciative of the time given by Alex to attend our meeting and to give such an excellent talk.

Presentation to Cheltenham YMCA August 2019

A presentation was made to Cheltenham YMCA of five computers for usage at the centre.

Present were David Wallace, Chief Executive and his PA Karen Westlake.
The presentation was made by member Nigel Gilhead who was accompanied by Club President Michael Rouse.

Boules (Petanque) Update August 2019

We are coming to the end of a more successful season. In most cases the outcome has been judged on the points difference, with both sides winning 2 games each. However with two wins, against Cleeve Vale and Sunrise, one loss against Tewkesbury, and one match conceded by Evesham, we are enjoying a better outcome than last year.

I am very grateful to the members who fill in their available dates, enough of us have done the unenviable task of match arranging, that you appreciate relying upon the cooperation of the members.

We have one more match to go in the season! This away against Pershore, being latecomers to the competition, we do not know them at all, so wish us luck next Tuesday.

Nigel Gilhead

Kevin Gwilliam Biographical Talk August 2019

At the Club Meeting on the 15th August gave a Bigraphical talk to the Club Members

A copy of this talk plus picture can be found in Photo Galleries/Event Pictures in the "What we Do" Area. at the top of the Home Page.

Donation to Prostate Cancer UK August 2019

At our Club meeting on the 19th August Michele Parr, on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK , was presented with a cheque for £5500.

This sum represented 50% of the proceeds raised from the Wine Festival organised by Cheltenham North which took place at Pittville Pump Rooms in April 2019.

John Parr was previously a member of Cheltenham North Rotary Club and was instrumental in getting this annual event off the ground.Donation to Prostate Cancer UK August 2019

Donation to “School in the Bag” August 2019

At our meeting on the 1st August a very informative presentation was given by Liz Foy of the Charity “School in the Bag”

The Cheltenham Rotary Club had previously provided funds for the supply of bags to the Children in Nepal and Liz explained the process with pictures and her own experience during her visit.

At the conclusion Liz was presented with a cheque for £1000 to cover the supply of further bags for the new school arrivals. 

August 2019 Gloucestershire Young Carers Day Out

Member’s of the Glos. Young Carers staff and children (8–13 years) travelled from the Racecourse railway station to Winchcombe to have a BBQ at the home of Rotarian Janet Keenan.

Rotarians prepared a Barbecue followed ice cream cornets with strawberries.

At the end of an enjoyable day it was time to go back to the station for the return journey.

Our grateful thanks to Janet, for providing the location and to Peter and Pat Watson, Andrew and Gill Worthington, for their BBQ skills and overall assistance.

Garden Parties in support of Solar Aid July/August 2019

Hosted by Janet Keenan two Garden Parties were held by by the members of Cheltenham North to support the Solar Aid project.

All monies raised will contribute to additional solar equipment. We understand that the amount raised for Solar Aid is approaching £1000.

We are grateful to Janet for providing an excellent location for thes two events.

Two new members for Cheltenham North August 2019

At our meeting on 1st August the Club Members were delighted to welcome two new members to our Club, Sue Jenkins and Linda Pawley.

We extend a very warm welcome to them both

Children from Chernobyl July 2019

The Rotary Club of Cheltenham North again funded the coach to take a group of children (and their carers) from the Chernobyl area who were staying in Gloucestershire to Drayton Manor theme park om 25 July 2019 as a cost of £395. I received the following email: ‘many thanks to you and your club for funding the coach to DM – the children had a wonderful day’ There is evidence that the 4 weeks the children spend away from the area which is still contaminated with high radiation levels helps to reduce their risk of developing leukaemia.

Gill Rouse

Rotary Boules Competition July 2019

We won our local Derby against Cleeve Vale, on their home terrain in Prestbury. It was close but with such detailed knowledge of their tactics and gamesmanship being available to our new players through the old guard who once played for the opposition, we were able to prevail.

The club owes the team a big thank you for coming out during Wimbledon, but the social side of Rotary manifested itself when we all went into the Plough to await our pre-ordered pub super.

Our home match against Tewkesbury did not go so well as we narrowly lost on points, but once again those who sat with us, after the match, in the Ale House, had a good evening.

Visit to Belmont School 15th July 2019

Cheltenham Noth Rotary Club is a supporter of Belmont School.

A group of Rotarians were very pleased to accept an invitation from Kevin Day whom provided a very interesting tour of the School and its facilities.

Presidential Handover July 2019

At our Club Meeting on the 4th July the Presidential reins of Cheltenham North were passed from Beth Phillip to Michael Rouse.

Also taking up their new roles were Richard Purdon as President elect and Geoff Fox as President Nominee

Donations By Cheltenham North

At the Handover meeting on the 4th July Outgoing President Beth Phillip advised that her chosen charities would receive the following from the Club Charity account.

Retina UK - £11,000; Star Centre - £3,000 and LINC - £3,000 Gloucershire Young Carers £3000

Visits to Loughborough Opera and David Austin Roses June 2019

A group of Cheltenham North Rotarians enjoyed an evening at the Loughborough Opera.

Rotarians from Cheltenham North also supported a visit to David Austin Roses organised by Linc.

Beer and Cricket Fest. 22nd and 23rd June 2019

In conjunction with the Hatherley and Reddings Cricket Club Cheltenham North Rotarians organised their annual Beer and Cricket Fest at the Cricket Club Ground.

We were blessed with good weather conditions that helped to make the two day event a success

It is hoped that the event will raise over £7000 to be split equally between the Cricket Club and Rotary Charities.

We understand that the Cricket Club will use their monies to provide training for their younger members and also to enhance their Club facilities.

We are grateful to the support from our sponsors and our many visitors.

Details of the event next year will be added at a later date  

Saturday 15th June 12.00 Belmont School Funday

Club Members supported the Belmont School Funday on Saturday 15th June

The Rotarians provided help by supervising the parking arrangements and also the Burger Barbecue Stall

The Rotary Club made a donation of £250 to provide an additional Barbecue for School events. 

The "Kids Out" Trip to Cattle Country 12th June 2019

Cheltenham North Rotarians  enabled 41 children and 26 staff and parents from The Ridge Academy, Cheltenham to enjoy a day out at Cattle Country. The event is part of the annual Kids Out initiative in which Rotary collaborates with theme parks and other venues to provide more than 50,000 children with learning difficulties and other more serious conditions with a wonderful experience.

A Train Ride and Lunch in Broadway 11th June 2019

A Group of 31 Cheltenham Rotarians and Guests enjoyed ( Despite the poor weather) a Steam Train journey to Broadway from the Racecourse Station in Cheltenham.

An excellent lunch was served at the Russell's restaurant in Broadway. After which the group made its way back to Broadway station for the return journey

We are grateful to Peter Watson for making the arrangements.

Thursday 6th June 2019 Club AGM and Club Assembly

The Club held its AGM at the New Club on Thursday 6th June

The Club Officers for 2019/20 were approved. Also agreed were the Club Annual member’s subscription of £100, honorary members and the Club Auditors.

The President elect for 2019/20, Michael Rouse gave a presentation on his aspirations for his presidential year. The District representative present was Ann Bartholomew  

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