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 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

 Cheltenham North and the Coronavirus

We are pleased to announce that Cheltenham North have started "Face to Face" meetings.

Details of all meetings can be found under the "Meetings and Events" area of the Home Page of the Website.

Website Links

Links to Rotary and other relevant sites can be found at the bottom of the Home Page under Popular Pages and then click “Links” and then the link you wish to access.

School in the Bag Nepal

We have recently donated £1,350 to School ina Bag.  This is towards the charity’s fundraising for East Point Academy and ShreeTerse Secondary School.  These schools were situated on the banks of the Melamci

River in the Sindhupalchowk region of Nepal and have been destroyed in the unprecedented monsoon flooding this season. 

August 2021 A New Member for Cheltenham North

We are pleased to welcome Linda Field as a Member of Cheltenham North. Linda was previously a Member of the Havant Rotary Club and was welcomed into our Club at our meeting on the 19th August.

July 2021 Garden Parties to Celebrate the Centenary Tree Project

Two Garden Parties, organised by Sue Jenkins, were held at her home to celebrate the Centenary Trees Project. Present were Supporters, other local Rotary Club Members and Rotarians and Partners from Cheltenham North.

All the Pictures of the events can be found within Photo Album of Events in the "What we Do" area in the home page of this website.

A Report from Sue Jenkins on the Garden Parties

The first Tree Party on 10th July was somewhat restricted because we were still limited to 30 people, and some rugby game at 5pm.

However, the second (and last) Tree Party on the 24th July which was unlimited. promised to be a wash out.

Fortunately, the forecast was wrong and there were more than 60 people including children who were able to enjoy fun and games in the garden. Many Rotarian volunteers supplied a fantastic spread of canapes which were served throughout the afternoon.

Richard Purdon was in charge of the golf putting game, where the old hands were beaten by 8 year old Arla Rose, ably coached by her father Tim.

On Sunday afternoon, I was concerned that the marquee should come down before it rained. A short notice email to tall guests/ Rotarians was answered with Nigel and Nereide who obviously have "previous", as all the marquee and bunting was down and back in the box in no time... ready for next event!

Many thanks to you all for making this such an enjoyable couple of days.


A New President for Cheltenham North

In our 50th Celebration year Geoff Fox has taken over the reins as the President of Cheltenham North. The Handover was done via Zoom at the Club Meeting on 1st July 2021

We are grateful to Richard purdon for guiding us through a very difficult Covid Year.

Details of our Club Officers and Committees can be found ithe What we Do area of the Club Website.

Pictures of the "Club Team"  for 2021/22 can be found by going to the bottom of the Club Website Home Page.

Rotary Day 2021

On Tuesday 23rd February we will be celebrating Rotary Day – the 116th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, by Paul Harris. Crocus bulbs were planted in celebration. Some pictures can be found with this document.

January 2021 Community Connexions a New Vehicle

The Cheltenham North Members have made a significant contribution towards the purchase of a vehicle for Community Connexions.

Community Connexions have sourced a vehicle, it is a Peugeot Expert Independence Automatic, with the necessary wheelchair accessibility.

More details can be found within the Community Connexions Feature Item also on the Home Page of this website.

January 2021 A New member for Cheltenham North

RCCN welcomes new member David Hearle to the club. We look forward to getting to know him better.

October 2020 The start of the Centenary Trees Project.

To Celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham the four Cheltenham Rotary Clubs are collaborating with a number of projects. (Please see the other featured page on the Centenary Celebrations for details of all the proposed Projects.)

The Centenary Trees project has been developed with support from 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.

More details can be found within the other "Featured Page" Centenary Trees Project on this Home page. All pictures taken of this project can also be found within "Photo Galleries" that you can access through the "What we Do" area at the top of the Home Page of this website.


Donations 2020/21 (November 2020)

Following successful auctions organised by the International Committee a further significant payment has been made to the "Charity" School in the Bag for the Children in Nepal

Pictures of the Pupils with their bags can be seen with this document.

A payment has also been made to CCP Cheltenham for the provision of Christmas Parcels for needy families in the Cheltenham area.

A letter has been received from CCP please see "Letters Received" in the "What we Do" area.

Donations 2020/21 (September 2020)

Significant donations have been made to the following;

Gloucestershire Young Carers


International Charities

Marie Curie

In addition Cheltenham North have agreed to support the purchase of a vehicle for Community Connexions. Monies are being raised towards this purchase.

Donations 2019/20

Significant donations were made to the following;

Leckhampton School

Gloucestershire Young Carers

Solar Aid

End Polio Now

Kids Out



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 the 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.

 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.

February 2020 An initiative By The Cheltenham North International Committee in support of School in the Bag


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

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.

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.


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Carol Concert

A Review of our activities in a year of Cheltenham North.


The Club Officers 2021/2022 See "Details" for information.


The Club Committees for 2021/2022


The Carol Concert is held Annually at the Princess Hall Cheltenham Ladies College. For more about this event please see "Details" below


The four Rotary Clubs in Cheltenham are celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham during the Rotary year 1/7/2019 to 30/6/2022


Details of the Charitable Donations made by the Cheltenham North Rotary Club


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


The Wine Festival is held in Pittville Pump Rooms Cheltenham . The 2021 Event is on the 30th October 2021


The Club Bulletin is Issued on a regular basis usually every Month


Please Note the the Meeting Notes for Club Meetings are only available in the Member's only area. Details of Club Meetings are available using either the Contact form for the Secretary or the Future Events Area on the Home Page.


Cheltenham North Rotary Club is supporting the purchase of a New Community Bus for operation by Cheltenham based Community Connexions. See "Details" for information.


A copy of the letter issued to all members from the District Governor


Copies of letters received by Cheltenham North Rotary Club


Selection of Photos from Various Events


An overview of the Objects and Mission of the Rotary Foundation.


A selection of Photographs by Antony Thomson from the 40th Charter Dinner