Cheltenham North News

This is a summary of our activities 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

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

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Update on our support with Rowanfield School.

Gabriel, from Rowanfild School, has won second prize in the junior category of the Rotary Young Art Regional heats.

Update on the Wine Festival and Carol Concert

We are very pleased to report that the 2022 Wine Festival generated a sum of £11000 and the 2022 Carol Concert a further sum of £3500. These monies will be used to support Rotary nominated Charities.

December 2022 An update on our Support for Ukraine in 2022.

  • We helped in national appeals e.g. Red Cross, Shelter box, and Local collecting
  • “The Bucket collection at the Cheltenham Racecourse raised just over £26,000.00.  Members donations to Ukraine  amounted to £5950.00. This enabled us to send £1200.00 to the ShelterBox Ukrainian Appeal and just over £30,600.00 to the British Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal.
  • In addition we have sent a further £3000.00 to Ukraine via Rotary District 1100.
  • A member supported by other members housed a Ukraine family. We helped the family with english lessons, finding schools and employment and loaned a vehicle, as examples of assistance

December 2022 Carol Concert at the Princess Hall Ladies College

Dispite poor weather conditions Cheltenham North Rotary Club held its 44th Annual Carol Concert at the Princess Hall of the Ladies College on the 13th December.

A successful evening with over three hundred people attending.

All profits from the event will go towards charities supported by Rotary

Pictures taken during the event can be found within the Carol Concert Featured Page on the Home Page of this website.

December A  Mini Review by our Club President December 2022

So far we have had a very successful Wine Festival and many of us have had a useful and enjoyable time helping the Year 3 children at Rowanfield read. We have arranged to send the Rowanfield children to the Everyman Pantomime and some of us have also helped at the Belmont school fair. We have collected at the Racecourse for Ukraine and also helped with stewarding the fireworks on November 5th. We have provided festive food for struggling families. We have had many interesting and enjoyable talks after dinner and all in all we have had an enjoyable and productive time

Next year we look forward to the Pendyrus Choir concert and Gardeners’ Questions and continuing to support our two local schools. We will also be sending special rucksacks to children in Nepal via School in a Bag and the money from the raffle at the Christmas lunch will be going to Shelterbox. I expect we shall find ourselves involved in other things as well.

Autumn 2022 Cheltenham Future an Update

Cheltenham Future is a project driven group of people serving the community and having fun in the process. One of their projects is to raise £14,000 to create the Cornerstone Community Jubilee Garden in Whaddon. This will convert two grass areas into a garden and include raised beds for the growth of produce, trees and plants providing an environmentally friendly, safe and quiet green space to improve mental health. Produce grown in the garden will be supplied to the food pantry at the Cornerstone Centre. If you would like to donate please contact Kevin or

November 2022 Volunteers for Race Days at Cheltenham Racecourse

Richard Purdon the members at the meeting on 17th November that the race course/jockey Club wished to use local volunteers to help manage the crowd on race days. The volunteers would be called “Wayfinders” and would be used in the main to engage with the public and direct them to exits, buses, loos and general information. There would be two shifts 10.00am to 12.45pm then 3.15pm to 5.25pm. the Wayfinders would receive free parking and access to the race course to watch the racing in between shifts. The Club would receive £100/day for each volunteer. This will be discussed at the next council meeting, but in the meantime,  a report from the November race meeting is detailed below.

Review of the trial for LOVE OUR TURF on Saturday 12th November at the Racecourse.

In preparation for the March Festival Meeting in 2023, the Jockey Club ran a trial for their LOVE OUR TURF campaign for the middle day of the November Meeting.

Anne Bartholomew and Richard Purdon attended on behalf of the 3 Rotary Clubs and 41 Club.

There was publicity of the reasons of having this campaign was given in the Gloucester Echo in the week leading up to the racing.

On the trial the timings were as follows:-

Arrive at racecourse at 9.15 a.m.

· At 9.30 a.m. all Volunteers met at South entrance Ticket Tent to pick up the kit- A Bobble Hat and a Jockey Club Tabard.

Briefing and allocation of Locations was given by the Jockey Club and a local PC.

· At 10 a.m. gates opened for the public. Wayfinders (the name for the volunteers) moved to designated areas. Most of these were at the southern exit (at Roundabout) and along the Evesham Road.

· At 12 .30 p.m. The first Race started.

· At 12.45 P.M. Wayfinders stood down.

Free entry was given to Race Course given – possible to watch races 2 – 5 of 7.

· At 3.15 p.m. return to Ticket Tent to prepare to go back to the area/zone.

· Last Race was at 4.05 p.m.

· AT 5.25 p.m. return to Ticket Tent to return kit and a short debrief.

The review of the trial, as seen by the volunteers, is given below.

There were 24 students allocated to the 11 areas within 3 Zones. All were accompanied/near Stewards or Police. The students were allocated in pairs.

· The duties were to engage with the Public, and direct them towards the entrance or exit of the Racecourse.

· And to give advice on taxi/bus routes back to the town or station.

· To support the Community by having 1 plastic bag to have litter collection points.

· And to point out the temporary loo stations!!

· To assist any visitors if they need information – mostly travel needs.

This all worked very efficiently. The banter with the crowd was good. Many offers were given to purchase the smart bobble hats!!

There was 1 major incident in the Village on the Racecourse. But no difficulties were seen by Anne or Richard on the trial.

The need for the Festival in March 2023 is confirmed as follows.

Ideally, the 4 clubs have been asked to supply 10 wayfinders per day for each of the 4 days.

Clearing the crowd will be 2/3 times larger than the November meeting.

I have asked for free car parking tickets to be made available for us.

And, of course, free access will be available for the middle of the day.

Clearly, the timing will be similar but put back a little as the races will start later.

I will ensure reasonable payment will be given to our clubs who offer volunteers. The money will be paid into our Trust/Charity Accounts.

At previous writing I thought it might be better to split the 2 shifts needed. This could be possible still.

· But given the parking need and the get the best use out of the free tickets, it is better if our members/families would do all day?

· I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – it was rewarding to help.

· I will be delighted to take questions at a club meeting if this was deemed to be helpful to promote the opportunity.

· But, I need to have an indication of people who would like to be involved by Christmas, please?

Richard Purdon

November 2022 Cheltenham Round Table Fireworks

As in previous years Rotarians from Cheltenham North have volunteered to act as Marshalls at the Cheltenham Fireworks organised by Cheltenham Round Table

Richard Purdon advised the the event generated 51k in support of Charities.

November 2022 Visit to Aerospace Bristol

A group of Cheltenham North Rotarians and Partners made a visit to Aerospace Bristol to see the Concorde and other exhibits.

Pictures of the event will be found under Photo Album of Events under "What we Do" on the Home Page.

Cheltenham Wine Festival 29th October 2022

The Wine Festival took place on the 29th October at the Pittville Pump Rooms

We are pleased to advise that all tickets were sold and the event was a success.

More details to follow.

Rotary District 1100 Conference John Phillip Bristol 15th October 2022

Fourteen of us represented Cheltenham North at the conference, a number only surpassed by local clubs. It was very well organised by Richard Purdon and his committee. The Bristol Club provided a large number of guides and marshals.

October 2022 A visit to the Everyman Theatre

A report on the visit to the Everyman Theatre by a group of Members to see the play 'The Lavender Hill Mob'. The evening started by all members of the group dining at the Theatre Restaurant. The menu enjoyed by all wasvaried with four possibilities offered for mains and Puds plus a starter. I had the Bourguignon Beef followed by the Eton Mess where both both excellent and well presented. The cost was £17.95 per person. Twenty two people attended.

Regarding to the play itself. this was a re run of the post War II production originally given by Alec Guinness. In this current play the lead was played by Miles Gupp. The older members of the group would recognise the era portrayed where the dialogue and narrative was very much dated.

The story is about a mild mannered civil servant Henry Holland who reaches Rio De Janeiro with his gold bullion, transported in the form of gold Eiffel towers. Much of the story is acted with a play within a play going back to the events in London leading up to the crime itself. The inevitable happens when the police get their man.

It was felt by some members that the play got off to a slow start, this managed to get going in the second half of the play.

Much of the original quick whit by Alec Guinness was missing and suffered with dialogue which was verbose.

The census of opinion by some individuals was some what mixed, but generally said that they enjoyed the evening of being together as a group.

Eric Labrum

August 2022 Visit to Woodchester Valley Vineyard

A Group of Cheltenham North Rotarians with Partners enjoyed a visit to Woodchester Valley Vineyard.

This included a tour of the Vinyard, talk followed by a supper.

Cheltenham North Support the Willow Trust August 2022

A group of Cheltenham North Rotarians and Partners enjoyed an afternoon Tea Cruise in support of the Willow Trust.

Cheltenham North return to playing Boules in the District Competition August 2022

Boules Nigel Gilhead

We all need to congratulate our boules squad, they have played the three matches in our division, winning against North Cotswolds 2-4 and Pershore 6-0, but losing 2-4 against Winchcombe. The games were all in the evening and were usually followed with a pub supper along with members of the other team, making for a very sociable event. Not having seen people since covid, it was surprising at the number of friends who had transferred to other Clubs, so this was an opportunity to catch up on the news

A New Member for Cheltenham North July 2022

We are pleased to welcome Anne Bartholomew as a member of Cheltenham North

Anne was previously a member of Tewkesbury Club and is also District Governor elect

July 2022 A New President for Cheltenham North

At our meerting on the 7th July President Geoff passed the "baton" to the President for 2022/2023  Janet Keenan

After the meal we enjoyed a presentation from Janet titled "This is my Life"

A New Member for Cheltenham North June 2022

We are pleased to welcome Heath Wilson as a Member of our Club

28th May 2022 Mile of Coins Event for the Eradication of Polio

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

Mobile : 07803 601157

Email : dw.price@ btinternet .com

14th April 2022 Cheltenham North Celebrates 50 Years as a Rotary Club

On 14th April Cheltenham North Celebrated 50 year's as a Rotary Club with a
Celebration Dinner at the Queen's Hotel Cheltenham with Guests, Speaker Alex Chalk MP, Steve Harvey Mayor, and District Governor Graham Ogden.

The Host for the Evening was President Geoff Fox.

Pictures of the Event can be found in the "What we Do" area of the Home page of this website.

March 2022 Support for Ukraine

Cheltenham North Rotary Club Members, together with Rotarians from Bishops Cleeve and Members of 41 Club collected donations from "Punters" at the Cheltenham Race Festival on Tuesday 15th March.

This collection together with nearly £6000 donated by Cheltenham North Members means that a magnificant sum of nearly £32000 has been raised to support Ukraine.

We are very grateful to all those whom have supported this cause at this difficult time.

Please see Featured Page on the Home Page for Rotary Statement on Ukraine

February 2022 An update on the Centenary Tree Project

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.

New Members for Cheltenham North January/February 2022

We are very pleased to welcome Maureen Mcvitty, and Avril and Tim Badham as members of our Club.

Cheltenham North Annual Carol Concert 14th December 2021

The 43rd Annual Carol Concert was held at the Ladies College Princess Elizabeth Hall, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham. GL50 3EP.

Amongst the participants were:

Organist John Ussell

Leckhampton Junior School Choir

The Cheltenham Silver Band

Danielle Smithson Soloiest.

Cranham Handbell Ringers

The Compere was Mark Cummings of BBC Radio Gloucester.

The event raised approximately £4000 for Rotary Charities

Cheltenham Wine Festival October 2021

The 2021 Event was held on Saturday 30th October 2021 at the Pittville Pump Rooms and has raised nearly £11000 for Rotary Charities.

                                The following is a copy of an initial report to our members

The 6th Cheltenham Wine festival took place on Saturday 30 October 2021. It is with a feeling of some relief that I am able to say that, because the 5th Cheltenham Wine Festival never actually happened, cancellation being forced on us by COVID. Once again the event was housed at the Pittville Pump Room and consisted of two sessions, each with a maximum capacity of 240 tasters. Both sessions were sold out.

This year, on the day, we had 22 wine exhibitors displaying their wares and offering tastings and wines to purchase. My target had been 24 wine exhibitors but it has proved quite a difficult year for some of our regulars with several unable to take part for various reasons. We did manage to attract five first-time exhibitors which is a promising sign for future years. We actually had 23 wine exhibitors this year until one from France dropped out on the Tuesday before the event, feeling unable to expose her staff to the COVID risk in the UK.

In addition to the wine exhibitors we had our usual charcuterie stand, a new cheese supplier and a home-made cookie baker.

The day proved very successful. The tasters seemed happy as they left, their mood no doubt bouyed up by the excellent wines that they had sampled. We have had several complimentary emails from exhibitors, all saying that they would like to come back next year. One has expressed some uncertainty about next year as they are up for sale!

Many thanks also to the Wine Festival Committee, who made the whole thing happen, and to all those members and their spouses and partners who helped on the day. This support does not go unnoticed. To quote feedback from one of our exhibitors, “I have to say that the team of organisers and support staff at the event were first class, everyone was so helpful and proactive with coming round refilling water bottles. They really were excellent, please pass on our thanks to all involved”.

And so with the 2021 Cheltenham Wine Festival safely and successfully behind us, we look forward to the 7th Cheltenham Wine Festival, to be help at

the Pittville Pump Room on Saturday 29 October 2022. Put the date in your diary!

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'What We Do' Main Pages:

An overview of Rotary and the activities of the Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

The Queens Hotel

A selection of Pictures taken at the 50th Celebration Dinner at the Queens Hotel on 14th April 2022.

Carol Concert

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


The Club Officers 2022/2023 See "Details" for information.


The Club Committees for 2022/2023


The Carol Concert is held Annually in Cheltenham For more about this event please see "Details" below


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


This is a summary of our activities 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 2022 Event Held on the 29th October 2022 was a great success see "Details" for more information. The 2023 event details will be advised.


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.


Selection of Photos from Various Events


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