Handover Night 1 July 2019

Outgoing President Anne Bartholomew made way for incoming President Ron Hesketh at our Handover Evening.

Tewkesbury Rotary Club – Highlights 2018-2019

Monday 1st July saw the formal handover to the new Club Officers for 2019-20. Anne Bartholomew, the Club's first female president in 70 years handed over to Ron Hesketh.

The themes for Anne's year were “Health and Well-Being” with 3 main chosen charities alongside a wealth of support for local community events.

The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice This provides palliative care for the in-patient unit to support people living with a life-limiting condition. During the year the Hospice has received £5,500 from Tewkesbury Rotary Club, which includes an initial cheque; fundraising by Tony and Jennifer Barrett from the Starlight Hike and the Charity Concert at Tewkesbury Abbey in March.

Midlands Air Ambulance Every year, Midlands Air Ambulance supports our Classic Vehicle and in December Mary Seldon, visited the Club and outlined all the work they carry out. With no Government or Lottery funding, they need in excess of £9 million to keep 3 air ambulances operating. The Club donated £6,000 this year for this very valuable charity.

Mary’s Meals This charity works in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Its vision is to provide one good meal in a place of learning for every child, drawing them into the classroom to get an education that could free them from poverty. Tewkesbury Rotary Club has donated over £3,500 during the year to support Mary’s Meals.

Dogs for Good Following an inspirational talk from the local Ventri-Field family, Tracy, David, 8-year-old Connor and Assistance Dog Tammy, a cheque was presented to assist the charity with all their excellent work.

Planting of crocus bulbs Over 15,000 crocus corms where planted around the town and surrounding villages to remind us that Rotary International has almost eradicated polio from the world.

Tewkesbury Fire Cadets The Cadets provided excellent support at the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Display held at Tewkesbury Vineyards in November 2018 so the Club donated £500 towards their forthcoming trip to Holland.

Winston’s Wish Following a moving presentation by Jane Grimshaw the Club presented a cheque for £750 to Winston’s Wish to help with the wonderful work they do supporting bereaved children.

Senior Citizens Party The Senior Citizens Party held at Watson Hall in February 2019 was attended by 100 Senior Citizens from the Tewkesbury and District areas who all seemed to have a fantastic time. Meeting up with old friends and after a substantial afternoon tea provided by the Rotary Club and local businesses, they were entertained by the Gloucester Singers Ukulele Band, played some games of Bingo and finished the afternoon with a raffle of donated prizes.

Marina Court Village Green The new village green at Marina Court opened as part of their Community Hub, with tools for the forthcoming Person Shed being supplied by Work Aid.

Life Education Bus This was funded for children at John Moore School for 2 days as part of their PSHE programme.

The Club has also given ongoing support for C of E Primary; Alderman Knight School; Tewkesbury School: and Tewkesbury Fields Care Home

At the Handover Meeting on Monday 1 July, 4 members of Tewkesbury Rotary Club were presented with a Paul Harris fellowship in recognition of their service and commitment to the Club. These were – Tony Barrett, Gail Breeze, Roy Evans and Gareth Hill.