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.

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4 Year 9 students at Bredon School recently took part in the Rotary Young Chef Competition.

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Following a fascinating presentation about this charity, President Anne along with Tewkesbury Rotarian John Rutter presented a cheque

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Tewkesbury Fire Cadets visited Tewkesbury Rotary Club in March 2019 to tell us about their Unit and the training they receive. What an inspirational group of young people they are!

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Loading up the Rotary Shoe Boxes collected at Tewkesbury Abbey. November 2018. Many thanks to RED for the transport.

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New village green at Marina Court retirement complex opens as part of their Community Hub.

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A report about this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event that took place in July

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In case you wonder what Tewkesbury Rotary Club actually does to support the local community, here's a list of current activities.

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This annual event was held on Saturday 23 February - see below for a brief write-up.

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If you don't feel able to make the commitment to joining our Rotary club, perhaps you would like to help us by becoming a Friend of the club. Click on the 'Details' button for more information and an application form.

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The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is one of our main chosen charities for 2018-2019.

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The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice has been one of President Anne's main charities for the year.

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Each year our Rotary club makes awards to students at Tewkesbury School. This year's presentation took place on 16 July.

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

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A brief write-up of this year's annual tea party for the town's senior citizens

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...by buying new reading books...

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Tewkesbury Rotary Club recently funded a two-day visit of the Life Education Bus to the John Moore Primary School

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President Anne Bartholomew presenting a cheque to PPNP Project Manager Ruth Ward

President Anne Bartholomew presenting a cheque to PPNP Project Manager Ruth Ward

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

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2017-18 President Anthony Stockman receives the exchange yoyo from Eric Jan Repko of Schagen Rotary Club.

Tewkesbury Rotary Club celebrated its 70th birthday with a black-tie dinner at Tewkesbury Park Hotel on Friday 18th May.

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Anne Bartholomew, 2018-19 President of Tewkesbury Rotary Club with her predecessor Anthony Stockman.

It's taken just over 70 years, but Tewkesbury Rotary Club has its first female President - Anne Bartholomew.

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This is our premier fundraising event and takes place each August, drawing enthusiastic owners and fans from far and wide. This year's event is on the 18th - see www.tewkesburycvf.org - for further information.

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Tewkesbury Rotary Club celebrates the academic and community service successes of students at Tewkesbury School.

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Work on the District 1100 2019 Young Musician Competition is now well under way, with local heats set to take place on Sunday 24th February, and the District heats on Sunday 10th March.

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Given the amount of water currently on the Vineyards and the forecasted river levels over the next few days, we have regrettably decided to cancel this Saturday's (2 November 2019) event.

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Each March, in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestras we put on a music concert at Tewkesbury Abbey. See our calendar of events for further information.

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In addition to running our own events, we are proud to provide financial or manpower support to other community initiatives such as Tewkesbury In Bloom, Tewkesbury Wheelchair Bus, Tewkesbury Foodbank and the Tewkesbury Festival of Lights.

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We look after the town's Santa's Sleigh that does the rounds of local housing estates in December. Our 'round' is Mitton and the Meadows. Details of dates and routes will be published later in the year.

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We are involved in a number of initiatives with Tewkesbury School, Alderman Knight School and a number of local Primary Schools to develop young people and to recognise their achievements.

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This is a free afternoon tea and entertainment event at the Watson Hall for the town's senior citizens that takes place in February. Look out for posters around the town in January 2019 for details of how to sign up.

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Each month we run bingo sessions for the residents of Tewkesbury Fields Care Home in Bushley.

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Every quarter we run race nights for the residents of Marina Court. We would not be able to do this without the assistance of a group of enthusiastic students from Tewkesbury School who have an excellent rapport with the residents.

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Tirlebrook School pupils ready and willing to plant crocus corms on Ashchurch Road.

Why do we plant around 15,000 crocus corms around the town and surrounding villages each year? To remind us that Rotary International has almost eradicated polio from the world. Details at https://www.endpolio.org/rotary-and-the-fight-against-polio

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