Club Bulletin for September 2020

The Club Bulletin for September 2020


                   Rotary Club of Cheltenham North –September 2020 Bulletin

FROM PRESIDENT RICHARD

I AM DELIGHTED TO FEED BACK THE RESULTS ON THE 3 RESOLUTIONS PUT TO THE CLUB AT THE DELAYED CLUB ASSEMBLY ON 20TH AUGUST.

ALL 51 MEMBERS WERE ASKED TO HAVE A SAY AND CAST THEIR APPROVAL.

AT TIME OF WRITING FOR THIS BULLETIN, THERE WE 10 VOTES N0T RECEIVED.

A) THE DISTRIBUTION FROM THE ROTARY YEAR 19/20.

33 MEMBERS APPROVED. THE % IS 80.5 OF VOTES CAST. THEREFORE, THE TREASURER WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PAY THE NOMINATED RECIPIENTS.

B).THE AGREEMENT TO APPLY FOR A GRANT AND OPEN A JUST GIVING PAGE FOR THE VEHICLE.

37 MEMBERS APPROVED. THE % IS 90.2 OF VOTES CAST. THEREFORE, AN APPLICATION TO SUMMERFIELD TRUST HAS BEEN LODGED. A JUSY GIVING PAGE IS BEING PREPARED.

C) THE SIGN IN FOR A MEMBERS ONLY FACE TO FACE MEETING AT LILLEYBROOK GC ON 29/10/20.

28 MEMBERS SIGNED IN. THEREFORE, A FURTHER REVIEW OF THE LEGISLATION WILL BE CONDUCTED, AND MENU CHOICES WILL BE CIRCULATED.

I CAN UPDATE YOU ON THE RAPID PROGESS ON THE COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS VEHICLE.

· THE APPLICATION – WRITTEN BY COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS – HAS PASSED STAGE 1 OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS. THE TRUSTEES MEET IN NOVEMBER TO AGREE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GRANT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED.

· THE DISTRICT GLOBAL GRANT APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED. GIVEN OUR VERY MODEST COMMITMENT TO FOUNDATION, RECENTLY, THIS WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE.

· THE JUST GIVING PAGE IS BEING SET UP TO MINIMISE THE COSTS OF THEIR OPERATION. THE DETAILS WILL BE CIRCULATED SOON.

OVERALL WE HAVE DELIVERED ON OUR MEMBERSHIP MANDATE TO PROCEED. WE HOPE THAT THOSE MEMBERS WHO NEEDED MORE INFORMATION/COMFORT MIGHT NOW DECIDE IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO OUT TRUST FUND.

RICHARD PURDON – PRESIDENT 3/9/2020

Time of Zoom Meetings Terry Anderson

Thank you to the nineteen members who responded to my e mailed proposal. The results were as follows:-

9 supported the current arrangements.

5 preferred the 7.30 start time.

4 happy either way and of these 2 don’t zoom.

1 wanted a 5.00 start time.

So it is obvious from these results that there will be no change.

Tree Planting Sue Jenkins

The Centenary Tree Planting Project is progressing but we are still looking for more sponsors. We have had our first press release on the Gloucestershire Live website and this is the link to see it https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/appeal-made-improve-environment-cheltenham-4455545

John Cantrill RIP 2 September

John was a founder member of our Club in April 1972. In February he celebrated his 80th birthday. He was President of our Club twice in 94/95 and again in 04/05. These are some of the memories from fellow rotarians:

Ross Cole

“Rosanne and I were very sad to hear the news of John’s passing.

John and I were Founder Members of RCCN. He was a very charming and friendly man running a successful business and with many other interests. He was a keen racing sailor with a super yacht. He enjoyed fast cars.

He and Pat became enthusiastic race goers owning their own horses. They were delighted to take you to the stables to see them. Above all he was good company, enjoying the fellowship of Rotarians and taking an active part in our Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and their family at this time. John was always there to help Pat, indeed they helped each other.”

Roger Grimshaw

Very sad about dear John Cantrill. He was a founder member when I joined a year later. Of course we were all in business and in particular ‘Owner Operators’ in my and John’s case which always makes for friendship.

I can’t be 100% clear but I think John grew up in Bristol and worked for Bristol Aircraft or maybe Rolls Royce at Filton. He came to Cheltenham I think as a design Engineer but soon went on to form and run Cantrill Engineering in Kingsditch.

The work was factory engineering to precise tolerances for such customers as Rolls Royce jet engines. He had a number of side lines including Music Loudspeakers of which I still have two big time music.

John always volunteers over the years and I worked with him on many Rotary projects. He was always most generous and I can hear him now at the bar saying ‘ Can I get you a drink Roger?’ Pat was a tremendous support at all times and of course always interested in horseracing and spending time in Portugal or was it Spain + of course golf. Rotary conferences as well. He was always keen on his cars Jag’s in particular.

Geoff Fox

I knew John for a good many years as a result of joining RCCN.

He did an apprenticeship, and set up his own engineering company employing up to 40 at his factory on the Swindon Road, supplying parts to Renishaw and Rolls Royce, and no doubt many others.

Council meetings were held at his factory office during his Presidencies.

John was a very private man rarely mentioning his engineering achievements, and was very reticent to talk about his own health or that of his wife. Pat has spent time in a wheel chair, and John was designing a lift so that he could carry the chair in the boot of his beloved Jaguar. Over the years he had a series of Jaguars including one in his holiday home in Spain.

He was a member of Lilly Brook Golf Club and owned several race horses.

John was a man whose company I always enjoyed, who I admired for all he achieved, and who I had come to regard as a very good friend.

John will be greatly missed. We send our deepest sympathy to Pat and all the Cantrill family.

Membership

Noel Moore has taken the decision to resign from the club. He celebrated his 89th birthday earlier this year but since his stroke/heart condition he has found it much more difficult to hear and enjoy his Rotary with us. Noel joined the Club on 1/9/2001. We send our very best wishes to Noel and Cynthia.

Book Review Gwynne Tucker-Brown

The Bright Edge of the World’ by Eowyn Ivey

This is a very different but most enjoyable read. The characters are strong and well described. It is set in Alaska in 1885. Lieut. Col. Allen Forrester leads a three man military expedition with Indian guides to explore a river route through Alaska. He leaves behind his young pregnant wife, Sophia. She is unusual in that she is an ornithologist and so much more interested in birds than the usual feminine past times! She develops an interest in photography aided by her maid, Charlotte, who later becomes her assistant.

The format of the book is through letters between the Colonel and Sophia. The descriptions are of incredible hardship experienced by the expedition , extremes of weather and near starvation. The local Indian influence is at times life saving and their way of life in such inhospitable terrain is fascinating.

Apart from the physical hardship experienced by the expedition there are also unexplained mystical encounters with an Indian Shaman which add another element to the story. What makes it more enjoyable is the underlying love story between the Colonel and Sophia. Well worth reading.

Future meetings and events

Thu 3rd September 2020 at 16.00 - 17.30 Club Council Meeting via Zoom

A Club Council meeting that will include a Continuity discussion in preparation for the Rotary year 2021/2022. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME Sign In details to be provided nearer to the date. Host Richard Purdon

Thu 3rd September 2020 at 18.15 - 19.30 A Club Meeting with Speaker Lyndsey Henniker-Heaton

A Club Meeting via Zoom plus Guest Speaker Lyndsey Henniker-Heaton who will give a talk on the Bristol Aerospace Museum. See "Details" for more information Sign in details will be provided nearer to the date Host Richard Purdon

Tue 8th September 2020 at 19.30 - 22.00 Theatre Trip to Malvern Theatre

The proposed theatre trip to the Malvern Theatre to see Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" is cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. Details are available from Janet

Thu 10th September 2020 at 19.00 - Sat 19th September 2020 - 22.00 Theatre Trip to the Everyman Theatre

The proposed Theatre trip to the Everyman Theatre to see "The Dresser" is now cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. Details are available from Janet.

Thu 17th September 2020 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting with Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting with Speaker, David Evans, President Elect of Cheltenham Club A Q & A session with President Richard on 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham plus an update on the 100 years tree project and other celebrations.

Host Richard Purdon Thu 1st October 2020 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting via Zoom

A review of the Fund Raising possibilities within the next few months. An update on the 2021 Wine Festival, Just Giving Page, Cash in the Attic and ideas for the 2nd half year Host Richard Purdon

Thu 15th October 2020 at 18.15 - 19.30 A Club Meeting with Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting with Speaker via Zoom Details of Speaker etc TBA. Host Richard Purdon

Thu 29th October 2020 at 18.15 - 19.30 A Club Meeting with Speaker at the Lilleybrook

A Club Meeting for Members only, Guest Speaker Alex Chalk MP for Cheltenham. A booking has been made at the Lilley BrooK Golf Club and is subject to the Coronavirus guidelines. Numbers are limited Host Richard Purdon.

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