Club Bulletin September 2021

The Club Bulletin for September 2021

                                      Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

September 2021 Bulletin


A Message from our President 

Two months of the Rotary year have passed, and already there have been some highlights. Our first meeting was on Zoom, but fortunately since then, meetings have been ‘face to face’, and we have had four extremely good speakers.  My thanks to David Rees who is producing a series of speakers of such high quality.

 Brickhampton was an extremely good venue for our Partners Evening, following initial research by Mike Rouse during his Presidential year, and there were several favourable comments by Members about the quality of the food, and the venue itself.  We will be returning for our next Partners Evening on September 30th, and also our Christmas celebration in December.  Attendances at recent meetings have been lower than previously, presumably due to holidays and Covid, and hopefully time will restore normality.

Talking to Ann Carter recently, it was reassuring to find that she is making steady progress, and that she remains in good spirits.

 I look forward to the Wine Festival on 30th October and am pleased to be told that the afternoon session is already sold out, and the Carol Concert on December 14th

 Geoff. Fox.’

Linc Bowls Knockout Tournament.


 It is with unexpected pleasure that I report on a recent Club sporting success.

 On Monday 30th August, answering a request from Gill Rouse, our Bowls team entered a Knockout Tournament held by the Cheltenham Bowls Club based in Suffolk Square, in support of LINC.

 Having accepted the challenge, a strong team was entered consisting of David Hearle (an experienced player and very shrewd Captain), together with Bill MacCleod , Tony Pawley and Richard Purdon.

 After beating three other teams, the Club found itself in the Final against a surprisingly youthful, enthusiastic, and skilful team, where the youngest player was 8 years old, and the oldest had reached the ripe old age of 14. 

The Club fought with skill and determination, but eventually youth prevailed.  In mitigation, it must be stressed that the senior member of the winning side, had a few weeks previously, reached the semi-final of a National Father and Son competition.

 Perhaps the most warming moment of the day was observing Richard congratulating and shaking hands with a rather small 8-year-old.

 Certainly, the most important outcome was that the afternoon contributed over £3000 to LINC.

 Geoff Fox.’


Cheltenham Wine Festival - Saturday 30 October 2021

The 2021 Wine Festival will take place on Saturday 30th October and, once again the venue will be the Pittville Pump Room. Arrangements will be largely the same as at previous festivals.

To date we have 21 confirmed wine exhibitors, a mixture of producers and distributors. We would like to attract 2 or 3 more exhibitors and so if you know of any vineyards or wine merchants/wholesalers who you think might like to attend please let me know.

We also have 3 confirmed non-wine exhibitors, our regular charcuterie producer, a cheesemaker, and a home-made cookies baker.

Tickets for the second session from 4 to 7 pm have sold out. We still have 65 tickets available for Session 1, from noon until 3 pm.

Peter Watson will soon be looking for confirmation of those willing to assist on the day. I will also be contacting those members who had the check-in app on their phones for the 2019 event to ask if they will be available this year. We will need to check that the app is still working.

Any suggestions regarding potential sponsors or advertisers in the festival catalogue would also be most welcome.

Finally, the Committee is minded staging the 2022 event on the equivalent date to this year’s event; Saturday 29th October 2022.

Steve Wood

Our Tree Project Lynmouth Green with the Enovert Community Trust

On 26th August, Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of the Enovert Community Trust, Slough visited Lynworth Green in Cheltenham.

The Trust had given a grant to provide many of the trees planted on this site which are all growing well. The Inspection of the site was very successful, and Angela was very impressed and hopes to be able to return in the future to see how the trees have matured.

The residents are truly grateful for this project to make their surroundings more attractive especially as they had been asking the Local Council to provide some for the past ten years.

Michael Rouse.


Enovert Community Trust at Lynmouth Green

Carol Concert

The Carol Concert is to be held on Tuesday 14 December at the Ladies College.

I would like to thank those on the Committee for their help and input at the recent meetings especially Geoff Craven, Vivien Barr and Gill Rouse. Today we have been to see Ellie at the College and earlier this evening we had a committee meeting. The College have agreed to hold the price the same as 2019 and we have been able to transfer the deposit we made for 2020.

We have taken on board comments received after the concert which was held 2 years ago and plan to have either an earlier start or a shorter concert and to ensure we have more of a ‘Christmassy' content to the music.

The Leckhampton School have agreed to once again bring 2 choirs, the Cheltenham Silver Band have been booked and we have an organist to replace our friend Mike Sanger Davis.

The compere is to be confirmed.

We plan to have regular committee meetings in the coming weeks and will keep the Members up to date.

The main thing now is to SELL TICKETS!!!!


The BeerFest of 2021 was cancelled because our principal collaborator in Hatherley & Reddings Cricket Club felt unable to cope with the pressure, both personal and professional, at this time.

The BeerFest is a significant source of income for our club. The committee was therefore confronted with several issues.

1. Would HRCC be able to identify a suitable successor to their principal collaborator?

2. Would that person be able to remedy the lack of support from members of HRCC in time to hold a BeerFest in 2022?

3. Would the BeerFest committee be able to identify a suitable replacement organisation.

In the meantime, I sought possible alternative organisations and found that the Cheltenham Tigers Rugby Club at Newlands was very interested in collaborating with us. They have an outstanding facility, a strong membership which actively supports events and new management seeking means of fundraising.

John Phillip Chairman


Club Programme September/October

Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Club Business Meeting at the New Club. Host Geoff Fox

Thu, Sep 9th 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A Club Council Meeting at the New Club. Host Geoff Fox

Thu, Sep 16th 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Club Meeting at the New Club with Guest Speaker Mark Summerfield on "The World of the Tardigrade" Host Geoff Craven

Thu, Sep 30th 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Club Meeting with Partners at the Brickhampton Golf Club with Guest Speaker Peter Scanlon on "The Benefit of International Eyes" Note meal cost with choices £23 pp Host Nigel Gilhead

Thu, Oct 7th 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Club Meeting at the New Club with Guest Speaker Nichole Beebee on The Midlands Air Ambulance. Host Roger Grimshaw

Thu, Oct 21st 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Club Meeting with Speaker at the New Club The Speaker Maria Jagusz will give a talk on "My Life in Music" Host Kevin Gwilliam

Sat, Oct 30th 2021 at 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Cheltenham Wine Festival is to be held at the Pittville Pump Rooms on the 30th October 2021. See "Details" for more information including the purchase of Tickets

The full programme to Christmas can be viewed on the Club Website

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