Club Bulletin October 2021

The Club Bulletin for October 2021

        Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

                                        October 2021 Bulletin


A Message from our President 

I am pleased to be able to report that our attendance figures, following the recommencement of face-to-face meetings are gradually increasing, so that the first such meeting at the New Club attracted 20 Members, and the second 25.

Similarly, the recent meeting at Brickhampton saw an attendance of 35, again an increase on the first Brickhampton meeting.  Long may it continue.  Our Christmas lunch is also being held at the same venue on December 2nd.  Arrangements are in the very capable hands of Rosanne Cole, and I understand there will be a menu choice.

 John Phillip, Steve Wood and I attended a meeting with the Cheltenham Tigers Rugby Club, at their Newlands ground recently, with regard to holding a joint Beer Festival with them.  They remain enthusiastic about a two-day joint venture, and dates have been set for this, early in July 2022.  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday November2nd.

 We have recently had an email from the Chairman of the New Club, Pete Chadwick, stating that they can no longer continue collecting amounts above the cost of the meal and drinks, because of ‘the additional administrative burden…….it also creates additional charges when it goes through our accounts’.  This means that we will have to devise another means of collecting £1 at each meeting.  This may well take the form of increasing the subs starting on January 1st 2022, but in the very short term, I would be grateful if you could bring a £1 coin on Thursday next, 7th October.

Gill Rouse continues to make slow but steady progress and is now getting up on a daily basis.

Geoff Fox.



The worldwide news for the reduction of cases until the end of July is encouraging. There have only been 2 new cases of the outbreak in Calendar Year of 2021. 1 of each in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Let up hope that the return to power of the Taliban does not hinder vaccination in the months to come.



For the past few years, a group of Club Rotarians and Partners have helped Round Table with their large firework display. Full details are on the Club Website, under future events. If there is a reasonable surplus on the night, then we receive a donation to our Trust Account. Please give the names, of those who will be happy to help to Richard by October 21st.


David Hearle formally Welcomed and Inducted into our Club


David had previously joined our Club in January when we were holding Zoom meetings.

We are delighted that he has joined Cheltenham North and look forward to seeing him at our meetings.


In previous years, Richard and Helen have organised a visit to the first day of the December meeting. This is a charity day shared by the Mayors of Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

The day is based in the Centaur Centre. Coffee and a welcoming drink are available before racing. A 2/3 course buffet lunch is served. There is the Tote in the room. And afternoon tea finishes the day. The cost this year is set at £75 per ticket.

Please give Richard a call if you would like to book a place/s with a cheque payable to him by end October.

Thank you for your interest in the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Mayors Charity Race Day on Friday 10 December 2021. I attach the information leaflet.

 Please pay for your tickets using the link below – under ‘Type of Payment’ choose Mayor’s Charity race day (remember to add the amount you need to pay and press ‘add’ (£75 per person)) :

 An Update from the Community and Youth Committee

The Committee met on the 29th of September and decided as follows.

 1. Rowanfield Reading Scheme is on-hold until such time as the prospective helpers have all had their Booster Vaccine, it was felt unsafe for us with the children, as stated by Janet at the last meeting.

2. No update on Belmont School as Anne, a School Governor, had to attend a meeting today at the school.

3.’Kids Out’. Liz has tried many times to make contact and to get information concerning going forward with the project, unfortunately to no avail.

4. ‘Hamer Scamper’.

We shall again be supporting this venture as we did last year by collecting their required goods, a list of which will be posted next week. We hope that the membership will again help us with this project.

The goods will be collected from the members at New Club on November 4th. and 18th. Also, on Saturday 13th. November at the house of Vivien between 10.00 and 1.00pm. These will be stored in Vivien’s garage to await collection.

5. ‘Open Door’

Liz and I visited the new premises off Alston Road. They have fantastic potential, so much space much to the delight of Rosie, who has great plans for them. They already have had so many donations including an industrial kitchen!
We explained that, at this time, we are unable to help them financially. After discussion with the committee, we would like to suggest that perhaps the club would like to join us in supporting them by donating a tray? The cost of £5 per tray was suggested but on checking I have sourced one for £3.25. I am awaiting Rosie’s approval that it meets the requirements.

We are also offering our help in the New year to sort and pack clothing for the guests which will be stored in what will be the old Open-Door premises. I will be visiting them in the next few weeks to find out what this entails.

Although we can’t help them financially, we can give them our time.

Geoff suggested that we joined ‘A Joint Service Week’ on October 10 -16. Together with Rotary, Rotaract, Kiwanis, Lions and other groups to do a joint service project. Of the list that was supplied we are already doing several of the suggested activities. We also felt that 2 weeks to organise such a project was insufficient time.

Gwynne Tucker Brown

Cheltenham Wine Festival - Saturday 30 October 2021An Update

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.

Tickets have been sold out for both sessions. However if “returns” become available these will be issued from the ticket site.

The Rotas for both Sessions have now been issued to all Club Members

Steve Wood

Beerfest An Update from John Phillip

"We have high hopes that the Beerfest will be resurrected in 2022 in a
bigger format than in previous years. We have found an enthusiastic
partner to help us hold the next event during the weekend of July 2nd &
3rd. Please reserve that time to give us the assistance we will
undoubtedly need. A more detailed account will be issued after the next
team meeting in November. "

The Fifty4Fifty fifty mile running challenge to fund Fifty Schoolbag’s has been COMPLETED!


(This is Simon not Rosanne!!!!)

It gives me great pleasure to let you know that on Saturday evening, just after sundown, School in a Bag Trustee David Hutchinson (aka BBD) and I arrived at the Cobb in Lyme Regis, on the south coast of Dorset, thirteen and a half hours after setting off from the marshes at Stert, where the River Parrett meets the Bristol Channel in north Somerset.  In all, we ran a total of 54 miles in a moving time of 11 hours and 39 minutes to complete our #Fifty4Fifty Challenge to commemorate Piers's 50th years



Running over 50 miles is certainly a challenge that requires discipline, and we were very controlled at not only managing our pace over the first 20 flat miles, but also our hydration and nutrition throughout the entirety of the day.  The latter was made so much easier by the incredible support crew who were on hand at key checkpoints to enable us to top up water bottles and refuel.  Big thanks to Karen Parr (aka KP) who chauffeured us to the start and tracked our whole route with a car full of supplies, Matt and Jenn who set up an improvised fuel stop at mile 30, Family Hutchinson and Grice who set up a School in a Bag feed station in Ilminster at mile 34, Family Fox-Richards who tracked us from mile 42 (with Jules (aka Bubble) running with us until the end) and the gang who saw us arrive at Lyme.  Thank you - we could not have done it without you all.


Club Programme October/December

The full programme to Christmas is given below. Any “Details” are on the Club Website


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

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

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

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

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

Sun, Oct 24th 2021 at 1:00 am - 11:00 pm

World Polio Day

Rotary International Celebrates World Polio Day See "Details" for more Information


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

Cheltenham Wine Festival 2021

The Cheltenham Wine Festival to be held at the Pittville Pump Rooms on the 30th October 2021. Please note Parking Charge SOLD OUT BUT CHECK TICKET WEBSITE FOR ANY RETURNS See "Details" for more information.


Mon, Nov 1st 2021 at 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Cheltenham Club Centenary Dinner

Cheltenham North are supporting the Cheltenham Rotary Club Centenary Dinner at the Hotel Du Vin. Time 6:30PM for 7PM. Lounge Suits Price £30pp. including welcome drinks. Members, please refer to circulation from President Geoff for more details.


Thu, Nov 4th 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting at the New Club with Guest Speaker Alysia Cameron-Price on "The Work of the Sue Ryder Hospice" Host David Hearle


Sat, Nov 6th 2021 at 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cheltenham Fireworks

Local Rotary Clubs including Cheltenham North will be acting as Stewards at the Firework display organised by Cheltenham Round Table. All Proceeds to Round Table and Rotary Charities. See "Details" for more information.



Thu, Nov 11th 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Club Council Meeting

There is to be a meeting of Club Council, to be held at the New Club


Thu, Nov 18th 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting with Speaker The Speaker Prof. Neil Ravenscroft (Vice Chancellor) will give a talk on "The Future of the Royal Agriculture University" Host Sue Jenkins


Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

District Council Meeting

A District Council meeting via Zoom


Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 at 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Club Christmas Luncheon

The Club Christmas Luncheon at the Brickhampton Golf Club Details to be advised. Host Geoff Fox


Tue, Dec 14th 2021 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Cheltenham North Annual Carol Concert 2021

The Annual Carol Concert organised by Cheltenham North Rotary Club is on 14th December 2021. TIMING OF THE EVENT IS NOW CONFIRMED. START 7:30PM See "Details" for more information More details to follow nearer to the date


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

Club SGM and Business Meeting at the New Club

The Club SGM to elect Officers for 2022/23 and to review and approve the Club Accounts for 2020/21. To be followed by a Business Meeting at the New Club Host Geoff Fox.


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

Club Meeting

This Club Meeting has been cancelled









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