Club Bulletin November 2021

The Club Bulletin for November 2021

           Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

                                           November 2021 Bulletin


A Message from our President

Our very grateful thanks to Steve Wood and his team for putting on an extremely successful Wine Festival last Saturday, 30th October. I thought it was the best Wine Festival that we have had, and certainly had a very professional air about it. It was certainly good to see so many smiling faces, amongst both the stallholders and wine lovers. Many were already looking forward to next year. It was very pleasing too, to note that the Raffle was again well supported.

 Unfortunately, Covid is still very much with us causing a small minority of Members, for very good reasons, not to attend meetings. One Member has proved Covid positive, but fortunately appears to have remained in good health while serving the prescribed period in isolation.

 The Christmas Lunch at Brickhampton on December 2nd, arranged by Rosanne Cole, appears to be very well supported, with over 40 Members, Partners and Guests attending. Judging by previous experience, I suspect it will be a very good commencement to the Christmas Festivities.

 Finally, the Carol Concert is fast approaching, and I hope all Members will make every effort to sell as many tickets as possible.


Covid 19 An Update from Gill Rouse

This communique was recently sent to all members of GHNHSFT. I thought you might find it interesting.

We are now amid the Autumn surge of COVID-19 cases in the community, and we are seeing an increase in the number of patients needing care in our hospitals. We have seen a significant increase over the last 7 days. This is not a surprise to us, and we have good plans in place to ensure we can effectively deal with an increase in the number of cases.

Over the coming days, we are likely to see a further increase in cases, with high levels of community transmission continuing and we must remain alert and act swiftly if patients and or colleagues have symptoms.

The best way we can prevent hospital transmission is by robustly following our highly effective and tried and tested infection control practices and in particular focus on the 5 key actions listed below to help keep our patients and each other safe.

Whilst most of our poorly COVID patients have been unvaccinated, we know that the positive effect of the vaccinations is waning – now is the time for all eligible citizens and colleagues to get their booster vaccination – this will provide a shield of protection alongside good infection control practices.

We know that as a team we have successfully looked after our patients and each other during some of the most difficult times, the coming days and weeks are likely to be just as challenging, if not more so, but together we will walk this path.

There are currently 63 in patients with Covid, 9 of whom are in ECU.

5 Key Actions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

1. Complete COVID-19 patient screening on day 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and then every 5 days. 2. Ward and department leaders to complete the new assurance framework assessment: ICAF at least weekly (this link only works on-site and only for ward and department leaders).

3. Ensure staff are self-testing using LFDs twice weekly and do not come to work with mild symptoms.

4. If patients have symptoms remember: Don't watch and wait, test and isolate.

5. No COVID-19 positive patients on green wards (even inside rooms): they must be transferred to a red ward without delay.

CHELTENHAM WINE FESTIVAL - Saturday 30 October 2021

The 6th Cheltenham Wine festival took place on Saturday 30 October 2021. It is with a feeling of some relief that I can say that, because the 5th Cheltenham Wine Festival never actually happened, cancellation being forced on us by COVID. Once again, the event was housed at the Pittville Pump Room and consisted of two sessions, each with a maximum capacity of 240 tasters. Both sessions were sold out.

This year, on the day, we had 22 wine exhibitors displaying their wares and offering tastings and wines to purchase. My target had been 24 wine exhibitors, but it has proved quite a difficult year for some of our regulars with several unable to take part for various reasons. We did manage to attract five first-time exhibitors which is a promising sign for future years. We had 23 wine exhibitors this year until one from France dropped out on the Tuesday before the event, feeling unable to expose her staff to the COVID risk in the UK.

In addition to the wine exhibitors, we had our usual charcuterie stand, a new cheese supplier and a home-made cookie baker.

The day proved very successful. The tasters seemed happy as they left, their mood no doubt buoyed up by the excellent wines that they had sampled. We have had several complimentary emails from exhibitors, all saying that they would like to come back next year. One has expressed some uncertainty about next year as they are up for sale!

We do not yet have details of the financial outcome; there are a couple of outstanding invoices, but I am hopeful of a very good result. I do know that the raffle made over £1,300 so many thanks to our ticket sellers and to our Prize Collector supreme, Michael Jones.

Many thanks also to the Wine Festival Committee, who made the whole thing happen, and to all those members and their spouses and partners who helped on the day. This support does not go unnoticed. To quote feedback from one of our exhibitors, “I have to say that the team of organisers and support staff at the event were first class, everyone was so helpful and proactive with coming round refilling water bottles. They really were excellent, please pass on our thanks to all involved”.

And so, with the 2021 Cheltenham Wine Festival safely and successfully behind us, we look forward to the 7th Cheltenham Wine Festival, to be held at the Pittville Pump Room on Saturday 29 October 2022. Put the date in your diary!

Steve Wood

Cheltenham Wine Festival – Pictures (By Michael Rouse.)





Warning - Payment Diversion Fraud


The latest update from the Police

Payment Diversion Fraud (also known as Mandate Fraud) is a calculated crime where fraudsters trick an individual or business into sending funds to bank accounts under their control. Across Gloucestershire and nationally, individuals and businesses are being targeted for Payment Diversion Fraud .

Criminals are experts at impersonating people. They spend hours researching you for their scams. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.

If you receive an email or text message, apparently from someone you know, to make an urgent payment to a new bank account, take a moment to stop and think.

Could it be fake? It’s ok to refuse to send money to a new bank account until you have double-checked with the person in question. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Learn how to stay safe - visit the Action Fraud website (

If you think you’ve fallen for a scam contact your bank immediately and Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the Action Fraud website.



Carol Concert

To be held in the Princess Hall of the Ladies College at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th December

I am delighted that the Carol Concert preparations are going well.

Mark Cummings will once again be the compere, we have the Leckhampton Junior School Choir, the Cheltenham Silver Band, Danielle Smithson and a new addition for this year – the Cranham Handbell Ringers.

We now need to sell tickets. You can buy tickets online, follow the link from our website, or see one of the Committee Members.

Peter Watson

Carol Concert Committee

Future Programme

This covers the period November to January 2022 incl. More details on the Club Website

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. Host Geoff Fox

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 - 4:00 pm

Club Christmas Luncheon

The Club Christmas Luncheon at the Brickhampton Golf Club See "Details" for more information 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. START 7:30PM See "Details" for more information

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

Thu, Jan 6th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting with Guest Speaker Chris Reid at the New Club. The Speaker will give a talk on Memories of flying the Vulcan with Blue Steel Host Michael Jones


Thu, Jan 20th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting with Guest Speaker Chris Nelson at the New Club Chris Nelson was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire in May 2021 and wil talk on "Improving Policing in Gloucestershire." Host Elizabeth Jones

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