Club Bulletin February 2022

The Club Bulletin for February 2022

                                                 Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

                                                         February 2022 Bulletin

Geoff Craven 1939 to 2022 Rod Hill Past DG

Should you have ever wanted a doodah to fix a thingammy to a whatsit, he was the guy!!

Geoff, Mr Fixit Craven no less. Geoff and I first met in the mid-sixties having moved to Gloucestershire from our native Yorkshire to further our careers.

Geoff and I were both at Grammar Schools in West Yorkshire but did not meet until we were both became founder members of Newent Round Table, at that time we both lived in the Newent area.

Exciting times, we had our children in sequence over the years and Round Table gave us the opportunity to be part of the community on a social and service basis. As our careers, business and social life developed, so did our families, we shared all family events including holidays, Round Table and Ladies Circle events, he was a devoted father, grandfather and of late, a great grandfather.

His degree in mechanical engineering gained a position in Babcock Gloucester, and he went on to set up his own enterprise developing and creating machinery for mechanical handling for major companies throughout Europe and Scandinavia

Geoff was a very pragmatic and able person who could use and apply his intelligence not only to everyday activities but to charitable and benevolent causes, He had a dry sense of humour always well-meaning and typically northern in flavour. His taste in music was wide,

from brass bands to Churchdown Choral Society including involvement with productions of the Cotswold Savoyards.

Round Table life ended as the 40-year age rule required and whilst I was invited to join Rotary in Cheltenham, in1978, Geoff was invited to be part of the new Rotary club of Newent. His flourishing engineering activity made it difficult for him to meet the attendance rules, but once he retired, he was able to renew his Rotary activity by becoming a member of Cheltenham North. His contribution to Club events was significant in particular his involvement with the annual Christmas concerts

He was always a true friend, respected and admired for his patience, his energy, understanding and application of straightforward common sense. He will be sorely missed by all those fortunate enough to have met him over his fruitful and productive life.

Speaker Expenses Treasurer, Linda Pawley

After our first January meeting, I sent a notice round asking members to each transfer £10 to the Club’s General Account. This is to cover Speaker meals until the end of this Rotary year instead of collecting £1 coins at every meeting.

32 members have already done this, but please would the remaining 10 members follow suit.

If you don’t use bank transfer, a cheque sent to me, made out to Cheltenham North Rotary, would be acceptable. Banks details as shown below. Thank you.

Sort Code :- 20 20 15

Account Number :- 20231770

Mile of Coins

Roger Champness organised our original mile of coins in 2013. Now Rotary in Cheltenham are planning to do a repeat performance on Saturday 28th May 2022 in Montpellier Gardens to raise money to help eradicate polio.

Cheltenham Rotary invites you to ‘Put Your Foot in it’ by

Completing a foot long strip of coins to donate £5

The organisers are looking for sponsorship to produce the cards.

We’re going to create a MILE OF COINS by laying 5,280 one-foot

strips end to end, each to the value of £5. This will raise £25,000! Enough to protect 100,000 children around the world!

Picture from our previous Mile Of Coins event in 2013

For more information please go to:

Centenary Tree Planting Sue Jenkins

Replacement trees

In January, Nature First replaced the 6 failed trees (mainly oaks) in various locations around town. The contract included replacement to be covered at the contractor’s expense.

As well as these trees, there were the 7 vandalised ones which required additional funding to replace and install wire mesh cages to give further protection. Fortunately, several generous individuals and organisations have been able to assist with raising sufficient funds to cover the costs to enable them all to be replaced with good sized trees.

Adam Henson’s planting of 100th Tree

On Thursday 27th January we had help from Adam Henson, of Country File, to plant the 100th Rotary Centenary Tree at Montpellier roundabout. The large specimen ornamental pear tree (Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer) was donated by David Evans, President of Cheltenham Rotary Club and his wife Gina in memory of their dog, Lucca.

Despite the dull weather, there was a good turnout of members and partners from all clubs and the District Governor, Graham Ogden, which was all photographed by our Chief Photographer, Michael Rouse.

Karl Stuckey, Director of Nature First, was responsible for the planting and has erected a substantial cage structure to protect it in this busy area of town.

Tree Planting to mark 50th anniversary of Cheltenham North Club

Following on from the success of planting 100 trees for the Rotary Centenary, we are planning to plant 50 more trees for the Cheltenham North’s club milestone this year.

During lockdown, when people were unable to spend money on holidays and treats, it was easier to find sponsorship. However, we realise that people are concerned about the additional costs of heating etc. and will be more reluctant to commit to funding these trees. It is encouraging that several individuals are interested in sponsoring trees and I am sure we will meet our target.

David Evans has found a source of funding for some of the trees by encouraging County Councillors to use part of their Build Back Better allocation to improve the environment in their area. Whilst this has involved liaising with many Councillors to try to agree potential locations, and complete multiple grant application forms, we are starting to obtain grant approval.

What kind of Rotarian are you?

Rosanne found this in Rotary Bulletin produced in December 1985!

1. Some are like wheelbarrows – no good unless pushed

2. Some are like trailers – no good unless pulled

3. Some are like canoes – they need to be paddled

4. Some are like kites – if you don’t keep a string on them, they will fly away

5. Some are like balloons – full of wind and likely to blow up unless handled carefully

6. Some are like a good watch – open face, pure gold, quietly busy, and full of good works.

How did you score!

Date for you diary

The RCCN 50th anniversary dinner will be on Thursday 14th April 2022 at the Queens Hotel at 6.30pm. We hope everyone will be able to attend.

Future Programme

Thu, Feb 3rd 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Business Meeting at the New Club

Host: Geoff Fox

Thu, Feb 17th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

Karen Taylor will speak on Gloucestershire Airport and its future development.

Host: Janet Keenan

Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

District Forum via Zoom

Thu, Mar 3rd 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speakers at the New Club

The Speakers Ian and Cathy Boyd will give a talk on "Zero Carbon Cattle farming." Host: John Phillip

Tue, Mar 15th 2022 at 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

District Conference

The District Conference will be a virtual Conference. See on line for the latest information

Thu, Mar 17th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting Scatter Week

As it is Cheltenham Race Week there is no Club Meeting at the New Club. Therefore, this week is a Scatter week and Members are invited to Scatter to another Rotary Club meeting. Members will need to "book" into the chosen Club See on line for info.

Thu, Mar 31st 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Club Meeting with Partners and Guest Speaker. The Guest Speaker is Eve Jardine- Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies College and will talk on "Life at the Ladies College" Location Brickhampton TBC Host David Mace

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