Club Bulletin May 2022

The Club Bulletin for May 2022

                                                    Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

                                                           May 2022 Bulletin

The number of people in hospital with Covid has dropped dramatically over the last two weeks to 40 with only 1 or 2 requiring ICU care. Visitors are now allowed in the hospital and there is no need to book a time. Masks are still being warn but are not compulsory. The 4th or booster vaccine appears to be doing it’s job – I hate to think how ill some of us may have been without it. For all of you who have had Covid in the last 3 weeks, I hope you are now fully recovered and we look forward to seeing you at our regular meetings.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

This was held on Thursday 14th April at the Queens Hotel. Eighty eight people were originally attending but this number fluctuated until the last minute with various cancellations due to Covid. A huge thank you to Rotarian Rosanne Cole for all her hard work in organising both the menu and the seating plan which required never ending amendments.

Alex Chalk MP was our main speaker together with Graham Ogden, District Governor. Other VIPs were Sir Henry & Lady Carolyn Elwes and Cheltenham Mayor, Cllr Steve Harvey. Ross Cole was warmly welcomed as the only remaining founder member from 50 years ago so too was Felicity Stone, widow of founder member, Edwin Stone.

District Council Meeting on Thursday 28th April Richard Purdon

President Geoff and I were attendees at this Zoom meeting. 72 members signed up for this session.

Key points which came out were:-

· District Budget for 2022/23 accepted. Capitation for the District Sub is set at £16 per full member.

· A budget to try and recruit many new members via Social media was approved. In the first year this will be £12,000.The initial test run will be in Bristol. This funding will come out of reserves.

· Youth Competitions for Schools will re-open in 2022/23.There will be more emphasis on Primary School Competitions.

· The success of RotaKids in Wales was shared. This is for children between 7 -12 years old.

· It would appear that there will be a return of the District handbook in a hard back edition. Watch this space!!

Ukrainian Family Sue Jenkins

Today is the 18th birthday of the daughter of the Ukrainian family who are staying with us. Her name is Olena, and she loves animals and we have spent the day at the Cotswold Farm Park to celebrate. This is not only a significant day for her, but it was crucial for the family that they arrived while she was still classed as a child so they would all be together. Fathers with 3 or more children do not have to fight, so they have managed to get here (with 4 days to spare) as a family to make a new life for the children.

Members of the club have generously supplied a steady stream of cake which has been gratefully received and rapidly devoured. The family of 5 had been on the move from Kiev since February 26th, surviving in the car on snacks, whilst having to queue for hours for fuel along the way. They crossed into Hungary and gradually made their way to Berlin where a friend of a friend found empty new flats for them to stay in. They have been indoors for most of the time, and as a result are fastidious about taking off their shoes. The most touching minute for me was them asking if it was alright to go outside into the garden.

In Berlin, they had to make the hard decision, to sell their car because it was old, lefthand drive and would cost too much to tax, insure and fill with petrol to get here. Consequently, they had to further reduce their belongings to what they could carry onto a plane.

Ross & Rosanne have provided 3 fantastic toys, a little trike, a swingball and a box of Lego. The youngest is constantly inside and out on the trike, the 7 year old boy immediately started building things with the Lego and could not be drawn away to eat, and the eldest has been playing swingball with her Dad.

We are in the process of trying to get them into schools and colleges within walking distance, so the parents can do some serious job hunting. The mother, Svitlana, has very good English and was previously working as a Family Mediator, and worked in PR. The father, Serhii, is going to get lessons to improve his spoken English, and was previously CEO of companies in Oil and Gas industry, and an Insurance company. He has even suggested that he would work initially as an intern in a company.

They are a fantastic family who deserve to make a fresh start here in Cheltenham after having left their home, jobs, parents, siblings, friends and car to get here.

I have asked them to draw up a list of items that they need, and will let you know when it is available.

Serhii, is a very keen fisherman (sea, pond and river), and I would be really pleased if anyone can help with advice about fishing, might take him out and/or had any spare kit that he could use.

Belmont School’s BBQ on Saturday June 11th Gwynne Tucker-Brown

We have supported this event for several years now – excluding lockdown. Help will be needed on the day with car parking also with the BBQ catering team. An update and further information with requests for the help will be given nearer the day.

District Boules Nigel Gilhead The organisers are asking if we are interested in entering a District 1100 Boules competition.

If you want to join the 2022 RCCN squad, please reply to me. We would need to commit four members to play each match.

Visit to Woodchester Valley Vineyard Sally Whittal

I am trying to organise a group visit to this vineyard near Nailsworth, South Gloucestershire on

THURSDAY, 11th August 18.15 to 20.15 hours (2 hours).

The visit will include a guided tour probably by Greg Chappell who talked to our club last year taking approximately just over an hour. The ground is quite even and buggy friendly. This will be followed by a light grazing table supper costing £15.00 per person.

TOTAL COST £40.00 pp. The numbers are limited so please let Sally know asap if you wish to go.

Supporting charities Gill Rouse

I would like to know how you all feel about using the bulletin to advertise events that individual club members are undertaking for their own personal charities often seeking sponsorship. It is a different matter if it is one of the President’s chosen charities but I am not sure if it is appropriate otherwise. Please let me know what you think.

Wine Festival – 29 October 2022

Tickets are now on sale on line from There is a discount for RCCN members – please let Steve Wood know if you would like to attend. Your presence will also be needed to help on the day.

Fliers for the wine festival are now available and it would be a huge help if every member could take 3 or 4 and put them up in local supermarkets, shops, garages etc.

Mile of Coins – 28 May 2022

Have you managed to distribute your coin strips? Payment for these or the filles strip is needed by

28 May. For further details please visit the website.

Future Programme Clive O’Gorman

Thu, May 5th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club. The Speaker is District Governor Graham Ogden who will talk on "Rotary Today" Host Geoff Fox.


Fri, May 6th 2022 at 9:00 am - Sat, May 7th 2022 - 5:00 pm

Volunteer Expo

Volunteer Expo is back for 2022! And we’re excited to be returning with a live, face-to-face show at the NEC, Birmingham on 6th and 7th May 2022! Registration is now open, so book your free tickets. See "Details"


Thu, May 19th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting with Guest Speaker Simon Fox at the New Club Simon Fox will give a talk on "Smooth as Silk" Host Clive O'Gorman


Sat, May 28th 2022 at 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mile of Coins

The Three Cheltenham Clubs, as part of their 100 years celebration of Rotary in Cheltenham, are organising a "Mile of Coins" Charity Event. See website for more information and how to obtain the collection cards.


Thu, Jun 2nd 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This Meeting is Cancelled

This meeting is Cancelled as it is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The Club AGM plus Club Assembly for 2022/23 have been moved to 16th June

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

A Club Meeting with Guest Speaker and Partners

A Club Meeting and Partners with Guest Speaker Chris Nelson. Chris Nelson is Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, and wil talk on "Improving Policing in Gloucestershire." Location New Club Host Tony Pawley


Thu, Jun 16th 2022 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Club AGM plus Club Assembly at the New Club

The Club AGM plus Club Assembly for 2022/23 at the New Club Host Geoff Fox


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

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club

A Club Meeting with Guest Speaker at the New Club The Speaker Karen Taylor (V) will give a talk on Gloucestershire Airport, it's development and it's future. Host Linda Pawley

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'What We Do' Main Pages:

The Queens Hotel

A selection of Pictures taken at the 50th Celebration Dinner at the Queens Hotel on 14th April 2022.


Firstly a successful collection TOTALLING NEARLY £32000 on behalf.of Ukraine. See "Details" for info. Plus an update on the overall Rotary Support Also please see details for a Statement by Rotary on the Ukraine Situation

Carol Concert

A Review of our activities in a year of Cheltenham North.


The Club Officers 2022/2023 See "Details" for information.


The Club Committees for 2022/2023


The Carol Concert is held Annually at the Princess Hall Cheltenham Ladies College. For more about this event please see "Details" below


Details of the Charitable Donations made by the Cheltenham North Rotary Club


This is a summary of our activities over the past twelve months. You can also view our Club Bulletin in the "What we Do" area of the Home Page of this website.


The 2021 Event Held on the 30th October 2021 was a great success see "Details" for more information. The 2022 event will take place on 29th October 2022


The Club Bulletin is Issued on a regular basis usually every Month


Please Note the the Meeting Notes for Club Meetings are only available in the Member's only area. Details of Club Meetings are available using either the Contact form for the Secretary or the Future Events Area on the Home Page.


A selection of letters issued to all members from the District Governor For 2021/2022 onwards the Newsletter format has changed and copies are available from the Secretary.


Copies of letters received by Cheltenham North Rotary Club


Selection of Photos from Various Events


An overview of the Objects and Mission of the Rotary Foundation.