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Monthly Newsletter September 2021

Monthly Speakers

Liz Rowland co-founded the Willow Trust over 32 years ago.

‘Fun and Freedom Afloat for disabled and seriously ill children and adults’. Each year up to 7,000 disabled and seriously ill children and adults with their carers spend a day on board our two fully wheelchair accessible broad beamed boats on the beautiful Gloucester- Sharpness Canal. The days are free of charge. This is a chosen charity of Club President.

Dr Simon Fox QC – ‘May it please your Lordship’

Simon has had thirty years experience, as a Doctor, Coroner and Barrister. He is very much a clinical negligence specialist and has a nationwide reputation for using his medical background and expertise to fight difficult and complex cases on breach and causation. Simon started his Presentation by passing bones to members asking their name. Most of them were correctly identified. Partners were invited and we welcomed guests from Cheltenham Sunrise. Supper was served to all attendees.

Visit to Cotswold Riding for the Disabled

‘Offering excellent therapy for young and old, who live with a disability’. A group of members met up with Operations Manager, Debbie Powell to present a cheque for £900, being the proceeds from our Garden Fete, held in a member’s garden in Prestbury. Funds to be used for the purchase of reins and helmets. A very enjoyable experience and close encounter with some of the delightful ponies.

Annual Club Treasure Hunt (in torrential rain)

Organised by Member Penny Piggott. The event took place in Prestbury for the first time and winners were the Wet and Windy Team (Tina, Pat and Pam) , followed by supper at Jurys Inn.

Club future projects:

Rotary Poster Competition

Organised by Environmental and Foundation Lead Roger Brunt. ‘Mitigating Climate Change through the eyes of young children’. We have organised a Poster Competition for the top classes in local primary schools to recognise the importance of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow at the start of November.

The Cheltenham Rotary 100 Club has been formed at £5 per month. The Rotary Council shall determine the destination of charity monies earned between one or more of The Rotary Foundation, End Polio Now and the main Cheltenham Rotary Benevolent Fund account.

Mock Interviews at Balcarras School

A group of Club members volunteered to attend Balcarras School to assist and advise year 10 children to set up a pathway for a future career.

Charities supported

Shelter Box (Haiti Disaster). Donation of £590


A bloke in the pub told me he was heavily overdrawn at the bank and they kept phoning him. He said that he wished that they would leave him a loan.

Why did the golfer bring an extra pair of pants? In case he got a hole in one.

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? They both have the same middle name.

David Evans


Cheltenham Rotary Club

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