Newsletter 105: October 17th

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

We had a very busy meeting today with some 15 guests from Veale Wasborough Vizards; members of Bristol Junior Chamber; and club member’s guests.

We warmly welcomed Kiryn Howard, Harry Allen, James Forward, Kinga Burzynska, Chris Holloway, Joanna Morgan, Jack Callow, Martin Smith, Keith Rundle, Linda Thorne, Sarah Billing, Anupreet Attridge, Cheryl Brady, Jo Kelly, Garth Morton, Andie Spragg and Chris Askew, and guest speaker – Keith Rundle.

RI citation

President Roger Key was pleased to say that at a recent District Rotary Meeting the club had received an RI citation for the second largest contribution per head to Rotary Foundation within the District (Swindon contributed most). Click here to read the letter.

Bristol City Centre BID Team

Our speaker today (17 October 2018) was Keith Rundle who is currently President of Bristol Rotary Club and has headed up the Bristol City Centre BID team since August 2015, initially developing and expanding an original BID proposal into the City Centre BID. He took it from initial concept through to the successful ballot in July 2017.

Keith now oversees the implementation of the projects that levy payers supported through the ballot. In all aspects of the City Centre BID Keith will be ensuring that levy payers get best value from the BID and that it delivers significant improvements for the BID area.

What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District  (BID) is a defined area where business rate payers agree to pay a levy into a fund for a fixed period. Specific agreed initiatives are then delivered to improve the area for businesses. A BID is commenced when an independent ballot has been conducted. To be successful there must be both a simple majority of the number who vote and a simple majority of the aggregate rateable value represented by those who vote. A BID cannot deliver services that the council currently delivers.

BIDs in the UK

There are over 280 BIDs in the UK, which generate more than £80m each year to invest in their local areas. BIDs are successful and around 85% of initial proposals achieve a ‘Yes’ vote at ballot. Their value to businesses is such that at each subsequent ballot the percentage that vote in favour almost always increases.

The Bristol City Centre BID exists solely to introduce significant improvements for the benefit of levy payers.

Its aim is to ensure Bristol city centre is increasingly known for its safe, attractive and welcoming look and feel by all those who come to work, study, visit, and spend leisure time. It focuses on 5 areas:

  • Improve safety: To reduce crime and anti-social behaviour to improve perceptions of the area both day and night.
  • Improve the 'look and feel': Deliver high standards of care and management.
  • Improve the welcome: Work to create a lasting impression of a caring and welcoming city centre.
  • Promote success: Market and promote the BID area as a safe, healthy and welcoming place to work and to visit, for shopping and leisure.
  • Act in the best interest of our levy payers: Be the single point of contact for business queries and issues.

Rotary Twinning Visit from Rotary Club of Prague International

Last weekend some 16 club members and partners set of with visitors from RC of Prague International for a weekend of fellowship and walking in South Wales. The weather was not so kind but that did not stop these intrepid folks from having a great weekend - but with some extremely damp walking. 

World Polio Day 24 October 2018.

To commemorate World Polio Day, President Roger Key and 10 members of our club planted 4000 crocus bulbs at Castle Park today.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) over 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.99%, from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 22 cases in 2017 and with just three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan; Pakistan; and Nigeria.

Whilst tremendous progress has been made, the final steps on any journey are often the some of the hardest and 2018 has been far from easy, with 14 cases in the first eight months of the year.

However, extensive global environmental sampling around the world has made highlighting and mobilising against threats to eradication easier, more targeted and often more effective.

This reemphasises the challenges facing the world in ensuring that polio becomes just the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

The end is very much in sight and Rotary has committed to raising US$150 million between 2017-20 in support of global eradication efforts.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 so every £1 becomes raised £3. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk, including the UK.

Rotary has contributed more than US$1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985. Our own club has committed to supporting the End Polio Campaign over many years.

Please click here for more information

Swift Inclusive Sports Swimming Gala

Please do not forget The 2018 Swimming Gala will take place at Horfield Leisure Centre from 3pm to 7pm this Saturday, 20 October 2018. Please come and support the swimmers. For more information about how we support the Gala, and for some history of the event please visit our "What We Do - Community and Vocational" page here. 



Join the club...

Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
If you'd like to come along to a Wednesday morning meeting please email us at

Rotary Shoe Boxes

Thank you to all members who took home a "shoe box" to fill. For those wondering what to put in the box, the website provides guidance.
We still have 9 boxes that need filling, so please come forward and take one home after next weeks meeting.
To be delivered in time for Christmas to those in need in eastern Europe, they need to be returned to Cotswold Tyndale by the third week of November, so ideally they need to come back to Roger Key (ideally to the office at 26 Berkeley Square) at or before our business meeting on Wed 14th November.  

District Conference

We are appealing for more members to join Roger Harper and Roger & Gill Key to attend the District Conference on March 15-17th on behalf of our club. Please click here for more details on the location and speakers.