Newsletter 113: March 27th / April 3rd 2019

Welcome to March 27th-April 3rd newsletter

This newsletter will cover the meeting on March 27th and 3rd April 2019. 

News from March 27th meeting

This week we welcomed guests Zeyno Yurddas, a second year Bristol University student who is planning on visiting Nepal this summer and John Hirst, a Past President of Bristol RC and Chief Exec of Destination Bristol.

At our meeting on March 27th we presented a cheque to Ally Bigwood, Business Manager at Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe to support a special reading project that encourages children in Years 5 to 8 to achieve the level of reading proficiency required to read a Harry Potter book.  Literacy is a particular problem in the school and children who make significant progress will be rewarded with a trip to Harry Potter World.

Update from Louise, Disability Swimming

Our new swim session, is now fully underway thanks to the support of Rotary funds. The session is aimed at children with autism and learning difficulties aged 8+ and who can swim unaided in the main pool and be comfortable in deep water. We currently have 11 members. The session runs on a fortnightly basis at Filton Dolphin pool and is supported by 3 teachers. The funding has helped pay for the pool and pay expenses to the teachers.

The swimmers are all now members of Swim England and part of City of Bristol aquatics. The sessions are based on developing skills, improving technique and having fun, which they all seem to have been doing. We also have 3 young volunteers who are helping at the session as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. We still need to find a few more swimmers to make the session self sufficient and up until now it has been word of mouth. I will start to promote it and hopefully we will have soon reached our capacity of 20 swimmers.

Thank you again for supporting us and helping to get this project underway, it is so important to offer people these sessions as otherwise they would not have anywhere to swim as part of a club.

Mark Colfer proposed that RCBB should support the initiative and has worked extremely hard to support Disabled swimming over the years.

David Gammon Donations

The collection at David Gammon’s Thanksgiving Service raised £946. At the Gammon family’s request, our Treasurer, Tim Brook, has sent the collection to End Polio Now.

If you were unable to attend the service but wish to pay your respects in a similar way, you can do so by donating online at:

The Rotary Technology Tournament is for secondary school students which requires students to apply their knowledge of STEM subjects to solve a challenge.

The challenge is given out on the day of the tournament and students have to work, in teams of 4, using their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to produce a solution using the approach of design, develop, make and test. All materials are provided by Rotary. Certificates are given to all entrants and medals are given to the winning team. There is an overall trophy for the school.

A pilot tournament is to held at Bristol Free School on 11th June 2019 and it is being organised by a steering group from the Rotary Club of Bristol and Bristol Breakfast Club. This will be the first Technology Tournament held in District 1100.

News from April 3rd meeting 

This week we welcomed guest Anahita Mahmoudi who is interested in applying for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Our speaker this week was James Shone from I Can and I Am - Inspiring Confidence in Every Individual 

Our speaker - James Shone from I Can and I Am

This week we were treated to an amazing speach by James Shone. During his medical assessment for a new head teacher’s job in 2012 a brain tumour was discovered.  In spite of the health problems he’s experienced, James is a man who embodies a positive attitude to life and a determination to turn setbacks into springboards.
James is a truly inspirational speaker, visiting schools to talk to pupils, parents and teachers about his passion to inspire confidence in every individuals. The charity relies on donations and fundraising. One such event is a fundraising event which James is taking part in himself - a pedlo trip from Bath to Reading!
To find out more about his charity then please visit

Events coming up

David mander is organising two events:

Real tennis taster session from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday 2nd May

Visit to Devereux Park Woods from 10.30 am to whenever on Saturday 20th July.

Details will be available later but please put the dates in your diaries now.

Branded clothing

Thank you to those who have put in an order for the branded clothing. There are still some outstanding orders to come in so please get your choices to Mary Cook at as soon as possible. If you do not require anything please let Mary know to save unnecessary follow-ups.


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David Mander visits another Wednesday Breakfast Rotary club, this time in Grand Cayman!