Newsletter 52

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we welcomed four guests. Our speaker Andy Street; Guy Hughes, guest of President Tony, Bill Nipper a Rotarian of Orange Park Rotary Club, Florida USA and his son, Matt who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Annual Subscriptions

At our meeting this week the club voted (with one against) to approve the recommendation of Council that the annual subscription will increase to £125 and not £145 this year. Council considered all the points raised in the note circulated recently by the Treasurer and the responses received from club members. The increase reflects a rise in national and District subs, but the planned subsidy on the Centenary Dinner will now be paid for from reserves. Council will take steps during the year to try to reduce the anticipated shortfall.

The President reminded all members that, in addition to paying the club subscription, they are expected to pay to Rotary Foundation (preferably by standing order) the sum of £15 each year which goes towards the $100 annual contribution expected from every Rotarian. You can download a form here:

Grenfell Tower Tragedy

The Grenfell Tower fire started on 14 June 2017 at the 24-storey, 220-foot (67 m) high block of public housing flats in North Kensington, west London. It caused at least 80 deaths and over 70 injuries. Authorities were unable to trace any surviving occupants of 23 of the flats. A definitive death toll is not expected until at least 2018. 
RIGBI have decided that clubs and individuals should make their own donations should they wish. At Council we decided to leave it to individual members if they wish to donate to a fund set up by the London Evening Standard at

Portishead Raft Race

Sunday 9 July 2017

A reminder that we as a club have entered a raft in the 2017 Portishead Raft race to be held at the Lake Grounds, Portishead this Sunday with the first race starting at 1.00pm. We need some more volunteer paddlers and also supporters on the day. We are sharing a gazebo with Gordano Valley Rotary Club.

Our breakfast meeting speaker

Our speaker this week was Andy Street from The Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

“I feel passionate about catalysing transformational change across the region through well planned and delivered investment of human and financial capital.”

After graduating from London University with a 1st class honours degree in Civil Engineering, Andy moved to Bristol in 1980, and since then the city has been home for his family.

In parallel with a successful career as an environmental consultant and international waste management specialist (one of the five founding Directors of global consultancy SLR) Andy has in recent years increasingly become involved in charity work and social enterprise / business in Bristol, and he also actively supports microfinance and social investment in the developing world. He set up and Chairs FareShare South West, Chair of Bristol Together (creating employment for ex-offenders), Chair of Crisis Centre Ministries (the leading homelessness charity in Bristol), trustee of Deki and trustee of a number of other community-based initiatives focusing on urban regeneration and employment creation. He has led the redevelopment of a large number of semi-derelict buildings for the benefit of local communities and charities. He is also currently leading city-wide partnership projects focused on alleviating food poverty and creating jobs, training and mentoring opportunities for ex-offenders.

His talk about Bristol, which contain fascinating facts about our fine City, was delivered on slides. If you would like a copy of the presentation please email us at





Future speakers

Next week the speaker will be Mavis Loterh who will talk about her Malawi project.

Please note the following week our meeting will be extended to 09.00am to allow Brigadier Bruce Jackman to talk about the Gurkhas. His son is a third generation Gurkha. This will be an interesting talk so bring some guests along.

Please go to our Events page for more details on future speakers

A letter from Envision

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club who has contributed to Bristol’s Community-Apprentice 2016-2017 programme; the mentors, ‘Dragons’ and supporters, who have all helped to ensure that the teams from St Brendan’s Sixth Form received expert mentoring and support throughout their programme.

A special thank you to those who managed to attend our Graduation Event last week, it was an inspirational day and a great opportunity for our young people, mentors and teachers to come together and celebrate all that had been achieved.  Here is a slideshow of all the lovely photos that really capture the day: (if you came look out for yourself - you may well be on there!)

If you’d like any photos or copy about the day please get in touch.

Our Mayor Marvin Rees also attended the Graduation Event after seeing our four finalist teams pitch at the Boardroom Final earlier in June.  You can read about the event and watch a film of the day here:

For those of you who were unable to attend here are the winners:

  • Communication - The Future, Redcliffe Sixth Form
  • Organisation - Team MHA, Merchants Academy
  • Teamwork - Team XL, Ashton Park School
  • Resilience and Problem - Solving-E-Race, Colston’s Girls’ School
  • Business Mentor of the Year - Carys Thomas, Great Western Railway
  • Outstanding Individual Contribution - Michele, Abbeywood Community School
  • Partnership of the Year - St James’ Place
  • Winner of Community Apprentice ‘16/17 - Team Regen, Fairfield High School

You have all been fantastic and, with your help, the outcomes and achievements of our young people’s projects are really impressive. Collectively our young people have volunteered over 7000 hours of their time and reached over 2000 people.  Proof that if we all work together amazing things can happen.

Very Best Wishes,


Bristol Rotary Club Gala Ball to celebrate their centenary

Bristol Rotary Club – the first Rotary club in the South West and the one from which many other clubs in the region originated – will celebrate its centenary in this year.  The Rotary Club of Bristol’s Centenary Ball on Saturday 4th November 2017 at 7.00 pm at the new Ashton Gate Stadium Conference facility, Bristol BS3 2EJ.

This glittering gala black tie evening will include: drinks on arrival, a sumptuous 3-course dinner with coffee/tea and wines included.  Entertainment and dancing will be provided by the sensational London Swing Orchestra – a Jazz Age Swing Band of international repute led by Graham Dalby. 

Come and join Rotary friends from throughout the region, the UK and overseas including many friends from our twinned Rotary Clubs. 

If you would like to attend the Gala Ball on 4th November, at the Bristol City Stadium please let Roger Bick know by the end of this month as he need to update Bristol Rotary. Just to remind you, the subsidised cost is £40/head.

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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

Upcoming Meetings and Events

9 July 2017 -   Raft Racing at Portishead (Contact Roger Harper)

12 July 2017 – Mavis Loterh – Malawi project.

19 July 2017 - Brigadier Bruce Jackman will talk about the Ghurkas – his family are third generation members of the regiment. PLEASE NOTE this speaker will talk for 45 minutes so the meeting will be finishing later. This is an interesting talk so encourage friends and colleagues to come along.

26 July 2017 – Ed Reed – Caring in Bristol talking about their new project.

Corporate membership is now available.

Please visit our Membership page for more details of how your company can join Rotary, and develop its corporate social responsibility policies.