Newsletter 59

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we were joined by District Governor Alan Hudson, and inducted Paul Tucker as a new member of the club. 

Coming up soon...

  • Dragon Boat Presentations will take place on 20th September 2017 and that the breakfast that day will be at Bordeaux Quay. Please sign up to say whether or not you are coming and indicate whether you want an English or continental breakfast (or other dietary requirements)

  • John Whittaker wants volunteers to support and help for the Young Carer’s Fun Day at the vassall Centre, Fishponds on 7th October 2017 please contact John if you can help on

  • There is a small group of people who have booked to Top Hat on 21 October 2017 and will be having a bite to eat in Clifton beforehand – Let Tony Hughes know if you would like to go.

Visit to our club by District Governor Alan Hudson

Alan first became a Rotarian by joining the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Darwin and then joined the Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley in 2006. He has served as president of both clubs and held most other offices besides treasurer, and has also served as assistant district governor and district conference chair. 

During his year as president of his current club he spearheaded a project to bring improved training and education to the Caribbean island of Dominica. The Hudsons visited Dominica in 2013 to review the project’s results and progress, which were the result of a Rotary Global Grant  Alan has also been a Rotary Group Study Exchange leader, visiting Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Antigua in that capacity.

Alan was born into and worked with the agriculture industry all his life, recently retiring as a franchisee of the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society. a company that underwrites life and general insurance lines for rural communities within the UK. His successful efforts led to award-winning ceremonies in Dublin, London, Stockholm and Dubai. 

His wife Anne lived and worked in Norway during the 1970s, spending five years in Tromso, in the far north, and an additional two years in Stavanger (farther south, but not by much) and as a result speaks fluent Norwegian. Anne is active in International Inner Wheel, a Rotary affiliated woman’s service organization based in the UK.

New Member Induction

This week we inducted Paul Tucker as a member of our club. Paul’s wife Jayne has been a member for 4 years and Paul has always helped and attended events through that time. Paul is involved as volunteer with the Life Skills centre at the Create Centre. Today, he was welcomed by President Tony Hughes and the Four way test was read by Philip Bowry.

Welcome to our club, Paul we hope you enjoy the friendship and fun.


At the Council Meeting last night we approved estimated budgets for International and Foundation projects and donations totalling £14,450 and various Community and Vocational Projects totalling about £8,560. This gives total projects expenditure on general club projects of about £23,000. Early indications from the Dragon Boat are that the total raised will be about £41,000 on which £26,000 or so will go to the Southmead Hospital Prostate Cancer Care Appeal. This will leave about £15,000 towards the other club projects. We need to raise another £8,000 or so.

However, some monies are required urgently. In particular Council has recommended that we should pay the following and I am seeking club approval to do this

  • The sum of £1,000 to Maji Safi project in Kenya to support the Freedom for Girls project we heard about in April; Each £6, they will be able to pay for someone in Kenya to provide a woman in need with a reusable sanitary pack that can last them 6 years. [These are reusable, and consist of 2 waterproof shields with wings, 10 liners, a ziplock bag to hold the soiled liners in a bag, 2 pairs of pants and washing instructions, and also a calendar to track menstruation each month so they’re not caught out.]
  • £500 to be paid to Bharabhuri School in Nepal for their Tiffin fund. This enables the school to provide free food to pupils which encourages attendance;
  • £1,000 to be paid to Bristol YMCA to be used for buying furniture to furnish two rooms in the homeless hostel development in the former Bridewell Police Station in memory of Founder member, Laurence Payne.
  • Rotary Foundation - £2000 and end Polio Now £1000.

We will be seeking formal approval for these payments at our club meeting on Wednesday. If you want to know more about the projects please contact the committee chairs. If you want to feedback any comments please let the President know.

"Thanks" from Hugh Morris

We have recieved a thank you from Hugh Morris for the monies sent to the Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust on behalf of My Future My Choice following the talk by Nick Sturge. There is a note going round to say they need volunteers to help with building boat, aeroplanes or cranes.

Thank you for the funding - I want to acknowledge that this is now received by the charity - The Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust
Our projects are always looking for volunteers to help children build boats, aeroplanes or cranes so please share this link with your membersThe volunteering days for all our programmes are on this link which is update regularly 

Thank you again for your support
Best wishes


We have also received thanks from Envision for the support given to St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. Please click here to download a PDF of an overview of the Community Apprentice Award.

Join the club...

Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
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Next meetings:

NEXT WEEK’S MEETING 13 September 2017 - Sarah Jane and Claire of Happy Balance – a personal Time Management Team supporting your busy life!

20 September 2017 – Dragon Boat breakfast at Bordeaux Quay restaurant.

27 September 2017 - Cosy Home Company & Eco Yacht Sailing Around the UK.

Real Tennis update

Last Thursday six brave volunteers, including David Wells and Mary Cook, decided to take on the challenge of Real Tennis.

Ben of Bristol Real Tennis Club, aided by Nigel Harradine, gave an insightful and thrilling demonstration of how the game SHOULD be played before the "newbees" completely embarrassed themselves!

Everyone had a fantastic time trying to play a game of skill, tactics and complete madness (when it came to the rules!).

This fascinating game comes high recommended - so please take advantage of any future taster sessions.

With many thanks to David Mander for organising the event... and to Nigel for looking dashing in tennis whites.