Newsletter 60

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we were joined by Victoria Maramba (below) from the Harare CBD Rotary Club, Zimbabwe and Sarah-Jane Upton and Claire Stock who run  ‘Happy Balance’.

Club proposals:

The club voted on and approved the following charitable payments

  • The sum of £1,000 to Maji Safi project in Kenya to support the Freedom for Girls project we heard about in April;
  • £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
  • Cheque to Foundation from the Dragon Boat Festival of £2,000 and cheque to End Polio Now for £1,000

Golf Day fundraising

President Tony Hughes made a presentation cheque for £1000 to Paul Spaven a Trustee of the MS Therapy Centre monies raised from our recent Golf Day.


About 'Happy Balance' - our speakers this week, Sarah-Jayne and Claire 

This week we welcomed Sarah-Jayne and Claire from Happy Balance.

As working parents they understand how hard it is to get that happy balance between life and work. They ask ‘Wouldn’t you prefer spending your valuable evenings and weekends NOT doing boring jobs and time-wasting tasks’. 

They sell their ‘time’ to give their clients a 'Happy Balance' – and do the jobs that they don’t have time to do.

Based in Easton In Gordano, SJ and Claire cover areas in Bristol and North Somerset

Claire has a background in Management as General Manager of two thriving Daisychain Nurseries in Clifton and Westbury Park, Bristol. Sarah-Jane’s background is Office Manager and Event Organiser for ActionCOACH Business Coaching (Bristol & North Somerset). 

They say ‘Life is busier than it ever has been – and we know how hard it can be to manage your kids’ football, dance classes, parties and last minute trips to the shops for trainers because their feet have grown overnight! That’s without even starting to find time for you and your partner to have a life’

Happy Balance helps you re-gain control of your life taking the stress away, to leave your evenings and weekends free for you to enjoy! They are keen to help with decluttering and use green ethical values to recycle.

If you'd like to get a bit of "happy balance" in your life, contact SJ and Claire on 0741 2010 800 or 07810 481 668 or visit their website


Shakespeare in Schools

Elmfield School will be staging a short version of Romeo and Juliet at the Tobacco Factory on Thursday 23rd November at 7pm. Tickets are available now from the Box Office at a cost of £9.50 (or £7 for concessions). However we have the chance to order some tickets through the school at a cost of £6.50 each.

The school would like to order these tickets reasonably soon and have therefore asked us to let them know how many tickets we want by Friday 22 September. Please let Tony know as soon as possible if you would like tickets. Do bring friends and supporters.

This week we got a preview of the T-shirts that our club is sponsoring.



















Ian Riseley, the International Rotary President, has sent a letter regarding the recent disasters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please click here to download the letter.



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

Volunteers needed

Moscow State Circus will be on the Downs between 14 to 18th October 2017. They have kindly agreed that Rotary Clubs can hold bucket collections at each performance. This is being shared with clubs in Bristol with the main fundraiser being homelessness.

We will be looking for volunteers to help at our sessions, so please keep those dates in your diaries. More details coming later...

Help Required

Marshalls required for the Peaceful Portway Event on Sunday 17th September. 13:00 to 18:00 - please contact Rotarian Geoff Revell on

Dates to note:

    Note that the Dragon Boat Presentations will take place on 20th September and that the breakfast that day will be at Bordeaux Quay Restaurant.
  • Tuesday 24th October 2017  it’s one of the biggest dates in the Rotary calendar – World Polio Day 2017 is taking place.
  • 4th November 2017  – Bristol Rotary Club Centenary Ball. Please inform Roger Bick if you want tickets and pay monies to the club account please.
  • 2 December 2017 RCBB Christmas Party (Details to follow)
  • 9 December 2017 Club visit to the new Aviation Museum – if you wish to go contact Peter Hilton.

Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Autumn 2017 programme of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series has been announced - with lectures from some of the most respected figures in British business.

The events are free and open to all but pre-registration for each event is required and will open four weeks prior to each event. Please visit the website click here for opening dates and details.