Newsletter 68

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This morning our speaker was Lindsay Henniker-Heaton of the Concorde Museum. We had three visitors: Jenny and Colin Wring of Gordano Rotary, and Aamir Hussain.


  • We welcome back to  Andy Cavanna after illness and to James Davies after long absence.
  • David Gammon has been in Southmead Hospital since last Thursday 9th. His warfarin levels were uncontrolled and he cannot move one leg. Otherwise he is in good spirits and somewhat bored. He would welcome visitors to Ward 33b. Visiting times are 10 to 12 and 14 to 16 hours.
  • Tim Brook has sent round an email with a copy of the Standing Order form to give your annual donations to Foundation. If anyone would like a copy, there are some in the cases


23 November – The performance of Romeo and Juliet by Elmfield School for the Deaf as part of the Shakespeare in Schools Festival. Still awaiting details about tickets

27 November – Paul Tucker has arranged a trip to the cinema to see “Breathe” the new film about someone with Polio.

22 November (note change of date from 29 November) – I can declare that in the depths of Fishponds - District Quiz team members Tim Brook, Paul Smith, Mary Whittington, together with Mike Blott would like some support. Please let Tim know if you would like some food.

2 December - Christmas Celebration at St Mary’s Church. Food, friendship, festivities and fun. PLEASE NOTE: reduction in ticket price to £25 on the basis that this will now be BYO drinks.

9 December – Visit to Aviation Museum

14 December – Blotty’s Christmas Brunch – Mike Blott

17 February – Birdwatching Trip on the River Exe

7 April - Roger Key Know Your Blood Pressure – contacts required

23 to 25 March - Three couples going to District Conference in Bournemouth

4th to 6th - May President’s weekend on the Gower peninsula

This week's speaker

Lindsay Henniker-Heaton – Aerospace Bristol

Lindsay began his engineering career as an apprentice at Filton, was funded to get an engineering degree at Cambridge University and then returned to work on the Concorde project until 1974. Since then his business acumen has led him to a variety of successful appointments. His talk was on the new Aerospace Bristol Visitor Attraction at Filton. The site includes two hangars with a third building available for future use. It is anticipated that it will continue to develop.

The history begins with some of the history of Aeroplane design and development which started with Sir George White (through his tramway Company) and moved through into the acquisition of an engine manufacturer, through to the present day. Lindsay provided  information about and pictures of some of exhibits and touched upon many of the aeroplanes produced including the Bristol Boxkite, the Bristol Bulldog, The Blenheim, the Beaufighter, the Brabazon (which never flew commercially) and the Britannia. Engine manufacture included the Sea Harrier Pegasus Vertical Thrust engine, the Olympus engine which powered the Vulcan bomber and Concorde. It whetted the appetite of all those signed up to go on the group visit in December.

Finally he gave a brief account of the funding. They had received substantial contributions from Airbus, Rolls Royce, South Glos Council and the Heritage Lottery but were still short by £1.2m of the total sum of £19m required.

The club presented a cheque to Aerospace Bristol for £100.

Next week's meeting

22nd November - Janet Kirk and Ann Bannister Ghana Charity Friends of Wechiau

29th November – Talk from the James Tudor Foundation (formerly Bristol Contributory Welfare Association)

6th December – EGM to approve Bye laws and elect new club officers – Also an update from Ed Reed – Caring at Christmas

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Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
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Reminder for your glasses

Do you have any reading glasses you no longer use? Mavis Loterh would like them for her project in Malawi. Please bring to breakfast and hand to Derrick Royall or Jayne Tucker so they can be delivered in January.

International & Foundation Committee

The next International & Foundation Committee meeting is on 29th Nov at 8.35am after the morning meeting, Brasserie Blanc.

The meetings are always held on the last Wednesday of the month, immediately following the breakfast meeting, all welcome to join us. Please note that there is no meeting in December - the first meeting of 2018 is on January 31st.

Caring at Christmas - Supermarket Collections

A note from Hannah at Caring in Bristol: As we get closer to Christmas we are in urgent need of volunteers to help out with some supermarket bucket collections over the coming weeks. These events are a great way to raise awareness for our Christmas project, and vital as a fundraiser as we have very limited chance to appeal for money over Christmas.

The collections we have arranged so far are as follows:



Asda Cribbs Causeway

Saturday 25th November

Asda Cribbs Causeway

Sunday 26th November

Waitrose Henleaze

Monday 4th December

Waitrose Henleaze

Tuesday 5th December

Asda Whitchurch

Saturday 9th December

Morrisons Hartcliffe

Saturday 16th December

Morrisons Hartcliffe

Sunday 17th December

The timings vary but generally cover the full day (9am – 5pm), if you are able to help out, even for a few hours, that would be great. You will be fully supported on the day, and in a little group of caring volunteers, so please do get involved even if you haven’t before, and feel free to rope in any friends and family!

If you could please let me have full details of the dates and times you would be available I will book you in and confirm the rota as soon as possible -