Newsletter 69

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This morning our speaker were Janet Kirk and Ann Bannister of Ghana Charity Friends of Wechiau. Our guests were Peninah Achieng and Tennis Russell, and also Aamir Hussain for the second time – all prospective Rotarians.


David Gammon has been in Southmead Hospital Ward 33b but is moving to Orchard Grove Reablement Centre in Devon Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 9AD. Visitors are welcome at any time although they ask friends and family to avoid meal times wherever possible. Telephone 0117 954 3854

We also had "thanks" from Bhurabhuri School - please see below for more details.

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 case.


The President thanked Antony Alderson for all his work in connection with the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition Heat on 17 November. Antony thanked all those who helped out or supported the event on the evening.

District Quiz - Tim Brook announced that we have secured a bye into the second round…

23 November –The performance of Romeo and Juliet by Elmfield School for the Deaf as part of the Shakespeare in Schools Festival. Tony has the tickets. We will aim to meet in the Soup kitchen opposite at 5.30pm.

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

2 December – Last call for tickets to the Christmas Celebration at St Mary’s Church. Food, friendship, festivities and fun. £25 per person Bring your own drink.

Caring at Christmas – Please see right for more details - but also their website for confirmed collection dates/locations

9 December – Visit to Aviation Museum

14 December – Blotty’s Christmas Brunch 10.30 (note change of time) – Mike Blott

17 February – Birdwatching Trip on the River Exe

7 April - Know Your Blood Pressure – Roger Key

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

Bhurabhuri School Tiffin Fund

We have recently received a letter of thanks, and some wonderful photos, from the Bharabhuri school for our recent sponsorship of the Tiffin Fund. 


Introduction of our Speakers

This week our speakers were Janet Kirk (Vice-Chair) and Ann Bannister (Chair), Ghana Charity Friends of Wechiau, a charity providing funding for the education programme linked with the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary.

Janet and Ann gave details of the background to the formation of the charity out of a visit to the Hippo sanctuary by Earthwatch volunteers in 2002, through to the achievements of the intervening years. For more details of this please visit their website at 

The sanctuary is located in the Upper West (savannah) region of Ghana. Throughout their project they have made sure to consult widely with the local community so as to ensure sustainability. They have helped to build infrastructure such as water facilities, a road and then in 2009 a school. They have sponsored “brilliant but needy” pupils through school at a cost of £100 p.a.  Many have now gone into Further Education. Some have returned as teachers. They continue to work alongside improving trading opportunities involving harvesting shea nuts and a developing eco-tourism industry, bot of which are providing income to the local community.

Roger Key gave a vote of thanks and wished them well in all their continued support. We presented a cheque for £100.


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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 -

Next week's meeting

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

13th December – Nepal-themed breakfast with talks from Colin Shurrock and Linda Cruse

20th December – Christmas breakfast