Newsletter 73

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we welcomed our speakers Simon Chapman and Nicola Murdoch from All Aboard.


Roger Barnard gave an update on the health of David Gammon. David managed to get out several times over Christmas. He would now welcome visitors.

Roger Bick thanked Peter Hilton who organised a “cobwebs” walk on 29th December. Thoroughly enjoyed by those who took part.


  • 2nd February – Antony Alderson gave details of the final of the Rotary Avon Young Musician of the Year competition being held in the new hall at Redaids High School on Friday 2nd February. Tickets now available.
  • 10th February – The Rotary Club of Severn Vale is holding a Fundraising Dinner in aid of the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA), to be held on Saturday 10th February at the Whitminster Inn (Function Suite) (in Whitminster).
  • 17 February – Birdwatching Trip on the River Exe
  • 9 March – Roger Barnard has organised a skittles event at Kingston Seymour. He needs to know there are sufficient numbers by 8th January so he can confirm the booking. This event is open to members, friends and family.
  • 7 April - Roger Key: Know Your Blood Pressure – contacts required for people who are qualified or knowledgable about taking blood pressure readings on the day
  • 4th to 6th May President’s weekend on the Gower peninsula

Introduction to our speakers 

Simon, one of the Trustees of All Aboard, is passionate about the benefits All Aboard brings to the groups of people who use its services. Nicola Murdoch, Chief Executive Officer, gave a talk about the organisation and its work. Nicola has worked in the charities sector for many years, starting in Cornwall before moving to Bristol and taking this role about 12 months ago.

All Aboard has a vision to enable watersports accessible for all. It provides a range of activities including canoeing, and kayaking, rowing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, powerboating, raft building and training. It is often involved in providing opportunities in connection with the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

It organises Open Days, Inclusive Schools Games events, some of which have been funded by external Sports funding bodies, but some of this has now been withdrawn. The finding includes six weeks training as well as the games itself. (NB there is a possible link here with our own Disabled Swimming gala held in the autumn).

It is involved in nationally-recognised disability programmes such as sailability, paddleability and rowability and is one of only two centres which are multi-sport accessible.

As well as wanting to recruit more volunteers the current need of the charity is for a replacement boat which will take up to twelve wheelchair bound passengers. They have raised all but £5k of the cost of the boat and the £5k cost of the engine. Ideally they need this to enable the boat to be completely fitted out for the start of the season at the end of March.

To learn more about this valuable organisation please visit their website:

Next week's meeting

  • 10th January – Membership Meeting
  • 17th January – Liz Odell – Shelter Box
  • 24th January - Lhosa Dhaly – Spike Island
  • 31st January – Nick Elston – Talking Anxiety – The Bristol Hotel
  • 7th February – Peaches Golding – Lord Lieutenant
  • 14th February - (Business Meeting) (Feedback from Martha Dommet on her visit to Kenya) 

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