Reese Anderson has been inducted as an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. Reese contacted the Club Secretary some 2 years ago after seeing TV coverage of a Water-Survival Box packing session and volunteered to assist. He appreciated the life-saving potential of the boxes that are sent out to families that have lost everything following disasters and offered to help. The Rotary charity (Worldwaterworks Limited) relies on charitable donations to fund the boxes that each contain a water-purification kit and range of other essential survival items and in a typical year will be able to pack and send out some 1,200 boxes to four or five disasters. Since 2006 a total of 13,500 boxes have been sent to some 27 different countries in response to more than 50 disasters. Packing sessions are held roughly twice a month and involve volunteer groups from other Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel, local schools etc supported by 5 or 6 Chelwood Bridge Rotarians. In the two years since Reese first became involved he has only missed one such packing session. His reliability and willingness to take on any task have been greatly valued by the Club. It is now our privilege to publicly thank him for his tremendous commitment and to be able to call him Rotarian Reese.
Please find a link below to the photobucket website where I have uploaded 500+ photos of the conference weekend.
If anyone would like to download any photos then they are welcome to do so. There is no charge for this but a donation to Water Survival Box would be much appreciated.
Rtn Jerry Coles Conference Office
Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge
The Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award is intended to recognise those who give their time freely, selflessly and in so doing, make outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of their communities and the people within them. This year proved no exception.
8 Nominations were received this year from parishes within the Chew Valley, any of whom would have proved worthy winners in any other year. However one nomination, from Chew Magna Parish Council, stood above the others, that of Lynne Easton.
Thanks to Lynne’s energy and organisational skills, Chew Magna now has a formally adopted Emergency Flood Plan. To achieve this Lynne had to liaise with the Parish Council, the local Chew Valley Flood Forum, B&NES and the Environment Agency when organising a flood resilience practice day. A huge task ! In addition Lynne dedicates much time to the refurbishment of the King George V playing field in Chew Magna, working with Magna Minors and the infant school parents to get the best play equipment possible for the children.
With typical modesty, Lynne pointed out when receiving the award from President Jim Farmer, that she couldn’t have achieved any of this on her own and accepted the 2016 Rotary Club Community Award along with and on behalf of all of those who helped to make these initiatives possible.
Certificates of Recognition will shortly be presented to all of the other nominees.
Tiberio, successfully completes his PADI Professional Diving Instructor course.
The members of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club who helped set this young man on the road to a new and exciting career wish Tiberio every success in his new adventure and are proud to have played a part in changing this young mans life.
Tiberio a young man from Mozambique has successfully completed his PADI Professional Diving Instructor course, which consisted of an eight day programme in which his academic, and diving skills were fine tuned to prepare him for two days of rigorous examinations conducted by staff from PADI international Head Quarters in the USA. As a newly qualified PADI professional he will join the ranks of PADI Professional instructors working throughout the world teaching SCUBA diving as a recreational sport. His first goal is to work within the Mozambique recreational diving industry. Becoming an inspiration to his fellow young Mozambicans wishing to take a leadership role in the growing tourist industry of their country.
“ I wish I could trust my writing to describe how I feel now after I got the chance to learn diving.
My life has changed its direction since I became a dive instructor. I could be doing anything else now but I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now . Working in an island surrounded by a marine park, helping my family, meeting people from the four corners of the world and teaching diving. All of these things were beyond my imagination but today they make part of my life thanks to you.
I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart to the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, Colleen, PADI, Ocean Revolution and Bitonga Divers for supporting all my studies from OWD up to Dive Instructor and also for find me a job and change life.
I wish you don’t stop doing that wonderful job you’ve been doing in Mozambique.
Tiberio C. A Aleluia
Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club wants to help Edie Browne, a four year old girl from the Chew Valley. Edie was born with a rare chromosome abnormality which has resulted in her needing open heart surgery, having learning difficulties as well as spinal and joint problems. Despite all of this Edie is a most happy and determined little girl. She needs a walker to help her get around independently. The most suitable one, which can be adapted as she grows, is not available on the NHS.
We are determined to raise the £3,500 needed to purchase this walker for Edie. CAN YOU HELP US?
Any donation, large or small, will help us to reach our target. Please follow the link to The Big Give, and help us to help Edie.
If you wish to donate by cheque, please make your cheques payable to, Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, and add Help Edie on the reverse.
Post to:- Rob Taylor, Indalo, Upper Stanton, Bristol, BS39 4EQ.
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A short video of Edie test driving a Walker.
On the 4th of March, Bishop Sutton Hall was the venue for the Chelwood Bridge Rotary Clubs Auction of Promises /Comedy Night. Supported by more than a hundred people from the local area the event was a great success.
The auctioneer for the night was retired local professional auctioneer Jim King who auctioned thirty five Lots which raised a over £3,600:00. This money will be used to support a range of charities supported by Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club.
Supplying the entertainment for the evening was the comedian and entertainer Steve Laister. Steve has gained a reputation for being an act worth seeing and has a strong following in the area. His act is more often joyed by audiences on cruise ships across the world as he is a much sort after act on the cruise circuit. Being able to bring Steve to Bishop Sutton definitely helped to make this event the place to be on Friday evening. His act had the audience rolling in the aisles making for a very enjoyable evening for all who were lucky enough to have secured tickets. A big thank you to all who donated Lots for auction and of course to those who successfully bid for them.
A celebration party organised by Philip Evans, Editor of the , “View From”, group of Newspapers, marked the completion of two-years during which the View From team had publicised the Rotary Water-Survival Box project as their preferred charity. During that time many members of Philip’s team undertook personal challenges to help raise money for the charity. Their readers also organised fund-raising events and made personal donations following on from a series of articles highlighting the life-saving role of the boxes. The photograph shows, James Coles – Deputy Editor, Hugo Pike OBE – Director of Operations for the project, and Jenna, who did a sponsored skydive. The grand total raised was a magnificent £10,710 which will pay for at least 80 boxes – each one of which can deliver 100,000 litres of safe drinking water to keep a family of five protected from water borne disease for up to five years. www.watersurvivalbox.org