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Yate and District Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Yate and District Closing

It is with great sadness that the members of the Yate Rotary Club have made the decision to close when this presidential year ends on 30th June 2022.

The membership numbers have been severely reduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the valiant efforts of Presidents Darren Williamson (2019-20) and Richard Gilpin (2020-21) to hold everyone together with weekly Zoom meetings and online events.

Now, recognising that most members have become ‘senior citizens’, the feeling is that Yate Rotary will not be able to function in the true spirit of Rotary – adequately to serve the community of Yate.

President Marian Gilpin said ‘We would like to thank everyone who has supported our events during the past 30 years, especially the South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival, the Swimathon, and the Tree of Light. Many thousands of pounds have been raised, and support given, to ‘Kids Out’, ‘Chernobyl Children’, Abbotswood Action Group, Green Community Travel, Friends of Kingsgate, Action Aid, Gurkha Welfare Trust, Mercy Ships, Legs for Africa Shelter Box, Polio eradication and many more.

We feel that we have Made a Difference both locally and further afield, and we thank the community of Yate for helping us to achieve this.’


Wapley Bushes Tree Planting Work Morning

On Sunday 27th February members of Yate and District Rotary Club teamed up with the Wapley Bushes volunteer group and the Venture Scouts to help plant 55 trees in the Centenary Wood as part of the local Ash Dieback Replacement Programme.

We had a fantastic morning, and with such a good turnout we were done in under an hour.

Check out the Wapley Bushes blog post here for a selection of photos from the session.

The end of The South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival

Following 24 successful Beer and Music Festivals, the membership at Yate and District Rotary Club has dropped to a level where it is no longer possible for us to stage an event of this size.

Several months ago we made the decision to bring The South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival to a close.

We’d like to thank everyone who supported the event over the past 24 years by either helping at the festival, performing in one of the many bands who appeared in our line up or if you simply came, drank and enjoyed the event. Thanks to your efforts many hundreds of thousands of pounds were raised for local, national and international charities and causes.


Ladybird Books and Gimby's Book Shop

Our guest at tonight's Rotary Club dinner meeting was local man Charles Campbell.

Charles talked about his time working as a sales rep for Ladybird Books before telling the story of Chipping Sodbury book shop Gimby's Books, which he owned and ran for almost 30 years.

Our thanks go to Charles for such an interesting and informative talk.


Lights Tested and Working

On Sunday 28th November, Light Fantastic arrived with a cherry picker at the base of our Tree of Light to give the installation a test and to remove the timer. With the timer removed the lights, once switched-on on Friday 3rd, will follow the same on/off times as the car park lighting. This means that you'll see the tree lit up from dusk until dawn.


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