Every New Year brings change in many forms, we have a new president and new ways of interacting with each other. This is my first little article as I take on the role of publicity officer, a change of role for me and at this point I would like to thank my fellow Rotarian, James Anderson for his 6 years in the role, he will be a tough act to follow.

Here at Chipping Campden and District we are quite sad about one change however and that is our dear member Peter Butler, after 17 years of exemplary service, is standing down as he embraces the new challenges of being a grandfather and also continues to be whole heartedly involved in the Mickleton Community Vineyard. We as a club would like to acknowledge his amazing contribution to Rotary, two times Vice President, two times President, a term as Club Secretary and a term as Community Chair.  Peter has been central to everything from our annual Tree of Light, our presence at the Christmas fair, every fundraising event over the last 17 years, the smooth running of the club and a key promoter of ‘fun with a purpose’. Thank you, Peter, from all your friends at Chipping Campden and District Rotary Club, we will miss you.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on our lives in a way we scarcely could have imagined six months ago. Rotary, like many other charities have been delivering essential support for local people throughout the UK. The Rotary Club, Chipping Campden and District have also been working to support local charities through these challenging times. This month last year’s president Beth Gregory organised a ‘socially distanced’ meeting with Campden Edge, her nominated presidential charity, (https://www.campdenedge.org/) to present them with £500 from Rotary Club Chipping Campden and District to help their ongoing campaign to support local children.

As we wish all fellow Rotarians throughout the country a great start to the ‘New Year’ we find ourselves preparing for a challenging, but exciting year ahead. Throughout the pandemic we have been meeting via Zoom, and although not the same as meeting face to face our virtual meetings have been very successful and enjoyable events, our monthly speaker will meet us online and we are having a virtual tour of hidden Cambridge as our July ‘outing’.

We are preparing for the year ahead by investing in an informative website and we now have a Facebook page so everyone can follow and hopefully join in our activities.

We are preparing to launch ‘Friends of Rotary’, lovely people who would like to be kept informed about our activities to raise funds for local and international charities, and maybe lend a hand when needed.

If you would like to be involved, either as a full member or as a ‘Friend’ we would love to hear from you.

Facebook: Rotary Club Chipping Campden and District

Email: chippingcampdenrotaryclub@gmail.com

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Outgoing President Beth Gregory organised a ‘socially distanced’ meeting with Campden Edge, her nominated presidential charity to present them with £500.