Donation to Bidford & District History Society

This Saturday we took the opportunity to present a cheque for £300 to the Bidford and District History Society to support their fundraising efforts towards the installation of a Word War I Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour for those servicemen and women from the Bidford on Avon parish who served in the First World War would be, fittingly, placed in the Crawford Memorial Hall, named after Dr Crawford who not only served in The Royal Army Medical Corps during WWI but returned to, and practised as a doctor in, the village in the years after the end of the conflict.

The Roll of Honour would be a definitive recording of all those from the parish who served (around 260), and in nearly 70 cases died, for their country in a hall specifically built in memory of one (Dr Henry Crawford) of their number. The board would provide an opportunity to mark their service and sacrifice as well as a physical focus for reflection on that service and a visible expression of the village’s gratitude for it.

The picture below shows Bidford and District History Society member Rodney Crompton (R) accepting the donation from Alcester & Bidford Rotary President Vaughan Blake (L).

Aquaboxes to the Bahamas

This morning Alcester & Bidford Rotary agreed to purchase two Aquaboxes for the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

Each box is designed for a family and contains over 70 humanitarian aid items in addition to an AquaFilter Family unit for providing safe drinking water, including:

• Shelter Materials & Tools

• Blankets and sheets

• Cooking Utensils

• Personal Hygiene Items

• Baby & Children’s Clothing

• Educational Items

• Children’s Toys

It’s Big Breakfast Time Again

Yes, it’ll soon be October and that means it’s time to tuck into an Alcester & Bidford Rotary Big Breakfast. On Saturday October 5th we’ll be at the Crawford Hall, Bidford and the following Saturday, October 12th we’ll be in Alcester Town Hall. Serving from 9am until 12 noon both days. So come on, treat yourself and if you need an excuse, it’s all for local, national and international good causes.

District Governor Visit

This morning we were visited by 1060 District Governor Bala Jaspal who told us about her plans for the year. Bala also told us about the Rotary District Conference, her charity for 2019, Heads Up and we discussed plans for World Polio Day which takes place on October 24th. Alcester & Bidford Rotary will be lighting up St Nicholas church again this year to highlight the fact that polio has been 99.9% eradicated worldwide thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of Rotary International.

Noodles at Bidford Giant Summer Market

L to R: Rotarians Kay Blake, Bronwen Bunting, John Bunting & Pauline Lowe

Hopefully you’ll have tested our catering skills at the Alcester & Bidford Big Breakfasts, and now’s your chance to try something different…

Alcester & Bidford Rotarians will be tying on the aprons and serving noodles this Sunday, August 11th, at the Bidford Giant Summer Market and Funfair on the Big Meadow, Honeybourne Road, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4PQ between 10:00 and 17:00.

Rotarians Geoff Powell & Pauline Lowe have re-branded their noodle trailer with Alcester & Bidford colours and all proceeds raised at the event will be donated to Rotary’s charity funds and used to support local, national and international projects.

Look out for other Alcester & Bidford Rotarians who will be handing out leaflets and answering questions about our membership and the work of Rotary

Herbie Rides Again…

Another successful outing for the Alcester & Bidford Pimms stall at the Alcester Motor Show. Here we are full dressed for the day with Herbie in pride of place. Thank you for everyone who dropped by to say hello and to support us.

L to R – President Vaughan Blake, Sue Adams, Bron Bunting, Sue Matthewman, Kay Blake, Di Gittus