Meet our President
Welcome to Bristol Rotary Club’s website.
I am Geoff Peattie, President of Bristol Rotary Club for the current year. I have lived in Bristol for over 35 years, working as a structural engineer for two major firms of consulting engineers until my retirement in 2017.
I look forward to leading this club and it is my hope that we will continue our long tradition of initiating and supporting projects which make a real difference to people’s lives here in Bristol and overseas. Please have a browse through our website and you will see some of the wide-ranging projects which we have been involved in previously, many of which are still ongoing.
We focus on helping local charities and encouraging young people to achieve their potential. This we do by working with existing organisations and by running a range of youth competitions. Looking to the wider world, we have long-standing links with a club in Nepal, and recently have been responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
We meet weekly, on a Monday evening, alternating face to face meetings over dinner at The Bristol Hotel in Prince Street, BS1 4QF, with virtual meetings on Zoom. We have found this to be a good balance enabling our members to contribute and to be involved in the way that best suits their individual needs. We have speakers at most of our meetings, on a wide range of subjects so please do have a look on this website to see the list of meetings and speakers planned for the next few months.
In addition to our project work and speaker meetings, there are opportunities to meet socially on a regular basis such as for picnics, theatre trips, day trips and weekends away. There are also occasional trips overseas to visit Rotary Clubs with which we are twinned in Hannover, Stockholm, Porto and Bordeaux, and in turn we welcome them back to Bristol.
We are always looking for new members who, like us, want to make a difference in the world. If you would like to know more about us and about Rotary, you can get in touch with me via the contact page of this website. I would be delighted to speak to you and to invite you to attend one of our meetings, whether in person at the hotel, or if you prefer, on a Zoom call. Or maybe you would just like to have a chat so we can answer your questions about Rotary and see if joining us might be something you want to consider.
So please do contact me via the contact page of this website. I look forward to hearing from you!
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2018 saw the opening of the refurbished Meadow Vale Community Centre, supported by RC Bristol. The refurbished building was Phase1 & was never going to be large enough to provide the full range of services & facilities so badly needed. In 2019 the small community group, supported by RC Bristol, made an audacious bid for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. We emerged victorious, securing £200,000 enabling us to move forward on Phase 2. Rotary living up to its claim "We're for Communities" & being "People of Action"Learn More
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Our club was the first Rotary Club formed in the south west. We celebrated our centenary in style in November 2017 with a thanksgiving service and champagne reception for 100 and a Centenary Ball for 500. We commemorated our first 100 years with a special centenary project raising £100,000 for refurbishment of a community building in Meadow Vale, Bristol.Join Us
We have been involved in several major projects both locally and internationally including Run For The Future.
Raising awareness about Prostate Cancer, Run For The Future was an annual 5k family fun run on the Downs from 2006 to 2015 raising over £280K for research at local hospitals & universities and more importantly increasing awareness & changing perceptions amongst men so that many more now seek advice.Learn More