We are a social club who enjoy each other's company. We contribute actively within our community and on the international stage.
We are a club that looks beyond its local community to the wider world. Rotary has various global themes that we engage with - the Polio campaign, disaster relief and rebuilding, as well as Scholarship programmes. In the last few years our global scholars have come from Japan to study Masters programmes giving us a great opportunity to find out about a different culture and make links with other Rotarians.
Overseas friendship links are very much part of Rotary. We have long lasting friendships with clubs in Bordeaux, Hannover, Stockholm and Porto with regular exchange visits. A more recent link with a club in Pokhara, Nepal arose out of our international projects to provide fresh water and rebuild schools damaged by earthquakes. We are always looking for new ideas for overseas projects and links so recently supported the building of a nursery school through the Bristol Nicaragua twinning association. Rotarians are always welcomed at other clubs throughout the world - a great way to make new friends and promote better international understanding and relationships.
The Rotary Club of Bristol has had a long association with Nepal, involving projects primarily linked to education and clean water supply. A talk by Dr Tim Mitchell, a trustee of The Pahar Trust, and a fellow Rotarian, in 2010, was the catalyst for the ongoing support that we give.In that talk he vividly described conditions in this beautiful but impoverished country and the service that the Ghurkhas have given to the British Army for well over a century. Returning Ghurkha servicemen were the ones to highlight the desperate need for education and health support which was picked up and became The Pahar Trust. We were introduced to members of the Rotary Club of Pokhara in Nepal and from this have developed a continuing number of projects.
The International Committee continues to promote this link & club members make regular visits to Nepal to visit the projects. Our efforts in Nepal have inspired many other clubs within District 1100 to join us in the work in Nepal, and 3 health posts and one school have been built with contributions from other clubs.
We are very grateful to them for this past and ongoing support and very proud that our current international Chair, Tim Mitchell, was honoured as a Rotary Champion of Change for his work to improve the lives of remote communities in Nepal.Visit The Pahar Trust
Know Your Blood Pressure: This event is run in conjunction with the Stroke Association and the Rotary Club of Bristol organised their event for the 15th time in the main Bristol shopping centre. A team of volunteers, including doctors, medical students, nurses and Rotarians checked over 160 people's blood pressure during the day. Although many people now have their blood pressure checked regularly by their GP, or do it themselves, we identified more than 10 people who seemed to have unexpectedly high blood pressure & recommended that they visit their GP in the next few days. A much larger number were recommended to have a further check done in the next month.
Senior Citizen Concert - 2017 saw the 55th Concert at the Colston Hall organised by The Rotary Club of Bristol. Tickets are free & the show is stage-managed & stewarded by club members. Sadly the concert is having to take a two-year break whilst the Colston Hall undergoes refurbishment, so watch this space for a re-launch in 2020.
Life Education Centres (LEC) - Members of our club are Trustees of the LEC which help children make healthy choices, giving them practical advice on health, drug & social media education through links with the PHSE curriculum in primary schools. The specially equipped mobile classroom visits schools in Greater Bristol.
Julian Trust -The club has supported The Julian Trust and its work for the homeless for many years in various ways. There are regular collections of items requested.