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Bangladesh Latrine Project

Great progress has been made on our joint venture with the Rotary Club of Uttara in Bangladesh, and we are pleased to record that five new family latrines have been built in a rural area using funds supplied by the Rotary Club of Bromsgrove and its members. We are very fortunate to have Rotarian Faisal Sharif as one of our members who has worked hard to make the project a reality and has made the communication process between the two Clubs very simple.

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Rotarian Stephen Godber

We are very sad to report the loss of Rotarian Stephen Godber who passed away at 8am on 31 October 2021. Stephen was for many years a very active Rotarian and member of our Club. He remained an Honorary Member when impaired mobility prevented his regular participation.

His funeral will take place at 1.30pm on 16 November at St Godwald’s Church in Aston Fields.

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Purple for Polio

Members of our Club will be joined by students from local schools at 1.30pm on 19 November 2021 to plant 4000 crocus corms at Crown Close in Bromsgrove adjacent to the town’s War Memorial. The initiative represents our ongoing commitment to efforts across the world to eradicate polio for ever. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Donation to Thailand

Our international focus led the Club to donate £1000 to Thailand recently to support people through the difficult times caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Local contacts of Mu and Tony Docherty in Thailand have ensured that the resources purchased reached the people who were most in need.

Food and Water for people quarantined due to COVID.
Coffins for the victims of COVID.
PPE presentation to monk performing funeral services for suspected COVID victims.
PPE for Thai medics
Oxygen cannulas for Thailand
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Avoncroft Museum Windmill Appeal

The Rotary Club of Bromsgrove is pleased to be able to support the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings with a donation of £5000 to kickstart the fundraising campaign towards the restoration costs of the windmill to full working order; the mill was rescued and taken to the site in 1969 and officially opened for milling on 1 April 1977. Our President John Teece announced the donation at the recent Lammastide Festival at the Museum on Sunday 1 August also known as Loaf Mass Day when the Court Leet visited and ‘blessed the bread.’ John said, “The Danzey Green Windmill is an iconic symbol for the Museum, and for Bromsgrove, and the Rotary Club is delighted to be supporting the efforts to maintain it. We were really pleased to be able to join the Court Leet and celebrate Lammas Day at the same time as presenting the donation to the team at Avoncroft.” The windmill is one of only three surviving post mills in the Midlands (so called because the upper part of the structure pivots on a huge central post) with a Midland type brick roundhouse as a base. It was constructed around 1790.

Members of the Bromsgrove Court Leet with our President John Teece and Chair of our Home Committee Rotarian Ellen Evans and her daughter Jasmine pictured on the right. Credit for the photos goes with our gratitude to Geoff Hawkesworth Member of the Court Leet and their appointed photographer.
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Fresh support for Bromsgrove Men in Sheds Project

The Rotary Club of Bromsgrove recently collected an unwanted garden bench in need of repair from a local resident and donated it to the ‘Men in Sheds’ Project at Stoke Prior for renovation and resale to augment their funds. The Club notes the ongoing success of the project, and the recent construction of a Land Rover Play Car for Stoke Prior First School is a sterling example of what the Shedders achieve.

Our members are very pleased to further support the project with a donation of £300 via the 2021 Shed Share Scheme.

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Supporting Student Education in Bangladesh

Our Club has just begun a commitment lasting five years to fund the education of a boy and a girl at the Azad Choudhury Academy in Sylhet district in north east Bangladesh. It is an independent school which provides education for children from ten villages who otherwise would not be able to gain any education at all. Our undertaking is in partnership with the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Azad Choudhury Academy Education and Welfare Trust which is a UK based registered charity actively involved in fund and awareness raising for the Academy.

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