The Rotary Club of Newent & District [The Club] wishes to find another Rotary Club with which to set up a Twinning arrangement. It is hoped that this profile will be widely distributed and made available to potential Twinning Partner Clubs [Partner Clubs]. The link below will take you to our club site. http://www.ribi.org/clubs/homepage.asp?ClubID=614
This profile is written specifically with the intention of giving a prospective Partner Club enough information about The Club for the Partner members to decide whether or not to enter into discussions on a Twinning Arrangement.
The Club sees Twinning as an activity essentially geared to enhancing fellowship and cultural exchange between the two clubs in their respective geographic areas. The Club would also be interested in developing joint support in charitable projects which might also benefit from Matching Grants from Rotary Foundation.
The Club has been twinned previously with a club in France. This has now come to an end at the wish of the French who had lost enthusiasm for the arrangement. There are perhaps some lessons to be learned from this experience. The first being that it is important that there are enough members in both clubs that are competent in a common language so that the benefit of fellowship can be spread as widely as possible between the membership The second is that the cost of entertaining the visiting club should be kept under control.
Newent is a small town of 5000 inhabitants located 15km North West of Gloucester and approximately 190km North West of London. It is situated in a tourist area between the River Severn, the River Wye and the Forest of Dean amongst beautiful country side on the border with Wales. The links below will fill in the detail of the town and area.
The international airports at Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff are all within easy reach being approximately 90km, 60km and 90km respectively from Newent.
The sea ports at Harwich and Dover are 4 hours away and those at Portsmouth and Swansea 2½ hours.
Newent is well served by the motorway network (M5 and M50) and there are regular train services to Gloucester from all parts of the country.
The Club was inaugurated in 1977 and typically has a membership of around 30 who generally live within a radius of about 20km around Newent. There is a Ladies Circle associated with Club which provide great support both to social and charitable activities.
The Club meets at the George Hotel in Newent at 19.00 on Tuesday.
The current age profile is:
41-50 years 4
51-60 years 5
61-70 years 17
71 years and over 2
Not withstanding the steady march of time the membership remains enthusiastic and young at heart!
The spread of professional interests of the members includes agriculture, horticulture, medicine, dentistry, veterinary services, accountancy, education, manufacturing industry, shipping, local government, information technology, and engineering,
The leisure interests of the members includes sailing, wind surfing, rowing, hunting to hounds, shooting, choral music, rare books, cycling, tennis, old cars, sea fishing, motorbikes, golf, local politics, and as spectators, cinema, rugby, football and horse racing
The Club supports a range of local and national charities including the Air Ambulance, the Severn Area Rescue Association, Hope and Homes for Children and many others.
In recent times the Club has supported charitable work in India and Kenya in cooperation with local Rotary Clubs. The work in Kenya has been in cooperation with the Newent Community School who have a twinning arrangement with the school in Kisumo.
Previous international projects have been carried out with the Rotary Clubs of Tallin and Tartu in Estonia with us hosting Estonian students and sponsoring and Scholarship Student at the University of Warwick. We have also made Club visits to the Rotary Clubs in Estonia and supported cooperation between the Police Force in Gloucestershire with that in Estonia on children’s welfare projects.