THE chain of office has been handed to the new president at the Rotary Club of Bewdley .

Michel Gaud said he is "honoured" to be the new president of "such a friendly and hardworking club" and is looking forward to continuing the work of his predecessors.

Previous president Bob Bayliss said: "The club has had an excellent year raising over £10,000 for good causes."

The Rotary Club has supported the Shelter Box scheme, the International youth exchange and the Bewdley School.

One of the new president's first duties will be to preside over the Rotary Club of Bewdley’s annual charity golf day the Pines Golf Club on August 8.

The Rotary Club will also be supporting the Bewdley School for their sponsors evening At Kateshill House on July 12.

This is for the British Council Connecting Classrooms event at the school in November, when Students from fifteen schools from across the globe will come to Bewdley to discuss the theme of Global Happiness, the health and well-being of young people .

The school is seeking funding support for students from Uganda, Palestine, and Jordan, many of whom are refugees and orphans.