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Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show – 27th July 2014

Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show – 27th July 2014

Local charities are once again set to benefit when hundreds of classic cars and bikes turn up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, for an all-day rally, which could raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

Believed to be the East Midlands’ best Classic Car & Bike Show of the year runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 27 July 2014, and will be attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and is expected to include classic cars, bikes and scooters from all eras.
Organised jointly for the fourth year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, there will be attractions for all the family, with a variety of refreshment stands and licensed bars. There is also musical entertainment and displays in the main event arena, kids’ rides, and a large side show with Autojumble and an Arts and Craft Fair.

Entry for exhibitors is £5 per classic car/bike to include two adults. Public car parking is free, admission: £5 per person (under 12s go free, but must be accompanied by an adult).

The Ashover Show Ground is located at Rectory Fields, Milken Lane, Ashover, S45 0BA.

The main sponsor of this charity event is Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands. Other sponsors include:- CMC Motorcycles, PCS Motor Factors, Noble Motorsport, BRM Solicitors, Castle Graphics, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

For more details of this great day out for all the family go to or email

Posted in: Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, ClayCross, Events, Matlock

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Rob Caskie Talks About South Pole Explorers

Rob Caskie Talks About South Pole Explorers

Many Rotarians enjoyed Rob Caskie’s talk on The Anglo-Zulu Wars last year and he is returning in October to Long Eaton. This time he will enthral us with stories about the intrepid explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton and their contrasting but heroic attempts to reach the South Pole.

The talk will take place on Thursday 16th October 2014 at The Chatsworth Arts Centre in Long Eaton, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and all profits go to End Polio Now.

As tickets sold out well ahead of last year’s event, anyone interested in hearing Rob on his brief visit to the UK should contact Paul Burrows as soon as possible on 07539 228682 or via email at

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Posted in: Events, Long Eaton Dawnbreakers

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Consider Fellowships

Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship

Welcome, Rotarian wine enthusiasts, to the Wine Appreciation Fellowship. We invite you to join one of the most enjoyable, wine related groups in existence. Our objective is to learn more about wine, wine and food pairings and any other topics related to the appreciation of wine so that good wine will be enhanced. We will accomplish that by sharing our own knowledge and experiences and by learning from the many wine experts and knowledgeable Rotarians throughout the world.

We want you to become actively involved in our fellowship and to share your tasting notes and wine experiences. The Wine Appreciation Fellowship is a wonderful learning tool for those who are interested in expanding their knowledge and sharing ideas regarding all aspects of wine appreciation.

The fellowship has an email newsletter and members are encouraged to visit our interactive wine website frequently for updates, features, articles and information on wine events and trips. Annual meetings are held at the RI International Conventions. Correspondence will be accomplished primarily by email. We look forward to having many new members and fellow wine enthusiasts. We also encourage our members to form RWAF local chapters in their areas of the world and to do service projects.

In Vino Veritas,
Conrad C. Heede, PDG

For further details visit the Fellowship website at

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International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians

International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians


To be held in Nottingham from 13th to 19th July 2014

The 8th IFCR World Cricket Festival will be held in Nottingham from Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th July 2014 and will be based at the University of Nottingham. The Festival will use the campus facilities including the brand new Orchard Hotel which is operated by the Devere Hotels Group. Cricket will be played on the university pitches as well as at two outside clubs.

To date approximately 280 Rotarians from six countries around the world have booked in for this Festival.

On Monday 14th July there will be a Rotary Fellowship Evening hosted by members of the Nottingham Rotary Club. Fellow Rotarians and partners, especially those with an interest in cricket, are particularly welcome to join us on this occasion. This will be a buffet function (cost £10), but because of the size of the venue numbers will be limited and entry strictly by ticket only.

To book a place at the Rotary Fellowship Evening please contact John Bendall

07973 287724

The incoming President of Nottingham Rotary Club, Roy Bradshaw, was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and is working with the IFCR committee and the University to arrange special events — further details to be announced later.

Events and activities will be updated through the Rotary Club of Nottingham face book page

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Banner image is cropped version of Cricket 2013 by Markyoxford and used under Creative Commons


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RIBI Young Writer competition 2014

This year we had as follows:

16 entries from John Flamsteed School Age 11-13 Intermediate Level
4 entries from Swanwick Hall School Age 11-13 Intermediate Level

13 entries from Swanwick Hall Age 14-17 Senior Level (Special Needs)

This was a group (ASDAN) and were judged by the local committee. Considering the various difficulties they_have, 3 prize winners were selected together with certificates for every student supporting the competition from both schools.

Congratulations to Amber Valley Rotary Club for promoting the competition and hopefully more clubs will be involved next year.

The purpose of this year’s competition was to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled ’What a difference that made to my life/their lives’. That can be anything the story teller wishes to define on A4 or 500 words is a suggested submission.

The local clubs made their decisions, as district coordinator my role was to select ONE winner in each category to be submitted to RlBl for the National Competition.

THE WINNING ENTRY for the Intermediate Level submitted to RIBI is

EVIE MAY MIDDLETON Age 12 A John Flamsted School
(Submitted by Amber Valley Rotary club)

Runner up — Will Beresford Age 11 John Flamstead School
(Submitted by Amber Valley Rotary Club)

John Bendall
District Literacy Coordinator

Please find Evie Middleton’s entry below


What a difference that made to my Life

It started off just another normal ordinary day… the usual same school day, same lessons, same people etc… ordinary and happy. I was quite content with my Life; I had lots of friends and a busy home Life with myself and my three siblings running around the house! Arriving home one day things were about to change…

CANCER… seriously? Mum and dad have just sat us all down and they’re telling us Dad has CANCER… the word is screaming very Loudly in my head, it won’t quieten down I can’t think straight, should I get up and run, should I cry, should I hug Dad? I look around at my elder sister to try and read her face, to give some sort of direction as to what to do… she’ll know… she stares blankly back at me or through me I can’t tell, she Looks misty… bLinking I realised my eyes had decided to make their own move, a solitary tear fell onto my cheek. What are we going to do? I thought. How will we go on in life really happy? My Mum couldn’t hold the tears back, neither could we.

The next day at school all I could think about was how my Dad was. I wasn’t concentrating properly. I was so upset that I went into the toilets and cried. I wanted to get home, see my Dad, and check how he was. There were more important things to be thinking of, other than maths. They don’t know anything about problem solving, I just wanted to tell them what it actually meant.

I decided to tell my friends when they caught me crying once. They felt sorry for me, I didn’t really want them to feel sorry for me because it didn’t help. I guess it helped a little because I can tell them about it now. I’ve wanted to tell someone for ages but I was too scared.

A couple of years later he was told he needed chemotherapy, to make him better. I was even more upset when he was told the cancer wiLL never go away. He was poorly every single day because of the chemotherapy. One day after his chemotherapy (he had been planning it for months) we said goodbye and he went to climb the biggest mountain in England, Wales and Scotland, all in THREE DAYS with his friends. He did it for a charity and raised over £5000.

I was so proud of him when he came back. After his 6 month chemotherapy, I came home from school. My mum sat us all down again and said that the lump inside him had ………………………… ..SHRUNK!! He was much better the chemo had done him good. Although going through chemo included him losing his hair, being poorly for days, not allowed to go abroad and more.

Im so proud of him going through all of that chemotherapy, what a difference that made to my Life!!

By Evie May Middleton, aged 12.

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Successful Car Show Raises Funds For Three Local Charities

Successful Car Show Raises Funds For Three Local Charities

Renishaw Hall was packed to the gunnels for the annual Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

A record attendance of nearly 3,000 classic car and bike enthusiasts from all over the region raised £7,000 for three local charities:- Weston Park Cancer Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

There were 500 classic cars, bikes, and scooters, on show from every era for the enjoyment of the 2,500 or so visitors who turned up in their droves to enjoy another superb event.

The winning classic car was a 1925 McLaughlin Buick, originally manufactured in Canada and imported for sale in England. Current owner is Bob Fergusson from Eckington who bought the car 25 years ago as a wreck after it had been garaged in London since 1939.

The winning classic bike was a 1961 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 SS owned by Lawrence Bradley of Bolsover. He has spent the last 7 years renovating the bike.

The winning classic scooter was a 1965 180cc Vespa SS 180 which has been owned by Ray Copley from Killamarsh for the last seven years. He is a member of the Killamarsh Nomads Scooter Club.

Main organiser Stuart Bradley said: “Renishaw Hall is such a splendid location for this charitable event and over the last 10 years the sum of nearly £40,000 has been raised for the local charities.

He added: “I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support once again and look forward to seeing everyone at Renishaw Hall in June 2015.”

There was musical entertainment from Direction Theatre Arts, variety of stalls and amusements, plus refreshments and bar. The event was sponsored by Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands.

The next Rotary Classic Car & Bike Show is at Rectory Fields, Ashover on Sunday 27 July 2014, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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Aquabox update

Aquabox update

Since completing the previous quarter’s shipments with 200 Aquabox Golds being sent to Rotary District 3292 Nepal in March, AQUABOX has continued its busy schedule.

In the past three months, our volunteer teams have packed 700 Aquabox Golds, with our volunteer AquaFilter assembly teams ensuring that each had a fully operational AquaFilter Family included in the box. All together, these boxes have provided emergency humanitarian aid to a minimum of 3.500 people and our AquaFilters will each produce a minimum of 16, 000 litres of safe drinking water.

In detail, we shipped 100 of these Aquabox Golds to Uganda, for distribution by our long standing partner organisation, CART. This Yorkshire based, voluntary charity also undertaken for a further 100 Aquabox Golds sent to Rwanda. Both countries remain badly affected by the aftermath of unrest and fighting, and CART’s work in supporting communities and offering shelter and education to children is as important today as it ever was. Aquabox’s humanitarian aid is a vital part of CART’s on-going commitment to these communities.

Aquabox also shipped during this quarter 500 Aquabox Golds to Turkey, working with the UK-based Muslim Aid organisation to ensure that this aid reached the most badly affected of the more than 1.5 million refugees from the civil war in Syria. The world has to keep up its efforts to support these often wholly innocent victims of these indiscriminate armed struggles, and Aquabox is proud to be part of those efforts.

We also are about to air freighted 5 AquaFilter Community units direct into Aleppo in Syria, via the Lebanon. These Communities are destined to support nearly 1000 people in that war torn city who are sheltering in three former school building. These people are from all communities formerly living peaceably together in the local area, Muslims, Christians and those of no faith. They are being supported on the ground by Marist Blues at Aleppo, Syria. Marist Blues write:

The city is completely encircled. There is risk of being taken away or killed. The people are afraid… A fear which depresses, which paralyses, which kills… So the question is posed : what do we do ? Flee, as so many families have done? Stay in place paralysed ? Act ? What to do?
“And those are a drop in a sea of displaced, homeless, stranded… but for us, they are names : Zeinab, Moustapha, Ali, etc… They have a face, they are a history, they are a look, a poem… For them and because of them, we take risks…”

Marist Blues are also supported by Rotarians in California, USA.

In total, Aquabox’s efforts to help in these diverse humanitarian crises has required donation funding of £88, 750.

THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS, SUPPORTERS and DONORS. Without this support, Aquabox would not be able to bring the Gift of Life to so many desperate people around the world.

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Dovedale Dipper 2014

Dovedale Dipper 2014

The Rotary Club of Matlock are holding their annual Dovedale Dipper  Walk and Run on Sunday 3rd August 2014.

Logo for Kenyan Educational SupportTwo routes through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park. The event will be held in aid of Kenyan Educational Support.

The Dovedale Dipper is a 26 miles Challenge run or walk, or a 15 miles ramble held in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.  The course is mainly off-road.  Last time 359 people entered the Challenge Walk and Ramble. The event attracts participants from far and wide.    Last years event raised over £3,000 for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Detailed Route Descriptions and Entry Details can be downloaded by visiting or follow the links below to the specific entry forms.

DDD Route Description 26 Mile Challenge

DDD Route Description 15 Mile Ramble

Sponsorship Form for Kenyan Educational Support Charity



Rotary Club of Matlock. Reg. Charity Number 1041494.

Kenyan Educational Support Reg. Charity Number 1136745

Posted in: Matlock

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