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Derbyshire charity Aquabox recognised with the Queen’s Award for voluntary Service for 2016

Derbyshire charity Aquabox recognised with the Queen’s Award for voluntary Service for 2016

A voluntary group from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, which provides safe drinking water and humanitarian aid worldwide to those in need has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

More than 70 volunteers from the local community attend the Aquabox depot each week to assemble the water filters or pack the boxes with humanitarian aid, ready for dispatch to countries suffering from the effects of disasters, whether natural or man-made.

Aquabox is managed and run  by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth. In recognition of the award, chairman of trustees Mike Tomlinson and his wife Dianne, a fellow Aquabox volunteer, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24 May 2016 hosted by the Queen, where they met with other winners of this year’s award.

Mr Tomlinson said: “Everybody connected with Aquabox is absolutely thrilled with this accolade, which recognises the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers who selflessly give up their time to ensure this vital aid goes to places where it’s needed most.

“Dianne and I were proud and humbled to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent all of the volunteers at the Buckingham Palace garden party. It’s fantastic that Aquabox has been recognised in this way, and it was also an honour to meet with representatives of other important charities doing great work in the UK and overseas.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis, said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The thousands of volunteers who give up their spare time to help others in the community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 105,000 boxes to crisis zones across the world. It recently sent 4,500 boxes to Turkey and Lebanon to aid Syrian refugees, and shipped almost 2,000 boxes to earthquake-hit Nepal. The plastic boxes consist of a water-filtration unit, cooking utensils, hygiene equipment, tools, shelter materials, baby clothing and educational items.

The charity relies entirely on donations and fundraising to purchase the boxes and their contents.

Aquabox is one of the 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work with their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Aquabox will receive the award from William Tucker, the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, later this summer.

For further information on Aquabox visit www.aquabox.org

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World Record Life Saving Lesson

On Friday 20th May 2016, Community Save a Life, in conjunction with Bolsover District Council, achieved a world record by having 1795 people trained at once. The event took place in the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield and was adjudicated by Guinness World Records. The record attempt was made to promote first aid skills amongst the local community.

The citation from Guinness reads “The largest first aid lesson was achieved by Bolsover District Council and the Community Save a Life Scheme (both UK) at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on 2o May 2016

The event was supported by the British Heart Foundation and local Inner Wheel and Rotary Clubs

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Rotary Amber Valley Charity Horse Ride – Sunday July 10th

Starting from  Holly House Farm Shottle Belper DE56 2ED –   Join us  on a  beautiful  8 mile ride in Central Derbyshire  across Chatsworth Estate land not normally available for horse riding  and open to all ages  ncluding under 12’s

Four different start times  09.00 -10.00 /10.00-11.00 / 11.00-12.00 / 12.00-12.30

Entry fee  £18.00 (before 28/06) & £ 20.00 thereafter  Under 12’s  £ 15.00 ( £17.00)

Proceeds will be to Derbyshire Leics & Rutland Air Ambulance – Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution  & Peak 4×4 Response

For more  information  click on links  to poster and entry form  or visit either our website www.rotary-ambervalley.org.uk  –  Facebook  at https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Amber-Valley-148007361959488/  or email paul.millership@yahoo.co.uk

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Rotary History Made in Chesterfield

 

Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt with founder members of the new satellite club.

Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt with founder members of the new satellite club.

History has been made with the largest expansion of Rotary in Chesterfield for 36 years with the setting up of a new satellite club by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.  The first ten founder members of the newly formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) were inducted into Rotary International by Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt at the club’s monthly meeting held at Brampton Manor, Chesterfield, on Wed 25 May 2016..  A further four founder members are to be inducted next month.

District 1220 Governor Dr Roger Summers, along with DG Elect Colin Gell, District Secretary Dr Jill Bethell, MBE., District Membership Services & Extension Chairman Colin Fox, and members of the Chesterfield club, were also in attendance to welcome the new Rotarians into the worldwide movement of Rotary International and wish the new club well.

The last significant expansion of Rotary in Chesterfield was in 1980 when the Chesterfield Rotary Club was instrumental in setting up the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale.  The new satellite club aims to be a new way of doing Rotary for busy younger business people from all walks of life who want to use their expertise to help their local community, and have fun doing it.

For more information about the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) contact secretary

John.nettleship@brmlaw.co.uk or ring 01246 555111.

 

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Charity Horse Ride around Carsington Water

Sunday 24th July 2016

Organised by the Rotary Club of Ashbourne

 

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Come and join us on 1 of 3 rides from a short 3 mile course – ideal for children with their pony, to a 10 or 14 mile ride for the more experienced riders. All with spectacular views of the reservoir with parts of the rides on land not usually open to the public.

Entry fee £18

All profits donated to DLR Air Ambulance, Aquabox, Ashgate Hospice and Rotary charity funds

For an entry form please contact Peter Oldfield on:

Telephone: 01629 540510

Email: peter.oldfield2015@gmail.com

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Business Partnership Initiative – Assembly Presentation

The Rotary Business Partnership is designed to enable the business community fulfil Corporate Social Responsibility objectives by engaging in projects benefitting the local community. Rotary acts as a facilitator having local knowledge and able to provide guidance and mentoring services. It will also enable clubs to identify prospective new members from the working age groups whilst alongside volunteers.

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Following are the slides presented at District Assembly 2016

Slides with Notes as a pdf file

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Anne Boleyn

Keyworth and Ruddington Inner Wheel are hosting an Evening with Anne Boleyn at Widmerpool Church on Friday 20th May – doors open at 7pm with a ;prompt start at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50. each and this will include a light supper and a glass of wine.

Anne Boleyn is portrayed by Lesley Smith from Tutbury Castle. I am sure that many of you will have seen her in her roles as Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and Nell Gwynne.

Lesley portrays Anne just before her execution when she is in the Tower, looking back over her life from her young years at Hever Castle and eventually her relationship and marriage to Henry VIII and then her downfall. It will be a very powerful but wonderful performance in a beautiful Church in the lovely village of Widmerpool.

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