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Business Partnership Initiative presentation

The Business Partnership Initiative enables organisations to fulfil their 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.

For further information, please visit the Business Partnership page

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Art Exhibition To Showcase The Work of Local Students


A view from the 2015 event

An Art Exhibition is set to showcase the creative work of local students from nine senior schools in Chesterfield.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in conjunction with local schools, is being held for a second year at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Newbold Road, Chesterfield on 8th and 9th October 2016 and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt, at 10.00am on Saturday 8 October.

The nine schools planning to take part are: Brookfield, Hasland Hall, Outwood Academy Newbold, Netherthorpe, Parkside, Springwell College, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Tupton Hall, and Whittington Green. All students exhibiting will receive a certificate.

Exhibition opening times: Saturday 8 October 2016, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and Sunday 9 October 2016 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Admission is free.

Building on the success of last year when five local schools took part, the art exhibition this year is expected to fully utilise all areas of St Andrews United Reformed Church, including for the first time the Church Sanctuary, as well as, the main church hall and its side rooms.

Main Rotary co-ordinator is rotarian Ian Gordon of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.

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Ravenshead Walk and Soup Lunch

Saturday 8th October 2016

Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth & Inner Wheel of Ravenshead

Once again we are holding our walk and lunch. There will be a choice of two attractive routes, one of just under three miles and one of five and a half.  There will be an option of minibus transport back from the last check point. This will be followed by a lunch of soup (several choices), dessert and coffee.

The start is any time between 10.30 and 11.15am at Ravens Lodge, the Scout headquarters on Main Road, Ravenshead (B6020).

The price is only £7.50 (children under 12 half price).  Everyone is welcome including children with an adult and well behaved dogs (although dogs are not allowed on the bus or in lunch venue).

If you wish to join us please phone Bob or Sandra Jackson on 01623 793978  (or email or Mike Lee on 01623 409893.

This is a social event but any profit we do make will go to AQUABOX  to provide clean water  in areas of disaster and other international Rotary and Inner Wheel charities.


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Kirkby Community Fair

Kirkby Rotary is organising an event designed to give local groups, agencies and charities a showcase for their services.

Kirkby Community Fair, which is being supported by Ashfield District Council, will take place in the town Plaza on Saturday September 3rd from 10 am till 3 pm.  Among the 20-plus organisations already signed up are groups for young people, retired adults, veterans and women, as well as several churches and public services.

President of Kirkby Rotary, Philip Hurt, explained:  ‘We looked around the Kirkby area and saw that there were so many providing great opportunities and service to the community. We felt that we wanted to give those organisations the chance to let people know what they do and how the community might join or support them. At the same time, being Rotary, we wanted to make it a fun event, so many of those organisations will also have things to sell and games and tombolas to play.’

The Rotary Club, celebrating its seventieth year, has a record of supporting the local community, as well as national and international good causes.  One of the most recent examples is the “Know Your Blood Pressure Day’ in Kirkby market place, in co-operation with the Stroke Association, when dozens of Kirkby residents were given free checks and several were alerted to see their doctor.

President Philip added: ‘A bonus of Kirkby Community Fair will be the live music provided by a section of Kirkby Welfare band, and the practical opportunities for young people to see and learn what the Scouts and Army Cadets do. There’s something for all ages.’


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Rotary Dictionary 4 Life Project

To help with their personal development, youngsters at William Rhodes Junior School in Chesterfield are the beneficiaries of an Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary, courtesy the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Rotary president-elect Peter Barr (right), accompanied by community service chairman George Freeman, presented personal copies to Year 6 pupils at the school on Tuesday 19 July 2016. The Dictionary 4 Life project aims to help children develop their facility with the English language and is a national project in support of Rotary International’s emphasis on Literacy.


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Rotary’s Record-Breaking Classic Car & Bike Show

Rotary’s Record-Breaking Classic Car & Bike Show

The crowds flocked in to break all records for the sixth annual Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show which this year raised over £13,500 for the benefit of local charities.

Organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock, the event held on Sunday 24 July 2016 provided a unique showcase for an amazing variety of over 700 classic cars and bikes brought by their proud owners from all over the region.

Best Car was adjudged to be a rare 1960 Bristol 406 with 2.2 straight six triple colex carbs owned by David Mann from Sheffield. Best Bike was adjudged to be an immaculate 1971 Honda K3 Series CL 350cc Street Scrambler owned by Bill Rimmer from North Wingfield.

Eric McCarrison, chairman of the organising committee, said “Over the last six years Rotary has raised getting on for £75,000 for local charities with this popular family event and we want to thank everyone for their continued support, and a big thanks go to all our sponsors, including main sponsor Autoworld.”


The award for 'Best Car’ being presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry to owner David Mann (left)

The award for ‘Best Car’ being presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry to owner David Mann (left)


‘Best Bike’ owner Bill Rimmer (left) being presented with his winning trophy by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry

‘Best Bike’ owner Bill Rimmer (left) being presented with his winning trophy by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry

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Sheffield Motor Show 4th/5th June 2016

Sheffield Vulcan Rotary Club ran this event for the third year, the last two being in Sheffield City Centre. 72 cars were booked onto the event, but only 69 arrived, one, a Tesla, having being sold the day before, and the other two were a miscalculation by a dealer, who brought 25, instead of 27.

The weather was kind this year, with a few drops of rain, but mostly sunshine on the Sunday. Sheffield Fargate has a counted average footfall of 35000 on a Saturday; this year it is estimated, with the car show, at 40,000 +. The Starflyer, a 70 metre high ride, was having its last weekend, and brought people in, as well as our President, Tony Cosens, and our Stiltwalker, riding it, and getting some great photographs.

The Lord Mayor attended & presented attendance certificates to all of the 19 participating dealers, and TV coverage gave a good mention of Rotary. We had an Aquabox demonstration unit on show, which created much interest.

All of the dealers to whom I spoke were happy, but I was very pleasantly surprised when two called me on the Monday morning to thank me for inviting them! One had taken a £1000 deposit by 8-30 am on Saturday morning, for a show car at £76000, which was sold in the afternoon, another sale occurred on Sunday and a third as I was talking to the dealer on Monday morning. Nine dealers have already declared a wish to return next year. I haven’t spoken to the others yet, as we have not fixed a date yet.

Six local charities, and our own, will benefit from the £6000+ which we made, from the dealers paying to exhibit, less our expenses, which include rental to The City Council, Security, as the cars are left overnight, and other miscellaneous expenses. We have invested over the three years in two badged gazebos, feathers, walkie talkies and safety equipment.

The event has been organised by President Tony Cosens (backroom boy) and Roger Hart (Frontman), with help from a small committee and twenty volunteer member stewards. The organisers are indebted to their wives, both of whom said we would not be running it another year. Planning has already started, on the condition that we delegate more!


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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

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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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