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Eckington Charity Classic Car and Bike Show

Eckington Charity Classic Car and Bike Show

Local charities are set to benefit from the ever popular Classic Car and Bike Show which will be held once again at Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield (S21 3WB), on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

Hundreds of classic cars and bikes are expected for this annual rally which raises thousands of pounds for local charities. The event, which will be open from 3.00pm until 8.00pm, is attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and includes classic cars and bikes from all eras.

Organised each year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield the three local charities to benefit once again will be Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

Main organiser, Stuart Bradley of Stuart Bradley Ltd Jewellers, said: “Renishaw Hall is the perfect venue for this charitable event which we have run successfully for several years now in support of these important local charities.”

There will be musical entertainment from Direction Theatre Arts, variety of stalls and amusements, plus refreshments and bar will also be available. Admission is £5 a vehicle. For more information please contact main organiser Stuart Bradley on 01246 222777.

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, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

The date has also been released for this summer’s annual charity Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show which will be held once again at Rectory Fields, Ashover on Sunday 27 July from 10.00am.

2013 winner as voted by the exhibitors, Colin Payne of Mansfield Woodhouse with his superb 1963 2.2 litre Triumph TR4, being presented with his trophy by 2013 rotary president Jim Haggarty

2013 winner as voted by the exhibitors, Colin Payne of Mansfield Woodhouse with his superb 1963 2.2 litre Triumph TR4, being presented with his trophy by 2013 rotary president Jim Haggarty

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International Dinner and Project Fair

The Incoming  and outgoing District International team are organising an International Dinner and Project Fair on Wednesday 4th June at the Mansfield Civic Centre.  This is an opportunity to see International Project Stands and hear speakers from Mary’s Meals and Lend with Care.  Please support this evening of fellowship and information.

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St Georges Day Celebration – Wednesday 23 April 2014

St Georges Day Celebration – Wednesday 23 April 2014

Rotary Clubs in the Chesterfield area are set to celebrate St Georges Day with a special dinner in honour of England’s patron saint.

This social event is being held at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium on St Georges Day itself, which is Wednesday 23 April 2014, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

A traditional English meal of soup, roast beef, apple pie, cheeseboard of English cheeses, and coffee, also includes the historic ‘Ceremony of the Roast Beef’, which dates back to medieval times. As well as the toast to England and St George, there will also be an Englishness table quiz, mystery entertainment, and a good old singalong of English anthems.

Rotarians, their partners, friends, and Inner Wheel members, from ten local Rotary Clubs in North Derbyshire are joining together in this national day of celebration for our great country – England.

Lead organiser, past-president Geoff Mitchell of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, said: “The Irish, the Scots, and the Welsh quite rightly all have their own national celebrations but for some reason the English seem a bit reticent about celebrating Englishness.”

St Georges Day 2014

He continued: “This year we are doing our bit to ‘raise the flag’ and hope that others will join in with their own national celebrations that could even extend the patriotic spirit through into the summer in support of the England footballers at the World Cup in Brazil.”

Tickets for the Rotary event cost £25 per head – dress is lounge suits. An allocation of tickets has been set aside for non-rotarians who are very welcome to attend – contact Geoff Mitchell via email at



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Carsington Walk for Polio

Carsington Walk for Polio




The Rotary Club of Wirksworth is organising this event for the eighth year and, with the help of our friends and supporters, are hoping it will be the most successful yet.

It’s a seven and a half mile walk around Carsington Water, starting at the Visitor Centre between 9.30 and 10.30 am.  After 6 miles there’s a service point where water is available and transport back to the Visitor Centre for any who find the full circuit a bit too much.

It’s an opportunity for walkers to have a leisurely walk and enjoy the wonderful views, wild flowers and wildlife at their best in late April.  There’s an information sheet for all walkers identifying points of interest to look out for during the walk.

This is a family event so bring your children who will be presented with a medal when they complete the walk.  The weather has varied from lovely and sunny to wintry in past years but walkers have always enjoyed themselves.

We hope this year’s, weather will be marvellous so please make a note of the date and come along to support us and help raise much needed money for this important charity.

You can just turn up on the day and make a donation but we hope that you will get friends, family and neighbours to sponsor you.

Ring 01629 56305 for a sponsorship form or print a copy from our web site at:

Money raised by the walk this year will go to Polio Plus and any money raised by Rotary Clubs taking part can be treated as their own contribution to this fund provided they let us know how much has been raised so we can assess the success of the event.

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Cancellation of Southwell Races Event

Terry Leivers had a meeting on 17 March with Mark Clayton, the new manager at Southwell Racecourse who took over two weeks ago, to discuss the proposed Rotary Race meeting on 13 May.
Despite all our efforts we have not been able to secure any race sponsorship this time for Polio Eradication.
Terry was surprised to learn that the racecourses previous policy of offering free tickets for charity events has been withdrawn and replaced by a 2 for 1 offer. As the tickets are £12 each and we proposed to sell them for £6 there would not be any funds raised, other than from a bucket collection.

Without Rotary sponsored races there would be no publicity for Rotary in the race card or on the racecourse plus no funds for our cause and taking everything into account we have decided not to proceed with this event. The positive is that the two previous events raised £16,000 for polio eradication.
The small number of cheques received so far for tickets will be returned. If anyone has already booked restaurant meals at the racecourse and still wishes to attend please either arrange to buy a Premier ticket direct from Southwell or cancel the meals.

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Clubs  are advised that  following the  severe fire last Friday at the Assembly Rooms Derby  which has resulted in an indefinite  closure  of the venue  we have been obliged  to re-locate and  a new venue can now be confirmed .

LOCATION  : Still in Derby, the  event will now take place , at  the  ROBERT LUDLAM THEATRE  part of the St Benedicts Academy  which is  on the A6 as you  head towards the city from it’s junction with the A38 .  DATE & TIME REMAIN UNCHANGED !   SUNDAY  MAY 11TH @ 19.00  

Full details  including  directions  and  theatre facilities , how to  nominate  a performer  and how to book tickets  are all contained  in an email  dated 19.03.2014 via District Communications Officer  Ian Young  copied  to all Club Secretaries & Presidents . You can also discover  more  information about the event  particularly  hints  regarding how to nominate  a performer  plus the  nomination form  download at YOUNG MUSICIAN NOMINATION FORM

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Ripley 60s Live music night in aid of Penguin Club

In order to raise much needed funds for The Penguin Club, the Rotary Club of Ripley is lending a hand in organising a live music Sixties night.
The evening will take place on Friday 21. March 2014 at Lumb Farm, Marehay Ripley. 7-30pm start. The live music will be provided by local band “Thunderbird Four” playing both British and American Sixties Music. The cost of what I am sure will be a magnificent evening will be £12 per person which includes a bowl with roll of “Angies” home made stew.
Also on the evening there will be a giant raffle, and an auction. One of the donated auction lots is a Gallon bottle of whisky!!!

Entrance is by ticket only available from Owen J. Briggs. These can be ordered over the phone. Please try and give this event your best support. The Penguin Club is in need of Funds.
Thank You
Owen J. Briggs 07966 739047

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Rotary Club of Wirksworth Present a concert by Albion

Rotary Club of Wirksworth Present a concert by Albion

This acclaimed young choir sing “the music of these islands” exploring the rich singing heritage of Britain and Ireland, performed in new settings that make us hear these songs afresh.


On Saturday 29th March at 7:30 in St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth

Tickets (which include an interval wine or soft drink) are

£8 for adults and £5 for children from

Cromford Post Office, Tradelinks and Scrumdiddlyumptious in Wirksworth or by ringing 01629 56305

All monies raised go to Rainbows Childrens Hospice


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DG Peter’s Musings – January 2014

DG Peter’s Musings – January 2014

The Rotary year just flies by, seven months already, all going by in a blur!

I have now had the pleasure of visiting 56 Clubs and been a Guest at 20 Charters. I would like to thank you all on behalf of Carol & myself for your friendly welcome and hospitality. It is interesting to visit places that were to me only names in our District Directory.  I was warned by other members of the District Team to be wary of venturing to some of them in the cold dark nights of winter as they were well into “Bandit Country”!!

In fact the visits were so rewarding, your enthusiasm, which is palpable when you speak about your plans for Projects, some in train or even already completed this year makes me so proud to be part of this Rotary District, especially so as your District Governor.

Knowing we were going to meet so many new people during the year was as you can imagine a bit daunting to contemplate but everywhere we have felt true Rotary Fellowship, please forgive me though when we meet again if I cannot recall your name instantly, thank goodness for name tags!

You will recall I spoke during my Club visits about changes I wanted to introduce to District Council.

At the first of the Council meetings this year, held in mid September, in spite of all the efforts of those behind (and in front) of the scenes it was a far from a polished professional performance. Reports received after the second Council in December indicated a significant improvement even if one of the ‘Star’ turns was unable to attend. I am of course talking about the presentation of the Derby Mercia Clubs Schools Project, “Raspberry Pi”.

I am delighted to say this presentation has been rescheduled for the Council Meeting on 25th March. I do hope all Clubs will send a good contingent to hear this talk plus a number of other subjects we plan to cover in interesting ways during the evening. We also have moved this meeting to a new and different venue, as near the centre of gravity of the District as we can get. The Derbyshire Hotel, located just off Junction 28 of the M1 to the east along the A38.

I hope you all had a good Christmas break, and are fully refreshed for whatever rigours the remainder of this Rotary Year throws at us.

Carol & I were hosts to our traditional family get together. We all had a really lovely time together. How Carol copes with all the planning, shopping and organising for the whole family and preparing wonderful meals at home always amazes me, all that on top of supporting me as well is quite frankly astonishing. Before anyone else says it, yes I know, payback time is coming!!

Till the next newsletter, keep warm and dry!


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