A long-serving rotarian has been recognised for completing 50 years of Rotary service. Past president David Jenkins, CStJ, was awarded a long-service certificate and a special 50 year Rotary badge at the club meeting held on Friday 2 August 2019 by president Nigel Metham. David Jenkins, 95, whose profession was Coal Industry Administration, first joined the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in March 1969 and has been a regular attender ever since. He was club president in 1981-82 and is the first of three long-serving rotarians being recognised by the club this year.
More recruitment of new members for the expanding Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, which continues to attract busy younger professionals in the town wanting to do their bit for the local community. The latest to be inducted into the worldwide Rotary movement, by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson, are IT company director, Andrew Thompson, and insurance advisor, Phil Coates, and he was assisted by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant.
The final of the Chesterfield Public Speaking Competition for local secondary schools was held on Friday 18 January 2019 and organised by Chesterfield Rotary for the 53rd consecutive year.
The winner, in a high-quality competition, was Iona Blair from St Mary’s Catholic High School, with her political talk on ‘What’s the point of public demonstrations’.
Runners-up were, Megan Trevis from Hasland Hall Community School, Abigail Maycook from Whittington Green School, and Leo Andrews also from St Marys. Organiser was rotarian Paul Davies, secretary of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, who congratulated all the finalists on their excellent talks.
Thousands of pounds has been raised for local charities after the crowds really turned out in the summer sunshine for the area’s biggest Classic Car & Bike Show held at Rectory Fields, Ashover on Sunday 22 July 2018. With hundreds of cars and bikes from all eras on show, the event organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock, is being considered to be ‘best yet’.
Winner of ‘Best Car’ was John Gregory of Kilburn, near Derby, for his 1962 Austin Healey 3000. Trophy presented by Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary president Ron Enock.
Winner of ‘Best Bike’ was Jess Bamford of Codnor with his very rare 1929 Indian 4 1260cc American motor bike. Trophy presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson.
Hundreds of enthusiasts from across the region turned out for this year’s Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show held in perfect weather at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 13 June 2018. The event is expected to have raised a few more thousands which will be shared by four key local charities – Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Weston Park Cancer Charity. Winner of best car was Stephen Ashton from Ecclesfield, with his 1962 C1 Corvette V8. Also, congratulations to Jon Lambley from Alfreton, winner of best bike at the show with his 1949 Vincent Series ‘B’ 1000cc Rapide.
The winners were presented with their awards by Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr.
Next motoring event is the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show being organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock at Rectory Fields, Ashover, on Sunday 22 July 2018 (10.00am to 4.00pm).
Congratulations to Andrew Davies who has been selected as a Young Citizen of the Year for 2018 by Rotary International Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) for his inspirational fund-raising in support of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
He has now raised nearly £140,000 of his £150,000 target.
The prestigious award, along with a cheque for £500 towards his charity, was made by Rotary district governor Michael Longdon, on behalf of RIBI National Rotary president 2017-18 Denis Spiller, at the Chesterfield Rotary club meeting on Friday 25 May 2018. Also in attendance was the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr Stuart & Anne Brittain, and Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr.
Remarkable young people from across Britain and Ireland are recognised with Rotary Young Citizen Awards. The accolades celebrate the positive citizenship and responsibilities that are shown by many young people through hard work, inspirational ideas and a determination to help others.
In September 2012, Andrew Davies, who was only 13 at the time, became very unwell. He was referred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare and a rapidly spreading disease if not treated quickly. Over the following months he endured courses of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully, Andrew recovered and decided he wanted to give something back. Upon realizing the bone marrow transplant at Sheffield Children’s Hospital cost £150,000, he set his sights on raising the same amount so other young lives could be saved.
District governor Michael Longdon, on behalf of RIBI President 2017-18 Denis Spiller, congratulated Andrew on his inspirational efforts which will help others. He presented Andrew with his award, a glass trophy, a framed certificate, and a cheque for £500 in support of his fund-raising efforts.
In response, Andrew, who is now 19 and in his first year at Liverpool University, thanked Rotary for their support both locally and nationally. He revealed that his fund-raising total now stands at nearly £140,000. He is planning to raise more funds this summer with a 200mile sponsored bike ride from Liverpool to Skegness with his elder brother James. More immediately, he is off to Fiji for a month to help youngsters improve their numeracy and literacy. To make a donation go to Andrew’s Just Giving page https://bit.ly/2IHSl8G
The winner of the annual public speaking competition for local secondary schools this year was Beverlyn Agyemang of St Marys Catholic High School with her thought-provoking talk entitled ‘Who Am I’. The event was organised for the 52nd consecutive year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield and held as part of the club’s weekly meeting at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 23 March 2018. Following a high-quality competition, Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr presented the cup and certificates to winner Beverlyn Agyemang (St Mary’s), and the two runners-up Matthew Perryman (Whittington Green) and Anton Causey (St Mary’s).
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield held its 21st annual Burns Night Celebration at the Olde House, Newbold, on Tuesday 23 January 2018, when past-president Jim Savage addressed the haggis.
This was followed by a traditional meal, which included haggis and bashed neeps, the playing of bagpipes by Pipe Major Tom Varley, and music from Brian Freeman on keyboards.
A Roll-A-Coin competition and an auction raised £120 for local charity, Hope Springs Recovery Centre, which supports those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in Chesterfield.
Congratulations to Chloe Allison of Parkside Community School who has been presented, by Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr, with the special Ian Gordon Rotary Art Prize for her outstanding exhibit at the 2017 Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition held at St Andrews United Reformed Church in October 2017.
The presentation took place at the school’s GCSE Awards night, held in the presence of the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, on Thursday 30 November 2017. This special Rotary art prize of a signed certificate and £50 art voucher is being awarded in memory of the late rotarian Ian Gordon, who provided the inspiration for the annual senior school’s art exhibition, now in its third year. Chloe Allison’s winning art work is also being used by Parkside Community School as the basis for its 2017 Christmas Card.
Chloe’s work was described by independent adjudicator and Chesterfield artist Lynne Evans as “An outstanding piece of work with a textured/layered view of Chesterfield and the Spire. The Art Department is commended for challenging Parkside art students with its Urban View project.”
Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr making the award to Chloe Allison,
along with Rev John Cook, who represented joint sponsor of the recent art exhibition
held at St Andrews United Reformed Church. The winning picture is in the background.
The second annual Charity Quiz Night, arranged by the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, has raised a record £1,000 for local charities. The winning team of ‘DJPAR’, led by rotarian Alison Hankey, received the coveted Rotary Satellite Club Challenge Trophy, which was presented by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant. The event attended by over 100 local business people, rotarians, and Inner Wheel members, was held at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November 2017. It was organised by rotarian Paul Davies.