The Rotary Club of Chesterfield wishes to thank the people of Chesterfield for their generous contributions at the club’s annual Santa’s Sleigh collections at Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco Extra supermarkets over the recent Christmas period. The sum raised was £5,600 which will be used to support local charities.
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The Rotary Club of Chesterfield celebrated its 91st Charter Anniversary at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 22 November 2013 with a special celebratory dinner to mark the 91st year since the club’s formation in 1922.
Over 100 people were in attendance when president Mike Cudzich-Madry welcomed principal guests District Governor Peter Moralee and his wife honorary rotarian Carol Moralee, Chesterfield Inner Wheel president Ann Elliott, assistant district-governor Peak Group John Shipman, along with members and guests from local Rotary Clubs and Inner Wheel. Guest speaker was local raconteur John Roberts, joint president-elect of the Chesterfield Rotary Club. MC was past-president Mike Hadfield, OBE, JP, and main organiser of the evening was joint president-elect Rob Wadd. Musical entertainment was provided by classical pianist Mark Briggs.
The managers of the Olde House Pub and Hotel at Newbold are the Citizens of the Year for 2013. Gerrard and Julie Wood received the award from the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for their excellent charitable work not only in support of the Rotary Club’s charities, but also the help they give each year to the East Derbyshire Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and other good causes.
Members gave a standing ovation when the Citizen of the Year Award was presented to the deserving couple by the Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry in a special ceremony at the Rotary club meeting held at the Olde House on Friday 8 November 2013. Also in attendance was Ray Wheeler, regional area manager for Marstons Brewery, the UK’s leading independent brewing and pub retailing business.
In response, Gerrard Wood thanked the Rotary Club of Chesterfield and highlighted how delighted he and his wife were to receive the Award.
He said: “We are honoured to receive this recognition as we have great respect for all the good work that Rotary does. Since taking over management of the Olde House nearly nine years ago we have been keen to support local charitable causes as this is also consistent with the ongoing community objectives of Marstons Brewery, the owners of the Olde House Pub and Hotel.”
Poetry reading in Chesterfield was the focus when children from local junior schools took part in Rotary’s annual Chesterfield Junior School’s Poetry-Reading Competition. Staged for the 26th consecutive year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, the event was hosted this year by Calow Primary School and held on Wednesday 23 October 2013.
A record fifteen contestants took part from five local schools, which were Abercrombie Primary School, Brimington Junior School, Calow Primary School, Duckmanton Primary School, and Hady Primary School.
The winner was 10 year old Christopher Chiad from Hady Primary School with his rendition of Roald Dahl’s poem ‘The Centipede Song’. Runners-up, also from Hady Primary School, were Isobel Woolley with ‘The Adventures of Isobel’ by Ogden Nash and Melissa Moxon with ‘The Visitor’ by Ian Serraillier.
President Mike Cudzich-Madry who presented the prizes is himself a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He spoke highly about the standard of entry and the confidence of the youngsters. He said: “Taking part in competitions like this will help the youngsters with their communication skills should they choose to go to university in the future.”
The three judges were Chesterfield Rotary vocational service chairman Ian Gordon and president Ann Elliott and past-president Margaret Mitchell of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield. The main organizer and compere was Chesterfield Rotary past-president David Windle.
Chesterfield Inner Wheel president Anne Elliott, who felt it was an honour to be a judge, praised the teachers and parents for supporting the children in their quest to read poetry. She told the audience: “I am amazed at the talent so the choice of a winner was difficult due to the high standard of the entrants.”
She added that: “There are no losers here as all the children have gained by the experience.”
A Swimathon by a retired school-teacher has raised over £2,000 to help kids with cancer..
David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, has raised the money for the Chesterfield based charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK by swimming a marathon length 26 miles 385 yards.
His sponsored swim took place over the week 7-11 October 2013 when he swam 3,516 lengths of the pool at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Suite in a total time of 16 hours 56 minutes.
David Windle said: “I am absolutely delighted that thanks to some wonderful support I have now exceeded my initial target and have so far raised £2,300 for the charity.”
Although Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK is currently organising one of the biggest fund-raising events to hit the town in September 2014, with the very first Chesterfield & Derbyshire Marathon, David Windle chose to make his fund-raising contribution by swimming a similar length instead of running.
David Windle explained: “I am stronger at swimming that running so decided to raise funds for the charity with a sponsored swim rather than a sponsored run and am really pleased to have completed the swim in a personal best time.”
He added: “I raised over £1,000 with a sponsored swim of a similar distance a few years ago in support of Rotary’s ongoing worldwide Polio Plus campaign, which aims to rid the world of polio, but despite being a few years older I was actually quicker this time round.”
David Windle explained that he felt compelled to help the charity in its efforts to support children and their families who have a variety of problems associated with cancer after hearing about the charity from founder Mike Hyman
Kids ’N’ Cancer UK is a charity designed to help children in the UK receive life-saving Proton Therapy treatment for their cancers and tumours. As some children diagnosed with cancer do not qualify in certain situations for funding by the NHS, the charity and its patrons assist families caught up in this sad situation of not meeting the criteria.
For more details about David Windle’s sponsored swim, and to make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/KidsNCancerSwim
A swimathon by a retired school-teacher to help kids with cancer has been brought forward because his training regime in the build-up has gone so well.
David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, is raising vital funds for the Chesterfield based charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK by swimming a marathon length 26 miles 385 yards. His sponsored bid will now take place over the week 7-11 October 2013 at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Centre instead of two weeks later as originally planned over the week 21-25 October. So far over £500 has been raised.
Eager David Windle said: “For the last month I have been training four hours a day, everyday, and as I am now ready to go I have brought my swimathon attempt forward to start two weeks earlier from Monday 7 October.”
He added: “I am really looking forward to the swim and am so very grateful to all those who are sponsoring me as this is really all about helping children with cancer.”
Although Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK is currently organising one of the biggest fund-raising events to hit the town in June 2014 with the very first Chesterfield & Derbyshire Marathon, David Windle has chosen to do his fund-raising now by swimming a similar length instead of running.
David Windle said:- “I feel I am stronger at swimming that running so decided to raise funds for the charity with a sponsored swim rather than a sponsored run.”
He added: “I raised over £1,000 with a sponsored swim a few years ago in support of Rotary’s ongoing worldwide Polio Plus campaign, which aims to rid the world of polio and, whilst I am still fit enough, I want to do my bit this time to help children with cancer.”
Charity founder Mike Hyman explained: “Kids ’N’ Cancer UK is a charity designed to help children in the UK receive life-saving Proton Therapy treatment for their cancers and tumours. As some children diagnosed with cancer do not qualify in certain situations for funding by the NHS, the charity and its patrons are determined to assist families caught up in this sad situation of not meeting the criteria, and we will always try to assist families where possible.”
Mike Hyman added: “We are very grateful to David, and all our other fundraisers, as their efforts help towards making our mission possible.”
Two hard-working former presidents of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield have been awarded the top honours in Rotary. Past presidents John Keeton and Bryan White each received a Paul Harris Fellowship for their continuing efforts and dedication to Rotary in a short ceremony performed by Rotary District Governor Peter Moralee on his official visit to the Chesterfield club on Friday 23 August 2013. The two Rotarians, who were presidents of the Chesterfield club in 2010-11 and 2008/9 respectively, are pictured with their medals and certificates.
Paul Harris was the founder of the worldwide Rotary movement in 1905 and it has since grown into an international phenomenon with more than 1.2 million members across 200 countries. The Rotary Club of Chesterfield was first chartered back in 1922 and, in common with all other Rotary clubs, continues to support the disadvantaged in communities at home and abroad through a variety of projects and initiatives.
District Governor Peter Moralee said: “Rotary is at the heart of every community. In just about every town and city, there is a Rotary club, and its members are passionate about the community in which they live and work.”
President Mike Cudzich-Madry said: “Honouring hard-working members with a Paul Harris Fellowship is a tradition of the Chesterfield club and past presidents John Keeton and Bryan White are the latest rotarians to have deservedly earned that recognition.”
Local charities are set to benefit after a record number of classic cars, bikes and enthusiasts turned up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, this last Sunday for an all-day rally, which has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Organised jointly for the third year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, the charities to benefit this year from the Ashover Charity Classic Car and Bike Show will be Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, Weston Park Cancer Charity, Hope Springs Recovery Centre – which helps local people with drugs and alcohol addiction, McMillan Cancer Support, Samaritans, and First Taste – which is a charity that promotes arts educational and stimulating activities for older people in care homes and centres.
The event on Sunday 28 July 2013 was attended by over 3,000 enthusiasts and spectators from all over the region and is expected to have raised around £12,000 for charity.
The Ashover Classic Car winner was Ivan Spurrier-Smith from Wirksworth with a 1931 Blown Super-Charged 2 litre very original T2 Tourer Lagonda. Ivan Spurrier-Smith said: “I am very proud of my Lagonda so am delighted its very original features have been recognised by the show. It’s been a great day out.”
The Ashover Classic Bike winner was Billy Batholomew from Sheffield with a 1971 BSA Rocket 3. Billy Batholomew said: “I am really pleased with this recognition for my BSA and look forward to next year.”
For the bulk of the day the show was held in glorious sunshine, which tempted the crowds to turn out despite major thunderstorms the previous night.
There was entertainment in the main event arena including performances by Chesterfield based female vocalist Diana Edwards, renowned UK violinist Kate Chruscicka, Ashover Brass Band, and musical dance by Direction Theatre Arts. There was also a large side show with Autojumble and an Arts and Craft Fair, plus refreshments and a licensed bar.
The main sponsor of this charity event was Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands, along with along with Stuart Bradley Jewellers, PCS Motor Factors, BRM Solicitors, and Castle Graphics.
Past president Stuart Bradley, a member of the organising committee said: “Once again I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support and look forward to seeing everyone next year once again at Rectory Fields on Sunday 27 July 2014.”
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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 12 June 2013.
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 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, and refreshments will also be available. Admission is £5 a vehicle. For more information contact organiser Rotary past president Stuart Bradley on 01246 222777. or go to www.chesterfieldrotary.co.uk .
The main sponsor of this charity event is Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands.
Membership Note: If you would like to join the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, or one of the other 100-plus Rotary clubs across the Derbyshire, Nottingham, and South Yorkshire area, visit www.ribi.org .
The final of the Chesterfield Schools’ Public Speaking Competition 2013 was the highlight of the club’s annual Ladies Day held at the Olde House, Newbold, Chesterfield on Friday 22 March 2013, with the three finalists judged by their audience.
The finalists were Laura Norman and Beatrice Soakell from Netherthorpe School, and Hannah Rodger from St Mary’s High School. Finalist Leroy Wagstaffe of Hasland Hall Community School was unable to attend due to illness. The speeches were amusing, original and delivered with impressive confidence.
Whilst the votes were counted, the former deputy head teacher of Netherthorpe School, Chris Townsend, but now retired, entertained with a witty talk on his involvement with this annual competition over the last 38 years. He revealed that he had originally been tasked with organising Netherthorpe entries following a request from former Chesterfield Rotary past president Ivor Chilcott, who at the time was also the local head of education in the area.
After much deliberation, Beatrice Soakwell, on the topic of grandparents, was awarded the first prize and trophy, but congratulations were given to the two runners-up for delivering well-prepared speeches in a closely fought competition of the highest calibre.
President Jim Haggarty thanked the schools and the teachers for their support and for their work in preparation for the competition. He also thanked Hasland Hall Community School for kindly hosting the preliminary finals on Tuesday 12 March 2013.
President of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield, Adrienne Handley, thanked the Rotary Club on behalf of all ladies and guests present for an excellent event, and added her congratulations to the students taking part in the final.
Past president Bryan White of the club’s Vocational Service group, who had organised the event and introduced each contestant, was thanked for his fine efforts in organising yet another successful event by President Jim Haggarty.