A traditional social event to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns has also ended up helping local people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in the Chesterfield area.
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield held its annual Burns Night Celebration at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Monday 28 January 2013.
Past President Jim Savage, president Jim Haggarty (with the haggis), Pipe Major Tom Varley
A ‘Roll-a-Coin’ competition raised £120 for the recently launched local charity ’Hope Springs Recovery Centre’, a support centre based at Springwell House, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, that aims to provide crucial additional support for North Derbyshire people still on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The competition for a bottle of whisky was won by Mrs Ruth Miller.
After the haggis was piped in by Pipe Major Tom Varley, past president Jim Savage made the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ by reciting the famous Robert Burns poem. Haggis, accompanied by bashed neeps and champit tatties, was then served to the 100 members and guests in attendance.
Music for dancing at the Burns Night event was provided by Brian Freeman on the keyboards. Main organiser was past president Jim Savage.
Note: The Hope Springs Recovery Centre was established in December 2012 and is currently open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with plans to extend these hours. People are welcome to book an appointment or just drop in. The centre is managed by Rotarian Father Terry O’Doherty of the Chesterfield Rotary Club and the telephone number for the centre is 07583 248161.
Past president Jim Savage presents a bottle of whisky to ‘Roll-a-Coin’ winner Mrs Ruth Miller.
If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club please contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield has provided Barrow Hill Primary School with a top-of-the-range Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano for use by the school, thanks to the generosity of one of its members, past president Kuttaiba Mohamad.
It was delivered to the school on Monday 3 December 2012 by president Jim Haggarty, assisted by past presidents Mike Horton and Geoff Mitchell, in time for the school’s Christmas festivities.
Head teacher Karen Porteous said: “We really do appreciate the generosity of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in donating this superb Yamaha digital piano which will be such a wonderful asset for years to come for the school and its pupils.”
Karen added: “This is not just any old piano, but it recreates a wide range of other instruments as well, including percussion.”
“Not surprisingly the piano now takes pride of place in the school hall, so thank you Rotary.”
Three local charities have benefited from a charity fund-raising Classic Car and Bike Show which raised nearly £5,000. Organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield the event was held in June at Renishaw Hall. Cheques for £1,600 each were presented to representatives from Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity at the club’s weekly meeting held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 10 August. Also in attendance was Tony Cordin, director of Autoworld, the event’s main sponsor.
Pictured left to right: Alison Ward-Foster (fund-raiser Ashgate Hospice), Gillian Scotford (ambassador Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice), Chesterfield Rotary president Jim Haggarty, Tony Cordin (director of main sponsor Autoworld), Helen Gentle (fund-raiser Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity)
President Jim Haggarty presented cheques for £1,600 each to Alison Ward-Foster, fund-raiser for Ashgate Hospice, Gillian Scotford, ambassador for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice whose son is a regular user of the hospice, and Helen Gentle, fund-raiser for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, who reported that the donation would go to a new fund set up for the pioneering of new treatments currently on trial and not provided by the NHS.
Rotary Club of Chesterfield
Record crowds flocked to a classic car and bike show, which was held to raise money for charity.
Local charities are set to benefit to the tune of over £10,000 after a Classic Car and Bike show attracted thousands of visitors to see over 600 cars and bikes exhibited by enthusiasts from all around the region.
The fund-raising event, organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, was held in the idyllic setting of Ashover Showground last Sunday 29 July 2012.
Winner was Colin Payne from Mansfield Woodhouse with a mint condition 1963 bright red Triumph TR4 Hardtop Coupe, whilst the winning motorbike was a Triumph Daytona 500 exhibited by a Chesterfield enthusiast.
Main organiser was a delighted Chesterfield Rotary Club past president Stuart Bradley who said: “It was a fantastic day which brought together all those who like to exhibit their cars and bikes with all those who just love meandering around the wide variety of well-loved classic vehicles from every era.”
He added: “On behalf of Rotary a big thank you to everyone for the wonderful support in aid of our local Rotary charities, we intend holding the event again in 2013”
To ensure it was a fun day out for all the family there was also entertainment youngsters from Direction Theatre Arts, bar and refreshments, autojumble and a large craft fair.
For more details about next year go to the website www.ashoverclassics.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org