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“Happy Birthday Your Majesty”, Kirkby Style

Around fifty senior citizens gathered in Kirkby’s Trinity Methodist Church on June 9th to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday on that day and her coronation on June 2nd 1953. The event was organised by Kirkby Rotary Club with help and support from Kirkby Inner Wheel Club, Central Co-op and Morrisons.

On arrival the guests were handed sweet and savoury nibbles, followed a little later by sandwiches, sausage rolls, pork pies, scones, butter, cream, jam, cakes and cups of tea.

Rotarian Revd Eric Ashby gave a talk illustrated with slides on how as a Special Constable he was on duty at the Coronation, helping to line the processional route in London. Kirkby Colliery Band entertained with a selection of favourites old and new. Then the oldest person at the event, a nonagenarian gentleman, cut the cake specially made for the occasion by Rotarian Nigel Aston. The afternoon culminated in a sing-along of wartime songs such as White Cliffs of Dover and Lili Marlene, and ended with enthusiastic renderings of Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem.

The event was organised by Kirkby Rotary Club’s projects team led by Rotarian Melissa Blythe. She commented: “It was marvellous to see how much the guests enjoyed everything. We had so many lovely comments. It was even more successful than we had hoped and we’ll certainly put on the same kind of event next year. Thank you to everyone who contributed.”

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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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Purple Kirkby in Ashfield

Ashfield District Council and Kirkby Rotary Club have been working together to highlight Rotary international’s ‘Eradicate Polio’ campaign.

To raise awareness of the continuing fight against the disease that still affects parts of the developing world, purple crocus bulbs have been planted by pupils at Kirkby’s Morven Park School. The planting took place on October 22nd to coincide with the international Eradicate Polio Day from funding provided by the Council. The ADC Corporate Communications Manager issued a news release and photograph to local media.

President Paul Riley said: “Rotary has been involved in the eradication of polio for around thirty years and the end is now in sight. We are delighted that Ashfield District Council has supported us by supplying the bulbs for the children to plant.”

At the same time, the Council themselves set several thousand of the purple crocus bulbs in Morven Park next to the school. More were planted early this month by pupils at Orchard and Kingsway Primary Schools in Kirkby, with Bracken Hill School following as we go on-line. Rotary Club of Kirkby in Ashfield are also raising funds by selling crocus badges and bags of bulbs.

Morven Park crocus planting, Kirkby in Ashfield

President Paul Riley with other Rotarians, staff and students from Morven Park school, planting purple crocus bulbs on World Polio Day

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Santa Helps Sick Children

A children’s hospice charity has benefited from a Santa’s Grotto created by a local garden centre and run by a Rotary Club.

At the Reuben Shaw garden centre in Moor Green, Kirkby Rotary Club recently presented a cheque for £2000 to Emma Vizor, chief fundraiser at the Sheffield-based Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. In the four weekends leading up to Christmas, around 800 children visited the grotto, which was set up and decorated by garden centre staff, with Santa, his helper elves and children’s presents provided by Kirkby Rotary.

Ms Vizor said:” We have now received donations totalling £9,500 from the Rotary club over the past three years. This massive contribution makes a huge difference to our work of offering care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy and their families”.

Roger Pursey, president of the Kirkby club, responded: “The 2014 grotto was a superb success and achieved all we hoped for”. He presented the garden centre’s owner, Mr Reuben Shaw, with the club’s Certificate of Appreciation. Mr Shaw in turn commented: “The opportunity the grotto gives us to blend charity with the commercial aspect of Christmas is fantastic.”

With Emma Vizor and Santa Claus are Reuben Shaw (left) and Roger Pursey

With Emma Vizor and Santa Claus are Reuben Shaw (left) and Roger Pursey

 

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Kirkby prepares for End Polio week

Kirkby prepares for End Polio week

Kirkby ‘End Polio’ Week – October 19th to 26th

Kirkby Rotary Club and Ashfield District Council are co-operating to support World Polio Day on 24th October. Thanks to half a dozen club members who are in touch with other community organisations, such is the enthusiastic response that the whole week is now dedicated to the cause of helping finally to eradicate the disease from the world.

This is the programme, so far:
W/c Sun Oct 19 The following organisations sell badges during the week: ADC Urban Road reception desk and office and Northern Depot, Sutton; Ashwood, Forest Hill Methodist, St John’s, St Wilfrid’s and All Saints Annesley Churches; and Acacia Community Centre

Mon Oct 20 Annesley Primary School plant bulbs in Kingsway Park at 11 am.

Tue Oct 21 Kingsway Primary School plant at the Shoulder of Mutton site, 2 pm.

Wed Oct 22 Kingsway School’s Wear Purple Day including a short presentation to pupils at the assembly.

Fri Oct 24 Orchard Primary School plant crocus bulbs in Kingsway Park at around 10 am The school also have a Wear Purple Day. Greenwood Primary School have a Wear Purple Day, make purple cakes; do purple finger painting; from 10.30 am several classes have a short presentation from Rotarian Mike Lee. ADC Urban Road office staff have a Wear Purple Day Kirkby Rotary badge-selling at Morrisons Supermarket, 10 till 4

ADC will supply the bulbs and Kirkby Rotary Club the badges: we have ordered 17 boxes of badges (50 per box).

At all the bulb planting sessions on the Tuesday and Friday we are expecting hierarchy from ADC and KRC to attend and give short speeches.

ADC and KRC are organising publicity, centring on the co-operation between ADC, Rotary and the schools, churches, etc and featuring the bulb plantings. All the above events will be photographed, if possible. Media invited to selected events. Featured daily on ADC social networking media and website.

Two plaques will be located one at each of the two sites, bearing a suitable inscription, and will be installed in the spring when the crocuses are in flower, so making a second publicity story. Funded by ADC

Ron Walker

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