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Burns Night Celebration Also Helps New Charity

Burns Night Celebration Also Helps New Charity


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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Clay Cross Rotarian recognised in New Year’s honours

Ray Foster of Clay Cross writes;

We wish to congratulate fellow rotarian Dr Cheryle Berry member of Clay Cross Rotary for 3 years, also our Senior Vice President, for the award of MBE in the New Years Honours List.

Cheryle’s award was for services to Education, Health and Charity in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
The investiture will be held at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

You can imagine both Cheryle and our pleasure as the news leaked out, we feel such pride and wish Cheryle all the best for the future, we are confident that this will not impede the work load and enthusiasm that we have all been caught up in.

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Christmas comes early for Barrow Hill Primary School

Christmas comes early for Barrow Hill Primary School

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.”

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Dovedale Dipper by Rotary Club of Matlock

The 11th Rotary Club of Matlock  Dovedale Dipper Challenge and Dovedale Dipper Ramble  will be held on Sunday 4th August 2013  in aid Of Cerebal Palsy Sport.  Please go to the www.matlockrotary.com website for an entry form and/or to contact the event organiser.

Cerebral palsy affects around one in every 400 births and can be caused from lack of oxygen at birth, damage to the developing foetus, a viral infection, certain drugs or poor nutrition. It is the most common form of severe disability amongst children worldwide. The number of babies born with cerebral palsy is not declining.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the sports organisation for people with cerebral palsy, providing sporting opportunities to individuals of all ages and at all levels from the recreational right through to paralympic competition.

It is also an advisory agency for disability sport issues and is recognised and respected within the international arena.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s primary aim is to attract more people to become involved in sporting activities for the pursuit of excellence or for fun and enjoyment. Among the activities covered by CP Sport are athletics, boccia, bowls, football, swimming and table cricket.

 

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Hucknall Team Win 31st Annual Disabled Games

Hucknall Team Win 31st Annual Disabled Games

President of the Rotary Club of Hucknall, Ian Young writes;

I was there, not for the whole weekend due to other Rotary commitments, but I was able to witness and support over 250 athletes competing in the renowned Rotary Disabled Sports Team Championships in Coventry this last weekend, as Rotary did its bit to find the paralympians of the future.
You can imagine how thrilled I was to receive a telephone call from PP Peter Pickering on Sunday evening to let me know that Hucknall’s entrants had created history.

The elated team from Hucknall were crowned overall winners after taking gold in the men’s weights and triathalon and podium finishes in other events as well as receiving the most improved team award. They defeated the outgoing champions South Yorks & Lincs who were aiming for a hat-trick of victories after winning in 2010 & 2011. The Rotary Club of Hucknall has entered a team for the last 23 years, and this year’s team comprising of young athletes from Portland College was the first Hucknall team to take top honours.

It was a closely fought contest but Team Hucknall were declared the overall winners with 245 points, with Team Leicester in second place, taking home 241 points and Team Rugby in third with a healthy score of 223 points.

The annual sports competition, organised and sponsored by the five Rotary clubs in Coventry and supported by clubs across England, saw hundreds of spectators packing out the Xcel Leisure Centre in Canley on Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November.

The 10 teams of competitors, who have physical and learning disabilities, came from Avon, Coventry, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hucknall, Leicestershire, Rugby, South Yorkshire/ Lincolnshire, Wakefield, and Warwickshire,
Now in its 31st year, the Championships featured 13 disciplines: new age kurling, table tennis, table tennis for those with learning disabilities, rifle shooting, boccia team, boccia individual, darts, male weight lifting, female weight lifting, team pitstop, swimming, triathlon and the slalom.

The Xcel Leisure Centre in Canley, which opened in June 2008, is part of the South West Coventry regeneration scheme and largely administered by local Rotarians. The £9m centre has been hailed as the ‘flagship’ for the regeneration scheme that has been designed with the needs of the local community in mind. It is one of 3 that make up the Coventry Sports Foundation, a charity where direction provided by Coventry Rotarian Directors has created superb facilities, not just sport, in under-privileged areas of the City.

 

For more photographs click here: The 31st English Disabled Sports Team Championship

To find out more about the event, visit the organisers website http://www.rotarydisabledsports.org.uk/

 

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Rotary Club of Retford 007 Themed Charity Night

On 17th November 2012, the Rotary Club of Retford will hold a themed charity night in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice.

The James Bond 007 ‘Thunderball’

Dancing to the live music of ‘Heads will Roll’.

Drinks reception with Entertainment, 4 course dinner, Casino, Auction, Raffle, Disco and more…

At Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, DN22 8QS

Click the PDF icon below for further details.

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A walk in the woods plus lunch, October 20th

A walk in the woods plus lunch, October 20th

You are invited to join the Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth and the Ravenshead Inner Wheel on the 20th October 2012 for a walk on a pleasant route, mainly through woodland, followed by a homemade soup (with choices), desert and coffee/tea lunch. This year we are offering a choice of two routes, both starting from the same place. One is just under 4 miles and the other just over 5 miles. You can choose on the day. There is a coffee stop available on both routes.

It is suitable for walkers of all abilities and children are welcome although they must be in the care of a responsible adult. well behaved dogs are also welcome.

The venue is Ravens Lodge Scout Headquarters on Main Road, Ravenshead (B6020 road, next to the Little John Inn). You can start at any time between 10:30 and 11am

The cost is £7.00. Children under 12 are half price. If you do not wish to walk you are welcome to join us for lunch from 12:30 onwards.

We need to know the numbers attending and so if you wish to take part please contact Bob or Sandra Jackson on 01623 793978 or email bob.jackson@ravenshead-rotary.org.uk or Mike Lee on 01623 409893.

Everyone who has been previously seemed to enjoy the walks and so we look forward to seeing you on the day. Although this is intended as a social event any profit we do make will go to our Rotary and Inner Wheel charities.

Bob Jackson

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Building Waterfalls in River Leen

Building Waterfalls in River Leen

AN iconic feature of the picturesque village of Linby has been enhanced — thanks to a helping hand from Hucknall Rotary Club.

Wanting to involve the club in a ‘Community Spring-clean project’, President Ian Young contacted Linby Parish Council with a view to work on a project in the village where the club hold its weekly meetings.

Subsequent consultation brought about a project that the village of Linby wanted to implement, but couldn’t because of lack of manpower. With the clubs willingness to be involved, the village authorities were able to finally make arrangements to improve the water flow through Linby Docks with the construction of several stone dams.

Club president Ian Young explained: “We wanted to extend our varied community service to the village we meet in.”

It was quite a challenge cutting a gigantic stone slab first of all into several pieces and then cutting the smaller sections to size, transporting the heavy slabs from the pub car park over the road to the Docks. The waterbed then had to be levelled before the stone could be lowered into the water and laid into position.

The new look of the Docks has already attracted much interest as people stop to watch the water cascade over the stone dams.

Follow Hucknall Rotary on Twitter at @HucknallRC or on Facebook www.facebook.com/HucknallRC

 

 

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More Rotary Support for Local Charities

More Rotary Support for Local Charities

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.

Geoff Mitchell
Press Officer
Rotary Club of Chesterfield

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