Viva Las Vegas Ball

Viva Las Vegas Ball

The Rotary Club of Retford invite you to their

Viva Las Vegas Ball

In aid of Bassettlaw Hospice
and other Rotary Club of Retford Charities

Saturday 16th November 2013
Drinks reception 6:30pm
Dinner 7:30pm
Carriages: 1:00am


Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, DN22 8QS

Please see the attached leaflet for booking details

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Church Wilne Horse Ride raises over £6,000 for the Air Ambulance

Church Wilne Horse Ride raises over £6,000 for the Air Ambulance

RC Church Wilne’s  first Horse Ride was in 2005 and every year since we have seen a significant sum raised for our designated charity. This year the Air Ambulance was chosen and with over 200 riders and horses taking place, we managed a new record total for the event.

The Air Ambulance is always a very popular charity to support and many people gave extra donations on the day. As in previous years the course consists of bridleway, road and farmland not normally available to the public through scenic Locko Park, Dale Abbey, Spondon and Ockbrook.

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Sponsored Swim To Help Kids With Cancer Brought Forward

Sponsored Swim To Help Kids With Cancer Brought Forward

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.”

David Windle

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.”

For more details about David Windle’s sponsored swim, and to make a donation, go to   Details about the charity



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A Festival Of Remembrance


Rotary Club Of Retford

In Partnership With The Mayor Of Retford


A Festival Of Remembrance

Featuring Harworth Brass & Retford Male Voice Choir



Saturday 9th November 2013 Commences at 7.30pm

TICKETS £6.00*





* Admission £1.50, plus a suggested voluntary donation of £4.50

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Pool Party raises funds for D.A.R.E.

Pool Party raises funds for D.A.R.E.

Over £1,000 was raised in aid of D.A.R.E. ( Drug Abuse Resistance Education) by the Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth at a Pool Party organised at their home by Drs Raj and Qudsia Chandran.

Through the D.A.R.E programme, every year, over 7,000 Nottinghamshire school children are taught the competencies and skills they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives in a world where drugs are commonplace.

Pictured are Dr Raj Chandran who organised the event, Ravenshead and Blidworth President Mike Lee and Richard Goad of D.A.R.E.

Pictured are Dr Raj Chandran who organised the event, Ravenshead and Blidworth President Mike Lee and Richard Goad of D.A.R.E.

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Amber Valley Proms concert for Polio

Rotary Amber Valley

Last Night Of The Proms Concert – Sat October 26th

St Peters Parish Church Belper

This event is a major concert in aid of Polio Eradication and doors open at 18.45pm. All seats are unreserved and the programme will contain many favourites familiar to “Last Night” audiences, performed by Derwent Brass ,one of the leading brass ensembles in the East Midlands and Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir one of our foremost local choral groups.

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Top Rotary Honours Awarded

Top Rotary Honours Awarded

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.”

Pictured from left to right: President Mike Cudzich-Madry, Past Presidents & Paul Harris Fellows John Keeton and Bryan White, District Governor Peter Moralee

Pictured from left to right: President Mike Cudzich-Madry, Past Presidents & Paul Harris Fellows John Keeton and Bryan White, District Governor Peter Moralee

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DG Peter M’s Musings – August 2013

DG Peter M’s Musings – August 2013

Peter M’s Musings

Rotary International District 1220

Monthly Newsletter of the District Governor

July 2013.

July has just flown by. It seems like yesterday when IPDG Dave placed the DGs Jewel over my head at the Novotel on 30th June, since then Rotary seems as if I have totally enveloped my life. No complaints though, “what a ride!”

Just wish there were a few more hours in each day or a couple of extra days in the week.

I have, since the first of July, had the pleasure of meeting, “on their home patch”, literally hundreds of friendly and dedicated Rotarians, as I started the schedule of the Official District Governors Visits. I have often been accompanied by a driver from my own Club and delighted to take Carol with me on many occasions.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to my Club for their efforts in providing a member to accompany and chauffer me to all the Club Visits outside the ‘Derwent Group’ area. I know they have found the experience, visiting clubs, as interesting and rewarding as I have!

My predecessors have often spoken about the incredible breadth and depth of Service carried out by the Clubs that form our District. I have now seen for myself what they were talking about! I do though ask, “Why do we  keep it to ourselves?” So many of these Projects would be of interest to other Clubs in the District and they may well wish to emulate them in their patch.

Also I know you do not do Service in your community for the plaudits but, Rotary does need the publicity so as to attract those who will follow us into Rotary, those who are going to rise to the challenge and put Service Above Self in the future. Please consider telling the pubic in whatever way is appropriate of the things you do, they, the general public in our communities, are after all are frequently the source of revenue that enables us to carry out our Service Projects, surely they should know where their money is going. Lets tell “our story”!

One of the scariest things I have done this month was to bring greetings and best wishes from all of you to our sisters in Inner Wheel. The event was the Handover and Induction Rally of the Inner Wheel District 22 Chairman 2013-14, Carole O’Conner. Seeing a sea of Ladies, all their best frocks, was enough to frighten even the most hardened mere male!

I hope you are looking forward as much as I am to our District Conference, 4th to 6th October in Scarborough. The Conference Team I know, are all working very hard, under the expert leadership of Conference Director David Curtis, planning to put together a fantastic weekend but, of course, if you are not there it will be all for nothing! So please fill in those Conference Registration Forms either in paper or ‘on line’ and then prepared to be wowed by a weekend to remember!

‘Till next month, keep up your good works!

Peter M.
District Governor

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District 1220 ShelterBox Update August 2013

District 1220 ShelterBox Update August 2013

Thankfully we have no new major disasters to contend with,but the ongoing situations as listed below still need our help.

It is vital for us to maintain the stock of ShelterBoxes in the event of the inevitable happening.

If you would like further information about ShelterBox or want a SB presentation for your own club or local area,just call me!

As ever, I invite anyone who wishes to support SB in any way, to contact me.We are really in need extra helpers especially in the Eastern section of D1220.

If you want to get involved hands on with presentation to clubs schools ,scouts,get in touch.

Without your help Shelterbox would not exist. With your help we can do more and at the same time share the load in our team.

May I also recognise the recent update from our own Aquabox and congratulate the team for their success.

It is important to support these worthy causes, as both are vital to help those in need.

Kindest Regards
Yours in Rotary

Peter H Swift FRICS
Swift & Co Chartered Surveyors.
Rotary District Governor, 2000-1
Rotary International, District 1220.
District Shelterbox Co-ordinator D1220

ShelterBox Operational Information

Total Boxes Deployed since 2000 – 129,600

Philippines – Typhoon Bolaven – Monitoring and evaluation

Team: John Cordell (US), Alison Ashlin (UK), Alison Wallace (CEO visit), Maribeth Lloyds (Corporate visit), Ana Krasojevic (Corporate visit with JTI)

Aid distributed: 354 boxes, 760 tents

Comments: Typhoon Bopha hit in December 2012 on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, wiping out tens of thousands of homes in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. ShelterBox distributed a total of 852 boxes over several months due to the enormity of the disaster. Now, four months after the last team returned home, a monitoring and evaluation team has gone back to the affected areas to collate information to improve ShelterBox’s overall response by speaking to beneficiaries and collecting their feedback, interviewing in-country partners and assessing the conditions of the ShelterBox aid in the storm-hit areas. Alison W. has gone out to witness first-hand ShelterBox’s work along with Maribeth, ShelterBox’s Corporate Fundraising Manager, who is also with Ana from JTI, one of ShelterBox’s corporate funders.

Syrian conflict – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan & Iraq

Turkey/Syria – The SRT has returned from Turkey and Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) will continue distributing ShelterBox aid in Syria. Due to political concerns, there is no publicity for this response and is internal only – for any publicity enquiries please contact or

Aid distributed: 150 life straws, 150 water carriers, 150 solar lamps, 150 mosquito nets

Lebanon – Operations department is considering new areas of need and preparing to send more aid including thermal liners in preparation for the winter. The pack for a further 448 boxes will take place on 6 August at HQ.

Aid distributed: 1053 boxes

Iraq – Kurdistan – Awaiting the end of Ramadan before assessing needs of new influxes of refugees.

Aid distributed: 514 boxes

Jordan – Distributions on hold as need is currently being met by other agencies in Jordan. Ongoing monitoring of situation.

Aid distributed: 100 boxes

Ops monitoring

– Flash floods have affected northwest Pakistan. Operations are in touch with ShelterBox’s implementing partner the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), who have 324 of our tents prepositioned with them in their warehouse, and we stand ready to respond if necessary.

– Awaiting the government’s approval in Uganda on ShelterBox aid being prepositioned in country to enable quick responses to future disasters and possibly the current DRC refugee disaster, which Operations continue to monitor.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Zulu Wars speaker

Zulu Wars speaker

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers are proud to announce that they have secured the services of internationally renowned Historian and Zulu Wars expert, Rob Caskie to speak at a charity fund-raising event later this year.

Rob is on a brief visit to the UK from South Africa and has agreed to speak at the Chatsworth Arts Centre in Long Eaton on October 22nd 2013 at 7.30pm. Rob is an acknowledged historian and tour guide who takes visitors around the battle sites of the Anglo – Zulu Wars and is famous for bringing “ history alive”. He will provide an informative, passionate and enthralling account of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

Tickets are just £10 each. All profits from the evening will go to the Club’s International Charity project to improve the lives of the residents of the Kings Village in Ghana.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting SVP Paul Burrows on 07539 228682 or e-mailing

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