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Shiloh Rotherham – The Courtyard Project

Background

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is supporting Shiloh, a charity that offers support to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Rotherham. Shiloh works alongside every ‘guest’ to help them to plan for and realise a better future. The club’s attention was first drawn to Shiloh’s desire to create a peace garden in June 2018 by Rtn Peter Short. After a preliminary meeting between Rtns Peter Short and Tom Knight with Steve Wylie, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shiloh, the project was discussed by the Community and Vocation Committee (Comvoc) and it was decided to propose that it be included in the Comvoc programme for 2018/19.The club approved the project and accepted the responsibility of funding it at a then estimated cost of £3000.

The Plan

Whilst there had been much discussion about what was required in the courtyard, there was no proper drawing of a scheme which could be properly priced etc. This was seen as essential if the project was to proceed in an efficient, controlled and organised way. Rtn Tom Knight used his contacts at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) to secure the services of a landscape architect and a provisional design for the project was produced. This provisional plan was discussed with the guests at Shiloh and some minor amendments were made with a final drawing prepared in February 2019.

Negotiation of Partnership Arrangement

The vision for how the project would be delivered was that Rotherham Sitwell RC would enlist the services of a builder who would provide the expertise in the various trades required. Sitwell RC would provide or organise labour if required and would fund all the materials required for the project. Mears, who are a building contractor, were contacted initially as they carry the maintenance of half of the Council’s housing stock and they already had a relationship with Shiloh. They were immediately enthusiastic and contacted Fortem who maintain the other half of the councils housing stock and a collaborative arrangement was agreed at a meeting with Sitwell RC and Shiloh whereby:

  • Fortem would carry out the excavation and paving works
  • Mears would carry out the joinery work
  • Fortem, Mears and the Council would pay the cost of the labour involved
  • Rotherham Sitwell RC would pay for all the materials, provide the project
  • management and act as “Client’s agent”

Funding

In order for Sitwell RC to honour its obligations, the following arrangements were set up to ensure that the project could be properly funded:

  • Rtns Peter Short and Maggi Clark lobbied individual members of RMBC and asked them to donate part of their community budgets to the project. In this way £1,550 was raised
  • Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club (RWCC) was already planning a 1000 mile ride along the full length of the River Rhine from its source in Switzerland, through six countries to its outfall into the North Sea at the Hook of Holland. Rtn Tom Knight persuaded RWCC to ride for Shiloh and a Just Giving page was set up with a target of £5,000. In the event and to date, £4,488.45 including Gift Aid had been raised through this source.
  • Rotherham Round Table and Rotherham Rotary Club were asked if they could make a donation towards the cost of the project. Both agreed and £800 was donated towards the project.

It can be seen from the above that the total amount raised to date is £6,838.45. Consequently, it was decided to extend the scope of the works to include the renewal of the main doors into the peace garden from the dining room. These cost £1,200 but the sub-contractor who carried out the joinery work generously contributed half the cost of them, leaving the £600 remaining easily fundable from the amount raised.The surplus of funds raised will be used by Shiloh for the provision of the many services they routinely provide for the homeless in Rotherham

The Work

Work on site started on 10 June and the peace garden was officially opened by the Mayor of Rotherham on 19 July 2019.

Impact

The impact of the project on the work of Shiloh is best summed up by Steve Wylie, the CEO who says:
“The new garden area has transformed the way our guests use the outdoor space. It now looks and feels like a garden, a place where guests can find peace, relax and engage in activities should they wish to. The kitchen garden planters provide herbs for cooking and the signage educates guests on how to use them. The new fire doors make the garden more accessible and the glazing helps to bring the outside in. The guests really appreciate the large rain shelter & decking area, which we used recently for an outdoor music group. It’s been a wonderful project that will have a lasting impact on Shiloh guests for years to come”.

The Courtyard before work started
The completed Peace Garden

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Hearing Ambassadors Newsletter

Attached is September’s issue of our Newsletter.

As well as our own news, we are delighted to include an article from Rotary Club of Thornbury which is in District 1100.   They have written to us to explain how they are getting on with the joint Rotary/Hearing-Link “Let’s Hear” project.   They have done such a lot in their community, and I am sure members will be interested in what they have achieved for the hard of hearing.

We have invited Hearing Link to talk about the “Let’s Hear” project at our next Hearing Ambassadors workshop which will be held on 19 November in North East Derbyshire.   At the half day workshop, we will also have a speaker from Deaf-inately Women, a Derbyshire charity for Deafened Women, and Hearing Ambassador Rosie will be running a pilot of her training course which is aimed at helping clubs to understand what they can do to ensure that all members are fully included in meetings, regardless of how well they hear.

We see this as a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in hearing loss to get to know more and share ideas about how to make things better.
We will be making a small charge of £20 to cover the cost of room hire and light buffet lunch and refreshments.   

We will be sending out further notices about the workshop nearer the time, but places will be limited to 20, so we are asking that anyone who is interested in attending to email us on RotaryHearingAmbassadors@gmail.com to register their interest.

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Popular favourite returns for Music and Song Evening

Nottingham Rotary Club are happy to announce
the return of the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band for their 5th Music
and song evening on the Friday the 27th September at 7.30pm in the
Lutterell Hall in West Bridgford.

Under the leadership of Musical Director Sharon Stansfield the LESPB is much in demand for its entertaining concerts including some very talented songsters in the band as well as winning awards among its peers.

Sharon joined the band at the age of 9 sharing a cornet with her brother and went on to become a soloist for some of the leading bands in the region. Finally she rejoined the band in 2000 as musical director.

The band has achieved much success since then qualifying for the national finals in 2002 and becoming the Third Section National Champions in 2006 and first for a woman.

But perhaps the band is most proud of being a genuine community band with 39 players in the Senior Band,  a thriving Training Band of 49 players  ( from 8 to 86) and a Novice Group band of 10 players that start from age 5 upwards.

Tickets are £10 including refreshments and all proceeds go towards the club’s local good causes including the homeless and drug and alcohol rehabilitation activities. Tickets available from James Thornhill 07803 904786 or Tony Poulter 07758 162784.  More information from www.rotaryclubofnottingham.org or our facebook page.

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Long Service Award

A long-serving rotarian has been recognised for completing 50 years of Rotary service. Past president David Jenkins, CStJ, was awarded a long-service certificate and a special 50 year Rotary badge at the club meeting held on Friday 2 August 2019 by president Nigel Metham. David Jenkins, 95, whose profession was Coal Industry Administration, first joined the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in March 1969 and has been a regular attender ever since. He was club president in 1981-82 and is the first of three long-serving rotarians being recognised by the club this year.

Long Service for David Jenkins, presented by club President Nigel Metham

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Club Awards from Changeover Evening

IPDG Cheryle writes;

Well done and Thank You to each and every one of you for all your hard work and enthusiasm.  I am so proud of all you have done to help others in your Local Communities and beyond.  You have changed very many Lives and given them hope for the Future. 

It was truly very difficult  to select the Winners for Awards and Trophies as you all deserve them !! 

It has been a Joy and a Privilege being DG .  Thank You. 

With every good wish for your success and happiness in this new Rotary Year

District Trophies Awarded

Attribute Trophy Receiving club 2019
All round club Gordon Taylor Retford
Social Media Carlton
Best project Ernest Pappin Chesterfield Scarsdale
Hope Valley
Club Bulletin George Curley Kirkby in Ashfield
Swadlincote
Community Bernard Malkinson Abbeydale
Dronfield
Rotherham Sitwell
Endeavour Mike Herbert Award Eckington and District
Sheffield
Environmental Derby
Foundation Martin Tubbs Chesterfield Scarsdale
Rotakids Cheryle Berry Retford
Vale of Belvoir
Interact Ray Gill Belper and Duffield
Derby
Long Eaton
Rotaract June and Paul Gaunt Rotaract Award Nottingham
International Sherwood Sunrisers
Wollaton Park
Membership Bernard Simcox Burton on Trent
Membership increase Lionel Howard Sheffield
Public relations Roy Richardson Mansfield
True Grit Neil Sharman Ripley
Working together Peter Moralee Kirkby in Ashfield
Sutton in Ashfield
Youth Service Rami Seth Chesterfield Scarsdale
Nottingham

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DG David’s first club visit – Vale of Belvoir

Before the DG presentation, joint Presidents Maggie and Jane announced that our Club had received a new District Award, the Cheryle Berry Rotakids Award, to be shared with Retford RC.

David gave us some background information on himself, showing his worldwide work as Export Manager of Coats Viyella, more latterly with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce on Trade Missions. He also accompanied our 2013 GSE team on the trip to Nepal. Born in Glasgow, he had links with youth with Cubs, Scouts, Youth Club Leader, moving on to Round Table, moving to Derbyshire 25 years ago, training a young Rugby squad. He moved on to his Rotary visit to the New Presidents Convention, showing us a 2 minute video from Mark Maloney that inspired the new ‘strap line’ of “Rotary connects the World” and out lining the objective of “Grow Rotary”.

David was taking up the challenge working with The Chamber of Commerce and promoting the Corporate Social Responsibility programme/opportunities.

Overall an energetic, inspiring presentation that reflects his personality.

Maggie then gave a heartfelt ‘Vote of Thanks’, suggesting that his District Conference Theme of “The Difference is you” should provide a platform to grow Rotary driven by his dynamic, cheerful personality. She confessed to being born in Scotland herself, being a Scottish Highland dancer and looking forward to a “Gay Gordons” at the Conference with David?!

 

 

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