Youngsters from local primary schools in the Chesterfield area took part in the annual Junior Verse-Speaking Competition, organised for the 29th year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.
The overall competition winner, who was presented with a trophy, was Ethan Woolley with his rendition of the poem Columbus.
All the entrants received a prize for their efforts. Competition judges were Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry, Chesterfield Inner Wheel past-president Margaret Mitchell, and local school teacher Judy Stone.
The event, which was held at Calow C of E Primary School on Tuesday 18 October 2016, was once again organised by Chesterfield Rotary past-president David Windle.
The Business Partnership Initiative enables organisations to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives by engaging in projects benefitting the local community. Rotary acts as a facilitator having local knowledge and able to provide guidance and mentoring services. It will also enable clubs to identify prospective new members from the working age groups whilst alongside volunteers.
An Art Exhibition is set to showcase the creative work of local students from nine senior schools in Chesterfield.
The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in conjunction with local schools, is being held for a second year at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Newbold Road, Chesterfield on 8th and 9th October 2016 and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt, at 10.00am on Saturday 8 October.
The nine schools planning to take part are: Brookfield, Hasland Hall, Outwood Academy Newbold, Netherthorpe, Parkside, Springwell College, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Tupton Hall, and Whittington Green. All students exhibiting will receive a certificate.
Exhibition opening times: Saturday 8 October 2016, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and Sunday 9 October 2016 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Admission is free.
Building on the success of last year when five local schools took part, the art exhibition this year is expected to fully utilise all areas of St Andrews United Reformed Church, including for the first time the Church Sanctuary, as well as, the main church hall and its side rooms.
Main Rotary co-ordinator is rotarian Ian Gordon of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.
Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth & Inner Wheel of Ravenshead
Once again we are holding our walk and lunch. There will be a choice of two attractive routes, one of just under three miles and one of five and a half. There will be an option of minibus transport back from the last check point. This will be followed by a lunch of soup (several choices), dessert and coffee.
The start is any time between 10.30 and 11.15am at Ravens Lodge, the Scout headquarters on Main Road, Ravenshead (B6020).
The price is only £7.50 (children under 12 half price). Everyone is welcome including children with an adult and well behaved dogs (although dogs are not allowed on the bus or in lunch venue).
The Rotary Club of Wortley held their 19th Vintage Vehicle Rally at Wortley Hall on Sunday 3rd, July. There were Vintage Cars, Motorbikes, Lorries on display as well as entertainment for all the family. The Event raised £4,000 for local charities.
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.’
To help with their personal development, youngsters at William Rhodes Junior School in Chesterfield are the beneficiaries of an Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary, courtesy the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.
Chesterfield Rotary president-elect Peter Barr (right), accompanied by community service chairman George Freeman, presented personal copies to Year 6 pupils at the school on Tuesday 19 July 2016. The Dictionary 4 Life project aims to help children develop their facility with the English language and is a national project in support of Rotary International’s emphasis on Literacy.
The crowds flocked in to break all records for the sixth annual Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show which this year raised over £13,500 for the benefit of local charities.
Organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock, the event held on Sunday 24 July 2016 provided a unique showcase for an amazing variety of over 700 classic cars and bikes brought by their proud owners from all over the region.
Best Car was adjudged to be a rare 1960 Bristol 406 with 2.2 straight six triple colex carbs owned by David Mann from Sheffield. Best Bike was adjudged to be an immaculate 1971 Honda K3 Series CL 350cc Street Scrambler owned by Bill Rimmer from North Wingfield.
Eric McCarrison, chairman of the organising committee, said “Over the last six years Rotary has raised getting on for £75,000 for local charities with this popular family event and we want to thank everyone for their continued support, and a big thanks go to all our sponsors, including main sponsor Autoworld.”
The award for ‘Best Car’ being presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry to owner David Mann (left)
‘Best Bike’ owner Bill Rimmer (left) being presented with his winning trophy by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Sheffield Vulcan Rotary Club ran this event for the third year, the last two being in Sheffield City Centre. 72 cars were booked onto the event, but only 69 arrived, one, a Tesla, having being sold the day before, and the other two were a miscalculation by a dealer, who brought 25, instead of 27.
The weather was kind this year, with a few drops of rain, but mostly sunshine on the Sunday. Sheffield Fargate has a counted average footfall of 35000 on a Saturday; this year it is estimated, with the car show, at 40,000 +. The Starflyer, a 70 metre high ride, was having its last weekend, and brought people in, as well as our President, Tony Cosens, and our Stiltwalker, riding it, and getting some great photographs.
The Lord Mayor attended & presented attendance certificates to all of the 19 participating dealers, and TV coverage gave a good mention of Rotary. We had an Aquabox demonstration unit on show, which created much interest.
All of the dealers to whom I spoke were happy, but I was very pleasantly surprised when two called me on the Monday morning to thank me for inviting them! One had taken a £1000 deposit by 8-30 am on Saturday morning, for a show car at £76000, which was sold in the afternoon, another sale occurred on Sunday and a third as I was talking to the dealer on Monday morning. Nine dealers have already declared a wish to return next year. I haven’t spoken to the others yet, as we have not fixed a date yet.
Six local charities, and our own, will benefit from the £6000+ which we made, from the dealers paying to exhibit, less our expenses, which include rental to The City Council, Security, as the cars are left overnight, and other miscellaneous expenses. We have invested over the three years in two badged gazebos, feathers, walkie talkies and safety equipment.
The event has been organised by President Tony Cosens (backroom boy) and Roger Hart (Frontman), with help from a small committee and twenty volunteer member stewards. The organisers are indebted to their wives, both of whom said we would not be running it another year. Planning has already started, on the condition that we delegate more!