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District Governor David Hood and Governor Elect Jill Bethell last night welcomed 2020-21   District Team members to the first of two District Officer Preparation Seminars.

Held at TheDerbyshire Hotel, refreshments were available especially for those with distances to travel and also those coming from work.

Governor Elect Jill, having recently returned from Rotary HQ Dan San Diego, presented all with badges showing the International theme, ‘ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITY.’

Members heard about the Vision Statement:
‘Together we see a World where PEOPLE unite to CREATE lasting CHANGE across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.’

Discussion groups considered Rotary’s strategic Priorities and objectives:

A very useful, interesting and thought provoking seminar with an opportunity to meet Rotary leaders across the District and helping us to achieve ‘Rotary Happy’ throughout our 66 clubs.

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District Carol Service 2019

The joint Inner Wheel District 22 and Rotary District 1220 Annual Carol Service took place Sunday 8th December 2019, at St Philip Nerie Catholic Church, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. 

Reverend Father John Kyne welcomed everyone to the beautiful church before leading the service along with Inner Wheel District 22 Choir.

Over 200 people at this great service with lots of good fellowship amongst members.

Photo of Philip Nerie Church
The inside of The Philip Nerie Catholic Church, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Photo of Inner Wheel District 122 Choir
Choir of Inner Wheel District 122
Inner Wheel and Rotary theme 2019-2020

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Teddy Tombola at Christmas Lights Switch On

Article provided by Rotary Club of Epworth & Isle of Axholme

After a long wet spell the weather turned and we had a clear dry but VERY cold evening at the christmas lights turning on in Epworth, North lincolnshire. The Lions santa Sleigh arrives to collect letters so we always have a good turn out of families.

We recycle loved soft toys, wash them and wrap in cellophane. Every raffle ticket wins a soft toy; after all who wants to disappoint a child at christmas? 

Over the years we have raised funds for Shelter Box, Aqua Box, Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice in Sheffield, natural disaster victims and for a Sensory room in a local primary school. Belton Primary school helped us collect toys this year and we raised £283.21p for a Lego Educational WeDo Class pack technology set for their school.

We also brought a lot of smiles to young faces and make ourselves known to local families.

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We Need People and We Need Projects – We Need You!


Our membership of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce (EMCC) presents so many opportunities for individual members and for clubs, to network with local businesses and entrepreneurs. From the Rotary perspective it allows us to raise our profile in the business community with the objective of involving more people of working age in Rotary. From the EMCC standpoint, it will hopefully give their members a channel by which they can achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) requirements.

An important element of our involvement with the EMCC is having enthusiastic Rotarians who can identify suitable projects and/or participate in D1220s involvement in those projects.

In terms of the type of projects we are seeking, the following gives the basic criteria: –

  1. It must take place within the boundaries of D1220.
  2. It must have a designated Managing member from the nominating Rotary club.
  3. It must have identified and quantifiable objectives which provide benefit to the local community, the supporting Rotary Club and EMCC members.
  4. It must have a defined timescale, but the timescale can span more than one Rotary Year.
  5. It must be self-financing but can be considered for a District Grant if the project meets those requirements.
  6. It can be a joint project involving more than one club.

If you have an idea for a project which might meet the above criteria, or if you are prepared to be a part of a project, or if you simply would like to know more then please send your details to:

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we look forward to hearing from you.

The REC team (Rotary Engaging with Chamber)

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Rotary Foundation Sponsored Walk

29th September 2019 at 2pm

Teversal Visitors Centre

Organised by the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield

All Rotary Clubs are invited to enter and get their members, families and friends sponsored to raise money for their club contribution to the End Polio Now Campaign of The Rotary Foundation.

For every Club that enters – $100 will be donated from District Foundation funds to End Polio Now.

Rotarians have proudly helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9% since 1988.

Why your support is still needed?

  • Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries and contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.
  • On the 21st August 2019 it was three years since the last reported case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. I
  • There are up to 60 countries in the world where over 400 million children need to be immunised, in most cases multiple times each year, to ensure that the virus does not return.
  • If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.
  • It is estimated that $3.27 billion is still needed for the 2019-2023 End Game Strategy of ridding the world of polio.

The Rotary goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever with your support.

You can help by getting your Club to sponsor walkers for the 4.8-mile circular route

The walk/stroll is in the countryside, off road, along disused railway tracts where rails, sleepers and undergrowth have been cleared. It is suitable for children, dogs and mobility scooters. Stewards will be positioned at strategic points along the route to provide any necessary assistance and emergency contact with first aiders and doctors. The walk is estimated to take about 2 hours and there is a large free car park at the visitors centre.

Registration and sponsorship forms are presented below; further copies can be downloaded from our or by telephone to 07710807631

Registration of walkers is free from 1:30pm with a start time of 2pm from the Centre Car Park at: – Teversal Visitors Centre: Top of Carnarvon Street, Teversal, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts NG17 3HJ

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Shiloh Rotherham – The Courtyard Project


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”


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.


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 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 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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