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Rotary Amber Valley and District 1220 help young gymnasts reach the ‘high bar.’

Rotary Amber Valley along with District  1220 have helped provide additional equipment to Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy. 

Club members gathered during half term

The new vault run, spring board and vault will help young people from around Derbyshire progress to national and international standards.

Amber Valley donated £500 with a further £500 from District funds. President Howard Doran presented a cheque for just over £1000 to Jenny Clay, Performance Director who said, “Support  from Rotary will help in the development our talented young people.”

Rotarians Howard and David Hickton saw over one hundred girls (boys night is Friday) performing on mat, bar and beam to an astoundingly high standard. 

David said, “Rotary have an emphasis on supporting young people and seeing these young people performing I feel I have been at an Olympic Games performance. What a fantastic advert for young people in Amber Valley and Derbyshire.”

Andy Sverloff (gym manager) President Howard Doran, Jenny Clay  ( Gym Performance Director) and Rotarian David Hickton (Chair of Club Young People Committee) 

The red mat shown in this video is the same type as the one to be bought – but the young woman ‘tumbling’ – wow !!! Talk about Rotary in Action!!!

Young gymnast Annabell Rigby gives Rotary photographer (oh – and Granpa) the ‘thumbs up’

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New Members

Amber Valley (again)

One week after three new members joined Amber Valley as joint Presidents Glyn Allsop and Howard Doran welcomed Graham Sisson. Glyn said, “It’s always great to welcome new members but four in two weeks is a real pleasure.”

Graham whose background is engineering at Rolls Royce lives in Belper. Known to a number of Rotarians through his amateur musical career, he is also a keen golfer at Horsley Lodge Golf Club.  Graham said, “I look forward to helping with the many Rotary projects and getting to know members better.”

Welcome Graham.

Joint Presidents Glyn Allsop and Howard Doran welcome Graham Sisson (centre)

Amber Valley

Rotary Amber Valley recently installed three new members.

Joint Presidents Glyn Allsop and Howard Doran welcomes Chris and Keith Blackman along with Vera Dilks.

Vera Is a well know local Ripley woman having been a teacher at Ripley Academy, and Inner Wheel Chair, whilst Chris and Keith have recently moved to Derbyshire from the South.

Each were presented with Rotary membership certificates by President Howard.

Ravenshead & Blidworth

Jan 29th 2020 we were fortunate to welcome two new members to our club; Kamal and Lorraine. President Elect Richard performed the simple ceremony and presented each with a new member welcome pack and badges.

Being Rotarians Kamal and Lorraine are able to attend Rotary meetings and meet Rotarians throughout the world.

Posted in: Amber Valley, Ravenshead and Blidworth, Uncategorized

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Marketing Expertise

From 1220 (South Yorks & East Mid’s ) Public Image Chair, John Stamp

Today Chair of Public Image John Stamp  attended a marketing strategy and planning session with Jackie Cook, and Director of CQ Marketing (Rotherham) which delivers marketing expertise and training across West and South Yorkshire to small and medium enterprise businesses.

John is seeking to develop his marketing  knowledge to help the 67 Clubs across this Rotary District of Derbyshire, Leicestershire Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire continue to inform their communities about Rotary in a contemporary way.

Jackie Cook and John Stamp

Jackie and John worked on Rotary public Image in the 21st century developing an outline role requirement and strategic objectives with an emphasis on communicating with people of 18-45 years.

Thank you to Kate Grosvenor at Sassy HQ Attercliffe who hosted our session.

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Storm Ciara versus Epworth Tea Party

What could possibly go wrong? The cakes were baked, the hall and the entertainment were booked, the invitations to our annual Senior Citizens tea party had gone out, we had left nothing to chance. But we couldn’t have predicted the extremes of the great British weather! Storm Ciara had caused a power cut which meant it was impossible to heat and light the hall, make tea or provide our entertainer (Marina Mae) with electricity for her amplifier.

Nevertheless our doughty members of the Rotary Club of Epworth and Isle of Axhome snatched triumph from the jaws of disaster by carrying out and impromptu ‘tea-run’!

Having made mountains of sandwiches, numerous cakes and a bucket of trifle we weren’t going to let the Senior Citizens go hungry. So the teas were plated and dispatched in short order. For only the second time in our history have we had to cancel the tea party, but the teas were duly delivered.

Many thanks to all the members for their efforts today and to friends of Rotary, Peter and Anne Broster, and Tim Mitchell.

Posted in: Epworth & Isle of Axholme

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Young Chef Competition

The 1220 District Young Chef on Saturday was very close to call and competed for by our 4 finalists, Ruben Carroll, Pearle Smedley-Castle both sponsored by Buxton Rotary, Ruby Stonier and Euan Waugh both sponsored by Mansfield Rotary. All 4 received their awards from DG David with Euan being the overall winner and Ruby joining him in the Regional Final to be held in Leeds on 14 March. We congratulate all participants. Sincere thanks must go to our judges, Bill Smith and Samworth Academy also Rtn Phil Stone for coming in at the last moment to run the event. PDG Michael would be proud. Thank you everyone.

Posted in: Buxton, Mansfield, Youth Services

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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.

Posted in: Epworth & Isle of Axholme

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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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