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Aquabox update for Nepal Earthquake

Aquabox has been working in Nepal for nearly two years and in that time has despatched over £100,000 of its humanitarian aid Gold boxes and Community Filters to already desperate communities and families there.

There is now a massive international aid effort to help meet the needs of those affected by the tragic earthquake and its aftermath that has devastated much of Nepal in the last few days. Aquabox has already set in hand it’s own response to this emergency situation.

Reports so far indicate that a minimum of 4000 people have lost their lives. Many more have been injured and have had their lives turned into turmoil. Regrettably, these numbers is likely to increase as emergency services and aid workers reach more remote areas.  In any emergency, it is the poor and the remote people and communities who are affected most.

Damage to infrastructure has been considerable. This makes the emergency services and aid responses all the more difficult. Ironically, the sheer scale of the international aid effort means that getting aid into the country is itself a problem. The earthquake is truly a natural disaster on a massive scale.

Aquabox has been sending its Gold boxes and Community Filters to Nepal over the past 18 months. Working with these Fire and Rescue Service of the South West of England and local Rotary in Nepal, Aquabox’s aid has already made significant contribution to promoting safe water and humanitarian aid supplies in remote areas in Nepal. Aquabox has established, reliable distribution partners in area already.

Aquabox now has ready 180 Gold boxes and 20 Community Filters ready and available for immediate air-freighting to Nepal when once flights are permitted.

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Music in the Gardens

Music in the Gardens is a joint Rotary venture with 8 Clubs from Sheffield, Rotherham and North Derbyshire organising the 4-day musical festival in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, from 2nd to 5th July.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the event and our programme of principal artists for this year is very exciting. below are details of the event in 2015.

In 2014, we handed out over £36,000 to charities, including Rotary Foundation.We are obviously aiming for more in 2015.

Some Clubs have already agreed to assist us on an evening either in stewarding or manning the Rotary Presence gazebo – basically marketing Rotary to the audiences. Regarding this, I have written to many of the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire Clubs asking for photographs that we might display showing the variety of activities we Rotarians get up to.

We would hope that Members might be able to persuade family, friends, neighbours etc. to come along to enjoy Music in the Gardens. Rotarians can acquire tickets at their face value as opposed to acquiring them from the ticketing agent SIV, who add on a booking fee.

The price of the tickets for the first 3 nights is £25 for an adult and £1 for a child under 12; and for the Sunday the price drops to £15 for adults.

To obtain tickets please do so through Rotarian Ian Ward of the Rotary Club of Dronfield – e-mail

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Posted in: Abbeydale, Dronfield

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Matlock Rotary – Cromford Car and Bike Show 2015

The show is run by the Rotary Club of Matlock in conjunction with the Matlock Rugby Club.

Our aim is to raise funds both for the Rugby Club and also for local charities which the Rotary Club of Matlock supports.

It is being held in the grounds of the Matlock Rugby Club on the beautiful Cromford Meadows. There is ample free parking for visitors.

Sunday 31st May 2015 starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 4:00 pm

There will be Vintage and Classic cars on display and we will also be having auto jumble, craft and art stalls from a wide variety of sources. An announcer will be giving a running commentary on all the fantastic cars on display. We have an obstacle course for children enabling them to drive battery operated 4x4s around, and other fun events. Food in the form of a BBQ is being provided by the rugby club and their bar will be open during the show. There will also be many cake stalls and a speciality coffee stall.

Those wishing to book a stall should contact Eric McCarrison using the form on the Contact Us page on

Payment for exhibiting cars will be taken on the gate from 10:00 am.

The costs are £5.00 per exhibiting car which includes the driver and 1 passenger and the non-exhibiting public price is £5.00 for adults and under 12s free.

Posted in: Matlock

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Dovedale Dipper Challenge and Ramble

The 13th Annual

Dovedale Dipper Challenge &

Dovedale Dipper Ramble

Sunday 2nd August 2015

Challenge walkers start 9.00am

Challenge runners start 10.00am

Ramble walkers start 9.30am


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Dipper Challenge: 26mile challenging run or walk through the Peak District, passing either side of the beautiful Dovedale valley, starting and finishing at Hartington.

Dipper Ramble (for walkers only): 16 mile circular walk using part of the Challenge route.

On line Entry fee £16.00 via the club website (£18.00 on day)

Optional sponsorship in aid of Aquabox

Rotary Club of Matlock

RCN 1041494

Aquabox – UK Registered Charity 1098409

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Local Rotary Clubs Awarded for Working Together

The organisers of the annual Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show have received a special award for working closely together in partnership that ensures the successful event raises thousands of pounds for needy local charities.

The Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock have received recognition from Rotary District 1220 with the presentation of the ‘Peter Moralee Working Together Trophy’ which was made during a special function at Chesterfield Town Hall on Thursday 16 April 2015.

Over the last four years various local charities have benefited by over £40,000 from the event at the picturesque Ashover Rectory Fields Show Ground where hundreds of classic cars and bikes attend the all-day rally.

The date of this year’s event is Sunday 26 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Check out

From left to right:  President Neil Baker (Chesterfield Scarsdale), past-president Stuart Bradley (Chesterfield), past-president Eric McCarrison (Matlock), and president Bob Adams (Clay Cross)

From left to right: President Neil Baker (Chesterfield Scarsdale), past-president Stuart Bradley (Chesterfield), past-president Eric McCarrison (Matlock), and president Bob Adams (Clay Cross)

The Peter Moralée Working Together Trophy

The Peter Moralée Working Together Trophy

Posted in: Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, ClayCross, Matlock

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Reminder – Young Musician Gala Concert




A reminder that this year event which will be the 20th anniversary concert and a ‘landmark occasion’ has been brought forward in response to requests to avoid exam timetables and takes place on SUNDAY MARCH 22ND and at the date of this posting ( 12 /02) that’s barely 6 weeks away ! Its again at the Robert Ludlam Theatre Derby at 19.00


Sent previously to club secretaries/Youth Services co-ordinators last November but can be accessed and downloaded via this site


This is an urgent reminder to all clubs intending to nominate performers that they need to do so as soon as possible and if possible no later than February 28th ! It being the 20th and landmark anniversary for the event its hoped that as many clubs as possible try to and identify and submit their young nominee’s application to perform.


NOT to myself but directly to my fellow organizer TERRY CLAY (Melbourne) on 01509 672057 / 07789 812969 email :


Though usually well supported, getting ‘bums on seats’ is not the easiest task so once again club secretaries will soon be mailed a supply of tickets on ‘ sale or return’ . Still unable to find any better means of ensuring a good audience it’s accepted they’re mailed out ‘unsolicited’ however they aren’t ‘ours’ but are issued by the theatre and therefore ‘hold a ‘face value’ so to any club unable to sell their allocation , WE REALLY DO NEED THEM BACK ! NO LATER THAN SATURDAY MARCH 14TH Please try and sell yours if you can and even if you may not have a participant ,try and support the evening – It’s always a highly enjoyable evening with wonderfully talented young performers

Any enquires between Feb 23rd – March 4th to Terry Clay and not myself (away on holiday)

John Hall – Youth Services Team (Amber Valley)

Posted in: Events, Young Musician, Youth Services

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Santa Helps Sick Children

A children’s hospice charity has benefited from a Santa’s Grotto created by a local garden centre and run by a Rotary Club.

At the Reuben Shaw garden centre in Moor Green, Kirkby Rotary Club recently presented a cheque for £2000 to Emma Vizor, chief fundraiser at the Sheffield-based Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. In the four weekends leading up to Christmas, around 800 children visited the grotto, which was set up and decorated by garden centre staff, with Santa, his helper elves and children’s presents provided by Kirkby Rotary.

Ms Vizor said:” We have now received donations totalling £9,500 from the Rotary club over the past three years. This massive contribution makes a huge difference to our work of offering care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy and their families”.

Roger Pursey, president of the Kirkby club, responded: “The 2014 grotto was a superb success and achieved all we hoped for”. He presented the garden centre’s owner, Mr Reuben Shaw, with the club’s Certificate of Appreciation. Mr Shaw in turn commented: “The opportunity the grotto gives us to blend charity with the commercial aspect of Christmas is fantastic.”

With Emma Vizor and Santa Claus are Reuben Shaw (left) and Roger Pursey

With Emma Vizor and Santa Claus are Reuben Shaw (left) and Roger Pursey


Posted in: Kirkby in Ashfield

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