Epworth & Isle of Axholme

Welcome to new DG Richard Vergette!

A BIG #Rotary District 1220 welcome to new DG Richard Vergette from Epworth and Isle of Axholme Rotary!

Welcome also to everyone across the district stepping into their new roles, and to those continuing their roles from last year!

An exciting year ahead – we all look forward to working together to build onwards and upwards!

What exciting projects do you have planned during Richard’s year? Let us know here by connecting with us on social media and posting a comment or your event link! Find your favourite way to connect with us here on LinkTree.

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DGE gets ready for End Polio Now Ride

Richard Vergette End Polio Now ride May 2023

Our next DG, Richard Vergette, from Isle of Axholme Rotary, is currently preparing to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. May 14th is the day! He intends to complete his journey on May 27th. Richard is raising money in aid of End Polio Now – part of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks to the work of the Rotary Foundation together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Polio has been eliminated in all but two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Many of you know that Richard’s father was a Polio survivor from the pandemic of 1947 and he will be cycling in his honour.

Contribute to Richard’s epic ride by supporting his cause easily online with Just Giving.

Thank you!

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Christmas Cheer in Epworth

Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club has a history of local community service. We have held an annual winter party for old and isolated folk and were involved in the setting up and running of the Neighbourhood Help Scheme at the start of Lockdown.

We realised that isolated folk would not have much cheer this christmas and we are wanting to increase our involvement with local schools.

Solution a christmas gift from us with a personal card made by children of a local primary school.

One of our members has business contact with Thorntons who, at his request, donated boxes of chocolates (we may need to purchase more) and we have given plain card to the school who were pleased to be involved.We will be delivering to those in need before christmas .

Carol Walsh

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Epworth Planting Crocuses

To celebrate world polio day we joined with Epworth Town Council. They funded the purchase of the crocus corms and we planted them together in a prominent location. An article about this in local paper and in the Town Council newsletter. 

Picture shows Councillors Caroline Finch
& Ross Whittaker with Rotarians Sally Hughes & John Lambert

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Clubs Virtually Induct New Members

Two examples this week of Rotary business continuing despite the lockdown, two clubs Sherwood Forest and Epworth & the Isle of Axholme inducted new members.

At Epworth, new member Denise Janney was introduced by Rotarian and PE John Lambert.

At Sherwood Forest on the same evening, the new member inducted by President Malcolm Bevan was Lynda Coppin. The club then went on to conduct its Annual Club Assembly with over 85% of members in attendance.

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Virtual Quiz raises funds for food bank

Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary held their annual quiz on Friday 24th April – via their Facebook page. This went really well – thanks to Rotarian Sally Hughes – 7.30pm – pictures were posted first – then a selection of questions at ½ hour intervals.

The answers were posted online at 9pm.

Lots of people took part and £516 was raised for Epworth Baptist Church Foodbank.

Great fun and FAB result.


Realising that many of the VE Day celebrations will be curtailed or cancelled, we’re going to run another quiz on Friday 8th May. Exactly the same procedure – questions will be uploaded at 15 minute intervals from 7.30pm and answers posted at 9pm.

The theme of the quiz will be World War 2. Again, we’re asking for donations for the foobank, BUT realising that many of you contributed most generously last time, the emphasis is on having a bit of fun!! Please do join us again and do please share this post.

Many thanks and stay safe.

Carol Walsh reports.

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Virtual Quiz Night in aid of Epworth Food Bank

Epworth and Isle of Axholme Rotary
Virtual Quiz Night in aid of Epworth Food Bank
Friday April 24th 7.30pm

Normally at this time of year Epworth and Isle of Axholme Rotary host a quiz night in aid of local charities. This year is no exception despite events driving us all indoors for the foreseeable future. Our aim is to bring a Virtual Quiz to the comfort of your own home via our Facebook page, Epworth and Isle of Axholme Rotary Club. This will take place on from 7.30pm on Friday April 24th and all funds raised will be donated to the Epworth Baptist Church Food Bank.

If the technology works – fingers crossed -there will be 4 rounds: round 1 will be posted at 7.30pm then subsequent rounds will be posted at 15-minute intervals. We will post the answers at 9pm.

You’ll need pen and paper to record your answers– PLEASE DON’T COMMENT ON THE POSTS.

There are 50 points up for grabs and feel free to post your scores on our page at the end.

The quiz is a bit of fun and open to all. We suggest a minimum donation of £2 for those able to contribute. Obviously if you are able to donate more please do, it will be gratefully received. Details of how to do this will be posted on the night.

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Epworth & Belton Good Neighbours

A partnership has emerged between Rotary and other voluntary and trade organisations working in the area: specifically Belton Parish Council, Epworth Town Council, North Lincs County Council, the local Churches, the Isle of Axholme Local Produce Group and the Isle of Axholme Covid 19 Support Group.

We’ve partnered to form  ‘Epworth and Belton Good Neighbours’. Effectively, we’re a volunteer force that will  help out vulnerable people in this time of need.

Rotary was tasked with creating a leaflet which provided essential information to all the households in the area. Nick Mundy designed the leaflet and it will be posted out over the next couple of days.

Carol Walsh from Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary is now working on a list of protocols for local volunteers that they will need when carrying out work in the community.

When the Coronavirus crisis emerged we knew that the Rotary year wouldn’t progress as we had imagined, but by reacting with appropriate urgency to events  and working with others, our club is determined to uphold the Rotary motto of ‘service above self’.

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Epworth new members

RC Epworth and Isle of Axholme were able to introduce two new members this month. Nick and Sue, pictured below with President Richard Vergette.

Left to Right: Nick, Sue and President Richard

Nick says “As I approached and then reached retirement it was time for me to reflect on how I can look to give something back to our communities. Having been a member of Rotary before and with some family history of Rotarian membership, this seemed a good place to start. The Epworth Group have been very welcoming and, although small in number, seem to deliver some great results for such a small team. I look forward to joining this team and helping them deliver more success.”

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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.

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