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!
Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt with founder members of the new satellite club.
History has been made with the largest expansion of Rotary in Chesterfield for 36 years with the setting up of a new satellite club by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. The first ten founder members of the newly formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) were inducted into Rotary International by Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt at the club’s monthly meeting held at Brampton Manor, Chesterfield, on Wed 25 May 2016.. A further four founder members are to be inducted next month.
District 1220 Governor Dr Roger Summers, along with DG Elect Colin Gell, District Secretary Dr Jill Bethell, MBE., District Membership Services & Extension Chairman Colin Fox, and members of the Chesterfield club, were also in attendance to welcome the new Rotarians into the worldwide movement of Rotary International and wish the new club well.
The last significant expansion of Rotary in Chesterfield was in 1980 when the Chesterfield Rotary Club was instrumental in setting up the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale. The new satellite club aims to be a new way of doing Rotary for busy younger business people from all walks of life who want to use their expertise to help their local community, and have fun doing it.
For more information about the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) contact secretary
Keyworth and Ruddington Inner Wheel are hosting an Evening with Anne Boleyn at Widmerpool Church on Friday 20th May – doors open at 7pm with a ;prompt start at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50. each and this will include a light supper and a glass of wine.
Anne Boleyn is portrayed by Lesley Smith from Tutbury Castle. I am sure that many of you will have seen her in her roles as Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and Nell Gwynne.
Lesley portrays Anne just before her execution when she is in the Tower, looking back over her life from her young years at Hever Castle and eventually her relationship and marriage to Henry VIII and then her downfall. It will be a very powerful but wonderful performance in a beautiful Church in the lovely village of Widmerpool.
An exciting new Rotary venture has been launched by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield to enable busy younger business people in the town to help others.
The new Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield Central, which will meet monthly, has been launched by a group of up to fifteen interested local men and women who, despite being time poor, aim to use their variety of skills to offer help and support to the local community.
This brand new concept in Rotary recognizes that busy professionals in today’s workplace want to do things differently, with less formality, and enjoy a fun social program as well. The new club, which is now set to choose its own projects and priorities, is also part of the worldwide organization of Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Chesterfield will provide any Rotary guidance as required by the new Rotarians.
The new officers of the new club appointed at the launch meeting are chairman Peter Blant (Cheetham Jackson – independent financial planners), secretary John Nettleship (BRM Solicitors), and treasurer Martin Swain (Stopfords – chartered accountants).
The club is due to meet early evening at the Calabria Italian Restaurant in Chesterfield once a month at 5.30pm, and the next full meeting is on Wednesday 20 April 2016 when future plans for projects, fund-raising and further recruitment will be on the agenda.
Potential members can obtain more details from firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01246 555111.
The annual Rotary sponsored Young Chef Competition 2016 for local schools in Chesterfield brought another close finish from the students taking part. The winner this year was Hannah Parnaby (St Mary’s Catholic High School) for her starter of King Scallops on a bed of pea puree topped with asparagus marinated salad, and a main course of Sea Bass in a white white & cream sauce.
The three other competitors who were all adjudged second equal were:- Alex Stephenson (Whittington Green School), Cameron Mark (Parkside Community School), and Ty Bridges (Springwell Community School). For the fifth year the event was kindly hosted by Parkside Community School and organized for the Rotary Club of Chesterfield by Rotarian Ian Gordon.
Winner Hannah Parnaby (St Mary’s Catholic High School) being presented with the cup by Chesterfield Rotary joint-president David Dolman
A chance to enjoy the taste of some rare Scottish malt whiskies (minimum six different whiskies) in a convivial atmosphere of a private function room at the Olde House, Newbold, Chesterfield, S40 4RN, on Friday 4 March 2016 (7.00pm for 7.30pm).
The evening also includes a traditional Scottish supper of Haggis, Bashed Neeps, and Champit Tatties, the attendance of a Scottish Piper, and there are prizes to be won as well. Tickets for this Scottish treat of an evening are £22 a head.
This annual social event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, is open to all Rotarians and their friends. Contact Chesterfield Rotary past-president Jim Haggarty on 01246 239411 to book a place.