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Chesterfield Young Chef of the Year 2016

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

Winner Hannah Parnaby (St Mary’s Catholic High School) being presented with the cup by Chesterfield Rotary joint-president David Dolman

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Whisky Tasting Social Evening

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.

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A New Way of Doing Rotary to Help the Local Community

Busy younger business people in Chesterfield who want to help others will soon get the chance to get-together with an exciting new Rotary venture. The Rotary Club of Chesterfield is looking to set up a satellite club, which is a brand new concept of Rotary where busy people who are time poor, with a variety of skills to offer, are invited to work with others to give something back to the local community.

Chesterfield Rotary member Rob Woodhead of BRM Solictors said: “Satellite members can meet when it suits them during business hours, or in a bar after work. They get to choose their own projects and priorities but still remain part of the worldwide organization of Rotary International.”

He added: “We recognize that busy professionals will want to do things their own way with less formality and this new satellite club gives them that chance in Chesterfield for the first time.”

A launch meeting for interested people is being held at Calabria Italian Restaurant, Glumangate, Chesterfield, on Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 5.30pm. Potential members can obtain more details from Rob Woodhead 01246 555111 or email rob.woodhead@brmlaw.co.uk

Photo credit Ben Keating (cropped)

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Purple Kirkby in Ashfield

Ashfield District Council and Kirkby Rotary Club have been working together to highlight Rotary international’s ‘Eradicate Polio’ campaign.

To raise awareness of the continuing fight against the disease that still affects parts of the developing world, purple crocus bulbs have been planted by pupils at Kirkby’s Morven Park School. The planting took place on October 22nd to coincide with the international Eradicate Polio Day from funding provided by the Council. The ADC Corporate Communications Manager issued a news release and photograph to local media.

President Paul Riley said: “Rotary has been involved in the eradication of polio for around thirty years and the end is now in sight. We are delighted that Ashfield District Council has supported us by supplying the bulbs for the children to plant.”

At the same time, the Council themselves set several thousand of the purple crocus bulbs in Morven Park next to the school. More were planted early this month by pupils at Orchard and Kingsway Primary Schools in Kirkby, with Bracken Hill School following as we go on-line. Rotary Club of Kirkby in Ashfield are also raising funds by selling crocus badges and bags of bulbs.

Morven Park crocus planting, Kirkby in Ashfield

President Paul Riley with other Rotarians, staff and students from Morven Park school, planting purple crocus bulbs on World Polio Day

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Rotary Support for Children In Need 2015

Chesterfield Rotary past-president Stuart Bradley played his part in helping the nation raise a record-breaking £37 million for this year’s Children In Need Appeal. He provided personal transport in his classic 1972 Porsche 911 Targa to enable popular mascot Pudsey Bear visit all the various fund-raising activities being reported live throughout the day by BBC Radio Derby.

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Chesterfield Junior Schools Verse-Speaking Competition 2015

Thirteen youngsters from seven local primary schools in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire took part in the annual Junior Verse-Speaking Competition, organised for the 28th year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.

There was a very high standard from the competitors making it difficult for the three judges who were, president Kath Bradley and past-president Margaret Mitchell from Chesterfield Inner Wheel, and retired local school teacher Mrs Judy Stone.

Once again there were two categories, for schools with less than 200 pupils, and for bigger schools with more than 200 pupils. An award was given to the runner-up and winner of each category. The overall competition winner was Maria Benney.

The event was kindly hosted by Calow CE Primary School on Thursday 22 October 2015 and the main organiser and compere was past-president David Windle. The schools taking part were:- Barrow Hill Primary School, Calow Church of England (V.C.) Primary School, Duckmanton Primary School, Hady Primary School, Hasland Junior School, New Whittington Community Primary School, and Walton Holymoorside Primary School.

Verse Speaking 2015

Overall winner Maria Benney being presented with the cup by Chesterfield Rotary joint-president Ian Gaunt, whilst the other finalists look on

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Chesterfield Citizen of the Year 2015

Two local volunteers from Chesterfield have received the ultimate accolade from the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. Mrs Barbara Harrison and Mr David Botham were this year’s joint recipients of the club’s annual Citizen of the Year Award for their unselfish and unstinting charitable service to the local community.

Past-president David Windle, who hosted the award ceremony, said: “Through the charitable work undertaken the two have brought much pleasure to so many people over so many years.”

He also congratulated them on their sterling efforts in leading a Saturday Singalong for the residents of Harehills Court, Grangewood, every week since the home opened 22 years ago. David Windle added: “This is an event that is much loved and eagerly anticipated each week by the enthusiastic participants of the home.”

The two award winners individually expressed their gratitude for the award. Barbara Harrison said: “This was a complete surprise and something I never expected.”

Meanwhile, David Botham said: “This unexpected award by the Rotary Club is so very much appreciated – thank you.”

Joint president David Dolman presented special certificates to the two Citizens of the Year Award winners at the club meeting on Friday 16 October 2015. Also pictured host, past-president David Windle (right).

Joint president David Dolman presented special certificates to the two Citizens of the Year Award winners at the club meeting on Friday 16 October 2015. Also pictured host, past-president David Windle (right).

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Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show

Local charities are once again set to benefit when hundreds of classic cars and bikes turn up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, for an all-day rally, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

Believed to be the East Midlands’ best Classic Car & Bike Show of the year, it runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 26 July 2015. It will be attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and is expected to include classic cars, bikes and scooters from all eras.

Organised jointly for the fifth year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock this annual event has now raised a total of over £50,000 for local charities.

There will be attractions for all the family, with a variety of refreshment stands and licensed bars. There is also musical entertainment and displays in the main event arena, kids rides, and a large side show with Autojumble and an Arts and Craft Fair.

Main organiser Stuart Bradley said: “This annual event has proved very popular with classic car and bike enthusiasts because of its ideal location in the Derbyshire countryside in the lovely village of Ashover.

Entry for exhibitors is £5 per classic car/bike to include two adults. Public car parking is free, admission: £5 per person (under 12s go free, but must be accompanied by an adult).

The Ashover Show Ground is located at Rectory Fields, Milken Lane, Ashover, S45 0BA.
The main sponsor of this charity event is Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands. Other sponsors include:- CMC Motorcycles, PCS Motor Factors, BRM Solicitors, and Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

For more details of this great day out for all the family go to www.ashoverclassics.co.uk or email info@ashoverclassics.co.uk

Posted in: Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, ClayCross, Matlock

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Rotary Dictionary for Life Project

To help with their personal development, youngsters at Christ Church CofE Primary School, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, have received a personal copy of an Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary, courtesy the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Rotary President Ian Gaunt visited the school to present personal copies of the dictionary to the leaving pupils in Year 6 at the school’s weekly Family Assembly on Friday 3 July 2015.

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Pictured are the children with their dictionaries. Centre front row is headteacher Mrs Sue Beckett and Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt

President Ian Gaunt said: “The Dictionary 4 Life project aims to help children develop their knowledge and use of the English language and is a national project in support of Rotary International’s emphasis on Literacy.”

He added: “We believe the dictionaries will stimulate an interest in language, books and reading.”

Christ Church head teacher Mrs Sue Beckett said: “We wish to thank Rotary for this generous and most useful gift for our children.”

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