Church Wilne 9th Annual Horse Ride

Once again the weather was kind to us, in fact with the lack of recent rain the fields were quite hard under hoof but the horses appeared to have no problems. As usual the local farmers deserve a big thank you for letting us form a ride through an area not usually available to the public.

In all 222 horses rode the course of which 64 entered on the day and we were pleased to have 72 marshals which contributed to the smooth running of the event. £148 was collected in buckets at the car park and £130 came from sales at the Beer tent.
All proceeds, £8,000 in total, will go to the Children’s and Derbyshire Air Ambulance split 50/50.



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Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show – 27th July 2014

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 could raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

Believed to be the East Midlands’ best Classic Car & Bike Show of the year runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 27 July 2014, and 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 fourth year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, 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.

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, Noble Motorsport, BRM Solicitors, Castle Graphics, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

For more details of this great day out for all the family go to or email

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Rob Caskie Talks About South Pole Explorers

Many Rotarians enjoyed Rob Caskie’s talk on The Anglo-Zulu Wars last year and he is returning in October to Long Eaton. This time he will enthral us with stories about the intrepid explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton and their contrasting but heroic attempts to reach the South Pole.

The talk will take place on Thursday 16th October 2014 at The Chatsworth Arts Centre in Long Eaton, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and all profits go to End Polio Now.

As tickets sold out well ahead of last year’s event, anyone interested in hearing Rob on his brief visit to the UK should contact Paul Burrows as soon as possible on 07539 228682 or via email at

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International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians


To be held in Nottingham from 13th to 19th July 2014

The 8th IFCR World Cricket Festival will be held in Nottingham from Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th July 2014 and will be based at the University of Nottingham. The Festival will use the campus facilities including the brand new Orchard Hotel which is operated by the Devere Hotels Group. Cricket will be played on the university pitches as well as at two outside clubs.

To date approximately 280 Rotarians from six countries around the world have booked in for this Festival.

On Monday 14th July there will be a Rotary Fellowship Evening hosted by members of the Nottingham Rotary Club. Fellow Rotarians and partners, especially those with an interest in cricket, are particularly welcome to join us on this occasion. This will be a buffet function (cost £10), but because of the size of the venue numbers will be limited and entry strictly by ticket only.

To book a place at the Rotary Fellowship Evening please contact John Bendall

07973 287724

The incoming President of Nottingham Rotary Club, Roy Bradshaw, was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and is working with the IFCR committee and the University to arrange special events — further details to be announced later.

Events and activities will be updated through the Rotary Club of Nottingham face book page

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Banner image is cropped version of Cricket 2013 by Markyoxford and used under Creative Commons


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Successful Car Show Raises Funds For Three Local Charities

Renishaw Hall was packed to the gunnels for the annual Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

A record attendance of nearly 3,000 classic car and bike enthusiasts from all over the region raised £7,000 for three local charities:- Weston Park Cancer Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

There were 500 classic cars, bikes, and scooters, on show from every era for the enjoyment of the 2,500 or so visitors who turned up in their droves to enjoy another superb event.

The winning classic car was a 1925 McLaughlin Buick, originally manufactured in Canada and imported for sale in England. Current owner is Bob Fergusson from Eckington who bought the car 25 years ago as a wreck after it had been garaged in London since 1939.

The winning classic bike was a 1961 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 SS owned by Lawrence Bradley of Bolsover. He has spent the last 7 years renovating the bike.

The winning classic scooter was a 1965 180cc Vespa SS 180 which has been owned by Ray Copley from Killamarsh for the last seven years. He is a member of the Killamarsh Nomads Scooter Club.

Main organiser Stuart Bradley said: “Renishaw Hall is such a splendid location for this charitable event and over the last 10 years the sum of nearly £40,000 has been raised for the local charities.

He added: “I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support once again and look forward to seeing everyone at Renishaw Hall in June 2015.”

There was musical entertainment from Direction Theatre Arts, variety of stalls and amusements, plus refreshments and bar. The event was sponsored by Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands.

The next Rotary Classic Car & Bike Show is at Rectory Fields, Ashover on Sunday 27 July 2014, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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Dovedale Dipper 2014

The Rotary Club of Matlock are holding their annual Dovedale Dipper  Walk and Run on Sunday 3rd August 2014.

Logo for Kenyan Educational SupportTwo routes through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park. The event will be held in aid of Kenyan Educational Support.

The Dovedale Dipper is a 26 miles Challenge run or walk, or a 15 miles ramble held in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.  The course is mainly off-road.  Last time 359 people entered the Challenge Walk and Ramble. The event attracts participants from far and wide.    Last years event raised over £3,000 for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Detailed Route Descriptions and Entry Details can be downloaded by visiting or follow the links below to the specific entry forms.

DDD Route Description 26 Mile Challenge

DDD Route Description 15 Mile Ramble

Sponsorship Form for Kenyan Educational Support Charity



Rotary Club of Matlock. Reg. Charity Number 1041494.

Kenyan Educational Support Reg. Charity Number 1136745

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Tough Mudder

msa_trust_logo_onlineRotarian Tim Wildgust, from the Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest and his Team of family members are hoping to raise money by competing in the “Tough Mudder” Event for The MSA Trust . As you may know, fellow Rotarian from Sherwood Forest, Mike Herbert is suffering from this neurological disorder. This little known affliction affects the brain causing progressive limitation of muscle movement and co-ordination and is a life shortening condition.

The Team will be competing in this event in July 2014, at Boughton House Kettering.

Here is what the Event Overview says

“Home to thousands of acres of the UK’s thickest woodlands, Boughton House’s log obstacles are some of the world’s most brutal. Be warned: upon conquering the forest, you’ll hardly be out of the woods. This Tough Mudder features tons of natural water obstacles and elevation changes are sure to leave you in pain.”

The web site says it all… (

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Look at the website to be amazed !

Tim is no stranger to “Hard” Events having completed the Three Peaks and other challenges over the last few years.

He is happy to come and talk to the club about this event, before – or after (if he survives !)

Please publicise  at your club and give generously at, or send donations to Tim Wildgust, c/o Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest, 93 High Street, Collingham, Notts NG23 7NG.

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