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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A Garden Extravaganza


invites you to



Tannery House

(between the Outdoor Shop and Ward’s Shoes)


Friday 27 June 2014

7.30 – 10.30pm


We promise you

a savoury platter, strawberries and cream and a glass of wine,

music by members of  Cressbrook’s excellent Brass Band

and an entertaining Auction of Promises

by the lively ‘Antiques Roadshow’ auctioneer CHARLES HANSON


All this for £10 only


All proceeds for this event are for the local charities and youth projects supported by the Rotary Club of Bakewell


Admission is by ticket only available from

 Joyce Buxton                 – 01298 872636

Kathryn Heath (Opticians)   – 01629 812156

or any Bakewell Rotarian

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Eckington Charity Classic Car and Bike Show

Local charities are set to benefit from the ever popular Classic Car and Bike Show which will be held once again at Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield (S21 3WB), on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

Hundreds of classic cars and bikes are expected for this annual rally which raises thousands of pounds for local charities. The event, which will be open from 3.00pm until 8.00pm, is attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and includes classic cars and bikes from all eras.

Organised each year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield the three local charities to benefit once again will be Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

Main organiser, Stuart Bradley of Stuart Bradley Ltd Jewellers, said: “Renishaw Hall is the perfect venue for this charitable event which we have run successfully for several years now in support of these important local charities.”

There will be musical entertainment from Direction Theatre Arts, variety of stalls and amusements, plus refreshments and bar will also be available. Admission is £5 a vehicle. For more information please contact main organiser Stuart Bradley on 01246 222777.

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, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

The date has also been released for this summer’s annual charity Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show which will be held once again at Rectory Fields, Ashover on Sunday 27 July from 10.00am.

2013 winner as voted by the exhibitors, Colin Payne of Mansfield Woodhouse with his superb 1963 2.2 litre Triumph TR4, being presented with his trophy by 2013 rotary president Jim Haggarty

2013 winner as voted by the exhibitors, Colin Payne of Mansfield Woodhouse with his superb 1963 2.2 litre Triumph TR4, being presented with his trophy by 2013 rotary president Jim Haggarty

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St Georges Day Celebration – Wednesday 23 April 2014

Rotary Clubs in the Chesterfield area are set to celebrate St Georges Day with a special dinner in honour of England’s patron saint.

This social event is being held at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium on St Georges Day itself, which is Wednesday 23 April 2014, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

A traditional English meal of soup, roast beef, apple pie, cheeseboard of English cheeses, and coffee, also includes the historic ‘Ceremony of the Roast Beef’, which dates back to medieval times. As well as the toast to England and St George, there will also be an Englishness table quiz, mystery entertainment, and a good old singalong of English anthems.

Rotarians, their partners, friends, and Inner Wheel members, from ten local Rotary Clubs in North Derbyshire are joining together in this national day of celebration for our great country – England.

Lead organiser, past-president Geoff Mitchell of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, said: “The Irish, the Scots, and the Welsh quite rightly all have their own national celebrations but for some reason the English seem a bit reticent about celebrating Englishness.”

St Georges Day 2014

He continued: “This year we are doing our bit to ‘raise the flag’ and hope that others will join in with their own national celebrations that could even extend the patriotic spirit through into the summer in support of the England footballers at the World Cup in Brazil.”

Tickets for the Rotary event cost £25 per head – dress is lounge suits. An allocation of tickets has been set aside for non-rotarians who are very welcome to attend – contact Geoff Mitchell via email at



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Carsington Walk for Polio




The Rotary Club of Wirksworth is organising this event for the eighth year and, with the help of our friends and supporters, are hoping it will be the most successful yet.

It’s a seven and a half mile walk around Carsington Water, starting at the Visitor Centre between 9.30 and 10.30 am.  After 6 miles there’s a service point where water is available and transport back to the Visitor Centre for any who find the full circuit a bit too much.

It’s an opportunity for walkers to have a leisurely walk and enjoy the wonderful views, wild flowers and wildlife at their best in late April.  There’s an information sheet for all walkers identifying points of interest to look out for during the walk.

This is a family event so bring your children who will be presented with a medal when they complete the walk.  The weather has varied from lovely and sunny to wintry in past years but walkers have always enjoyed themselves.

We hope this year’s, weather will be marvellous so please make a note of the date and come along to support us and help raise much needed money for this important charity.

You can just turn up on the day and make a donation but we hope that you will get friends, family and neighbours to sponsor you.

Ring 01629 56305 for a sponsorship form or print a copy from our web site at:

Money raised by the walk this year will go to Polio Plus and any money raised by Rotary Clubs taking part can be treated as their own contribution to this fund provided they let us know how much has been raised so we can assess the success of the event.

Image of Carsington Water by Used with restrictions under Creative Commons rights


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Rotary Club of Wirksworth Present a concert by Albion

This acclaimed young choir sing “the music of these islands” exploring the rich singing heritage of Britain and Ireland, performed in new settings that make us hear these songs afresh.


On Saturday 29th March at 7:30 in St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth

Tickets (which include an interval wine or soft drink) are

£8 for adults and £5 for children from

Cromford Post Office, Tradelinks and Scrumdiddlyumptious in Wirksworth or by ringing 01629 56305

All monies raised go to Rainbows Childrens Hospice


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Attenborough Nature Centre benefits from Business Partnership Initiative

A new Pond Dipping Platform, as a part of Attenborough Nature Centre’s 50th anniversary celebrations, has been purchased and installed on time to allow the bird nesting season to begin without disturbance.

The Rotary clubs of Wollaton Park and Sherwood Sunrisers joined forces on a pilot Business Partnership project and in co-operation with the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, who kindly agreed to release employees drawn from their Services Division to undertake the project. Nottinghamshire Social Services provided additional help giving young special needs people an opportunity to get involved in community work.

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust oversaw the removal of an old wooden platform and the installation of a new plastic one. The pond dipping platform is an educational facility that is used by many local schoolchildren and youth groups learning about the wildlife living in the water.

For further details, please contact David Pedlar at Wollaton Park.

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Action4Asia charity cyclists raising funds and awareness for Aquabox

Rotarians in Wirksworth, the Aquabox mother-club, are giving their full support and practical help to two Peak District men undertaking a gruelling New Year Challenge.

Long-distance cyclists David Cook and Paul Cave have embarked on the most challenging expedition of their lives, a 9000 mile gruelling charity ride through nine countries in South East Asia, to highlight the plight of some of the world’s poorest people and the efforts being made by international aid agencies to improve their quality of life.

Both recent Honours graduates, the pair met while studying at Sheffield University.The expedition will take the team from Singapore to Mumbai though Malaysia. Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

“It is going to be a tremendous challenge but we have been planning this expedition for some time and are confident we shall succeed,” said Dave who, with Paul, has already undertaken long-distance charity rides in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Primary objective of the expedition is to document, on film and in the social media, life in the countries through which they travel and the work being undertaken by international aid agencies to improve the lot of local people, many of whom eke out a miserable living in the most basic of conditions.

A secondary aim is to raise funds for UNICEF and the Rotary Club of Wirksworth’s internationally-acclaimed Aquabox project which provides clean water for communities affected by man-made or natural disasters.

“The expedition will give us a unique opportunity to raise money for Aquabox and help to promote positively the work of some charities whose humanitarian activities often go unnoticed,” said Dave.

Cyclists for Action 4 Asia

Former Lady Manners School student Dave is the only team member who will ride the entire route. With him and Paul on the expedition as drivers and support specialists are Sheffield creative media student Joseph O-Connor from Norton College in Sheffield who will co-ordinate film production, Herefordshire marathon runner and rower Chris Jones, and Arja Grenager Soermo from Lagesund in Norway who will also act as media communications officer.

The team have now arrived in Singapore where it collected its support vehicle and other vital equipment, before the expedition proper sets off later in January.

Though the major costs of the expedition are being funded by individual team members and specialist supporters, the group will have the backing of Rotary International throughout the ride.

Follow the team – and make a donation at

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