Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, together with Rotherham Round Table, have been able to support the family of seven year old Liam Allen who tragically died unexpectedly last November. Our Clubs funded an oak tree which the family planted on the Longshaw Estate in the Peak District National Park as a lasting tribute to him.
We enabled his parents Paula and Dave and their four young children to stay overnight nearby where they marked what would have been Liam’s eighth birthday. This area is one of their favourite beauty spots and the young family will be able to visit ‘Liam’s Tree’ to see it grow.
The family has been greatly comforted by the support we have been able to give and send their heartfelt thanks.
RC Epworth and Isle of Axholme were able to introduce two new members this month. Nick and Sue, pictured below with President Richard Vergette.
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.”
Rotary Amber Valley along with District 1220 have helped provide additional equipment to Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy.
The new vault run, spring board and vault will help young people from around Derbyshire progress to national and international standards.
Amber Valley donated £500 with a further £500 from District funds. President Howard Doran presented a cheque for just over £1000 to Jenny Clay, Performance Director who said, “Support from Rotary will help in the development our talented young people.”
Rotarians Howard and David Hickton saw over one hundred girls (boys night is Friday) performing on mat, bar and beam to an astoundingly high standard.
David said, “Rotary have an emphasis on supporting young people and seeing these young people performing I feel I have been at an Olympic Games performance. What a fantastic advert for young people in Amber Valley and Derbyshire.”
The red mat shown in this video is the same type as the one to be bought – but the young woman ‘tumbling’ – wow !!! Talk about Rotary in Action!!!
One week after three new members joined Amber Valley as joint Presidents Glyn Allsop and Howard Doran welcomed Graham Sisson. Glyn said, “It’s always great to welcome new members but four in two weeks is a real pleasure.”
Graham whose background is engineering at Rolls Royce lives in Belper. Known to a number of Rotarians through his amateur musical career, he is also a keen golfer at Horsley Lodge Golf Club. Graham said, “I look forward to helping with the many Rotary projects and getting to know members better.”
Rotary Amber Valley recently installed three new members.
Joint Presidents Glyn Allsop and Howard Doran welcomes Chris and Keith Blackman along with Vera Dilks.
Vera Is a well know local Ripley woman having been a teacher at Ripley Academy, and Inner Wheel Chair, whilst Chris and Keith have recently moved to Derbyshire from the South.
Each were presented with Rotary membership certificates by President Howard.
Ravenshead & Blidworth
Jan 29th 2020 we were fortunate to welcome two new members to our club; Kamal and Lorraine. President Elect Richard performed the simple ceremony and presented each with a new member welcome pack and badges.
Being Rotarians Kamal and Lorraine are able to attend Rotary meetings and meet Rotarians throughout the world.
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.
The 1220 District Young Chef on Saturday was very close to call and competed for by our 4 finalists, Ruben Carroll, Pearle Smedley-Castle both sponsored by Buxton Rotary, Ruby Stonier and Euan Waugh both sponsored by Mansfield Rotary. All 4 received their awards from DG David with Euan being the overall winner and Ruby joining him in the Regional Final to be held in Leeds on 14 March. We congratulate all participants. Sincere thanks must go to our judges, Bill Smith and Samworth Academy also Rtn Phil Stone for coming in at the last moment to run the event. PDG Michael would be proud. Thank you everyone.
Article provided by Rotary Club of Epworth & Isle of Axholme
After a long wet spell the weather turned and we had a clear dry but VERY cold evening at the christmas lights turning on in Epworth, North lincolnshire. The Lions santa Sleigh arrives to collect letters so we always have a good turn out of families.
We recycle loved soft toys, wash them and wrap in cellophane. Every raffle ticket wins a soft toy; after all who wants to disappoint a child at christmas?
Over the years we have raised funds for Shelter Box, Aqua Box, Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice in Sheffield, natural disaster victims and for a Sensory room in a local primary school. Belton Primary school helped us collect toys this year and we raised £283.21p for a Lego Educational WeDo Class pack technology set for their school.
We also brought a lot of smiles to young faces and make ourselves known to local families.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield
All Rotary Clubs are invited to enter and get their members, families and friends sponsored to raise money for their club contribution to the End Polio Now Campaign of The Rotary Foundation.
For every Club that enters – $100 will be donated from District Foundation funds to End Polio Now.
Rotarians have proudly helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9% since 1988.
Why your support is still needed?
Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries and contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.
On the 21st August 2019 it was three years since the last reported case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. I
There are up to 60 countries in the world where over 400 million children need to be immunised, in most cases multiple times each year, to ensure that the virus does not return.
If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.
It is estimated that $3.27 billion is still needed for the 2019-2023 End Game Strategy of ridding the world of polio.
The Rotary goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever with your support.
You can help by getting your Club to sponsor walkers for the 4.8-mile circular route
The walk/stroll is in the countryside, off road, along disused railway tracts where rails, sleepers and undergrowth have been cleared. It is suitable for children, dogs and mobility scooters. Stewards will be positioned at strategic points along the route to provide any necessary assistance and emergency contact with first aiders and doctors. The walk is estimated to take about 2 hours and there is a large free car park at the visitors centre.
Registration and sponsorship forms are presented below; further copies can be downloaded from our website.www.sina-rotary.org.uk or by telephone to 07710807631
Registration of walkers is free from 1:30pm with a start time of 2pm from the Centre Car Park at: – Teversal Visitors Centre: Top of Carnarvon Street, Teversal, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts NG17 3HJ
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is supporting Shiloh, a charity that offers support to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Rotherham. Shiloh works alongside every ‘guest’ to help them to plan for and realise a better future. The club’s attention was first drawn to Shiloh’s desire to create a peace garden in June 2018 by Rtn Peter Short. After a preliminary meeting between Rtns Peter Short and Tom Knight with Steve Wylie, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shiloh, the project was discussed by the Community and Vocation Committee (Comvoc) and it was decided to propose that it be included in the Comvoc programme for 2018/19.The club approved the project and accepted the responsibility of funding it at a then estimated cost of £3000.
Whilst there had been much discussion about what was required in the courtyard, there was no proper drawing of a scheme which could be properly priced etc. This was seen as essential if the project was to proceed in an efficient, controlled and organised way. Rtn Tom Knight used his contacts at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) to secure the services of a landscape architect and a provisional design for the project was produced. This provisional plan was discussed with the guests at Shiloh and some minor amendments were made with a final drawing prepared in February 2019.
Negotiation of Partnership Arrangement
The vision for how the project would be delivered was that Rotherham Sitwell RC would enlist the services of a builder who would provide the expertise in the various trades required. Sitwell RC would provide or organise labour if required and would fund all the materials required for the project. Mears, who are a building contractor, were contacted initially as they carry the maintenance of half of the Council’s housing stock and they already had a relationship with Shiloh. They were immediately enthusiastic and contacted Fortem who maintain the other half of the councils housing stock and a collaborative arrangement was agreed at a meeting with Sitwell RC and Shiloh whereby:
Fortem would carry out the excavation and paving works
Mears would carry out the joinery work
Fortem, Mears and the Council would pay the cost of the labour involved
Rotherham Sitwell RC would pay for all the materials, provide the project
management and act as “Client’s agent”
In order for Sitwell RC to honour its obligations, the following arrangements were set up to ensure that the project could be properly funded:
Rtns Peter Short and Maggi Clark lobbied individual members of RMBC and asked them to donate part of their community budgets to the project. In this way £1,550 was raised
Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club (RWCC) was already planning a 1000 mile ride along the full length of the River Rhine from its source in Switzerland, through six countries to its outfall into the North Sea at the Hook of Holland. Rtn Tom Knight persuaded RWCC to ride for Shiloh and a Just Giving page was set up with a target of £5,000. In the event and to date, £4,488.45 including Gift Aid had been raised through this source.
Rotherham Round Table and Rotherham Rotary Club were asked if they could make a donation towards the cost of the project. Both agreed and £800 was donated towards the project.
It can be seen from the above that the total amount raised to date is £6,838.45. Consequently, it was decided to extend the scope of the works to include the renewal of the main doors into the peace garden from the dining room. These cost £1,200 but the sub-contractor who carried out the joinery work generously contributed half the cost of them, leaving the £600 remaining easily fundable from the amount raised.The surplus of funds raised will be used by Shiloh for the provision of the many services they routinely provide for the homeless in Rotherham
Work on site started on 10 June and the peace garden was officially opened by the Mayor of Rotherham on 19 July 2019.
The impact of the project on the work of Shiloh is best summed up by Steve Wylie, the CEO who says: “The new garden area has transformed the way our guests use the outdoor space. It now looks and feels like a garden, a place where guests can find peace, relax and engage in activities should they wish to. The kitchen garden planters provide herbs for cooking and the signage educates guests on how to use them. The new fire doors make the garden more accessible and the glazing helps to bring the outside in. The guests really appreciate the large rain shelter & decking area, which we used recently for an outdoor music group. It’s been a wonderful project that will have a lasting impact on Shiloh guests for years to come”.