A long-serving rotarian has been recognised for completing 50 years of Rotary service. Past president David Jenkins, CStJ, was awarded a long-service certificate and a special 50 year Rotary badge at the club meeting held on Friday 2 August 2019 by president Nigel Metham. David Jenkins, 95, whose profession was Coal Industry Administration, first joined the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in March 1969 and has been a regular attender ever since. He was club president in 1981-82 and is the first of three long-serving rotarians being recognised by the club this year.
Before the DG presentation, joint Presidents Maggie and Jane announced that our Club had received a new District Award, the Cheryle Berry Rotakids Award, to be shared with Retford RC.
David gave us some background information on himself, showing his worldwide work as Export Manager of Coats Viyella, more latterly with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce on Trade Missions. He also accompanied our 2013 GSE team on the trip to Nepal. Born in Glasgow, he had links with youth with Cubs, Scouts, Youth Club Leader, moving on to Round Table, moving to Derbyshire 25 years ago, training a young Rugby squad. He moved on to his Rotary visit to the New Presidents Convention, showing us a 2 minute video from Mark Maloney that inspired the new ‘strap line’ of “Rotary connects the World” and out lining the objective of “Grow Rotary”.
David was taking up the challenge working with The Chamber of Commerce and promoting the Corporate Social Responsibility programme/opportunities.
Overall an energetic, inspiring presentation that reflects his personality.
Maggie then gave a heartfelt ‘Vote of Thanks’, suggesting that his District Conference Theme of “The Difference is you” should provide a platform to grow Rotary driven by his dynamic, cheerful personality. She confessed to being born in Scotland herself, being a Scottish Highland dancer and looking forward to a “Gay Gordons” at the Conference with David?!
During the Christmas Period 2018, the Rotary Club of Wortley carried out the following:-
- provided Santa at Fox Valley.
- covered some Santa duties at Wentworth Garden Centre.
- visited a number of Care Home in the area to sing carols to the residents, including Denby Dale (where one of our Honorary members resides).
- visited Woolley Wood School (small primary special school for children with severe and complex learning difficulties and disabilities) to hand out goodies.
- carried out Santa Sleigh Runs in the Don Valley (Stocksbridge -> Wharncliffe Side -> Worrall -> Wisewood -> Oughtibridge -> Stocksbridge) -December 20th
and: Wortley -> High Green -> Chapeltown -> Grenoside -> Ecclesfield -> Chapeltown -> Thorpe Hesley on Christmas Eve.
All the events combined raised just over £3,000 – some has already benefitted Stocksbridge Park Steels Defibrillator fund as already reported in Look Local.:-
Fundraising Event – https://issuu.com/looklocalnewspaper/docs/issuu_1042/15
Cheque Presentation:- https://issuu.com/looklocalnewspaper/docs/issuu_1045/5
We have also been involved in a joint project with Ecclesfield Parish Council to provide Defibrillators around the local area as also reported in the Look Local paper:- https://issuu.com/looklocalnewspaper/docs/issuu_1049/6
Thanks to all who volunteered to man the events, and to all who turned out to support them and visit Santa or contribute to the bucket collections.
We welcomed DG Cheryle Berry to our club meeting on February 25th this year to talk to to us about Kerala and “Prepare to save a Life”, before helping our President Steve Knight to present a cheque for £2,500 to Abbie Pervin from The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity – This was the biggest beneficiary from last year’s Vintage and Classic Car Rally.
More recruitment of new members for the expanding Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, which continues to attract busy younger professionals in the town wanting to do their bit for the local community. The latest to be inducted into the worldwide Rotary movement, by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson, are IT company director, Andrew Thompson, and insurance advisor, Phil Coates, and he was assisted by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant.
The final of the Chesterfield Public Speaking Competition for local secondary schools was held on Friday 18 January 2019 and organised by Chesterfield Rotary for the 53rd consecutive year.
The winner, in a high-quality competition, was Iona Blair from St Mary’s Catholic High School, with her political talk on ‘What’s the point of public demonstrations’.
Runners-up were, Megan Trevis from Hasland Hall Community School, Abigail Maycook from Whittington Green School, and Leo Andrews also from St Marys. Organiser was rotarian Paul Davies, secretary of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, who congratulated all the finalists on their excellent talks.
Thousands of pounds has been raised for local charities after the crowds really turned out in the summer sunshine for the area’s biggest Classic Car & Bike Show held at Rectory Fields, Ashover on Sunday 22 July 2018. With hundreds of cars and bikes from all eras on show, the event organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock, is being considered to be ‘best yet’.
Winner of ‘Best Car’ was John Gregory of Kilburn, near Derby, for his 1962 Austin Healey 3000. Trophy presented by Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary president Ron Enock.
Winner of ‘Best Bike’ was Jess Bamford of Codnor with his very rare 1929 Indian 4 1260cc American motor bike. Trophy presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson.
Hundreds of enthusiasts from across the region turned out for this year’s Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show held in perfect weather at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 13 June 2018. The event is expected to have raised a few more thousands which will be shared by four key local charities – Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Weston Park Cancer Charity. Winner of best car was Stephen Ashton from Ecclesfield, with his 1962 C1 Corvette V8. Also, congratulations to Jon Lambley from Alfreton, winner of best bike at the show with his 1949 Vincent Series ‘B’ 1000cc Rapide.
The winners were presented with their awards by Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr.
Next motoring event is the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show being organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock at Rectory Fields, Ashover, on Sunday 22 July 2018 (10.00am to 4.00pm).
Around fifty senior citizens gathered in Kirkby’s Trinity Methodist Church on June 9th to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday on that day and her coronation on June 2nd 1953. The event was organised by Kirkby Rotary Club with help and support from Kirkby Inner Wheel Club, Central Co-op and Morrisons.
On arrival the guests were handed sweet and savoury nibbles, followed a little later by sandwiches, sausage rolls, pork pies, scones, butter, cream, jam, cakes and cups of tea.
Rotarian Revd Eric Ashby gave a talk illustrated with slides on how as a Special Constable he was on duty at the Coronation, helping to line the processional route in London. Kirkby Colliery Band entertained with a selection of favourites old and new. Then the oldest person at the event, a nonagenarian gentleman, cut the cake specially made for the occasion by Rotarian Nigel Aston. The afternoon culminated in a sing-along of wartime songs such as White Cliffs of Dover and Lili Marlene, and ended with enthusiastic renderings of Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem.
The event was organised by Kirkby Rotary Club’s projects team led by Rotarian Melissa Blythe. She commented: “It was marvellous to see how much the guests enjoyed everything. We had so many lovely comments. It was even more successful than we had hoped and we’ll certainly put on the same kind of event next year. Thank you to everyone who contributed.”
Wortley Hall is again host for the Rotary Club of Wortley Vintage Vehicle Rally
Being held on 8th July 2018 from 12 noon, the rally will feature displays from the Jaguar Owners Club and the Ford Owners Club as well as activities for all the family.
Entrance is £4 for adults, £1 for children and £10 for a family (2+3)
Proceeds raised in aid of the The Children’s Hospital Charity and other local charities.