Conference 2018

District Conference for 2018 is now over.  DG Cheryle writes;

Thank you all so much for helping to make our District Conference such an enjoyable and inspirational Time together. Martyn Bye and the whole of the Conference Team worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to provide Inspirational Speakers, an Informative Showcase and Vibrant Entertainment. I really appreciate the great effort you had all made to be there.

Our Theme was “The Family of Rotary ” where we work together to make a better World. I do hope that you have returned to your Clubs ,having enjoyed Fun and Fellowship together , with a renewed enthusiasm to help our Local and International Communities.

Well done Everyone !!

“Be the Inspiration”


If you attended this year can you please complete the survey at the following link? https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/75YCYF9

To see some pictures of this year’s conference please see the link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/AhXCEjD3ATkDzq997

Hopefully you will be attending next year, and you can see what we have planned so far at:  www.1220conference.co.uk

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RIBI Young Chef Regional Final

On Saturday, 29th April, District 1220 hosted the RIBI Regional Young Chef Final at The Samworth Church Academy near Mansfield. 8 Young Chefs took part from Rotary Districts 1040, 1070 and 1220. The winner was Rebecca from District 1040 and she will represent the region in the National Final on 20th May in Lincoln.

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Music In the Gardens 2017

Have you got the dates of this year’s Music in the Gardens in your diary?

Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July.


Music in the Gardens is pleased to announce its line-up for this year’s 4-day music festival in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Rotarians and Rotary Clubs will be able to acquire tickets directly from the Company, thus saving the booking fee.


Thursday 29th June

THE ZOMBIES in aid of Roundabout (A Sheffield Homeless Young Person’s Home)

Friday 30th June

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES in aid of Neurocare

Saturday 1st July

10CC in aid of Aquabox

Sunday 2nd July

NIGHT AT THE MOVIES in aid of Rotary Foundation
(Unite the Union Brass Band and the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra

Each evening there will also be local support bands.


For any information about Music in the Gardens, contact – alexthehibee@aol.com



Music in the Gardens. A company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales under company number 07504903 and whose registered office is at 62 Endcliffe Hall Avenue, Sheffield, S10 3EL. Registered Charity number 1142229

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World Record Life Saving Lesson

On Friday 20th May 2016, Community Save a Life, in conjunction with Bolsover District Council, achieved a world record by having 1795 people trained at once. The event took place in the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield and was adjudicated by Guinness World Records. The record attempt was made to promote first aid skills amongst the local community.

The citation from Guinness reads “The largest first aid lesson was achieved by Bolsover District Council and the Community Save a Life Scheme (both UK) at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on 2o May 2016

The event was supported by the British Heart Foundation and local Inner Wheel and Rotary Clubs









Youtube https://youtu.be/WoVHPhwJs0w  and  https://youtu.be/WX07iIC1Lvw

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Music in the Gardens 2016

Music In The Gardens, started as a small idea organised by the Rotary Club of Sheffield which was to put on a small, live music concert in the Botanical Gardens to raise funds for local charities. Originally, Jazz in the Gardens was a one day, low key event. Since then, driven by customer demand (and certain economies of scale), Music in the Gardens has grown into an event recognised not only within Sheffield but now nationally as a special series of music concerts in the entertainments calendar.

So what is special about Music in the Gardens? It is four evenings of music featuring world recognised top artists at realistic prices. It is an evening picnic in beautiful surroundings. Bring a chair or blanket and sit in the lazy evening sunshine and soak up fabulous music whilst enjoying a picnic, a plate of something hot from our high quality food stalls, a good honest pint of real ale from Bradfield Brewery or a glass of something fruity in the company of people with whom you can unwind. It is a music festival for those people who do not fancy the idea of attending a music festival!

Music in the Gardens is now in it’s 12th year and is organised by the combined efforts of Rotary Clubs from South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. The event is designed to be a major event on the social calendar and be a major community event and fundraiser for various local Charities.

Each charity is also responsible for organising a bucket collection during the interval, to help boost its income. So please, bring lots of loose change – the folding type would be good! Each evening, in addition to having a great time, you will be making a major difference. Because of the help we receive in hosting the event, The Botanical Gardens Trust also gets a donation which goes towards the Gardens development.

To date, Music in the Gardens has raised more than £220,000 for local, national and international charities and projects.

The lineup for 2016



Please visit the Music in the gardens website for further information  musicinthegardens.co.uk


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Rotary Club of Dronfield collecting for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

With just 8 days to go before the start of the 2015 Poppy Appeal the Royal British Legion made an emergency request for somebody to run the Appeal in Dronfield. The incumbent organiser had stood down after many successful years in the role and there was nobody to take on the task.

The club agreed they would take on the task as an emergency project and quickly set about identifying members of the community who had previously help with collections. Two Rotarians collected numerous boxes of Poppies and collecting cans along with other Poppy appeal products such as lapel pins, pens and rulers from the distribution centre. The main supermarkets in Dronfield were approached and three agreed to allow us to sell the range of Poppy products. Forty additional locations where identified including the towns sports centre, doctors surgery, schools, shops and offices. The task of delivering Poppies and collecting cans to these locations was undertaken by Rotarian volunteers.

The towns Army Cadet Force and Air Training Core were enlisted to help with weekend collections at the super markets with weekdays covered by Rotarians and community volunteers.

Once the appeal had closed Rotarian and volunteers came together for a morning to open and count the contents of collecting cans. A grand total of £11,066 was banked into the Poppy Appeal bank account which we felt was an excellent result.

Dronfield Mayor Liz Blanchard helping out at the appeal

Dronfield Mayor Liz Blanchard helping out at the appeal

(L to R) Sainsburys Manager, Rotarian Maureen Taylor, Mayor Liz Blanchard, President Brian Simpson, Rotarian Ian McMaster and a member of the Army Cadet Force

(L to R) Sainsburys Manager, Rotarian Maureen Taylor, Mayor Liz Blanchard, President Brian Simpson, Rotarian Ian McMaster and a member of the Army Cadet Force

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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.

Children in Need 2015a

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Message from District Leadership and Development Team

District Assembly 2015

Last Saturday – 25th April – we held our 1220 District Assembly at Eastwood Hall with a record number of 360 Rotarians attending.

The purpose of the Assembly was for District Governor Elect Roger to convey the key message for his year, and through the breakout sessions, for the District Officers to provide information and facilitate discussions to generate ideas to help all Clubs prepare and plan for an exciting new Rotary year.

It was the first time we have used Eastwood for our Assembly, and we thought it would offer a more pleasant, and a distinctly more professional venue. We believe it worked really well and aided superbly by the Hotel staff.

Nevertheless it is the views of delegates that count and we are currently summarising all the evaluation forms submitted and as always we will use the key messages to help us improve in future years.

We are also collating all the output notes on the common question discussed in the breakout groups and we will share this with all Clubs when completed.

DGE Roger and the Leadership & Development Team really do hope all the Rotarians who attended did find the Assembly useful and a source of inspiration and enthusiasm to transfer into our Clubs through this next year.

May we take this opportunity to thank all attendees for making the effort to attend and for your cooperation and contributions to a successful Assembly.

Yours in Rotary John Barker
Retiring Chair of the District Leadership & Development Team

Situations Vacant

Looking to the new Rotary year there are two areas where the Leadership and Development Team need help please consider the requests below:

District Treasurer

When District Treasurer Phil Harris took on the role he agreed a four year term. The next Rotary year will therefore be his last. To create continuity in this key role we need someone who will work with him from July this year and be ready to take over in July 2016.

If you feel you could make this important contribution to your District please contact Phil Harris direct or speak with the 2015/16 Training Officer PDG Gordon McGlone


Youth Services

The Youth Services Team need someone to organise the very successful YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION in the new Rotary Year. In addition to the District Competition, our District has been asked to organise the Regional Final. These events could be organised by an individual or a small sub-committee.

Could you help? Please contact 2015/16 Training Officer PDG Gordon McGlone.


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