President Malcolm Smith chaired the business meeting on 7th November at which 36 members and 1 guest of Alan Wilkinson were present. Our Secretary PP David Foster reported that Iain Corran has raised about £180 so far, for taking part on the Chesterfield Santa Fun Run. Well done Iain. Treasurer John Hull announced that the collection taken during the joint Carol Concert, held at Wingerworth Parish Church, raised a total of £295, with the donations in lieu of Christmas Cards contributing a further £620, so far. PP Peter Blake brought good wishes to the club from our member Richard Lamb, who has sadly been unable to attend lately due to illness - we hope to see him again soon. Rob Wallace updated the club on the progress of the Rotary Youth Community Award scheme and the Bottle Greenhouses being established in a number of local junior schools. Rob also received the club's backing to provide 45 trees to the Manor Fields Association amenity scheme, in Chesterfield, as part of the Rotary initiative to plant a tree for each member in this Rotary year. Maurice Poole PHF carried out the Foundation Draw, which was won this month by PP Alan Beasley PHF.
Thursday 30th November 2017 Dr Peter Stevens entertained the club chairing light hearted group sessions considering the possible effects of a future pandemic for with very limited vaccines being available!
President Malcolm Smith chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, which took place on Thursday 23rd November 2017, at which 40 members, 2 guests were present.
PP Alan Goodall PHF introduced his guest Wyn Brooks from Swansea.
PP Professor Derrick Willmot introduced our speaker Lee Rowley MP for North East Derbyshire, who spoke to us about his local origins and his career which has led to his life as a recently elected Member of Parliament.
Lee spoke in a confident manner without notes and gave us a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the House of Commons. His talk stimulated a number of questions from members on a variety of topics and issues relating to the District, which Lee is involved with. VP David Cromwell thanked Lee, on behalf of the Club, for giving up his valuable time to come and meet us and wished him all the best in his career going forward. From the left: Vice President David Cromwell; President Malcolm Smith; Lee Rowley MP and President Elect Ron Enock
Thursday 16th November 2017 saw President Malcolm Smith chair the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale at the Proact Stadium, which featured a talk, given by PP Brian Ashall PHF, entitled 'The Ramblings of an Ageing Coal Man'. Brian's talk included details of low temperature carbonisation of coal, carried out at the former Coalite Works in Bolsover. PP Neil Swanwick delivered the vote of thanks. Rob Wallace announced plans had been agreed to light up the Parish Church, again, next year. PP Roger Heathcote asked members to look out for the Club's Christmas tree among the display of trees in the Parish Church (The Crooked Spire) from Saturday 18th November through to the 4th of December.
President Malcolm Smith chaired the Special General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, which took place at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 9th November 2017. Officers were elected for the 2018/19 Rotary Year, as follows: President - Ron Enock President Elect - David Cromwell Vice President - John Hull Secretary - David Foster Treasurer - Roy Cutt The meeting was followed by the Foundation Draw, organised by Maurice Poole PHF, the winner of which was Clive Bolland with Anthony Willmot and David Cromwell taking the other prizes.
President Malcolm Smith chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, which took place at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 2nd November 2017. PP Peter Blake PHF announced that 37 members were present. Maurice Poole PHF thanked PP Alan Goodall PHF for organising the excellent trip to the war cemeteries in France, last week. After the meal, PP Derrick Willmot took us through a presentation of 'Pictorial Memories of the Club', with many recognising members past and present from the photos of events and activities, undertaken by the club during its history. Phil Round gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 26th October - Scatter meeting
The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale took place at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 19th October 2017. President Malcolm Smith was in the Chair with 38 members and 1 guest being present. President Malcolm welcomed Mr Trevor Jackson, a guest of past president Alan Goodall. The President and the meeting also gave a very warm welcome to Past President Alan Beasley who was accompanied by his son Stephen. The speakers for the evening were Julie Wheelhouse and Debbie Newton who gave a fascinating presentation about the Derbyshire Stroke Centre. The centre is a specialist stroke service based in Holmewood and is the only such stroke centre in the UK. I started in 2001 and moved to dedicated premises in 2015. Ms Wheelhouse explained that the centre looks after stroke patients and also people with aphasia and other neurological conditions such as multiple infarcts and head injuries. She described it as a place to make good friends and help and support each other. The president then presented Ms Wheelhouse with a cheque for £1500. After the excellent presentation Rotarian Iain Corran gave the vote of thanks. In the business section of the meeting Rotarian Rob Wallace gave details of the forthcoming World Polio Day activities and described the work that Rotaians and friends are to carry out to illuminate in purple several buildings in the town centre including, the Crooked Spire.
President Malcolm Smith presents a cheque for £1500 to Julie Wheelhouse and Debbie Newton of the Derbyshire Stroke Centre. Also in the photo, on the left, is past president Alan Beasley.
Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale World Polio Day Tuesday 24th October 2017 Rotarians Rob Wallace and Has Oldham have organised events to celebrate World Polio Day on Tuesday 24th October 2017 The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale has teamed up with Ashgate Hospice to plant crocus corms in the grass verge outside of the hospice. Pictured below is the Rotary Roundel, which will be left in place until the Spring, so the purple crocus plants can grow between them. The initiative is part of efforts to raise money and awareness for the fight to eradicate this crippling and deadly disease from our planet! Rotary has played a large part in the success of reducing the incidents of Polio throughout the world from 350,000 cases p.a. to just 7. Only 3 countries still remain to be rid of this crippling disease. Purple for Polio Crocus Planting at Ashgate Hospice – October 2017
On Tuesday 24th October to raise awareness, Rob, Has and their team of volunteers, plan to illuminate 5 buildings Chesterfield. Purple is the colour which has been chosen to represent the fight against Polio. Those buildings are: The Parish Church (Crooked Spire) - Town Centre S40 1XJ CASA Hotel - junction Lockoford Lane and the by-pass S41 7JB St John Ambulance HQ - Derby Rd S40 2ED St Thomas' Church - Chatsworth Rd S40 3AW Blenheim Court - junction of Newbold Rd and Sheffield Rd S41 7PG They have the services of a fully qualified electrician and lighting specialist Peter J Davies, who served his initial apprenticeship and qualified as a theatrical lighting engineer in London's West End Theatres. A working party under Peter's leadership will undertake the necessary works throughout Monday 22nd, with final adjustments being made after nightfall on Monday. (Effectively a dress rehearsal) - good opportunity to invite BBC Look North News film crew to, such that their film could be trailed on the early evening Look North News on World Polio Day! Participating Primary schools who have been working through the Polio Education Packs obtained through Doncaster St Ledger Rotary Club: Deer Park Primary School - Wingerworth S42 6TD Highfield Hall Primary School - Newbold S41 8AZ Hollingwood Primary School - Hollingwood S43 2JG All 3 schools have been supplied with sufficient crocus corms to enable everyone who has been studying the Polio Education Packs to plant a corm at their school as a perpetual reminder each spring. Crocus button holes - The school council at Hollingwood Primary have decided to make the Rotary Foundation Purple for Polio campaign, their primary fund raising project this half term. Chesterfield Scarsdale have supplied them with a box of 100 purple crocus buttonholes to sell as part of their fund raising spectacular this Thursday 19th October, when the whole school plans to dress in purple.
President Malcolm Smith presents PP Peter Beardsley with the Bill Tayor Golf Trophy, which he won on the day, before the meeting on Thursday 12 October 2017. PP John Coker announced that Peter was the winner, by a large margin, with his score of 36, including a back nine of 20. John Coker and PP Peter Stevens were runners up. The weather was kind for the competition, which was held, as usual, at the Chesterfield Golf Club.
President Malcolm Smith chaired the business meeting on Thursday 5 October 2017. Peter Blake reported 36 members were in attendance. Has Oldham announced that the Rotary Roundel has been put in place, in the grounds of Ashgate Hospice, ready for planting this year's consignment of crocus bulbs, in aid of the Polio eradication campaign. Brian Harrison won the Foundation Draw, which is run by Maurice Poole.
President Malcolm & Christine Smith hosted members and their wives at the 46th Rotary District Conference at Llandudno, from Friday 29 September 2017 to Sunday 01 October 2017, at the Empire Hotel and Venue Cumryu
Great entertainment on Saturday night by the Rollacoaster Showband!
President Malcolm Smith chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 28 September 2017, at which 35 members were present. PP Roy Cutt PHF said Grace and PP Peter Blake gave the attendance report. After a brief report from committee chairmen Rob Wallace and Has Oldham about the coming projects and initiatives, Rotarian Bill Preston gave a talk on his working life of "Ups and Downs 1960-2016" from Apprentice Mechnical Engineer aged 16 at Markham Colliery, through to being in charge of the Duckmanton Mobile Plant Workshops, them to the Railways and latterly working in Health & Safety on projects such as Installing/Maintaining gas mains, both the underground variety and those on high rise buildings. Andy Shooter thanked Bill for his very interesting presentation.
President Malcolm Smith welcomed 52 members, partners, guests and ladies of Inner Wheel to the Joint Rotary /Inner Wheel Harvest Supper, on Thursday 21 September 2017 at the Proact Stadium. The charity auction of produce raised £641, including a £20 donation from a Rotarian, who could not be present on the night . Our thanks to auctioneer Rotarian John Botham and to our host Rob Wallace. Visiting Rotarian and Past President Pauline Holmes PHF brought greetings from the Dronfield club's President Maureen Taylor. Pauline was a guest of Iain Corran who brought greetings and Rotary banners from Armenia in District 2452, following his recent visit to Rotary clubs there.
The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale took place at the Proact Stadium on Thursday the 14th of September 2017. President Elect Ron Enock was in the Chair with 33 members and 2 guests being present to see a photographic presentation on the recent Morgan Car Factory visit. Ken Davis, a member of the Chesterfield Photographic Society, and Darrel Clark gave the presentation after being introduced by their host, PP Brian Harrison PHF. Rotarian Bill Wilkie gave the vote of thanks. Rotarian Alan Wilkinson, back from his trans Atlantic tour, brought greetings from the Rotary Club of Charleston USA and the amazing Past President Anita Zucker, business woman and philanthropist.
On Tuesday 12 September 2017 a group of members and their partners went on the Village Walk to Ashford-in-the-Water, which was well orgnasied by Rotarian David Melton. The evening was rounded off with a splendid meal in the Bulls Head at Ashford or as it used to be known Aisseford. Helen Outram, http://www.ellenoutram.co.uk/ who was our guide, did an excellent job, as she has done on a number of other occassions before. Below is a picture of Helen, a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Peak District and Derbyshire, talking to the party at the old bridge with the large pump in the background.
Vice President David Cromwell chaired the meeting held at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 7 September 2017. Wine was provided on the tables by VP David and PP Neil Baker, to celebrate their respective birthdays. Rob Wallace reported that 3 schools had agreed to take part in the use of the Rotary Polio Packs and develop ECO-Greenhouses, using recycled plastic bottles.
Friday 25 August 2017. Another fine day for the 25th Annual Golf Day at Chesterfield Golf Club, organised by PP Brian Harrison, which raised some £3,000 for charity. Special thanks to Thorntons for donating chocolates, the sale of which raised £315: well done Barrie Thompson and PP Arnold Fear for selling the chocolates. PP Peter Stevens announced that his team including, Bill Preston, and Paul Bywater came second in the recent Rotary Golf Competition, winning £850 for Rotary Foundation charity.
President Elect Ron Enock chaired the meeting on Thursday 24 August 2017 at which we heard a presentation from Andy Heading on how he and his friends managed to cross 1000 miles of Alaska, in winter, not once but twice! His team won the first time, being one of the few to finish the gruelling course from Nick to Nome, on the coast. Unbelievably, part of the race crossed the frozen sea. Andy was introduced by Rotarian Has Oldham. They took part in the race along the track over snow and ice - the Iditarod dog sled race.. PP Derrick Willmot gave the vote of thanks. P.E. Ron gave Andy a donation on behalf of the club.
President Elect Ron Enock chaired the meeting on Thursday 17 August 2017, at which 37 were present. PP Roger Heathcote introduced our guest for the evening Roger Glew who performed a number of George Formby songs on the banjo ukulele. Members joined in renditions of the favourite tunes.
Has Oldham reminded members to look out for Polio Day on 24 October. Efforts are in hand to seek permission to light up the Crooked Spire in purple - for Polio - on that day.
Rob Wallace thanked Roger Glew, on behalf of the club, for his enthusiastic and professional performance and insight into the life of George Formby.
Wine was provided by Phil Round, on the occasion of his impending 70th birthday - happy birthday Phil!
Thursday 10 August 2017 saw the Business Meeting being chaired by President Elect Ron Enock, standing in for President Malcolm. PP Henry Marsh won the monthly Prize draw. Ron welcomed Martin Cruttenden, visiting Rotarian from the Wirksworth Club and guest, former Rotarian, Trevor Jackson, who was invited by our Sgt at Arms, Les Ashmore.
Sunday 6th August 2017 – The weather held out for - ‘Allo Allo’ – joint Rotary/Inner Wheel lunchtime event at Alan & Marie Goodall’s, which was hosted by President Elect Ron Enock and President Sue Young.
Sunday 23 Jul 2017 saw the Ashover Car Show, another very successful jointly put on with Clay Cross, Chesterfield and Matlock Rotary Clubs. Our side was well organised by Phil Round - thanks Phil and to all of the helpers!
Thursday 27 Jul 2017 Speaker Meeting - Host Bill Ervine Vote of thanks PP Peter Stevens.
Thu 03 Aug 2017 Museum Visit to Brightgate House - at George & Maria Caldicott's home. George and Maria were very ably assisted by Andy & Ruth Shooter. George entertained us with recitations, music from his pianola and drinks and the ladies put on an excellent spread of food. A wonderful time was had by all.
President Malcolm Smith and the team welcomed District Governor, Michael Longdon PHF to the meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale on Thursday 20th July 2017. During the meeting, our newest member, Peter Batemen was inducted into the club. Peter was proposed by Iain Corran and mentored by PP Neil Swanwick. Below, is a photograph of Mr Longdon presenting Peter with his Rotary badge. The Governor spoke about Rotary's success in working to reduce the incidents of Polio throughout the world from 350,000 cases p.a. to just 7. Only 3 countries still remain to be rid of this crippling disease. He thanked the club for its efforts and for the work in does in the community. Look out for World Polio Day on the 24th of October.
The sun shone on Sunday the 16th of July for the Lunch, hosted jointly by President Malcolm Smith and the Inner Wheel President Sue Young, and which was held at Pond House, the home of Peter and Colleen Beardsley.
Thursday 13 July 2017, saw the annual Bowls competition with the Stand Road Bowling Club, organised by David Melton- which was declared a draw! Later, at the meeting chaired by President Malcolm Smith, 33 were present to hear a most humorous talk by PP Arnold Fear PHF on 'The Lure of the Limerick. Arnold was introduced by VP David Cromwell. The vote of thanks was given by David Hys PHF who rendered an appropriate limerick, of his own. PP Peter Blake announced he and his former employer, Henry Boot, would shortly be making a donation of £250 into the club's charity account.
President Malcolm Smith, President Elect Ron Enock and Vice President David Cromwell, took office for the Rotary Year 2017-18, at the Handover meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, held at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 6 July 2017. Immediate Past President Neil Swanwick handed over the chain of office to Malcolm and thanked everyone who had contributed to making last year' a success. PP Peter Blake reported 31 members ad a prospective member, Peter Bateman, were in attendance.
ThePP Brian Harrison reported that the Rotary Golf Day, on 25th August, will be the Silver Jubilee of the event. The Golf Day was started by one of our former members, Nev Needham. Over the past 24 years this event has raised £78,000 for charity. Next year, Brian will be handing over running of the golf day to Paul Bywater and Andy Warwick. The club thanked Brian for all his efforts over the years.
Maurice Poole PHF held the monthly Foundation draw and the 6 monthly draw, which were respectively won by John Day and Bill Preston.
Sergeant at Arms PP Peter Beardsley PHF, handed this duty to Les Ashmore, having first announced the winner of the ‘fines pot’ draw – David Hays PHF, who’s guess of the amount raised for the year was the closest to the £520 total.
Meeting Report from the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale on Thursday 29th June 2017, at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield President Neil Swanwick, PP Neil Baker, Rob Wallace (Chair of the Community and Vocational Committee) and Rotarian Arthur Young judged this year’s Rotary Young Designer Competition. Our thanks went to Mr Jon Fullwood, Head of Design and Technology and Marj Pratt, 2nd in Design and Technology, at Tupton Hall School, a Specialist Sports College with ICT, for organising the heats, which took place at the School. The whole Year, of some 230 students, took part. These were whittled down to 40, whose design boards were displayed prior to selecting the 5 finalists, pictured below. The brief was to design a low-voltage lamp, made from recycled materials. The finalists were, from the left: Emma Wilbourne (whose brother Craig won the competition in 2015); Evee Wass; Katie Warren; Alisha Hurrell; and, Our winner, Kiera Goodridge, on the far right of the picture
They each received a £20 gift token and a certificate, while Kiera was also presented with the Trophy by President Neil Swanwick. Kiera’s design was for a battery powered LED light, in the form of a mushroom, made from recycled plastic, which is to have detachable rubberised pieces, which would, themselves, illuminate. Judges were particularly impressed that some thought had been given to costing the design and selling add-ons to potential purchasers. The runner up was Katie Warren with a light made from recycled tea cups. Her ‘Mad Hatter’ artwork was very impressive. All of the young designers produced work to an excellent standard and it was a pleasure to be involved with this, our 6th annual competition. Later the same evening, President Neil Swanwick welcomed 31 members and our guest speaker, President Ruth Screeton of the Rivelin Valley Rotary Club, in Sheffield, to our main meeting – the last in this Rotary Year. Ruth’s talk on RYLA, the Rotary Young Leader Award, is centred round a residential course, designed to encourage and develop young people, who are showing potential to become leaders, in a field of their choice. Ruth explained how Rotary clubs have the opportunity to sponsor children, in the 15 to 17 age group, to attend one of two residential centres, in either Buxton or Castleton. The 4 day event costs around £150, the next one being run at Castleton will take place over the 4 day period from Saturday 10 February to Tuesday 13 February 2018. The Vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Bill Ervine. Rotarian Barrie Thompson reported that he and PP John Coker ran this year’s Rotary ‘Kids day out’ on Wednesday 28 June. 22 Year 6 Pupils from William Rhodes Primary School, in Chesterfield, accompanied by 3 teachers, attended the National Space Centre in Leicestershire. Next week the office of President will change to Malcolm Smith.
Thursday 22 Jun 2017 - 32 members were present when President Neil Swanwick welcomed Assistant District Governor Nominee Tony Bethell MBE, to the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale Club Assembly, at the Proact Stadium. Has Oldham reported that 5000 crocus corms had been ordered for a joint planting event, later in the year, at the proposed Ashgate Hospice Sensory Garden. The purchase of the crocus plants is part of Rotary's efforts to stamp out Polio, throughout the World. Ashgate Hospice will, we understand, plant pink flowers around the Rotary emblem and crocus display. PP Roger Heathcote reported that the incoming International Committee Chair, PP Alan Goodall was planning two tribute nights this year, the first one being planned for October.
Thursday 15 Jun 2017 saw President Neil Swanwick chair the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale at the Proact Stadium. Our speaker, for the evening, was Richard Booth, who's talk was entitled - Tracks of the Deep South - which covered a trip across the southern States of America. PP Peter Blake reported that 33 members were present. Visiting Rotarian Phil Cooper, from the Sutton-in-Ashfield NapirN2 Club, was welcomed by the President. Clive Bolland gave the vote of thanks, to a very interesting talk, which had stimulated a number of questions, including those from some members who had also been fortunate enough to travel through such places as Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta Georgia.
26 members and 1 prospective member, Peter Bateman, attended the meeting, at the Proact Stadium, on the 8th of June 2017. Peter was introduced by Iain Corran, who had just come back from a visit to Ireland, from where he brought greetings from the Rotary Club of Tipperary. Maurice Poole PHF ran the monthly Foundation Draw, which was won by PP Dr Andrew Matthews. Committees met following the meeting to discuss the programme for the coming Rotary Year, which begins in July.
President Elect Malcolm Smith welcomed 31 members and 3 guests; President Pauline Holmes, PP Mich Oglesby PHF, both of the Drone Valley Rotary Club and our speaker PP Alan Geeson PHF, of the Rotary Club of Grantham and Kesteven. Alan was introduced by PP John Coker, who had learnt about Alan’s work with ‘Trade Aid’ while at the District Conference.
Trade Aid is a charity set up by some members of the Rotary Club Grantham and Kesteven, to provide tools-in-a-box. The idea came into being following the 2004 tsunami, when it was realised that not only was immediate aid required following a disaster, but that people also needed tools with which to rebuild their lives. Trade Aid really got going in 2007. The charity is primarily funded by the club members, though over the years it has obtained matching grant funding from the Rotary District fund. In addition tools-in-a-box and training are provided to projects in areas not directly affected by disasters, to enable communities to develop skills and make things, not only for their own use, but to trade and so obtain much needed local income. Malcolm presented at donation to Alan.
The Vote of Thanks was given by PP Brian Ashall PHF, who was very impressed that in the 10 years Trade Aid had been going, it had delivered 1000 boxes, each costing about £425 – an impressive outcome for a very local charity run by volunteers.
Thursday 18 May 2017 - President Neil Swanwick with guest speakers PP Ian Ward of the Dronfield Rotary Club and his wife Elaine, who came to speak to us about CRY - a charity dedicated to addressing Cardiac Risk in the Young. Ian and Elaine have been involved since 2009, working to screen young people in Dronfield, Wickersley (Rotherham), Swanwick and Abbeydale (Sheffield), for hidden heart defects. The aim is to eliminate premature deaths in people under the age of 35. Their son Neil was the victim of such an unexplained and premature death. Ian and Elaine praised the many NHS volunteers, who gave up their valuable time to run the screening events. The President made a donation of £50 to the Charity. Jonh Botham also gave his Foundation draw winnings to CRY. Our speakers were introduced by their host, for the evening, Iain Corran and the vote of thanks was given by PP Brian Harrison PHF. PP Peter Blake reported that 39 were in attendance. A new member Andy Warwick was inducted by the President and welcomed by the club, having been sponsored by Paul Bywater. Brian also reported on the successful visit to the Morgan Factory, held on Tuesday 16 May.
Has Oldham reported that £2,555 had been transferred to the Friends of Baback for Phase 2 of that on-going International Project to improve a school on Baback, Senegal in Africa. Our contact there will be our member and former Mayor, Cllr. Alexis Diouf.
President Neil Swanwick opened the business meeting and AGM on Thursday 11 April 2017. He thanked Maurice Poole PHF for organising the walking weekend on the 24th to the 27th of April. The President also thanked David Melton for putting together the enjoyable Guided Coach Tour of the Peaks, with Ellen Outram, on the 9th of May. PP Peter Blake PHF reported 31 members and 1 guest, prospective member Andy Warwick, were in attendance. Officers were elected for the coming Rotary year. President Elect Malcolm Smith chaired the AGM and Treasurer John Hull presented the financial report and budget for 2017-18, which was disussed and voted on by members. Sgt. at Arms PP Peter Beardsley PHF rounded off the evening by fining just about everybody!
On the 2nd of May, members of the club attended the funeral of one of its founder members, PP Jack Minshull PHF - the collection, including donations from the family raised over £500 for the Ashgate Hospice.
Thursday 27 Apr 2017 - Mr Chris Knight - was the guest speaker, who gave a talk entitled 'Aunty the war is over'. Sorry no full report as the web master was elsewhere that evening.
President Neil Swanwick chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale on Thursday the 13th of April 2017. PP Peter Blake reported 32 members were present, plus visiting President Gerald Swift from the Dronfield Club. Grace was said by Bill Preston. Our speaker for the evening was Rotarian Les Ashmore - whose talk was entitled 'The Knowledge', a review of how he and his wife Christine built up one of the most successful taxi businesses in the area. Always innovating, they were the first to computerise and to understand the need for passengers to be able to communicate with a taxi firm, by mobile phone, 24/7. Les told us how he was instrumental in developing software now widely used in taxi cabs throughout the world and in paving the way for the latest developments in ‘text a taxi’ Les was introduced by, his good friend, PP Alan Goodall with the vote of thanks being given by David Melton.
The Business Meeting, on Thursday 6 April 2017, was attended by 29 members and assistant District Governor, Dr Cheryle Berry, of the Clay Cross club.
Thursday 30 March 2017 we hosted Richard Booth, who spoke on 'Paris the Hard way' - cycling to Paris, from Normandy. Richard is Treasurer and a Warden at Wingerworth Parish Church. Wine was bought, for all who attended by David Melton, on account of his impending 75th birthday and retirement. President Neil Swanwick thanked David and wished him all the very best. The vote of thanks was given by PP Clive Robbins.
On Thursday 23 March 2017 President Neil Swanwick chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, held at the Proact football stadium. 34 members and guest, Martin Cruttenden of the Wirksworth Club, were present to hear Dr Tony Bethell MBE, from the Dronfield Club give a talk on the Hospitaller Knights of the Order of St John. President Neil gave donation of £100 to the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem founder by the Order. We learnt about how the knights left Jerusalem and established themselves on Malta and how the 'first aid' aspect of Order of St John made its way into local history at Tibshelf Colliery. Tony was introduced by Clive Bolland and the vote of thanks was given by Arnold Fear. David Cromwell reported on the Young Chef Competition, held at Hasland Hall Community School on 14 March.
On Thursday 16 March 2017, President Neil Swanwick, Vice President Malcolm Smith and 14 members of our club joined President Tim Bower and 21 other members of the Rotary Club of Warsop Shirebrook and District at, their weekly meeting held in, the Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme, Near Warsop. After a lovely meal, with great choice of food, we were entertained by Maurice Richardson, a local Tree Surgeon, who gave an absorbing talk on his hobby and passion, for searching for lost artifacts and relics in the ground within Nottinghamshire, which amongst many other things culminated in the finding of the Newark Torc. The Torc is a gold necklace, weighing about 2lb, dating from, at least, 2200 years ago. Amazingly, Maurice found the Torc, in 2005, using a metal detector, buried 2 feet 4 inches deep, in a field which contained many fragments of an exploded Second World War Lancaster Bomber.
President Neil chaired the Business Meeting, held at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 9 March 2017, at which 34 members were present.
Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale - Meeting at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 2 March 2017
President Neil Swanwick and 36 members and a guest prospective member welcomed Lucy Nickson, Chief Executive at Ashgate Hospicecare.
Lucy was formerly CEO at Helen’s Trust charity and before that a NHS manager. She is a registered nurse and health visitor and has also been a bereavement counsellor in the past, which she did as a volunteer. Lucy has a post graduate diploma in public health management and leadership and a public health degree. She spoke passionately about the invaluable community service Ashgate Hospice provides and gave the club an insight into the important programme of change and modernisation being delivered at the hospice.
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale has been proud to give to Ashgate Hospice since 1985. In the last 5 years, the club have given a total of £9,250 collected from our charitable events. President Neil Swanwick increased that sum by presenting Lucy with a cheque for a further £3,600 made out to the hospice. That money was collected as follows: £1,000 from the Golf Day in 2016, organised by PP Brian Harrison; £2,076 from giving by local people at the Christmas Collection held at the Sainsbury’s Superstore, in Chesterfield – a great big thanks to the people who donated, some by as much as £50, and the management at Sainsbury’s Store; £524 collected from many of the club members in lieu of sending each other Christmas cards.
Has Oldham announced that the 7000 crocuses, planted at the Chesterfield Golf Club, in aid of Rotary’s efforts to rid the world of the crippling disease, Polio, were now starting to flower. President Neil thanked Has and Arthur Young for their efforts in making this such a success, which would not have been possible without the kind cooperation of the Golf Club.
David Cromwell reported that the annual Rotary Young Chef competition is to be held at Hasland Hall Community School on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.
Thursday 23 February 2017 saw 12 members of the Chesterfield 41 Club join 52 Rotarians and a guest prospective member at the annual Joint Meeting, held at the Proact Stadium. President Neil Swanwick welcomed Vice Chairman David Dolman. Rod Shiers gave an illustrated presentation about his 2,400 mile sailing trip around Great Britain. Rod was introduced by Barrie Thompson, with the vote of thanks being given by Vice President Ron Enock. Rod's fascinating talk took us from Portishead, in the Bristol Channel, up the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, crossing to the Outer Hebrides, down the East coast to North Shields and then on to London, via many other stops in between. Those interesting in reading should obtain a copy of Rod's book 'Around Britain with my Friends - All Aboard': profits going to the RNLI.
Thursday 16 February - President Neil Swanwick welcomed members and guests to the 36th Charter Celebration - held at the Proact Stadium. Grace was given by PP George Ling MBE. PHF
Secretary PP David Foster gave the roll call of clubs and visitors, with the response by Mrs Pauline Wilkie, President of Scarsdale Inner Wheel The toast to ROTARY INTERNATIONAL was proposed by President Elect. Malcolm Smith, with the response being given by DG Colin Gell PHF.
A toast to the ROTARY CLUB OF CHESTERFIELD SCARSDALE was proposed by Mike Cudzich-Madry, President of Chesterfield Rotary Club. President Neil Swanwick responded on behalf of our club.
Vice President Ron Enock proposed the toast to OUR GUESTS AND VISITORS, with the response being given by, our speaker, Dr. Andrew Parker.
Rotarians Prof. Derrick Willmot and Morris Poole were each presented with the honour of Paul Harris Fellow, following long and dedicated service to the club.
Our Master of Ceremonies, for the evening was, as usual, PP Roy Cutt PHF
Haggis, bagpipes and entertainment at the Burns Supper 2nd of February 2017. Hamish Mac Cromwell made a return visit, with his hilarious one man show (pictured below). Special guests Dr Cherly Berry and David Hood were welcomed by President Neil David entertained us with a Scottish Tale. Thanks to Pauline Wilkie, President of Inner Wheel, Derrick Wilmot, Arnold Fear, Bill Wilkie, Roy Cutt and our host David Melton and to Lynn and all the staff of the Proact Stadium.
Thursday 26 January saw 34 Rotarians and a guest attending the weekly meeting, at the Proact Stadium, which as Chaired by President Neil Swanwick. Andy Shooter introduced our speaker for the evening, Andrea Kemp, CEO of the Community Sports Trust. Andrea told us about the work of the Trust including the Jog Derbyshire Initiative and her challenge of cycling up 40 hills in a year, in aid of The Smile Group - a charity helping mums manage stress. The vote of Thanks was given by Paul Berresford..
135 attended the Tom Jones and Neil Diamond Tribute Night at the Proact Stadium on Saturday 21 January, 2017, raising £1700 for local charities, whilst having a great time. Thanks to PP Roger Heathcote, PP Alan Goodall, Vice President Ron Enock and to all who attended and those who gave raffle prizes and helped in other ways.
Past President Peter Blake reported 33 Rotarians and 8 guests attended this Thursday's New Members Night on the 19th of January 2017. The guests included our speaker Ghazala Ahmad-Mear and Sandra Morrey from the Rotary Club of West Bridgford who is District Governor Nominee.
President Neil Swanwick with Ghazala Ahmad-Mear on Thursday 19 January 2017, who spoke to us about her involvement in "Step by Step" the South Pole Energy Challenge Expedition, planned for January 2018. Ghazala will join the expedition walking the last degree, or 60 miles, to the pole in an effort to highlight the need to save Antarctica from the effects of global warming. Ghazala, an oral surgeon, working in Sheffield, is also steering an initiative, which is supported by Government, to reduce the carbon footprint within the NHS. Members wished her every success in her endeavours, with Les Ashmore giving the vote of thanks.
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Thursday 12 January saw the club's first business meeting of 2017. President Neil was in the chair, with 40 members being present. The Foundation draw was won by Rotarian John Hall, who donated his winnings to the Rotary Charity.
A very Happy New Year to everyone associated with the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale.
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held its Christmas Party at the Proact Stadium, on Thursday 15 December 2016.
Superb entertainment was provided by Andrew Marples, on piano keyboard, who accompanied singers, Rachel and Robert.
Our organiser and host for the Evening was Rotarian David Melton. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
Santa - Past President Peter Blake delivers festive cheer to the 80 guests at this year's senior citizens' Christmas Party, held at St Johns Church Hall Walton, on Sunday 11 December 2016. Thanks to Rotarian Rob Wallace for organising this year's event and to all the Rotarians, wives, partners and ladies of Inner Wheel who gave up their time to make this a success. Thanks also to the Saveley Ex-Servicemen's Choir and singer, Chloe Blake, who entertained eveyone.
President Neil welcomed 41 members and our guest speaker to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale on Thursday 1 December 2016. Darrell Clark spoke to us about his involvement with the Arkwright Society and Cromford Mills. The Society has been going since 1971. As well as giving a very informative and illuminating talk on the 'Fall and Rise of Arkwright's Cromford Mills (Mill No.1 was the first successful water powered cotton spinning mill), Darrell told members he had continuously owned Morris Minor motor cars for 60 years. Iain Corran gave the vote of thanks.
President Neil chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale on Thursday 24 November, which was attended by 32 members and our guest speaker Jennifer Horseman MSc BSc. Jennifer gave a fascinating talk on Palaeolithic cave art, in Europe, with particular reference to the 13,000 year old etchings which has been discovered in the caves of Creswell Craggs. Her talk prompted and lively discussion, which culminated in PP Clive Robbins giving the vote of thanks. The photo shows a slide of a much older painting of a pride of lions, from a cave in France.
PP Roger Heathcote reminded members that the club has, again, sponsored a Christmas Tree at the Chesterfield Parish Church (the Crooked Spire). Paul Beresford took the photo opposite, which shows his daughter delighted to be pictured with the tree
Thursday 17 November saw President Neil Swanwick chair the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, which was attended by 34 members. Our very own Alan Wilkinson gave a talk on his travels through America, in his recreational vehicle (RV). PP Brian Ashall thanked Alan, for an very enjoyable presentation.
Thursday 10 November - President Neil Swanwick chaired the Special General Meeting, which was attended by 38 members. Officers were elected for the coming year with Rotarian David Cromwell being elected as Vice President for 2017-18.
Thursday 3 November - Speaker meeting. President Neil Swanwick welcomed 38 members and guests, including Assistant District Governor, Dr Cheryl Berry and the speakers: PP Mike Hadfield OBE from the mother club and Mike Hyman, Chief Executive of Kids ‘n’ Cancer in Derbyshire.
PP Dr Andrew Matthews introduced the speakers who spoke about the charity's work in providing assistance to children (and their families), so they may travel mainly to America and receive Proton Beam Therapy for their cancer. On behalf of the Club, President Neil gave a donation to the charity, which was supplemented by Has Oldham, Rob Wallace and PP Secretary David Foster, who all donated this month's Foundation Draw winnings to the charity. A lively question and answer session followed, which was rounded off by the vote of thanks, which was given by club member and former Mayor Alexis Diouf, who praised the charity for its work in helping children and their families affected by cancer.
PP Rodger Heathcote reminded members that the club was, again, sponsoring the Christmas Tree at the Chesterfield Parish Church (the Crooked Spire), commencing on 9 November, for one week.
Thursday 27 October - Speaker meeting - Sorry, no report, the webmaster was in Spain!
Thursday 20 October - saw PP Arnold Fear give a very amusing and enlightening presentation, on the life of William Shakespeare in, this, the 4ooth year since the death of the bard. 39 members were present. The vote of thanks was given by Alan Wilkinson.
President Neil Swanwick was pleased to receive the report from the Foundation Committee Chairman, Has Oldham, who reported that 5000 crocus bulbs had now been planted, at the Golf Club, with a further 5000 to go! Has also told the club that early discussions were underway to seek a second International Funding Grant from the District committee, to go towards Baback Phase 2, which is planned for a future Rotary year. PP Henry Marsh also gave a brief report about the successful fundraising event organised by his daughter, Tammy, which raised £3115 for Cancer Research, included in which is a £50 donation from our club.
Maurice Poole conducted the monthly Foundation Draw, which was won by PP Henry Marsh, with Les Ashmore 2nd and PP George Ling taking the 3rd prize.
A total of 46 including ladies of inner wheel and wives of members, past & present, took part in the Harvest Festival Auction, on Thursday 13 October, which raised over £450 for this year's Senior Citizen's Christmas Party, which will be held at St Johns Church Hall, in December.
President Neil gave special thanks to our auctioneer, Rotarian John Botham and the event organiser Rob Wallace, who can be seen sporting a nice pair of melons. Thanks to all who brought the produce.
President Neil presented Anthony Wilmot with the Bill Taylor trophy for winning that golf competition earlier in the day.
Members and visiting Rotarians from the Wirksworth Club, including President David Haspel, attended the meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, on Thursday 6 October 2016. Has Oldham reminded members that 10,000 crocus bulbs are soon to be planted at Chesterfield Golf Club in aid of the campaign to rid the world of Polio.
President Neil welcomed the visitors and thanked the members and their wives who attended the District 1220 Conference in Scarborough, the previous weekend.