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Joint-president Mike Hadfield presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 4 December 2015. He welcomed Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton, and regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.

There was a frugal lunch provided for today’s meeting and thanks to the generosity of Julie and Gerrard Wood, managers of the Olde House, and to those members in attendance, the sum of £262.50 was raised for the club’s charity account.


Information boards circulated were:- the volunteer rosta for Santa’s Charity Fund-Raising Sleigh,  the Club Calendar, and the club’s last ever Burns Night Celebration set to be held on Monday 25 January 2016.


Rotarian George Freeman reported that the club’s annual Christmas Party for senior citizens in the Chesterfield area, mainly from local residential care homes, had been held once again at Club Chesterfield on Wednesday 2 December with 120 in attendance.  The guests had enjoyed a pie and pea supper and entertainment provided by local songbird Miss Lorraine Swann. 
Songbird Lorraine Swan performing for local senior citizens
A raffle on the night had raised £195 for the new Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre and he thanked the senior citizens for generously contributing to the raffle, and thanked fellow Rotarians who had helped on the night.


Treasurer Alan Clarke reported that thanks to the efforts of former treasurer Martin Eyre the club had received a gift aid refund from HM Revenue & Customs of £416 which would be added to the club’s charity account.


Secretary John Hare reminded members that the joint Carol Service with the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale was due to be held on Monday 7 December at All Saints Church, Wingerworth (7.00pm for 7.30pm).  Those planning to attend were asked to contact the secretary asap for catering purposes.


The after-lunch speaker was Mike Kelley from the Friends of Cromford Canal, a charity formed to support the full restoration of this historic canal which runs from Langley Mill to Cromford and Pinxton.  He gave an excellent talk on the history, and the progress being made with restoration work by many volunteers, including news of the trip boat ‘Birdswood’ which makes scheduled trips for the public from the Cromford end of the canal. More details
Mike Kelley (centre) with joint-president Mike Hadfield
and speaker host, rotarian Andrew Elliott


A vote of thanks to the guest speaker was proposed by rotarian Andrew Elliott and the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Hare.


The next club meeting on Friday 11 December is the club’s monthly business meeting. Duty rotarian is John Wilkins.