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Joint-president David Dolman presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 22 January 2016. Members joined together at the start of the meeting for a minute’s silence in memory of rotarian Derek Botham who had sadly passed away. The funeral will take place at Ashover Parish Church on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 12-15pm.


The president welcomed James Haggarty Jnr, son of past-president Jim Haggarty, and Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton. There was also a warm welcome for rotarian Ian Gordon returning after a period of ill-health.


Information boards circulated included the club calendar and details of a theatre visit to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar in April 2016.


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club’s ten-pin-bowling team were now through to R3 of the Rotary District Ten-Pin-Bowling Competition after a hard-earned victory over Wirksworth Rotary Club. Highest scorers in the team had been past-presidents Mike Horton and Bryan White, which had helped the team achieve a first-ever victory after three previous attempts over the fancied local rivals. 
Chesterfield Ten-Pin-Bowling team (front row)


Two forthcoming events were noted:  The Club’s annual Burns Night Celebration which is being held at the Winding Wheel on Monday 25 January, and the launch of the Club’s new Satellite Club for busy younger professionals at the Calabria Italian Restaurant on Wednesday 27 January from 5.30pm.


The after-lunch speaker was Brian Stone who gave an interesting talk based on his book ‘Derbyshire in the Civil War’. He revealed little-known historical facts about how the Civil War of 1642-1651 had impacted on the County of Derbyshire and some of the main characters involved.  Derbyshire's Sir John Gell of Hopton Hall organised the Derbyshire Legions in epic battles on behalf of Oliver Cromwell that shaped our present day political system.  Book details at Amazon:
Brian Stone (right) with speaker host, past-president John Keeton


A vote of thanks was proposed by past-president John Keeton and the meeting was brought to a close when joint-president Mike Hadfield proposed the closing toast.


The next club meeting is on Friday 29 January 2016 when the after-lunch speaker is Ian Morgan on the ‘Curious World of Old Time Punishments’.  Speaker host is Roger Peck and duty rotarian is Geoff Mitchell.