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Joint-president Ian Gaunt presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 12 February 2016. He welcomed past-president Cheryle Berry from the Rotary Club of Clay Cross, who is also Assistant Governor elect for the Peak Group of Rotary Clubs 2016-17), regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, and Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton.


Information boards circulated included:- the club calendar, details of the club’s Whisky Tasting Social Evening being held at the Olde House on Friday 4 March (contact Jim Haggarty on 01246 239411 for ticket details), and a theatre visit to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar in April 2016.


The after-lunch speaker was Derbyshire hill farmer Peter Slack who gave a humorous account of the trials and tribulations of the many visitors to the Peak District, especially the different types of ramblers he had encountered over the years crossing his land. His hilarious witty talk superbly observed a picture of farming in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park and as a regular after-dinner speaker he is very much recommended.
Guest speaker Peter Slack (left) with joint-president Ian Gaunt


A vote of thanks was proposed by past-president John Keeton. The meeting was brought to a close when past-president Jim Haggarty proposed the closing toast.


The guest speaker at the next meeting on Friday 16 February is Cliff Lea on the ‘History and new developments at Cromford Mill’.  Speaker host is Garth Rendle and duty rotarian is George Freeman.