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President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 18 November 2016 which was the official civic visit of the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt and Chesterfield BC chief executive Huw Bowen. He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford, from the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information boards circulated were:- attendance register, club calendar, volunteers for Santa’s Sleigh charity fund-raising rota, donations towards the cost of Santa’s Sleigh sweets, numbers required for catering purposes for the annual Rotary Carol Service at Wingerworth Parish Church on Tuesday 6 December, and news of the annual Burns Night Supper and Dance at the Winding Wheel on Monday 23 January 2017.


The president reported that he and other club members and Chesterfield Inner Wheel members had attended the Charity Quiz Night organised by the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield at the Fox and Goose on Thursday 17 November. His team, ‘The Old Pretenders’ which also included John and Pam Hare, Shirley Cudizch-Madry and Ian Gordon, had been presented with a trophy, unfortunately it was the wooden spoon cup. The other Rotary team 'The Bowlers', which included Charles & Penny Evans, Geoff and Margaret Mitchell and Rob Wadd, came in the upper quartile. The fun event, supported by around 100 people, raised £630 for three local charities, Ashgate Hospicecare, Sheffield Children’s Charity, and Wirksworth based charity Aquabox.


The 'Old Pretenders' receiving the Wooden Spoon Trophy from

Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant

The winning Quiz team 'The Fab Five' were presented with the challenge trophy

by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant


The president also reported that the club’s ten-pin bowling were back in action against Bretby Rotary Club in round two of the District Competition at Ilkeston on Tuesday 22 November (8.30pm).  On the same night, other club members are making a theatre visit to the Pomegranate to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of ‘Anything Goes’.


The Mayor addressed the club by drawing attention to two charity events being organised in support of the Mayor’s Appeal.  On Thursday 24 November, there is a French themed ‘Hello Hello’ night with two course meal at Maison Mes Amis, Brampton, and on Saturday 3 December there is a Carol Service at the Eyre Chapel followed by mulled wine at the neighbouring Nags Head. 


Chesterfield BC chief executive Huw Bowen, making his seventh annual visit to the club, gave an illustrated update on the various developments planned, and underway, as part of the vision to make Chesterfield thrive as a borough. Unemployment was below the national average with 48,100 jobs now on offer in the town, an increase of 2,500 over the last five years. The main developments that will make a big impact were Chesterfield Waterside, the Peak Resort, Markham Vale, Northern Gateway, Walton Works, and in the longer term with HS2. He highlighted the benefits of the devolved powers that will come from being part of the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority.


On housing, he reported that although the Borough still owned 9,400 council houses, there was a need for a massive expansion of housing where potential sites included the former Staveley Works site, Linacre, and Dunston. To support the local workforce 5,500 apprenticeships had been created in the town, many with Chesterfield College.  To help retain bright youngsters in the area university education was on offer by Derby University at St Helena, and will in future expand with a new Hallam University campus as part of the Peak Resort.


The Mayor, and Chesterfield BC CEO Huw Bowen, with president Mike Cudzich-Madry

and some of the members in attendance for the Civic Visit 2016


Following questions and answers, the president thanked the Mayor and the chief executive for their visit, and the comprehensive report on Chesterfield. The closing toast was proposed by past-president Stuart Bradley.  The guest speaker at the next meeting on Friday 25 November is Heather Fawbert with an ‘Update on Fairplay’.  Speaker host is president-elect Peter Barr and duty rotarian is Keith Hutchinson.