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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 25 November 2016. 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 reminded members that the next meeting of the community service committee is being held at the Olde House on Monday 28 November (7.30pm) and the next meeting of the Satellite Club is being held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 30 November (5.30pm). For the latter, members wishing to attend the Satellite Club meeting should advise chairman Peter Blant in advance for catering purposes.


Members noted from the club’s website that the ten-pin bowling team were through to round three of the District Competition after a 982/944 pts victory over the Rotary Club of Bretby at the MFA Bowl, Ilkeston, on Tuesday 22 November.  


Into R3 with (from l to r): George Freeman, Stuart Bradley, Alan Clarke (capt),

Andrew Elliott, and Mike Horton


The after-lunch speaker was Heather Fawbert, project manager of local charity Fairplay, which supports children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, and their families, across North Derbyshire. Heather gave an illustrated update on the project which continues to grow and develop in response to the needs of local families and now supports over 400 families across the area. It offers support to children and young people, aged 0-25, and to parents and siblings. 


It runs play schemes and Saturday clubs for children, youth clubs, activity days, themed groups, and independent living groups for young people, and parent support groups and family trips for parents and siblings. Fairplay’s services offer families the support that they need and gives them opportunities to take part in positive experiences that make a real difference to their lives. The charity enables parents to have valuable respite from 24hour care and give children and young people the opportunity to develop a wide range of life skills. All these wide-ranging services are provided from the charity’s purpose built centre in Alexandra Road West, Chesterfield, and also from outreach venues in North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales. In conjunction with the Primary Care Trust and a specialist community children’s nurse, Fairplay also provides a home-based flexible care service for children with complex care needs that may be life-threatening or life-limiting. 


Heather Fawbert is in the spotlight with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and

speaker host, president-elect Peter Barr (left)


Apart from some funding from the NHS the project is now almost entirely self-funded so requires ingenuity to develop innovative fund-raising activities. Heather once again expressed her appreciation to the Rotary Clubs in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire for jointly providing an essential mini-bus some years ago, which continues to be used daily. After a question and answer session a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, president-elect Peter Barr, who is also a trustee of the Fairplay charity. More details about Fairplay:-


The closing toast was proposed by past-president Bryan White. The guest speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 2 December 2016 is Mike Ogden on ‘The Zeppelin Years’, a story of a lost technology and a lost way of travelling the world.  Speaker host is Cyril Bates and duty rotarian is Bryan White.