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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 31 March 2017. He exchanged greetings with regular visitor, Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, and news of Charter Anniversaries for two local Rotary Clubs:- Bolsover Rotary 37th Charter on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at the Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme (7pm for 7.30pm), and Eckington Rotary 32nd Charter on Sunday 30 April 2017 at the Sitwell Arms Hotel (12pm for 12.30pm).


Whisky Tasting Evening 


Past-president Jim Haggarty gave an updated report on the recently held Whisky Tasting Evening, held at the Olde House on Friday 10 March 2017, when whisky-lovers enjoyed the taste of 10 separate wee drams.  The event had made a profit of £160 for club funds, and a charity raffle had raised an additional £120 for Rotary charities.


Satellite Club


Past-president Rob Wadd reported on his attendance at the monthly meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 29 March 2017.  He reported that an enthusiastic group of younger business people were keenly planning future events for the new Satellite club.


Meeting arrangements for next meeting


The president revealed that members needed to consider the arrangements for next week’s meeting on Friday 3 April 2017 due to a clash of bookings at the Olde House. After discussion members decided to continue with the meeting by relocating to another part of the premises.


Fascinating tale about creating a remote garden in the Scottish Highlands


The after-lunch speaker was Trish Kohn, assisted by her husband Peter Khon.  The Sheffield based couple gave a fascinating illustrated talk about a sixteen-year labour of love from 1994 to 2010 when they moved to a remote cottage in the North West of Scotland to develop the award winning Kerracher Gardens in Kylesku, Sutherland. The Lochside garden, which eventually included plants from around the world, was set in its own little bay only accessible by boat with no road to it. Over a ten-year period over 10,000 visitors made the boat trip to see the amazing garden which was featured many times on TV. The current residents of the cottage are related to the original crofter owners but sadly have not maintained the prize-winning gardens.


Trish Kohn illustrating her remote Highland garden


After questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by the president. The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Keeton.  The next club meeting on Friday 3 April 2017 is the monthly business meeting. Duty rotarian is Andrew Elliott.