Back to articles



President Peter Barr presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 21 July 2017.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events.  Secretary John Hare advised that there was still time for members to volunteer for duty at the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show this Sunday 23 July 2017.


Presentation of Illustrated Dictionaries


The president reported that he had been delighted, as a former pupil, to attend the school assembly of Highfield Hall Primary School on Thursday 20 July 2017 to present personal copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils on behalf of the club.  He had been accompanied by community chairman George Freeman and past-president Geoff Mitchell who took the pictures. Another former pupil, past-president John Heath, had also re-visited his old school for the very first time to share some school stories from over 80 years ago.  He humourously shared with the members of the club what he told the children.


President Peter Barr with Year 6 pupils of Highfield Hall Primary School


The Dictionary 4 Life project aims to help children develop their facility with the English language and is a national project in support of Rotary International’s emphasis on Literacy.


The role of a magistrate explained


The after-lunch speaker was Norman Shaw, JP, a current magistrate in the Chesterfield area, who gave an interesting illustrated talk on the role of magistrates in 2017 and put into context the work they do as part of the judiciary.  Speaker host, rotarian Charles Evans, proposed a vote of thanks.


Norman Shaw JP (centre), with president Peter Barr (right) and

speaker host, rotarian Charles Evans (left)


Next Meeting


This week’s meeting was brought to a close after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Hare.  At the next club meeting on Friday 28 July 2017 the speaker has still to be announced, but the speaker host is Andrew Elliott and duty rotarian is John Roberts.