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President Peter Barr presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 28 July 2017.




He welcomed regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover), and Charles Lister, guest of president-nominee Barry Thompson.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register and club calendar of duties and events. 


News of sick members


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that he and past-president Bryan White had taken the opportunity to visit past-president Ian Gaunt whilst in Ashover for the car show.  He gave an update on Ianís health following treatment, and reported that visits from other members would be welcomed. 


Roy Nelson


Past-president Alan Clarke reported the sad news that former member, and his Rotary sponsor, Roy Nelson, had passed away whilst in Chesterfield Royal Hospital.  The funeral is being held at Chesterfield Crematorium on Wednesday 2 August 2017 (2.30pm) followed by a wake at Chesterfield Golf Club.


Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield


The president reported that he, along with past-presidentís Geoff Mitchell and Alan Clarke, had attended the monthly meeting of the Satellite Club held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 26 July 2017.  The purpose of the visit was to share the good news that Chesterfield Rotary had won the prestigious Gordon Taylor Trophy as the best club in District 1220.  This was mainly due to the innovative setting up of the satellite club and the president went to thank satellite club members.  Past president Geoff Mitchell reported on a date for the dairy with the news the satellite club is organising another Charity Quiz Night at the Fox & Goose, Wigley, on Thursday 16 November 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm).  All rotarians, wives and Inner Wheel members are once again invited to attend.


   President Peter Barr and satellite club chairman Peter Blant,

with satellite club members and the 'Best Club' Trophy


Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show 2017


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the annual classic car and bike show held at Ashover on Sunday 23 July 2017 had been a success with good weather and a good attendance.  Although final figures were still be worked on, the provisional figures suggested that monies raised for charity could be in the region of £12,000, to be shared between the four organising Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross, and Matlock.  He thanked all club volunteers for their support. Check out this short video:


   Clay Cross president Sally Jackson with best car winner John Wilkes of Wingerworth


Subscriptions due


Hon treasurer Alan Clarke reminded members that the annual subscription of £120 was now due  He also requested return of Tiptree Purple4Polio jam jars filled with coins.


Helenís Trust


The after-lunch speaker was Debbie Fennell, community fund-raiser for Helenís Trust, which is a small local charity set up to offer help to people with terminal illness who want to stay at home in the final stages of their illness. Based in Bakewell, the charity provides home support across North Derbyshire, covering Chesterfield, High Peak, and the Derbyshire Dales.  It compliments, and does not replace, statutory services.  It can respond quickly and is not restricted in the type of help they can offer. The charity, which has the Duke of Devonshire as its patron, is basically self-funded so needs to raise its own funds to enable it to meet the increasing demand for its services.  More details about the Helen's Trust:


 Debbie Fennell with president Peter Barr (left) and

speaker host, rotarian Andrew Elliott (right)


After questions and anwers, a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, rotarian Andrew Elliott. 


Next Meeting


This weekís meeting was brought to a close after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Geoff Mitchell.  At the next club meeting on Friday 4 August 2017 the speaker has still to be announced, but the speaker host is Mike Hadfield and duty rotarian is Roger Peck.