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President-elect Barry Thompson presided at the weekly meeting meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 25 August 2017.




He welcomed assistant district-governor Tony Bethell (Dronfield), regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover), Charles Lister, guest of president-elect Barry Thompson, and Gemma Noon from Weston Park Cancer Charity.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- details of ABF The Soldiers Charity Beating the Retreat Supper at Chatsworth House on Thursday 31 August 2017 (from 6.15pm) with guest speaker Lord Sebastian Coe, CH, KBE; the Rotary Club of Clay Cross 49th Charter Anniversary at the Higham Farm Hotel on Thursday 19 October 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm); attendance register and club calendar of duties and events. 


News of sick members


Secretary John Hare reported that apologies for absence had been received from rotarian Roger Peck due to a health issue and members asked him to convey the club's best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Hope Springs Recovery Centre


Secretary John Hare read out a letter of thanks for a recent donation of £300 made to Hope Springs Recovery Centre, which supports recovery from drugs and alcohol abuse in Derbyshire.


Disaster in Nepal


Secretary John Hare read out an update on the recurring disasters in Nepal, the latest being the serious floods, landslides, blocked highways, water supply issues, missing persons, and casualties, due to continuous heavy rain. It was noted that the club continues to support daughter club, the Rotary Club of Dronfield, which leads the community of Dronfield in supporting Nepalese children in the Pokhara district of Nepal.


Weston Park Cancer Charity


Treasurer Alan Clarke introduced Gemma Noon, who is community fundraiser for the Weston Park Cancer Charity.  She had been invited to the club to receive a cheque for £3,800 as one of the four nominated local charities to benefit from the record proceeds of the, club organized, Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show which was held at Renishaw Hall on 14 June 2017.  The other nominated charities are:- Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Childrenís Hospice, and Sheffield Childrenís Hospital.


Weston Park Hospital is the regionís only specialist cancer hospital, providing care for thousands of patients across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.  Through the dedicated and tireless efforts of the local community, corporate partners, donors and volunteers, the charity has raised over £22million, since beginning in 1994, to improve the lives of those fighting cancer.


Gemma updated members on the current work of Weston Park in providing life-saving support for around 70,000 patients, with another 10,000 expected to be diagnosed by the end of the year.  Weston Park Cancer Charity raises around £2million each year to improve the lives of people living with cancer in many ways, such as:- providing patient and family support, a comprehensive information centre, transport links with grants to Nenna Kind, and special appeals - for example this year aiming to raise £500k for refurbishment of the main wards.  More about Weston Park Cancer Charity here:


During questions and answers it was revealed that Weston Park is working closely with the new NGS McMillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital so Chesterfield based patients will be able to receive chemotherapy locally without having to travel to Sheffield. 


Gemma Noon, with president-elect Barry Thompson (left) and

club treasurer, past-president Alan Clarke (right)

Speaker host Alan Clarke proposed a vote of thanks for the update and, in conjunction with president-elect Barry Thompson, formally presented the cheque for £3,800.  In offering her thanks on behalf of the charity, Gemma revealed that the club had donated a total of £21,000 from the proceeds of the car show since 2006.


Next Meeting 


The meeting was brought to a close after the closing toast was proposed by the secretary, past-president John Hare.  At the next meeting on Friday 1 September the club will be presenting a cheque for £3,800 to Ashgate Hospicecare, again from the proceeds of the Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. Speaker host is Alan Clarke and duty rotarian is Charles Evans.