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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 1 September 2017.




He welcomed Christine Selden, community fundraising manager for Ashgate Hospicecare.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- details of 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 on the progress of past-president Ian Gaunt, who is now registered to attend the District 1220 Conference in Llandudno at the end of September, and rotarian Roger Peck who is recovering but expecting a few more test results.


Satellite Club


The President reported that he had attended the monthly meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 30 August 2017.  He was pleased to report on the induction of new satellite club member Joe Etherington, and the presentation of a cheque for £3,800 to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Charity, one of the four nominated local charities to be supported from proceeds of the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show.


New member Joe Etherington being inducted by president Peter Barr (left)

and satellite club chairman Peter Blant (right)


Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant (left) presents a cheque to community fundraiser

Caitlin Hallatt, pictured with Andrew Davies, and rotarian Paul Davies (right) 


Art Exhibition


Rotarian Ian Gordon reported that up to  nine schools were planning on taking part in the club sponsored Art Exhibition being held at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church on the weekend of 7th and 8th October 2017.  Members are invited to take part in the stewarding of the event and a board will be circulated for volunteers from next week.


Ashgate Hospicecare


Another of the local charities to benefit from the proceeds of the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show was in attendance to receive a significant donation from the club.  Ashgate Hospicecare community fundraising manager, Christine Selden, helpfully gave an update on current priorities.  A milestone for the hospice is that it will have been running for 30 years on 5 October 2018. Whilst it has excellent facilities on site with 21 beds, a day centre, and other services to support families, there is now a desire from the community that services be expanded out of hours. The aim is to offer 24/7 hospice support at home to additionally cover evenings and weekends beyond the current 9.00am to 5.00pm service currently provided. Christine revealed that a new appeal campaign in North Derbyshire is being launched to raise funding for the provision of this new 24/7 Hospice at Home service.


President Peter Barr (left), along with treasurer, past-president Alan Clarke (right),

present a cheque to Ashgate Hospicecare community fundraising manager, Christine Selden


Following questions and answers, speaker host Alan Clarke proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker. The president then formally presented a cheque for £3,800.  In response, Christine thanked the club for the donation and its continuing support, and reminded members they were always welcome to visit the hospice to see the facilities and how funds donated were being spent.


Next Meeting 


The meeting was brought to a close after the closing toast was proposed by immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry.  The next meeting on Friday 8 September is the club’s monthly business meeting, and there is also likely to be time for sharing some humourous stories.  Duty rotarian is Stuart Bradley.