President Peter Barr presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 17 November 2017. It was the annual Civic Visit.
The president welcomed the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, Mayoress, Mrs Liz Archer, and Chesterfield BC chief executive, Huw Bowen. He also welcomed Rtn John Saynor (Northampton Becket), regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover), Jason Trueman, guest of past-president Rob Wadd, Jean Peck, guest of rotarian Roger Peck, and members of Chesterfield Inner Wheel.
News of Sick Members
It was reported that past-president Ian Gaunt is now at home recovering from a broken leg. After a week in hospital, past-president David Longden has also returned home just in time to celebrate his 56th wedding anniversary with his wife Diana.
Information boards circulated included:- volunteers to assist with Santa’s Sleigh on various days ahead of Christmas at local supermarkets; voluntary contributions towards the cost of Santa’s Sleigh sweets; Burns Night Celebration Dinner at the Olde House on Tuesday 23 January 2018; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events.
Charity Quiz NIght
Past-president David Windle reported that several members and their wives had attended the Quiz Night organised by the Satellite Club at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November 2017. Over 100 local business people, rotarians, and Inner Wheel members had supported this enjoyable event, which had raised a record £1,000 for local charities. Winning team 'DJFAR' was lead by Satellite Club member, rotarian Alison Hankey, with 138/160 points.
Chesterfield Inner Wheel members engrossed in the quiz
District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition
Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club’s ten-pin bowling team will face the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale in the first round of the Rotary District competition, which is to be played at Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 20 November 2017 (7.30pm). He also reported that the secretary of the Satellite Club, rotarian Rachel Trueman, had joined our club’s team.
Donation to the Mayor’s Appeal
The president presented the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, with a cheque for £100 as a donation towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, which this year is in support of a community garden at the new MacMillan Cancer Centre, and the Chesterfield Child Contact Centre – helping to build relationships between parents and children. In response, the Mayor thanked the club for the donation, explained why she had chosen to support local projects for her charity, and was keen for local organisations to arrange further fund-raising events, if possible. The Mayor felt privileged to hold office and was humbled by the amazing people she had met in the town.
President Peter Barr with the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport,
Mayoress, Mrs Liz Archer, and Chesterfield BC chief executive Huw Bowen
Making Chesterfield a Thriving Borough
Chesterfield BC chief executive, Huw Bowen, gave an illustrated talk on the current plans and developments aimed at making Chesterfield a thriving borough. He gave an update on the key developments planned in the town, such as:- Chesterfield Waterside (11 storey housing & office blocks and 5* hotel, Peak Resort (hotel, education campus & outdoor pursuits hub), Northern Gateway (including Elder Way hotel and restuarants), HS2 (including a new rail interchange and Staveley maintenance depot), Staveley Corridor (1,500 homes), Walton Works (including possible relocation for Morrisons). He admitted that although there were challenges in the town centre there was some retail success with food and drink establishments. He spoke about the benefits of becoming more of a destination for tourism, with a number of national events, eg cycling, cricket, themed markets, being held in the town. Nurturing future talent through increasing apprenticeship opportunities, having a university presence, support from the innovation centres, was all aimed at growing jobs. House building was increasing and the borough still maintained 9,400 council houses.
In reply to questions, he set out the Council strategy for tackling anti-social behaviour in the town centre which was troubling residents, the Council policy on car parking, and reported on improved satisfaction results from a recent survey of residents. The president thanked Huw Bowen for his comprehensive talk, which was enjoyed by all present.
The meeting ended after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Rob Wadd. The guest speaker at the next meeting on Friday 24 November 2017 is past-president Geoff Parkinson (Mapperley) on ‘My Life in Prison’. Speaker host is Geoff Mitchell and duty rotarian is Jim Haggerty.