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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 24 November 2017.




The president welcomed after-lunch speaker, past-president Geoff Parkinson (Mapperley), and asked him to convey our greetings to the members of Mapperley Rotary Club.  He also welcomed regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover).


Members Birthdays


Wine was provided past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry in celebration of his birthday this month.


Information Boards


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.  Secretary John Hare asked members to indicate their attendance at the forthcoming joint club carol service at All Saints Church, Wingerworth on Monday 4 December as numbers were needed for catering purposes.


District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that the club’s ten-pin bowling team had been successful in getting through to round two of the District competition following a 1001/888 points victory over ‘daughter club’ Chesterfield Scarsdale in round one.  Members, in congratulating the team, also commended the contribution of rotarian George Freeman who had bowled five consecutive strikes during the match.


 The teams: Chesterfield Scarsdale (back row) past-presidents Peter Beardsley

& David Foster, rotarians David Hays & Barrie Thompson, 
past-president Dr Peter Stevens
Chesterfield (front row) rotarian Rachel Trueman, past-presidents
Mike Horton &  Alan Clarke, rotarians George Freeman & Andrew Elliott


Mayor’s Charity Cup


The president congratulated past-president Geoff Mitchell who, during the summer had been the winner of Chesterfield Bowling Club’s, Mayor’s Charity Cup competition.  The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, had this week presented the winner’s trophy at an annual awards dinner held at the Proact Stadium.


  Presentation of the Mayor's Charity Cup


Forthcoming events


The president highlighted a busy week of forthcoming Rotary commitments.  The next meeting of the community service committee is at the Olde House on Monday 27 November (7.30pm).  The monthly meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield is being held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 29 November (5.30pm).  Santa’s Sleigh gets its first outing on Thursday 30 November at Sainsburys for Inner Wheel.  On the same day presentation of the Ian Gordon Rotary Art Prize takes place at Parkside Community School (from 6.00pm). Santa’s Sleigh is at Sainsburys for a further two days for charity fund-raising on Friday and Saturday 1 & 2 December (all day). 


My Life in Prison


The guest speaker was past-president Geoff Parkinson (Mapperley) who is a former solicitor and now a volunteer member of the Independent Monitoring Board, which monitors the day-to-day life of prison and similar establishments.  Despite the title of the talk being teasingly entitled ‘My Life in Prison’, Geoff is actually a regular visitor of HM Prison Lowdham Grange, in Nottinghamshire, to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.  All areas of the prison are available for inspection, issues discussed, and occasionally, any serious situations observed.  His interesting insight into prison life included statistics about the prison service which tested the current perceptions of members. 


   Past-president Geoff Parkinson (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) 

and speaker host, past-president Geoff Mitchell (right)


After questions and answers, a formal vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president Geoff Mitchell.


Next meeting


The meeting ended after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Michael Hadfield. The guest speaker at the next meeting on Friday 1 December 2017 is Rianne Mason on ‘Raleigh International Placement in Nepal’.  Speaker host is Mike Hadfield and duty rotarian is Roger Peck.