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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 26 January 2018.  He welcomed guest speaker, president-nominee Daniel Booth (Belper & Duffield); regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover).  He was also pleased to welcome past-president David Jenkins back to the meeting following his recent bereavement. The thoughts of members were also with rotarian Rob Woodhead, and his family, following the untimely and unexpected death of Rob’s wife Chantelle Woodhead. The funeral takes place at Chesterfield Crematorium on Tuesday 6 February 2018 at 3.30pm.




Apologies had been received from rotarian Roger Peck (hospital tests).


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:-  Whisky Tasting Evening at the Olde House on Friday 9 March; club calendar of duties and events. The attendance register had gone AWOL.


Burns Night Celebration


In the absence of past-president Jim Savage, past-president Geoff Mitchell reported on the success of the club’s 21st annual Burns Night Celebration held at the Olde House on Tuesday 23 January 2018.  The outstanding food provided by the Olde House was a major contribution to an enjoyable social occasion and organiser, past-president Jim Savage, was thanked for his efforts in organising another successful event.  


Past-president Jim Savage addresses the haggis by reciting the Robbie Burns poem 


The roll-a-coin for a bottle of whisky raised £85 and was won by Pat Weston-Taylor of Wingerworth (left pic).  An auction for a rare bottle of whisky raised £35 from the successful bidder, Valerie Young of Walton (right pic). 




 Tony Rogers


In total, £120 was raised for local charity, Hope Springs Recovery Centre, and was presented to its Chairman of Trustees, Tony Rogers.  He will be coming to give an update on this charity at the club meeting on Friday 2 March 2018.


Marie Curie – providing care and support through terminal illness


Community fundraiser with charity Marie Curie, and former mayor of Belper, rotarian Daniel Booth, gave an illustrated talk on the work of Marie Curie and its nurses, which has now been extended beyond just cancer care, to providing care and support through terminal illness.  They have nine hospices in the UK, and provide the second largest nursing service in Derbyshire, with 45 full-time nurses providing care at a patient’s home through the night hours.  The charity works closely with MacMillan Nurses and local hospices, of which Ashgate Hospice is considered outstanding in the services it provides.  A recent innovation is a Marie Curie Information Helpline providing a single place for patients and their families to get help, advice, and guidance.  Marie Curie is also the UK leader in end-of-life care research as demand for care is increasing due to the population living longer. The charity, which receives just 30% of its funding from the NHS, needs to raise £10k every hour, of every day, to cover the costs of the services it provides.  A nurse costs £20 per hour, a nine hour shift for a nurse costs £180, and a 24 hour stay in a Marie Curie Hospice costs £400.  Members were asked to look out for the annual fund-raising Daffodil Appeal which is held in February and March each year. 


Marie Curie community fund-raiser Daniel Booth (centre) with

president Peter Barr (left) and speaker host, rotarian Keith Hutchinson (right)


After questions and answers a formal vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by rotarian Keith Hutchinson.


Next meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Jim Haggarty. The after-lunch speaker on Friday 2 February 2018 is Richard Booth on ‘Paris the hard way’, a photographic presentation of a 350-mile round trip from Dieppe to Paris on pushbikes. Speaker host is John Heath and duty rotarian is David Dolman.