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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 20 April 2018.


Ladies Day


It was Ladies Day and the president welcomed members’ wives and members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield to what was also a joint celebration of St Georges Day.  He also welcomed guest rotarian Pauline Holmes (Dronfield), and musical entertainers Ken and Rita Taylor. 


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:-  the attendance sheet; club calendar of events and duties; a checklist of member entries for the new District Directory 2018-19 with a requirement for member authority to publish, and news of a Jazz in the Gardens event with the New Orleans Strollers being organised by the Rotary Club of Dronfield on Sunday 3 June at Ramshaw Lodge, Unstone, from 12-4pm – contact Rtn Pauline Holmes on 01246 411966 for more details.


Cricket, lovely cricket!


Past president Geoff Mitchell, in introducing the format for the special St Georges Day celebration, reported news about another quintessential English pastime – cricket.  Rotarian Ingrid Stopher is taking sealed bids for two (unwanted gift) tickets (worth £90) for a sporting dinner with the legendary cricket star, Graham Gooch OBE being held at the Proact Stadium on Friday 15 June 2018.  The event being compered by Geoff Miller OBE, also includes a three-course meal and comedy by Lea Roberts. Money raised is for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  Sealed bids by Monday 7 May to  More details of the event 


St Georges Day Celebration


President Peter Barr provided testimony that following the ancient ‘ceremony of the roast beef’, held earlier when he had called the head chef to account, he was delighted to confirm that the Roast Beef of England being served was in deed fit for consumption by the distinguished assembly. Glasses were raised for the toast ‘Roast Beef of England’ to the throes of the English anthem ‘There’ll Always Be An England’.


     President Peter Barr with Chesterfield Inner Wheel president Rita Clarke and

musical duo Ken and Rita Taylor


Following an excellent meal, past-president Geoff Mitchell welcomed everyone to this special St Georges Day celebration. He recited the patriotic poem ‘Don’t Say You Are English’ which ended:-


Let’s tell Theresa May and Brussels too.

We’re proud of our heritage, not just red, white and blue.

Fly the flag of St George, not just the Union Jack!

Let the World know that England is back!


A special toast to England and St George, coupled with the usual closing Rotary toast, was formally proposed by past president Geoff Mitchell.  This was followed by a good old hearty English sing-song, excellently led by musical duo Ken and Rita Taylor, which ended with famous English anthems of Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.


 Hearty English sing-song led by musical duo Ken & Rita Taylor


Next Meeting


The after-lunch speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 27 April is Alison Cook on ‘Defibrillator for St John Ambulance’.  Speaker host is Rob Wadd and duty rotarian is Keith Hutchinson.