Back to articles



The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield was held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 22 June 2018, and presided over by president Peter Barr.




The president reported that the funeral of John Hare is to be held at Chesterfield Crematorium on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at 12.10pm, followed by refreshments at Ringwood Hall Hotel. Information boards circulated:-  the attendance sheet; and club calendar of events and duties.  Members noted that from Friday 6 July the cost of the weekly lunch will rise to £12 for a main course, dessert, and tea or coffee.  The next meeting (and probably the last meeting) of the community service committee is at the Olde House on Monday 25 June, and the next satellite club meeting of younger rotarians is being held at Loundsley Green Community Centre on Wednesday 27 June.


Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show


Treasurer Alan Clarke reported that the provisional amount raised at this year’s event held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 13 June is £13,500, to be shared by four charities - Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. He thanked volunteers from both the main club and the satellite club for their work on the day. On behalf of the club, past-president Geoff Mitchell, paid tribute to the work over the years of the car show organisers, Alan Clarke, and previously Stuart Bradley - (applause). It was noted that although the lead-role is being handed over to rotarian Paul Davies (satellite club), they have offered to provide a welcome helping hand in future years.   


Hope Springs Recovery Centre


The guest speaker was Tony Rogers, chairman of Hope Springs Recovery Centre, which provides ongoing support and an essential lifeline in Chesterfield for people who are recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, and those with mental health issues.  He revealed that the centre is run by volunteers and costs £1,400 a month to run. He thanked the club for the donations made each year from the roll-a-coin activity at the annual Burns Night.  Tony explained how the centre supports its clients by providing mediation sessions, a drop-in centre each weekday from 10.000am to 4.00pm, and organised activities to learn new skills - such as discussion groups, arts and crafts, walks in the Peak District, and even an allotment which provides produce for simple meals cooked in the centre’s own kitchen.  The aim is for the centre’s clients to be able to connect to other people, be close to other people, and be valued by other people.  Tony asked Rotarians to consider giving some of their time as a volunteer to help.  A fund raising initiative highlighted by Tony. was by a former client, Shaun, who is making a 200 mile sponsored bike ride from Whitehaven to Scarborough on 10-11 July 2018. To donate go to  


After questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president Jim Savage, who was the previous chairman of the Hoe Springs Recovery Centre.


Next Meeting


At the next club meeting on Friday 29 June 2018 it is the installation of the 95th president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield when Barry Thompson takes over from Peter Barr.  Duty rotarian is Charles Evans.