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News and Events

Monday 27th June


Picnic at Long Eaton Community Garden


with Kate Shaw and her team

We were invited to move our lunch meeting to the site of the Long Eaton Community Garden where we had a great time seeing the project and hearing how it has and will evolve in the future. Kate Shaw and the Community Garden Team have been working hard since 2008 securing a suitable site and getting started.

With outstanding support of the local community, Erewash Borough Council and all the volunteers who work on this they are going from strength to strength. They also shared the great news in ‘bagging’ 12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative. This will make a huge difference in progressing their plans. For more information visit http://www.longeatoncommunitygarden.org.uk/. We all thanked Kate for the invite and hope to see her for lunch with us some time soon.

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Pictured: Rotary and Community Garden Group Photo.



Wednesday 22nd June


Kids Out Day


From Brackenfield School to Water World at  Stoke on Trent

On Wednesday the 22nd June the Long Eaton Rotary Club treated eleven, year 11’s to a trip to Water World at Stoke on Trent including lunch. These youngsters were accompanied by four Teachers and two Rotarians. This is an annual event for year 11’s and they choose what event/visit they like to do. It was loved by everyone even if they had been before. Lots of water games to keep them occupied. After three hours in the water, we had lunch and made our way back to Long Eaton. A great time was had by all, see photo below. I wonder what the new year 11’s are planning for next year!!”

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Pictured: Rotarians Cas Francis and Barbara James (left & right) and the pupils and staff of Brackenfield School



Monday 20th June


Club Assembly


with District Assistant Governor Andris Mierkalns

At our Club Assembly lunch meeting today we were delighted to be joined by our Assistant District Governor Andris Mierklans. We have five committees - Fundraising, Membership Marketing and Media, Community and Vocational, Club Service and International

Next year's Chairperson of each gave us an overview of the excellent activities each of them will be driving forward for 2016/17.

Andris spoke to us all about the year ahead and reminded us all to ensure that all of our members add the Rotary stamp to any future event and continue to share our values.

President Martin Cain thanked Andris for such positive words and for joining us on this important day

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Pictured: Senior Vice President John Bowley, Assistant District Governor Andris Mierklans and President Martin Cain.



Monday 13th June


Nigel Kirk


The day I met the Queen

After our lunch today Rotarian Junior Vice President Nigel Kirk gave us a wonderful talk about his visit this Spring to London for the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 24 May. Nigel was joined by his lovely wife Helen who were very proud to be representing The Rotary Club of Long Eaton at this marvellous event.

They were very fortunate to get a great view of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William, the Duchess of Kent Kate and Princesses Eugene and Beatrice.

It was a truly beautiful sunny day which Nigel and Helen will never forget. They were so proud to be attending and could not believe the splendour of the event.

Rotarian Senior Vice President John Bowley thanked Nigel for telling us all about his ‘grand day out’ and Helen’s ‘great adventure’. We were all very jealous that we did not get to go ourselves and thanked Nigel for sharing this with us all. Sounds like a wonderful event.

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Pictured: President Martin Cain, JVP Nigel Kirk and SVP John Bowley



Monday 6th June


David Biggs


Motorcycles and Me

David, a member of Beeston Rotary Club, spoke us of his great love of Motorcycles from the first time he sat on his Grandfathers bike as a child…this was to ignite his passion in motorcycles.

David has been riding now for more years than was willing to share with us and is a President Elect of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians (IFMR) along with being a member of the Vintage Motorcycling Club (VMCC). It was fantastic to hear about David’s travels all over Europe on his many rides.

One of the other passions David spoke of was Riders for Health which has assisted in raising funds to enable transport for people in Africa etc.

We were given a very detailed history of the Motorcycle which originated in 1885 and was manufactured by Daimler. It was great to reflect on how they have moved on since then and that Nottingham manufacturer.  We all sat enthralled hearing David talk about how Nottingham was the birthplace of Superior British Motorcycles with Humber, Sir Frank Bowden (Raleigh) and George Brough.

Rotarian Bunny Parker, on behalf of the Club, gave David a huge vote of thanks for the great insight of the History of the Motorcycle and of Nottingham’s involvement in this. It was a fantastic presentation thank you David.

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Rotarian Bunny Parker, Rotarian and Guest Speaker David Biggs, Our President Martin Cain.
Useful links https://www.rotary-site.org/imfr - International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians – Rotary Fellowship. http://www.vmcc.net/ - Vintage Motorcycling Club



Saturday 4th June


Garden Party


Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration

Thanks to Kevin Miller, Phil Giles and Lorraine Harrison events manager of Trent College, amongst others, the Garden Party in the grounds of Trent College was rated highly successful. Incorporating a tribute to our Queen's 90th Birthday and as a thank-you to many local organisations who were our guests, over 250 people enjoyed a memorable afternoon.

Musical entertainment was provided by the ACF Band, our own member, entertainer Paul Hopkins and Lilly Taylor Ward, all hugely appreciated. The event was held mainly in the Prince Obolensky hall but the warm and sunny weather enabled guests to savour the beautiful grounds of the college and sample the outside stalls and croquet.

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Kevin Miller introduces the afternoon


The top table with Councillor Abey Stevenson - Mayor of Erewash, Maggie Throup – MP Erewash, Martin Cain - President Long Eaton Rotary and John Bowley, Vice President.

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Army Cadet Force Band


Paul Hopkins




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A view of the hall


Lilly Taylor Ward
pictute courtesy Stephen Inger


The Long Eaton Roosevelt Club's table with Russell Thomas


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David Wheatcroft MVO DL, County Chairman Derbyshire SSAFA
Wing Commander Phil Giles OBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant Derbyshire
Lorraine Harrison, Events Manager Trent College
Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson
Colonel Chris Young, Commandant Derbyshire Army Cadet Force
Squadron Leader Ian Marshall MBE – Officer Commanding 126 (City of Derby) Squadron ATC
Martin Cain, RCLE President
Squadron Leader Alyn Thompson, Officer Commanding 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron ATC
Colonel John Wilson OBE DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Derbyshire
Wing Commander Mike Clulow, President Erewash Royal Air Forces Association

For further photos by the Event photographer, Stephen Ingers  info@steveingersphotographer.co.uk    please click here



Wednesday 25th May


Golf Day


Erewash Valley Golf Club

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton held its most successful ever 14th annual golf day recently at one of Derbyshire’s premier courses, Erewash Valley Golf Club.
The overcast weather could not dampen the spirits of over 100 golfers taking part which was won by ‘The Trent Lockers’ on count back from ‘First Grade Clothing’,   both teams finishing with 86 points
Two military teams from 106 Field Squadron Royal Engineers and 350 Field Squadron Royal Engineers completed the team event prizes
Single handicapper Dan Wheeldon hit the longest drive and nearest the pin prizes went to John Ford and Paul Baker

Thanks to Erewash Valley for their excellent hospitality and catering on the day, Colin Edson, MC of the entire event, and his team of helpers. Graham Pidcock as starter, Paul Hopkins on the chipping, Nigel Kirk on the half-way house food stall, Russell Thomas spotter in the quarry, Roger Alton on the photos, assisted by Pete Browne and John Bowley. Phil Giles welcomed the many army teams and Cas Francis with Pete Browne featured the raffle.

The event raised over 2,000 for our Charity account and congratulations to all. The proceeds from the event will be distributed by Long Eaton Rotary Club to numerous needy causes in the forthcoming months

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The winning team - Congratulations!


Monday 23rd May


Wing Commander (Retd) Malcolm Young MBE


Learning to eat Soup with a Knife

Rotarians and guests of The Rotary Club of Long Eaton were honoured by a fascinating and knowledgeable talk from their guest speaker Wing Commander (Retd) Malcolm Young MBE at today's evening meeting at The Risley Park.

His talk for the evening was entitled "Learning to eat soup with a knife", taken from a quotation from T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) "Making war upon insurgents is messy and slow, like eating soup with a knife".

The Wing Commander gave a wonderful insight into his wide and varied career in the armed forces dating from 1962-1993 which included time in the Parachute Regiment, the SAS and as an Army helicopter pilot. Later he transferred to the RAF as a ground attack and reconnaissance pilot. He has carried out extensive research covering over 20 years on the subject of The Challenges of Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies.

Malcolm talked about the current language being used and how it needed to be ‘tidied up’ for example if we say people are terrorist they have won because we are admitting to be terrorised by their actions and whilst we abhor their actions we do not live in terror because of them. He stressed that the way forward is that political and economical solutions have to be found where armed forces become the vehicle for delivering this. In Malcolm’s closing comments he said "Rule number one is ‘Do not attempt to impose a Western style democracy as a default solution’: there is no rule number two!"

Rotarian Cas Francis gave the vote of thanks.

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Pictured: Wing Commander Malcolm Young, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Cas Francis



Monday 16th May


Chris Madge


Derby and Sandiacre Canal update

Chris Madge, chairman of the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust, came to update us of the huge progress made over the past few years. The project is now gathering real momentum and that generates substantial progress. His enthusiasm was infectious, we were all enthralled how so much has been achieved, even though little is yet completed.

As the canal was not nationalised, it was filled in and abandoned. Such a pity as it was the canal that served the world's first factory, the Derby Silk Mill built on an island in the river Derwent, itself currently undergoing a massive revitalisation.

Surveys were completed, plans drawn and eventually planning consents were obtained. Most of the land is acquired and funding problems have been addressed. The benefits for the local area will be huge, providing an improved environment, jobs, quality housing in previously derelict areas and a major tourist attraction.

Hopefully all will be finished in another ten years, complete with the 'Derby Arm' a mechanical device which will lift boats to and from the Derwent, as a small section of the original canal is no longer reclaimable.  Follow their progress at https://www.facebook.com/derbycanal.org.uk

Rotarian Kevin Miller gave Chris a huge vote of thanks, congratulating him for his enterprise and belief, pleased too that the local authorities are fully supportive of the scheme.

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Pictured: Rotarian Kevin Miller, Chris Madge and President Martin



Monday 9th May


David Reeves



Today we were delighted to welcome David Reeves, the Regional Fundraising and Awareness Manager from Newlife, a foundation for disabled children. Newlife have four key national activities, they  offer care and equipment services, medical research and Campaign and Awareness listening to families' problems and concerns and taking their messages to policy makers.

David explained how Newlife raises funds in a variety of ways and is known for its innovation, not only for its services, but in its fundraising. Newlife actually generates much of the funds needed by operating a successful recycling company, which offers environmentally sound services to major retailers, manufactures and brand holders from across the High street of the UK and increasingly in Europe.  All profits from this recycling company are donated to Newlife.  David gave a very thought provoking talk about his role at Newlife and how his organisation offers donors the opportunity to decide how 100 per cent of their gifts can be used, through their 'restricted giving funds'.  

Rtn Robert Parkinson gave the vote of thanks saying how David's talk had made everyone very much aware of the need for specialist equipment for so many youngsters.

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Pictured: Rtn Robert Parkinson, David Reeves and Senior Vice President John Bowley



Monday 25th April


Linda Hanbury


Acorn Project, Ilkeston

Linda Hanbury, President of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers Rotary Club, joined us to speak to us about the Acorn Club, their club's current major project. Acorn is a weekly dinner / play club based in Ilkeston held after school one day a week for a selected group of children who are much loved and have benefitted from further quality time. They get an excellent cooked meal and lots of attention from the many volunteers who are dedicated to this great cause.

They are fundraising to raise a further 3,000 to be able to open a second day per week from September this year.

For further information or offers of support, please contact Linda at https://www.facebook.com/DawnbreakersRotaryClub

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Pictured: Our President Martin Cain and Linda Hanbury, President of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers.



Monday 18th April


Nicola Dalby


'Safe and Sound'

Our speaker for today was Nicola Dalby from 'Safe and Sound'. Nicola gave a very thought provoking talk on 'Child Sexual Exploitation'. She told us that a child of only ten years old was currently the youngest child they had been working with who had been affected by the dreadful crime. Nicola praised the work of Derbyshire police, and highlighted the fact that this crime can affect any child, any place and at any time of day or night. She went on to say how we must all be vigilant and 'be nosey', check our youngsters' iPhone and gadgets to ensure that they are not being put at risk. Robert Parkinson gave the vote of thanks.

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Pictured: Rotarian Robert Parkinson, Nicola Dalby and Senior Vice President John Bowley



Monday 11th April


Alan Hevey


Managing the Channel Tunnel project

We were joined at an evening meeting by Alan Hevey, project manager of the Channel Tunnel Project who spoke to us in riveting detail about all of the complexities, challenges, hurdles and successes of delivering this amazing project.

Working as a chartered mechanical engineer from Balfour Beatty, Alan was called upon to lend his expertise to the Channel Tunnel (CT) Project. Large international contracts were his forte, having already worked on five continents, this was almost a job description written for him. 1987 saw Alan being summoned to his offices in Liverpool as TML Europe needed him. While the CT project took Alan outside of his comfort zone he cites this as one of the most interesting of his extensive career to date.

The great detail Alan presented to us about his six and a half years on the project from 1986 when the British and French Governments signed the agreement for the Channel Tunnel, to 1994 when it went live was enthralling. A feat of modern engineering along with the teamwork, skills and determination to drive it forward across multicultural barriers. Relationships needed to be built, interlocks developed etc. Alan made sure this was done and the project remained firmly on track to delivery.

Geoff Birkin gave the vote of thanks. 'The mind boggles how you held your resolve during the process. Lots of late nights. Challenges. The complex teams etc. Alan thank you for coming'.

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Pictured: President Martin Cain, Speaker Alan Hevey and Rotarian Geoff Birkin.



Monday 4th April


Natasha Lindsay and a Vibez Parent.


Vibez Danceworks

Vibez Danceworks joined us today to tell us more about the wonderful work they are doing with their members and how supportive are all of the parents of their children in the studios, exams and competitions. Their motto of‘Where Every Child Has The Chance To Shine!’ is a true testament to the passion in which these ladies spoke of their proudness of all their members and the families involved, who put a great deal of time effort and expense in the childrens' dancing.

They paid tribute to all of the dedicated teachers at the school who without, it would not be possible to help their members strive for success. They also spoke of the huge number of classes they deliver - from Ballet to Popping, they also offer parties and studio hire. Please see http://www.vibezdanceworks.com for further information.

Rotarian Barbara James gave the vote of thanks on behalf of us all. As a grandparent of some of their students she has seen first-hand the commitment and dedication of the school to the students and vice versa. We look forward to seeing further successes for Vibez Danceworks.

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Pictured: Vibez Danceworks Natasha Lindsay, President Martin Cain, Rotarian Barbara James and Vibez Parent.



Monday 21st March


Induction of New Member


Canon Ian Gooding

Today we had the very great pleasure of welcoming Canon Ian Gooding, of Stanton-by-Dale, as our newest member to our Rotary family. President Martin Cain was delighted to induct our new member Ian, proposed and sponsored by Rotarian Kevin Miller.

Ian confirmed he was delighted to be joining the Rotary Club of Long Eaton, and extended family, having been involved with the Rotary for many years.

It was wonderful to hear about Ian’s very busy life which we cannot do justice to in this brief outline.

Ian spoke warmly of his fabulous family life, his lovely wife Cathleen, their 3 children and 11 grandchildren. Having been born in Leicester Ian gained a lifelong love of Rugby where he was fortunate enough to play for Leicester, Nottingham and Derby Counties. Ian’s continued to play during his University years, where he became a Chartered Engineer and in 1969 when he left industry for Theological College. He remains a lifelong Leicester Tigers supporter.

Ian is only one of 14 others to be chosen to be one of the Derby Cathedral's 15 Honorary Canons. Ian has been the Rector of Stanton-by Dale since 1987, before which he was the Bishop of Derby's Industrial Adviser for 10 years, meaning he has given 25 years of dedicated service to the church in Derbyshire.

Rotarian Kevin Miller welcomed Ian to the Club and confirmed how much we look forward to seeing him and his wife Cathleen at our future meetings and events.

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Pictured: President Martin Cain, Rotarian Ian Gooding and Rotarian Kevin Miller



Monday 14th March


Rachel Boswell


Blokes on Board at Grange School

We had the great pleasure of being joined at our lunch meeting by Rachel Boswell the Deputy Headmistress of Grange Primary School. The school currently has 462 pupils and they are applying the vision of ‘living, learning and laughing’ at Grange. The hope for Rachel and team is that the experience of being a pupil at Grange Primary School supports a journey of lifelong learning experiences.

Rachel very passionately spoke to us about the success of the ‘Blokes on board’ initiative which commenced 9 years ago. The ‘Blokes on board’ programme provides good male role models for the boys to read to who do not have this at home. Currently there are four gentlemen supporting the boys however they need more volunteers. Outside of reading they are there to support the boys. They bring their books and spend 15/20 mins 1-2-1.

Rachel confirmed this scheme has helped the boys in many ways. The helpers are so flexible in making time to support the boys, ‘they are amazing’. Every single one of the children have gained something from the experience. Many of the boys have gone on to achieve the skills needed before they move on in their education journey when previously they were being. They have also gone onto taking more responsible roles in the school mentoring the younger children, this is called ‘boys on board’. They feel special to be selected to have this time and they have all given positive feedback on this time.

Rotarian Cas Francis, Community and Vocational Co-Chairman, gave the vote of thanks to Rachel. The children really are our future and we need to prepare them. Life it getting tougher. Cas enjoys his time with his young reader and they don't always read, they chat about anything. Blokes on board will continue to make a difference to these boys and hopefully they will go on to make a different in the future. This is a truly fantastic concept which is only done at this school to our knowledge. The feedback has been exciting and if anyone has any spare time please think about this initiative.

Useful links   http://www.grangeton.co.uk/about-us.html http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0000/2298/Blokes.pdf

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Pictured: Deputy Headteacher Rachel Boswell, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Cas Francis



Friday 4th March


'Clean for the Queen' event


At West Park, Long Eaton

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton joined forces with students from The Long Eaton school, Dovedale School and  St Clare's in Derby along with members of
the Long Eaton Rugby Club and Erewash Borough Council to clean the West Park area as part of the Clean for the Queen project. the litter pick was followed  by a 'Royal Tea Party'. 

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Thursday 3rd March


Charter Dinner


At Trent Lock Golf & Country Club

President Martin Cain officiated at our 89th Charter Anniversary Dinner held at Trent Lock Golf Club.Representing Rotary International was our District Governor Dr Roger Summers and our guest of honour was Lieutenant Colonel retired Stewart Hill.

Ninety four enjoyed an excellent dinner. The Roll Call was presented by Secretary Jonathan Toon; followed by our club member Barbara James being presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship. There were speeches from JVP Nigel Kirk, Dr Roger Summers, President Martin, ADG Andris Mierkalns and Stewart Hill provided a stirring and thought provoking final address.

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Rotarian Barbara James receives her Paul Harris Fellowship from President Martin and DG Roger

President Martin with Interact President Katie Breakwekk, DG Roger and PHF Barbara

Please click  here   for all of Pete Browne's photos



Monday 29th February


Peter Wearn


50+ Forum

We had the great pleasure of welcoming Peter Wearn, a retired Science teacher, to our lunch meeting at the Risley Park.

Peter told us on attending his first meeting he was a little concerned it was not for him however he became involved eventually becoming the Chairman for the 50+ Forum. This free group now has over 500 members and is 10 years old.

Peter spoke with great passion about many of the activities the 50+ Forum have been involved in including discussing crime / lack of Bobbies on the beat, public transport, and the environment. The forum runs two 50+ IT support activities which are fun and informal these take plan in two locations on a Monday.

If you are interested please contact Roy Smith at longeaton50plus@yahoo.co.uk or look at the 50plus forum http://www.lead50plus.com/ also if you have skills to support the group with IT skills and can volunteer please let them know.

The Coach trips are very popular attracting many members to locations including Steam Railways, the House of Commons & Parliament. Whitby to name a few, they are always looking for suggestions. Toton sidings is dear to Peter’s passion and he is very keen to see if the 50+ Forum can help to drive a project forward to support this not being forgotten.

Teamwork is key, the 50+ Forum committee is a great asset, working with the Council, and support from the Mayor. It’s all about the people. Peter did share that Erewash Council has been very supportive along with Derbyshire Counsellors in assisting the 50+ forum.

David Farley, a 50+ Forum member joined the forum in March 2014. He has been to many new places including Parliament, House of Lords etc. David gets to help others, extended his Charity work. His concern is some elder people do not get out enough. David heartily recommends joining this free organisation that encourages people to get out and take part.

Rotarian George Mounsey gave the vote of thanks to Pete and David for coming to speak to us about the 50+ forum and wished them continued success.

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Pictured: 50+ Forum Member David Farley. President Martin and 50+ Forum Chairman Peter Wearn




Thursday 25th February


Purple Crocus flowering for Polio Eradication


At The Green, Long Eaton

Thanks to Rotarian Barbara James for this report and pictures. The report on this year's planting can be seen here.

Yesterday, in the sunshine, I went to take a couple of photos of our crocuses (croci) on the Green. Our 'hard' work has come to fruition!  You can now clearly see the crocus that were planted last year and the ones we have planted this year.  There are still more flowers to come out but the weather was just so good yesterday for a photo I took the opportunity.

Thanks to everyone for their help with this project.

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Monday 22nd February


Clive Moore


Pride in Erewash Parks

We had the great pleasure of being joined by Clive Moore the Team Leader of the Ornamental Section of Erewash Borough Council.

Clive told us of his 37 years working for the Council which has involved a number of different tasks to bringing him eventually to the team leader role. Clive confirmed Erewash had won a gold medal for East Midlands in bloom two years running of which he is very proud.

The carpet bed at bridge house will be the Shine organisation which is ‘a society that meets the needs, values the contribution and celebrates the lives of people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus’ The carpet bed will feature planting to the Shine badge which is certain to be beautiful and vibrant.

The teams always aims for Gold in their displays however they truly hope that the public enjoy them as much as they do creating them. Keeping Erewash in Bloom is a key activity for Clive and his team.

All of the shrubs and trees at West Park, the town Centre and the Nursery are under Clive's care including all of the hanging baskets. Advice for us keen gardeners is get the soil right first and your plants will thrive.

Rotarian Barbara James kindly gave the vote of thanks to Clive and his team on behalf of the Club. This is a very hardworking team who give us all pleasure on seeing the result of their hard work. We look forward to seeing this year's new blooms.

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Pictured: Clive Moore, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Barbara James.



Monday 15th March


Welcome to new Corporate member - CombinAction


Flavia Vanner assisted by Rodolfo Norther and Valerio Martini

At our lunch meeting today the Long Eaton Rotary Club welcomed and introduced new Corporate Members COMBinACTION into the Rotary family.

Co-owners Flavia Vanner, Valerio Martini and Rodolpho Norther have recently moved to England from Tenerife to open a salon in Long Eaton Market Place.

Originally from Italy they have extensive experience of the Hairdressing business and are already bringing a little Italian flavour to Long Eaton.

Proposed by member Kevin Miller, President Martin Cain and Honorary Secretary Jonathan Toon assisted in the induction process and welcomed COMBinAction to Rotary International and to our Club.

Flavia, Valerio and Rodolpho we wish you every success with your business and are all delighted to have you join us.

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Pictured: Valerio Martini, President Martin Cain, and Rotarian Flavia Vanner.



Tuesday 9th February


District Young Chef Competition


At West Ashfield school

Sixteen year old Orionn Carmichael was our candidate, a year 11 student from The Long Eaton School.  Her choice of menu and table setting were artistic and mouth-watering and the food tasted absolutely wonderful!

Unfortunately, Orionn was up against some other very credible and capable
'Young Chefs' and was not one of the two students chosen to go forward to
the Regional Finals.    

Connor and Emily, holding salvers, were the successful two students who went through to the
next round.
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The four contestants: Emily, Louis, Connor and Orionn with the judges


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Orionn's table Orionn receives Certificate from DG Roger Summers



Monday 8th February


Burns Night


at the Risley Park

Our Burns Night was held at The Risley Park and attended by ninety guests. Bruce Liddle, currently President of Beeston Rotary Club, was the piper and Jimmy Willan was the (half) Scot who Addressed the haggis with words by Robert Burns. Haggis (with a shot of whisky) was the fare after which Jimmy entertained us with his inimitable selection of scottish songs and jokes. It was a hugely enjoyable evening. Thanks to Nigel and Cas who ran the raffle, raising 250 for Cumbrian flood relief, and to Pete Browne who had arranged the entire event.

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Monday 1st February


Chris Corbett


Chairman - Erewash Borough Council

At our lunch meeting at Risley Park we had the great pleasure of being joined by the leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Chris Corbett.

Chris shared with us that he commenced his Council career in 1999 after 30 years working for NatWest Bank, finishing in Edinburgh. After four long years in opposition his party then took control in 2003 and he has been the leader of the Erewash Borough Council since 2007.

Chris confirmed the ongoing challenges the Council faces due falling in income each year due to government cuts etc. A number of other key subjects areas were also discussed with great passion, these included the success of the 1 hour free parking initiative, the community projects grants which can be applied for, the latest HS2 news, the Stanton development and fracking, to name but some.

It was very clear that Chris and his team's focus is to get the very best deal for Erewash constituents, which is not always easy. We were left in no doubt of Chris's passion and commitment to keep making a difference. Thank you Chris, a true pleasure.to have you join us.

Rotarian Kevin Miller gave the vote of thanks for Chris very kindly stepping in at short notice to come and speak to us all.

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Pictured: Rotarian Kevin Miller. President Martin and Councillor Chris Corbett



Monday 25th January 2016


William Tucker


HM Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire

At our lunch today we had the great pleasure of a visit from HM Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire Mr Willie Tucker. He gave us a very interesting, informative and amusing talk providing a brief insight to the role. Lord Lieutenants were created in Tudor times, the first ones by Henry VIII, that for Derbyshire dates from 1585. He is the 27th Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire and defender of the realm.

For over 200 years the post was held by members of the Cavendish family, of Chatsworth. Up to the first world war the person who held the position had the power to call up troops, but since that time the role has been substantially changed. In England and Wales, Her Majesty The Queen appoints the Lord-Lieutenant for a County on the advice of the Prime Minister who consults widely in the County.

The main duties of the Lord Lieutenant may be summarised as follows:
Arranging visits of Members of the Royal Family, and receiving and escorting Royal Visitors as appropriate.
Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of The Queen to individuals, voluntary groups and business organisations.
Participation in civic, voluntary and social events within the County. Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces.
Leadership of the Local Magistracy as Chairman of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Appointment of Justices of the Peace.

At the age of 75 Lord Lieutenants are expected to retire.

Rotarian Pete Brown, who remembered Willie from their Round Table days, gave the vote of thanks

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Pictured: Rotarian Pete Browne, President Martin Cain and HM Lord Lieutenant William Tucker



Donation to the Long Eaton School Eco Committee

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton were delighted to make a cheque presentation to the Long Eaton School Eco Committee to help fund their environmental projects. The Long Eaton School has a long history of environmental work spanning nearly twenty years, when they became the first secondary school in the east midlands to be awarded the Tidy Britain Green Eco Flag.


Pictured: Rotarian Barbara James and Eco Committee members.

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Thursday 15th January 2016


Donation to our local group of The British Polio Foundation

The sun shone on the presentation made by The Rotary Club of Long Eaton to The British Polio Fellowship group today. The polio club have almost 100 members spread across both Nottingham and Derbyshire, many with mobility difficulties following the contraction of the dreadful polio disease when they were children. Spokesman, Martin Camm, for the polio Fellowship said " We would all like to thank you for the kind donation you gave us this will help our support to our members that need that little bit extra help"

The majority of their members have now also developed P.P.S. (Post-Polio Syndrome). As a group they give grants upon member's individual requests, eg for heating (members who do not qualify for the winter warmth payment) holidays and items of small equipment. Rotarian Barbara James made the presentation on behalf of Rotary Club of Long Eaton saying they were delighted to be able to help this polio group. While Rotary Internationally were working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio worldwide and our own Ineract group raising money through our 'Focus on a Crocus' appeal, we must not forget that polio was prevalent here in the UK in our lifetime and that these people still needed our help and support.

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton, through its fundraising, has this year supported over 30 groups with over 10,000 of donations, many of the groups are local organisations.

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Rotarian Barbara James with other club members and members of the local polio association.



Monday 4th January 2016


David Stephenson


A Pickle at Trafalgar

Happy New Year. At our lunch meeting we had the great pleasure of being joined by David Stephenson to talk to us about ‘A Pickle at Trafalgar ‘which involved John Richards Lapenotiere, a story about communications of the times along with some of the history of HMS Pickle / Battle of Trafalgar.

Our side won, Nelson was mortally wounded and Lapenotiere had to get the information of the death back home. It took 14 days to sail HMS Pickle to Falmouth with the dispatches and two more days to London. Lapenotiere had the honour of telling the King, George III the following day at Breakfast. Customary at the time a gift of thanks for delivering such an important message meant the King gave Lapenotiere a silver sugar bowl from the breakfast table. You will find this scene in the national portrait gallery. Lapenotiere was also given 500 which was a huge amount in those days along with promotion. He was retired to Falmouth and injured in later years.

Later - 1922 Falmouth Church Year, some undergraduates went to visit the household of Lapenotiere and a lady of older years (his granddaughter) came to the door. They were invited in and they were show the souvenirs they had kept. They were shown the sugar bowl and tasted the sugar still in it. The person telling David this story knew one of those graduates.

The messages to this story there is a saying we are all within 8 people (8 links) to everyone in the World today and communications have moved on since those days.

Rotarian Bert Wild gave the Vote of Thanks to David.

Useful links: http://www.liquisearch.com/john_richards_lapenoti%C3%A8re/service_career/battle_of_trafalgar>

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Pictured: Past President Bert Wild, David Stephenson and President Martin Cain



Donation to Long Eaton Rugby Club

Members of the Long Eaton Rotary Club visited the Long Eaton Rugby Club one Sunday morning and presented to Chris Brookes, chairman of the club, a cheque for 250 to assist with their Junior development programme. Chris supplied the information below:

Long Eaton RFC is a community Club based at West Park in Long Eaton. 4 and a half years ago the Club nearly folded having 27 adults playing and 1 coach, but a new team joined with a shared vision of growing the club. Mainly through junior players. Partnerships were set up with schools for coaching and tournaments.

To date the Club has won numerous awards including Club of the Year Award twice, and last year saw the completion of a new 350k changing room, and amenities completed. The Borough Council added a further senior, junior and three mini rugby pitches. The real success is the amount of players and volunteers now involved, the senior Section has over 80 Adult players, the Junior Section a huge 325, from Under 5 to Under 18, including Under 13, 15 and 18 Girls teams. 44 Coaches, and an Army of volunteers to make it all run.

The Club are not standing still, plans for the future include more floodlighting and training facilities, and an extended clubhouse. Of course this is always down to funding, and it is so uplifting to get the support of Rotary and similar organisations which goes a long way to helping the club continue to develop and achieve its ambitions.

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Pictured with members of the LERFC from left: Cas Francis, Chris Brooks, Barbara James, George Mounsey and Iris and Graham Pidcock



Donation to Long Eaton Swimming Club

As part of supporting local young people with healthy active lifestyle The Rotary Club of Long Eaton were delighted to make a presentation of 250 to the Long Eaton Swimming Club, they have over 160 swimming members under the age of 18. In the photo are Coach Alex Phillips and youngsters from the Long Eaton Swimming Club along with Rotarian Barbara James.

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Donation to 15th Long Eaton Brownies

Christmas started a little earlier this year for the 15th Long Eaton Brownies as the Rotary Club of Long Eaton presented them with a cheque for 150. This donation will go towards their PGL camp in April which will be held in Caythorpe Court near Lincoln.

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Pictured from left: Rotarian Barbara James Brownie Leader's Mrs Carolyn Slowik and Mrs Debbie Halford along with members of the 15th Long Eaton Brownies.



21st December 2015


Club Christmas Dinner


at The Risley Park with Ray Lewis, Magician


Fifty five members, former members and guests attended the Long Eaton Rotary Christmas Dinner. The event was held at The Risley Park, home of the club.

Everyone tucked into a traditional festive dinner after which we were entertained by Ray Lewis a Magician. Ray, a former Rotarian, performed some excellent tricks which left everyone guessing. Members joined in the fun with Rtn. Geoff Birkin helping out in the shattering finale. Senior Vice President John Bowley, standing in for President Martin Cain, thanked those attending and wished everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

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19th December 2015


Collecting for local charities


at Tesco's Long Eaton

Rotarians Nigel Kirk and David Kent had arranged to have our annual bucket collection for local charities at Tesco's, Long Eaton this morning. A number of members took part, working shifts between 9 am and 1pm. Thanks to the generosity of the Long Eaton shoppers, 387 was raised for local charities.

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Pictured: Rotarians Keith Randall, Kathy Smith and John Bowley


Pictured: Rotarians Nigel Kirk, Clive Atkins and Cas Francis



12th December 2015


Santa Claus visits


Sawley Primary School


The Rotary Club of Long Eaton came to the rescue of a local school last Friday evening.

Shardlow Primary School desperately needed Santa Claus to attend their Christmas Fair. The children had been told he would be there at 6.30pm prompt to receive their requests for gifts on Christmas day. Rotary immediately got on the case and despatched a message to Lapland. As it happened, Santa was in the area! complete with his traditional costume.

The school had created a Grotto and each child was provided with a present. The evening was a success with nearly 100 children queuing up patiently. Ho Ho Ho

Pictured: Santa Claus with lantern

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Tuesday 15th December


Rotarian Geoff Birkin


Defibrillator for Sawley

Clare Bryce, owner of the White Lion and brewery on Tamworth Road, Sawley, accepted a cheque for 200 from the Rotary Club of Long Eaton. The money is for her fund to have a defibrillator available for the residents of Sawley. One of her customers had recently lost a daughter to SADS - Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

The defibrilator costs around 1,000. The balance of monies raised will go towards the annual service and maintenance of the equipment. It is hoped that the unit will be installed next month. Anyone interested in receiving training in using the device please contact Clare.

The Rotary Club recently distributed a total of 4,550 to local charities.

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Pictured; Rotarian Geoff Birkin hands the donation cheque to Clare Bryce - in her brewery!



Monday 14th December


Colonel Chris Young


Flying from the USA

At our lunch meeting today, Colonel Chris Young, Commandant of the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, related how he and his eighteen year old son, also a pilot, helped to effect delivery of an aeroplane to Northants.

The plane, a five seater Cirrus SR22 GTS, G-GCVV costing $861,000, was manufactured at Duluth in Minnesota. All singing and dancing with the latest technology, it is one of the few small aircraft licensed to fly in icy conditions. It also has an Airframe Parachute System, which allows a descent at only 12 knots in the event of engine failure.

Its single 310 hp engine drives a central three blade propeller, giving it a range of 7hours flying at 210 knots. It is owned by a consortium who use it for their private requirements.

The five leg journey took three days, via Thunder Bay in Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Wick I Scotland and finally Sywell in Northamptonshire. Flying mainly at 11,000’, each leg was approximately five hours flying time and both father and son took turns at the controls, under the watchful eye of the ferry pilot.

He showed fascinating pictures of the various airports visited and the scenery, including ice floes and barren mountains. He also showed us the life raft and a survival suit, for unforeseen watery landings.

Rotarian Phil Giles gave the Vote of Thanks.

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Pictured: Senior Vice-President John Bowley, Colonel Chris Young and Wing Commander Phil Giles OBE DL



Saturday 12th December


Army Cadet Force Band


Christmas Concert at May Hall, Trent College

The Long Eaton Rotary Club presented a Christmas Concert on Saturday 12th December at May Hall, Trent College. The band of the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, resplendent in their red jacketed uniforms, played tributes for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Tunes included ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ Elergy and the Dam Busters theme. For the second half the band was dressed for Christmas as elves and pixies, playing Christmas tunes and carols – with audience participation.

Congratulations to the Band’s younger members, some of whom gave solo performances, for expertise and maturity beyond their years. Corporal Beth Cabourne played flute and Cadet Benjamin Sharp on the cornet. Special thanks to Major Tex Calton as compere with a flair, Lieutenant Peter Ward as conductor and band master and Wing Commander Phil Giles OBE DL, member of the Long Eaton Rotary Club, who masterminded the entire event.

During the evening nine cadets were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Gold Awards, a fitting tribute to the dedication and commitment of the local Cadet Force and those who lead and train them.

Rotarian Kevin Miller, past Mayor of Erewash and leading light in many local cadet groups, gave thanks on behalf of the Rotary club. He thanked the many civic dignitaries who were supporting the evening and to the audience, who between them raised around 3,500, to be split evenly between the ACF Band and local charities.

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Lieutenant Kevin Ward conducts his band

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Corporal Beth Cabourne on flute


Compere Major Tex Calton congratulates Beth


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Major Tex Calton


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Cadet Benjamin Sharp on cornet


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'All I want for Christmas is You'


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'Five Go..old Rings!'


Cadets receiving their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award certificates


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Rotarian Kevin Miller's excellent thank-you speech


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Monday 7th December


Jordan Townsend


VSO Trip to Zambia

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton’s Smith-Young Fund makes awards to young people in the area to further their travel,hobby or other interests.Today's speaker, Jordan Townsend received 300 earlier this year towards his three month VSO trip to Zambia. He talked of his experiences and provided a powerpoint presentation.

Having been accepted by the International Citizen service he was allocated a three month tour in Zambia with the VSO and tasked with raising 800 towards his expenses. He did this by bucket collections, sponsorship running the Nottingham 10k race and our own contribution. He was to help at a clinic in Choma, in the Eastern province, not far from Victoria Falls, being put up by a local family. There were 12 UK volunteers and 12 national volunteers from different parts of Zambia.

He told us that Zambia is a peaceful, mainly Christian nation, badly affected by AIDS/HIV. STIs and malaria were also rife. He taught sexual reproductive health in schools, helped out in the clinic and in condom distribution. His citizenship presentation on woman empowerment, whom he noted were treated as second-class citizens, went down like a lead balloon. For his Community Action Day he chose youth volunteering at the local clinic. This was so successful that a profit of 100 was made, subsequently spent on stationery and sanitary bins for local schools.

He thanked us for our donation saying what a huge help it had been to his confidence building and had fuelled his desire for more foreign travel and helping poorer peoples.

Alison Penn, our newest member. gave the Vote of Thanks, noting that we could all see from his demeanor what a boon this trip had been for his self esteem. We wish him well as he starts a mechanical engineering degree at Sheffield University.

To apply for a Smith-Young Award please visit www.longeatonrotary.co.uk/S-Y2015.htm

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Pictured: Jordan Townsend, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Alison Penn



Monday 30th November


Dave Bramwell


Erewash in Bloom

Today's speaker, Dave Bramwell of Erewash Borough Council Parks Department enthralled us with his enthusiasm for his job. It is he and his team who encourage people, businesses, villages and towns make the area visually pleasing and attractive.

His nursery area produces over 100,000 plants a year and he was rewarded with an East Midlands in Bloom Gold for the floral displays of Long Eaton and a coveted Green Flag award for the 127 acres of West Park.

He showed us photos of the prize winners in each of the eleven categories of entries that Erewash organise each year for Erewash in Bloom. Everyone has an opportunity to enter. Categories included Best Pub, Restaurant or Hotel; Best Allotment; Best Schools Project; Tallest Sunflower; Best Wildlife and Environmental Garden; Best Front Garden and Best Rear Garden.

It is amazing how he enthuses and advises people, Friends Groups and children in the goal of making where we live more attractive.

Rotarian Clive Atkins gave the vote of thanks. Clive lives in Draycott and Clive noted that the difference Dave's influence has had on his village is astonishing. Bloom.jpg (33925 bytes)
Pictured: PP Clive Atkins, Dave Bramwell and President Martin Cain





Purple Crocus Bulb Planting for Polio Eradication

The Long Eaton School Eco Committee helped The Rotary Club of Long Eaton and Interactors plant 3,000 crocus bulbs as part of the Eradicate Polio project. Even the cold wind did not deter the youngsters from helping. The crocus bulbs were sold to the staff and students of Long Eaton School for 20p each, the cost of a polio vaccine.

Rotary has been working for many years raising funds to eradicate polio. Worldwide incidence of polio has been reduced by 99%. A spokesperson for Rotary said "Achieving a polio-free world will prove what’s possible when the global community comes together to improve children’s lives. No child anywhere in the world should have to suffer this crippling disease."

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Pictured: Members of The Long Eaton School Eco committee, Interactors and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Long Eaton.



Thursday 26th  November


District 10 Pin Bowling Competition


v Church Wilne

Tonight's first round match of the District 10 pin bowling competition was local - we played our daughter club, Church Wilne at Ilkeston. Not having reached the second round for many years, we had high hopes when they turned up with only four players, whilst we had six. However, their four showed considerable skill and our top four scores totalled over 300 below theirs. They could have had only three players and still won! Nigel was our best bowler with 276. So once again no cigar.

Still, it was a very enjoyable evening with great Rotary fellowship.

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Long Eaton: Nigel, Keith, Jonathan, President Martin, Roger and Paul

Church Wilne: Phil, Brian, Graham and President Tony

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Happy band of bowlers - some more successful than others



Monday 23rd November


Special General Meeting


Election of Officers

After our lunch at The Risley Park today, the Special General Meeting of the Club was held. Officers for the forthcoming year starting on 1st July 2016 were as follows:

President - John Bowley
Senior Vice President - Nigel Kirk
Junior Vice President - Cas Francis
Secretary - Jonathan Toon
Treasurer - Roger Alton
Assistant Secretary - Phil Giles
Assistant Treasurer - Geoff Birkin

Treasurer Roger then presented the Club and Charity accounts for the year to 30th June 2015. These were approved by the members.



Monday 16th November


Rotarian Chris Elkin


Rise of the Cruise Ship

Chris Elkin of West Ashfield Rotary Club presented a talk entitled ‘Rise of the Cruise Ship’. He detailed the history of the Cunard line. Founded in 1840 and originally the North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, it was renamed Cunard after Samuel Cunard who fled to England from Nova Scotia when his company was in financial trouble. Wooden paddle steamers were soon replaced with iron ships and concentrated on the North Atlantic routes.

The White Star company entered the market and became a serious competitor. However, maritime disasters including Titanic did not help their fortunes. Both became financially rocky and were forced to merge in 1934. New larger ships were laid down with government loans but became commandeered during the war, Queen Mary in 1936 and Queen Elizabeth in 1938. The post war era was profitable, but 1n 1971 Cunard was taken over by Trafalgar House, who built the QE2. The Queen Mary is now at Palm beach, California, the Queen Elizabeth in Hong Kong harbour and the QE2 in Dubai.

In 1998 Cunard were acquired by Carnival, who have recently built the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, both cruise ships. Ships are registered in Bermuda, who allows ships’ captains to conduct valid marriage ceremonies on board.
Carnival continues to prosper today as a cruise ship company.

Geoff Birkin gave the Vote of Thanks to Chris for another of his most interesting collection of presentations.

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Pictured: Rotarian Geoff Birkin, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Chris Elkin



Monday 2nd November


The Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Val Custance


Mayor of Long Eaton

Councillor Val Custance graced us with her presence at lunch today, accompanied by her Mayoress, her daughter Glenys.

Now halfway through her Mayoral year, she has attended over a hundred events, with another fifty in the weeks before Christmas. Being the face of Erewash and bringing the community together she finds fascinating and very rewarding; visits to young peoples' organisations, church services and military events.

Past events include the Lord Lieutenant's 70th birthday party at Repton school, many celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the opening of the Ilkeston Fair. Still to come are bonfire lighting at West Park, Remembrance Sunday services, Long Eaton's Chestnut Fair, Carol Service on Christmas Eve and the Civic Dinner in March.

Her main charity for the year is Clic Sargent, the cancer charity for children and young adults, though her charity pot will also assist many others at the end of her year in May.

Her talk received much acclamation and President Martin proposed the Vote of Thanks.

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'Gongs Galore'
Pictured: The Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Val Custance, President Martin Cain and Mayoress Glenys



Monday 26th October


Don Bennett


St John Ambulance

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Pictured: Don Bennett, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Alison Penn



Thursday 15th October


The Green, Long Eaton


Crocus Planting for Polio Eradication

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton were given a real helping hand by the Erewash Borough Council Landscape team as they planted  crocuses bulbs on the Green traffic roundabout in the centre of Long Eaton. On Thursday they planted 7,000 bulbs and another 5,000 bulbs will be sold through schools and Rotary to help raise funds for the Polio Eradication appeal.  The purple crocus bulbs will be sold at 20p each – which is the cost of a polio vaccine.  Fundraising for the Eradication of Polio by the global community including  Rotary International and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  has seen cases of polio reduced by 99%.   Achieving a polio-free world will prove what is possible when the global communities come together to improve children’s lives.

For further information contact Rotarian  Barbara James on 01332 792061 or 07734983626

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Pictured: Richard Windsor of EBC, Rotarians Barbara James and George Mounsey, Margaret



Monday 12th October


Meeting Photo


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Members and guest attending our lunch meeting today.



Monday 12th October


Sandra and Tony Jones


Roosevelt Club of Long Eaton

We had the pleasure of our guest speak Sandra Jones who has headed up the activities at the Roosevelt Club in Long Eaton along with her husband Tony. http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/derbyshire_directory/categories/category_results/Details.asp?OrganisationID=2452

Sandra thanked us for all for the hard work and support that Rotary has given to the Roosevelt Club, without which they could not run. She then related the history of the Roosevelt Club which started in 1955.

    A Miss Fitzherbert thought that for one afternoon a month it would be good for people with disabilities to come and meet together. It began in Community House Long Eaton in September 1955 with 14 disabled members. It was named by putting suggestions into a hat and selected one. The Roosevelt Club was born.

    They met on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 3 to 4:30pm. 3 shillings subs with members from Chaddesdon, Draycott and Borowash…physically bringing other members to the club. By 1959 the club had 54 members and relocated to the Granville day centre. The Red Cross also supported them with Christmas tea, congregational church invitations and the like. Our club purchased a caravan at Skegness to support holidays; this was wonderful and used regularly. In 1966 Rotary agreed to bring members to the club. Sandra joined in 1985, became Secretary in 1989 and has been assertively driving it forward ever since. In 2005 their 50 years was celebrated at Trinity Church with other clubs.

    In February 2008 on the closure of the Granville Centre, Derbyshire CC stepped in, offering them space at Briar Gate. There are currently only 30 members as people can get out and about themselves and times have changed.The other Saturday was their 60th anniversary and a boat trip arranged on the Nottingham Princess from Trent Bridge, a lovely day and thank you Rotary for enabling it all. Sandra’s husband Tony has been the Chairman over 30 years, her sister-in-law is Treasurer. The family love this voluntary work even though they work full time

Cas Francis, our Community and Vocational Co-Chairman gave the vote of thanks.   Nine years ago Russell Thomas took over the transport roster from Jim Welch and has been working to ensure that the travel is sorted for the Roosevelt club. Also to commemmorate their 60th anniversary, a group members photograph will be presented to them at their next meeting. Thank you Sandra and Tony for your hard work and commitment to the Roosevelt club.

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Pictured: Rotarian Cas Francis, Sandra Jones, President Martin Cain and Tony Jones.



Friday 2nd Oct to Sun 4th Oct


District Conference



Sixteen members and partners attended our District Conference at Southport this year. Everyone stayed at The Waterford Hotel, an excellent establishment. We were blessed with really good weather and everyone made the most of it.

The Conference Centre did an excellent job over the weekend and there were many good speakers. The entertainment was provided on Friday evening by our very own Rotarian Paul Hopkins with his tribute band The Travelling Wilburys.

Saturday we were treated to  'That'll be The Day'. Another good band. With the weather being so good we all went to see The Anthony Gormley Statues at Crosby. 100 life size cast iron statues positioned on the beach looking out to sea. These are submerged when the tide comes in. Well worth the visit.

Members got together for dinner each evening and some great fellowship.

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Thanks to George Mounsey for his report and photographs



Monday 28th September


Chris Brookes


Long Eaton Rugby FC

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Chris Brookes of Long Eaton Rugby FC. Chris spoke with true passion for the club that he has been a member of for 28 years and of his love for the game. We skimmed over the recent England result and are all looking forward to this Saturday’s match.

Chris played Rugby for the club until 1998 when he moved away. Fellow club members asked him to come back and support the club which he did returning in 2012. Long Eaton Rugby Club was founded in 1969. By the mid 70’s through to mid 90’s they ran 4 Adult Teams. By 2011 the Club had just 32 members, 1 coach and no money. Four  years later they have 85 adults, 330 children from Under 5 to Under 18; 36 coaches from Level Three to Level One; new changing rooms and pitches and a refurbished clubhouse. The club welcomes both sexes with female coaches and players.

Chris spoke of how the club has gone from strength to strength by changing the culture both in governance and perception. The club is now managed as a business, one with very deep roots in the community. LERFC have made five schools official partners. The club run inter school tournaments every season and also a TAG rugby Festival for primary/junior schools.

The club’s charter promotes the core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship – T.R.E.D.S. which runs through the heart of the club. The club, the members and the families benefit from the adoptions of these values.

Chris spoke of his gratitude to the many sponsors that support the Club, of which there are many. Chris’s passion for the club is clear. It was a true pleasure to meet him and we look forward to coming to watch one of their games in the very near future. Peter Stewart gave the vote of thanks wishing them continued success along with many future wins.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Maggie Throup, Member of Parliament for Erewash.

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Pictured: President Martin Cain, Chris Brookes and Rotarian Peter Stewart

Pictured: Maggie Throup MP and President Martin Cain



Monday 21st September


Martin McElhatton



Our speaker today, Martin McElhatton, is the CEO of Wheelpower. This national charity helps disabled people of all ages readdress their disadvantages through wheelchair sports. Martin himself became disabled in 1979 when a backing lorry demolished him and his bicycle. After a lengthy treatment at Stoke Mandeville hospital he became involved in wheelchair basketball, and then the charity that provided the wheelchairs.

The first sports for disabled people was held in 1948 at Stoke Mandeville hospital, who had generated extensive sporting facilities for the disabled. The first Paralympics was held in Rome in 1960. Para is a greek word meaning 'beside' or 'alongside' but now gets confused with other similar words such as paraplegia.

In 2012 Rotary began its partnership with WheelPower, raising 120,000 to date. The disabled sports facilities at Stoke Mandeville have recently been hugely refreshed and updated, giving every disabled person the opportunity fo find the sport they love.

Nigel Kirk gave the vote of thanks, 'what an uplifting and inspiring talk that was'.

For more information, visit www.wheelpower.org.uk/

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Pictured: Martin McElhatton, Junior Vice President Nigel Kirk and Senior Vice President John Bowley



Saturday 19th September


Roosevelt Club 60th Anniversary


River Trent Boat Trip

After over 9 months of planning and liaison with the Roosevelt Club of Long Eaton, 35 Roosevelt members including 3 Rotarians and Spouses of Long Eaton Rotary Club met at the Park Yacht Inn, Nottingham to go sailing and have afternoon tea. At 12.30pm we occupied the lower deck, where we were served ample quantities of sandwiches, scones, cream, jam, tea and coffee, everyone was on good form. (See photos below)

The super weather contributed greatly to the occasion. At 3.30pm we dis-embarked for a quick photo, and even the news that Nottingham Forest had lost to Middleborough didn't dampen any spirit.

A big vote of thanks goes to Rotarian Russell Thomas and Sandra Jones of Roosevelt Club for organising the event.

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Monday 7th September


Dr Roger Summers


District Governor Visit


Today we welcomed Dr Roger Summers on his official District Governor's visit to our club. He was accompanied by Richard Moulder, also of the Amber Valley club.
Roger brought the Greetings of RI President 'Ravi' Ravindran of the Colombo Rotary Club of Sri Lanka.

We were reminded of this year's Presidential theme, 'Be a Gift to the World'.He gave an excellent video assisted address highlighting the problems facing Rotary, the need for adaptation and its future aspirations.

Eradication of Polio is again a major goal, reversing the ageing and declining membership and Club Visioning by all District clubs were highlighted. He continued with the need to support Rotary's own charity, Rotary Foundation, furtherance of 'Youth Services' and the importance of public relations and communication.

President Martin said how delighted we were to welcome him to our Club and thanked him for his talk.


Pictured: DG Dr Roger Summers and President Martin Cain, holding a RI Theme banner

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Monday 24th August


Katie Breakwell, Interact President


My Trip to Japan

Our speaker today was Katie Breakwell. Katie is this year’s Interact President and she is also a recipient of a Smith Young Scholarship Award.

Katie gave a very interesting presentation about her recent trip to attend the 23rd World Scouting Jamboree in Kirara-Hama, Japan, representing the Long Eaton and District Scout Organisation. There were 36 young people selected to attend from Derbyshire and Katie was one of only 2 from the Long Eaton District Scouts. The theme of the jamboree was ‘Wa’ meaning harmony, unity, friendship and peace allowing a ‘spirit of unity’ to be able to share in other cultures and faiths. Katie told how during her time in Japan it was the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing and they all attended a Peace Day to commemorate this event. Katie thanked everyone at Rotary for supporting her trip and helping to finance it through the Smith Young Scholarship.

The vote of thanks was given by Barbara James, Interactor coordinator, who said ‘ Katie was a very deserved recipient of the Smith Young Scholarship, it was delightful to hear about the wonderful trip Katie had experienced and the many friends she had made during her time in Japan. Katie has planned, as part of her Interact Presidential Year, a free Family Fun Day that will take place on Thursday 27th August.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Smith Young Scholarship are open, application forms are downloadable from our  website, click here

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Pictured: Rotarian Barbara James, President Martin Cain and Interact President Katie Breakwell



Monday 17th August


Lynne Smithringale


Sight Support Derbyshire

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Pictured: Past President George Mounsey, Lynne Smithringale and collegue, President Martin Cain



Monday 10th August


Past DG Peter Moralee


The Rotary Foundation

Past District Governor Peter, of the Bretby Rotary Club  accompanied by his wife Carol, also a member of Bretby, were our guests at lunch today at the Risley Park. Peter came to update us on the work of Rotary Foundation, Rotary's only charity. It aims to improve the world through programmes and grants on health (end polio, clean water, health education etc.) education (schools and equipment for third world countries), Peace (scholarships for masters courses on peace)  and cultural exchanges.

Their work furthers two of the objects of Rotary, the application of the ideal for service and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. He urged the club to resume its support. Senior vice president John Bowley gave the club's vote of thanks.

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Pictured: John Bowley, Carol Moralee , President Martin Cain and Past DG Peter Moralee.



Monday 3rd August


Andrew Mitchell


Upholstery in Long Eaton

Verbals here

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Pictured: Past President Clive Atkins, Past President Andrew Mitchell and President Martin Cain.



Monday 20th July


Robert Parkinson


My Job Talk

Today's speaker was our own member Robert Parkinson who gave us his 'My Job' talk: an opportunity for a newer member to tell us a bit about himself, his interests, his family and also his occupation. Robert provided all this with a delightful delivery. Born an Edwardian (during the brief reign of King Edward VIII) in Chaddesden, he was educated at the local primary school and at Bemrose School, Derby.Robert’s father, a Londoner from Poplar, moved to work at British Celanese, Spondon, where he met Robert’s mother who came from Chesterfield. On leaving school, Robert also worked at Celanese before studying at the University of Leicester, where he first joined the Conservative Party.

He always had an interest in politics and was Conservative Election Agent in the old Ilkeston constituency in the 1959 General Election. His first election experience was helping in the 1945 General Election at the tender age of nine! After university Robert worked for eight years for the Rediffusion Group (cable television), first in London, Crawley and Jersey before moving to their Nottingham office. In 1968, he joined Rolls-Royce, Derby, retiring after 32 years. Robert’s family moved to Breaston in 1953. He met his wife, June, in 1970 when he helped to interview her for a job as a Conservative Agent! They married in 1971.

Robert first became a District/Borough councillor in 1965   and was elected to Derbyshire County Council in 1967. He is the longest serving councillor on both Borough and County Councils, serving as Leader at District/Borough level for a total of 21 years. He is at present Chairman of the Borough Planning Committee. As Mayor of Erewash in 2010-11, Robert was able to see at first hand all the good work done in the community by so many wonderful volunteers and organisations. Consequently he was delighted to become a member of Rotary.

Robert has a passion for horses. Riding for the first time at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, Skegness at the age of 14, he has owned horses for many years and took his daughter riding at Elvaston when she was 4 years of age. They continue to ride together today.

Rotarian Kevin Miller, a fellow Erewash Councillor, proposed the vote of thanks and was delighted that his long-standing associate had become a member.

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Pictured: President Martin Cain, Rotarians Robert Parkinson and Kevin Miller



Monday 20th July


Colin Tredway and Clair Stirling


Thank-you to Tesco

On Sunday 19th July Interactor President Katie Breakwell and Rotarians collected in Tesco, Long Eaton. Katie is organising a Family Fun Day as a main event of her Interact presidential year. The collection raised a total of 105 towards the day's expenses. Leaflets were also distributed to the shoppers, many of whom were young families.

The Fun Day will take place on Thursday 27th August on West Park Events Field, 12 noon – 4pm. The event will be a free day out for families - free entrance and free rides and amusements, even bring your own picnic!

Tesco are one of the event  sponsors. Tesco Manager Colin Tredway together with Clair Stirling were our guests at today's Rotary lunch when they were thanked for their help and support.

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Pictured: Cas Francis, Clair Stirling, Barbara James and Colin Tredway.



Wednesday 8th July 2015


Fundraising Committee Dinner


at Vivo Restaurant, Stapleford

Rotary in Happy mode

Rotary is not only working for good causes, it is also about fun and fellowship. Every year each committee holds a committee dinner for members and partners, to which the President is invited.

This is the fundraising committee and partners dining at Vivo in Stapleford. Normally held each June, this late event has made it to the new web page.

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Being an informal occasion, names are omitted



Monday 6th July 2015


Changeover Meeting


Induction of Officers

Today was the first meeting of the new Rotary year and all the officers for the new year were inducted. We said farewell to President George Mounsey who becomes Immediate Past President and receives a chain that now has almost as many scrolls as the Presidential chain, which is limited to 50.

We welcomed Martin Cain as our new President. He then inducted his team of vice presidents and officers. He ended by wishing the club another happy and successful year.

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Outgoing President George inducts Martin Cain as President
Immediate Past President George receives the IPP chain from retiring IPP Clive Atkins.
Martin Inducts Dr. John Bowley as Senior Vice President

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Martin inducts Nigel Kirk as Junior Vice President
Reinduction of Secretary Jonathan
Reinduction of Treasurer Roger