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|News and Events|
Monday 27th June
Picnic at Long Eaton Community Garden
with Kate Shaw and her team
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.
Wednesday 22nd June
Kids Out Day
From Brackenfield School to Water World at Stoke on Trent
Wednesday the 22nd June the Long Eaton Rotary Club treated eleven, year
11s 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
11s 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 11s are planning for next year!!
Monday 20th June
with District Assistant Governor Andris Mierkalns
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
Monday 13th June
The day I met the Queen
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 Helens 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.
Monday 6th June
Motorcycles and Me
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
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 Davids 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 Nottinghams involvement in this. It was a fantastic presentation thank you David.
Saturday 4th June
Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration
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.
Wednesday 25th May
Erewash Valley Golf Club
Rotary Club of Long Eaton held its most successful ever 14th annual golf day recently at
one of Derbyshires premier courses, Erewash Valley Golf Club.
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
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
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 Malcolms 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.
Monday 16th May
Derby and Sandiacre Canal update
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.
Monday 9th May
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
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.
Monday 25th April
Acorn Project, Ilkeston
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
Monday 18th April
'Safe and Sound'
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
Monday 11th April
Managing the Channel Tunnel project
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'.
Monday 4th April
Natasha Lindsay and a Vibez Parent.
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 ofWhere 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.
Monday 21st March
Induction of New Member
Canon Ian Gooding
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 Ians 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. Ians 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.
Monday 14th March
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.
Friday 4th March
'Clean for the Queen' event
At West Park, Long Eaton
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'.
Thursday 3rd March
At Trent Lock Golf & Country Club
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.
Please click here for all of Pete Browne's photos
Monday 29th February
|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 email@example.com 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 Peters 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. Its 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.
Thursday 25th February
Purple Crocus flowering for Polio Eradication
At The Green, Long Eaton
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.
Monday 22nd February
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.
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.
Tuesday 9th February
District Young Chef Competition
At West Ashfield school
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
The four contestants: Emily, Louis, Connor and Orionn with the judges
Monday 8th February
at the Risley Park
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
Monday 1st February
Chairman - Erewash Borough Council
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.
Monday 25th January 2016
HM Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire
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:
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
Donation to the Long Eaton School Eco Committee
Thursday 15th January 2016
Donation to our local group of The British Polio Foundation
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.
Monday 4th January 2016
A Pickle at Trafalgar
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.
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.
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.
Donation to 15th Long Eaton Brownies
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.
21st December 2015
Club Christmas Dinner
at The Risley Park with Ray Lewis, Magician
ROTARY CHRISTMAS DINNER 2015
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.
19th December 2015
Collecting for local charities
at Tesco's Long Eaton
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.
12th December 2015
Santa Claus visits
Sawley Primary School
Tuesday 15th December
Rotarian Geoff Birkin
Defibrillator for Sawley
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.
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.
Saturday 12th December
Army Cadet Force Band
Christmas Concert at May Hall, Trent College
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
Congratulations to the Bands 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.
Monday 7th December
VSO Trip to Zambia
Club of Long Eatons 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
Monday 30th November
Erewash in Bloom
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.
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 whats possible when the global community comes together to improve childrens lives. No child anywhere in the world should have to suffer this crippling disease."
Thursday 26th November
District 10 Pin Bowling Competition
v Church Wilne
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.
Monday 23rd November
Special General Meeting
Election of Officers
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
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
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
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.
Geoff Birkin gave the Vote of Thanks to Chris for another of his most interesting collection of presentations.
Monday 2nd November
The Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Val Custance
Mayor of Long Eaton
Val Custance graced us with her presence at lunch today, accompanied by her Mayoress, her
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.
Monday 26th October
St John Ambulance
Pictured: Don Bennett, President Martin Cain and Rotarian Alison Penn
Thursday 15th October
The Green, Long Eaton
Crocus Planting for Polio Eradication
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 childrens lives.
For further information contact Rotarian Barbara James on 01332 792061 or 07734983626
Monday 12th October
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. Sandras 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.
Friday 2nd Oct to Sun 4th Oct
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.
Thanks to George Mounsey for his report and photographs
Monday 28th September
Long Eaton Rugby FC
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
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 70s through to mid 90s 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 clubs 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. Chriss 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.
Monday 21st September
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/
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.
Monday 7th September
Dr Roger Summers
District Governor Visit
Monday 24th August
Katie Breakwell, Interact President
My Trip to Japan
today was Katie Breakwell. Katie is this years 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
Monday 17th August
Sight Support Derbyshire
Pictured: Past President George Mounsey, Lynne Smithringale and collegue, President Martin Cain
Monday 10th August
Past DG Peter Moralee
The Rotary Foundation
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.
Monday 3rd August
Upholstery in Long Eaton
Monday 20th July
My Job Talk
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.Roberts father, a Londoner from Poplar, moved to
work at British Celanese, Spondon, where he met Roberts 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. Roberts 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 Butlins 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.
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.
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Fundraising Committee Dinner
at Vivo Restaurant, Stapleford
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.
Monday 6th July 2015
Induction of Officers
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.