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Wednesday 16th March 2018
The Green, Long Eaton
|Barbara James sent these photos of
the purple crocus in flower on Long Eaton Green. Planted over the past three years in
support of Polio Eradication, they make an impressive display. There is also room for
| Monday 12th
Kids in Tanzania
|Colin McCardle from Kids Aid
Tanzania gave the club an update on the progress of this Etwall based charity group.
Founded in 2005 they provide support to children in and around Mwanza on the shore of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. Over 12,000 children have been helped with the provision of basic school buildings, helping with hygene and improved living conditions for the children and their families.
One of the most effective aids is the mosquito net, over 15000 nets have been distrbuted , each net will provide protection from infection for 3 or 4 children thus preventing the spread of malaria. Unfortunately Tanzania has no money to spare to help orphans and Kids Aid is always raising support in this country to provide basic help for up to 100 orphans each year.
Vice President Cas Francis thanked Colin for the presentaion and wished them well with their fund raising.
Monday 5th March 2018
Rotarian Bert Wild
50 years membership presentation
|President Nigel presented a fine engraved glass trophy to
our member Bert Wild to commemorate 50 years of membership of our club.
Monday 26th February 2018
Lost Houses of Nottingham
|Rotarians were entertained today by
Rt. Graham Hayes, from the Wollaton Park Rotary Club, with a talk on the "Lost Houses
With the help of old photographs and maps he traced a brief history of country mansions and their occupiers in the Nottingham area over the last few centuries.
Sadly all have now disappeared, mostly without trace. From Arnold through Bulwell and Aspley to Stapleford and Bramcote the great houses gradually fell out of favour as death duties and maintenance costs became too great and the houses were demolished and the land sold for development.
A fascinating story ably presented by Rt. Graham Hayes, with the Vote of Thanks given by Jonathan Toon, who took the photo and wrote the report.
Monday 19th February 2018
|Members of the club were briefed at
today's meeting by Peter Lees, a member of our Interact Club at Long Eaton School. He has
just returned from a Rotary Young Leader course at Castleton Rotary Centre.
Along with 21 other youngsters they were divided into teams to carry out various activities designed to create challenges both physical and mental which encourage the participants to learn new skills and help to involve them in making decisions in the wider world. Peter thanked the Club for giving him this opportunity to participate.
The RYLA scheme is a four day course based at the Rotary Centre at Castleton and youngsters between 15 and 17 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs from around District.1220.
Monday 12th February 2018
Burns Night Celebration
The Risley Park
|Forty Rotarians and guests celebrated
their own tribute to Robbie Burns tonight at The Risley Park with a traditional Haggis
The Haggis was piped around the room by Lieutenant Peter Ward playing the bag pipes and accompanied by the Risley Park chef together with Jan Ward who proceeded to address the Haggis in the traditional Scottish manner before the Haggis was served to the guests
After a "wee dram of the amber nectar" enjoyed by many of the guests, Peter and Jan Ward entertained the guests with a selection of haunting tunes on the pipes, before the close of a most pleasant evening of fun and fellowship.
Monday 5th February 2018
My Job Talk
Rotarian Bert Wild
50 years of Rotary service
|Long Eaton Rotarian Bert Wild
celebrates 50 years with the club this week. Bert has remained committed to the club and
the Rotary ethos throughout the last 5 decades. He has served as President and many other
posts over the years and in 2015 was awarded the highest accolade, a Paul Harris
Following a delightful talk from one of our new members, travel counsellor Grant Stirling, President Nigel Kirk thanked Bert for his fund of knowledge on club matters and the help he has given the club. Members applauded Bert for his wonderful service over the years.
Monday 29th January 2018
The Sick Children Trust
|We welcomed today our Monday lunch
speaker, Cassandra Hughes who talked about the Sick Children Trust, a registered charity
providing "home from home" accommodation for families with children receiving
intensive treatment at Sheffield Children`s Hospital. There are a further 8 homes in
England located near to leading paediatric hospitals providing similar care and support to
around 4000 families per annum.
The two houses in Sheffield support around 725 families every year and allows the family to be near the sick child 24/7 , the Trust believes that keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of serious ill children.
There is no Government funding available for this scheme and the Trust relies solely on voluntary donations from individuals and organisations as it costs £30 per night to support a family for one night.
Rotarian Jonathan Toon thanked Cassandra for an excellent presentation and hoped that the Trust would continue to grow and build further units throughout the country.
Monday 18th December 2017
Induction of Honorary Member Lynn Reeve
Guest Stephanie Walker of Long Eaton Chronicle
|We were delighted to welcome today to
our Christmas themed lunch, Stephanie Walker of the Long Eaton Chronicle.
We also were delighted to welcome Lynn Reeve, of The Long Eaton School, as an Honorary Member. Lynn is involved with the Eco-Interact club based at the school. There was time for a few funny stories from the members before we closed for the winter break.
Saturday 16th December 2017
Army Cadet Force Band Christmas Concert
At May Hall, Trent College
|May Hall Long Eaton was the venue for The
Rotary Club`s Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday 16th December.
Performed by the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force`s Band under the leadership of Lieutenant Peter Ward the young cadets played an exciting and entertaining programme of carols to a packed audience. Highlights were a performance by the cadet core of drums, and solos from 12 year Cory Kohut on the cornet, lance corporal Kiera Robert on the euphonium and Letitia Beck on flute.
The audience also had a role to play with a rousing chorus of the 12 Days of Christmas energetically directed by Major Tex Calton, National Director of Cadet Music. The evening was enjoyed by all.
This was the 6th year of Band concerts organised by Wing Commander Phil Giles and the Rotary Club of Long Eaton which has to date raised around £20,000 in total, all of which has gone to local Rotary and Band charities.
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Wednesday 13th December 2017
Young Chef Competition
At Wilsthorpe School
Four young budding chefs, Mila Shough from The Long Eaton School, Jasmine Defoe from Friesland School, Emily Morris and Eleanor Wild both from Wilsthorpe School, whose ages ranged from 13 to 16 entered Rotary's Young Chef Competition which was held at Wilsthorpe School and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Long Eaton, on 13th December 2017.
Each contestant had to design a healthy 3 course menu for two people within a budget of £15. This menu then had to be produced and served within a two hour limit.
Marks were awarded according to each course for its presentation, required cooking skills and obviously taste. The contestants were also marked for their planning, timings and tidiness of their workstations plus the table setting.
It was a great honour to witness the young chefs working hard to produce a 3 course menu against the clock and being watched by the judges. This was the second time I had been asked to be one of the judges for the competition. It was really difficult to separate the contestants but eventually a winner and runner-up were chosen.
Many congratulations go to Mila who won and Emily who was runner-up. In the judges eyes though each chef was a winner as they had made the decision to enter the competition.
Well done to all of you! You should be immensely proud of yourselves and your judges have no doubt you already have skills which will carry you through life.
Our special thanks go to Jon Peill of Wilsthorpe School for all his help and support in hosting this wonderful event.
Mila will now go onto the District Final which will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Samworth Church Academy Mansfield, Nottingham. Alison Bowley
Monday 11th December 2017
Club Christmas Party
At the Risley Park
with Dan Patchett
Monday 4th December 2017
M1 Smart Motorway upgrade
|Nick Robinson from Highways England was
our speaker today with the latest progress on construction work on the M1 between
Junctions 23 and 25.
Highways England are responsible for maintaining and improving 4300 miles of motorway and major A roads in England. These roads carry 1/3 of all road traffic by mileage and 2/3 of all heavy goods traffic. The Government has pledged to improve the road network giving faster and safer access to business.
The present M1 improvements will give access directly to the Midland Gateway , a huge development now under construction at J 24 which is anticipated to provide employment for over 12,000 .
The "Smart Motorway" will provide 4 lane running with emergency refuges at suitable points. Costing around £120 million, the work is running on schedule for completion towards the end of next year.
Rotarian Peter Wearn thanked Nick for the update.
Friday 1st December 2017
Planting Crocus Bulbs
Sawley Junior School
Club of Long Eaton helps students at Sawley Junior School spread the word on the End Polio
Now Project. Rotarian Barbara James made a Rotary presentation 'End Polio Now' to year 5
students at the school. The school had raised the amazing amount of £108 which will be
tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. After the presentation everyone went
outside to plant 320 crocus bulbs - which represented all the students and members of
staff at the school. The caretakers had prepared the ground ready for the planting - which
was also really appreciated.
Monday 27th November 2017
Attenborough Nature Reserve
and guests attended lunch today at The Risley Park to hear Mike Spencer give an update on
Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Established in 1996 the site was formed from gravel extraction which left ponds and islands that are home to many species of wild life. Extraction is now complete leaving a site approximately 220Ha. which is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest all of which is managed by volunteers and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust .
Education is an important part of the reserve and this is centered on the Nature Centre at Barton Lane which has seen visits from some 2.5m visitors in the last 10 years, and providing field experience to some 30,000 children.
Always looking to the future, wildlife has been encouraged with some success. Otters have been seen and the habitat improved for birds and bats. However not all visitors are welcome, wild mink are active and need to be culled in order to protect the duck population.
Mike as a trustee of Nottinghamshire Wildlife concluded with an outline of the sites future now that extraction had finished. The Cemex batching plant is to be removed and bridges to be replaced with paths. It remained to be seen how this would affect the reserve in the long term.
Mike was thanked for a great talk by rotarian Chris Corbett.
Monday 20th November 2017
Induction of Dick Knight to our Club
delighted to induct and welcome new member Dick Knight to our club today. He was proposed
and introduced by Ian Gooding and inducted by President Nigel Kirk. Dick has a passion for
barber shop singing and his classification is wine consultant.
Monday 13th November 2017
at The Risley Park
entertained 24 charities at our Disbursements evening when £7,200 was donated to them.
It was a hugely successful evening, efficiently organised by SVP Cas Francis and his team. Each donee was able to tell the audience how their money would be spent. It was a very rewarding evening that illustrated the good that Rotary does to local and international charities. It was also an opportunity for the representatives of the various charities to network together and exchange ideas.
The welcome was given by District 1220 Governor Elect, Dr Cheryl Berry. President Nigel Kirk officiated and SVP Cas Francis was MC.
A really upfifting evening on many fronts - it made one proud to be a Rotarian.
For many more pictures please click HERE
Monday 6th November 2017
Rotary Club were today pleased to welcome Rick Cassell as our speaker.
Rick is a polio survivor having been affected since the age of 2 with limited movement. Nevertheless he has lived an active life with the maxim, "there is no such word as can`t". In 1981 he tried to enter the first London Marathon but as a wheelchair racer he was rejected, this rejection spurred him on to mount a campaign with other wheelchair to allow disabled racers to compete, and in 1983 his campaign was succesful and as a founder member of the British Wheelchair Road Racing Club he went on to compete in a further 22 London marathons.
Unfortunately breathing difficulties ended his racing on land but his passion to compete has led him to dinghy sailing where he soon proved a natural ability and he now competes nationally and internationally.
Rt. Ian Gooding thanked our "inspirational speaker"
Monday 30th October 2017
My Job Talk
The vote of thanks was given by Rtn. Chris Corbett.
Tuesday 24th October 2017
World Polio Day
Crocus planting on The Green
in conjuction with Richard and his team from Erewash Parks dept. has obtained 12,000 more
crocus bulbs for planting on The Green traffic island in the centre of Long Eaton. Today
being World Polio Day was a suitable day to plant them. Members of our club together with
members of Long Eaton Interact Club assisted the professionals in the planting.
For more pictures please click HERE
| Monday 23rd
Smith-Young Scholar - swimming
speaker today was Smith Young recipient - Chloe Blaydon. Chloe, who is 18, joined us for
lunch and told us about the very interesting and exciting year she has just had.
She has taken part in the summer Camp America for 9 weeks where she was not only teaching youngsters to swim but also looking after and being responsible for them 24 hours a day. She told us how she had found this work very challenging but very rewarding. Chloe has recently taken part in the Oceanman swim where she came 5th in the Elite World Championships, she was stung by two jelly fish leaving large red marks on her leg and arm. Chloe's Smith Young Award helped to pay for a new swim wetsuit.
Chloe already has her Level 1 coaching certificate and she is a Level 1 and Level 2 swimming teacher. Chloe is currently undertaking an Apprenticeship with Loughborough De Lisle College. Barbara James gave the Vote of Thanks.
Monday 16th October 2017
Nigel Kirk welcomed guest Terry Harrison at our lunchtime meeting today.
Terry talked about Mercy Ships, an international Christian charity organisation providing free medical care through a hospital ship staffed with over 400 volunteers which travels to developing nations, mainly on the African Continent.
Founded some 35 years ago, Mercy Ships currently use a converted Scandinavian rail ferry which has 5 operating theatres and wards for after care. In addition they have provided training and mentoring for over 32,000 local professionals. The present vessel, Africa Mercy is coming to the end of its life, a new vessel is planned but the build cost is currently $100 million and in addition running costs for the existing programme amount to over $30 million per annum, all of which has to be raised by donations from organisations like Rotary , commercial firms and private individuals.
Rotarian Kevin Miller thanked Terry for an informative talk and wished him every
success with Mercy Ships.
Monday 2nd October 2017
Tall Ships Youth Trust
President Nigel Kirk thanks our own member Rotarian Kevin Miller for an entertaining talk
on his work with the Tall Ships Youth Trust. The Trust was founded in 1956 as a registered
charity to advance the development of youngsters between the age of 16 and 25 by sailing
as part of the crew on a sailing ship.
So far over 100,000 trainees have sailed over 1.8 million miles around the world, gaining valuable life skills. For more information look at tallships.org
|Friday 29th September
to Sunday 1st October
District Conference at Llandudno
members and partners attended the conference in Llandudno. We were joined by Rtn
Andrew Mitchell and his wife.
Monday 25th September 2017
Induction of Chris Corbett to our Club
were delighted to induct Chris Corbett as a member of our club. Chris was until recently
the leader of the Erewash Borough Council, he is now Deputy Mayor. President Nigel Kirk
ran the ceremony and Mike Powell was his Proposer. Chris said how delighted he was to
become a member, his father for many years had been a member of the Rotary Club of
Stapleford and Sandiacre.
Monday 18th September 2017
District Governor Michael Longdon
delighted to welcome DG Michael Longdon of the West Ashfield club to our lunch today for
his official visit, his 40th as such. He gave an eloquent and uplifting address,
highlighting the need for Rotary to be fun and the need to attract members. Cas Francis,
our Senior Vice President gave the Vote of Thanks.
Monday 11th September 2017
Millie Adamczyk - Smith Young Scholar
Derbyshire Trusted Traders
club was pleased to welcome two guests at lunch today.
The first guest Millie Adamczyk was a Smith-Young recipient who had received a donation towards a graphic tablet to aid her art studies. The tablet gives her access to many like minded students throughout the world who exchange ideas with her. Millie thanked the club for their help towards the cost of equipment.
The second guest was Mark Atherton from Derbyshire "Trusted Traders" organisation. With over 1,200 approved traders registered, Derbyshire residents are sure to find a tradesman to meet their requirements. Full details of members are available at local libraries, by calling Derbyshire CC on 08456 058 058 or online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk
Mark then told us more about his day job with Derbyshire`s Trading Standards team. Sampling and weighing goods from bakeries to breweries makes sure that the consumer receives full value. Jjust a small discrepancy, when applied to many thousand portions, may amount to a considerable increase in profit. Trading Standards also provide advice on the many scams that are current today and ended his talk with the phrase If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is! Rotarian Cas Francis thanked the guests for coming to talk to us.
Monday 4th September 2017
Autism East Midlands
at lunch today was Jack Knight from Autism East Midlands. The group was set up as a
charity in 1968 to help parents with children affected by autism. It has grown to be the
biggest organisation of its kind in the East Midlands. It provides family support hubs at
various centres in the area, gives a calm stable enviroment and delivers autism awareness
training to parents and sufferers.
Jack gave us facts and figures, showing that around 1 in 70 people suffer from autism to some degree and the group are working hard to raise awareness of the condition. However the shortage of qualified professionals means that parents may have to wait up to 18 months to receive an assessment for their child.
Currently Autism East Midlands are providing education and support for 60 pupils at their Nottingham school.
Rotarian Peter Wearn gave the clubs vote of thanks.
Saturday 19th August 2017
Oblensky suite at Trent College was the perfect setting for the Long Eaton Rotary Club
Garden Party held to celebrate the Queen`s Sapphire Jubilee.
We were pleased to welcome Erewash Mayor Mary Hopkinson who opened the afternoon and also judged the tables decorated by the guests.
Billed as " an afternoon of refined entertainment", over 200 guests from the Erewash community enjoyed sandwiches cake and scones followed by music and song from the band of Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, Lily Taylor-Ward, Paul Hopkins and the Gem Connection Choir.
A relaxing afternoon enjoyed by all and concluding with a rousing sing-song led by Lily Taylor-Ward.
For furher photos, courtesy of Steve Ingers Photographer, please click HERE
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Free Family Fun Day
West Park field
assisted our Interactors in holding the third Free Family Fun Day. It was a warm and
mainly sunny event, opened by Mayor Mary Hopkinson and her Consort Peter. Many hundreds
enjoyed the plentiful and varied activities provided.
For further photos, courtesy of Steve Ingers Photographer, please click HERE
Every family attending the event was offered a free raffle ticket for the prize draw. We were delighted to receive a free seven night Eurocamp holiday - from Eurocamp. Novotel Hotel also gave a free overnight stay, three course meal and a bottle of wine.
The winner of the Eurocamp holiday was Mrs Janet Tomlinson of Long Eaton, she was delighted with her prize. The winner of the Novotel package was Mrs Nichola Showande of Long Eaton. Mrs Showande and her husband have 4 small children. Novotel Hotel Manager Glynn Jones said he would also extend the overnight stay to their 4 children! A delighted Nichola said " I have never won anything before in my life!" Our most grateful thanks to both Eurocamp and the Novotel Hotel for their generous prizes.
| Monday 14th
Matilda Finn-Cook and Zak Charlesworth
delighted to have join us for lunch two Smith Young recipients Matilda Finn-Cook and Zak
Charlesworth. We sponsored Matilda towards her course with the National Youth Music
Theatre taking part in a production in London called the Dark Tower which was opera
combined with contemporary dance. 'Tilly' told us that her participation on the course has
been noticed by universities at her auditions to do a BA (Hons) in musical Theatre. she is
now awaiting to hear exam results if she has a place at University.. While she is waiting
Tilly has been volunteering with The Young Performers and also volunteering at the music
classes at Outlook Day Centre.
Our second Smith Young recipient is Zak Charlesworth, we sponsored Zak to produce a play at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton, before carrying on with his studies. The play was in aid of the Lymphoma Association and it raised over £1,000. Zak is currently working within the community in three ways; he is a Community First Responder, a Special Constable and also working with The Young Performers.
Our final visitor was Hazel Tilford - a lady coming along today to find out more about Rotary. Hazel already knew a number of our members as she has taught swimming for many years, both at the Grange Park swimming pool and also at West Park Leisure Centre.
Monday 7th August 2017
Smith-Young Scholar - swimmer
Long Eaton Rotary Club welcomed Esther Halford to the lunch meeting. Esther was the
recipient of a "Smith-Young" award from the Club which went towards the purchase
of a racing swim suit.
Swim suits for serious swimmers start at three to four hundred pounds and have a surprisingly short life, international swimmers often have a new suit for each race
Esther is a promising young swimmer training with the Derbyshire Squad and has already competed in several national and international events. Her training sessions start early mornings which means a 4.30am start for 6 mornings a week, this regime coupled with recent GCE examinations has been exhausting but she tells us that she is looking forward to her next competition.
Rotarian Barbara James thanked Esther for coming to talk to us and the Club wished her well in the future.
Monday 31st July 2017
Ben Benfield, President of Derby Rotary Club, came to give us an update on the ShelterBox
Organisation. Originally founded in Cornwall with funding from RIBI the organisation has
grown and is now firmly established as an International aid organisation.
85 million people around the World have been made homeless either by natural disaster or conflict and ShelterBox provides basic shelter, and sufficient material to help rebuild life. A box costs £590 and will provide water filters for clean water, cooking set, solar light pack and many other essentials.
ShelterBox are active in South America, Africa and the Middle East, although they have to keep a low profile in Syria to avoid repercussions from the various factions active in the area.
Rt. Clive Atkins thanked Ben for coming to talk to us.
Monday 24th July 2017
Club Summer Picnic
Long Eaton Community Garden
Monday 17th July 2017
from Prostate Cancer UK came to talk to the club today and outlined the service provided
by the organisation.
Prostate Cancer has increased to become one of the most common cancers in the uk affecting 1 in 8 men over the age of fifty. With the growth of this cancer the treatment and management of the disease has also improved and Alan stressed the importance of early identification and treatment by consulting your GP or a specialist nurse from Prostate Cancer UK. This often means that treatment can be provided to manage the cancer successfully.
Past President John Bowley thanked Alan for a most informative talk.
Monday 10th July 2017
My Grandfather in WW 1
Coltman accompanied by his Dad came to tell us about his grandfather William who, without
firing a single bullet or killing anyone, became the most decorated NCO in the British
army. William was a Christian, who believed in the Bible and whilst unwilling to fight,
wanted to serve his country. He became a stretcher bearer, but not wanting to involve
others in his endeavours, he went out alone, carrying the injured on his back. He was only
5'4", but strong and stocky. Born in 1891, he signed up in June 1915, just in time
for the battle of the Somme, which dragged on for five months. His bravery, determination
and courage during the war saved many lives and he was awarded DCM and bar, MM and bar and
a Victoria Cross.
Amazingly, he survived the war and returned to his previous job of gardener. He died in 1974 aged 82 and never talked about his wartime experiences at all. It took his family a while to uncover his astonishing army career and his amazing determination to help others.
Bert Wild, whose father was in WW1 gave the Vote of Thanks. A most uplifting talk of great fortitude.
Monday 10th July 2017
District Interact Club Cup
Monday 3rd July 2017
Induction of Officers
the first meeting of the new Rotary year and all the officers for the new year were
inducted. President John Bowley's final gesture was to make our honorary member David
Britton a Paul Harris Fellow, for services rendered over the Twinning visit from Japan
during our 90th Charter Anniversary celebrations. We then said farewell to President John
who becomes Immediate Past President and received the chain that now has almost as many
scrolls as the Presidential chain, which is limited to 50. Again we were presented with
The District Interact Trophy.
John welcomed Nigel Kirk as our new President and handed over to him the Presidential Chain. Nigel then inducted his team of vice presidents and officers. He wished the club another happy and successful year.