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Sunday 30th September




at the Robin Hood Half Marathon

Five Rotarians and one wife assisted members of Nottingham West Lions Club in marshalling at the Robin Hood Half Marathon. Our stretch was Wollaton Road, from Crown Island to The Wheelhouse, manning junctions and answering questions.

The morning was cold but dry. 8,000 runners passed through at our 5 mile point over a period of 1 hours. I wonder how many made it to the finish. Our DG Cheryle was running but we didn't spot her. An interesting event to be part of.

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The team: Roger, Tony, Cas, Buntie, Subhash and Dick.

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Wollaton Road, before turning into Wollaton Park.



Monday 17th September




at Long Eaton Community Garden

Twenty Members and three Spouses of Long Rotary visited a local Community project in Long Eaton with whom we are affiliated. Geoff Birkin provided a picnic lunch for us all and refreshments were provided. Since our visit last year major progress has been made; a  Polly tunnel, Covered area with cob oven, raised beds and a pond has been dug, now waiting for the rain to fall.

A wonderful presentation was given by Alan, a Member of the Steering Committee. Coffee and cakes were served. A great lunchtime was enjoyed by all. Thanks.

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Monday 10th September


Simon Davey and Andrew Mitchell


Brunel models for outdoor model railways

Andrew Mitchell (former president of Long Eaton Rotary Club) and Simon Davey from Long Eaton Dawnbreakers R C provided a presentation about their new business venture called Brunel Models at today's lunch meeting.

Andrew began. He talked about his passion for railways and especially garden railways. He explained how he got involved with a local club which led him to build his own garden railway at his home in Long Eaton. During the building process it soon became apparent that some creative input was needed to enhance the layout.

Simon continued. He is an experienced graphic designer, sign maker, artist and offered to help Andrew. They created some interesting focal points in the garden including a large viaduct spanning over 10ft in length and 4ft in height, complete with detailed stonework and illuminated workshops in the arches below. This was the initial spark, which lead them onto the formation of Brunel Models which now supplies over 30 “easy build” kits for enthusiasts of this growing hobby. In addition to this Brunel offer a bespoke design and build service to customers wanting specific buildings and structures to exact scales. All models are manufactured from weather-proof plastics and finished with hard wearing paint so they can be left outside all year round.

The presentation received acclamation from those present, sparking off memories of their youth when watching steam trains passing through the town. For more information or a presentation at your club or organisation please visit www.brunelmodels.co.uk

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Pictured: President Cas, Andrew Mitchell, Simon Davey and PP Geoff Birkin


Tuesday 21st August


Bowls Match


Long Eaton Dawnbreakers

The annual Bowls match with Long Eaton Dawnbreakers was held at the West Park bowling green. Up for grabs was the Langham-Browne Cup, a club sporting trophy that has been competed for many times over the years.

This year in an exciting game, Dawnbreakers took the final end to win 9 - 8 and the Cup too - till next year.....

Thanks and well played to all who took part and those who turned up to watch the event.

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Thanks to Paul Hopkins for the photo



Saturday 18th August


'Battles Over' Garden Party


Obolensky Hall,

Trent College

To celebrate the Centenary of the end of WW1 on November 11th 1918, Long Eaton Rotary Club held a garden party entitled "Battles Over" to mark the historic occasion coming up this year.

Over 230 guests enjoyed a fabulous teaparty on Saturday 18th August, A special guest of the club was 99 year old Reg Messenger, Reg saw action in WW2 and his father fought in WW1 and survived. Reg then gave the audience a few anecdotes of his long life.

The event was held in the Obolensky Suite at Trent College, musical entertainment was provided through the afternoon with songs and nostalgia from Lily Taylor Ward, Grand Central Chorus and some good old "Rock n Roll" from Paul Hopkins who also directed the show.

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Wednesday 15th August


Long Eaton Interact Club's Free Family Fun Day


West Park Field, Long Eaton

The Rotary and Interact Free Family Fun Day was a huge success. Held on a dry and breezy day at West Park Field there were many attractions including bouncy castle, climbing wall, Mr Magic, Tesco smoothie bicycles and a Eurocamp free holiday draw.

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Interactors and Rotarians with Mayor Chris and Mayoress Linda Corbett amd Maggie Throup MP.

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Rtn Pete Wearn and his science table - "Waiting for the Big Bang!"

For full report and more photos, please visit the Interact Club page HERE



Saturday 4th August


Official Opening of the Long Eaton Community Garden

The Grand opening of the Long Eaton Community Gardens took place on Saturday 4th August 2018.

His worship the Mayor & Consort of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Chris Corbett and Mrs Linda Corbett officiated. Kate Shaw was the original instigator and Alan Goulden gave a speech on the history of the project and its aims and objectives.

Among the invited guest was a large group of people from the local Community, who either are a Volunteer at the Gardens or knew someone who is benefiting from the facility.

The Community Garden is well run by a group of Volunteers and a small Steering group, who gives up some of their time to provide this much needed facility for everyone in the area. It is a place to learn about gardening and HAVE FUN.

Our Club has been connected with the project for some years but we were again pleasantly surprised to see the vast improvements since we were last there in July last year.

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Alan Goulden - speaking on the past, present and future


Mayor Chris Corbett cuts the ribbon


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Alan's attentive audience


The new cob burning oven


Cakes and drinks were provided


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Mayor and Mayoress Chris & Linda Corbett with Club members (photo Steve Walton)



Monday 30th July 2018


Induction of Kewal Singh Athwal to the Club

Long Eaton Rotary Club welcomes new member Kewal Singh Athwal to the Club. Kewal is a well known figure in the town and a Derbyshire County Councillor for Sawley. President Cas Francis and the members welcomed him to the Club.

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Picture from left:- Rt. Kevin Miller, President Cas Francis, Kewal Singh Athwal and Rt. Bert Wild.



Monday 16th July 2018


Samantha Wallace


Events Manager, Trent College

Today we were delighted to welcome as a special guest, Samantha Wallace, the events manager at Trent College. Samantha and Trent college have been an asset to our club over the years, hosting many events, including our annual ACF Christmas band concert, an event not to be missed and the Summer Rotary garden party which is a fabulous event at Trent Oblensky Suite, for which there are still a few tickets are available. Trent college is a world class venue with exclusive events run by the Rotary Club of Long Eaton.

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Pictured: Kevin Miller, Samanatha Wallace and President Cas Francis



Monday 9th July 2018


Karen Gould


Careers Mistress at Long Eaton School

Karen Gould, Assistant Head at Long Eaton School, was our visitor today. Karen's primary concern is to provide contact between students and potential employers in order to improve their career prospects.

Research shows that students who participate in the scheme have a greater understanding of the life skills required for their future employment in a rapidly changing world.

Karen hopes to recruit club members to provide mock interviews and give business advice to students.

Rotarian Barbara James thanked Karen for her talk and hoped that the Club could provide some valuable advice to help her students to a career.

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Pictured: Barbara James, President Cas Francis, Assistant Head Karen Gould, Secretary David Kent



Monday 2nd July 2018


Changeover Meeting




Club Photo

It was a lovely sunny afternoon for the Club Photo and Changeover at The Risley Park. Steve Ingers took the club photo and also those of the changeover.

Nigel thanked his team saying how much he had enjoyed his year. Cas thanked Nigel for an excellent and happy year under his presidency. Cas then inducted his team.

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The Handover

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President Cas thanks IPP Nigel Kirk


President Cas inducts Senior Vice President Ian Gooding


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President Cas inducts Junior Vice President David Kent


President Cas inducts David Kent as Secretary


President Cas inducts Roger Alton as Treasurer