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Friday 21st December
Christmas Charity Collection
Tesco - Long Eaton
|We had a second Christmas local
charities collection today, this time thanks to Tesco, Long Eaton.
Thank you Tesco for your permissions to do this and for your help on the day. We found your Christmas shoppers very generous and supportive. Together with gift aid claimable we raised over £700. All the money given will go to local charities during next year. A list of all our donations made last year can be seen HERE.
Also thank you to all our club members who gave their time during the day to collect and thank you again Tesco shoppers for being so spontaneously generous.
Monday 17th December
at The Risley Park
with the Diamond Cut singers
|Our Christmas party was held at our
normal lunch-time venue of The Risley Park. An excellent gathering of fifty two members,
partners and friends had a fine traditional Christmas dinner and were then entertained by
a section of the local Gem Connection barbershop singers, called 'Diamond Cut'.
Eleven ladies wih lovely voices singing in harmony was a real delight and rounded off a great evening of fun, food and chat. Thanks to Geoff Birkin for the organisation and to President Cas who was MC.
Saturday 15th December
ACF Band Christmas Concert
at May Hall, Trent College
|Our 7th annual Army Cadet Force Band
concert was another success in spite of the awful weather. Young players from Hampshire,
Wales and Lincoln joined with the local Derby ACF to provide a rousing evening of
Christmas entertainment. Organised almost single-handedly by Phil Giles with the help
of many members on the night, this Charity event raised over £3,000 shared between the
Band and our Charity Fund.
For more photographs, please click HERE
Monday 10th December
Derby Mountain Rescue
|Paul Barlow, of the Derby Mountain Rescue
Unit came to tell us about his organisation today
Friday 7th December
Christmas Charity Collection
ASDA - Long Eaton
|Today we were collecting for local
charities in ASDA, Long Eaton.
Thank you ASDA for your permissions to do this and for your help on the day. Together with gift aid claimable we raised nearly £500.
Also thank you to all our club members who gave their time during the day to collect and thank you to all the ASDA shoppers who gave so generously.
Monday 3rd December
Rtn John Cavey
|Rtn. John Cavey, chairman of District
1220 Foundation Team, was our guest speaker today to provide a reminder of this important
The Rotary Foundation is one of the largest charities in the world and is supported by 1.2 million Rotarians, it is Rotary's only charity and supports many projects both in the UK and internationally. One of the most successful and important is the "Purple Crocus" project working to eradicate polio throughout the world. Over 1.7 billion dollars has already been spent on this scheme with great success, reducing worldwide annual polio cases to below 50. Click HERE to see our Interact Club's involvement with this project.
A Peace Scholars study course has been promoted and sponsored by our Foundation with 6 universities throughout the world providing courses, the most successful based at Bradford, UK. So far over 1000 students worldwide have qualified and are working in the world community on many projects
John then reminded the club that that all these efforts need financing and a gift of £40 p.a. from each club member is all that is required to keep "the books balanced".
The vote of thanks together with a brief recent history of Long Eaton`s involvement with Foundation was given by Treasurer Roger Alton.
Monday 12th November
The Risley Park
|Tonight local and international
charities were present to receive their cheque from the Long Eaton Rotary Club. Thirty one
charities were the beneficiaries of funds generated by the Club over the last year, from
events such as our golf day at Erewash Golf Club, a Garden Party at Trent College, and our
annual Band Concert all of which are supported by the local community.
Recipients included local youth groups, St John Ambulance, Canaan Trust, Framework and international Rotary sponsored charities such as Aquabox and Shelter Box both of which are active in supplying disaster aid throughout the world.
Cheques were presented to each representative present by President Cas Francis. Master of Ceremonies was Rtn.David Kent. The evening was a great success.
For more photos click HERE
Thursday 8th November
Planting more Crocus bulbs
Long Eaton Green
|7,000 crocus bulbs planted on Long
Eaton Green in aid of Rotary Eradicate Polio Project
The Mayor of Erewash, Chris Corbett, joined members of the Rotary Club of Long Eaton and Eco Interactors from The Long Eaton School to plant 7,000 purple crocus bulbs in The Green in the centre of Long Eaton. The bulbs will flower in spring, along with the other thirty three thousand purple crocus bulbs that have been planted over the past years. Rotary Interactors have been selling the crocus bulbs in aid of Eradicate Polio. See Interact page for their own report and photos.
Monday 5th November
Dr Cheryle Berry
Visit by District Governor
|Our speaker today was Rotary District
Governor Cheryle Berry on her annual visit to the club to promote the Purple Crocus
programme to eradicate polio throughout the world. Our Club, with our Interact Club has
planted thousands of sponsored bulbs at The Green roundabout in Long Eaton with seven
thousand more next week to raise funds for vaccinations and bring awareness to the public.
The scheme has been running for several years now with great success and has worldwide
raised many millions of funding. We hope for a great purple flowering nextr Spring at The
DG Cheryle also briefed the Club on her new initiative to teach the public emergency life saving skills with the Community Save A Life Scheme created to ensure that everyone can learn these simple skills, free of charge, to save a life. Their objective is to have someone on every street in Britain with these simple skills, a truely inspirational project.
Easy learning is available on line and within 30 minutes basic skills can be learnt. Just visit https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/prepared
SV President Ian Gooding thanked D G Cheryle and wished her every success with the Prepared To Save A Life scheme
Monday 29th October
Investing in Fairtrade farmers
|Peter Shore spoke to us today about
Fairtrade farmers. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local
sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of
conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest
producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their
Of the 1.65 million Fairtrade farmers worldwide, 20% of their production is sold to the UK, with bananas and coffee their big success stories, but also many other products as well carry the Fairtrade logo. A premium price on Fairtrade goods provides £100 million to help farmers to invest in education, productivity and quality improvements.
Philips particular interest is in Shared Interest a philanthropic bank with around 11,000 investors and capital of £40 million which provides short and medium term loans to the co-operatives of farmers and handcraft producers, funds that they would not otherwise be able to access. Around £60 million is loaned and repaid annually. It also provides practical support to their businesses through training and local support networks.
Rotarian Pete Wearn gave the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the Club. A fascinating and uplifting talk. For further information or to request a talk, contact Philip Shore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 29th October
|Mary Bayntun was also our guest today. She took away with her a quantity of second-hand books which had been brought in by members for her charity Campaign for Tackling Acquired Deafness. Her second-hand book stall raises arounf £40 a week and is always in need of books to sell on.|
Monday 15th October
|Today our Club welcomed Reg Messenger.
Born in 1919, he was able to recount many tales of his wartime experience in the Second
Reg joined up in 1941 in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps at the Traffic Centre, where he became Warrant Officer in charge of the Centre. He told of the occasion on one hot night the troop decided to sleep outside and he was awoken by an air raid and a close encounter with a bomb which blew him out of his camp bed, but fortunately he escaped injury.
Reg also travelled to Egypt and was posted to Cairo and was present at the Battle of El Alamain. Because of this posting he was obliged to bring forward his wedding day by a week and was married on the Monday, honeymooned on the Tuesday and sailing off to Egypt on the Wednesday.
After his war service he joined local textile manufacturer Bairnswear and he became involved in amateur dramatics for many years, clearly this experience has developed his anecdotes and his love of performance.
Rotarian Clive Atkins thanked Reg for giving the Club members an insight into the past.
Friday 5th October
Celebrating President Cas's Birthday
|Six Rotarians and their partners
celebrated President Cas's birthday in Scarborough at the District 1220 annual
conference. By all accounts it was a great weekend. Thanks to George for the photo.
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
The morning was cold but dry. 8,000 runners passed through at our 5½ mile point over a period of 1¼ 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.
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.
For more photos please click Here
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
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
|Tuesday 21st August
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.
Saturday 18th August
'Battles Over' Garden Party
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.
For more photos - please click HERE
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.
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.
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.
Monday 16th July 2018
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.
Monday 9th July 2018
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.
Monday 2nd July 2018
|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.