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Dovedale Dipper Entry Sunday 5th August 2018

Dovedale Dipper Entry 2018


Rotary's 2 remaining scholars at Bahati Division Academy in Kenya

The Club has sponsored 3 scholars to complete their secondary education at Bahati Divison Academy through the UK registered charity Kenyan Educational Support www.kes-charity.co.uk


TUESDAY 19th December - Christmas Social

at The Fishpond - see below


Matlock Victorian Christmas Market. 1st - 3rd December 2017

Matlock Mulled wine fundraising stall at the Victorian Market


20th November - Musical Evening at the Remarkable Hare with Guitarist Richard Haslam (Buffet)


4th. December - Rotarian David Pedlar - speaker about the Ecobottle Greenhouse Project


About us

Rotary Club of Matlock Supporting

World Polio Day


The Rotary Club of Matlock recently teamed up with McDonalds on Bakewell Road to plant 2000 crocus corms on the grass verge at the entrance to the restaurant. In spring there will be a colourful show of purple flowers for the travellers on the A6 and visitors to McDonalds to enjoy.

An additional 2000 bulbs have also been planted at the Whitworth Centre just below the terrace to provide another purple display.

Since 1954, when the vaccine developed by Dr Jonas Salk to immunise children came into common use, the number of children crippled by polio has been reduced from over 350,000 worldwide per year to under 10 this year to date and polio is now found in only three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan

However, until polio has been completely eradicated, there will always be a risk that the disease will spread once more, especially to areas which are difficult for volunteer immunisation teams to go into due to wars and conflicts.

When a young child is immunised, their little finger is dipped into a purple dye so that the health workers can see who has been immunised from this terrible disease.

The purple crocus has been adopted by Rotary as the symbol for “The End Polio Now” initiative, each crocus representing one child that will not suffer a life-time of pain and suffering through polio.

The End Polio Now initiative started by Rotary International is fully supported by the World Health Organisation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government and Rotary Clubs throughout the world.

Matlock Rotarians have also provided 1000 purple crocus bulbs to All Saints Junior School where their garden club team will undertake the planting in the school grounds. They have also been provided with an End Polio Now training pack that teachers at the school will use as part of the school curriculum and which will tell year six students all about the history of polio dating back in history to the time when Egypt was ruled by the Pharaohs.   

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said “We would like to thank the management teams at McDonalds in Matlock and The Whitworth Centre for allowing us to do the planting and hope that users of those facilities will enjoy the flowers in the early spring”

If you are interested in joining Rotary in Matlock, please contact us through Facebook or on www.matlockrotary.org

Photo – Matlock Rotarians enjoy crocus planting

Greenaway Gift

Through fundraising at various local events, Matlock Rotary Club has donated £2,500 to the Greenaway Workshop at Darley Dale.

Originally set up by the Matlock Rotary Club in 1981, Greenaway Workshop provides employment opportunities for adults with long term health conditions, matching their abilities to the jobs available in the workshop, in chair repairs or printing. It provides therapeutic work for up to 20 adults with varying needs, mainly living in the Derbyshire Dales area.

Chair repairs include re-seating to rush, cane, seagrass and Danish cord chairs.

For further information about Greenaway Workshop visit greenawayworkshop.org.uk

Julian Hammond, President of The Rotary Club of Matlock said “It is great to be giving financial assistance to Greenaway Workshop, as it provides such a valuable service to the community. Funding is always finely balanced and our contribution of £2,500 will help the Workshop buy new printing equipment. “

Below the President has a go at repairing a chair!

Dovedale Dipper Delight

On a beautiful day, 355 people, of all ages and abilities, took part in the 15th Dovedale Dipper Challenge, running or walking over the full 26 mile course or running or walking the shorter 15 mile option.

This year, a record 155 runners took part in the event (with a further 200 doing the walks) and the winning times were astonishing when the terrain of the route is considered. The first runner to complete the 26 mile run, Stephen Shanks, from Bingham, did it in 3 hours 48 minutes and the fastest walker of the 26 mile route, Miss F. Cooke, finished in 5 hours 6 minutes, with an average walking speed of over 5 miles an hour.

The fastest walker of the 15 mile route was John Griffin, who completed in 4 hours 31 minutes and the fastest runner, Maree Jesson, from Northampton, finished in 2 hours 29 minutes

All the funds raised through entrance fees and sponsorship will be donated to The Royal National Lifeboat Institute

The Dovedale Dipper is organized by the Rotary Club of Matlock, with help from Matlock Inner Wheel. This year the field used for car parking was kindly provided by a local farmer, Mr Richard Sherratt. First Aid was provided by St Johns and communication was provided by Raynet. Hartington Parish Council provided the Village Hall as the event headquarters. All are thanked for their help.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond, said “The Dovedale Dipper was another great success with much needed funds raised for the R.N.L.I. I thank all of the organisers and helpers who made this event a success, and I look forward to the 16th Dovedale Dipper next year.”

Matlock Rotary Club Awards School Bursaries

The Rotary Club of Matlock provides a bursary scheme for students at Highfields School, Matlock, to help them with the costs of university life (or apprenticeship).

This year, the Rotary Club of Matlock has awarded three bursaries to students.

The students – Michael Crowfoot, Jodie Crooks and Saffron Hallam – are using their bursaries to purchase laptop computers and software supplied by the Real Computer Shop in Matlock.

Michael Crowfoot, will study mathematics at Warwick University, Jodie Crooks will study psychology at Newcastle University and Saffron Hallam will study civil and structural engineering at the University of Leeds.

Since the student bursary scheme was started in 2013, Matlock Rotary Club has awarded 11 bursaries to Highfields School students.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said, “It is terrific to see the enthusiasm that the bursary students have for their university courses. The Rotary Club of Matlock is pleased to help local students in pursuit of their careers and we wish them every success in their studies ahead.”

Saffron Hallam, Julian Hammond( President of Matlock Rotary Club), Jodie Crooks

July Social - Evening River Trip on the Trent

President Julian arranged a river trip with dinner and drinks on the River Trent - Glorious evening sunshine was an added bonus for the excellent turnout to this event.

Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show

The seventh annual Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show, held on July 23rd, at Ashover Showground, was a roaring success. Nearly two thousand visitors tuned out to see a truly magnificent display of 511 classic cars and motorbikes, including a few American pick- up trucks and Series 1 Land-Rovers.

The car show was jointly arranged by the Rotary Clubs of Matlock, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale and Clay Cross and the profits made are to be donated to local good causes, working in the community, supported by Rotary.

The award for the best classic car was given to John Wilkes, of Wingerworth, for his beautiful 1935 Bentley Park-Ward Drophead, which was built in Derby.

The award for the best motorbike was given to Peter Kirkman, from Matlock, for his immaculate 1937 Aerial Square Four.

As well as having a huge display of classic vehicles, the show also included entertainment, a good variety of food and drink stalls, children’s rides, autojumble stalls, craft stalls, an Inner Wheel stall (selling cakes), model car stalls and tool stalls, and a display of new cars.

A great time was had by all and the event is now firmly on the classic car show calendar.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond, said “I am really pleased to see such a good turnout of cars and bikes, and people attending the show. Everyone enjoyed it and I look forward to the event next year. Thousands of pounds have been raised for local good causes, and the four Rotary Clubs who organised the event show how working together can be better than going it alone.”

The winning car

The winning motorbike

...and a classic car on display

Julian Takes the Helm at Matlock Rotary Club

Julian Hammond, a retired solicitor and qualified ocean mariner, is the new President of Matlock Rotary Club.

Julian said “I am looking forward to steering the Rotary ship for the year ahead. We need new members and my aim for the year is to make being a member of the club a fun filled commitment to raising funds for local needs and charities, and for wider national and international good causes and responses to disasters. If anyone is interested in giving some time up for the community at large please visit our web site – www.matlockrotary.com to learn all about the club. “

Julian is supported by the new President Elect, Paul Edwards and the new Junior Vice President, Phil Pegg

Photo President Julian (in the middle) with President Elect, Paul Edwards (on the left) and Junior Vice President, Phil Pegg (on the right).

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

20th November - Musical Evening at the Remarkable Hare with Guitarist Richard Haslam (Buffet)

Monday 20th November 19.00

20th November - Musical Evening at the Remarkable Hare with Guitarist Richard Haslam (Buffet)

27th November Jim Fearn - Speaker followed by Council

Monday 27th November 19.00

27th November Jim Fearn - Speaker followed by Council

Jim is the Communications Manager for DDDC and will talk aboutis varied life ..so far!

Friday 1st December 10.00 - 16.00 Sunday 3rd December

Matlock Victorian Christmas Market. 1st - 3rd December 2017

Matlock Mulled wine fundraising stall at the Victorian Market


Monday 4th December 19.00

4th. December - Rotarian David Pedlar - speaker about the Ecobottle Greenhouse Project

Monday 11th December 19.00

11th December -Speaker - Simon Keeling

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Rotary Young Citizen Awards

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How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 18:45
(For the first 4 Mondays of the month - No meeting on any 5th Monday (the third meeting is a social or a visit)
For August and September the club meetings will be at the Remarkable Hare at 77 Dale Road, Matlock DE4 3LT DE4 3LT  01629 580850

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