Rotary Bakewell - 9th Brass in the Park - Wed 3rd Jul at 19.30

Free Concert at Bakewell Recreation Ground - 4 Brass Bands and Bakewell Community Choir

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District National Park

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27th July Repair Cafe at the Methodist Church

27th July Repair Cafe at the Methodist Church

The next Cafe will be at Bakewell Methodist Church 10am to 1pm

Rotary Bakewell - 9th Brass in the Park

Rotary Bakewell - 9th Brass in the Park

Free Concert at Bakewell Recreation Ground - 4 Brass Bands and Bakewell Community Choir

An Opportunity for You

An Opportunity for You

We have several new members joining us and are always looking for more to join our ranks to help enhance our events, projects and fund raising activities.

Rotary Bakewell Grants

Rotary Bakewell Grants

Rotary Bakewell's Community Chest is opening for applications on 27th May 2024. Closing date for entries is Friday 28th June 2024
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 Rotary Club of Bakewell held its quiz night at the Medway Centre on the 3rd of May. John Kelcey provided the questions and 14 teams took part. Around £900 was raised to support the small grants funds and the Bakewell repair cafe. Thanks to our sponsors Thornbridge and Aldi.

Lady Manners’ School receive Club Community Awards

Bakewell Rotary president Ann Esders accompanied by Rotarian John Hopkins presented a cheque to Mr Peat, Headteacher, and Mr Bagshawe, head of technology, at Lady Manners School to provide £250 from the clubs’ small grants scheme for each of two of their projects.

The first project ran by Mr Bagshawe’s team provides for food preparation equipment to be used by community groups using the school facilities in the evening. The second project has supported the provision of bird boxes for swifts in trees surrounding an area of unused wasteland in the grounds of Lady Manners School. This would encourage bird species to inhabit the area.

This is the second batch of community grants the club has made in the last 6 months – and there are three other worthy recipients still to receive their cheques.

27th March 

A splendid evening and Allen managed to engage us in some out of the box brain puzzlers - and in tackling the great red to black pegs board game and raised £40 for our local charities as we purchased for our families! 

22nd March Senior Citizens Easter Party. Around 70 people attended an afternoon tea party hosted by Rotary Bakewell. Splendid food prepared by Margaret, Christine and Ruth. The Tom Pilkington combo provided music and entertainment. And all guests received an Easter Egg. Many thanks for the kind donations of provisions from Aldi and Bloomers.

Seniors tea

20th March 2024 Gary Peat, the head teacher at Lady Manners School, joined us for our meeting with a very informative presentation on both his background and the history and current activities at Lady Manners’. There was useful discussion on mutual ways we can assist activities and further closer relationships.

Gary Peat

Rotary Bakewell Quilt Raffle

Rotary Bakewell are currently involved in raising funds for the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS). This amazing volunteer organisation is a network of volunteer doctors with specialist training in pre-hospital emergency medicine who assist East
Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at the scene of life-threatening emergencies.
To raise funds, we are raffling a beautiful handmade quilt measuring 180cm x189cm. Tickets are £2 each or £10 for six. The draw is on 31st May, so plenty of time to buy some tickets to support this wonderful organisation and have a chance of winning this
one-of-a-kind quilt.
To buy your tickets, contact President Ann Esders on 07967 665580, any other club members, Heirs & Graces, Darley Dale or the Medway Centre, Bakewell.

7th February - Climate Clever

Rotary Bakewell had a talk by Mike Gray on the Climate Clever initiative which aims to involve schools, businesses and Rotary Clubs in our district in initiatives to help tackle climate change issues. President Ann Esders signed the club up to a commitment to act.

31st January - Evening meeting - Talk about the Galapagos Islands

 Kathy Hopkins gave us a fascinating and informative talk about their visit to the Galápagos Islands and a week-long stay there with the base for meals and overnight on small 11-berth ship and with daily outings to all the islands and their inhabitants - and swimming and snorkelling with sea lions!

22nd January - Cheque for Ashgate Hospice

Jane Meredith, President Ann, John Hopkins and Peter Huxtable visited the hospice last Monday (22nd) to present a cheque for £500 from the club, our most recent donation to their wonderful work. They are pictured with Ashgate's Community Relationship Fundraiser, Adele Taylor (2nd from right) who spoke to the club at one of our evening meetings last year. 

2024 - Lundy Island

Our first talk of the year was about history, intrigue, smuggling and wildlife on Lundy Island. This tiny island had its own currency at one time and still issues its own stamps.

Talk given by Evelyn- Rita 

Rotary Bakewell Christmas activities

The club raised some £1,050 from its fund-raising activity during December from street collections at the Coop store, with thanks to the support from the store management, and also at the Aldi store, thanks to support once again from manager Richard Goddard.

The annual carol service in conjunction with the Mayor and Council was held at the methodist church on 21st December and the service was conducted by Rev Fran Johnson – and was addressed by Dr Dan Crook from EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) and the collection was in aid of the charity.

From left Mayor Alyson Hill, Dan Crook, Ann Esders, Evelyn-Rita Hickin

The service was followed by a very convivial lunch at the Rutland Arms attended by about 30 guests.

Rotary Bakewell Christmas Collections

Santa was out at the Coop store in Bakewell on two Saturdays in December as part of the Rotary club commitment to the community and its youngsters.

We also have collections at Aldi on four mornings before Christmas (13,14, 18 & 19 Dec) – with support once again from the Aldi store manager Richard Goddard and his staff - and with some of the collection going towards President Ann’s charity for the year East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS).

Aldi store collection, from left Evelyn-Rita Hickin, store manager Richard Goddard, and Mary Ingham

Rotary Bakewell helps Rowsley Primary School play the bells

As part of its small grants’ initiative, the club has funded Rowsley primary school to purchase a class set of glockenspiels. President Ann Esders accompanied by Rotarian Chris Harrison present a cheque to Claire Harrison chair of the PTFA whilst listening to class 1 perform an enthusiastic rendition of jingle bells on the glockenspiels.

Rowsely School

29th November - Goboka Rwanda Trust

Heather Thomas a founder member of the locally based charity which supports and delivers projects to help the Rwandan people spoke to Rotary Bakewell at our evening meeting. She described how support in terms of farm animals, construction tools, sewing machines etc. have been provided to small rural communities across Rwanda. Projects to build and help set up health centres have been delivered.

A welcome to returning member Nellie Harvey

Club members were pleased to welcome Nellie to the club at their evening meeting. She is pictured (right) with President Ann Esders.

Rotary Bakewell support for Baslow School project


As part of its first Community Grants scheme the Club is delighted to support St Annes Primary school Baslow in its plant growing project. Staff and pupils have planted a wide variety of bulbs and corms in pots and grassy banks around the school.

A presentation was made at the school on Wednesday 22nd November.


Rotary President Ann Esders presents a cheque for £250 to Headteacher Marie Clark, School Business Manager Vicki Jacob and teaching assistant Vicki Graus along with year 5 pupils Maisie, Nina, Harriet, Barnaby and Hayden.

15th November

A packed room at the Rutland Arms were given a very entertaining and informative talk by Dr Clive Waddington who is the Managing Director of Bakewell based Archaeological Research Services. They have recently been awarded the King's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. He described how they use remote sensing techniques to carry out non-intrusive archeological surveys. He also described how archaeology has been used in Bakewell to explore evidence behind local legends of Prince Arthur, Henry VIII's older brother. 

1st November

The speaker at our lunchtime meeting was Judith Orchard, a local beekeeper. She is alerting the public to the threat posed by invasive Asian Hornets which have become established in a number of European countries where they have caused great disruption to native bees. 

Bakewell Rotary Repair Café

We had our second successful café at Bakewell Methodist church on Saturday 28th October.
We are planning the next Repair Café on Saturday 25th November so if you have some repair skills and would like to join us, please contact the Café Co-ordinator, Margie Stuckey, on 01629 813638. Feel free to bring items in need of repair between 10am and noon, we will do our best to fix them and save them from being sent to landfill.

East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme

25th October Dr Daniel Crook spoke at our evening meeting at the Rutland about the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS). Dan is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Chesterfield Royal Hospital but also provides voluntary support to EMICS. This involves him in turning out to assist and work alongside the Ambulance Service when required at the most serious of incidents and medical emergencies. Getting an experienced emergency medicine doctor to the scene can save lives, especially in rural areas where it can take significant time to get someone to hospital. EMICS is a charity and their doctors are all unpaid volunteers. 

EMICS is President Ann Esders' chosen charity for the year. She is shown below with Dr Dan Crook.

At our lunchtime meeting on the 18th October we welcomed Ian Ward from the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which was last year’s President David Goodlad’s nominated charity and we had recently donated a further £1,000 to them.  Ian spoke of the personal involvement of his wife Elaine and his following the sudden collapse and unexpected death of their son Neil in 1992 and the impact it has had on their family. Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy under 35’s die from undiagnosed heart conditions – several have been in the Hope Valley. The NHS does not provide any regular monitoring – and in addition to the research funding of CRY, Ian and Elaine raise funds to provide a series of screenings for applicants in Derbyshire (for around 100 each time). Increased costs of the medics and equipment have now limited this to two a year – and the next is scheduled in Dronfield in July 2024.

Bakewell Rotary Quiz Night

Rotary Bakewell's famous quiz night returned to the Medway Centre in Bakewell on Friday

6th October There were 12 teams for a very good evening of fun regular quizmaster John Kelcey assisted by Sue – along with a bar, excellent buffet, and raffle. The winning team were the Friday Club and the evening raised £500 for local charities and our Repair Café.

Bakewell Rotary Repair Cafe

On Saturday 23rd September the Rotary Club of Bakewell were very pleased to welcome Bakewell Mayor, Alyson Hill, to open the inaugural Repair Café at the Bakewell Methodist Church.

The event was a great success with over 17 items brought in and success in repairing most of these items. It was great to be able to save some items which would otherwise have been sent to landfill and to welcome everyone who came along just to see what was happening.

Local Rotarians were out in force to support the event and we were grateful for donations from the local Aldi, the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund and for the funds given by those who had repairs undertaken.

We are planning the next Repair Café on Saturday 28th October so if you have some skills and would like to join us, please contact the Café Co-ordinator, Margie Stuckey, on 01629 813638.

Or if you have something to be repaired, please come along and we will endeavour to help you with it.

Our speaker on 27th September was Dr Roger Summers, former Director of Police Forensic Services, a senior lecturer in forensic and crime sciences, a member of Amber Valley Rotary and a past District Governor. A most convivial meeting and Roger gave us a very detailed, informative and fascinating presentation with insight into crime detection and the use of DNA and the use of dental, facial and body unique features.

Dr Roger Summers with Club President Ann Esders

Railways in the Blood - At our meeting on 20th September Phil Crosby entertained Rotary Bakewell with an account of his involvement with the railways. He worked all over the country throughout his career, at times assisting with accident investigations; latterly he moved to Bakewell while working in Derby. He is seen below with Rotarians Geoff Sheldon (left) and Roy Pickles (right).

Bakewell Rotary Annual Duck Race - 10th September

At 2pm the Bakewell ducks leaped into the River Wye from the 14th Century stone arch bridge. They were helped on their way by members of the Bakewell Carnival committee.

The banks of the river were lined by enthusiastic visitors, many of whom had bought tickets to support our local charities. Over £1500 was raised, a great result!

The race finished at the Iron Bridge having navigated the weir and passed under the Lock Bridge.

The ticket for the winning duck (286) was bought by Allissa Wibberley, pictured below with her family receiving the first prize of £100 from our President Ann.

Bakewell Rotary Speaker Round-up

Members and guests have had some interesting speakers at our recent gatherings.  Adele Taylor gave a detailed and very personal presentation on the work of Ashgate Hospice and the support for her late husband and her family during his terminal illness. She was introduced by member Jane Meredith who is also a trustee of the hospice.

Aldi store manager Richard Goddard gave us a detailed description and insight of the company and his daily routine, and some anecdotes gathered since he opened the doors in Bakewell March 2019 with GB Olympic gold medallist Frances Houghton cutting the ribbon.

Member John Craike gave a second episode of the Titanic disaster with some fascinating reflections of the times and social and political attitudes prevailing in 1912.

Bakewell Rotary Repair Cafe

Ahead of the opening of the Rotary Bakewell Repair Cafe at the Methodist Church Saturday 23rd September (10am to 2pm) Sheelagh Handy from the Tideswell Repair Cafe was our guest speaker at our lunchtime meeting at the Rutland Arms, Bakewell on 2nd August. She gave very helpful advice and assistance to assist in the final preparations for starting our own regular cafe – with further dates of 28th October and 25th November already booked.

Three of our members Allen Bower, Mike Gray and Jane Meredith are already involved at Tideswell – and Margie Stuckey from the Medway Centre is coordinating the cafe for Bakewell Rotary.

Sheelagh Handy from Tideswell and District Environment Group's Repair Cafe

New Paul Harris Fellowship for long and proactive service was presented to Tom Marshall

Rotary Bakewell New Members on Parade

At our club meeting on the 26th July our latest new member Mayne Fakharuzi was formally inducted by President Ann Esders. Mayne, our youngest member, originally from Malaysia is studying for her PhD in brain medical research at Sheffield. 

 Later in the evening another of our new members Jane Meredith gave a fascinating insight into her career in medical research in Canada on breast cancer drugs, and latterly with Pfizer in the UK on lung cancer drugs. Having turned down an opportunity in 2012 to take up a similar role in Wuhan she became a guide for the trans Orient Express and is now settled in the Peak District. She is an active fundraiser for Ashgate Hospice.  She is pictured (centre) with President Ann and Secretary Peter Huxtable.




Happening soon...

Wed, Jun 26th 2024 6:00 pm

Social meeting at the Rutland

Speaker - Romance Waddington

Rotary Bakewell - 9th Brass in the Park

Wed, Jul 3rd 2024 7:30 pm

Rotary Bakewell - 9th Brass in the Park

Free Concert at Bakewell Recreation Ground - 4 Brass Bands and Bakewell Community Choir


Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Wednesdays at 12:30

(We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Rutland Arms Bakewell - and normally a social meeting on the last Wednesday of the month at 6pm. If you wish to attend please contact: 01433 650966, 07969 846411) Rutland Arms Function Suite
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