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Major Classic Car and Bike Show at Cromford Meadows

Sadly we have had to cancel 2020. We are pleased to announce the 'Cromford Classic Car and Bike Show' will take place on Sunday 20th June 2021 - Covid 19 permitting


2019 20 Review by Phil Pegg



Community Grants

Applications welcomed for community grants of up to £500


Dovedale Dipper 2021

2020 was cancelled. The 2021 event will be organised by Peak Running (with some help from Matlock Rotary)


About us




Welcome to President Tom Moloney

Tom Moloney is the new President of Matlock Rotary Club. Tom, a keen sailor and ex- Director of Pinkerton, the American Detective Agency, who are the origin of the term ‘Private Eye’. Tom was responsible for Anti-Counterfeit Operations on behalf of major international clients throughout Europe, Middle East & Africa. He will now endeavour to steer the club through the choppy waters ahead, as Matlock Rotary Club adjusts to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Currently, the club is holding meetings on Zoom and no events are planned for the rest of this year. Hopefully, during 2021, the club might be able to recommence the club calendar.

Never-the- less, Community Grants are still available to  community organisations in the area, that need financial support and meet the criteria of being locally based and delivering services that provide positive benefits. Details of the grant are available on the club’s web site (www.matlockrotary.com).

Bursaries will again be awarded to students at Highfields School in Matlock, to help them with their studies at University or College, including apprentice training.

Throughout the year ahead, grants may also be made to worthwhile organisations, such as foodbanks, depending on the availability of funds.

New members are also welcome, and again details of how to join us can be found on the club’s web site.

Tom, who lives at Pikehall and has two grown up children said, “ I am looking forward to my year as President, despite the difficult times ahead. It is a challenge I shall embrace and the club will come out of the crisis stronger and more modern, meeting the needs of members and future members by being inclusive, open to change, flexible and worthwhile to the local community, as well as being involved with National and International projects such as End Polio Now and disaster relief.”


New Paul Harris Fellows

President Phil awarding Paul Harris Fellowships to long serving Rotarians Roger Hardy and Paul Fryer.



Photo. Left to right,  Bryn Apperley  receives a cheque for £300 from Phil Pegg

Matlock’s Marvellous Mulled Wine

Matlock Rotary Club once again ran a mulled wine stall at the Matlock Victorian Christmas Market.

It proved to be an outstanding success and several thousands of pounds were raised for charities and local good causes.

The club would like to thank all of its customers, and the Town Council, for its excellent marquee and organisation, which kept the market running smoothly over the three day period.


Photo The Mayor of Matlock, Cllr David Hughes, enjoys a mulled wine.

The Rotary club of Matlock were asked  if they could help with collections for the Children in need Rickshaw Challenge as it came to Matlock Bath on Tuesday 12th November at 6.15pm. 

We were happy to respond to such a good cause and were lucky with the weather as it remained dry after all the rain.  

We have just been informed that the collections taken by the three Matlock Rotarians amounted to £821.71 which shows the generosity of the people who came to the event as we were only part of the people collecting at the event. 

The Rotary Club of Matlock can offer support to alleviate hardship caused by the recent floods.  We have community grants that may be applicable both for organisations and individual members  and also we may be able to provide specific assistance.  Initially please contact myself, Phil Pegg. President of the Rotary Club of Matlock.

pgpegg@yahoo.co.uk.  01773 856338


Crocus planting

Rotarians busy planting this year's crocus bulbs at McDonalds and at the Whitworth Centre

Highfields Students Win Bursary Awards From Matlock Rotary Club

Matlock Rotary Club has been giving bursary awards for the last 7 years to students at Highfields School, Matlock.

The bursaries are intended to give students a helping hand towards the costs of studying at university or undertaking an apprenticeship, which can amount to a figure of many thousands of pounds over the completion of a course.

This year, two bursary awards were made to Nina Durbidge, who is studying Design for Film and Television, at Nottingham Trent University, and Lucie Allen, who is studying English Language and Linguistics, at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Phil Pegg, visited Highfields School on “A” level results day, to confirm that the bursary applicants received the results that they needed to attend their courses and to congratulate them with their success.

Phil Pegg said “It is very rewarding to be helping students at the beginning of their university life.”

President Phil Pegg presents a bursary award to Lucie Allen

President Phil Pegg presents a bursary award to Nina Durbidge

Matlock's new top team.

Monday night saw the installation of Matlock's new President for the year 2019/2020 - Phil Pegg (centre), President Elect Tom Moloney and Vice President Janice Bicknell


President Paul Edwards was in the chair, when the Rotary Club of Matlock, celebrated their 91st Birthday at Matlock Golf Club, on Monday 18th March 2019.

Principal Guests on this occasion were Rotary District Governor Dr Cheryle Berry MBE, President of Matlock Inner Wheel Gill Oldroyd and guest speaker Dr Geoff Miller OBE.

Past President Paul Fryer was Toastmaster for the evening, Past President Mel Askew gave his Thought for the Day, Rotarian Tom Moloney presented the roll call of visiting clubs and guests, visiting Ripley President Owen J Briggs brought their greetings in his inimitable style and President Elect Phil Pegg proposed a thoughtful toast to Rotary International

Cheryle Berry, Rotary District Governor, responded and reminded Rotarians of the part they could play in the International theme for the year to ‘Be the Inspiration’. In addition, she complimented the Matlock Club members on their programme of work over the last year and proposed a toast to their continued success.

President Paul Edwards then responded, outlining, with justifiable pride and considerable humour, many of the noteworthy activities of the Matlock Club over the last year.

He named some of the many beneficiaries and thanked his colleague Rotarians and the people of Matlock and district for their excellent support of the club and its projects.

The final toast to visitors and guests was proposed by Rotarian Janice Bicknell, before the evening was rounded off with a truly memorable and very humorous presentation from Derbyshire, Essex and England cricketer and selector Geoff Miller,

The formal dinner, organised by Past President John Shipman, was attended by 27 Matlock Rotarians and their guests plus representatives and guests of 17 other Rotary Clubs – a total attendance of 98.

 left to right

Geoff Miller, Cheryl Berry, Barbara Edwards, Paul Edwards

left to right

Geoff Miller, Gill Oldroyd, Cheryl Berry, Barbara Edwards, Paul Edwards.

Rotary Clean up!

To mark the start of the ‘the Great British Spring Clean 2019’ Matlock Rotary club have been out in force in the community.

Members of the public may have spotted members who have been out collecting litter from different areas of our community.  The Club had two teams of collectors both of whom were able to find ‘loads of rubbish’ discarded by the public.

One team concentrated on the many footpaths off Chesterfield Road and the other went further afield to clear Lant Lane and Allen Lane.

‘It was gratifying that various members of the public stopped and thanked us when they saw what we were doing’ said President Paul Edwards.

The organisers, Simon Brister and Peter Wigglesworth had spent some time assessing which areas were most in need of a clean and settled on these two areas for the Club’s first ‘Litter Pick’ which is likely to become an annual part of the club’s community volunteer work.

‘It is extraordinary how many drivers must throw used bottles, cans, coffee cups etc., out of the car window once they are out of sight on quiet country lanes. On some sections we found large quantities of the same beer can suggesting the same culprit’ said Simon.

Al. together members collected 18 large bags of rubbish. 

The club would like to thank Ros and her team at the District Council environment team for their help.

Photo.   6 members of team 1 after the Chesterfield Road collection

Rotary Crocuses 'Rise and Shine' at Whitworth Park





Great Rotary initiative

Matlock Rotary Club Awards Community Grants

Matlock Rotary Club has recently approved four Community Grants to projects in the Matlock area.

Bryn Apperley, the Vice-Chairman of Matlock Town Football Club, received a grant for his sterling efforts in organising a Christmas Day Dinner, for around 20-25 elderly people in the Matlock area, who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. The three course meal will be provided on Christmas Day in the club lounge at Matlock Town Social Club.

The Do Something Different Club, represented by Christine Smith, Sadie Packard and David Brown received a grant to cover the costs of funding drivers who provide transport for the club members. The Do Something Different Club is an out and about lunch club for those who are housebound in the Matlock area and has about 20 members. Drivers pick the club members up from home and take them back after their trip out.

Darley Dale Primary School, represented by David Monkhouse and Michelle Waters, received a grant towards a defibrillator to be installed on the school’s outer boundary wall, enabling the community to also have access to it. This vital piece of equipment will save people’s lives who have suffered from a heart attack.

Limelight Friendship Group is for the over 60s in the Matlock area and it provides refreshments and activities such as board games, crafts, indoor bowls and visiting speakers. The group aims to encourage lonely isolated older people to come out of their homes, to make friends and enjoy a variety of activities for free. The grant awarded by Matlock Rotary Club will enable the group to buy some exercise equipment and help with costs of running the club.

A presentation evening was held at Matlock Town Social Club on December 13th, where cheques were handed over and the applicants had the opportunity to meet the President of Matlock Rotary Club and fellow Rotarians.

A total of five Community Grants have been awarded this year and further applications are welcome. Please visit the Matlock Rotary Club web site for further details or contact Peter Wigglesworth on Matlock 56259.

Paul Edwards, the President of Matlock Rotary Club said “I am very pleased to be giving grants to local community projects. This is what the Rotary Club is about. We raise money during the year at various events and collections and we give it back to worthwhile projects.”

Left to right, Bryn Apperley and Paul Edwards

Left to right, David Brown, Christine Smith, Sadie Packard and Paul Edwards

Left to right, David Monkhouse, Michelle Waters and Paul Edwards

Left to right, Bryn Apperley, David Brown, Christine Smith, Sadie Packard, David Monkhouse, Michelle Waters, Paul Edwards and Peter Wigglesworth


Highfields Students Win Bursary Awards From Matlock Rotary Club

Matlock Rotary Club has been giving bursary awards for the last 6 years to students at Highfields School, Matlock

The bursaries are intended to give students a helping hand towards the costs of studying at university, which can amount to a figure of many thousands of pounds over the completion of a course.This year, two bursary awards were made to Rebecca Lowrie, who is studying Mathematics with Spanish, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and Mark Thornley, who is studying Quantity Surveying at Nottingham Trent University. Mark also has been recruited by Balfour Beatty as an apprentice.The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Paul Edwards, visited Highfields School on “A” level results day, to confirm that the bursary applicants received the results that they needed to attend their courses and to congratulate them with their successPaul Edwards said “It is very rewarding to be helping students at the beginning of their university life.” 

Photo1 President Paul Edwards presents a bursary award to Mark Thornley

Photo 2  President Paul Edwards presents a bursary award to Rebecca Lowrie




Best car at Ashover: Well done John Gregory of Kilburn, near Derby, awarded 'best car' at the 2018 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show with his 1962 Austin Healey 3000.  Trophy presented by Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary president Ron Enock.


Best bike at Ashover: Congratulations to Jess Bamford of Codnor who won 'best bike' at the 2018 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show with his very rare 1929 Indian 4 1260cc American motor bike. Trophy presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson.


There is a video of the presentations on facebook.


Paul Edwards, former Ofsted Inspector, police officer and ex-headteacher of Wirksworth Junior School, is the new President of Matlock Rotary Club for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.

Paul was installed as President at the Club Meeting on Monday 2nd July held at The Remarkable Hare in Matlock.

Paul said that his main objectives for the Matlock Club during his Presidential year are to:

  • Celebrate our 91st anniversary year with successful fund raising, socials and fun within the community

  • Involve the club in a major local project – details to be released later and to become more involved with local schools

  • Continue our well known and highly successful programme of events

    • Ashover & Cromford Classic Car & Bike Shows

    • Dovedale Dipper 26 & 16 Mile Challenge Runs & Walks

    • Matlock Victorian Market Mulled Wine Stall

  • Enhance links with local schools and other organisations.

The 35strong Matlock Rotary Club meet on Monday evenings at the Remarkable Hare, Dale Road, Matlock and are always looking to meet people who might be interested in helping out occasionally at events or becoming a Club member – just Google Matlock Rotary Club for details.

Other officers for the new Rotary year, are President Elect Phil Pegg and Vice President, Tom Moloney.

Photo: Left to right – Vice President Tom Moloney, President Paul Edwards and President Elect Phil Pegg

40 Not Out

Ian Garritty, of Megdale, Matlock has received an award from Matlock Rotary Club for being a member of the club for an amazing 40 years.

Ian joined Matlock Rotary Club in 1978 when Matlock was a centre for textile manufacturing and limestone quarrying, beer was 43p a pint and petrol cost 76.5p a gallon.

Ian has attended the club regularly over his 40 years of membership and was President of the club in 1992.

Ian Garritty receives his long service award from the Matlock Rotary Club President, Julian Hammond 

Cracking Classic Cars at Cromford

Four years ago, Matlock Rotary Club and Matlock Rugby Club took a punt at organising a classic car and bike show, not knowing whether it would be a success. It has now grown into an established show and attracts visitors and exhibitors from far and wide.

This year’s show, held on June 17th, at Cromford Meadows, drew in over 200 classic cars and around 20 classic motorbikes. Visitor numbers were over two thousand and everyone had a great time.

A lovely carnival atmosphere was provided by Ashover Band playing popular brass band music.

The funds raised by the show go towards developing the facilities at Matlock Rugby Club and funding Rotary projects in the community, such as the Highfields School Bursary Award, or helping charities and good causes.

The best car in the show was awarded to Dave Bull of Chesterfield, the proud owner of an immaculate 1949 Buick Dyna Flow.

The best motorbike in the show was awarded to Jon Lambley, of Matlock, who owns a beautifully restored 1949 Vincent Series B Rapide.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said “I am delighted by the support that we have had for the show and I would like to thank the organisers, our partner, Matlock Rugby Club, all the exhibitors and stallholders, and the children’s ride providers for making this show a success.”

Photos below

1. The winning car, 1949 Buick

2. The winning motorbike, 1949 Vincent B Rapide

3. Cars at the show

4 and 5 The President Julian Hammond awarding the trophies to the winners - 

Dave Bull in the white shirt 

 Jon Lambley in the black shirt

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(2nd and 4th Mondays (except bank holidays) - Meetings are currently suspended until further notice due to Covid 19.)
The Remarkable Hare
77 Dale Road
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