Wilmslow Dean Rotary thanks Armadillo Self Storage - Storage for homes and business for their continuing support of the Club in 2020/21
27th April 2021
Brian Donohoe - The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan
13th April 2021
Jim Cordiner - The Manchester Ship Canal
Jim from the Peel Ports Group talked about the history of the Canal from the initial planning through to the modern day.
This helps to show the scale of the canal (note the main in the foreground).
30th March 2021
Professor Sarah Bridle - Climate Change with the Hot Air
Sarah spoke about the particular contributors to climate change but particularly focused on the impact of food.
She has recently published a book on the matter which is available free of charge.
23rd March 2021
Jon Kelly - When the Jacobites visited Wilmslow
There had been mention of the some of the Jacobites coming through Wilmslow through a previous speaker and Jon offered to talk more at length about this as well as setting the scene that led to the revolt.
And some passed through Wilmslow on the way down South ...
As well as on the way back ...
Before defeat at the Battle of Culloden ...
As noted below we recently had a talk about the continuing work (including by Rotary) to eradicate Polio from the world. Nearly all countries in the world are clear of Polio although pockets of Polio can still be found in two countries and arguably a serious outbreak could still happen especially given the ease of travel around the world (which COVID-19 has shown). Hopefully we will be able to completely eradicate Polio in the near future but, in the mean, awareness of Polio and the work to eradicate it is still important. Purple has become a key colour in the campaign as a purple dye is used in a number of countries during mass immunizations to mark children's little finger to show which have received the vaccine. In many places, purples crocuses are planted and we have planted some along Water Lane and given others to local schools. Here are some planted at St Benedict's Catholic Primary School in Handforth
Katherine Whitaker - The Joys of Being a Magistrate
Derek (one of Santa's woodworkers and painters) with some of his beautiful bird boxes to support various local/Rotary charities.
Orders can still be placed (for the New Year) in advance of the nesting season by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with you contact details including address and phone number. The boxes cost £20 not including delivery although local deliveries or collection can be arranged..
Our speaker, John, returned to give us a history of Rag Time through Rhythm & Blues through excerpts of 12 pieces of music which he played and also talked about.
8th December 2020
Christina Anaik/Spencer - Living with 60 million English
Our speaker, Christina, shared some of her experiences as a "foreigner" [her words] living in the UK for 50 years including various amusing tales and reflections on the use of the English language.
We celebrated the 83rd anniversary of the formation of our Club. This needed to be via Zoom but we tried to still hold to the spirit of what we would normally be doing albeit without any meal. President Sue welcomed member and guests to the meeting before Richard introduced our newest member
We then had a number of toasts (this one to Rotary
And speeches (this one by Immediate Past District Governor,
10th November 2020
Roger Small - The History of Handforth Station
Our speaker, Roger, presented on the history of Handforth Station which is not just part of our community/locality but also home to one of our community gardens/projects.
If you would like to see a full more of the slides from the presentation then please have a look at:
[A history of Handforth Station and its branch lines; Successive owners of Handforth station: their company crests;
First class coach of the Manchester to Birmingham Railway; The Royal Train calls at Handforth Station;
Martin Bell opens the new ticket office; Excursions by preserved steam passing through Handforth]
1st November 2020
We received a certificate for our work supporting Wilmslow in Bloom
20th October 2020
We had a fascinating talk from Catherine Stott about visiting Antartica (as a holiday destination!)
which can include visiting the South Pole itself
13th October 2020
Whilst we can not get out and about being tourists at present, Murray Jacobs gave us a virtual tour of Cambridge
with some of the sights
22nd September 2020
Disaster Aid UK and Ireland is one of a number of charities that we regularly support bringing disaster relief/recovery assistance. Craig Roberts updated us on the work following a recent disaster in Indonesia
and the work continues
3rd. August 2020
WE ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF A GUEST SPEAKER, ROGER SMALL, WHO GAVE HIS ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT ALONG WITH FELLOW RAILWAY ENTHUSIASTS TO re-INSTALL A LARGE RAILWAY NAME BOARD FOR HANDFORTH STATION.
The new sign going up at Handforth train station
The official unveiling of the sign
In more normal times we celebrate this event with some style,
with a dinner and some entertainment, after the Rotary formalities.
Members joined the Zoom meeting and acknowledged retiring President Ian Bradley's
resume of his eventful year (his fourth time as President) followed by his welcome to Sue Worthington as President for 2020/21.
As Vice President, Sue also had an eventful year and her enthusiasm and dedication to Rotary and community service will show again in her President's year.
23rd JUNE 2020
we were very pleased to welcome on screen
Rotarian Brian Stoyel, past Director of Rotary International 2017/19.
He shared with us his memories of Rotary business at the top level of Rotary International.
CLUB COUNCIL MADE THE DECISION TO COMBAT THE POSSIBLE EFFECT TO MEMBERS FROM THE CORONA VIRUS. A NUMBER OF MEMBERS ARE "MEETING" ON TUEDAY EVENINGS USING DIGITAL SUPPORT.
This will maintain Rotary fellowship and service to the community where possible.
Followed by a group photograph of the swimmers from Wilmslow High School swimmimg to rase money for the schools nominated charity.
A donation cheque from our Christmas collections and a cuddly toy (donated by The Unicorn Christmas Raffle winner)
President Ian Bradley leads his table guests to the breakfast buffet table.
Now we taste 5 French wines from John's selection.
Here John Lomas gives his appraisal on the next wine for tasting.
President Ian about to taste a Red.
ANOTHER ROTARY SOCIAL EVENT, ENJOYED BY MEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS, TOGETHER WITH ROTARIAN MEMBERS FROM LOCAL CLUBS.
The pictures here are of this outstanding jet fighter.
ENDS WITH AULD LANG SYNE
MARIANNE AND ANDREW
DISPLAY THEIR CHOCOLATE GOLD AWAWDS
FOR HELP DURING THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS
who gave us a most interesting presentation with pictures
of "Wilmslow Village" as it was known many years ago
and still referred as such by the long established residents.
We are now in 2020 and wish everyone a Happy New Year/Decade. For us (a group of members and friends), the first activity of 2020 was a visit to see Aladdin performed by a very talented young cast from CHYPS (the Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society) in Woodford.
Our Christmas Party for members and guests was held at The Deanwater Hotel with a traditional meal of Turkey and all the trimmings (although there was also a salmon option).
We celebrated our 82nd Charter Night (which is essentially our birthday) at The Deanwater Hotel. After a good meal and a few formalities our guest speaker, Rotarian Geoff Mackey, entertained us with his wit and wisdom. Geoff had last spoken to us 20 years before (when Ian was President for the first time). Our photo shows President Ian flanked by District Governor Patrick Tyrell (left) and Geoff (right).
Our speaker for this evening was Reverend Jeff Gould (a former member of the Club) who is the local Unitarian minister based at Dean Row Chapel Wilmslow. Jeff reflected on his many years of service to the local and international community.
Past President Frank McCarthy represented the Club as part of the Wilmslow commemorations for Remembrance Sunday in Wilmslow. It was good to see large numbers from the local community supporting the event which concluded at the Memorial Gardens.
After a short business meeting, President Ian Bradley invited two long serving members, Past District Governor Derek de Belder (L) and Bernard Davies to share some of their memories from earlier Rotary years.
pictured below left with President Ian Bradley.
Members of the Time Out Group enjoy a trip on the Mary Sunley, sponsored by our club
Our first speaker of the Rotary Year. Deepak Oberoi of Albert Road Opticians with President Ian
Wilmslow Dean at the Wilmslow Community Show.
The Rotary Stand just before the start of the show
Final preparation of one of the displayed scarecrow finalists
Choose a ticket!
One of the many winners at our Tombola
And another one!
Look at those scarecrows!
Judges of the Scarecrow Competition - Angela McPake, Chairman of the Wilmslow Community Show (L) with Kuomi Burton.
The annual Rotary Scarecrow Festival concludes with a chidren's parade through the town waving their mini scarecrows.
District Governor Patrick Tyrell ready for the off
The Poynton Youth Marching band assemble ready to lead the parade
The children all lined up ready for the parade to Bank Square
The police stopped the traffic as we crossed the road on our way to Grove Street
Frank leads the parade down Grove Street
Almost at the end, we arrived at Bank Square
A very welcome sight - chilled water! Many thanks to Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose for providing the water and keeping it cold.
Top table before handover
Ian and Marianne share a joke
After the Rotary formalities, we were royally entertained by Jean Martyn of Britains Got Talent Fame.
If you are interested in seeing what we did during the previous Rotary Year, From the Menu button (top left of home page), Select 'WHAT WE DO', then select 2018/19, where you will find a complete record of the year's events.
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