WILMSLOW DEAN ROTARY
Thank you for visiting our web site. If you are a new visitor to our site, the main page, below, displays a photographic record of some of our events and activities during the current Rotary Year.
We are friendly and dual-gender. Our usual meeting day is Tuesday at 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm which would normally be at the Deanwater Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Woodford, Cheshire, SK7 1RJ, where we start the evening with a one-course meal. Unfortunately, we are unable to meet in person at this time although we will shortly be back there soon and have been continuing to meet online.
If you are interested in finding out more about ROTARY and joining us in Wilmslow Dean, click on CONTACT US, (above), where you will find contact details.
Wilmslow Dean Rotary thanks Armadillo Self Storage - Storage for homes and business for their continuing support of the Club in 2020/21
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
9th March 2021
Katherine Whitaker - The Joys of Being a Magistrate
Katherine gave an interesting talk about being a magistrate. Whilst this was partly for information and for those present to ask questions, it was also to try to encourage those present (or those they knew) to consider putting themselves forward as magistrates as more, particularly at the current time, are needed.
We have had various other interesting talks since Christmas but others have not been captured "on camera". These have included a talk about Lindow Moss (Past, Present and the Future) and about the continuing work to eradicate Polio. This latter talk also extended to a talk about COVID-19 given that this too was a virus with the deployment of a vaccine to counter it.
Our Christmas plans have needed to be quite different this year with the hard decision taken that we could/should not assist Santa touring around Heald Green and Handforth so not to cause any issues with social distancing. We were able to undertake some limited activities at Lidl in Handforth/Wilmslow and Wilmslow Town Centre as well as one small residential area with agreement from the residents. These activites have helped to raise around £1,000 for which we thank the generosity of the public at this difficult time. One of our members has also been making bird boxes with the proceeds going to charity (including The Seashell Trust).
Santa out in only a very limited way this year.
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..
We have also been able to still distribute some of our Rota Toy boxes at Christmas time albeit paying due care an attention to collection and distribution in a safe way.
Our President Sue's car was full with the delivery to Stockport including the Salvation Army there with boxes also going to the Tree of Life in Wythenshawe.
"A smile from a child to a child" we say and here is local MP Esther McVey getting involved with the packing up some of the boxes. This year we had particular support from Pepperbury Nursery in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge School for Girls as well as the local Inner Wheel group with filling boxes which cover the 1-3, 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15 age ranges.
15th December 2020
John Wallace - Rag Time to Rhythm & Blues in 12 easy steps
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.
17 November 2020
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
This was followed by a reply from our new member, Niamh Murphy
We then had a number of toasts (this one to Rotary
And speeches (this one by Immediate Past District Governor,
Before our guest speaker, comedian Gary Skyner
Who kept the audience entertained
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
THE CLUB CELEBRATION PARTY.
FOLLOWING THE GOVERMENT INITIATIVE REGARDING THE MANCHESTER LOCK DOWN, THE DEANWATER WERE IN ORDER ALLOWING A FACE TO FACE MEETNG FOR THE CLUB.
A welcome from President Sue.
CONFORMING TO ALL THE GUIDANCE RULES, MEMBERS ENJOYED OUR FIRST CLUB MEAL AFTER MANY WEEKS.
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
14th July 2020
The first speaker in the new Rotary year.
President Sue Worthington welcomed Esther McVey, Member of Parliament for Tatton our local constituency. Esther, fresh from Westminster, joined our club zoom meeting to give a comprehensive account of the various takes from MPs to the many problems caused by the pandemic. A splendid evening and a fine start for Sue's year.
We are now in
2020 - 2021
This special meeting marks the end of the Rotary year for the existing President and the start of the President Elect's year.
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.
Pictured below and observing social spacing, the chain of office is "handed over".
CONGRATULATIONS SUE AND WELCOME FROM MEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
23rd JUNE 2020
This meeting prior to the Handover to the new Rotary year outlines to the members details of the proposals and ideas for projects for discussion and vote.
Vice President Sue Worthington leads us through this event A visitor representative from Rotary District joins the meeting to monitor the activity of the club.
16th JUNE 2020
With the help of Zoom,
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.
12th MAY 2020
The first Zoom speaker meeting allowed us to invite
Dr James Taylor, Past President of this club and presently resident in Switzerland.
He was able to show a presentation
of life as a Rotarian in Switzerland.
We miss face to face contact with members as in the ---traditional meeting but appreciate the ability to "see and speak" to those who join this digital solution, from the comfort of their own home.
The club is now well established with Zoom, most members are set up to join the Tuesday meeting as pictured below.
14th. April 2020
NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
This was a first for the Club with the induction of new member, David Pincombe, via Zoom
17th. March 2020
THIS IS THE DATE OF THE LAST CLUB MEETING
AT THE DEANWATER HOTEL
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.
WE STARTED TO STAGE THIS EVENT AGAIN THIS YEAR
Pictured below, just before the Govermemt lock down :- members ready to supervise the swim and look after The Easter egg raffle (which raised over £100).
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)
Saturday March 7th. 2020
NOT THE BEAUJOLAIS BRUNCH
This popular annual event was held again at The Deanwater Hotel, where we enjoyed a traditional English breakfast followed by a presentation by wine specialist John Lomas, from Waitrose.
A selection of five French wines was prented to members to taste after a comprehensive appraisal by John on each in turn.
Another enjoyable Rotary occasion for members, family and friends also supported by a number of local Rotary Club members.
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.
14th. FEBRUARY 2020
An exciting way to celebrate Valentines day.
A trip on a steam train, hauled by one of the classic engines, The" Royal Scot" with a five couse meal served in style to match the occasion.
Immediate Past President Frank and wife Dorothy enjoyed this experience
What a fantastic machine.
and pictured below Dorothy studied the five course menu.
24th February 2020
This week members visited other local Rotary clubs to promote Rotary fellowship.
The choice available included:-
Bramhall and Woodford, Cheadle and District, Knutsford, Sale and Macclesfield Castle who had speakers/other activities during this week.
18th FEBRUARY 2020
MEMBER RICHARD CONROY, FOOD SCIENTIST, PRESENTED MEMBERS WITH AN ILLUSTRATED TALK ON THE NUMEROUS TYPES OF FOOD POISONS PRESENT IN THE FOOD WE EAT. ALBEIT SERIOUS, RICHARD ADDED SOME HUMOUR IN HIS LIVELY ANECDOTES.
11th. February 2020
Vice President Sue Worthington welcomes Brian Wood who presented a video record of his exciting flight in a Lightening jet fighter plane.
The pictures here are of this outstanding jet fighter.
BURNS NIGHT SUPPER
WE HELD THIS POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT ON
21st. JANUARY 2020
AT THE DEANWATER HOTEL.
The pictures below record the content of the evening .
Here, regular visitor to our event, Rtn. Robert Strachan, from Altrincham Rotary Club shares the floor with President Ian for
OFFERING "THE WEE DRAMS"
PRESIDENT ATTACKS "THE BEASTY"
THE TOAST "TO THE HAGGIS"
THE MAIN COURSE IS SERVED
THE RAFFLE RAISED OVER £100 FOR "END POLIO NOW"
ENTERTAINMENT AFTER A SHORT BREAK BY MENBERS FROM
THE CALLEDONIAN SOCIETY.
WITH A PROGRAM OF SCOTTISH DANCING.
A SPLENDID EVENING
ENDS WITH AULD LANG SYNE
- BY MEMBERS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
MARIANNE AND ANDREW
DISPLAY THEIR CHOCOLATE GOLD AWAWDS
FOR HELP DURING THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS
21st January 2020
The first speaker in the New Year
President Ian welcomes Ray Acton : local historian
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.
3 January 2020
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.
Out and about with Santa and the Rotary Float.
Gold Medals (chocolate)
Members Marianne and Andrew were in Santas good books for their help collecting for charity. Here they display their medals.
17 December 2019
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).
Our entertainment was provided by magician and speaker, Pete Turner, who in his talk "Curiosity killed the cat" performed and explained a number of magic tricks including the disappearance of The Statue of Liberty by David Copperfield from many years back. Our photo shows Pete with President Ian.
19 November 2019
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).
12 November 2019
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.
10 November 2019
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.
29th October 2019
A SOCIAL EVENING
MEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ENJOYED A MEAL AT A LOCAL THAI RESTAURANT
President Ian Bradley welcomes our speaker Dr. Simon Hyde. Headmaster of King's school, Macclesfield.
Dr. Hyde gave an excellent presentation covering the history
of the School. We were surprised that this dated back 517 years.
We were also very interested in the update of the building
work of the "state of the art" campus on an 80 acre site between Macclesfield
and Nether Alderley.
This super accommodation will offer cultural, academic and sporting
facilities to a standard difficult to find anywhere else in the UK.
Here is a picture showing the progress to date.
8th October 2019
CLUB SCATTER NIGHT
Members selected local club Knutsford as their venue for this evening, to share Rotary fellowship, sample their dinner menu and listen to their speaker for the evening.
Below are pictures of seven of our members joining members of Knutsford club, where we enjoyed an interesting talk on "The fear of flying"
Below you will find a photographic
record of our events for this year, in chronological order, with the most recent heading this page.
September 25th. 2019
Speaker Ella Worthington, pictured below gave members an interesting illustrated talk on facilities provided by Utility Warehouse.
17th September 2019
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.
10th September 2019
Pictured below with President Ian the speaker this evening was Dominic Tinner, fund raiser for the SEASHELL TRUST. 150 Deaf, Blind , Autistic childre and young people, many with severe and complex learning difficulties are supported by this charity. There are 600 staff, and with the cost per child ranging from £100.000 to £300,000 per annum - raised mainly from generous charitable contributions.
Some of our members are marshalling at SEASHELL SPORTIVE on 15th September, an exciting fund - raising cycling event on some thrilling routes through the Pennines. The event starts at 6am and means a very early start for our volunteers, who are seen below planning the event with Dominic.
DG CLUB VISIT
We were pleased to welcme District Governor
pictured below left with President Ian Bradley.
Sunday 29th July 2019
Members of the Time Out Group enjoy a trip on the Mary Sunley, sponsored by our club
Saturday 20th July
Summer Lunch, arranged by Margaret, Marianne and Sue
Vice President Sue with one of the prizes from the raffle
Winner of the 2019 wilmslow Rotary Scarecrow Competition from HOME LIBRARY receives the certificate from President Ian
Below, the winning Scarecrow (R) , together with the winning schools entry from Wilmslow Lacey Green Primary Academy.
Our first speaker of the Rotary Year. Deepak Oberoi of Albert Road Opticians with President Ian
Sunday 7th July 2019
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.
Saturday 29th June 2019
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.
The first important event of the Rotary Year is to install our new President. This year we welcome for the fourth time Rotarian Ian Bradley, and pictured below retiring President Frank McCarthy hands over the chain of office.
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.