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New Rotary Year ..........2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having a significant impact on the daily lives of everyone in across the country and the world.


Amazing work going on behind the scenes in Deeping to keep the elderly supplied with fresh fruit and veg.


For the Love of Scrubs –  Providing protective clothing to local hospitals. Aren’t they the business! 


Deeping Rotary were approached by Teresa, a local person, to see if we could help by providing funds for some material to be sewn into Scrubs. As we know, these are in such short supply at the moment, and of course, we said YES.  Here is the first one hot of the sewing machines of Teresa and Sandra, modelled beautifully by Piers. Well done, guys… brilliant. Some talented people in our community ready to do what they can.

After a post on Facebook asking for bedding plants at Braeburn Lodge, to bring a smile to resident faces, The Rotary Club of the Deepings managed to make a delivery.


Special Thanks to our own Rotarian Shelly, who has been busy with her 3D printer Making Face Shields….

Deliveries have been made to…

28 to The Deepings Health Centre of Face Shields

10 Face Shields to the Voyager Care Home at Towngate East, M.D.

25 to the Sense Home in Deeping St James 

78 to Braeburn Lodge in Deeping

4 to Ryecroft Ave Pharmacy.

Rotary`s donation has helped towards Shelly`s sterling efforts in producing these Face Shields.


The Deepings Practice

A big thank you to the many kind-hearted people who continue to support us supporting the community.  Special thanks to The Deepings Round Table for providing our staff with some welcome pamper treats and also to the Deepings Rotary Club who have donated locally made face visors - helping to keep our staff and patients safe. Thank you…………


SEPTEMBER 2019……. The Rotary Club of the Deepings were pleased to sponsor Lillian with a contribution of £150 towards her costs. Lillian said: “I am very excited to be going to India. “The Devnar School for the Blind is the only school in India for blind and partially sighted children.


My time in India………. Lillian Read

I am writing to update you on my time in India. As of last Saturday, I have been back in the UK. The outbreak of coronavirus meant that project trust made the difficult decision to repatriate all its volunteers from across the world. 

Due to increasingly tight travel restrictions, organisations shutting down and international borders closing. In fact, I got the last flight from Hyderabad!   This meant I only got 6 months in India instead of leaving in July like it was intended. However, the time I spent in India was phenomenal and the best experience of my life. I got to not only experience the country but teach at an incredible school, and make friends for life.   

I fell in love with India and everything about it from the food to the culture to the people. I even got to go to Agra in January and see the Taj Mahal!   For teaching, I got to teach from LKG (age 4 upwards) all the way up to 6th class (age 13 upwards) as well as help in resource class (a class for children who are blind but also mentally challenged). And my evenings consisted of spending time in the girl’s dormitory, helping with any kind of project, learning Telegu (the language of Telangana), playing games and an exchange of culture!    

ts like finding a second home and family in India and at Devnar school. I will forever remember my time in India and as soon as possible intend to go back!   However, this would not have been at all possible without the help of your charity. Without your generous donation, it would not have been possible for me to go to India. 

Thank you very much for the donation you gave me, it really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll never forget and I am truly grateful that I was able to be funded to have this chance with help from Deepings Rotary.


Club Night....

Talk by the Mines Advisory Group.

President Amrit presents a cheque to this worthy charity group........then tries on the Helmet & Vest.

 Past President Jenny Spratt receives

a Presidential Citation 2018-2019 from

Past District Govenor Tim Tucker            

Rotary Elvis Night @ The Boundary.....

A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL...............


Bake Off.....2020

Winner Helen with Judge Linda


The Winning Pancakes...........

Ooops ....must have been tasty ! !

   Second  Place ....Claudia

Who ate all the winning Pancakes?

Rotary bring Santa to Deepings Christmas Market





Will the Mayor of Market Deeping get her Christmas Wish....Ho..Ho..Ho...

 Santa with Rotary and the Lions on his Annual Visit

Rotary President Amrit helping Santa.............

Deeping Rotary  welcomed the Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Another excellent Concert starting Christmas Celebrations

in the Deepings

Deepings Rotary join the Santa Charity Run

Rotary Members erect the Christmas Tree

 @  The Deepings Health Centre

Youth Group members enjoy High School Musical

Forty members of Deepings Youth Group recently enjoyed an evening at Stamford Arts Centre thanks to the Rotary Club of the Deepings.

It was a special night for the Youth Group members as they were there to see their friend and fellow member Josh Chalfont appear in a production of High School Musical 2.

The stage version of Disney’s popular musical was produced and directed by Wildcats Theatre School.

Youth Group leader Cass Wales said: “It was a really good evening. We loved it.

“Thank you to the Deepings Rotary for funding the trip.”


President Amrit and his crew..............

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Rotarians Nick Rangeley and Tom Johnson with RYLA Candidate Izzy Hartley and Deepings Rotary President Amrit Mistry

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults. 

Whether you are a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life. 

This year the Rotary Club of the Deepings sponsored Izzy Hartley who came to the Club to tell us about her experiences. Describing it as the best week of her life, Izzy was very enthusiastic about her week and the challenges it provided. 

She thanked the Club for the opportunity to attend the programme and said that it had had a great influence on her future outlook on life.

Rotary supports student’s trip to India

A Deepings School A-level student is bound for India in September to spend a year working at a school for children with visual impairment. 

Lillian Read, from Spalding, has been selected by the Project Trust charity to be a volunteer at the Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state of Telangana with a population of nearly 7million people. 

The Rotary Club of the Deepings was pleased to sponsor Lillian with a contribution of £150 towards her costs. Lillian said: “I am very excited to be going to India. “The Devnar School for the Blind is the only school in India for blind and partially sighted children.

“I am so lucky to be setting out on such an amazing adventure.” 

Rotarian John Lavery said: “We are always happy to support inspirational young people like Lillian who are willing to give up so much of their time to help others who may be less fortunate.”

The outgoing President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Jenny Spratt with Lillian Read, who will be spending a year in India with Project Trust

Deepings Rotary Handover

Our recent Handover at Tallington Lakes saw Amrit Mistry receive the Chain of Office from outgoing President Jenny Spratt to become the new Rotary President of the Deepings ( 2019 – 2020). 

Among a room full of Rotary Members, guests and friends, Amrit was thrilled to become President and promised to continue to guide the Club along the successful way it has gone in recent years. His enthusiasm will encourage great support from Members for the forthcoming busy programme.

New Interact President (left) Rhiannon Morgan-Plowriight with Team Members @ Handover

John Lavery......"ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR"

Deepings Rotary sponsors adventure break

Kayaking, archery and speeding down a zip wire were among the activities enjoyed by students at Willoughby School in Bourne when they went on an adventure break recently. 

Eight students from the school were able to visit the PGL adventure centre in Caythorpe thanks to the support of two Rotary clubs. The Rotary Club of the Deepings and the Rotary Club of Bourne teamed up to donate £1,000 - £500 from each club - towards the cost of a three-day trip to the PGL centre. 

Headteacher James Husbands said: “A huge thank you to the Rotary Clubs of the Deepings and Bourne for supporting our residential trip.

 “Because of the kind donation, eight pupils were able to experience three days and two nights at the PGL adventure centre.  

“The students experienced a wide range of activities, with the zip wire and kayaking particular favourites.

Students and staff of Willoughby School, Bourne enjoying their time at the PGL adventure centre in Caythorpe

Double decker will be an inspirational aid to reading

the continuing story.....................

 The Rotary Club of the Deepings was delighted to be involved with a project to provide a village school with a library that is just a little bit different.   

Baston Primary School PTA came up with the idea of converting a double decker bus into a modern and innovative library facility for the pupils.   

When they heard of the project, members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings were delighted to offer their support by paying to have nine of the lower deck seats professionally reupholstered.   

The bus was donated to the school by Stagecoach and then work to transform it into a library took place over several months on a farm near Baston village.   

The transformation was remarkable and the completed library bus is now sitting proudly in the school grounds, looking resplendent with a beautiful painted woodland scene on the outside and cleverly designed interior creating the perfect environment to inspire children to read.   

The project has cost in the region of £28,000 and it has received considerable support from the community.   

Rotarian John Lavery said: “We were just one of a large number of organisations and businesses which supported this inspirational project. We were very happy to make a contribution to support such a wonderful Initiative to inspire children to read.”

President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Amrit Mistry, right, with fellow Rotarians Dave Ketteringham and Mary Martin with the Baston School Library Bus

Some of the detail on the beautifully painted woodland scene on the side of the library bus

The names of organisations and businesses (including the Rotary Club of the Deepings) that supported the library bus project cleverly integrated as foliage on a tree mural inside the new library

Smile international.......

After an interesting talk by Clive Doubleday, CEO of Smile international, Amrit Mistry, President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings presents a cheque to the charity.

New President Amrit wins Club`s Charity Frog Race

Rotary Year..    2018 - 2019JULY 2018  -  JUNE 2019

Rotary visit  "TWIN LAKES" with the Children of Chernobyl

Thank you to the lovely Tom and all of the people at The Rotary Club of the Deepings for giving the Chernobyl Children such a wonderful day at Twin Lakes!   Our new children couldn't believe their eyes, the roller coasters were so exciting. 

Life time memories. 

Thank you!

Cecilia Hammond



Double decker to be an inspirational aid to reading

This week members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings had a sneak preview of an exciting new project that aims to convert a double decker bus into a modern and innovative library facility for a village primary school.  

With work on the school library bus project, being led by Baston Primary School PTA, nearing completion, four Rotary club members visited the site where the bus is currently being homed on Tuesday to have a close look at the project.  

Deepings Rotary has paid for nine of the lower deck seats to be professionally reupholstered and it was a perfect opportunity to see the finished upholstery and the other wonderful work that has been carried out to create what should be a valuable and inspirational asset to Baston School and provide an exhilarating environment in which to encourage children to read.  

Altogether the project is expected to cost in the region of £28,000 and it has received considerable support from the community.  Work on the library bus is virtually complete. All that remains are one or two finishing touches, including the woodland themed artwork to be applied to the outside, and then it will be ready to be transported to the school.  It is hoped it will be installed in the school grounds later this month.

Sue Titman, Rita Fowler and Richard Boulderstone try out the newly upholstered seats.

Outside the double decker bus that is to become a school library - Richard Boulderstone, John Lavery, Rita Fowler and Sue Titman.

Deepings Rotary Road Races. 

A beautiful day with high cloud and light winds attracted more than 300 runners to The Rotary Club of The Deepings’ Annual Charity Runs on Sunday May 19th, the thirty-third time the event has been held.  

Although the sun came out during the race and made things a bit too warm for the runners conditions were still good and the men’s winner, local runner Steve Robinson from Helpston Harriers came within ninety seconds  of beating the course record which was established ten years ago .  

The leading lady, Karen Smith of St. Bees Triers herself was only  three minutes outside the ladies’ record time.  

The Ladies Team prize was won by Sadie Boor, Emily Douse and Roz Hamlyn of Werrington  Joggers, and the men’s team prize went to Steve Robinson, Phil Martin, Michael Moore and Jim Morris of Helpston Harriers who came in the first four places 

The Deepings is the third of the local “Spring Treble” of ten kilometre races following similar events at Langtoft and Eye in the two previous weeks.  All of these races are particularly popular with both local runners and ones from further afield because they all have fast level courses, giving serious runners the chance to put up personal best times which several runners did on Sunday. 

Race organiser Joe Piercy said that the Rotary Club was particularly grateful to Piper Physiotherapy of Market Deeping and the Spinroom Studio of Deeping St James for sponsoring the races once again, to the Deepings Leisure Centre for making their excellent changing facilities available to the runners and to both the ladies of the local Inner Wheel club and the Rugby Club for providing refreshments and glasses of something long and cool for both runners and spectators. 

“We will keep our fingers crossed for good weather next May 17th too” he added.


10K Road Race…….Sponsored by The Spinroom Studio


1st   40.28 Karen Smith        St Bees Triers 

2nd 41.06 Daniella Hart         Peterborough Athletic Club

3rd   43.44 Elizabeth Clough         Peterborough Athletic Club

Veteran Ladies

1st         44.33  Sadie Boor         Werrington Joggers

2nd 44.36 Jane Charlesworth Lincoln Wellington

3rd         44.43 Louise Alexander         Yaxley Runner & Joggers

1st Ladies Team (3 to count) 

Werrington Joggers – Sadie Boor, Emily Douse, Roz Hamlyn 


1st          33.50 Steve Robinson         Helpston Harriers

2nd          34.18 Phil Martin         Helpston Harriers

3rd          34.30 Michael Moore         Helpston Harriers

Veteran Men

1st          36.56        Jim Morris        Helpston Harriers

2nd          36.57       Jeff Lucas        Werrington Joggers

3rd          37.09        Miguel Cann        u/a 

Men’s Team (4 to count)

1st   10 points - Helpston Harriers -    Steve Robinson, Phil Martin, Michael Moore &                                                                                                                 Jim Morris 

2nd  71 points - Werrington Joggers - Jeff Lucas, Phillip Hamlyn, Billy Slaven & Stuart         Crosby 

3rd   85 points - Nene Valley Harriers - Sean Beard, Dexter Bole, Barry Warne & Sam        Staines

Full Results (opens in new page):

3 k Fun Run

10 k Road Race

10K Winner...Steve Robinson


  President Jenny & Rotarian Mary...AFTER THE RUN



Young artists in the Deepings area have once again been wowing supermarket shoppers with their creative work. The youngsters have been taking part in the annual Schools Art Competition run by the Rotary Club of the Deepings. 

Entries were invited from primary schools in and around the Deepings area, with the competition divided into two sections – Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. All the submitted artwork was displayed at the Tesco store in Market Deeping. 

The competition attracted a big entry of 113 pieces of work from nine different schools and a panel of three independent judges had the difficult task of selecting the winners in each section. The results of the competition were: 

Key Stage One: 1. Jasmine Sutton (Deeping St James Primary School); 

2. Taiah Brown (Linchfield Community Primary School); 

3. Archie Renault (Langtoft Primary School) 

Key Stage Two: 1. Daniel Roberts (Northborough Primary School; 

2. Amelia Rogers (John Clare School, Helpston); 

3. Isobel Walker (Baston Primary School) 

School prize: Market Deeping Community Primary School 

A prize of £50 was awarded to each of the individual winners, with £25 going to the runners-up and £15 for the third placed entries. The prizes were presented by Deputy Mayor of Market Deeping Councillor Xan Collins and Rotary Club President Jenny Spratt, with Tesco providing chocolate goodies for all the prizewinners. 

Competition organiser John Lavery said: “It was another excellent year, with the standard of work as high as ever, which is a tribute to all the young artists and the schools. 

“We have been grateful once again for the continued support of the local schools and, as always, indebted to Tesco and the staff at the store for their support over the years.”

Kat West and Hannah Hallett from Market Deeping Community Primary School collect the Winning School prize from Deputy Mayor Councillor Xan Collins, Rotary President Jenny Spratt and Emma Ward  of Tesco.

Winner of the Key Stage Two first prize Daniel Roberts of Northborough Primary School, with, from left, Councillor Xan Collins, Rotary President Jenny Spratt and Emma Ward of Tesco.

Key Stage One winner Jasmine Sutton of Deeping St James Primary School, with, from left, Counciilor Xan Collins, Rotary President Jenny Spratt and Emma Ward of Tesco.

All the prizewinners in this year’s Deepings Rotary Schools Art Competition.

The display of work that caught the judges’ eye in awarding the top school prize to Market Deeping Community Primary School.
The Winning paintings in Key Stage Two & One

Some of the works in the exhibition.

Rotarians bring more light to lives of Nepalese children

Nepal may be 4,500 miles away but Rotarians in the Deepings have shown that distance is no barrier when it comes to providing vital help and support for remote communities.

In such a mountainous and unforgiving landscape, communities are inevitably more isolated than most and do not benefit from many of the trappings of modern life that we all take for granted. 

But now life for the children at two schools in Nepal has been completely transformed thanks to the Rotary Club of the Deepings, with the club providing funds to help pay for solar power equipment to be installed. 

The club has been working on the project in association with charity the Nepal Remote Villages Trust (NRVT) and, as a result of that joint initiative, some 500 children at the Janakalyan Primary School and Shree Simle High School in the Jaleshwari region of Khotang are to benefit in so may ways. 

The arrival of solar power opens up a raft of new and exciting opportunities for the Nepalese students in those communities, enabling them to access e-books and modern educational material. 

It will help to improve literacy levels at the schools, which in turn can lead to better job opportunities for the students on leaving school, and provide access to more information to help with improvements in other areas, such as healthcare. 

And it won’t just be the younger members of the community who will benefit.  The schools will be running adult education classes too, which means that the lives of the whole community will be greatly enriched. 

Last year Deepings Rotary supported another community in Nepal, providing funding for NRVT to install solar power at Rhupangmare School in Lower Solukhumbu. Rotary contributed £1,000 to the total cost of £2,000 for that project, with £500 from club funds and a £500 grant from the Rotary Foundation. 

Following the success of that inaugural project, the club decided to be even more ambitious this time. Securing a grant of £1,500 from Rotary Foundation (Rotary’s own charity), without which the project would not have been possible, the club contributed a further £1,700, making a total Rotary contribution of £3,200 towards the project cost of £3,350. 

Rotarian Carl Midgley said: “It has been a privilege for our club to be able to fund this project and to know that we have been able to help two communities. 

“The work of the Nepal Remote Villages Trust is quite inspirational and life changing and we are only too pleased to be able to support them in this way. 

“Through Rotary we do a lot of work for our own community in the Deepings, but we also feel it is important to extend that help to other communities in the world where there is a need when we can. That is what makes Rotary the organisation that it is.”

On the way up the mountain to the remote Jaleshwari region of Khotang.               

Chris and Alison Burns of the Nepal Remote Villages Trust, centre, with villagers.

Solar panels being installed thanks to money provided by the Rotary Club of the Deepings.

Chris Burns presents the Rotary Club of the Deepings pennant to villagers

Some of the young children who are set to benefit from the new solar panels.

African adventure for sports student Ashley

A Market Deeping student has travelled to Africa for a once in a lifetime opportunity with a little help from his local Rotary club.  

Ashley Bond has just completed the second year of a BSc (Honours) Sport Development with Coaching Course at Sheffield Hallam.  As part of his undergraduate degree he has secured a seven-week international placement to work with young people in Schools and Clubs in Arusha, Tanzania to encourage and support sport and community development. He will be working in partnership with the Arusha Youth Development Organisation.  

The total cost of the trip is £2,500 and Ashley set himself the task of raising £1,500 towards that through three challenges - he gave up alcohol throughout February, scaled the highest point near Sheffield - High Stones in the Peak District - and he ran the Sheffield Half Marathon.  

On hearing of his trip, the Rotary Club of the Deepings was keen to support him and readily agreed to contribute £150 to help Ashley meet his target.  

Rotary club president Jenny Spratt presented Ashley with the cheque shortly before he departed for Tanzania at the beginning of May.  

Ashley said: “I will be living with a host family, working to encourage, support and offer leadership in sport and community development, as well as participating in all areas of local life and, hopefully, making a difference to the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.”


President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Jenny Spratt and student Ashley Bond have the atlas open to see just where in Tanzania Ashley will be staying during his seven-week placement.

President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Jenny Spratt presents student Ashley Bond with a cheque for £150.

Young Art shines at Tesco.

 The work of more than 100 young artists is currently on display at the Tesco superstore in Market Deeping.  

The exhibition has been put up by members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings and displays all the entries in the club’s 2019 Schools Art Competition.  

A total of 113 entries were received this year, with prizes to be awarded for first, second and third in both the Key Stage Two and Key Stage One sections. There is also a prize for the winning school.  

Pupils from nine schools in the Deepings area are taking part, with entries from: Baston CE Primary School; Deeping St James Community Primary School; John Clare Primary School, Helpston; Kirkstone House School, Baston; Langtoft Primary School; Linchfield Community Primary School, Deeping St James; Market Deeping Community Primary School; Northborough Primary School; William Hildyard CE Primary School, Market Deeping.  

The exhibition of artwork can be seen at Tesco until Thursday, May 16. The presentations to the prizewinners will take place prior to that.

Members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings who put up the display of artwork in Market Deeping Tesco store.

Second Disability Games a big success

Members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings have once again been actively involved in the Rotary Disability Games. 

Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, the second Disability Games was held in Stamford last weekend and once more Rotarians from the Deepings ran the table tennis competition, which this year attracted 54 entries. 

Table tennis was just one of a variety of sports available at the Games, with more than 200 competitors in total from across the district taking part. Other events on the programme included rifle shooting, swimming, weightlifting, boccia, kurling, darts, wheelchair dash and slalom. 

The event was hosted by Stamford Rotary Club and held in the sports halls of the Stamford Endowed Schools. Guests of honour included Invictus Games 2018 six-time medallist Rachel Williamson and Ali Waddie four-time medallist at the Warrior Games 2018, who encouraged competitors throughout the day. 

In the table tennis event, last year’s winner of the men’s singles Jack Johnson of Leicestershire had to settle for the runners spot on this occasion, beaten in the final by Ted Carter, also Leicestershire. 

This year’s ladies’ singles winner was Charlotte Hampson, of Woodhall Warriors, who defeated Joanne Brennan, of Lincoln, in the final.

Rotary nominated @ the Deeping St. James                     "MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARDS"

New Members join Rotary                                            April 2019.

Richard Boulderstone & Debs Dullaghan are inducted as Members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings by President Jenny Spratt

On the fitness trail with Rotary

 A fitness trim trail has been opened at Jubilee Park, Deeping St James and Rotarians were keen to be among the first to test out the new equipment.  

The installation of the state of the art equipment was the culmination of a project that was first conceived six years ago when the Friends of Jubilee Park group was established. The Friends subsequently began a fundraising campaign which received considerable support from within the community.  

Leading the initiative, the Friends held a number of fundraising events, including the Deeping Dog Show, to raise money for the project. The success of the campaign was assured with support from a variety of sources, including Deeping St James Parish Council, South Kesteven District Council, district councillors Judy Stevens and Phil Dilks, the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, Deepings Lions, Deeping St James United Charities and the National Citizen Service.  

Also at the forefront of that support was the Rotary Club of the Deepings, who were happy to commit £500 from club funds towards the project.  The club recognised that the trim trail would offer a valuable and accessible facility for the community, with health and fitness opportunities for all ages and abilities, and made a successful application for a grant from the Rotary Foundation (Rotary’s own charity). The Rotary Foundation agreed to match the funds being contributed by the club, making a total donation from Rotary to the project of £1,000 - which more than covered the cost of one piece of equipment.  

Now eight pieces of modern, sturdy fitness equipment have been installed at Jubilee Park at a cost of £10,500 and dotted around the site to create a fitness trail, which it is hoped will be well used by local people. From the initial feedback it looks set to be a popular feature of the park.  

Among the first to try out the new equipment were eight members of the Rotary Club, including president Jenny Spratt and Mary Martin, who are currently in training to run the Rotary 3k event in May. The club members visited the site last week and gave the new facility a big thumbs up.  Rotarian John Lavery said: “We have been keen supporters of this project from the start and we are delighted to see it come to fruition.  “The new equipment looks excellent and it is wonderful to see that it is already generating a lot of interest and positive feedback.”  

Carole Bremner, treasurer of The Friends of Jubilee Park, said: “I’m very happy that the trail has been so well received, we will see how it is used over the coming year and then we will decide whether we could put a track around the park to facilitate access to the equipment as well as providing disabled access.”





Rotary President Jenny Spratt presents a cheque to Keelie Charge  from DEAFBLIND….. 

Rotarians join forces to help school

Pupils at Willoughby School in Bourne can look forward to an activity break this summer thanks to the generosity of two Rotary Clubs.  

Willoughby School is a special school for pupils with moderate, severe, profound and complex learning needs and, last year, the Rotary Club of the Deepings teamed up with the Rotary Club of Bourne to sponsor a trip for eight pupils from the school to go to Caythorpe PGL Activity Centre for three days.  

The trip was so successful that the two Rotary clubs have again agreed to sponsor another trip to Caythorpe PGL this summer, providing £1,000 towards the cost of the visit - £500 from each club.  

Willoughby School headteacher James Husbands and trip leader Nicola Hill recently attended a meeting of the Deepings Rotary Club to give a presentation on last year’s trip, illustrated by pictures showing the wide range of activities the students took part in, from kayaking to raft building, archery to fencing, even having the exciting opportunity to glide through the air on a zip wire.  

Mr Husbands described the trip as a fantastic experience and he thanked the two Rotary clubs for their support.  He added: “Without that support the pupils would not have been able to experience the residential trip.”

President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Jenny Spratt, centre, with head teacher James Husbands and Nicola Hill of Willoughby School

Attendees at the Deeping Youth Group demonstrate the use of the new storage cabinet donated by the Rotary Cub of the Deepings


Rotarians in the Deepings have been offering their support to their local youth group.  When Deeping Youth Group found they were in need of a new secure storage unit, the Rotary Club of the Deepings readily agreed to contribute the £198 needed for the youth group to purchase one.  

Then, on hearing that Youth Leader Cassandra Wales needed to attend a two-day Mental Health First Aid course, the Rotary Club again agreed to offer their support and pay the £225 course fee.  “We believe the Youth Group is an important facility for young people in the Deepings area and are very pleased to have been able to offer our support,” said Rotarian John Lavery.


Deeping Youth Group leader Cassandra Wales, left, with President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Jenny Spratt and Youth Group chairman Paul Hanson, who is also a Rotarian



Claudia Stevens, Katie Hand, Izzy Hartley, Alice Teigh ( President).

This week the "BAKE- OFF Challenge took place at the Deeping School, with competitors from Rotary, Inner Wheel and Interact all attempting to make the best Muffins.

In a busy kitchen  it was a tense and stressful time for the competitors to produce their best muffins for the judging.  

This year, again, PDG Linda May came to adjudicate and duly cast her eyes and taste buds over the final offerings, whilst members looked on, offered comments, and nibbled, where they could. F

or the first time in “Bake Off” history, Interact took the winners accolade with Katie Hand & Claudia Stevenson taking 1st Prize.  Barbara Piercy, Inner Wheel, came Second.

 A great evening was enjoyed by all, and the School was thanked for the use of their facilities and the Buffet provided,                                                                                       

Barbara Piercy ...INNER WHEEL        Trish Midgley...INNER WHEEL           Izzy Hartley & Alice Teigh...INTERACT

  Linda Ashton... ROTARY                                                                                                                                               Justin Gray... ROTARY

Burns Night Celebrations

We celebrated the Bards birthday in style on Saturday 26th January at Tallington Lakes. The piper greeted us at the door and bravely piped the guests in despite the cold evening and we entered to a  beautifully decorated room with everyone in good spirits to enjoy the night. . 

The haggis was brought in and addressed with much gusto and whisky, and we were all served a very tasty meal. Whether your tastes were traditional or not, the vegetarian option, the roast beef and the haggis were all enjoyed.  

Pennyless entertained us after the meal with a variety of folk songs and music. They were very engaging and  it was admirable to see how they worked together with no sheets of music and loads of energy.  

As we all got to the floor to sing a very loud and boisterous version of Auld Lang Syne we were already looking  Forward to Burns Night 2020.




Chocolate Delight at home’s Wonka Wonderland

Chocolate, and all things chocolaty, was very much the theme when Maxey House Care Home in Deeping Gate held a Wonka Day shortly before Christmas. 

The festive season was a little more magical for the residents when the home was transformed into Wonka's Wonderland and family and friends were invited along to share the day. The event was made even sweeter with the Rotary Club of the Deepings dipping in to buy two chocolate fountains for the home to use on the day and for future fundraising events. 

Home manager Michelle Reid said:  “Staff dressed for the part to make it a day to remember for our residents and families. “The residents were treated to an extra special contribution of two chocolate fountains from the Rotary Club and their kindness made the event even more special. “We raised £400 for Sparkle which will help make our residents’ dreams come true.” 

Maxey House specialises in dementia care and the Sparkle initiative was set up by the home’s owners to raise money to be used specifically to help residents enjoy special moments and magical days to enable them to fulfil their dreams. Michelle added: “Sparkle is about creating memories and experiences for those who feel they have reached a time in their life where those dreams are not possible.” 

John Lavery of the Rotary Club said: “We think the Sparkle initiative is a wonderful idea and so were very happy to support the Wonka Day.”

Dressed for the Wonka Day, from left, front – activities manager Lynn Cattermole, home manager Michelle Reid, deputy manager Alex Dragos and maintenance man Graeme Reid; back – Rotarians Mary Martin and Amrit Mistry try out the chocolate fountains.

Deepings Lions and Rotary Father Christmas 

Volunteers walk a thousand miles to bring Christmas cheer

Rotarians and Lions strode out for nearly one thousand miles to bring Christmas cheer to people of all ages in and around the Deepings area, raising a record-breaking amount for local charities in the process. 

For 17 evenings throughout December members of the Deepings Lions Club and the Rotary Club of the Deepings, with good support from Deepings Interact, family and friends, took their Santa sleigh out in all weathers through the streets and estates of Market Deeping and Deeping St James and the villages of Glinton, Northborough, Peakirk, Deeping Gate, Baston, Frognall, Langtoft, West Deeping and Tallington.

The total mileage covered by the Santa sleigh route over the 17 nights was estimated at 85 miles and with an average of 11-12 collectors and helpers out each night, in addition to Santa and his driver, the cumulative mileage walked by volunteers was close to 1,000 miles, or around two million Fitbit steps! But the foot slogging marathon was well worth the effort, as the Santa sleigh raised just over £10,000, setting a new record for the popular annual fundraiser. 

Vince Sterland of the Deepings Lions said: “It was fantastic to see the extremely excited children and the smiles on people’s faces when we arrived. “We had a brilliant collection this year with amazingly only two wet nights, culminating in a fantastic sum of just over £10,000. “On behalf of The Deepings Lions and Rotary Club of the Deepings I would like to thank all the people in the Deepings and surrounding villages for their support.”

Santa at the Deepings Christmas Market




   ....The Rotary Club of the Deepings Christmas Concert....

Another great evening with The Grimethorpe Colliery Band  got us all in the Christmas Spirit.

Musical Director Sandy Smith led the Band through an exciting and varied performance throughout the evening to the joy and appreciation of an enthusiastic audience.                                

A Place to Sit and Reflect

The Rotary Club of the Deepings has kindly donated a bench sited on the riverside in Deeping Gate, in memory of Rotarian Tony Martin. It overlooks the river from next to the Village sign. “ He Loved This Place.” 

Tony, a passionate Rotarian, always there to help and offer advice, was a member of the Club for many years and served as President 1991 – 1992 and as District Governor 2007 – 2008. 

We all will miss his Rotary knowledge and his Yorkshire spirit. Tony had lived in Deeping Gate since 1974.



The Calvert Trust is a charity whose aim is to challenge disability ‘through outdoor adventure’. The Activities include hill walking, rock climbing, abseiling, horse riding, archery, sailing, canoeing and cycling. The whole ethos is to teach the participants what they can do and not what they can’t do which is often the case in their normal environment. 

Suitable candidates are sponsored by Rotary Clubs and enjoy a week at one of the Calvert Trust Outdoor Centres. The week promotes independence in a safe environment and everyone is encouraged to do as much as they can and, frequently, more than they themselves expect. 

Without doubt, everyone who comes on a Calvert Trust expedition wil find their comfort zone challenged at some time during the week and the impacts are often life changing. 

Rotary District 1070 takes a group of 25-30 physically and mentally challenged young adults to the Keswick Centre for the last week in April each year.


Deepings Rotary “ HANDOVER” 2018.

Rotary “ Handover “ took place at Tallington Lakes where seventy-eight Members & Guests enjoyed an excellent meal and witnessed the Induction of a New President into Office, for 2018 – 2019.  

New President Jenny Spratt received the Chain of Office from Past President Alan Kendrick, then Jenny presented Amrit Mistry with his as President Elect and John Lavery as Vice –President.  

The Deepings Interact Club also performed their Handover, with Alice Teigh becoming the New President. Interacters at this time are at their lowest numbers due to School members going their separate ways, but Alice and her team of seven were keen and enthusiastic as ever that members will increase when term starts again in September. For ten years the Deepings have had an Interact Club, which is a credit to Our Community and the Deepings School.



The Emblem Badge from the Peterborough Werrington Club which has now closed down was presented to President Jenny by Diane, Past President of the Werrington Club and now a member of our Club. The emblem has been put onto our chain of office.  The Deepings was the Mother Club of Peterborough Werrington


The importance of the sun to life on earth has been recognized by people for many centuries, now with the innovation of solar power the sun can actually be harnessed to help change people’s lives.  

It is with that in mind that the Rotary Club of the Deepings is at the forefront of an ambitious project to use modern technology to enrich and enhance the lives of people in remote communities of Nepal, and in particular the children of those communities.  

Take a moment to picture what you perceive to be a typical school. What do you see? A brightly lit building full of children with access to computers and the resources they bring to the school. After all a school without a computer would be a disgrace in this day and age wouldn’t it? But what about schools without electricity to power computers or even to provide the basic requirement of electric lighting?  

It is hard to believe that in the 21st century, when so many people take for granted all the luxuries of modern life and the advantages of the huge strides made in scientific innovation there are still countless remote areas of the world without any of this, where there is no chance of getting access to the national grid.  

So for such communities what alternatives are there? You need to have something that can be fairly easily installed, is easy to use, easy to maintain and above all reliable.  

How about Solar power? Don’t think global warming, think of being able to turn a light on when it gets dark, about having a computer with an e-library on (the internet is a step too far in these remote areas of Nepal at the moment), maybe even having a hot drink when it gets too cold.  

A small team from the Rotary Club of the Deepings  - Carl Midgley, Alan Kendrick, John Slimmon and Fred Sandall - met with the founders of the Nepal Remote Villages Trust (NRVT), a small charity which is working with isolated communities in Nepal to get solar power installed into schools.  

Discussions with the charity inspired the four Rotarians to make an application for a grant from the Rotary Foundation (Rotary’s own charity) to match the funds being contributed to the work of NRVT by Deepings Rotary to support the work of the charity and enable solar power to be installed at Rhupangmare School, Lower Solukhumbu.  

The application was successful and Rotary Foundation provided a grant of £500 and, with the club contributing £500 from its own funds, a thousand pounds was put towards the project cost of £2,000.  

Rotarian Carl said: “Education is a way out of poverty so we are delighted to be able to implement this project not only with the grant from the Rotary Foundation but in partnership with the Nepal Remote Villages Trust, a charity dedicated to helping the schools in this region.”  

Getting the money together was possibly the easiest part of the project, actually getting the solar panels to the school and having them installed was a completely different matter. Roads that were impassable due to rain, or which perhaps could never really be called roads in the first place, was a significant problem. But get there they did, even though the panels had to be carried by hand for some parts of the journey!  

Now installed, the solar panels will make a life changing difference to the children and the people of the village. To understand what this will do for the children just remember the difference turning a light on makes to you being able to read a book when it gets dark. You can learn so much by reading a book. And for these young Nepalese villagers such simple things as switching on a light and all the benefits of electrical power that we take for granted will open up new avenues of learning and future opportunities they may never have had.

Vaious pictures showing how the panels were transported for some of the journey, it being installled and some of the children and people form the village.

President  Alan Kendrick presenting Rotary Banner to Chris & Allison who run the Nepal Remote Village Trust.

Rotary, ‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’, Twin Lakes Trip.

On the 28th of June 2018, a group of 8 Interact members, 2 member of the Deepings Rotary Club, Playscheme Co-ordination for FOCC Sue Garford and 3 translators took a group of 21 children to Twin Lakes, Melton Mowbray. 

The children that visited were from Belarus and were linked within the charity ‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’.  The charity works on restoring hope back into struggling families and communities that still struggle with the after effects from the 1986 nuclear disaster. 

For one month every year the charity organises trips over to the UK for the effected children aged between 7-12 years old. These children are often in need of health and dental treatment, education and general care. The children from the area come over to the UK for one month for 5 consecutive years, in which they stay with their host families. 

During the day the 21 children meet together to complete activities, English lessons and trips- before returning to their host families for evenings and weekends. The trips and charity help have been proving effective in the fact that the children’s quality of life is increased, as well as their health and overall wellbeing. 

On the morning of the trip we first met the children at the scout hut in Helpston. During this time we were able to introduce ourselves and lay down some basic ground rules. Although there was a language barrier the translators at this point helped to make sure that everyone understood the agenda of the day.  

When on the bus we allowed all of the children to sit with their friends, meaning as Interact members we were able to spend time speaking with some of the translators that traveled from Belarus with the children. 

When speaking with the translators, we were shocked to learn about the challenging lives that both adults and children live within the region. One lady that we spoke to had the second highest paid job in the region (secondary school teaching), and yet still only earned the equivalent of £300 per month – meaning she was unable to move out due to the high living costs in the local area. She spoke also about the struggles of the children and their families, coming from even lower income families. The children and their families often didn’t have the funds for education and healthcare, let alone food and water.  

Once we arrived on the coach at Twin Lakes all of the adults and the children were briefed and prepared for the day’s activities that lay ahead. The children were allowed to choose an adult who could help them throughout the day. 

Firstly the children were allowed to explore and choose the rides that they wanted to try – for many this was the first time they had experienced such a place – and so were all exceptionally grateful! 

The highlight of the first section of the theme park for many of the children were the self-driven bumper boats – in which children sprayed the others from the side with water jets.  Next we visited the tyre slide, which the children also thoroughly enjoyed! 

Other activates from the morning also included the air ride which gave the effect of flying and the rocking pirate ship. All of the mornings activities were a hit will both all of the children and adults!  

We stopped off for a spot of lunch at this point, which Tom (Deepings Rotary member), had kindly prepared. This was a relief to many, as the shaded picnic area provided a rest. All the children and adults ate the same food, which as was explained to us by Sue (Deepings Rotary member) allowed equality and meant sure that none of the children felt excluded. 

In the section after lunch all of the children and adults took a small steam train ride to the other side of the park, which passed fields of farm animals – many of the children were fascinated! 

Once we had returned it was time for everyone to get changed and hit the water park, a relief in such a hot day! Again, although there was a language barrier the translators insured there was enough communication, along with the life guards to keep all of the children safe. 

The final activity of the day, and a sure favourite by many was the visit to the petting zoo. Here, the children got to see pigs, llamas, rabbits, donkeys and birds. Many of the children also got to take part in a meet and greet with some Guinea pigs. 

To end the day, we headed back to the coach for a drink and to head home. Many of the children were exhausted and napped on the way back.  Once we returned back to Helpston it was time to say goodbye, as the children’s host families were ready to collect them. The children all politely said thank you and left gradually with lots of cuddles from all that had been involved within the running of the day. 

Rotary sponsors adventure break

Students at Willoughby School in Bourne enjoyed a real adventure thanks to support from two Rotary clubs.

The Rotary Club of the Deepings and the Rotary Club of Bourne teamed up to donate £600 - £300 from each club - towards the cost of a two-day trip to the PGL adventure centre in Caythorpe for eight students and four staff.

Headteacher James Husbands, who went on the trip with the group, said: “It was fantastic.

“Thank you to the Rotary clubs of Bourne and the Deepings for supporting our trip to PGL Caythorpe.

“Without their support the pupils would not have been able to experience the residential trip.

“Students took part in a range of activities, including archery, kayaking, zip wire and raft building, which were made accessible by the wonderful PGL staff.”

Head boy Bailley went on the trip and added: “It was great. My favourite part was the boat (kayak). The food was good and I enjoyed staying with my friends.”

The week before the trip Mr Husbands attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Bourne at The Wishing Well in Dyke, where he received cheques from Bourne Rotary President Barry Streets and the President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Alan Kendrick.

Willoughby School students and staff at the PGL Adventure Centre, Caythorpe.

Willoughby School headteacher James Husbands (front centre) with the president of the Rotary Club of the Deepings Alan Kendrick (front left) and the president of the Rotary Club of Bourne Barry Streets (front right) and Rotarians David Tooze (Bourne), John Lavery (Deepings) and Peter Rowland (Bourne)

Rotarians donate training aid to Deepings First Responders

Deepings First Responders have a new training aid that could help save the lives of young children. 

The training aid is a Baby Anne CPR doll which has been donated to the First Responders group by the Rotary Club of the Deepings. The Baby Anne manikin was developed to provide effective training in infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Among its many features it offers realistic chest compressions and chest rise to allow trainees to learn proper CPR techniques, as well as how to clear obstructed airways. 

The Baby Anne was formally presented to the First Responders by Rotary President Alan Kendrick. It is already proving a very useful training resource.  

Helen Bembridge, Co-ordinator for Deepings First Responders said: “We have never had this model before and she will be very useful to the group. 

“Already we have had an interesting and informative training session with her and she has been taken out to advise a group of mothers how to deal with a choking child.”

President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings, Alan Kendrick, presents the Baby Anne CPR doll to Russell Handley of Deepings First Responders. 

First Responder, Rachel Angell, on duty at the Rose & Sweet Pea Show. 

ROTARY YEAR 2017 - 18


10k Results (opens in new window)

3k Fun Run results (Opens in a new window) (updated 25/05/2018)

These results can now be regarded as final. Well done to everyone who took part.


10K WINNER:  Brian Corleys                          2nd Place:   Robert Brownlee

both receiving awards from Rotary President Alan Kendrick.

A beautiful sunny day with light winds attracted an  entry of over three hundred for the thirty second running of the annual Charity Fun Run and Road Race organised by the Rotary Club of The Deepings on Sunday May 20th. 

Over one hundred runners of all ages tackled the three kilometre course, while nearly two hundred  took on the more serious challenge of the accurately measured and AAA licenced ten kilometre event. 

The Deepings is the third of the local spring treble of ten kilometre races following similar events at Eye and Langtoft in the two previous weeks. All of these  races are particularly popular with both local runners and ones from further afield because they all have fast level courses, giving serious runners the chance to put up personal best times which several competitors did on Sunday, and both the men’s winner Brian Corleys of local club Bushfield Joggers and the ladies’ winner Maggie Skinner of Peterborough Athletics Club  came within a few  minutes of breaking the course record. 

Race organiser Joe Piercy said that the Rotary Club was particularly grateful to Piper Physiotherapy of Market Deeping and the Spinroom Studio of Deeping St James for sponsoring the races, to the Deepings Leisure Centre for making their excellent changing facilities available to the runners and to the  local Inner Wheel ladies and the Rugby Club for providing refreshments and glasses of something long and cool for both runners and spectators. 

“The Rotary club always enjoys organising events which are as popular as this” he said “especially when they also let us raise money for Rotary charities”.

Deepings Rotary School Art Competition


Young artists in the Deepings area have once again been impressing  supermarket shoppers with their creative work. The youngsters have been taking part in the annual Young Art Competition run by the Rotary Club of the Deepings. 

Entries were invited from primary schools in and around the Deepings area, with the competition divided into two sections – Key Stage One and Key  Stage Two. All the submitted artwork was displayed at the Tesco store in  Market Deeping. 

The competition attracted a record entry of 120 pieces of work from nine different schools and a panel of three independent judges had the difficult task of selecting the winners in each section. Such was the standard of the work that the judges additionally awarded two  Highly Commended prizes for two young artists who just missed out on a  place in the first three of their respective section. 

The results of the competition were: 

Key Stage One:       

1. Olive Wight (Deeping St James Primary School);  

2. Ezmae Clark (Market Deeping Primary School);   

3. Austin Elliott (Langtoft Primary School);    

Highly commended: Zara Wright (Baston Primary School) 

Key Stage Two:       

1. Isobel Mitchell (Kirkstone House School);  

2. Joshua Seelig (Northborough Primary School);   

3. Tiffany Robinson (Market Deeping Primary School);  

Highly Commended: Emily Vachkov (Deeping St James Primary School) 

School prize:     Northborough Primary School 

A prize of £50 was awarded to each of the individual winners,  with £25 going to the runners-up and £15 for the third placed entries. There was a £10 prize for each of the highly commended entries and the winning school received  £50. The prizes were presented by Mayor of Market Deeping Councillor Pauline Redshaw and Rotary Club President Alan Kendrick, with Tesco providing chocolate goodies  for all the prizewinners. 

Competition organiser John Lavery said: “The standard of entries this year  was the highest it has ever been, which is a tribute to all the young artists and  the schools.      

“We have been grateful once again for the continued support of the local  schools and, of course, to Martin Reece, manager of Market Deeping Tesco,  who has been a good friend to the competition over the years.”





Charity Runs.. Entry form - click on the link below (opens in new window).


The Rotary Club of the Deepings Charity Runs

will take place, this year, on Sunday 20th May 2018.

As usual there will be a  3K "FUN RUN" followed by a 10K "ROAD RACE". 

Both races will start and finish from the playing field of the Deepings Rugby Club.

The Clubhouse on the field provides Toilets and Changing Rooms, also a Bar and hot snacks will be available.

There are more car parking facilities, toilets, showers, and changing rooms at the

Deeping Leisure Centre, situated just over the road from the Rugby Club.

The  3K "FUN RUN"  WILL START @ 10am and will be followed by the 10K "ROAD RACE WHICH WILL START @11am.

There will be a Commemorative Medal for ALL finishers.

Joe Piercy, Organiser.



Past President Geoff Card recently invited Author & Speaker Emily Owen to speak to the Club about her condition and her life as a NF2 sufferer.

It was an intersting and informative story of Emily`s journey, whilst heart wrenching it was lively and a smiling Emily held her audience, who listened with amazement to such a brave and determined young lady.

( Emily, after numerous operations is Deaf, She signs but lip reads excellently)....


President Alan presents a cheque to Emily.

Flowers for Emily from Geoff Card...

Emily Owen was a multi talented teenager with the world at her feet. Highly intelligent, athletic and a gifted musician, she was destined to excel in whichever field she chose to pursue. At the age of 16, Emily was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) and less than a month later, she was in hospital and fighting for her life.  Over the coming years, NF2 would steal her education, her smile, her hearing, her ability to walk. With her life plans in ruins, Emily struggled to find meaning and identity. Good things in her life weren’t good any more. Because they were no longer there. With gentle humour and heart-breaking honesty, Emily shares her story. Slowly and painfully, she discovers value in new places, seeing the rainbows in the silence.

Click on Link to find out more....


The Neuro Foundation is the lead organisation for this disease and provides Specialists in 4 centres in the UK.   Their Home Page gives you a lot more information about Neurofibromatosis, should you wish to explore further:  


On the Home Page hover over - “News  & Events”                                

Click on - “World Neurofibromatosis Day 2018    

Please can I first ask you to JOIN THE THUNDERCLAP This will ask you to share a one-time message on your social media page about NF Awareness Day.  This will be displayed on your Page at 10am on 17th May 2018.   The Thunderclap Goal is to get 250 Supporters to spread the message by May 17th. They currently have reached 62% of the target with 21 days left.  Currently there is a potential outreach of 75,174 people through this social media route. Please jump on board!   The whole point of this is to raise the profile of Neurofibromatosis, which is very important for my family right now. 

Geoff Card Past President


Rotary Disability Games a Big Success

Members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings were actively involved in the Rotary Disability Games which took place in Stamford last weekend. The Games attracted entries from across the district and were co-ordinated by members of several Rotary clubs, with the emphasis on encouraging participation in sport. The Deepings club organised the table tennis competition as part of the programme of sports on offer, with each competitor given the opportunity to enter up to three different sports. Other events on the programme included archery, swimming, weightlifting, boccia, kurling, darts, dash and slalom. The table tennis competition attracted an overall entry of 40 players, with 21 in the men’s singles and 19 in the ladies’ singles. The men’s singles was won by Jack Johnson of Lutterworth and the ladies singles by Millie Holland, also of Lutterworth. The Games, which were staged at the Stamford Endowed Schools Sports Centre were hailed a big success and it is hoped the event will be held again next year.

John`s SLIM for NEPAL.....      He weighs in @ 18st.3lbs. (17-04-2018)

SPINNING WITH CARL & ALAN..............................

Deeping Rotary support Nepal School Project

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to school and not have access to the internet? Well one or two of us remember those days but few if any of us would remember having no electricity for simple lighting not just for a while but not having it full stop. To get an idea of what it is like turn your electricity off tonight. However, you know that with a simple flip of the switch you can turn it back on, some of the schools in Nepal which are so remote and deprived have no switch they can turn on.  

We are helping to do something about this and with the aid of a grant of £500 from the Rotary Foundation our club is making a total contributing £1,000 to the installation of solar panels in a school in the Jaleshwari region of Khotang Nepal.   When done not only will there be light in the school but it allows dvd’s to be installed giving pupils access to e-books and then a whole new world of learning opens up to the children. 

Education is a way out of poverty so we are delighted to be able to implement this project not only with the grant from the Rotary Foundation but in partnership with the Nepal Remote Villages Trust a charity dedicated to helping the schools in this region.  

We think this is such a marvelous thing to do and having started the project we will let you know how things progress.

Deepings Interact Quiz Night

As a final event of the academic year, the Deepings Interact Club held a quiz night in support of Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall. The event was a success, raising nearly £800. 

The money raised was due to the hard work of our team, the very generous donations of the local communities for the raffle and the cod and chips as supplied from The Boundary.  

It was an amazing night which received some really positive feedback, we hope that the coming year will bring as much success as this one.




ROTARY present SHELTERBOX with a cheque..

President Alan along with Rotarian Bob hand over a cheque to Alan Jones (Shelterbox) after his talk to the Club.

This last week we had a guest speaker at the club who talked to us about Shelter Box.

Rtn Alan Jones our 1070 district speaker for Shelter Box, gave a very interesting and informative talk about Shelter Box, this is one of our club’s international projects. We have been a Shelter Box supporter for many years.

Each box is filled with items that will provide shelter for 10 persons, the items consist of; tent, cooking equipment, mugs, plates and cutlery, wood burning stove, blankets, tools, solar light, mosquito nets, a water filter, even pencils and paper. The weight of the box when filled is well over 50kgs. The box also has its use when empty, water, storage food, it also been suggested that you bath in it. The cost of each box is £590. 

Since Shelter Box was set up in 2000 by the Rotary club of Helpston-Lizard they have packed and supplied well over, (up to 2014) 300,000 boxes, they then changed the figures as to how many families helped, up to the present time that figure is more than 700,000.

These boxes have been sent to well over 70 countries worldwide being transported by DHL and many airlines free of charge, even the UK has in some way been helped. All distribution and allocation of boxes are always overseen by members of Rotary Clubs in that local area of disaster. 

These figures do not include other items sent out by the Rotary club of Helpston-Lizard, i.e. shelter kits, family tents, Water filtration kit, solar lights, blankets and even school kits. Over the years our club, and personal donation by club members, has help supply well over 80 boxes, not many when you look at the overall figures, but as Alan said, none of this would have happened if it had not been for Rotary International support. 

If you are interested in Shelter Box you can find more information on their website; www.shelterbox.org or if you are visiting Cornwall the have a visitor’s centre in Truro.

A New Oven for "Sense" @ Manor Court, Market Deeping, purchased with the help of monies raised by the Rotary Club of the Deepings

President Alan Kendrick with Melaine Barr, Deputy House Manager and Rotarian John Lavery

Cooking up a Treat at Sense

Residents and staff at Manor Court, Market Deeping have a fabulous new cooker with which to prepare their meals thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of the Deepings. 

Manor Court, on Church Street, is run by Sense, a national charity that supports people with complex communication needs, including those who are deaf-blind. On hearing they were looking to replace their existing cooker, the Rotary Club was more than happy to contribute £200 towards the cost of purchasing a new one, which has been installed and is already being well used. 

The importance of the cooker was underlined by Deputy House Manager Melanie Barr, who said: “It is our ethos that we all cook and eat together. “Cooking and preparing food together is an essential activity in the house. It brings us together, develops independence and confidence in those we support and at the end of the process we all sit down together to enjoy a family meal. “We are very grateful for the continued support of Rotary.”  

Rotarian Mike White worked closely on the project.

Jez Dubber receives his Service to the Community Award from Rotary President Alan Kendrick, watched by, from left, Viv Gayle, Debbie Hedley and Joan McCormack of the Community Centre

Rotary Award for Unsung Hero

The work of an unsung community hero has been recognised by the Rotary Club of the Deepings. Jez Dubber has worked at the Deepings Community Centre for 13 years. He is building manager and one of the directors of the centre and is responsible for the running of this well used facility. 

He goes about his work in a quiet unassuming way but his efforts are always much appreciated by everyone who uses the centre. So much so that Rotarian Mary Martin nominated him for a Rotary Service to the Community Award. 

He was formally presented with a framed certificate by President of Deepings Rotary Alan Kendrick at the Community Centre on Friday. In presenting the award Alan described Jez as someone ‘who goes the extra mile’ and for whom nothing is too much trouble. Alan referred to Jez as one of the unsung heroes who works tirelessly behind the scenes so that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. 

Jez said: “It’s so kind of Rotary to think of me for such an honour. “It’s a team effort really, the award is for everyone involved with the Community Centre.”

Santa visits The Deepings Christmas Market...Ho!  Ho!  Ho!











The Grimethorpe Colliery Band`s Centenary Performance in The Deepings..

A Wonderful start to our Christmas Celebrations and a great Musical Programme.

Photo courtesy of I`d rather be in Deeping

Schools Surprise

There was an end of term surprise for the choir at Linchfield Primary School in Deeping St James. 

The Rotary Club of the Deepings presented the choir, known as the Mini Gs, with a cheque for £50 as a ‘thank you’ for their performance during the recent Grimethorpe Colliery Band Concert at Deepings Leisure Centre earlier this month.   

After the interval at the concert the choir, accompanied by their musical co-ordinator Richard Gombault, sang three numbers, including a John Lewis Christmas medley and a song the choir had written themselves. Their performance was enthusiastically received by the packed hall of 500 people and even earned a standing ovation from the musicians in the band. 

The cheque was formally presented to headmaster Andy Fawkes by Rotary President Alan Kendrick at Friday’s school assembly.

The Christmas Tree from the Grimethorpe Concert has again been erected in the waiting area at The Health Centre.......

MERRY CHRISTMAS  from The Rotary Club of the Deepings

Carl & Christine at Deepings Inner Wheel Christmas Coffee Morning...

Guess who eventually ended up with the Chocolate Ring....

Thanks Christine, he would have been sad, all day

Christmas Comes Early for Faith

Christmas came a little early for six-year-old Faith McLennan of Maxey.  

Faith suffers from cerebral palsy, which affects all four limbs, and her parents Caroline Brewster and Lee McLennan wanted her to have an iJoy Ride, a hi tech exercise machine designed for indoor rider training but also, most significantly from Faith’s point of view, designed to improve core balance and tone and condition leg muscles. It is all the more important for her as, next summer, Faith is set to undergo a major operation - Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy - at Bristol Children’s Hospital to improve the muscle stiffness in her limbs which will help make walking easier for her, with the iJoy Ride seen as an excellent way for her to prepare for the operation and beyond.   

On hearing Faith’s story, the Rotary Club of the Deepings and the Deepings Lions Club were keen to get involved and pooled together to purchase an iJoy ride (cost £499) for her. 

It has now been delivered to the family home and mum Caroline said that Faith was so excited when it arrived. Rotarian John Lavery, who co-ordinated the project, said: “We were only too pleased to help such a deserving cause and it was so good that both we and the Lions could work together on this project. “We hope Faith will have many years of enjoyment from her iJoy Ride machine and we also hope it will help her achieve greater mobility to enable her to have greater freedom and independence.” 

Vince Sterland, treasurer of Deepings Lions, said:  “These are the sort of projects we like to help out with. We were pleased to support such a worthy cause to help Faith to improve her mobility. To see the expression on Faith’s face and share her excitement when opening the box makes our fundraising all worthwhile.”

Faith McLennan on her iJoy Ride with, from left, Lions Vince and Carol Sterland, sister Tayla , mum Caroline Brewster and Rotary President Alan Kendrick


Again the Rotary Club of The Deepings have carried out there annual Shoe Box collection, these boxes are than distributed through out Eastern Europe to needy families.  

The boxes can be filled with, Toys, Teenager requirements, Household goods, or Baby requirements, they must not contain, sweets, food, anything that requires batteries, seeds, or aerosols. 

We were a little late in starting our collection this year, but still manage to collect 144 boxes, all the boxes being filled by Deeping Rotary members and our Deeping School Interact members, who collected 96 boxes, that’s more than the 48 by Rotary members. Well done Interactors.

Tenth Anniversary of Deepings Interact Club

The current school year is a very special one for the Interact Club at The Deepings School as it marks the club’s tenth anniversary. Established by the Rotary Club of the Deepings in 2007, it is one of the most successful Interact groups in the region. 

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people aged from 12 to 18 that gives them the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun, meaningful service projects while at the same time developing leadership skills and encouraging greater involvement in the local community. 

There are currently 20 members of the Deepings Interact Club, with Tayla-Mai Tomlinson this year’s president. Tayla-Mai said: “Being president of Interact and taking part last year has increased my ability to communicate with others and take leadership. “I have developed skills that have made me a better person. “The most rewarding event we have been involved with is the trip to Wickstead Park with the children of Chernobyl. “Helping those in need has been so rewarding, I am so grateful for this opportunity.” 

Other leading officers of the club are vice president - Louise Sturman; treasurer - Megan Burkitt; secretary - Bradley Harrington and press secretary - Avni Dosa. 

The club organises a number of fundraising activities during the year, the most recent of which was a successful quiz night last week. They are also proposing an Era Night, Colour Run and bake sales. 

Over the 10 years the club has been in existence it has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes. Members regularly help out at various community events, including the Deepings Rugby Club bonfire night and Market Deeping Christmas Market, and some of the members have been out with the Rotary-Lions Santa sleigh which began its annual tour of the Deepings area on Thursday, November 30 and will be visiting communities in that area on week nights until Friday, 22 December. 

Interact co-ordinator Tom Johnson, of Deepings Rotary, said: “Interact has been part of my life for the last 10 years and the young people who become Interactors are a great credit to Rotary, the Deepings School and our community. They are conscientious, caring and excellent fund raisers. “They are wonderful ambassadors for our young adults and teenagers, and I wish them well for the future.” The Interact Club meets in the Sixth Form Centre at The Deepings School every Tuesday after school during term time.

Rotarians Tom Johnson, front left, and Bill Shaw, front right, with members of the  Deepings Interact Club.






The first round of the District Quiz was held at Milton Golf Club last Wednesday evening, our Team, Alan, Carl, Mary, and John was ready and raring to go.  

The first surprise was that there were only five teams from our area and that one team only had three players so we thought “we might be in with a chance here”. The second surprise was that there was a £40 prize for the winning team to be donated to a charity of their choice. 

After a dinner of Chicken Chasseur, we settled down to the first round which was Geography and just to say that if John had not been there our score would have been dismal! However that did not prevent our President from having a go at John when he got one question wrong.

 At the halfway stage we were one point ahead of Uppingham. Sadly we did not win the chocolate bar that was on offer as we could not guess the height at which the high jump Olympic gold medal was won. Carl was distraught and the Ortons did not share it! 

It was an interesting quiz with a whole round of questions on Bruce Forsyth – only 6 marks that round, but we did well on the History round, but if only we had known the date of the French Revolution. It all hinged on the final round, General Knowledge – who knew that the town of Boring in America was twinned with Dull in Scotland, NOT US, but Alan did know that the Addicks was the name for Charlton Athletic FC..... WE managed to get 8 and WIN.

Alan chose Polio as the charity that we wanted to support with our winnings and we now progress onto the District final which is being held in Corby on the 9th November. It was a good night and a good quiz. Our team gelled well and we all had our moments. BRING ON THE FINAL!!

Rotary and ShelterBox help to the Caribbean 

Deepings Rotary Club send off two  SHELTERBOXES

Whole islands devastated  After suffering the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean is once again being pummelled. 

The arrival of Category 5 Hurricane Maria makes this one of the most ferocious hurricane seasons ever recorded.  We are currently coordinating the provision of aid across five countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands. 

A team is also on its way to the island of Dominica, which has seen massive devastation from Hurricane Maria.   

We have a variety of aid in the Caribbean, so we can tailor our response to best support different communities. On some islands, there will be the natural resources available to quickly rebuild homes with the help of a ShelterKit. Elsewhere, our tents will be the best option – creating a warm, safe home while the long clean-up process takes place.   

But it's not just the Caribbean that has been affected by extreme weather. Torrential flooding in Nepal and Bangladesh has left communities in urgent need of aid. Our teams are on the ground in both countries now, but the need is overwhelming.  We’re impatient to respond – wherever we’re needed in the world – but we need your help.

Jenny Bullivant - Voluntary work in Malaysia with Project Trust

Rotary Youth & Community Committee approved a donation of £100 to Jenny Bullivant towards the cost of her gap year in Malaysia.  

Jenny is 18 and has just finished her A-level studies at Deepings School. She has been  accepted to do voluntary work with Project Trust in Malaysia, where she will live and work  within a local community, learning about the culture and helping to teach English to  Malaysian children.  

In order to take up this opportunity, Jenny personally had to raise £6,200 to cover the cost  of flights, insurance, training, accommodation, food etc. She organised a number of  fundraisers but also had to use some of her own savings to ensure her place.   

Jenny came along to The Goat on Monday 4th September to accept the money and to thank  Rotary for the contribution, two days before she flew to Malaysia.

Purple 4 Polio

Source. The Telegraph. Friday September 15th     

Rotary tackled polio long before Bill Gates 

SIR - In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus programme - the first initiative to tackle global polio through the mass vaccination of children..  Since then, Rotary has contributed more than 1.28 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  Its advocacy efforts have also played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than 5.4 billion to the effort. It was in 2013 that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation teamed up with what was already a well-funded and well-coordinated effort to rid the world of this dreadful disease.  The Gates Foundation has assisted immensely in the final push to tackle polio, but it would be good to see Rotary receive recognition for its 32-year effort.     
Mike Cowan  Cowes, Isle of Wight

Deepings Rotary decorate " The Lionel Beck Room" in the Community Centre

Rotarians in the Deepings area took up the challenge when the call came for help to decorate one of the rooms at their local community centre.  

The much used Lionel Beck Room at the Deepings Community Centre was in need of a facelift and, as Lionel Beck was one of the founding members of the Rotary Club of the Deepings, club members were only too willing to lend a hand.  

Seven Rotarians, ably assisted by Liz Noble, one of the centre’s volunteer board of directors, went to work to completely redecorate the room.  

That work is now finished and the room has been given a new, brighter look. The centre has also had new blinds fitted and will shortly be installing new flooring to complete the room’s total makeover.

Rotarian John Lavery, who co-ordinated the decorating, said: “When the community centre approached us, we were only too happy to help.  “The centre is an important focal point for the Deepings community and the fact that the Lionel Beck Room is dedicated to a founder member of our Rotary club gave us an added incentive.”  

Sue Harris, chairman of the Deepings Community Trust, the volunteer body that runs the centre, said: “The donation of time and effort by Rotary members to redecorate the room has made a welcome and significant contribution to this project.  “We feel that refurbishment of this room will increase the range of groups that can make use of the room and will significantly improve the appearance and comfort level in general.”  






Rotary working in the Community

Members of the Club have again stepped up with paint and brush in hand to decorate the Lionel Beck Room in the Deepings Community Centre. 

Now after a couples of weekend`s work it is sparkling and fresh again.


Last Monday John Slimmon brought along a set of scales and announced to the Club that he intended to lose 3 stone in weight over the next 12 months.  

To try put this effort to good use he will be seeking sponsorship to raise money specifically on behalf of a project to help get solar panels into remote schools in Nepal. All monies will go through the Rotary Club of the Deepings so we can be sure the money gets to where it is needed.  

As there is very little electricity available in remote communities in Nepal this will allow the children to benefit from equipment such as dvd’s and an e-library giving them an opportunity to receive a better education which, as we all know, is one of those vital things helping to lift them and their communities out of poverty.  

Anyone wishing to support this please contact John Slimmon and share this post on your own pages.  

John’s starting weight is 20 st 7.25 lbs. A weigh in will take place at our business meeting each month so we can not only monitor his progress but also cheer him on!  Good luck John.


18th Sept.... weigh in  @  19st. 10lbs

10th Nov..... weigh in  @   19st.  6.5lbs

12th Jan......weigh in  @    19st. 2.1lbs

17th Apr.....  weigh in  @    18st. 3lbs



Empire Gym support Rotary`s Sponsored Weight Loss for the Nepal  Remote Village Trust Appeal.  

The challenge is for me to lose three stone in one Rotary Year and the members of the Rotary Club of the Deeping's are sponsoring me in my quest.  T

he Empire gym in Market Deeping has given so much support, I cannot thank them enough and the Gym owner Steve Weston has also sponsored me.  The funds raised will help provide solar panels in a school in a remote area of Nepal thus allowing the children to have the use of an e-Library to further their education.  

This Rotary Year ends on June 30th 2018.....WISH ME LUCK!  John Slimmon The Rotary Club of the Deepings


Members photo..


Rotary`s Annual Trip to Wickstead Park with the Children of Chernobyl. 

The pictures show the Children from Chernobyl enjoying a day out at Wicksteed Park, organised by the Rotary club of the Deepings. 

As usual they had a most enjoyable day and it was an extreme pleasure to see them excitedly go on the rides etc. their happiness and laughter was a joy to see.  

Rotary have been taking these young children to Wicksteed for many years.  They come from a very poor community in Belarus and live in a radiation area. The wonderful Friends of Chernobyl in Helpston bring these children here for a month which increases their life expectancy by two years and they come over a period of 4 annual visits. Their life expectancy before the visits is 45 years.  

Rotary would like to thank the TESCO Store in Market Deeping for the supply of food for the visit and also Coaches of Langtoft for their kind assistance.


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Club Night Visit to Oakham Castle 

A very enjoyable evening, for Rotary Members & Partners, was spent on an excellant guided tour of Oakham Castle..


President Alan Kendrick @ The Deepings Dog Show

Deepings Interact Handover.... July 2017

New President takes over the Chain of Office.

Rotary President Alan Kendrick with new Interact President Tayla mai Tomlinson,

Vice President Louise Sturman and the team..

Deeping Carnival... 2nd July 2017

Sunny weather saw a big crowd turn out for the annual Deepings Carnival and Parade . 

The event, organised by Deepings Lions Club and the Rotary Club of the Deepings,  began at 11am on Sunday when the parade left the Deepings Leisure Centre and set off towards  the John Eve Field. 

The colourful procession of people, floats, bikes and vintage vehicles had the theme Carry on Rio. The carnival itself featured a funfair, craft stalls, beer and wine tent, car boot sale and live music throughout the day. There was also a flypast by Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.  

District and parish councillor Judy Stevens, who helped to organise the event, said there was a great atmosphere, in excess of 1,000 people attended which was great.


ROTARY ran a Bar, whilst, INNER WHEEL served Tea & Cakes


Sarah Duncan to The Rotary Club of the Deepings... 13th July 2017

"I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of Headstart Nursery to the lovely lady we saw this morning whilst taking part in our Little Bears Club camping activities at Scout Island - Low Locks, with some of the children. 

The Rotary Club have done a Fab. job of clearing the paths and making it a lovely place to use, we are grateful that it is a well kept place for us and others to enjoy.THANK YOU"

(Found on FACEBOOK) 

Deepings Rotary Handover @ Tallington Lakes.

Members and Guest watched Alan Kendrick don the Chain of Office, as the new President of the Rotary Club of the Deepings, in it’s 44th Year, from Past President, Carl Midgley.  

Accepting the chain Alan said “I am sure we will have a great year because we all have the same aim which is to make the Rotary Club of the Deeping successful by our work in the local community, making contributions to overseas projects, and at the same time having fun.        Long may it continue.....        

I am looking forward to my year as President of possibly the best Club in the District and working closely with our Inner Wheel and Interact Clubs, who’s support is always forthcoming, welcomed, and invaluable “.

Earlier in the Evening, a presentation was made by the President Carl to Jill Thomas of “ Rotarian of the Year Award”, for all her commitment and work during the past year.

Past President Carl Midgley with New President Alan Kendrick           


President Carl Midgley & Rotarian Jill Thomas, receiving “Rotarian of the Year” Award.


President Elect Jenny Spratt, Vice President Amrit Mistry, Treasurer Robert Amies, President Alan Kendrick and Secretary John Slimmon


Deepings Rotary "Youth Speaks" Competition  2017 .... 

Deepings Rotary Club’s Annual “Youth Speaks” Competition took place at The Goat, Frognall on Monday July 9th.

James Jessop, Luke Giddings, Bradley Harrison and Demi Wey, all lower sixth pupils  at The Deepings School, each gave a prepared talk to a panel of judges and an  audience of some thirty Rotarians and members of The Deepings Inner Wheel Club,  on subjects as diverse as “The importance of good man-management to the national  speedway teams of Denmark and Poland”, “How Social Media can change your life”,  “Learning the hard way, what is truly important in life”, and “Why a person’s personal image is so important”.  

After a very close competition, the judges awarded runners- up prizes of twenty five pounds each to James, Luke and Bradley and the Youth Speaks trophy and a prize of fifty pounds to the winner, Demi.

Presenting the prizes, Rotary President Alan Kendrick, said “Not only was this a very  close competition, but it was also a pleasure to meet young people who are such a  credit to themselves and to their school. All credit to them and also to their teacher Jo Dexter for all the work she did in preparing them for this evening.”

Luke Giddings -  Demi Wey - Jo Dexter - Bradley Harrington - James Jessop



End Polio Now with Rotary Ride 2017

End Polio Now with Rotary Ride 2017

Rotary Ride is a series of charity bike riding events being held by Rotary Clubs across the UK and Ireland on Fathers Day weekend (17th-18th June) to raise money and awareness of End Polio Now. Deepings Rotaryís version of this Fund Raising Event.

If you cannot ride then run and if you cannot run then walk. As far as I am aware the above is not a famous quote but it will become one within the Rotary Club of the Deepings. 

We decided we would like to take part in the Rotary Ride for End Polio Now so we approached our local Gym to see if we could use their cycling machines. The answer was a disappointing  no, but Steve at The Empire Gym came up with a better idea. We could use their running  machines and the gym would put up teams to see who can cover the most distance in 5 hours.  

The event was to be sponsored and all the money raised to go to End Polio Now. We actually would have preferred to do the cycling because at least we could sit down whilst  doing it but Rotary does not shirk a challenge. 

The other teams consisted of 5 members and had serious tactics about when to change over runners but we had our own tactics. Our team  was to be unlimited in number and if we could not run then we were going to walk.  After all it is a Rotary Charity and we were going to play a full part. 

Approximately 140 miles were run that morning and although all the money has yet to be  counted we are expecting over £1000 to be raised. We presented an End Polio Now Teddy Bear to the winning team and gave End Polio Now badges to everyone who took part.




"What a Brilliant Event”.

Tremendous Thanks to Deepings Empire Gym for setting this up and supporting it so well. They and the teams who entered raised a fantastic £400!! 

The competition which was won by a team from the Gym with a staggering (well it would have been if we did it!) 36 plus miles running in 5 hours. The second team of 5 ladies who ran for a continuous hour each did 33 plus miles. 

Well done to everyone who took part. As one gentlemen competitor said "There were no losers today, only polio”. What a great quote. 

Incidentally our team did about 22 miles probably most of that was put on by President Elect Alan and his family who fielded 5 competitors. 

The final figure raised will be around £1,000 which after Bill Gates Foundation contribute their bit will mean that this event raised a total for polio of approx £3,000!

Empire Gym was rightly awarded a Community Service award by the Rotary Club of the Deepings, not just for this event, but for all they do supporting the community... Very Well Deserved.

Thanks to all for taking part and/or supporting this event.

President Carl Midgley

The Rotary Club of the Deepings






This week the Annual "Bake Off" Challenge took place at the Deeping School, with Competitors from Rotary, Inner Wheel, and Interact, all attempting to make the best Cookies. 

In a very hot kitchen and with the ovens cutting out half way through the bake, it was a tense and stressful time for the competitors to produce their best 4 cookies for the judging. 

This year, again, PDG Linda May came to adjudicate and duly cast her eyes and taste buds over the final offerings, whilst members looked on, offered comments, and nibbled, where they could.

In 1st place was Rotarian Justin Gray, followed closely by just half a point in 2nd place,  Helen Bembridge (Inner Wheel) and Charlie and Elliott (Interact) were 3rd. 

Certificates and Prizes were presented to all by President Carl Midgley. He then thanked the School for the use of their facilities and the Buffet provided, which was enjoyed by all, following the presentations. Carl expressed our thanks to Linda May for her judging and to Roger again attending, as Linda`s chauffeur. He presented Linda with a bunch of flowers and hoped they would return for next year`s event.







RESULTS - 3 k Fun Run and 10 k Road Race

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2017 -10k Prize Winners 

2017 - 3k Provisional Results

2017 - 10k Provisional Results

Fun Run and 10k Road Race Results

Mens Winner Phil Martin receiving Trophy from President Carl Midgley.

Deepings Rotary Fun Run & 10k Road Race 2017

A beautiful sunny day with light winds attracted a record entry of over four hundred for the thirty first running of the Annual Charity Fun Run and Road Race organised by the Rotary Club of the Deepings, on Sunday 21st May. 

One hundred and fifty runners of all ages tackled the Three Kilometre course, while over two hundred and fifty took on the more serious challenge of the accurately measured and AAA licenced Ten Kilometre event. 

The Deepings is the third of the local spring treble of ten kilometre races following similar events at Eye and Langtoft, in the two previous weeks. All of these races are particularly popular with both local runners and ones from further afield, because they all have fast level courses, giving serious runners the chance to put up personal best times which several competitors did on Sunday.  

Both the men’s winner Phil Martin of Peterborough and the ladies winner Claire Steels of Bourne came within two minutes of breaking the course record. 

Race organiser Joe Piercy said that the Rotary Club was particularly grateful to Piper Physiotherapy of Market Deeping and the Spinroom Studio of Deeping St James for sponsoring the races, to the Deepings Leisure Centre for making their excellent changing facilities available to the runners and to the Deepings Inner Wheel ladies and the Rugby Club for providing refreshments and glasses of something long and cool for both runners and spectators.  

“The Rotary Club always enjoys organising events which are as popular as this” he said “especially when they also help us to raise money for Rotary Charities.”

As a Runner, your comments on how we can improve this event would be appreciated...

Deepings International Committee have purchased a SHELTER BOX and a TRADE AID BOX in their efforts to support aid where needed throughout the world.



Young artists in the Deepings area have been impressing supermarket shoppers with their creative work.  The youngsters have been taking part in the annual Young Art Competition run by the Rotary Club of the Deepings.  

The competition, established 16 years ago, was set up to encourage young people to take an interest in art.  This year the competition was opened up to children in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, with entries invited from schools in and around the Deepings area. 

All the submitted artwork was displayed at the Tesco store in Market Deeping.  A panel of three independent judges had the difficult task of selecting the winners from a total entry of 90 pieces of work.  The results of the competition were:  

Key Stage One:    

1. Charlie Doud (Market Deeping Primary School);                                

2. Liam Adcock (Market Deeping Primary School);                               

 3. Flo Munton (Kirkstone House School)  

Key Stage Two:    

1. Megan Smith (Langfoft Primary School);                                 

2. Lilley McCann (Northborough Primary School);                                

3. MacCauley Wicks (Market Deeping Primary School)  

School prize:    Northborough Primary School  

A prize of £50 was awarded to each of the individual winners, with £25 going to the runners-up and £15 for the third placed entries. The winning school received £50.  

The prizes were presented by Mayor of Market Deeping councillor Wayne Lester and Rotary Club president Carl Midgley, with Tesco providing chocolate goodies for all the prizewinners.  

Competition organiser John Lavery said: “The standard of entries this year was as high as it has ever been and all the young artists who took part should be proud of their efforts.  “We are grateful once again for the continued support of the local schools and, of course, to Martin Reece, manager of Market Deeping Tesco, who has been a good friend to the competition over the years.”








Young Art Blossoms in. the Deepings

Budding Monets and Picassos at schools in the Deepings area have been rising to the challenge of this year’s Rotary Schools Art Competition.  

No fewer than 90 entries have been received for the competition, which is organised each year by the Rotary Club of the Deepings.  

On Thursday a small team of Rotarians put up the submitted works at Tesco supermarket in Market Deeping and the exhibition can be viewed in the store until mid-May.  

This year the competition has been opened up to Key Stage Two pupils, having previously been aimed at Year Six only. And, for the first time, a Key Stage One section has also been introduced.  

Competition organiser, Rotarian John Lavery, said: “We have been delighted with the response and the support from local schools.  “It is possibly the best exhibition of school artwork that we have ever staged. The young artists and the schools themselves are to be praised for their efforts.  

“We are also very grateful to Tesco once again for allowing us to hold the exhibition in store.”  

A panel of three independent judges will decide the prize winners, with a first, second and third prize to be awarded in both the Key Stage One and Key Stage two sections, plus a special prize for the school that most impresses the judges overall.


New Members join Deepings Rotary



Know Your Own Blood Pressure... (Stroke Awareness Day)



Rotary Foundation



The Rotary Club of the Deepings raises £4,000 for the Mustard Seed Project in Mgongeni, Mombassa

When you think of a school probably the last thing you would think about is a cesspit. However good sanitation is vital to protect against preventable diseases and so provide a safe environment in which children can learn. Both sanitation and education are areas of focus for Rotary so this project hits two targets.

With the aid of a matching District Grant from Rotary Foundation (which is our own charity) it meant that the funds raised through our Club could do so much more. In fact as the name suggests the total was double what we could have put in from our Club.

The cesspit has now been successfully installed which means that the teachers and students can concentrate on the development of the young people - the school has 250 students.

It was only with the aid of the Foundation Grant that we could do this, one of the key things about such grants is that it is overseen by Rotarians in the country to which the monies are going so we can be sure that 100% of the funds goes to the cause for which it is intended.

It is brilliant to see what a difference such help can make.

New Rotarian @ The Deepings Club

Rotary President Carl Midgley welcomes new member, Rita Fowler, into the Club at this weeks meeting....

Rotary President, Carl Midgley presents a Service Recognition Award to Justin Gray (Graytones Printers), for all the services he has given to Deepings Rotary, over many years.

Without his help and commitment as a Friend of Rotary, the Club would be much poorer.....

GOOD NEWS....Justin is soon to become a new member of the Club. 

Rotary Charity Auction

The Rotary Club of the Deepings Charity Auction was an enjoyable and successful evening, raising £2300 for local charity projects.

John Castley entertained us all as Auctioneer for the evening..    

Many Thanks..

Deepings Rotary presents The Deepings Health Centre with a Cheque for £600

to purchase needed equipment, including a new SPIROMETER, which will benefit about 3,000 Practice Patients...

President Elect, Alan Kendrick handed the cheque over to Jo Kevan (Business Manager) and Jacki Wright (Operations & Facilities Officer), also in the picture is Rotarian Bill Shaw (The Boundary Fish & Chip Shop) who with his Staff (who worked for nothing) donated the day’s takings from his Charity Day, to this and “Anna’s Hope”    


Spirometry is a simple test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can breathe out in one forced breath.

It is carried out using a device called a Spirometer, which is a small machine attached by a cable to a mouthpiece. Spirometry can be performed by a nurse or doctor at your GP surgery, and the results are fed through the system for   immediate action.                                                                                                                                                Spirometry can be used to help diagnose a lung condition if you have symptoms of a problem, your doctor feels you're at an increased risk of developing a particular lung condition, it may be ecommended if you have a persistent cough or breathlessness, or if you're over 35 and smoke.

Conditions that can be picked up and monitored using spirometry include: 
 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – Cystic fibrosis  -     Pulmonary fibrosis.

                The Deepings Rotary Run

                         22nd May 2016.....  start at The Rugby Club

                                    5k FUN RUN     Starts 10am

                                  10k ROAD RACE  Starts 11am

                                   Licence by England Athletics

                          Details/ Entry Forms available, end February

                            Contact: Joe Piercy  Tel: 01778 347580  

                          e-mail:   joseph.piercy727@btinternet.com

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