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A volunteer working in a village near Abidjan, Ivoire, gives polio vaccine to children during a National Immunization Day. Rotary International/Alyce Henson


Santa's Sleigh 2017

Rotary and Lions Santa's Sleigh Routes for 2017





Low Locks Project

Low Locks project


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Follow John Slimmon`s Sponsored Charity Weight Loss

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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!!


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.



Deepings Rotary QUIZ  NIGHTS at the Community Centre.

The Rotary Club of the Deepings                    QUIZ  NIGHTS  At the Community Centre Market Deeping 2017/2018 will be on..      Saturday 18th November..     Saturday 24th February..      Saturday 28th April..     At 7.00 for 7.30pm Cost £10 per person..     Tables of 6 – bring your own drinks Supper and glasses provided.   Contact    Mary Martin on 01778 343927

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.”   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   PHOTO...LEFT TO RIGHT  Rotarians:   JENNY SPRATT...JUSTIN GRAY... JOHN LAVERY...DAVID KETTERINGHAM...CARL MIDGLEY  Inset:           SUE TITMAN... GEOFF FOWLER.





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.

PLEASE SHARE  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



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.  The 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

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Members photo..


CLICK ON  " WHAT WE DO" and " ARCHIVES"  (Above)                             



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

organised by The Deepings Lions & The Deepings Rotary Clubs

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.



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.”









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.

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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Meetings and events happening soon

Monday 27th November 19.30

Christmas Meal at the Thai on the Square

Our last meeting before Christmas

Saturday 2nd December 07.30

Grimethorpe Colliery Band Christmas Concert



Monday 4th December 19.30

No meeting in December as Helping Father Christmas on his Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

Monday 11th December 19.30

No meeting in December as Helping Father Christmas on his Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

Monday 18th December 19.30

No meeting in December as Helping Father Christmas on his Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

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