19 Club members were in attendance to hear David Lumb and Ian Ward from Dronfield Rotary Club talk to us about Fishtail Fund [FF], a Trust set up by Dronfield RC to help children from poor Nepali homes to stay on at school. The Trust works in partnership with a similar Trust operated by the Rotary Club of Pokhara Fishtail. David and Ian are both Trustees and are clearly passionate about FF having experienced first-hand the problems in Nepal keeping poor children in education beyond junior school due to the demands within their families to look after parents and younger siblings and to carry out menial work for very little money to sustain their families’ meagre existence. They gave us an insight into Nepal and its inherent beauty, being home to four of the world’s highest mountains – including Mt Everest. He then answered a question I and probably all other members wanted answering.........why is Fishtail Fund so called? He explained that it is the English translation of Machapuchare a mountain that overlooks Pokhara, the twin peaks of which look like a fish’s tail. He went on to describe how, as UK Coordinator for Fishtail Fund, he works closely with Bodin Koirala his Pokhara opposite number to identify children with suitable aptitude and enthusiasm who would benefit from continuing their education through senior school, and beyond in some cases. Currently FF has 50 students under its wing, all sponsored by donations to FF - including the funding provided by our Club over the past six years to help keep Rachana and Manisha in secondary education. Rachana completed her education last year and was seeking suitable employment, although she has left the Pokhara area so is no longer in touch with Bodin. Manisha has passed her ‘O’ level equivalent exams and is now in her final year of sixth form. She has ambitions to be a Lab Assistant and has applied for an 18-month vocational training course, for which our Club has agreed to fund the £1,300 cost, aided by a recently awarded £650 District Grant. We were told how FF does more than just support students through secondary education; it has been actively involved in helping to re-build a Pokhara school destroyed in the 2015 earthquake and is about to embark on concentrating its efforts to providing vocational training for successful school students to learn worthwhile career trades.
We wish FF continued success in its unstinting efforts to improve the lives of the very many poor families in Nepal.
more Representatives from both Charities namely Sara Grant from Newark Home- Start and Ben Petts from Cancer Research UK were invited to speak at our Zoom meeting
more Graham Hayes, a Nottingham born and bred Rotarian, gave an illustrated talk on some of the many historic mansions and stately homes that once existed in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
more Hearing Ambassadors is for everyone, regardless of hearing ability.
more Wednesday January 22nd saw the Newark Castle and Retford clubs meet in the first round of the District 1220 Ten-Pin Bowling Competition.
more When it was announced that London was going to host the 2012 Olympic Games Elaine thought that, rather than just going to watch, she would volunteer to help.
more Support Dogs is a registered national charity dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions. They provide, train and support specialist assistance dogs to achieve this.
more Sue is a recently retired CEO of her own IT Company
more Mr Bob Hattersley is welcomed into the club by joint Presidents Celia Smallwood and Roger Pykett
more The construction by NET 2 of two new tram lines from the centre of Nottingham to Toton and Clifton has created the opportunity for some of the largest archaeological interventions in Nottingham for many years.
more Peter Hammond an Archaeologist by profession explained that Sir Robert Heron, of Stubton Hall, had the foresight to set up a Workhouse in Claypole in 1821.
more Belvoir’s involvement with Uganda began twelve years ago through the efforts of Jane, who at that time was not a Rotarian, but who later joined V.o.B Club after attracting their support. In fact, around about that time she also visited our club.
more The school has two sites, Appleton Gate for 3-4 year olds and London Road for 14-18 year olds.
more Chesterfield Rotary Club had lost 40% of its members, had an average age of 75, only 6/7 were active members and found it extremely difficult to recruit new younger members. Therefore, they took the decision to try and form a satellite club.
more We were pleased to welcome our new District Governor, David, who came to give us his personal background and to expand upon his plans for Rotary throughout his year.
more On arrival we had simple Health and Safety talk and a fun test followed by a game which comprised of a large box of ‘Rubbish’ which we had to sort into Recycling ,Non Recycling ,Charity Shop Donation and Compost
more Constance Penswick Smith was born in 1878. She was the daughter of a Church of England priest and came to live in Coddington when she was twelve years old.
more All operational volunteers are trained to the highest standards and dedicate much of their free time to going on courses and attending exercise classes to maintain a good level of fitness.
more Ken Heathcote and Piper.
more Stephen, as Chair of the Trustees, came to express a genuine message of thanks and appreciation to our all our Club members who, over many years, had supported the charity through transporting the mobile classroom to and from many schools.
more Many regard Leonardo as a prime example of the universal genius or Renaissance Man.
back Newark Castle Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. If you have a community project that you think may be of interest please get in touch.