2019 - 20 Jane & Maggie's Year

This year we have a joint Presidency with Jane & Maggie

As new joint presidents we are looking forward to enjoying the fun and fellowship of our club.

It will be a busy year with an interesting programme, with a focus, as always, on supporting our local communities, and our International partners in Uganda, Sri Lanka & Nepal.

Our relationship and involvement with local schools and Rota kids is being supported whole heartedly by club, as is the Memory cafe which meets the last Thursday of each month. We thank all volunteers who help. (Address on our web site).

We are also looking into a project to revamp the Dove Hospice tea room gardens in the Vale of Belvoir

 We are excited about our social activities which include: Frog Racing, Grass bowling, ten pin bowling, pot luck supper, Burns Night and a Murder Mystery evening. We are also planning a weekend trip to Stratford upon Avon next year.

This year is our 10th Anniversary of the Vales Got Talent and we are predicting another special exciting final, from enthusiastic and talented individuals.

We are delighted that our strong relationship with Blue Diamond Garden Centre at East Bridgford continues, enabling us to have our annual Santa Sleigh and collection in December as well as visiting  our usual routes.

DG David Hood was welcomed by club in July who entertained us and spoke about this year’s Conference in Scarborough which a few of us are looking forward to attending.

We would like to thank all our members for their support and hard work and look forward to another successful year.

4 July 2019District Governor David Hood

Before the DG presentation, joint Presidents Maggie and Jane announced that our Club had received a new District Award, the Cheryle Berry RotaKids Award, to be shared with Retford RC.

David gave us some background information on himself, showing his worldwide work as Export Manager of Coats Viyella, more latterly with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce on Trade Missions.  He also accompanied our 2013 GSE team on the trip to Nepal. Born in Glasgow, he had links with youth with Cubs, Scouts, Youth Club Leader, moving on to Round Table, moving to Derbyshire 25 years ago, training a young Rugby squad. He moved on to his Rotary visit to the New Presidents Convention, showing us a 2 minute video from Mark Maloney that inspired the new ‘strap line’ of “Rotary connects the World” and out lining the objective of “Grow Rotary”.  David was taking up the challenge working with The Chamber of Commerce and promoting the Corporate Social Responsibility programme/opportunities.

Overall an energetic, inspiring presentation that reflects his personality.

Maggie then gave a heartfelt ‘Vote of Thanks’, suggesting that his District Conference Theme of “The Difference is you” should provide a platform to grow Rotary driven by his dynamic, cheerful personality. She confessed to being born in Scotland herself, being a Scottish Highland dancer and looking forward to a “Gay Gordons” at the Conference with David?!                                                                                       MF/AR

11 Jul 2019 - Special Business Meeting

We had an open discussion on the way we make payments for our weekly meetings and our Annual subs.

Chris H.then put the proposal that we set up standing orders for £36/month to be paid into a dedicated account, which Treasurer Ann will set up and notify members.  However, there will be flexibility for some members who wish to operate individually.

There will also be details of the Clubs account distributed, so that those who wish to pay on-line by Bank transfer(BACS), can do so.

There was also discussion on our forthcoming Special 30th Charter, with venue, dress and entertainment the main topics.  There was a strong sense for a formal event, possible return to Trent Bridge and further investigation of possible entertainment.  

This was followed by a "Wimbledon" quiz, won on table 2 with a pathetic 13 points out of a possible 30                                                                                     AR

16 July 2019 - Sothwell Racecourse - Rotary Fund raising for DMRC

A very pleasant warm evening was enjoyed by President Jane, Keith, Adrian, Gina, David E and Judy(& friends) and Allen at this event organised by Susan Pickworth. Keith started with a win( although he had a tip from former footballer and betting shop owner Ian Storey- Moor!), but the rest of us struggled to win deciding that local Trainer and jockey family of the Skelton's were favourites in most races, so not worthy of odds on investment.  So we all focused on eating fish'n'chips or ham cobs and drinking, a most enjoyable , fun event raising the profile and awareness of our wonderful organisation.                AR

Visit to Hanwell Wine Estate 18th July 2019

We were welcomed by Helenka and William Brown who own the estate, on a lovely warm July evening. After initial drinks Helenka talked to us about their story and how they had set up the vineyard. After that we trooped down to the vines and were told about caring for the vines and what sort of wines were produced – much more technical than we expected – and also about their team of workers which included Luke, the dog (security and pest control).

Care for the environment and wildlife was also high on the agenda. We were only down amongst the vines for a short while but we seemed to generate a thirst the more we heard, so we headed briskly up to the barns where we were able to enjoy tasting various wines. Some of us seemed to enjoy drinking it straight away rather than enjoying the subtleties of smell and taste that was explained by Helenka! (The barns were also in use for various craft experiences such as making chairs and various art course.)

The Brown family delivered a most educational and enjoyable experience in a relaxed environment.   RM

25 July 2019 EMICS – East Midlands immediate care scheme - Dr. Tim Gray

Dr. Gray, I know that one of your aims in order to raise awareness of EMICS, and of what you do, is to speak at organisations such as this

On behalf of the vale of Belvoir Rotary club I can confirm that you have certainly done that tonight

You not only travel to the scene of emergency events to help and save lives - without the facilities of a trauma unit and a hospital around you,

You obtain all your income from charitable donations,

On top of this, your trustees and doctors invest their own time in raising funds for the charity,

Whilst they, the doctors are unpaid in giving up their free time; and they cover the cost of their training

Keeping an organisation running of 26 people; whilst at the same time ensuring you have sufficient funding to support all this, is not easy

And we understand that you see a need to increase the level of service provided

It is good to note that your contribution to the community has been recognised by the highest authority in the UK – with an MBE

Some information from the latest news section of the EMICS website: item

  1. Angela will be walking the Leicestershire round, which is the equivalent of walking four marathons over ten days; she will donate all the funds she raises to EMICS.

  1. On the 1st. June there will be a charity gala concert at the Newark palace theatre in aid of EMICS and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air ambulance.

Also, entered into the EMICS website, just two testimonials:

From one person – thank you Dr. Chris Press for all his help after our ‘rescue’ from our car during the storm Oscar-flooding in Hathersage.”

From another – “i am running the robin hood half marathon for EMICS because they are one of the reasons my son is alive today.”

Of these two, I can equate particularly with this second one because last February my grandson had a seizure – and our call for help was responded to within minutes.

Thank you, Dr. Gray for being with us tonight and for a very illuminating talk.      

If anyone needs further details about EMICS, please contact Tim on: timgray86@hotmail.com                    AW

1 August 2019 Prison Education – Jim Costello

Jim Costello was the club’s guest speaker this week. A member of neighbouring Newark Castle Rotary Club, his talk centred on his experiences in the provision of education to prison service inmates, initially at Ranby and later at Nottingham and Whatton prisons.

He provided a background to UK prison’s with a population of 80 000 males and 4 000 females.  He described BAME: Black & Asian Ethnic Minorities, with 14% of our population, but 25% of inmates. Young offenders (16 -21) contain 51% BAME. Cost per prisoner at £38k p.a. He first started in HMP Ranby in 2005 teaching ESOL (English to speakers of other languages). He explained the different categories of Prisons and some information about their Workshop system: Wood Mills, Plastics, Laundry, Textiles and education {Jim’s area where they offer Maths, English and IT (Sage); but now involved in Open University courses.

He outlined the different challenges posed by prisons with differing offender profiles, and provided a comprehensive and occasionally surprising overview of the attitude to education among the prison population, all delivered with humour.                                                                                SC/AR

8th August 2019 Hitler’s V1 and V2 Rockets – Roger Allton

Roger Allton came to our Club to tell us about Hitler’s V1, V2 and V3 Rockets, the development which started after the Versailles Treaty and influenced by Wernher von Braun in Peenemunde research base. He went into great detail to explain the difference between the pulse-jet powered V1 and the V2 liquid fuelled rockets, and the devastating effects that these missiles had on our Country. Fortunately, RAF bombing delayed the start of the V1 offensive, allowing D-Day to proceed without disruption. The first V1s targeted UK just 7 days later.

He showed that the Vergeltungswaffe 1 FZG-76 (V1), known as the Flying Bomb or Doodlebug, was the first modern unguided missile used in wartime, with 18 foot wingspan and capable of 350mph.

Vergeltungswaffe means 'reprisal weapon'. The V1 was the German response to the British and American air assaults on their cities. Over 9000 were fired at England. The eastern and south-eastern boroughs of London suffered the most with ten hits per square mile, three times the average for Greater London.

Roger then, as a comparison, demonstrated with pictures and diagrams the Vergeltungswaffe 2 (reprisal weapon 2) was an even more sophisticated rocket and was the world's first ballistic missile, with a 53 mile high trajectory and capable of 6500 ft/sec (Mach 6), aimed at a target 200 miles away – arriving unheard at Mach2 +. Over 1300 V2s were launched on London, killing more than 2500 people and seriously injuring almost 6000.Although most London boroughs were hit by V2s, they killed more people in Deptford than anywhere else. The borough suffered nine V2 strikes, which killed nearly 300 people and injured even more. The rockets also destroyed hundreds of houses in the borough.

He described ‘Operation Paperclip’, where the USA acquired more than 1000 former German rocket engineers, culminating in the first Saturn rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in 1952

Many members of our Club were surprised at the level of technology that was available, and being used, during those times.

The concentration on our Members faces for the whole of the presentation, said without words, how interesting it was.                                                                    DG/AR

15 August 2019 Bonsai demonstration – Corin Tomlinson

Our speaker on the evening, Corin, brought along a number of examples of his craft, displaying them on each of our tables: White Pine; Crab apple; Hawthorn, needle Juniper and Acer Maple. He had the Cub spellbound as he transformed an ordinary £35 garden centre shrub into a very fine oriental Bonsai tree, dramatically cutting and trimming the root system, trimming with his fingers, deciding which would be the front, giving it an interesting tilt, repotting in an appropriate Bonsai pot and adding some gravel to finish it off.

The speed of his scissor trimming of the shrubs amazed even Jane, our joint President hairdresser, or was it the thought of another side-line for her? After all he did say some of the trees were quite expensive, having one in his collection at £8k and explaining that he had witnessed at a Japanese Bonsai convention that he had attended one specimen that went for a million dollars!

Corin trimmed, bent twisted and fixed the branches into place with various gauges of wire with such dexterity to form a very artistic looking tree, which I think everyone in the room desired to own by the end of his demonstration.

Whilst Corin made it look easy, the skill obviously came from his many years of academic Horticultural study in the UK and four years spent in specialist Bonsai experience in the USA.

It was a very humorous talk by Corin, that both informed and entertained at the same time.

I heard many members say they would like to attend one of his Bonsai tuition days at his Greenwood Bonsai Studio, NG5 8PR www.bonsai.co.uk, and also attend the open W/E 7th 8th Sep 2019.

It was a pleasure to propose a vote of thanks to such an accomplished speaker.                   Doug Downing

12 September 209 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway –John Hastings-Thomson

John gave a detailed and interesting talk on the restoration of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. He also related the history of the line and it’s use placing the same in the context of social history of the area. A huge project over many years owes a lot to a number of volunteers including our own Chris Beale. The fundraising has been on a large scale and the restoration is impressive and of a superior quality.

The line is now used by many thousands of people on an annual basis and a number of themed events take place”                                                                                                  IT

Before the meeting started a cheque presentation was made to Kieron Cooper, a Senior Patrol Leader Scout from Radcliffe for his trip in August 2020 to the Gdansk Jamboree.

The Secretary brought to our attention the Rotary Expo next 1 to 3 May (Free for Rotarians). He also requested that the Council Minutes be again be posted on the Club Web site.(AR to refer to Webmaster Mike M)

Anne delivered the accounts without question.

In David V’s absence Gordon outlined planned activities re VGT and Christmas Float

Stan mentioned the crocus planting in Radcliffe, planned for 17th October

Derek went through the duties for volunteers at the Memory Café

Chris H encouraged discussion on various issues raised in his report, in particular the importance of a successful 30th Charter celebration next May, supported by Stuart and John

Chris had identified 3 roles that need to be filled next year: Secretary; Charter Secretary and Attendance Secretary

Trevor covered the “Conflict of Interest Policy” and “Due Diligence policy” re Charity donations, both voted into the Clubs Constitution/points of Order.                                                                         AR

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Social Night - Trevor/Roy Quiz evening

Thu 26th September 2019 at 07.00 - 09.00


Maggie presents cheque to Heather of Air Ambulance

26 September 2019 Social/Trevor Quiz Evening

Prior to the quiz 3 cheque presentations were made to: Heather from Air Ambulance (£825); Henry from The Vale First Responders (£412.50) and Andy from Trent First Responders (£412.50).  The funds being raised from our Art and Craft Exhibition held at the blue Diamond Garden Centre.

Trevor, ably assisted by his ‘go to man’ Roy prepared and set up for the usual chaotic instructions for the Quiz.  Members were split into 4 tables and were asked as many questions as they could answer in a set time. TABLE 3 consisting of CB, BB, AC, DE, AF & AR came out as clear winners with 10 points.  There then followed a tense play off for the individual prize where Rob and Adrian had 4 ‘sudden death’ experiences before they both got bored and Adrian conceded the box of chocolates to Rob, who passed them round to all partakers.  Roy should have been awarded a special prize for keeping Trevor under control, ensuring matters were dealt with in the most efficient manner….for a ‘Trevor Quiz’….which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.                                       AR

3 October 2019 Nottingham Castle Refurbishment – Cal Warren

Club welcomed Cal to give a talk on the refurbishment of Nottingham Castle, a site of strategic military importance since 1068, and known throughout the world and forever synonymous with a potent symbol of rebellion since the 12th Century. Cal, a Project team leader, illustrated her very interesting and informative talk with excellent photo shots and videos of the castle, its caves and grounds.  She described the £30 million project and "facelift" provided by a Heritage lottery grant as the castle reflecting the wealth of 1000 years of the castle's history, it's numerous collections together with the descriptions of the lives of the people of Nottingham - altogether a challenging and ambitious project. It is hoped that this world-class visitor’s centre would pump much money into the city's economy by attracting visitors from 9.5 million population within the East Midlands area. Cal described the new visitor's centre, increased access to Nottingham's famous caves and the "life" and adventures of the renowned Robin Hood, all a part of the project and the Club thanked her and with their best wishes hoped for its successful completion and looked forward to it's opening in February 2021.                  Mike T.

10 October 2019Osteoporosis - Fiona Cooper -The Royal Osteoporosis Society, Development Manager.

Fiona is obviously passionate about her subject and started her talk by saying that the Society started out as the National Osteoporosis Society in 1986.  It then changed to its current title, gaining royal status, when it was championed by Camilla Parker-Bowles, as she then was.  Camilla became involved following the diagnosis of her mother with the disease.

Fiona gave us a detailed description of this debilitating disease.  Great emphasis was laid on preventative measures we can all take from diet to our general well-being in the form of daily weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises.  It is a sad fact that today many children/teenagers spend far too much time on social media and the like and not enough time outside in the sunshine replenishing their Vitamin D supplies.

Following diagnosis of the diseasethere are a range of drug treatments available -and all are effective at reducing fracture risk

It is fairly common knowledge that our skin undergoes a complete rejuvenation however it was a great surprise to many present that our entire skeletal system also undergoes an eight to nine year complete regeneration. One puts on bone mass until mid 2o’s, then plateaus up to 40, then comes the age related dip, but there is a misconception that Osteoporosis is a female problem.

This Charity is fortunate to have Fiona Cooper in their team.  She asked us to make sure our families and friends are made aware of the preventative measures to take to avoid becoming crippled with this disease in later life.

Further details about the condition and to access support please visit theros.org.uk                    CC

17 October 2019The Chesterfield Canal – Michael Edwards

Our visiting speaker, Michael, gave us a most interesting talk on the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal. Michael had, as befits someone whose second career is in photography, a lavish selection of photographs which memorably showed the “Before” and “After” of the impressive restoration of locks, tunnels and the environs of the canal. 
Using a range of funds, the first 12 miles of the section from Worksop to Chesterfield has been restored by the Chesterfield Canal Trust, which adds to the already navigable section from the Trent at West Stockwith to Worksop. The Trust has the ambition of completing the remaining renovations within the next 10 years, and also plans to construct a link via the Rother Valley to the South Yorkshire Navigation, thereby enabling canal users to achieve a “circular” trip

Most of us had no knowledge of the Chesterfield Canal before the talk, but it was clear from the enthusiastic reception that many Club members will seek it out in the not-too-distant future.        AF

24 October 2019Cambodia – Samuel Mark

Mike Bell, IPP of Southwell Rotary Club, visited to thank us for our support to his race event at Southwell Races to raise funds for DMRC (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre)at Stanford Hall, which raised £17k.  So they are repeating it this year and also at Doncaster and Haydock Park Races. Assistant Governor Trent, Susan Pickford also had a message about the importance of our delegates voting on the 16th November.

Our Speaker tonight was Samuel, an 18 yr. old student in his 2nd year at Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University, who recently returned home after completing a 4 week student volunteer program (Camps International) working in Cambodia, with the help of our £250 support cheque. He competently delivered a very interesting talk about his work experience in the rural areas around Siem Reap supported by a well-chosen collection of supporting photos.

He neatly conveyed to the audience what the daily living conditions were like – the heat, the humidity, insects, roads etc. and the friendliness of the Cambodian people.

Supported by his photos he covered the range of projects he was able to participate in during his time there.

These comprised:

  1. Building a sanitary toilet unit for a family which was badly needed as the youngest daughter was dangerously ill with dengue fever- she survived thanks to medicines the group raised funds to provide.

  1. Upgrading of a road so that food vehicles (and others) could supply the village during the rainy season.

  1. Bricklaying to help in the construction of a new house for the family and constructing a chicken coop.

  1. Assisting in the planting out of rice plants in the paddy fields.

  1. Replanting in a rain forest.

He also gained his PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) card which is his international licence permitting him to go SCUBA diving. They also managed a school visit as well as a trip to the World heritage site at Angkor Wat.                       DG/AR

31 October 2019 - "Radioactivity - friend of foe?"

Professor Warwick  has researched the environmental effects of radiation for the past 35 years at Loughborough University.  His talk posed the question was Radiation a friend or a foe.  He pointed out that we are surrounded by radiation, even bananas have a very small amount of radioactivity!  Henri Bacquerel discovered radioactivity in 1896and in the 1920s and 30s many people thought it was beneficial to human health.  In fact the use of radioactive chemicals in applications such as luminous watch dials led to many deaths.  The professor also described how technical incompetence led to disasters such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.  In contrast to these problems, the talk then covered the many valuable uses of radioactive materials in modern radiotherapies.  The professor received sustained applause for his expert presentation of this difficult subject.

14 November 2019 The origins of everyday sayings – Peter Hammond

Peter arrived half way through the meal due to localised floods but gave an enthusiastic and well delivered presentation on the derivation of many day to day sayings that we take for granted.  He frequently engaged the audience looking for suggestions for the meaning of the huge variety of sayings. But do we ever wonder where they come from? Some date back to the Tudor period, while many others are nautical in origin. Peter told us about some of the fascinating and sometimes surprising origins of many of our everyday sayings, and reminded us too of the many local ones such as 'It's black over Bill's mothers' and 'Get to bed before the 10 o'clock horses come.'; ‘pulling your leg’ referred to finishing off people who had been hanged, by pulling their legs! The evening really wasn't a load of Codd’s wallop!              AR/CR/PJ/PH

21st November 2019 Life Education Nottingham – Guy Molyneux

Prior to the speaker presentation a cheque was presented to Sian Ashburn who is putting on a Dance Show to raise awareness of mental health issues called “Sincerity is Scary” with a further 20 pupils from her school.  Sian has appeared twice in The Vales got Talent and has suffered herself from Anxiety over a period of 4 years, so is very conscious of the mental pressures facing students of her age and wants to do something to help.

Bill Banner set the scene for Guy’s presentation reminding us of the initial instant 30 years ago when Prince Charles visited Australia and came across charity work that he brought back to the UK attempting to set up a similar project through The Princes Trust. Eventually adopted by Rotary as Life Education, which Bill, Stephen Kitch, Roy Parsons and Earnest Pappin brought to our District in 1995.

Guy then picked up the baton, explaining that as a charity fund raising and depleting school budgets brought about the amalgamation with Coram on a National level.  Coram being the oldest children’s charity in the UK, dealing with fostering and adoption, so making Rotary Life education the Education arm of Coram. It is now international with Shetlands, Finland, Australia and New Zealand all operational.

They still use their “Life Buses” to take into schools with Harold the Giraffe still playing a major role, but fluffy and more colourful now. They also have the ‘Life Space’ tent, as an alternative, but there have been many changes over the years, with the SCARF programme, which offers 270 lesson plans for teachers to follow up on the fantastic work that Guy and his colleagues do. Safety Caring Achievement Resilience Friendship being built on the foundations of the 5 steps: 1.connect with other people 2.Physical activity 3. Learn new skills 4. Give to others 5. Pay attention to the present moment (Mindfulness)

Another important development is “Family Learning” with parents, proving successful in relating some of the modern health issues: sugar based drinks, junk food, exercise, mental health and inevitably, the internet.

It’s easy to see why this project is successful and still developing with people like Guy connecting with children in such an informative, enthusiastic and inspiring way.

Our continued support was demonstrated with a cheque for £1000 presented to Guy at the conclusion of his excellent presentation.                                                                                                 AR

Thu 28th November 2019 Weekly Meeting

Pat Harmen of Bingham & District Audio Magazine presented with a cheque by Jane & Maggie Special General Meeting and Business Meeting

Prior to our SGM and Business meetings, two cheque presentations were made.

1. To Pat Harland, Chair of Bingham & District Audio Magazine.  This is an annual gift to cover the production of December's Magazine each year.

2. To Emma Lodder, representing Fay and Matt, the parents of Harry, a 6 year old boy who has suffered serious medical issue since contracting MRSA when he was 1 year old.  He has a very rare EOE condition, which make hime allergic to fruit and vegetables, affects his white blood cell count and mass cell syndrome, sleep apnia, severe asthma and has difficulty walking. The NHS cannot cope with him so the parents with the help of friends are working to raise £10k to cover private health care.

Jane opened with her "food for thought"- "Friendship - the foundation upon which Rotary is built; Tolerance - no more explanation required!"

Peter Jordan took us through the accounts, which were carried. 

Officer nominees: Gordon Marsh as President Nominee; Anne Daly as Treasurer.  We are still awaiting a nominee for Secretary.

Community - David E. brought some discussion on whether there should be a donation to EMICS, which could be achieved by diverting the £1k from Candleby Lane school.  Changes had taken place at the Head and Deputy level, so they were unable to progress their outdoor proposals. A proposition was made to this effect and was carried.  Mike Morris to take over as Chair of Community next year.

Chris Henley stimulated some discussion about the changes regarding the Charity Commissions Advice note, such that we have separate parts of our Business Meetings: Club Meeting and a Charity Trust Meeting..5 Trustees to oversee the Charity Trust Account, with further discussion on the liability of the Trustees, clarified from a legal perspective by Ian.

Discussion with regard to Council Minutes concluded that it was best to circulate them before future Business Meetings, rather than on our Club Website.

5th December2019 Christmas Float  No Thursday Meeting

Bingham Carnarvon Estates Christmas Float route

12th December Christmas Float  No Thursday Meeting

Cotgrave Daleside Christmas Float Route

19 December 2019  Christmas Dinner

Mike Twells started the official proceedings with a “Christmas Grace”, using the first letters from Christmas to spell out aspects of Rotary, a thoughtful ‘starter for 10’….out of 10! We progressed through our excellent Dinner presented by Ashmores and their efficient ‘serving wenches’. Gordon then updated us on our Christmas Float performances with a total of £5291.30, £103 up on last year and with our Garden Centre returns of £2476.21(so far!, this week end to come!). Overall an exceptional year, to which our ‘new’ Rudolph float will, no doubt, have contributed to. Gordon offered his thanks to Towers, Santas, Collectors and David V/Jon Sheppard for the ‘new float’, but without Gordon’s hard work, it would not be possible.

Denis also gave an update on our 10th year of the Vales Got Talent, again thanking all the Rotarians and their husbands/wives and partners for their continued support.

Then followed “Here come the Girls” surprise special entertainment singing 5 songs ranging from “With a little help from my friends”, “Hi Ho Silver Lining” and finishing with “Jingle Bells Rock” with excellent keyboard accompaniment from Margaret Fell.  The ‘Secret Choir’ was composed entirely of14 Rotarian’s partners, all excellently organised and rehearsed by Carmel and Derek, thanks folks!

The Bernie Ashman Trophy was then presented to a very worthy winner in the enthusiastic manner in which he engages all the Club, the effervescent Chris Henley (…or should it be “Dame Christine Henley??”

The Club also showed their appreciation to Jo, Mark and their Ashmore team for their service throughout the year.

The Annual Sergeant at Arms Special from Alan F and Rob, generally extracting the fun from various individual’s Float performances/experiences, all very entertaining.

Finally guitarist David V lead our Festive sing song, Dinging and Donging, followed by Silence and ending by “wishing you a Merry Christmas”                                                AR

9 January 2020Discussion Evening

Joint Presidents Jane and Maggie wanted to open up discussion on our forthcoming Big Birthday 30th Charter celebration evening on the 30th April following some suggestions made by members. Do we produce some form of historical brochure or simply a ‘continuously rolling PowerPoint Presentation’; after considerable healthy discussion a vote was taken and the PowerPoint presentation would be prepared. Various initiatives and events were identified and in particular invitation to former members (any names to be channelled through President Elect Chris Henley). The speaker for the evening was announced as Gary Bell (he was born the son of a Nottinghamshire coalminer. He left school at the age of 16 without sitting any exams and did a variety of jobs including coalminer, apprentice mechanic, fork lift truck driver, fireman, bricklayer and pork pie factory production line worker. During the 1970s he was a football hooligan and general reprobate and ended up going to prison in 1979. He then spent the next two years living rough and travelling around Europe before going back into education aged 21. Seven years later he graduated with a degree in Law from Bristol University and became a criminal barrister. He has been at the Bar for 30 years and became a QC in 2012. Ever restless he has continued to try and add new strings to his bow. He tried stand-up comedy and was Midlands Comedian of the Year in 2008. He also qualified as a pilot, presented his own show (The Legalizer) on BBC1, writes for a number of newspapers and magazines and has written two books, Animal QC (an autobiography) and Beyond Reasonable Doubt (a legal thriller which has been optioned by the BBC.) The Spectator described him, very unfairly in his view, as the rudest man in Britain.)

The question of whether we should invite the winners of VGT, Harriet and Tilly, to sing at the beginning of the evening, which was enthusiastically agreed.  Jenny suggested we should produce a brief A5 Flyer about the event that members could take with them on our ‘Scatter Evening’, programmed for the 30th January, or for use generally to promote the event as widely as possible. They mentioned the Social Event planned for 2 April and were looking for ideas (Great Central Railway trip, Theatre Evening…?)

Mary then brought us up to date with the plans for the Art and Craft Fair at the Blue Diamond Garden centre on 4/5th July.  A number of emails had been exchanged with Bingham & R RC without much progress.  So a communication was to be made to arrange for our President/s to meet the Bingham Club to finalise arrangements.  Discussion took place as to how we could thank The Blue Diamond for all the help they have given us: a donation to their own Charity (believed to be Notts/Lincs Air Ambulance) or a framed certificate for them to display showing our appreciation and how much money we had been able to raise at their premises over the Christmas period.

Chris H then talked about the Murder Mystery event on the 8th February at Whatton Village Hall (£10 per ticket including Lasagne supper), which is a fund raising initiative to pay for our new Rudolph.

Rob G then asked if future ‘Social’ events could involve more ‘mingling’, a suggestion was to move tables after each course.

Allen R, Stuart, Duncan and Mike M agreed to try and put a suitable PowerPoint Presentation together ASAP                                                                    AR

16 January 2020 Social Evening - Call my Bluff

Prior to the meeting Presidents Jane and Maggie presented a cheque for £150 to David Curtis to enable hime to attain his level 2 training qualification, so that he can continue his dedicated work teaching disabled students to swim.

Steve C reminded us about the District Quiz and hoped that our team could getter better results than the bowling squad, who had a good 'thrashing' from Trent Bridge RC, but had good fun and fellowship in the process!

Jane had received a cheque for £100 from David Strange at Newark Castle towards our solar lights project in Uganda.

Allen gave us an update on progress on the Special 30th Charter video, requesting more information from a number of members to get things up to date regarding "what good we have done" over the 30 years. The A5 Flyer for promoting our 30th Charter evening was shown and since distributed to all members to be used at the 'Scatter night' due on the 30th January.

Maggie then organised the 'Call my Bluff' event, getting 3 volunteers from each of the 5 tables who would be reading out their chosen "words" for the member to decide who was telling the truth and who was 'bluffing'.

With such words as "shaberoon", "Choller", "jobler", "cultrivorous" and "capernoiting", it was not an easy task producing a tie for 3 tables...top table winning the 'sudden death' question, but sharing the 'spoils' with all present.                                                                                                                          AR