Events in 2023

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A Life of Grime

Nick Hardie was a guest speaker at the regular lunchtime meeting on 19th July and gave a very extensive presentation on his long and varied career as a mining engineer from fullers earth in Bath, coal in Yorkshire, fluorspar in Derbyshire, gold and gypsum in Ireland – tunnelling in London and under the Humber - and more recently in health and safety and management training in many places around the world including China, India, Iran and Turkey. He currently is also the Mine Manager for the iron ore mine in Scunthorpe and trustee at the Ecton Mine Educational centre in Staffordshire.

Schools debate returns.

Bakewell Rotary again organised the annual debating competition between Lady Manners School, Bakewell and Highfields School, Matlock at Lady Manners’ Library on Tuesday 4th July. There were some very lively participations from both the 6th Form debaters and the younger Juniors (Year 8). The junior debate took the form of a Question Time like the radio and TV versions. Each team chose their subject from a shortlist presented at the start of the evening – and had 5 minutes preparation before arguing for and against. Does the use of technology make people lazy? was chosen and proposed by Lady Manners’ and Are gender specific toys suitable for children today? by Highfields’.  After their deliberations the Lady Manners team were declared the winners. The senior debate was run on the more classical lines with the proposition that in professional sport, men and women should receive equal pay was won by Highfields who opposed the motion. 

Evelyn Rita Hickin gave a commentary based on the judges’ deliberations and praised the high standards of research and delivery from all the teams. President David Goodlad presented the winning teams with the cup -and all participants received a book token.

Bakewell Rotary Handover and Presentations

David Goodlad handed over the Presidency to Ann Esders at the lunchtime club meeting at the Rutland Arms, Bakewell on Wednesday 5th July. He also presented her with one of the highest honours in Rotary – a Paul Harris Fellowship for her long and active service with the club.

Following the successful Brass in the Park concert the previous week, two of the four bands were able to join the meeting to receive their cheques for their participation in the event – which separately had raised some £850 for the Rob Burrow Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Appeal fund run by Leeds Hospital charities – in memory of the late former Rotary Bakewell President Mike Fowler who started (and played in) the concerts.

The meeting also updated the plans for the inaugural Rotary Bakewell Repair Café to be launched at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 23rd September.

Brass in the Park

Rotary Bakewell's 8th  Brass in the Park open air concert was held amidst this year's Bakewell Carnival week on the Recreation Grounds on Wednesday 28th June. Despite intermittently wet weather there was a very good turn-out and over £700 was raised on the night for the Rob Burrow Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Research Appeal. 

The concert was in memory of our former Club President, Professor Mike Fowler, who started these concerts in 2007 and who was a stalwart member of Cressbrook Band and to support Dr Louise Jordan, formerly practice head Baslow Surgery and founder of Helen's Trust, which the club has regularly supported. Judy Fowler opened the event along with current Club President David Goodlad. The 2-hour programme which included a great mixture of music with each of the four bands (Bakewell Silver, Cressbrook Brass, Tideswell Brass and Youlgrave Silver) contributing a 20 minute segment followed by all four playing as a massed band.

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The finale featuring all four bands was "Oh what a night"  (click link to play) requested by Dr Louise Jordan – and specially adapted for the massed four bands by Caty Heelin conductor of Youlgrave

See programme here - Brass_in_Park_Programme_June_2023.pdf


Bakewell Rotary Annual pilgrimage to Carsington Sailing Club.

Rotary Bakewell held their meeting on Wednesday 14th June at Carsington Sailing Club – and an opportunity to enjoy the glorious views and the great summer weather. Wednesday is the regular Sailability session for disabled users using their trained instructors with the three specially designed boats supplied by Bakewell Rotary in previous years, and an opportunity for us to see this in action.


One of the boats donated by Rotary Bakewell.

King’s Coronation Tea Party

Member Rita Hickin joined our teatime meeting on 31st May at the Rutland Arms to tell us about her invitation and visit to King Charles Buckingham Palace tea party on 3rd May just before the Coronation.

She was invited for her work with The Scout Association for over 40 years. A most entertaining presentation and a great honour for Rita. She is also a volunteer with the National Trust and for many years the lead supporter of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) held in Buxton twice a year.

Presidents Evening – Bakewell Golf Club 24th May

A very convivial gathering for some 30 Bakewell Rotarians, partners and guests and an excellent hot buffet on a warm Spring evening was held on 24th May at Bakewell Golf Club. Unfortunately, our guest speaker Keith Mosely of Air Ambulance had to cancel at very short notice due to illness – but our own David Rawson BEM gave a very lively presentation on his years with the Grenadier Guards in London and overseas with many humorous anecdotes. Peter Huxtable organised a fun general quiz and a cryptic clue quiz. The raffle raised some £135 which will go to the President’s chosen charity CRY (Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young).

Rotary Bakewell – Welcomes new Peak Park Chief to their lunchtime meeting.

Phil Mulligan the new Chief Executive at PDNP (Peak District National Park) was the speaker at our well-attended lunchtime meeting at the Rutland Arms, Bakewell on 17th May.  Phil joined the authority September 2022 with an extensive background in the environmental and voluntary sectors most recently as Director, East Midlands for the Canal & River Trust – and having held various executive and board positions including National Trust Council, United Nations Association UK, The Landscape Institute and The Conservation Volunteers Trust.

He outlined the history and demographics of the Park and its 38,000 residents and 26 million annual visitors – along with the decreasing allocation of central government funds in recent years – and the challenges this presents!  He stressed that public input into the Peak park’s local plans is being sought – and he was aware of the concerns over the closures of information centres. Time limited the number of questions from those present – and he has offered to return at a later date to continue with further discussion and dialogue with club members.

Social Musical Evening 26th April

Over 20 Rotarians and friends gathered at the Red Lion, Bakewell for a very enjoyable last Wednesday in the month evening gathering – with a bit of local music provided by singer/songwriter Jamie Jones airing his latest  composition – and there was a great discussion on the latest Rotary project to open a Bakewell Repair Café in the autumn!

Rotary Bakewell - Senior Citizens’ Tea Party returns 

Seniors party

Some 70 invited guests attended the Easter Senior Citizens’ tea party organised by Rotary Bakewell at the Methodist Church Hall in Bakewell on Friday 21st April, a return after more than 3 years.  The event had been rescheduled from 31st March due to an unexpected very high level of Covid/flu sickness cancellations from those who had been invited that earlier day.

A very convivial afternoon and much appreciated and enjoyed by all. Christine, Margaret, and Ruth produced all the sandwiches, food and drinks in the kitchens with ingredients kindly provided by Aldi and Bloomers – and trifle from Rotarian Mary Ingham. President David Goodlad opened proceedings. Bakewell Rotarians had set up the tables and served the guests at their tables.  Entertainment was provided by the Tom Pilkington trio and some wonderful singing from Louise – and also later some community singing.  Everyone was given an Easter egg with a raffle ticket– and there was a draw for three food hampers which had been kindly donated by local businesses.

All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon – and David Rawson who had organised the day thanked everyone and the Church for their assistance and support – and to all those guests who had joined us. Rotarians assisted in taking and escorting some home.

Rotary Bakewell Learns more about the intricacies of Brain Health

Our speaker at our evening social meeting at Red Lion, Bakewell on Wednesday 29th March was Mayne Fakharuzi.  Mayne is studying for her PhD at Sheffield University and has attended previous club gatherings. The subject was Brain Health and prompted a very lively and interactive discussion with those present. Mayne along with our currently youngest club member and Bakewell Rotary scholar Dave Cook completed the Sheffield half-marathon on Sunday (26th) after a quick return from their visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall on Saturday!!

Rotary Bakewell Donates £1,000 to Aquabox for the Syria/Turkey Earthquake mission

From the proceeds of the collections in February at the Aldi Store, Bakewell, the Club is sending £1,000 to Aquabox in Wirksworth for urgent relief aid. This will fund water filters to provide drinkable water even where the supply is very poor. 

Will Throssel guest speaker at Rotary Bakewell meeting on 15th March

Will Throssel

At the Events Suite, Rutland Arms, Bakewell our speaker was Will Throssel from Archaeological Research Services (www.archaeologicalresearchservices.combased out of Bakewell. Will is a geophysicist and is Chief Operating Officer and lives in Buxton. The company is a highly recognised organisation and Will outlined several of the more recent faster and less intrusive investigative tools – and showed several recent success stories with the Environment Agency and the HS2 project.   The company, founded by local Derbyshire lad Clive Waddington, is again this year in line for industry awards for its work.

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