Senior Vice-President.........Ron Acton
Junior Vice-President.........Bob Martin
Assistant Secretary............Colin Orrick
Club Service......................Lewis Blackburn
Community Service ..........Kevin Doherty
Vocational....................... Mick White
International Service.........Peter Wealthdale
Youth Exchange Officer.....Martin Wilson
Bulletin Editor...................Maurice Adcock
Attendance Officer.............Peter Wood
At the start of the Rotary year there were 40 Club Members
Charity for the year
Tudor Court, Draycott.
Thursday April 18th, 1996
The Regency Rooms, Ilkeston
“Act with integrity, serve with love, and work for peace”
I have memories of a very hectic year, combining working full time in my very busy veterinary practice, and being out attending Rotary functions 4 or 5 nights per week.
The social scene started with a barn dance at Ladywood Lodge Farm – in a proper barn, with bales of straw, great music and enjoyed by Rotarians, friends and children. Inner wheel got us on our feet at a fund-raising Barn Dance at the Zingari club, as well as supporting us on many occasions. We enjoyed a Greek evening at Attenborough hall which raised £1000 for Sight Savers. Some of us tried our hand at clay pigeon shooting with varying degrees of success. The year finished with a garden party at my house with great weather, fellowship and good wine once Bob had persuaded my son to get out my best bottles.
The weekly meetings got off to a good start by the visit of our District Governor, Norman Turner on one of the first visits of his new year. Following speakers covered a range of topics such as – how to make a hand raised pork pie -Ships in bottles- an envoy from Osnabruk-Kite appeal- Princes Trust- Erewash Groundwork trust-Sight Savers-Lifebikes- a magician- Heartstart- Malcolm Sargeant Cancer fund for children.
We were fortunate to be visited by Jane Whittingham, who had been sponsored by the club as a member of the Group Study Exchange team which had recently returned from Brazil.
During my year I was delighted to induct David Smith, Simon Chaplin, Robert Mcternan and Philip Woodward into the club.
Sport was evident during the year. We played Long Eaton at cricket and batting with ex West Indian Test wicketkeeper Derek Murray behind the stumps was a great experience. He helped his side to win by saving all wides and byes, but he didn’t bat to save us from humiliation. Jane Smit, whom we had sponsored, came to speak to us about her forthcoming tour to India as a member of the England Ladies Cricket team. Less energetic was an indoor Olympics with Interact. The WALK I shall tell more lately.
We were involved with other clubs; A quiz night with Rotaract. The Young musician competition was run with Long Eaton. 54 students took part in the competition which was held at Trent College. The final was judged by Prof John Morehen with the winner being Lindsay Reid (Cello) and runner up James Barnett (Clarinet). They both played in the First District 1220 Young Musician concert at The Albert Hall in Nottingham, which had been the brainchild of this club.
A joint meeting was held at Tudor Court with RC of Derby to welcome the visiting GSE team from Italy. The evening was a great success and both clubs agreed it was something we should repeat
Our Probus club joined us to hear a presentation from Erewash Groundwork trust and the concepts of Green Draycott. Later in the year I attended their 100th meeting, and along with 45 Probians was entertained by opera singer Michael Rayner, who had spent 15 years with the Doyle Carte Opera Company.
We were involved in local activities. We distributed the help calendar to elderly residents. The Christmas float was around the streets on 4 evenings plus a day at Asda, raising £1700 much of which was used for the senior citizens tea party in May, which was enjoyed by members nearly as much as the guests. The clubs vocational award was presented to Fred & Betty Simms who had risen over £100,000 for Cancer Research. Support for St Chads involved planting a hedge in the car park and daffodil bulbs along the verges.
I enjoyed many Rotary functions. Six members and partners headed off to sunny Scarborough in October for the district conference and enjoyed great fellowship A trip to Whitby for fish and chips was enjoyed by all and we completed the weekend with lunch in Helmsley on the way home.
Ladies night was held on the 28th of October at the Regency rooms, with dancing to “Revival”, and I was delighted 2 of my children were there.
Our Christmas meal with wives was held at Tudor court, with good food, plenty of wine and a disco.
The speaker for our charter was Patrick Tansey, an Irish raconteur who was new to our rotary circuit and who regaled us with wonderful tales. I can’t remember much about my speech, although I did manage to slip in some veterinary jokes. I was well supported on the night and our guests were Pres. Mike Bass (Long Eaton), DG Norman Turner and Pres John Thomason (Probus).
I attended many charters, and fine tuned arriving home, shower & into DJ and out in 5 minutes! I was well supported by club members accompanying me apart from the time the minibus left without the president.
The International trip was to Belgium in April, staying in Ostend with trips to Brussels and Bruges and an emotional visit to a war cemetery at Ypres. 10 couples had a terrific time, with lots sightseeing, cafes, eating and drinking. Our hotel was next door to a bar which sold every Belgium beer so we were forced to sample as many as possible!
The walk. We had decided to do a sponsored walk as a major fundraiser. Kevin Doherty and Mike Key suggested the Longshaw Limber a 30mile walk through some of the most beautiful areas of the peak district. Training walks were undertaken and we covered most of the route so we knew what to expect- or so we thought. Walks were eventful- a 14 mile walk through Chatsworth took ages, and it was only when maps were checked later we realised we had walked 17 miles. One morning we set off from Bamford straight up Win hill, and a friend walking with us has to stop as he thought he was having a heart attack. We soon realised there was some serious hills to tackle.
We were pushed along by Stephen & Matthew Key (whose legs were a LOT younger than the rest of us) and by Kevin Docherty who was an accomplished fell runner.
The night before we had travelled up into Derbyshire and spent the night in Mike’s caravan or camping outside. It was a glorious morning as the eleven of us set off in great spirits at 4.30am.The route was by now familiar so we were prepared for the climbs ahead. However the year finished with a garden party at my house with great weather, fellowship and good wine once Bob had persuaded my son to get out my best bottles.
June 15th turned out to be the hottest day of the year, and we hit the steepest climb up to Win Hill at midday. We lost one o f our team here with blisters. The walk along the moor to Haggersgate Bridge had seemed an easy stroll previously, but now it seemed a very long way! One of our back up teams met us here, and stocked us up food, fluids and much needed encouragement. We were joined for part of the walk by 5 others and fellow members met us at various locations to give us morale support. We completed the walk in a very creditable 12 hours and 45 minutes. The newsletter of the day said all participants had a most enjoyable day. I can remember lying in heap at one point unable to move. The sign for Longshaw Estate was the best thing I had ever seen, until we realised we had to scramble down very steep scree and then walk another mile to the finish. I am told I looked as though as was walking on jelly legs at the end.
It was great fun and fellowship, and more importantly we raised £3,000 for the Kite Appeal for the Derby Children’s hospital.