WARSOP/SHIREBROOK: Rotarians hear a talk on the RAF Benevolent Fund

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The Rotary Club of Warsop, Shirebrook and District met at the Hostess on Thursday where president Roger Wright led the meeting which was attended by 31 members.

Retired Group Captain Geoff Ware accepted a cheque on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund for £3683.57 raised at the concert with the RAF College Band, Cranwell.

Group Captain Ware gave a short talk on the history of the Benevolent Fund which started in 1919 and now includes serving personnel as well as retired and their families. Recipients received £26 million last year for welfare and all monies received by the Benevolent Fund are from donations with no government funding.

Six couples attended Zofingen in Switzerland, the twin club, where they were hosted and shown the area and interesting places. Next year young people from Warsop and Shirebrook area will visit Zofingen.

President Ladies Evening was held at Hassop Hall in Derbyshire and 51 members and guests attended.

Future events include: June 13 - Young Generation committee members will present prizes to the winners etc of the Young Photographer of the Year at Shirebrook and Meden Academies; June 14 - the Young Musician of the Year competition takes place at the John Fretwell Centre from 4pm; July 13 - the big concert at Scarcliffe Lanes Farm Upper Langwith, with Mercury, the Queen tribute band, and folk band with Dan ‘The fiddle’ Booth, for which tickets cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for under 16 and can be obtained from Roger Wright 01623 742231 or at Maloney’s Butchers and Wetton’s Butchers at Warsop or from any local Rotarian with the club.