CHESTERFIELD: Rotary Club given masterclass on First World War


President Jim Haggarty presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold.

He reported that a party of 19 members and partners had attended the 32nd Charter anniversary of daughter club, the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, held at the Proact Stadium on Thursday, February 14, for what was probably their best ever Charter celebration in many years. Members were reminded of two further Charter celebrations being held in the near future by the neighbouring Rotary Clubs of: Dronfield (March 15), and Matlock (March 18).

Past president David Windle reported success in the first round of the Rotary District quiz with team A of past president Alan Clarke and Rotarians Andrew Elliott, John Roberts and Rob Wadd progressing to the finals to be held at Horsley Lodge, Horsley, on Tuesday, March 26.

The president thanked past president John Heath, for providing permanent garaging for the club’s Santa’s Sleigh which had successfully raised funds for Rotary charities at home and abroad by visiting supermarkets during the month of December. He also reported that a short SGM will be held at the club meeting of Friday, March 1, to ratify the appointment of a new junior vice-president.

Past president Stuart Bradley, was pleased to report that the club’s annual Classic Car and Bike Show would once again be held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday, June 12, when funds would be raised in support of Weston Park Cancer Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Ashgate Hospice.

The after-lunch speaker was Jim Clark, who gave a masterclass on aspects of World War One which for too long has been the subject of some historical inaccuracies. A vote of thanks was proposed by past president Mike Hadfield and the closing toast was proposed by past president Ian Gaunt.

At the next meeting tomorrow (Friday) the guest speaker is Robert Cordell on ‘Genetic Modification - Foods and Other Things’. The speaker host is John Roberts and duty Rotarian is John Heath.