CHESTERFIELD: Rotary club’s donation helps correct child’s cleft palate and hair lip



President Jim Haggarty presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, April 26. He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, Luke Modiri, son of Rtn Mike Modiri, and Stuart Ripley, guest of junior vice-president Rob Wadd. The members toasted Rtn Derek Botham who was celebrating a special birthday.

Members were given the chance to volunteer as stewards for the club’s big charity fund-raising Classic Car & Bike Show which is being held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday, June 12. Full details about the event are at

The president brought welcome news from former district governor Val Leivers. A donation of £90, previously made by the club to celebrate its 90 years of Rotary service in 2012, had been used to change the life of a young child in the remote Bhongir village in Andhra Pradesh state in southern India. The donation had resulted in local medical staff being able to correct a badly disfigured cleft palate and hare lip of a young child so she could now lead a normal life.

Members were reminded of the club’s whisky tasting evening being held at the Olde House on Wednesday, May 1. The annual past president’s dinner was due to be held at the award-winning Calabria restaurant on Tuesday, May 7.

The guest speaker was Janet Murphy who was making a return visit to deliver part two of her fascinating talk on ‘The Black & White Buildings of Chesterfield’. A vote of thanks was proposed by Rtn Roger Peck.

At the next meeting tomorrow (Friday), the speaker is Dr D. G. Edwards on ‘A Tale of the Wingerworth Hunlokes’. Speaker host is past president David Windle and duty Rotarian is Chandra Patel.

If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.