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ROTARY: Ninety six Rotarians and guests attended the Rotary Club of Matlock’s 85th Charter Dinner held it Audley St, Elphin’s House in Darley Dale.

After an excellent dinner, Matlock Senior Vice President Cynthia Machent proposed a toast to the Rotary International movement in a very amusing and novel speech. 
Responding to this toast, District 1220 Governor Dave Ashley highlighted the major contribution of Rotary with the International efforts to eradicate Polio in the world.

Matlock Rotary President Peter Wigglesworth, responding,praised the work of Matlock Rotarians whose efforts this year has resulted in donations to Rainbows Hospice, First Responders, Derby Mountain Rescue and many others. In the local community, Rotarians had planted sixty trees to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee at a local school and in a practical way, donated dictionaries to pupils at several primary schools in Matlock.

Rotarian Diane Blount proposed a toast to the Guests and Visiting Rotarians which included several past District Governors and club Presidents. Responding on behalf of the visitors, Ms Nan McCreadie, President Elect of Rotary International of Great

Britain and Ireland gave an interesting outline of her plans for the future of the Rotary movement during her year in office.

Also in attendance were Mrs Anthea Bent and Mrs Margaret Jillings, joint Presidents of Matlock Inner Wheel and Councillor Tony Millward, Chairman Derbyshire Dales District Council. Following the meal, District Governor Dave Ashley and Councillor Millward were presented with cheques for £100, in response to challenging walks that they are undertaking for their own specific charities.

After the Dinner, President Peter said “we strongly believe in the Rotary principle of ‘Service before Self’ however we do make sure that we have lots of fun both when fund raising as well as with our social events”. A party of Rotarians and partners will travel to Portugal later this year for a week of fellowship with members of their twin club in Silves.

FORUM: At the meeting held on Tuesday 19 March 2013 Ms. Janet Padgam gave a talk with the intriguing title of “My Life as a Whore and a Thief in the 17 th century.”

Ms. Padgam appeared in the dress that she wears as a member of the Sealed Knot, a British historical association and charity which produces costumed re-enactments of battles and events relating to the 17th century English Civil War. As a background to her talk she had prepared a large and interesting exhibition of costumes, pictures, armour, weapons and other articles relating to the period in question.

After a brief introduction to the background of the Sealed Knot and her early introduction to its activities she went on to describe the role which she plays as a “ Water Wench” in the re-enactments. Water Wenches were employed to supply water, when needed, to dehydrated pikemen at intervals in the fighting and to help with “running repairs” to their clothes and to administer first aid. Other duties, of a perhaps less laudable nature ( and not illustrated in the re-enactments) included pillaging and scavenging among the bodies of the dead and helping with what is now known as” rest and recuperation” for the soldiers after the battles.

This was a very well prepared talk delivered in a lively and humorous style with very vivid descriptions which resulted from Ms.Padgam’s personal involvement in the re-enactments.

The audience enjoyed the talk and the lively question and answer session which followed.

Details of the Forum’s meetings and programme can be found on its website