Sunday, 16 December 2012

Back to Belper for Christmas Dinner - 10th December

It was quite a treat to attend the Monday evening meeting of my own Club, Belper and Duffield, for their traditional Christmas Dinner, where partners and guests are invited.   Held at our usual venue of The Lion, now a "Pub with Rooms" rather than an hotel the meal was excellent and the service equally so.

One of our guests was Andrea Fox, a local lady who started the "Drop Inn" for youngsters of the town.  Andrea had recently been to Number Ten when she was one of the top five ladies in the country, nominated for the award of the "Most Inspirational Woman in the Country", sponsored by The Daily Mail.    She told us about her visit to Downing Street and how well she and her mother, who attended with her had been looked after.

Also attending as a guest of the club was a local man, Gerard Veran who earlier this year had run over 800 miles from Belper to his home town in Switzerland, completing a distance of more than a marathon every day for a month.  Gerard is booked to come and talk to the club about his experiences during the run, in January next year.

Rotary and Inner Wheel Carol Service 9th December

On Sunday 9th December, the annual joint Inner Wheel and Rotary Carol Service was held at St. Peter's Church in Ravenshead.  The service was very well attended and after the service refreshments were served in the Church Hall.

Inner Wheel District Chairman, Ann Cottee and her team had made all the arrangements for this event and I have to say they made a spendid job of it.   The service ran like clockwork.

Many thanks to the ladies of the Inner Wheel Choir who performed several pieces for us.   

With the weather taking on a definite wintry feel and after the Christmas Concert the night before and today's carol concert,  as the song says, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" 

Christmas Concert at Worksop 8th December

At the invitation of President Graham Warburton, on Saturday 8th December Gail and I drove over to Worksop for the Club's Annual Concert.  They have been organising this very sucessful conference for over thirty years.  From what we saw this year's was just as good as the previous ones had been.  It was held at The Crossing, a new church in the centre of the town and an excellent venue.

The main performers were the Markham Main Colliery Band, a local brass band who gave a spendid performance, injecting a lot of humour and fun into their most professional playing.

Also on the programme was a local lady called Pat Taylor,who has the most beautiful voice one could imagine.  She is a retired teacher who lives in Worksop.  She also sings with the North Notts Chamber Choir.  Her contribution to the evening was very much based around Christmas and as well as singing she read out a very well received poem about Santa.

This was a concert with a diference, with a lot of fun thrown in to the Festive merriment.    We had trombone playing nuns,  members of the audience laying Rudolf eggs and much much more.  On top of it all refreshments in the interval were included in the price.   What more could you ask for.

We had a tremendous time and hope that the concert was as big a financial success as it was for the audience on the night.    Thanks to President Graham and his team for organising the event.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Hucknall Christmas Carnival 5th December

Christmas is coming and the Christmas carnivals and Lights switch ons are in full swing.  This evening Gail and I took two of our grandchildren, Maddeleine and Francesca to see the Carnival at Hucknall, at the invitation of Hucknall President, Ian Young.

We arrived about 6pm to find the fun fair in full swing and packed with people.   There was a disco adjacent to it (a very loud disco) that was attracting the youngsters.

The lights were switched on just after 7pm and the illuminated Carnival parage came through the main street to the Market Plcae about 7.45pm.  The Rotary Club of Hucknall Santa Sleigh was very impressive with its illuminated reindeer - put my own club's in the shade somewhat.

When the children had had enough of the fair and the lights we wandered back down the street to the Tesco car park for the trip home.    We did manaage to call for some festive fair on the way back to the car.

A great evening.    Well done to Hucknall for being involved.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Last Official Club Visit - Retford 3rd December

Well,  that's the last of my official club vsists done and dusted.   Last night (3rd December) I went to Ye Olde Bell at Barnby Moor to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Retford.   The Rotary Club of Worksop Dakeries, with their President Sue Sullivan were also present in numbers.    Also present for the meeting was David Tiptaft, the President of the Rotary Club of Mexborough.

President Paul Withers preseidesd over the meeting.   The meal was excellent and seemed to be enjoyed by all.    Prior to my talk to the club the respective committee chairmen and chairwomen gave a resume of the activities of their committee so far this year.   Whilst this is a club of almost 60 Rotarians, it was still impressive to hear of the scale of the activities that they have undertaken and are planning for the future.

I gave my club talk, based as always on the theme, "Peace through Service" and presented the two club Presidents each with an origami crane, a letter from Sakuji Tanaka and a theme badge.

Rotarian David Partridge of the Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield drove me to the club and my thanks to him for that. 

I would also like to record my general thanks to The Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield for all the driving they have done on my behalf since July, their outstanding attendance at District Assembly and at Conference.   I would like them all to have a relaxing Christmas (apart rom Santa Sleigh duties of course), refesh their batteries and get ready for the Charter Season to kick in early next year.

President Sue with DG Dave

President Paul with DG Dave