Another night - another Charter. This evening it was the Charter celebration of the Rotary Club of Dronfield and the venue was The Ringwood hall Hotel at Brimington, near Chesterfield. With over 100 guests sitting down for the meal, this was a well attended charter.
I was picked up at home by Rtns Sheilagh Harnan and Peter Shepherd. We arrived at the Ringwood hall Hotel in plenty of time. President Michael Whetton greeted us and his other guests and in fact was a most charming host throughout the evening.
The meal was of excellent quality and the service was second to none. Following the meal we went on to the traditional formalities with Rtn Tony Bethell being called upon to say grace and then to call the roll of clubs attending. The toast to Rotary International was given by President Elect Ian Ward, to which I responded and then proposed the toast to the Club.
After responding to the toast to the club President Michael introduced the after dinner speaker, Mr John Titford who gave a most amusing and informative talk on the Derbyshire dialect. This included many funny stories and jokes and was well received by the audience. John is the writer of a book called, "Ay up me duck" well known in these parts. Interesting to note from his talk was the fact that the local dialect of hereabouts preceded the so called "Queen's English" by many years and was the standard way of talking for many years.
President Michael rounded off the evening by presenting bouquets to me to hand to Gail (She was ill and could not be present) and to his wife Tina.
My thanks to all who were involved in the organisation of the evening and to Peter and Sheilagh for my transport.