We successfully applied for a Rotary Foundation Grant for £1000. on behalf of Blackwell Community Primary and Nursery School to enable them to carry out work to upgrade their playground.
Immediate Past President Roger Stevenson presenting a cheque for £1000. to the Headteacher Rachel Boswell.
The Club have also presented the school with a frame for an Eco Greenhouse when the pupils have collected enough used plastic bottles we will assist in the erecting of the Greenhouse.
The Murder Mystery Evening was a great success performed by the South Normanton Dramatic Society in front of an audience of some 80 persons sitting at tables of 10 endeavouring to solve the mystery of who had committed the murder. A prize was awarded to the table who solved the mystery together with a booby prize for the table furthest away from the answer.
The evening raised £279.40 for local Rotary Charities.
President Dennis Fretwell and Past President Jack Brown presenting a cheque for £250. to Brian and Elsie Mellors from the Riddings Park Community Charity.
The main aims of the charity is to support local disabled groups, the local Brownies and to hold blood donor sessions.
President Dennis Fretwell and Rotarian John Burch presenting a cheque for £250 being part of the clubs Santa collection to Chris Elkin representing Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Chris gave a short talk on the Air Ambulance service which was established in our area in 2008 based at the East Midland Airport. It is entirely supported by public donations and has carried out 30,000 missions since it’s beginning mainly to road traffic accidents and medical emergencies.
David Harvey gave a talk on the work of the Derbyshire Blood Bikes Charity.
The Charity was set up and registered in 2012 to provide a service to the two main Hospitals in Derbyshire, Royal Derby and Chesterfield Callow. Their members are volunteers who give of their time freely mainly for the urgent delivery of blood and blood products for these hospitals. Currently they have seven bikes and one car for this service which receives no public money and is dependant on public donations. The service is available 24/7 and in 2017 received 630 calls from the NHS.
In 2017 they extended the service to include urgent prescriptions.
President Dennis Fretwell presenting a cheque for £200 to David Harvey of Derbyshire Blood Bikes being part of the proceeds from our 2017 Santa Collection.
Today we held our AGM when the subscription for the next Rotary year was agreed.
The committee chairman presented their reports on the projects carried out during the current Rotary year.
The Officers, Council members and the Committee Chairman for the next Rotary year, starting on the 1st of July, were duly elected.
Claire Dyson from the Alfreton Scouts receiving a cheque for £250 from our Christmas Float Collection from President Dennis Fretwell and Rotarian Stan Green.
The Alfreton Scouts have some 65 members. The donation is to be used to replace their well worn and used maps together with some compasses.
Christine McNeice and Lorraine Gathani from the Dynamite Club of Holmewood receiving a cheque for £226 from our Christmas Float Collection from President Dennis Fretwell and Immediate Past President Roger Stevenson.
The Dynamite Club is a free youth club for 4 to 11 year old and has been running for 26 years.
It was agreed to distribute the monies collected at the Christmas Santa Collections as follows:
3rd Alfreton Scouts, Eco Greenhouse for Lees School Alfreton, Air Ambulance, Dukes Barn Beeley, Dynamite Club, Alferton Community Centre, Riddings Community Centre, Derbyshire Young Carers, The Community Emergency First Responders.
It was further agreed to donate from the Clubs General Benevolent Fund £250 .00 to the Sequai Trust to be used towards the purchase of equipment for a named disabled young girl residing in Alfreton.
The Charity continue to help the unfortunate child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with almost 500 children having been given some hope in their lives by visiting this area, in the years since the disaster, for respite and a recuperative holiday.
It is proposed this year to bring a further 20 children to stay with local volunteer host families, receiving the benefits of good uncontaminated and healthy food, clean fresh air and a healthy environment in which to convalesce, all in an effort to rebuild their much depleted immune systems and give them hope and an opportunity of improved health.
The club members in support of this cause are pleased to donate £458 to pay for the airfare and travel costs for one of the children.