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, Thorntons Charity – 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. 00 which will cover the travel costs for one of the children.
Past District Governor Peter Moralee explained to the club the Rotary District 1220 Signature Sand Dams Project to fund the construction of a number of Sand Dams in Kenya during this Rotary year via a Rotary Foundation Global Grant.
Before the grant can be applied for District 1220 need to show they have pledges from the clubs in the District to the value of £9000. District has already received pledges totalling just over £6000.
District will have a contract with Excellent Development in the UK as their partners via the African Sand Dams Foundation to arrange the actual building of the Dams. Excellent Development have successfully constructed over 100 Dams to date, benefiting over one hundred thousand people to have clean fresh water “on tap” 365 days a year. The water is stored below ground in a bed of filtration sand which also protects the water from breeding mosquitoes and other insects.
A community Dam not only provides water for domestic use, it enables it to provide year-round irrigation for food production and industrial use such as brick making.
Not having to fetch water frees the time women and children previously spent every day collecting water, which was often contaminated. This enables the children to attend school and the women can be involved in more productive work.
Moira Rees gave a talk on the hobby of willow sculpture a hobby she took up as recently as last February. To illustrate her talk she showed us her present project which is a Schnauzer Dog explaining how she has constructed it so far and the further work needed to complete it.
In December she made and kindly donated to the club two Reindeer for our Christmas Sleigh.
The club presented Moira with a cheque for £200.00 which she has asked us to donate to The Royal Derby Hospital Scanner Appeal.
Thank you Moira for your generosity.
Emily and Liam Carrington-Morris the co-owners and editors of the local magazines Voice. Gave and interesting and informative talk describing the early days of setting up the magazine where they are today and their future plans for the expansion of the magazine.
On Monday the 8th of January the Club invited members of the Alfreton Inner Wheel Club together with guests of the neighbouring Rotary Clubs and personal guests of members to their first luncheon meeting of 2018 at Higham Farm Hotel.
The guest speaker Peter Singleton a Lay reader at St Martin Church, Alfreton gave his New Year message of ‘Hope’ for the present and the future.
Santa and his helpers thank everyone who gave so generously by dropping money into our collection boxes at the lights switch on in Alfreton, Seven Square and at Tesco Store Alfreton in the period leading up to Christmas.
The total sum collected amounted to £2,484.47 which will be used to benefit Local Charities and Communities.
Thank you and we wish everyone A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Thank you Mr Benton and the Students Zack, Billy, Josh, Mathew, Lucca and Rhylee from the David Nieper Academy who voluntary gave of their own time outside school hours to so professionally assist in decorating the clubs new Christmas Sleigh built by Rotarian’s Keith, Fred, David and Roger.
The Club has entered the District Bowls Knockout Competition. Round one against Derby Dawn Breakers was held at Ilkeston Bowl. After coming from behind our team stormed to victory. We are now looking forward to Round two.
At a fun packed Christmas Fair held at the Village Hall Pilsley Santa arrived on his new Rotary Sleigh.