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21st Charter Dinner - June 19th 2012

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Information on our forthcoming 21st Midsummer Charter Dinner at Hassop Hall, and infoirmation on how to book your places for this special event.

Our celebratory 21st Charter Dinner is to be held on Tuesday 19th June 2011 , at Hassop Hall Hotel , a magnificent building surrounded by formal gardens, in beautiful countryside near Bakewell.

Rotarians, partners and guest are invited to attend this special event. Tickets are £35.00 per head, which includes on arrival (on lawns or in oak panelled rooms) pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, followed by our famous ‘four course banquet’.

Our Guest Speaker is Dr Roger Summers, who will present ‘Midsummers Murders’: A light-hearted insight into Rotarian Roger’s fascinating career as a Forensic Pathologist. Expect the unexpected!

Reception from 7.00pm. Dinner served at 7.45pm.

Dress is formal (black tie) and speeches will be brief.

Payment may be made on the night.

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible and hope that you will be able to join us for our special 21st Charter evening, in convivial atmosphere, in wonderful surroundings.  

Please let me know who will be attending from your Club, by sending the attached (which can be 'cut & pasted' reply slip to the address above, or email me:, or telephone 01433 621 431, by Thursday, 14th June at the latest .

Rotary Club of Hope Valley


Tuesday, 19th June 2012, Hassop Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NS


Please reserve ……… places for the Rotary Club of   .………………………………………………

For our 21st  Anniversary Charter Dinner on the 19th  June,


Names of those attending and office held















A vegetarian option of ‘Veg Wellington’ is available. Please note if this or any other dietary need is required.


Please return, no later than Thursday 14th  June to:

or send to:

Rtn Ian Ord

Orlecar Cottage

Edale Road


Hope Valley

S33 6SF


Payment may be made on the night. Cheques payable please to: “The Rotary Club of Hope Valley”.  Cover double rooms available £100. Contact me or Hassop Hall

International Service News

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Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz is coming to the Hope

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Have fun while you support the Dukes Barn Charity at our October 19 Jazz Night

Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz blow their trumpets for Hope Valley Rotarians 

If you're a Traditional and Dixieland Jazz enthusiast, or want to support Dukes Barn (a local chartiy), you're in for a real treat. As the Rotary Club of Hope Valley have just announced that Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz band have promised to appear for Rotary's tenth Charity Jazz Evening at Calver Village Hall on Saturday 19th October.


Rotarian Alisma Clark advised that enthusiasts should contact her to book their tickets sooner rather than later, as the past nine charity Mart Roger jazz evening have been a sell-out. If you can attend this charity night event you'll be following famous names like: Humphrey Lyttelton, Cy Laurie, Marion Montgomery, Yank Lawson and Middleton Pollock, who have all shared in wonderful jazz evenings with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. But there's another bonus, proceeds will be passed directly to the Dukes Barn charity and other local charities.


Calver Village Hall, which has a bar, is once again the venue for this jazz spectacular. The fun starts at 7.30 pm, with tickets costing £10 each. Book your place/s by contacting Rtn Alisma Clark on:  01433 631 585 or email Alisma: .  Tickets will not be sold at the door, but once payment has been made it will be possible to pick up tickets at the door, on the night.

From Professor to President

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Our handover ceremony, June 27th 2012. Emeritus Professor Allen is also President Allen.

Any hopes of enjoying a quiet and relaxing life after (semi) retiring from his challenging role as Professor of Public Health at the University of Sheffield soon disappeared for Dr Allen Hutchinson of Hathersage.

From 1st July 2012 Allen found himself taking over the presidency of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley which is widely-recognised as one of the most active groups in the region and which raises thousands of pounds each year (£13,500 over the past 12 months) for deserving local, national and international charities.

Allen (pictured above) received his chain of office from outgoing president Rtn Ian Ord, at the club’s annual meeting which attracted a full house of members.

President elect is Andrew Campbell, an engineer by profession. Our club's vice president is Trevor Ironmonger, who runs his solicitors practice in Sheffield.

Hope Valley Rotarians meet weekly at 7.15pm on Wednesdays at the Grouse Inn at Longshaw and offer a warm welcome to men and women in the area who share their declared objective of ‘service before self’.

Further information about membership is available from our Club President - Dr Allen Hutchinson on 01433 650 919, or by sending an email to Ian Ord ( or using the contact link on our website:


Charity Bridge Day’ £1,250 success

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Annual Bridge Day raises funds for Weston Park's Teenage Cancer Unit

Once again the Rotary Club of Hope Valley’s annual Charity Bridge Day, held this year at Calver Village Hall on Sunday 15th April, was an outstanding success. Thanks must go to Judy, winner of the Hope Valley 2009/10 ‘Rotarian of the Year’ shield, who masterminded the entire event. Not only did Judy advertise the event, deal with the administration, book Calver Village Hall, organise the bridge tables, etc., Judy, assisted by her Rotarian partner David, even prepared lunch for the competitors!      

This was Hope Valley’s seventh annual Bridge Day, with Judy being the originator of the fundraising idea, as well as being the organiser of all seven events, ably assisted on the day by Rotarians and partners from Hope Valley Rotary Club.

 Seriously competitive ‘high level’ bridge was enjoyed throughout the 6 hour contest by the 76 players. The winning ‘pair’s team’ were heartily applauded by the contestants, with the applause rising to a crescendo when it was announced that provisional calculations showed that the event had raised £1, 250. The proceeds will be presented to Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Unit (along with proceeds from other Hope Valley Rotary Club fundraising events) when Weston Park's fundraiser Helen Gentle visits our Club on Wednesday 30th May.

20th Charter Night succes at Hassop Hall

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Hope Valley Rotary Club's 2011 Charter Night acclaimed as a huge success.

Our Club’s 20th Charter Night


Hope Valley Rotary Club held their 20th Charter Night at Hassop Hall on the evening of 7th June, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the formation of our Rotary Club - the daughter club of The Rotary Club of Bakewell. All 108 Rotarians and guests enjoyed this glitzy evening in Hassop Hall’s magnificent ballroom.

  By popular acclaim the evening was described as the most enjoyable and successful Charter Night in our Club’s 20 year history, with fellow Rotarians and guests travelling from all parts of Rotary District 1220.

  The evening also celebrated what has been a really successful year, raising many thousands of pounds for a variety of charities, including Whizz-kids, Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Ward project, Edale Mountain Rescue, etc.

  Joint Presidents Chris Kraushaar, Jane Weightman and Keith Jones can be justifiably proud of their highly successful year, which ends on 30th June 2011.   Joint President Keith gave an erudite and witty speech which emphasised how Rotarians of Hope Valley enjoy the fellowship and fun when members meet to plan and then implement fundraising within the Hope and Derwent valleys.

Asst Dist Govenor Tony Bethell, Rtn Jill Bethell, Joint Pres Keith Jones, Rtn Jane Jones, Tony Lloyd (Night Editor of the Daily Telegraph & speaker for the night) enjoy dinner.

Super injunction update: Jane & Keith listen to Tony as tells them about the sort of news he hears, but can't publish, when he's editing the Daily Telegraph.

Bow ties off for Joint Presidents Chris & Keith, with Joint President Jane Weightman smiling at a joke, after the close of the formal part of the evening.

Charity Golf day - May 11th 2012

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Our Golf Day raises £3,345 for local charities.

May 11th was a day of wind and showers at Sickleholme’s Golf Course for our Annual Charity Golf Day. Indeed picking a warm dry April or early May day this year would have required luck - or insight we Hope Valley Rotarians clearly lack.

As members of the 28 golf teams returned to the clubhouse for the multi-course carvery and silent auction, everyone was in high spirits (despite the wind, rain and hailstones). The feedback was that despite the challenging Hope Valley weather conditions, everyone had enjoyed a super day and that Sickleholme is the most beautiful (and best) golf course in Derbyshire!

Double your money for 'on the Green in one'

Two of the many superb prizes in our ‘silent auction’ were a Man City shirt signed by all the players, and a pair of tickets for any Man City home game next season. Following Man City’s recent success, these prizes will have rocketed in value. 

Some of the prizes to be won on the golf course or raffle:


Our Charity Golf Day raised £3,345 and will be shared between Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Unit, Edale Mountain Rescue and other local charities.

The winners with our Charity Golf Day organiser Rotarian Jane Weightman:

Someone's kidnapped our District Governor Elect

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We donate £3,000 to Edale Mountain Rescue

Edale Mountain Rescue 'kidnap' Rotary's District Governor

A team from Edale Mountain Rescue recently visited the Rotary Club of Hope Valley to demonstrate their rescue techniques and found a willing candidate. By chance, Rotary's District Governor (E) Peter Moralee was visiting Hope Valley Rotarians, as Peter had heard about the charitable work valley Rotarians had carried out to raise funds for local, national and international charities.

Dr. Neil Chapman described how a mountain rescue team would stretcher an injured person to safety, and with a twinkle in his eye suggested that District Governor Peter would make an ideal 'rescue candidate'. 


Once Peter had been un-stretchered the rescue team were presented with a cheque for £3,000. On behalf of Edale Mountain Rescue Neil Chapman thanked Hope Valley Rotary Club for their efforts, noting that our Club has been donating funds for their cause for many years. Neil explained that Edale Mountain Rescue is wholly dependent upon donations, and promised to raise two teams for our annual Peak Challenge Quiz to be held at Calver Village Hall on Friday 28th September, with all proceeds to be donated to Edale Mountain Rescue.


An Autumn 2012 round up

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What's 'been on' or 'going on' Autumn 2012

Sept 16 Quiz Night

If you missed our Annual Peak Challenge Quiz in Calver Village Hall you missed a 'tour de force'. As the erudite, eclectic, edacious knowledge seeking, Hadlow Warriors team pitted their general knowledge against quiz teams from all over North Derbyshire.  Do you know which phobia Sigmund Freud suffered from?   Which capital city is nearest to the equator?   Which Derbyshire village is the result of a good polish?   Many didn't, but the Hadlow Warriors did, and won our Peak Challenge Quiz Trophy - with every penny of the proceeds going to Edale Mountain Rescue.


October 13th Jazz Night

Calver Hall's roof rafters will ring to the sound of the legendary Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz , with the band wowing the audience for our ninth Charity Jazz Evening. It will be a fun-fun win-win event: a fun evening, with proceeds going to Helen's Trust and other local charities.

November 12th Céilidh

If you want to have another fun night, and at the same time help charitable causes, our 2012 Barn Dance will be held in Hathersage Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on November Sat 12th   November.  The Bash Street Céilidh Band who provided such fabulous entertainment at last year's Barn Dance (when over £800 was raised for local charities)   are by popular back to get your feet tapping and kilts swirling. Tickets (which includes a Pie & peas supper) are great value at £15. When you need to take a break from dancing (barn dancing, not break dancing), you can reinvigorate yourself with soft drinks or potable alcoholic beverages from the bar. Get your tickets from Rotarians: Allen (650 919) Val & Dave (Hope Post Office), or Emma (650 885).

12.12.12 - but you probably don't qualify

There's at least one good reason to be 65 or older and 'living in Hope'. Hope Valley Rotarians are helping to take the lead in re-establishing the traditional Hope & Aston Senior's Christmas Party at Losehill Hall. Not entirely by chance, the time and date will nearly be all the twelve's: 12 (30) 12.12.12.


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If you have a vintage or classic car, this article will be of interest. IF YOU'D LIKE TO TO ATTEND, read on:

The Rotary Club of Hope Valley is holding a Classic and Vintage vehicle run on Sunday 16th September, starting and finishing at Carriages Restaurant, Newhaven, Buxton. 

Entrants will meet at Carriages Restaurant in the morning for coffee and bacon roll, conduct the car run, returning at 3 pm for a late light lunch at Carriages.

The car run in the beautiful Peak District countryside, hopefully in late summer sunshine, should be very enjoyable. The Club wishes to encourage conviviality and informal discussion between entrants.

There will not be a concourse competition.

Further details are:

Start Timing Participants should arrive at Carriages Restaurant, Newhaven, Buxton, SK17 0DU - just off the A515 Buxton – Ashbourne road – between 1000 & 1030.

Route :   The route will be about 60 miles. 

Although a route card will be provided, drivers are recommended to bring a map of the Peak District.


Start :         Coffee and bacon roll provided for all entrants

Finish:       Beef stew – with a vegetarian option of aubergine bake – at 1500 (3.00p.m.)

Cost £20 per person travelling in the vehicle.   ( The cost includes food as above.)

Eligibility Any vehicle manufactured before 1990, including cars, vans and motorcycles.

The organisers reserve the right to reject entry applications without explanation, at their absolute discretion.  

The organisers may allow entry of later cars, which they consider interesting, at their absolute discretion.

The run is limited to a maximum 65 entries.   Entries will be dealt with on a first come basis and later entries will be rejected. 

If you would like to participate in our Annual Vintage & Classic Car Run, either cut and paste the form below, OR send the details shown on the form, along with dietary requirements, and your cheque (£20 per person - which includes food) made out to The Rotary Club of Hope Valley to:

Ian Ord, Orlecar Cottage, Edale Road, Hope, Hope Valley, S33 6SF 

NOTE Providing the necessary details, plus a cheque for the correct amount, are sent to the address above, and the Car Run hasn't been oversubscribed, confirmation of your booking will not be sent. Simply meet at the car park of Carriages Restaurant between 1000 & 1030 on September 16th.

Name ….............................................................

Address (and email address if applicable) …................................................................................................................................................


Car Make …...................................................... Total persons - driver + others ….................................

Car Model …..................................................... Car Club (if applicable) …...........................................

Year of Manufacture …..................................... Vegetarian option? …...................................................

Car Registration mark …...................................

Cheque enclosed payable to Rotary Club of Hope Valley (£20 per person) = £ ….............................

Another bumper fundraising year for Hope Valley

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Details of local, national and international charities we've supported this year.

Hope Valley Rotarains donate £13,000 to charities

It's been a bumper year for Rotarians from Hope Valley Rotarians. In May we donated £4,500 to Weston Park Hospital's Teenage Cancer Unit. 

In June we gave a £3,000 cheque to Edale Mountain Rescue; a £1,500 cheque to Jole Rider's 'bikes4Africa' project and a £690 cheque to Sheffield Cathedral's Archer Project. Not forgetting our recent cheques amounting to £600 for the Nepal Fishtail project - sponsoring two gifted Nepalese youngsters who's families are too poor to send them to school. Recently we gave £1,460 to towards Rotary International's  End Polio Now project.

So this year we've made donations to local, national and international charities, amounting to over £13,000. Why don't you contact us and find out how you can participate in the our fun fundraising events? Contact Ian on

Teams sought for Rotary life-saving quiz

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Friday September 28, at 7.30pm is the date for our Peak Challenge Charity Shield Quiz.

Some of the brainiest people in and around the Peak District are being invited to test their skills in a competition designed to help save the lives of  those who suffer major mishaps on the Derbyshire hills.

The Rotary Club of Hope Valley is to stage its annual Peak Challenge Shield Charity Quiz to raise much-needed cash for Edale Mountain Rescue team, one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK.

This year’s quiz will be held at the licensed Calver Village Hall - with sandwiches and substantial snacks on sale, on Friday September 28, at 7.30pm. Once again Rotarian Brian Knox is setting an evening of mind-bending questions,  rewarding both the winners and runners-up with special packs of beer donated by Brampton Brewery. The winning team will also be presented with the prestigious Peak Challenge Shield which it will hold for a year.

Brian, who will be chairing his 27th quiz, said this week: "We are keen to hear from any clubs, pub groups or individuals who want to enter a team. It’s always a fun evening but there is also a serious side to the event. Edale Mountain rescue team is wholly dependent on donations to allow it to provide a 24/7 service to those who find themselves in trouble on our local hills and moors."

It will be the second occasion this year on which the Hope Valley Club has given financial support to the rescue team. Two months ago, the then president, Rtn Ian Ord, handed over a cheque for £3000 to the rescue team leader.

More information on how to enter the quiz can be obtained from Brian on

01433 621064  or via email to

Our 2012 annual Peak Challenge Charity Quiz

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A workout to tune up your brain cells and laughter muscles.

If you missed our Annual Peak Challenge Quiz in Calver Village Hall you missed a 'tour de force'.   As the erudite, eclectic, edacious knowledge seeking, Hadlow Warriors team pitted their general knowledge against quiz teams from all over North Derbyshire.  

Do you know which phobia Sigmund Freud suffered from?   Which capital city is nearest to the equator?   Which Derbyshire village is the result of a good polish?   Many didn't, but the Hadlow Warriors did, and won our Peak Challenge Quiz Trophy - with every penny of the proceeds going to Edale Mountain Rescue.

Oct 2011 Quiz Night Success

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Annual charity quiz night generates profits in aid of Edale Mountain Rescue and Weston Park's Teenage Cancer Ward.

Our annual Rotary Peak Challenge Quiz Night, which was held at Calver Village Hall on October 7th was a great success, with 10 local teams and 8 Rotary Club teams competing for the shield. Brampton Brewery sponsored the competition, with the winners and runners up being presented with individual packs of bottled beers.

Our annual Peak Quiz is conducted in support of Edale Mountain Rescue. Proceeds from the quiz amounted to £736, with the additional £205 proceeds from food sold by Rotoract (young Rotarians) to be passed to Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Unit.  

150 quiz competitors listened attentively to the questions devised and presented by Hope resident Rtn Brian Knox. Calver resident Robert Payne with his team ‘Timmy the Dog’ won with an impressive score of 75. Edale Mountain Rescue’s team ‘Sleepless in Holmesfield’ came second with a score of 71. Hope was represented by three teams, with the Rotarian team ‘The Happy Valleys’ team including Hope’s Post Office duo of David & Val Johnson, achieved the highest Rotary Club score of 59.

Lafarge, David Mellor, The Old Hall, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, The Nags Head, The Peaks Inn and Ye Olde Bowling Green donated prizes for the end of evening raffle, held in support of Edale Mountain Rescue.

Singing for their supper

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Gilbert & Sullivan Charity Evening success for the Rotary Club of Hope Valley

  G ilbert & Sullivan Charity Evening success for the Rotary Club of Hope Valley

Many thanks to The Matlcock Gilbert & Sullivan Society plus the chef & staff at Sickleholme Golf Club; who made our annual ‘Gilbert & Sullivan Charity Evening’ held on Saturday 18th February such a tremendous success. Matlock G&S Society sang a selection of songs immediately prior to dinner, and then a further recital after guests had enjoyed a superb meal (with perfectly cooked roast pork and crispy crackling – courtesy of the chef Tracey Woodhead and her team).

What a civilised way and enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening with friends, whilst at the same time supporting local Rotary Charities (Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Unit, Edale Mountain Rescue, etc.). Whilst spending a cultural and enjoyable evening, those attending bolstered our funds by a further £800 – with every penny of our proceeds being passed to these local charities.

If you missed our G&S Charity evening at Sickleholme Golf Club, you can hear their full recital in June. As The Matlcock Gilbert & Sullivan Society are presenting ‘Merrie England’ at The Medway Community Centre, Bakewell on June 14, 15 & 16 2012.


Presiden't Shield Award July 2011

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Hope Valleys’ Rotarians of the Year.

Past President Chris Kraushaar presenting the ‘President’s Shield’ to Karina Guarino and Keith Jones, for their outstanding work as 2010-2011 Hope Valleys’ Rotarians of the Year.

Charity Golf Day

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Charity Golf Day in aid of Weston Park Hospital's Teenage Cancer Ward. Venue:Sickleholme Golf Club, Friday 11th May. For further information read the main story.


Team event



Bamford, Hope Valley


Friday 11 May 2011


O rganised by The Rotary Club of Hope Valley

in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Teenage Unit


T eams of 4 persons, best 2 net scores per hole – Stableford competition


¾ of current handicap

Handicap limits: Gentlemen 28, Ladies 36

Mixed teams welcome


Entrance fee per team: £160


Fee includes superb 3-course carvery served from 2.00 pm and excellent team prizes to 4th place, nearest the pin and longest drive prizes plus raffle.


For a booking form or further

information please contact

Jane Weightman on 01629 732653



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Charity Golf day - May 11th 2012

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To be held at Sickleholme Golf Club. Proceeds in aid of Weston Park's Teenage Cancer Unit and local charities.


Rotary Club of Hope Valley


Team event



Bamford, Hope Valley


Friday 11 May 2012



Organised by The Rotary Club of Hope Valley   in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Teenage Unit, Edale Mountain Rescue and other local and international Rotary charities.


Teams of 4 persons, best 2 net scores per hole – Stableford competition

¾ of current handicap

Handicap limits: Gentlemen 28, Ladies 36

Mixed teams welcome


Entrance fee per team: £168


Fee includes superb hot carvery served after the match and excellent team prizes to 4th place, nearest the pin and longest drive prizes plus raffle.


For a booking form or further information please contact Jane Weightman on 01629 732653 or


Sponsored by Commercial Language Training Ltd



Entry Form



Team Name:





Player 1




Player 2




Player 3




Player 4




Preferred tee time (please indicate):             Early am/ Mid am/Late am/ Early pm


Contact Name: __________________________________________


Address:            ___________________________________________




Tel. No.            ____________________________________________


Email:              ____________________________________________


Please find enclosed entry fee of £168 per team to include hot carvery.  

Cheques payable to:   The Rotary Club of Hope Valley


Competition:                        Stableford Competition, ¾ Handicap, 2 scores to count

Handicap limit:         Men 28, Ladies 36 (Ladies Card)



1)     Prizes to 4th place open to all teams. 1st Ladies Team. Winners will be asked to produce their active handicap certificates.

2)     Prize Presentation at 20:00 hours

3)     Additional meals for guests can be purchased on the day

4)     Please observe the club dress code


Please return to:


Rtn Jane Weightman, Ameycroft House, 91 Greenaway Lane, Hackney, Matlock, DE4 2QA

18th Annual Car Show a Bamford

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Images and text covering our 2011 Car Show

July 3rd was a warm and sunny day for our Club’s 18th Annual Vintage & Classic car Show at Bamford’s Recreation Ground. This allowed many of the Edwardian, Vintage and Thoroughbred cars to drive ‘al fresco’ with their hoods down, from Newhaven (SE of Buxton) to Bamford.

Visitors also took full advantage of the pleasant summer weather and mingled with the exhibitors and their cars. Unfortunately the ice cream van broke down in transit from Sheffield, depriving visitors and exhibitors alike of the opportunity to enjoy a cooling ice cream. Fortunately cold drinks plus hot and cold food were available from another stall, manned by colleagues from the Rotary Club of Drone Valley.

The Car Show is one of our Club’s most popular annual fundraising events, with proceeds being donated to Weston Park Hospital’s Teenage Cancer Ward and Edale Mountain Rescue. An element of the proceeds has also been earmarked for Hope village’s Careline Project.

Speaker Stephen Elliott provides a new perspective

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Unless you've spent many many hours walking the hills in the Hope Valley you'll not have seen views like these:

Our weekly meetings are a combination of fun and fellowship over a meal, followed by an element of Rotary Business as we plan our charity fundraising events, often to be followed by a guest speaker. Recently Hope Valley Rotarians were able to view a range of stunning images depicting the Hope Valley, and confirming how lucky we are to be surrounded by such magnificent countryside. All the images displayed by Hathersage resident Stephen were captured within 5 miles of our Rotary Club venue.

If fun and fellowship with a serious side, where your skills to help support our specified local, national & international charitable causes appeals to you, and you like the combination of meeting up to chat, dine and listen to a range of informative and interesting speakers, why not make arrangements to visit us on Wednesday evenings and learn more about Rotary and our Rotary Club? Send an email to: or phone 01433 621 431.

Smiles all round at our Charity Céilidh

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Fun Barn Dance raises cash for local charities

Our Rotary Club’s first Charity Céilidh in aid of Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Unit and local charities, held at Hathersage’s Memorial Hall on November 19th, was a successful evening and a fun way to raise cash for charities. We hope that this is first of many annual Barn Dances/ Céilidhs; so if you weren’t sufficiently lucky to have been there, here’s a few images to whet your appetite for our 2012 Céilidh: 

The band strike up a tune and the revelery begins.

Half way through the evening and 
everyone's joined in the spirit of the evening.


                                                     Alan thanks Kelly Scot from the Teenage
                                   Cancer Unit for telling us how the proceeds
                                   will be used.     

Jane prepares the raffle tickets.

Countryside treat for Dutch Rotarians

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Countryside treat for Dutch Rotarians
Rotarians and their partners from the Dutch Rotary Club of Hoorn de Compagnie were treated to a whistlestop tour of the Peak District by Hope Valley Rotarians at the weekend - and voted it ‘een fantastisch weekend’.


The visit marked the tenth year of links between the two clubs – though the anniversary of the formal twinning ceremony will not occur until 2008 when Valley Rotarians will again visit the ancient trading port of Hoorn .


Sixteen Dutch visitors led by President Rtn Han Sluis made the trip, the largest number since the link was forged.


Friday evening saw the two groups enjoy a welcome supper in the Stables Restaurant at Eyam Hall. On Saturday, they walked on Curbar Edge and were able to see the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which Valley President Alisma Clark is supporting as her major charity.


A salmon and strawberries lunch was provided by Rtn David and Mrs Glynes Brown at their Stoney Middleton home before the party headed off to Tissington Hall where they toured the house and gardens and were welcomed by owner Sir Richard Fitzherbert.


Saturday evening was spent at the Millstone Country Inn at Hathersage where entertainment was provided by the Noyce family folk trio from Sheffield and Dutch musicians Ruud Schreijer and Willem Falkena.


Valley President Rtn Alisma Clark gave a speech of welcome in Dutch to the Hoorn guests and President Han responded.


During the evening, Alisma was made a member of the celebrated Klompenklub (wooden shoes club) of Hoorn and was presented with a set of miniature clogs by President Han.   The honour is reserved for Rotarians who have given outstanding international service


In turn, President Han was inducted into membership of the Hope Valley ’s Silver Spoon Club - which recognises cultural awareness and international understanding - by Life President Rtn Barrie Campbell.


Rotarians from both clubs thanked organisers of the weekend – Ruud Schreijer in Hoorn and past president and Valley twinning officer Jane Weightman and senior vice president John Wood.


Before returning to Holland , some Hoorn members made a return visit to the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath to enjoy the hilltop views.


“The Dutch visitors specially asked for this visit to feature as much of the Derbyshire countryside as possible,” said Jane. “They were extremely impressed by the beauty of the scenery in both the Peaks and Dales and could not stop talking about it.”


Cheque to Edale Mountain Rescue

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Edale Mountain Rescue Team were given a boost to their funds recently through the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley.

Edale Mountain Rescue Service, which is based at Lafarge cement works in Hope, has been in existence since 1964 and attends around one hundred call outs each year.  It operates in the Peak District National Park and is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the country.

Receiving a cheque from Rotary Past President John Wood, Bob Davey, ex-secretary of Edale Mountain Rescue, told members of the Rotary Club:  “Edale Mountain

Rescue Team is the largest in the country which exists with no paid employees, so we are really grateful for the contribution from Rotary.” 

Valley Rotarians in bikes-for Africa appeal

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Unwanted bicycles now abandoned in garages and garden sheds throughout the Peak District could soon be changing the lives of youngsters in some of the most remote parts of Africa

Thanks to a campaign launched by Hope Valley Rotarians, the bikes will be shipped to schools in Africa and allocated to children who currently have to walk up to 20 miles per day to get an education.

For some, the bikes mean the chance to go to school for the very first time.

The Rotarians are working on the project with two established and reputable charities in the UK - the Huddersfield-based Christian African Relief Trust (CART) and Bikes4Africa in Gloucestershire.

Local storage bases have been established at Bradwell Packaging Ltd at Stretfield Mill, Bradwell, and the Stoney Middleton premises of William Lennon and Co Ltd.

The cycles will then be shipped to Africa in a container and subsequently allocated to schools with whom the charities are in regular contact. The machines remain the property of the school and are allocated to other needy pupils once a student has graduated. As part of their education, the children are taught how to carry out cycle repair and maintenance work.

|International Committee President Les Lennon said this week: “Bicycles are discarded in this country at an alarming rate, even though many of them are in full working order. We’d like them, even those in need of minor repair, because they could make a whole world of difference to young people in Africa”.

Bikes unsuitable for use in Africa may be sold by the UK charities to help towards the £10 cost of shipping each machine.

Further information is available from Rtn Les Lennon on 01433 630451.
Above: Rtn Allen Hutchinson unloads the first batch of donated bikes (Photograph by Rtn Ian Charles)

Vocational Service News

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Bikes for Gambian Youngsters

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Gambian youngsters benefit from unwanted bikes appeal


Life for 300 youngsters in a remote area of The Gambia , West Africa , is about to change dramatically, thanks to the generosity of people throughout the Peak who donated unwanted bicycles to a Rotary appeal.


Hope Valley Rotarians and directors of the Jole Rider Bikes4Africa programme recently packed 300 cycles, spares and workshop equipment into a 40 feet shipping container which is now on its way to The Gambia.


The bikes will be given to secondary schools where teachers will allocate them to children who currently walk up to ten miles per day in searing heat to get an education.


Students will be taught to maintain the bikes and, when they complete their education, will leave them at the school to be used by another child.


Some of the cycles were donated by leisure market leaders Center Parcs and were refurbished by inmates at Risley and Everthorpe prisons.


“The response to our appeal was staggering and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped. We never imagined that there were so many unwanted bikes around here,” said Rtn Les Lennon, who chairs Hope   Valley Rotary Club’s International Service Committee and who organised the appeal with Bradwell businessman Rtn Ian Charles.


Rotarians have also funded the £3350 cost of shipping the container to The Gambia.


Jole Rider programme directors David Swettenham and Helen King, who travelled from the charity’s base in Wiltshire to help pack the bicycles, later attended a meeting of the Rotary Club where they outlined the aims of the Bikes4Africa programme – to enable 15,000 African students per year to cycle to school by the year 2010.


“Getting hold of bikes is not difficult, as Rotarians have found out,” said David. “The challenge is to find the £10 cost of getting each bike to Africa . Luckily, many people donate that sum as well.”


David and Helen can be contacted at Jole Rider on 0870 6092 007 of through the website –

Community Service News

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Going Dutch in Hoorn

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Going Dutch in Hoorn
Friendship links between the Rotary Club of Hope Valley and the Rotary Club of Hoorn de Compagnie in the Netherlands were further strengthened during an exchange visit at the weekend.
Eighteen Peak Rotarians and their partners travelled to Hoorn, near Amsterdam, for three days of fellowship and informal discussion about the possibility of working together on a joint international service project.
Valley President Rtn David Elwood said later: “Both clubs are keen to identify an appropriate service programme. We have some ideas and shall be exploring them in greater detail in the weeks ahead. Hope Valley is already involved in African aid projects and it may be we can expand those activities.”
During the weekend, the Peak Rotarians visited the Schermer windmill museum, explored the Eilandpolder in an electric boot, made a walking tour of Edam and visited a gallery and sculpture park in Grootschermer dedicated to the work of Nic Jonk.
Social highlight of the visit was dinner at Hoorn’s famous Hendrijke Stoffels restaurant during which the Hope visitors received a formal welcome from Hoorn President Peter de Vries.
David Elwood and Hope Valley twinning officer Jane Weightman replied to the greetings in Dutch.
David was installed as a member of the prestigious Klompenklub of Hoorn and received a pair of miniature clogs to mark the occasion.
The Hoorn President was honoured with membership of the English Silver Spoon Club by Rtn Barrie Campbell, the club’s life president, pictured left with (l-r) Peter de Vries and David Elwood.
There were special thanks during the visit to Jane, who organised the visit for Hope Rotarians and Hoorn Rotarians Ruud Schreijer, Gerrit-Jan van der Drift and Paul Overburg who co-ordinated arrangements in Holland.
Below: Rotarians and their partners from both Hope Valley and Hoorn outside the  windmill museum at Schermer.

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India dream comes true for Valley adventurer

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India dream comes true for Valley adventurer



Adventures on a 4,200-mile tour of parts of the Indian continent seldom seen by western tourists have been outlined to Hope   Valley Rotarians by one of their club’s most enterprising members.


Rotarian Barrie Campbell recently returned after a 10-week tour of parts of   ‘the real India ’ - areas still untouched by mass tourism.


And, on his own admission, Barrie admits that he was not prepared for the ‘staggering culture shock’.


A former president of the Hope Valley club, Barrie was fulfilling a lifelong ambition to travel throughout the length and breadth of India using State Railways, coach and jeep.


India is a country that is still developing and I wanted to explore it before it changed too much,” he said this week. “I wanted to see the real country and its people, not just the honeypot bits on show to the tourist”.


His opportunity to ‘get off the hamster wheel’ came earlier this year  and, with both his children at university, Barrie decided to fly off to Mumbai and to travel around the coast of India as far north as Nepal, as well as visiting the Indian hinterland.


Two of the most enlightening parts of the trip, he says, came with his study of the many faces of the Ganges and experiences of the continent’s various ethnic lifestyles.


A former businessman in Sheffield and president of the British Cutlery and Silverware Association, Barrie is now kept busy responding to requests for talks on his experiences from a variety of local organisations in North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire .


Further information is available from Barrie on 07802 797623

Air ambulance to benefit from Rotary Extravaganza

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Air ambulance to benefit from Rotary Extravaganza


A car that turned heads at this year’s world-famous Italian Mille Miglia will be on show at Hope Valley Rotary Club’s Vintage and Classic Car and Motor-cycle Extravaganza on Sunday, July 29


The stunning 1934 Aston Martin Ulster, one of only 21 ever made, has been owned by Alan Beardshaw from the Peak District since 2004.   The Ulster model was originally designed to race at Le Mans and did so in both 1934 and 35. Alan’s car was built as a road car and was first registered to a Sheffield man.


Alan is pictured at the Modena checkpoint during the 2007 Mille Miglia. His son, Chris, is co-driver.


Also on display will be the 50hp Sheffield Simplex which escaped the recent Sheffield floods due to the prompt action of Kelham Island staff who towed it to the second floor as the flood waters rose to tyre-height.


This year’s show will be staged at Bamford Recreation Ground from mid-day and will feature a wide range of vehicles including veteran, vintage and Edwardian cars as well as post-1960 classics, motor-cycles and scooters.


Several of them will take part in a pre-show fun run to the recreation ground from Carriages Restaurant at Newhaven planned by Rtn Michael Hancock.


Show organiser Malcolm Dungworth said this week: “All the signs are that the show will be as popular as ever with people from over a wide area.”


Sponsors this year include Northside Mercedes and Hatfields Jaguar Cars.


“We are very grateful to them. Without their backing, the show would not be the successful charity fund-raising event it is today,” said Malcolm.


Profits from this year’s show will be used to support the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other deserving causes.


Hope Valley Rotary Club President Alisma Clark and her Rotarian husband, Angus, are both members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

Highest honour for Hope Valley Rotarian

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Highest honour for Hope Valley Rotarian



Hope Valley businessman Ian Charles, a man with an ‘unrivalled record of service to others at home and abroad’, has been awarded Rotary International’s highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship.


Named after the founder of the Rotary movement, the accolade recognises the ‘tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”


Ian, a founder member and past president of Hope Valley Rotary Club, received a standing ovation from fellow Rotarians and guests when news of the award was announced during the club’s Charter dinner at Hassop Hall.


President David Elwood said club records showed that Ian, ‘a modest man who always shunned the spotlight’, had been involved in every major project undertaken by the club since its formation in 1991 and had made an outstanding contribution to aid projects in this country and abroad, particularly The Gambia.


His most recent service had seen him helping to lead the highly successful Bikes4Africa campaign when 400 bicycles, spares and maintenance equipment were sent to schools so that Gambian youngsters no longer had to walk up to 20 km per day in searing heat to get an education.


“Never was this honour more richly deserved,” said David.


Ian, whose business interests include Bradwell Packaging, was presented with his Paul Harris jewel and certificate by Assistant District Governor Gordon McGlone who added a personal gift – a pair of gold bicycle clips.


Ian is pictured (right) with Hope Valley President David Elwood.

Peak Rotarians in Classic car tour

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Peak Rotarians in Classic car tour


Two Peak District motoring enthusiasts and their wives took part in the pioneering  Rotary Classic Cars Conference Tour between Birmingham and Bournemouth which raised £4000 for Barnardo’s


Hope Valley Rotarians Malcolm Dungworth and Michael Hancock were the only local representatives in the 300-mile run, the first of its kind, which included a drive up the historic Prestcott Speed Climb Hill and a spin around the Castle Coombe race circuit.


Mrs Maureen Dungworth and Mrs Valerie Hancock accompanied their husbands during the scenic tour from Birmingham , through the Cotswolds and Hardy Country to Bournemouth where Rotary staged its UK conference.


Mr and Mrs Dungworth of Bamford (pictured right) made the trip in their 1976 MG Midget 1500 while Mr and Mrs Hancock from Baslow travelled in their 1970 Triumph Vitesse Convertible.


As well as drivers from Great Britain , all members of the Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship (an organisation of Rotarians who take an active interest in classic cars), there were entrants from the Netherlands and Belgium .


Malcolm Dungworth heads the organising team for Hope Valley Rotary Club’s annual Vintage and Classic Car Show and Michael Hancock arranges the car run that traditionally precedes the opening of the show on Bamford Recreation ground.

Vintage and Classic Transport Extravaganza

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Vintage and Classic Transport Extravaganza


Hope Valley ’s ever popular vintage and classic car show will be held again this year on Sunday July 29th at the Bamford Recreation Ground. Organiser Malcolm Dungworth is already reporting record entries for both cars and motorcycles.


Once again, a scenic run will be held before the event opens. The 30-mile route starts at Carriages restaurant, Newhaven at 10.30am . Breakfast will be available before that time. Arrangements should be made with Rotarian Karina Guarino on 01298 84528.


Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.


Further information is available from entries secretary Rotarian Chris Kraushaar on 01629 812344.

Rotary meeting went with a bang

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Rotary meeting went with a bang



Several small explosions echoed through the dining room at the Sir Wiliam Hotel, Grindleford, this week, as Noel Cashford talked about his wartime experiences as a bomb and mine disposal officer.


Matlock-based Noel, holder of the MBE and author of three books, created the special effects to demonstrate to Hope Valley Rotarians how unpredictable bombs could be.


He detailed some experiences of working with bombs, sea and parachute mines at various locations – he once defused 57 mines in three days – and revealed how he narrowly escaped seriously injury on a number of occasions.


Rotarians also heard about Noel’s untiring efforts to secure a memorial for 26 Royal Engineers bomb disposal personnel who lost their lives between 1944 and 1953 while clearing landmines from Norfolk’s cliffs and beaches.


The memorial, which features the carcase of a WWII Bomb, was dedicated at Mundesley on Sea, Norfolk, in 2004.


Noel was introduced by Rtn Karina Guarino and thanked by Rtn Brian Knox.


President David Elwood said later: “It was one of the most moving presentations we have ever heard.”

Aid for Gambian health clinic project

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Aid for Gambian health clinic project
Hope Valley Rotarians are backing a Peakland couple’s campaign to raise cash for a much-needed health clinic in one of the poorest parts of The Gambia .
Geoffrey and Julie Henson of Darley Dale are bidding to raise £30,000 to help the desperately poor farming community at Bakang in the northern district of Jokadu.
The clinic will serve 1000 adults and children in part of The Gambia where life has changed little in the past century and the nearest medical aid is a four-hour trek by donkey and cart along dirt roads which completely disappear in the rainy season.
At this week’s Valley club meeting, Geoff and Julie from Stanton Lees described how work was already under way on a single storey building with three wards, consulting rooms, pharmacy, store, toilets and showers. 
Solar panels would be used to power the lighting, refrigeration and sterilisation units as well as to pump clean water from a bore hole to be sunk in the grounds of the clinic. Much of the work would be done by the villagers themselves.
Geoff and Julie, who added a splash of colour to the meeting by wearing traditional Gambian dress, were presented with a cheque for £400 by Valley President David Elwood (pictured centre) with (l to r) Rtn Judy Barker, Julie Henson and Geoffrey Henson.
They were welcomed by Rtn Ron Eyley and thanked by Rtn Mike Green

Russian visitor for Hope Valley Rotarians

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Russian visitor for Hope Valley Rotarians
VIP visitor to Hope   Valley in January was Russian petro-geologist and lecturer at Moscow   State   University Antonina Stoupakova.
She visited the club as guest of Past President and Paul Harris Fellow Jane Weightman.
Antonina, who works for Statoil, was in the country on an intensive two-week programme to improve her English skills devised by Matlock-based Commercial Language Training, the award-winning company headed by Russian graduate Jane. 
Antonina’s visit to the Valley Rotary Club was part of the programme to boost her knowledge of practical English.
She also visited Manchester , walked in the Derbyshire countryside, enjoyed meals out, and was enchanted by the ‘Miss Potter’ film.
Footnote: More Russian visitors are likely to visit the Valley Rotarians in the not-so-distant future. Antonina’s training experiences have so delighted Statoil that they plan to send other employees to the Peak for language-training by CLT.

Rotarians on Outback flying tour

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Rotarians on Outback flying tour

Adventures on a recent 1500-mile flying trip around the Australian Outback were outlined to members of Hope   Valley Rotary Club this week by Peak District pilots Angus and Alisma Clark.

The four-day trip began in Sydney and took in the former major mining centre and trade union stronghold of Broken Hill, Silverton with its artists colony, the white opals capital of White Cliffs and the great historical site of Iandra with its amazing castle.


It also gave Angus and Alisma an opportunity to investigate the Flying Doctor Service which now covers 80 per cent of Australia and from whose bases no patient is more than a two-hour flight away.


The couple are pictured investigating one of the sculptures at the Living Desert Reserve near Broken Hill


Angus and Alisma are both qualified pilots and members of the International Federation of Flying Rotarians, which has members in 50 countries around the world and is dedicated to furthering the ideals of Rotary service through an involvement with aviation.


Members fly their aircraft in mercy and medical emergency missions in all parts of the globe as well as meeting for social get-togethers and flying tours.


Angus recently retired as the Fellowship's world president. He has twice been a Rotary Club President and is now a member of Sheffield Vulcan club.  Alisma is the Hope Valley Club’s senior vice president and will take over the presidential reins at the beginning of July.


They were thanked for their presentation by Rtn Chris Kraushaar.


Meet the Team

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President David is a stockbroker and lives in Bakewell with his partner, Judy, who is an honorary member of the Hope Valley Club.  He is well-known throughout the district as a keen chess player. Judy  is an accomplished bridge player.
Senior Vice President is Rtn Alisma Clark of Calver and Junior Vice President  is Rtn John Wood of Grindleford.
Secretary is Past President Karina Guarino (01298 84528) and Treasurer is Rtn David Brown.
Other committee chairmen are: Rtn Allen Hutchinson (Community Service, Vocational Service and Youth Activities), Rtn Alisma Clark (Club Service), Rtn Frank Hall (Rotary Foundation), Rtn Ron Eyley (Public Relations and IT),  Rtn Keith Jones (Classification and   Membership),Rtn John Wood (Attendance), and Rtn Barrie Campbell (Sergeant at Arms).
‘Service before Self’


President David has chosen the Bakewell-based ‘Helen’s Trust’ as his principal local charity for the coming year but also expects to continue the club’s policy of supporting applications for help from other deserving causes and individuals in the region - particularly young people keen to undertake voluntary work abroad.

Helen’s Trust aims to help people in the district with an incurable illness to stay in their own home by funding whatever support is needed.

Hope Valley Rotarians have a long history of donating substantial sums to projects ranging from MacMillan Nurses, Hope and Homes for Children, the St John Ambulance Brigade, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and the Willow Foundation to international health and educational schemes for children in some of the poorest parts of Zambia and Kenya.


Membership of Rotary is open by invitation to all service-minded men and women committed to the ideals of helping those in need, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations and to working towards world understanding and peace.

Weekly meetings involve a meal and, usually, a guest speaker.

During the year we arrange a series of fund-raising and social events at various venues in the district.

If you’d like to know more about the Hope Valley Club, why not contact us via the secretary (Past President Karina Guarino on 01298 84528) or come along to one of our meetings?
International links:

As part of Rotary’s commitment to the development of international understanding, Hope Valley members have forged a strong link with the Rotary Club of Hoorn De Compagnie just outside Amsterdam. There is an annual exchange visit for members and partners.





This website is maintained by Rtn Ron Eyley & Nick Eyley (01246 590693). Images are by courtesy of Rtn Andrew Eyley.(01246 209818)




Vintage Car Show

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Vintage Car Show 2006

More than £1700 was raised for Helen's Trust, the Bakewell-based charity that helps terminally-ill people to stay in their own homes, from the annual Vintage and Classic Car and Motor Cycle Show on Bamford Recreation Ground.

Top prize for the best car in show went to Mr Ian Blackadder of Sheffield with his 1960 Jaguar XK150.

A regular supporter of the show, Mr Harry Cook of Chesterfield, was awarded the 'best working classic' trophy for his 1969 Morris Minor Traveller and Mr John Bowden of Tunbridge Wells  with his 1973 Bristol 411 won the trophy for the best car entered by a Rotarian.

Mark Farrand of Baslow collected the trophy for the best motor cycle at the show with his 1924 BSA Round Tank - known to enthusiasts everywhere as a 'flying marrow'.

Organiser of the annual show, now a popular event with motoring enthusiasts from over a wide area, is Rtn Malcolm Dungworth.