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President Andrew has a surprise up his sleeve!

On Saturday 19th July a band of Hope Valley Rotarians accompanied President Andrew to visit Dukes Barn. A charitable outdoor activity centre based in Beeley, in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

We were welcomed by trustees The Reverend Michael Gowdy and Ms Mary Pearson, plus Graham Jones Head of Centre. Valley Rotarians spent an enjoyable 90 minutes touring around the centre and the outdoor activity area, before returning to the conference room for drinks and sandwiches.   However Mary, Rev Michael and Graham were in for two surprises. The first being a cheque:

Recently we were told that late Hope Valley Rotarian Eva Ollerenshaw PHF, had left an amount of money to be given to a charity of our President's choice. President Andrew decided to pass half of Rtn Eva's bequest to Dukes Barn.

A smiling President Andrew presents Mary with a bequest from Eva.

But there's more - surprise number two: Each new Rotary year our newly elected president nominates the charity he/she wants our club to support. This 2013/14 year President Andrew told Mary, Rev Michael and Graham that he has nominated Dukes Barn to be his 'charity of choice'.  Thus, during the forthcoming year our fundraising activities will mainly centre around Dukes Barn - although we will, as ever, also continue to support a range of local, national and international charities,  

Valley Rotarian Chris Kraushaar pits himself against the Dukes Barn obstacle course:

The  aim of the Dukes Barn education trust, is to ensure that all young people, regardless of ability, special need or disadvantage, are given the opportunity to experience quality outdoor education, in a safe environment, to improve not only their physical fitness but also their confidence and self esteem. Enabling them to meet the challenges of everyday life, today and in the future.  Information about Dukes Barn can be found on: