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Memorial to a much loved Valley Rotarian

Eva Ollerenshaw, who spent most of her long life in Castleton before her death, is to be remembered with a hand-crafted, solid oak bench. The bench has been placed by the roadside leading to Winnats Pass, in sight of Castleton's famous medieval 'Peveril Castle' . Eva donated the land named Arthurs Way to the people of Castleton, as a memorial to her late husband.

The bench has been produced and installed by members of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley. Eva was a long-serving Hope Valley Rotarian and received the organisationís highest accolade, a Paul Harris Fellowship, in recognition of her outstanding service to individuals and organisations all over the world.

Valley Rotarian Eva Ollerenshaw when she received her Paul Harris Fellowship award

Valley Rotarian, Ian Charles PHF, who along with Valley Rotarian Malcolm Dungworth PHF, regularly chauffeured Eva to our Rotary meetings when she was losing her health. It was Ian Charles who conceived the idea of having a bench placed on Arthurs Way, close to Winnats Pass in memory of Eva. Sadly Ian died in March. Out of respect for Ian Charles, who was one of nature's gentleman, Valley Rotarian Ian Ord decided to take over Ian's project, and build the oak bench after obtaining the necessary permissions to have it placed on Arthurs Way.

President Andrew Campbell and Les Lennon PHF slowly drop the bench into place:

Andrew & Ian trying out the bench for the first time.

If you think that slightly glumful Andrew looks as if he's soaked through to the skin - you are correct!

The seat, which carries an inscribed plaque, was formally unveiled, in a simple ceremony watched by representatives of Evaís family, residents of Castleton and members of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley. Eva's son, Graham Ollerenshaw said: "Eva would have be proud to know that Rotary has dedicated this bench to her, and would be pleased that such large numbers of people can enjoy this bench, on land my mother gave to commemorate my father."

Back row: Lee Charles, Peter Harrison, Ron Eyley PHF, Graham Ollerenshaw.

Front Row: Lesley Ollerenshaw, Deborah Charles, Alisma Clarke PHF

Honorary Valley Rotarian Ron Eyley PHF, told those gathered for the ceremony: ďItís impossible to catalogue all the work Eva did for so many people, both locally, nationally and internationally. She was a true philanthropist and a great Rotarian who was totally committed to the Rotary Club ethic of putting service before self.

Peter Harrison, a senior and respected member of , Castleton's community  also gave a short speech, saying: "That for many years to come, walkers will benefit from this gesture to commemorate Eva. I give thanks for the foresight of placing the bench half way up Arthurs Way. When you get to my age you need such benches; preferably  every 50 yards."