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Lichfield St Chad
Welcome the Rotary Club of Lichfield St.Chad
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad (led this year by our President, David Ratcliffe) is a friendly, informal group of 22 or so people from all walks of life and is one of two Rotary clubs in Lichfield.
The Club has served the community of Lichfield for over thirty-six years, raising much needed funds for many local charities and running projects to foster community spirit and to encourage the talents of our young people. In addition, we also support Rotary's international causes which make change on a global scale - the eradication of Polio through Rotary's Polio-Plus campaign being just one example of many. The Club organises a number of local fund raising and social activities throughout the year, the most prominent of which is the well established ‘Cars in the Park’ event that in 2016 raised over £32,000 for Rotary charities and the other main charities involved in the event. In addition we have the Cathedral to Castle Run and the Ride4Health events which although relatively new to the club's calendar have successfully raised even more funds for our good causes.
We are also pleased to have a thriving Interact Club (one of over 20,000 round the world), based at the Friary School. This enthusiastic group of young people meets regularly and arranges various activities throughout the year to raise funds for good causes.
You can be assured of a very warm welcome if you come along to one of our weekly meetings (listed under the 'Events' button at the top left-hand of this page) where you can find out more about who we are and what we do and, more importantly, experience the fellowship of a unique group of people who put a lot into their Rotary life and also get a lot out of it.
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The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad propose setting a new branch of Rotary in the Lichfield area. Currently a number of suitable venues are being assessed, where informal fortnightly meeting could be held.
Here are the dates for our key fundraising events this year:
9th April Cathedral to Castle Run (on 2 feet)
21st May Ride4Health (on 2 wheels)
1st & 2nd July Cars in the Park (on 4 wheels)
Lichfield St. Chad Rotary has held an annual fundraising event known as Cars in the Park that in 2017 will be the 20th Anniversary. The venue for this now nationally recognised event is Beacon Park in Lichfield. Car Clubs and individuals are invited to attend and full details are available on-line at www.carsinthepark.com
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St. Chad inaugurated a Speaking Competition for secondary schools in the Lichfield District Council Area and this has expanded to be supported by the Local MP, Michael Fabricant and Arthur Price of England and schools from with the Lichfield Constituency. This competition is highly thought of by the schools participating and the standard of debate of a very high standard and at times controversial.
Whilst Rotary prides itself in being ‘for’ and helping local communities in which the Club is based, Rotary also is involved with many International Projects helping countries and people less fortunate than ourselves here in the UK.
Polio Eradication ‘This Close’
Unless you are of a certain age or ethnicity, you may not be aware that the crippling disease of Polio is still active and a threat to us all, ‘only a flight away’.
This year will see the second Rotary Ride 4 Health following the successful ride last May. Once again Lichfield St. Chad Rotary Club will be supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with this cycle ride, in conjunction with the Curborough Sprint Circuit, and with help from Tesco PLC , the Lichfield Round Table, the Staffordshire First Responders, and assisted by the Lichfield City Council, Lichfield District Council, and Staffordshire County Council.
As a member of Rotary you enjoy ‘putting something back into the community’, whilst having fun with a purpose, and very rarely expect (if at all) to get any formal recognition. However in the case of David Cross (one of St Chad's most recent members), he was suitably surprised and honoured at a Christmas Dinner function to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship Award presented by the President of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton St Georges, Ed Isaacs for his outstanding contribution to Rotary and charity projects in the Wolverhampton area. David has only recently transferred from St G
Last December the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad again sponsored 24 young children from Queen’s Croft High School, Lichfield to ensure they had a great day out at Drayton Manor Park, complete with snow, free rides and a chance to have lunch with Santa Claus and each receive a present. The photo shows letters of appreciation from some of the Queen’s Croft children.
We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Lichfield, Tamworth and Tamworth Anker, Lichfield St Chad is organising a brand new 10 mile multi-terrain running event starting at the Cathedral and finishing at Tamworth Castle on 9th April.
The route over multiple types of terrain, actually starts in Beacon Park, Lichfield, and finishes in the grounds of Tamworth Castle. More details can be seen on the website at www.c2crun.co.uk.
President David's Mid-Term Review
With the Rotary Year at its halfway point it is time to reflect on the past six months and to look forward to the remainder of my year as Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad President.
Our amazing Interact Club has been very busy over the period leading up to Christmas. They collected 126 teddy bears and soft toys (occupying a volume of 1 cubic metre!), which have been sent to the Teddy Bear Trust for dsitribution to children around the world. They also held a 'Christmas Jumper Day' at the school, where students made a small donation for wearing silly jumpers on the day. This raised a total of £105 which has been sent to Save The Children.
The next project for 2017 is a Photo Booth, so watch this space!
John Miles of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project came along to deliver an update on the project since his last visit to the club earlier this year. The project provides eye hospitals in Africa and India, and provides the specialist equipment, training of surgeons and staff, and many other aspects of improving the eyesight of millions of people - the best of which is a simple operation to remove cataracts (over 100,000 each year).
A great fellowship evening was spent at Strykers Bowling in Tamworth this week, organised by Steve Cartwright (who, incidentally, won the top trophy, seen here inspecting it with a view to putting in for for a valuation on Flog It!). An action shot of Andrew sending the ball straight down the middle is accompanied by Judy receiving the wooden spoon from President David, and Joan, who won the ladies' trophy.
The club's 36th Charter Night was held at Drayton Manor Park on the 9th September. In attendance were four Founding Members; Sid Harlow, Sam Ellicott, Ray Wright and Peter Thorne.
Cars in the Park has been run by Lichfield St. Chad Rotary for around 17 years and has gradually grown to become the largest event of its type in the country. This year's event proved to be our most successful ever with around 1,000 'single entry' vehicles, 974 car club vehicles and more dealers than we have had in the past. Although the final accounts are not completed, the total raised across the main charities looks like being £31,700 - a fantastic total - thank you to all who donated.