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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.
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) to 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.
If you would like to find out more about the Club, please use the Contact Us form.
Our regular newsletter is full of information on our activities and if you would like to read it (in pdf format) please click on the attachment below.
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.
April started with a review of the route for the Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-Mile Run. The MOD firing ranges at Hopwas are part of the route, but they are being remodelled this year and the paths across them are closed. For our unofficial 'first run' on Sunday 10th April, a way round them would need to be found. Ann Schwarzenbach and I walked the route on 3rd April and found that the Run's canal section could be extended back to Hademore, adding less than 300 metres and avoiding the ranges. This would prove costly to me as the bike-riding race leader however, as the hawthorn hedges beside the canal had been trimmed and on 'race day' I got so many punctures I needed new inner-tubes - front and rear! The run was a great success and feedback from the twenty-five runners has been very positive. This is due in no small part to Ann, who has put a lot of work into its organisation and generating interest with local running clubs. You can see some great pictures from the run, taken by Robert Yardley, on our website and Facebook page.
March kicked off with the annual Skittles Challenge, at the Hen House in Hednesford, organised by Steve Cartwright. This event was really well supported and a fun evening. The Single Skittle was won by Andrew Sims, the Team Event was won by Team Cartwright and the Wooden Spoon was won by Sam Ellicott. There were several spot prizes during the event for people scoring zero with all three bowls - winning one of these was my only claim to fame.
The Chairman of Lichfield Crime Prevention Panel, Alan Birch, has been presented with the 2015 Community Award by Lichfield St. Chad Rotary Club. Rotary Club President David Stainsby said “Alan has provided twenty-eight years’ service to the local community through his work chairing the Lichfield Crime Prevention Panel. We are delighted to present Alan with this award in recognition of the valuable service he has given.” The award was presented at Lichfield St. Chad Rotary Club’s Christmas Meal at the George Hotel, Lichfield.
One of Lichfield St Chad Rotary Clubs ongoing projects for 2015-2016 will be to continue to support local Schools in obtaining a Defibrillator for use in case of an emergency. The photo shows President David Stainsby presenting the defibrillator to Mark Walker from Lichfiled Trent Valley Community First Responder Group.
November was Rotary Foundation Month. It was also a tumultuous month. We started off with Caroline Kerr telling us about her plans for St Mary’s, in Market Square. A talk which included a quiz on four items from St Mary’s museum. No-one got all four correct!
August began with a visit to Chambers Ford, in Sutton Coldfield. During my duties at this year's Cars in the Park, I was invited to their showroom to draw the winning raffle ticket for the Chambers' entry in the Monte Carlo or Bust banger rally. To enter the rally the car must be worth no more than £300 and all proceeds go to charity. Chambers' charity is Cure Leukemia for Kids and Lichfield St Chad have donated £500. This whole event can be seen in a write-up in last week's Mercury, complete with a picture of the car, its two drivers, and Danielle Howes, the Chambers Ford Marketing Manager.
Following a presentation by Steve Dayman MBE at a recent meeting, we have recieved the attached in recognition of our donation of £400
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.
July started at a fast pace. Over seven days I was involved in the following events; first I was honoured to receive the presidency of the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad in the Handover from (now Past) President Keith Eagland, then the Mother Club had their Handover for President David Mayes, and then our own Cars in the Park event kicked off with two days of marking out and setting up, two days of the event itself and one day of clearing away. In the middle of all this was the District Handover for District Governor Paul Jaspal. Unfortunately, my work commitments meant that I could not attend this event, but in met Paul and his wife Bala at Cars in the Park and he is coming to the Club on 11th August.
Well here we are at the end of another Rotary year, the last time that you will have the dubious pleasure of reading my monthly ramblings.
My first thoughts are those of thanks; thanks to the Club's members for allowing me to be President, thanks to president Keith for inducting me, and thanks to the Club's Committees, Secretary and Treasurer for supporting me.
In the year ahead I intend to form a closer relationship between Lichfield St Chad and Lichfield New Rotary. This is our future and the future of Rotary. I also intend to continue the progress Pres. Keith made in forming closer links with the Mother Club. Key to achieving these twin objectives will be the social activities of each club. I would like to see greater inter-club support for events - let's remember that we do this for fun and the more we get involved, the more others are encouraged to join in.
May has been a strange month for me as far as Rotary is concerned. Not only was the month blighted by another Bank Holiday there were changes to the original programme enforced upon us due to unforeseen circumstances. We kicked off the month on the 5th with a really interesting talk from our newest member Andrew Maw. Andrew spoke to us about the Judiciary, it was both humorous and serious in equal measurers. One thing is for sure Andrew has got a wealth of stories left that will trigger a further talk at a later date.
Pupils from The Friary School have won their classes in a recent Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad photographic competition. The theme was "light up the community" and the judges considered each youngster's three entries based on technical merit; content and composition; imagination and style.
The month got of with a bang, with the Skittles evening on the 3rd. A really good evening with great Fellowship for those that attended. It is now part of our clubs diary of events to be held annually. So well organised by Steve Cartwright. Our 10 pin bowling champion Julian also became the Skittles champion, congratulations Julian.
Well would you believe it, here we are at the end of January already. I think it must be true that time passes ever more quickly when you are having fun.
Since last summer Lichfield New Rotary has been planning the first project of the club.
After a bit of deliberation we decided to support Talent Match – a Big Lottery funded project to support 18-24 year olds into employment. The youngsters will typically have been out of work for at least 12 months and in some cases may never have worked.
My month started in very poor fashion still suffering from “The Gout” which I wouldn’t wish on anyone. However on Sunday the 2nd Sid Harlow and I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Disabled Sports event in Coventry. It was a real tonic to attend, I was amazed how many people attended. All the competitors were so committed to their various events. The desire to win was very clear to see.
One of Lichfield St Chad Rotary Clubs ongoing projects for 2014-2015 will be to continue to support local Schools in obtaining a Defibrillator for use in case of an emergency.