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Matlock Rotary Club Awards Community Grants

Matlock Rotary Club has recently approved four Community Grants to projects in the Matlock area.

Bryn Apperley, the Vice-Chairman of Matlock Town Football Club, received a grant for his sterling efforts in organising a Christmas Day Dinner, for around 20-25 elderly people in the Matlock area, who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. The three course meal will be provided on Christmas Day in the club lounge at Matlock Town Social Club.

The Do Something Different Club, represented by Christine Smith, Sadie Packard and David Brown received a grant to cover the costs of funding drivers who provide transport for the club members. The Do Something Different Club is an out and about lunch club for those who are housebound in the Matlock area and has about 20 members. Drivers pick the club members up from home and take them back after their trip out.

Darley Dale Primary School, represented by David Monkhouse and Michelle Waters, received a grant towards a defibrillator to be installed on the school’s outer boundary wall, enabling the community to also have access to it. This vital piece of equipment will save people’s lives who have suffered from a heart attack.

Limelight Friendship Group is for the over 60s in the Matlock area and it provides refreshments and activities such as board games, crafts, indoor bowls and visiting speakers. The group aims to encourage lonely isolated older people to come out of their homes, to make friends and enjoy a variety of activities for free. The grant awarded by Matlock Rotary Club will enable the group to buy some exercise equipment and help with costs of running the club.

A presentation evening was held at Matlock Town Social Club on December 13th, where cheques were handed over and the applicants had the opportunity to meet the President of Matlock Rotary Club and fellow Rotarians.

A total of five Community Grants have been awarded this year and further applications are welcome. Please visit the Matlock Rotary Club web site for further details or contact Peter Wigglesworth on Matlock 56259.

Paul Edwards, the President of Matlock Rotary Club said “I am very pleased to be giving grants to local community projects. This is what the Rotary Club is about. We raise money during the year at various events and collections and we give it back to worthwhile projects.”

Left to right, Bryn Apperley and Paul Edwards

Left to right, David Brown, Christine Smith, Sadie Packard and Paul Edwards

Left to right, David Monkhouse, Michelle Waters and Paul Edwards

Left to right, Bryn Apperley, David Brown, Christine Smith, Sadie Packard, David Monkhouse, Michelle Waters, Paul Edwards and Peter Wigglesworth

Matlock Rotary Club Helps Starkholmes Village Hall

Matlock Rotary Club recently launched a Community Grant Scheme and is pleased to announce that the first Community Grant has been awarded to Starkholmes Village Hall.

The Village Hall needed to replace its folding tables with a brand new set, including a trolley for moving them in and out of storage. A total of 14 tables were purchased and these will be used at events held at the Village Hall.

Matlock Rotary Club was asked if it could provide funding through its Community Grant Scheme (see web site matlockrotary.com) and as the application met the grant criteria it was approved and the tables and trolley were purchased.

Starkholmes Village Hall Committee thanked the Matlock Rotary Club for their grant at a recent visit by a Rotary Club member to see the tables and present a cheque for £725.60(grant and donation).

Photo1  Peter Wigglesworth, of Matlock Rotary Club, presents a cheque to Denise Peck

Photo 2 Left to right Mark Wilson, Annette French, Denise Peck, David Peck, all from Starkholmes Village Hall, assemble the tables.


Highfields Students Win Bursary Awards From Matlock Rotary Club

Matlock Rotary Club has been giving bursary awards for the last 6 years to students at Highfields School, Matlock

The bursaries are intended to give students a helping hand towards the costs of studying at university, which can amount to a figure of many thousands of pounds over the completion of a course.This year, two bursary awards were made to Rebecca Lowrie, who is studying Mathematics with Spanish, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and Mark Thornley, who is studying Quantity Surveying at Nottingham Trent University. Mark also has been recruited by Balfour Beatty as an apprentice.The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Paul Edwards, visited Highfields School on “A” level results day, to confirm that the bursary applicants received the results that they needed to attend their courses and to congratulate them with their successPaul Edwards said “It is very rewarding to be helping students at the beginning of their university life.” 

Photo1 President Paul Edwards presents a bursary award to Mark Thornley

Photo 2  President Paul Edwards presents a bursary award to Rebecca Lowrie

16th Annual Dovedale Dipper 

This annual event took place on Sunday 5th August and despite temperatures of 27 degrees a great day was had by all without injury or loss of any competitors.  Good turn out from some running clubs - see below - so thanks for that - they helped make up a total of over 400 entries.  Many thanks to all Rotarians and other helpers who made the day possible.    We should have raised a goodly sum for the British Skin Cancer charity.

Here are the runners at the 15 mile start

LongEaton Running Club

Kenilworth Athletics Club

and Glossopdale Harriers 


Best car at Ashover: Well done John Gregory of Kilburn, near Derby, awarded 'best car' at the 2018 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show with his 1962 Austin Healey 3000.  Trophy presented by Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary president Ron Enock.


Best bike at Ashover: Congratulations to Jess Bamford of Codnor who won 'best bike' at the 2018 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show with his very rare 1929 Indian 4 1260cc American motor bike. Trophy presented by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson.


There is a video of the presentations on facebook.


Paul Edwards, former Ofsted Inspector, police officer and ex-headteacher of Wirksworth Junior School, is the new President of Matlock Rotary Club for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.

Paul was installed as President at the Club Meeting on Monday 2nd July held at The Remarkable Hare in Matlock.

Paul said that his main objectives for the Matlock Club during his Presidential year are to:

  • Celebrate our 91st anniversary year with successful fund raising, socials and fun within the community

  • Involve the club in a major local project – details to be released later and to become more involved with local schools

  • Continue our well known and highly successful programme of events

    • Ashover & Cromford Classic Car & Bike Shows

    • Dovedale Dipper 26 & 16 Mile Challenge Runs & Walks

    • Matlock Victorian Market Mulled Wine Stall

  • Enhance links with local schools and other organisations.

The 35strong Matlock Rotary Club meet on Monday evenings at the Remarkable Hare, Dale Road, Matlock and are always looking to meet people who might be interested in helping out occasionally at events or becoming a Club member – just Google Matlock Rotary Club for details.

Other officers for the new Rotary year, are President Elect Phil Pegg and Vice President, Tom Moloney.

Photo: Left to right – Vice President Tom Moloney, President Paul Edwards and President Elect Phil Pegg

40 Not Out

Ian Garritty, of Megdale, Matlock has received an award from Matlock Rotary Club for being a member of the club for an amazing 40 years.

Ian joined Matlock Rotary Club in 1978 when Matlock was a centre for textile manufacturing and limestone quarrying, beer was 43p a pint and petrol cost 76.5p a gallon.

Ian has attended the club regularly over his 40 years of membership and was President of the club in 1992.

Ian Garritty receives his long service award from the Matlock Rotary Club President, Julian Hammond 

Cracking Classic Cars at Cromford

Four years ago, Matlock Rotary Club and Matlock Rugby Club took a punt at organising a classic car and bike show, not knowing whether it would be a success. It has now grown into an established show and attracts visitors and exhibitors from far and wide.

This year’s show, held on June 17th, at Cromford Meadows, drew in over 200 classic cars and around 20 classic motorbikes. Visitor numbers were over two thousand and everyone had a great time.

A lovely carnival atmosphere was provided by Ashover Band playing popular brass band music.

The funds raised by the show go towards developing the facilities at Matlock Rugby Club and funding Rotary projects in the community, such as the Highfields School Bursary Award, or helping charities and good causes.

The best car in the show was awarded to Dave Bull of Chesterfield, the proud owner of an immaculate 1949 Buick Dyna Flow.

The best motorbike in the show was awarded to Jon Lambley, of Matlock, who owns a beautifully restored 1949 Vincent Series B Rapide.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said “I am delighted by the support that we have had for the show and I would like to thank the organisers, our partner, Matlock Rugby Club, all the exhibitors and stallholders, and the children’s ride providers for making this show a success.”

Photos below

1. The winning car, 1949 Buick

2. The winning motorbike, 1949 Vincent B Rapide

3. Cars at the show

4 and 5 The President Julian Hammond awarding the trophies to the winners - 

Dave Bull in the white shirt 

 Jon Lambley in the black shirt

KES students Joseph and James

Report of recent Visit to Kenya made by Rotarians Simon Brister and John Pearce

The report is available at


The Rotary Clubs in the Derbyshire Dales are setting up a new 'satellite' club for men and women around the 25-45 age group. If you care about the community, if you want to make a difference and make new friends come to the open evening at the Remarkable Hare Dale Road Matlock on 1st May 5pm - 7.30 pm,

email dalesrotary@hotmail.com for more details
It could change your life.

Rotary Club of Matlock Supporting

The End Polio Now Campaign

 The Rotary Club of Matlock recently teamed up with McDonald’s on Bakewell Road, Matlock to plant 2000 crocus corms. Just before Easter, the crocuses provided a wonderful display of purple in the McDonalds roadside garden. 

Since 1954, when the  polio vaccine developed by Dr Jonas Salk to immunise children came into common use, the number of children crippled by polio has been reduced from over 350,000 worldwide per year to under 10 this year to date and polio is now found in only three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan

However, until polio has been completely eradicated, there will always be a risk that the disease will spread once more, especially to areas which are difficult for volunteer immunisation teams to go into due to wars and conflicts.

When a young child is immunised, their little finger is dipped into a purple dye so that the health workers can see who has been immunised from this terrible disease.

The purple crocus has been adopted by Rotary as the symbol for “The End Polio Now” initiative, each crocus representing one child that will not suffer a life-time of pain and suffering through polio.

The End Polio Now initiative, started by Rotary International, is fully supported by the World Health Organisation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government and Rotary Clubs throughout the world.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said “We would like to thank the management team at McDonald’s in Matlock for allowing us to do the planting and we are pleased to see the fine display of purple crocuses”

If you are interested in joining Rotary in Matlock, please contact us through Facebook or on www.matlockrotary.org

Photo: Purple crocuses at McDonald’s, Matlock

Matlock Rotary Club Celebrates 90 Years


On March 19th, at the Matlock Golf Club Clubhouse, the Rotary Club of Matlock celebrated its 90th year. Traditionally, the charter night celebrates the birth of the club and this year it was a special occasion as only a few Rotary clubs have been in existence for 90 years.

The clubhouse was full, despite the recent snowy weather, and guests enjoyed an excellent meal, followed by entertaining and witty speeches from the Club President, Julian Hammond, the President Elect, Paul Edwards, and the Past District Governor Gordon McGlone.

The guest speaker was Rod Shiers, a former solicitor, who gave an amusing talk about his passion for sailing and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

The Mayor of Matlock, Anne Elliot, attended on behalf of the Matlock Town Council.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond, said “I enjoyed the charter night celebrations very much. Everything went to plan. We had excellent food, great company and well timed, witty speeches. All round it was a brilliant way to celebrate Matlock Rotary Club’s 90th year and I would like to thank the charter night organisers for doing a terrific job”

Photo:  Left to right, Rod Shiers, President Julian Hammond and Mayor Anne Elliot

Matlock Rotary Club Community Grant

Matlock Rotary Club has launched a new community grant scheme.

Up to £500 may be awarded to a Matlock based organisation or community group, provided that the grant would be beneficial to the community.

An application form and terms of reference may be downloaded from this  website 

Preference will be given to projects with matched funding and applicants have to demonstrate their financial soundness.

Up to £2,500 has been made available and each application will be assessed on its merits.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond, said “I am very pleased to be introducing this community grant scheme. Helping the local community is a core principle of the Matlock Rotary Club. It is hoped, through the grant scheme, that the community will benefit in many different ways, depending on the type of applications received.”

See link above for details

Rotary helps AGE UK 

Matlock Rotary Club recently took part in a day’s collecting at Matlock Sainsbury’s on behalf of the local branch of AgeUK.

It took place on Sunday 14th of January, 2018 and Sainsbury’s proved to be quite busy as £314 was collected from customers shopping at the store.

The funds raised were given to Shirley Shaw, Chair of the Matlock branch of AgeUK and will be used towards the cost of giving out food hampers over Christmas 2018.

AgeUK, with help from Matlock Rotary Club, every year arrange for food parcels to be given to elderly people in the Matlock area and last year 48 food parcels were distributed to those in greatest need.

The food parcels are greatly appreciated and it is also a way of keeping in touch with vulnerable elderly people over the Christmas period.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said “  It is very rewarding to be involved with helping elderly people in need over the Christmas period. Giving food parcels is a hands on way of looking after vulnerable elderly people in the community and the club is pleased to be helping AgeUK with this scheme. “

Mulled Wine Festive Fundraising

Since 1997, Matlock Rotary Club has been brewing mulled wine for the Matlock Victorian Christmas Market. It is made in to a secret recipe but includes wine (from France), cider, spices and orange juice. After all these years brewing, it is a drink of special perfection and is much enjoyed by visitors to the Victorian Christmas Market.

Matlock Rotary Club has a corner pitch in the same place every year and visitors from far and wide seek out a cup of mulled wine, before and after shopping in the market.

The regular customers and the Rotary Club helpers ensure that the stall is kept busy throughout the three days of the market.

All the profits from sales of the mulled wine, go to local good causes and worthwhile charities. This year a grand total of £2,800 was raised, which is a terrific figure.

Matlock Rotary Club will be back again next year, enjoying being part of the Matlock Victorian Christmas Market.

Julian Hammond, President of the Club said “I would like to thank the public for their great support and thank those who provided help. It has been another great success taking part in the Matlock Victorian Christmas Market and we look forward to returning in 2018. ”


 Rotarians enjoying their time at the mulled wine stall


We offer our time, expertise and financial aid to deserving persons and causes locally, nationally and internationally – we have raised and distributed £82,000 since July 2013.


Age Concern (Matlock) & Age UK                                                950

Aquabox                                                                                8286

Ashgate Hospice                                                                 1608

Bakewell Community Transport                            500

Bloodwise (Blood Cancer Research)                               100

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice                                  1600

Breast Cancer Now                                                             3902

Bridge2Aid                                                                            300

Cerebral Palsy                                                                      3000

Church in the Peak                                                             500

Defibrillator for Matlock                                                       1800

Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation                           200

Derbys, Leics & Rutland Air Ambulance                         2500

Dictionary 4 Life (Junior Schools)                                                1961

Dukes Barn                                                                           100

Ebola Appeal                                                                                    500

Fairplay Children’s Disability Support                             300

First Taste Charity                                                                2650

Flood appeals in the UK                                                     600

Greenaway Workshop                                                        5240

Helen’s Trust                                                                                    150

Highfields School & Student Bursaries                           6200

Italian & New Zealand Earthquake Appeals                  800

Kenyan Educational Support (KES)                                4400

KidsAid                                                                                  250

Limestone Way                                                                    2000

Local Children with Problems (Seven)                            3100

Matlock Junior Football                                                      100

Matlock Talking News                                                         2250

Mercy Ships                                                                          500

NGS Macmillan                                                                    1250

Nepal Fishtail Project & Flood Appeal                             1600

Pantomime Trip for Local Children                                   67

Photo Competition for Junior Schools                             60

  Prostate Cancer UK                                                                        4124

Rainbows Children’s Hospice                                          1800

Riding for the Disabled (Tansley)                                     1000

Rotary Club of Guildford Eye Project                               200

Rotary Foundation                                                              6763

Rotary Polio Eradication                                                     1821

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)                      220

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)                      4000

Sand Dams in Africa                                                           1500

ShelterBox Disaster Relief                                                 600

Village Aid                                                                             250

If you like what we do, why don’t you come and join us?                  


At a time when trees appear to be getting felled all over Matlock, to provide fuel for log burning stoves, to improve a view and to allow housing developments to take place, it is very important to encourage and take part in new tree planting.

Trees are great for the environment. They provide habitats for wildlife, soften the landscape and help reduce pollution by giving out oxygen.

In response to a National Tree Challenge, launched by Rotary International (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, Matlock Rotary Club has carried out a local tree planting scheme.

Forty five trees have been planted at Rowsley South Station, on land owned by Peak Rail.

The trees are part of a nationwide Rotary initiative to plant a tree for every Rotary Club member, and there are 47,000 members.

If each member planted a tree, it would be the equivalent of a forest the size of one hundred football pitches.

The trees will enhance the environment of Rowsley South Station and were planted in conjunction with Peak Rail.

The President of Matlock Rotary Club, Julian Hammond said “It is great to be involved with planting trees in the Matlock area. I would like to thank our members for their efforts, thank Peak Rail for coming forward with a tree planting site and helping with the planting, and I look forward to seeing the trees improve the visitor experience and landscape of Rowsley South Station”.


Rotarians enjoying tree planting at Rowsley South Station

Social Evening at Remarkable Hare

Fantastic Classical guitarist entertained Members and Guests at a splendid buffet evening at the Remarkable Har,  Thanks to Richard Haslam for his music and of course Simon and the staff for the Remarkably good food.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

21st January - Global Scholar Fumika Yoshimoto talks about Hiroshima

Monday 21st January 19.00

21st January - Global Scholar Fumika Yoshimoto talks about Hiroshima

Fumika Yoshimoto is a Rotary Global Scholar studying at Sheffield and she comes from her home city of Hiroshima. She will talk about being a Global Scholar as well as the aftermath of the WW2 bombing. She will be supported by AG Alex Ritchie

Monday 28th January 19.00

Business followed by Council

Monday 4th February 19.00

Speaker Meeting (John S to arrange)

Monday 11th February 19.00

11th Feb - Rotarian Ruth Fantom talking about Memory Cafes

18th Feb - Speaker  Charlie Hill  'From  Cattle to Cruising'

Monday 18th February 19.00

18th Feb - Speaker Charlie Hill 'From Cattle to Cruising'

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