JULY 2017

Sunday 2nd. The Annual Five A Side Football Competition.  This was again held on the JCB Sports Ground and hosted 104 teams throughout the day whose ages ranged from 7 to 14; over 250 matches were organised on a league basis. A major fund raiser for the Club contributing nearly £6k to our coffers

Tuesday 4th. Handover Meeting. Our incoming President Dave Rushton was formally presented with the Club’s regalia. Anita Thomas-Epple, also stepped up to the role of Senior Vice and David Chapman  received the regalia as our new Junior Vice President.

Tuesday 11th. Guy Collins of the Wonderdale Care visited us to explain his plans for a Dementia Day Care Centre. THe location will be in the Great Gate area and the Club has expressed its intention to support this activity.

Tuesday 18th. Our guest this evening was David Trenery, a founder member of Uttoxeter Fairtrade. David explained the guidelines that were involved in making Uttoxeter a Fairtrade Town and welcomed the support already expressed by the Club.

Tuesday 21st.  Tonight we welcomed Rachel Kilford a Guide who had been chosen to join a Team visiting Zambia in August.  Rachael explained the activities they would be involved with, mainly developing the support given to women in Zambia.

Tuesday 28th.


Tuesday 1st. Ken Wagstaff, District Foundation Chairman was our guest for the evening. Ken explained some of the background to Our Charity and also the basis on which Grants could be made to causes we support.

Tuesday 8th. One of the Charities chosen for our support has been Halfrida House. This is a local organisation which provides care as a Women’s Refuge. The speakers explained the background to the Charity and how they are able to support women in crisis.

Tuesday15th. A Fellowship evening with entertainment in the form of a Balloon Debate, chaired by Norman Tweddle and ably supported by four selected Members. Whilst their cases were plausible the inevitable survivor was our President.

Tuesday 22nd.  A visit had been organised to the Beamhurst Museum.  This is located on the edge of Uttoxeter and provides an excellent history of the Town in the form of its many artefacts. Members and Partners subsequently returned to The White Hart for a Buffet

Tuesday 29th. No Meeting following the Bank Holiday


Tuesday 5th. This was a Scatter Week with Members visiting, Burton, Ashbourne, Blythe Bridge, Stafford and Stone.

Tuesday 12th. This was an opportunity to review the organisation of the Five A Side Football.  It is now well established and obtaining enough Entries and the logistics of preparing the ground and equipment needs little changing.  Support on the Day,  both by Members and other organisations, is key and needs only maintaining.  The one concern is availability of the ground, but with contacts at JCB it was felt that this would not be an issue.

Tuesday 19th A Business Meeting, reviewing the events leading up to Christmas.

Tuesday 26th. This evening was spent at the Wat Mahathat Buddhist Temple near Kings Bromley. Following a Thai based meal the Head Monk gave a talk on the background to establishing the Temple, and also an insight into their activities.


Tuesday 3rd Tonight our Guest was the District Governor, Carol Reilly. She gave a brief review of the plans at District level for 2017-18 and was also very supportive of our plans for the year.

Saturday 7th. Charter Night, this year moved to the Town Hall with Woodland Catering looking after our needs.  The Hall was well filled with 130 Rotarians and Guests and following the traditional speeches we were entertained by Julie Hibberd with anecdotes and songs.

Tuesday 10th Chris Belyavin from the Donna Louise Trust updated the Club on its activities. This is a well established local Charity which we have supported many times in the past.

Tuesday 17th An evening of fellowship, livened by a quiz from our newest Member, Roy Smith.  This tested our culinary knowledge with samples of various spices and herbs, as well as names of lesser known dishes. Challenging and entertaining.

Tuesday 24th Our guests were from the Midland Air Ambulance service. The Club were surprised to learn that it is entirely funded by donation with no support from the NHS. The service cover six counties, has the facility of three helicopters and requires over £9m each year to run it

Tuesday 31st It was the turn of our two RYLA candidates to return to the Club and report on their experiences.  As always the comments were complimentary of the organisation and the benefits gained in learning the need for teamwork as well as gaining in confidence.


Tuesday 7th Our venue for this evening was the Rollercoaster Restaurant at Alton Towers. A totally new experience with our meals being delivered on an overhead Rollercoaster system. Menu selection was critical to ensure nothing was spilt. This was followed by brief talk on the logistics and management of this operation, with hotels catering for over 500 people.

Tuesday 14th A Fellowship evening, enlivened by a novel quiz.  Three Members had submitted a few trivia in their lives, which were the mixed up.  Members then had to guess to whom the trivia related. Quite revealing!

Tuesday 21st It was the turn of one of our newer Members, Kevin Crawford, to give his “My Job Talk” . A fascinating story of his rise in the Public Transport industry.

Tuesday 28th A very full Business meeting, as the usual  at this time of the year. Chairmen reported on recent activities, the Accounts for 2016-17 were adopted, Officers for 2017-18 approved and the extensive Christmas programme discussed.


Tuesday 5th. Our guest for the evening was the Pastor of the Renew Pentecostal Church, Matthew Murray.  Matthew spoke of his early life and the events which lead him to Uttoxeter and his role in this community.  This also includes visits to a number of countries both in Asia and Africa supporting needy causes.

Saturday 9th to Friday 22nd.  During this period Santas Sleigh was in action. This included Saturday 9th at Waitrose and Saturday 16th & Friday 22nd at Tesco.  The evenings in between saw the Santa touring various estates around the Town, with Members making a door to door collection.  Unfortunately the early part of the first week saw frost and snow, making conditions underfoot treacherous and two sessions were cancelled. The final total collected was over £4,000

Tuesday 12th The Annual Christmas Party, this year held at “The Parks”. Oganised by the JVP, David Chapman, it included a Dinner from an excellent menu, followed by entertainment by certain Members.  This did include some references to the President, but in a very charitable manner!

Tuesday 19th The final Meeting of the year, held in fellowship at The White Hart.and including a three course Christmas meal.   

Tuesday 26th. No Meeting as this was Boxing Day



Tuesday 2nd. No Meeting following New Year

Tuesday 9th.  .  This year we welcomed the Bishop of Stafford to give our New Year Message.  We were reminded of the need to provide for the needy, particularly in nearby towns, such as Stoke on Trent.

Tuesday 16th. Our guests were two organising Members of the Uttoxeter Army cadets.  We learnt that this was a charitable organisation supported by, but separate from, the Army.  Their training was to give the cadets some form of discipline but also general Service skills. Some cadet’s families had difficulties in supporting them with equipments and it was agreed that we would provide funds.

Tuesday 23rd .Following on from the previous week we hosted two Organisers from the Guides. Although still open only to girls, we were told of the many changes that were happening to meet the needs of the current generation.

Tuesday 30th. Michelle Vodden from The Hermitage facility gave a presentation entitled “Dementia Friends”.  It was an enlightening talk with many guidelines as to how to deal with friends and family suffering Dementia


Tuesday 6th A Fellowship Evening organised by the Youth Committee.

Tuesday 13th It was the turn of one of our newer Members, Roy Smith, to give his “My Job Talk”. Although in education for most of his career, Roy’s passion and involvement in Rugby was perhaps of greatest interest!

Tuesday 20th. Tonights guest David Felsted has had a passion for Railways since his youth. Having worked in the industry for many years he now organised Rail Tours both in the UK and on the Continent.  We were treated to a presentation of the varying trains and routes they took, also some of the unplanned incidents that inevitably ocurred.

Tuesday 27th.  John Jukes, the current Vicar at Kingstone, spoke of his involvement in Dance in his early years. Although a late starter at the age of 16 his ability soon became obvious and he danced with some of the leading UK and Russian Ballets. Eventually injury caused him to retire in his late 20’s and after a brief period in the Police he became a member of the Clergy.


Tuesday 6th. The speaker for the evening was Kimberley Jones from the National Westminster Bank. Emphasis was put on the care needed when responding to suspicious callers, either by phone or in person, often followed by requests for Bank details.

Tuesday 13th. It was Member John Sherrat’s turn this evening to speak on his Lifelong Interest in Railways.  John combines this with his passion for photography and showed us a number of photos he had taken of classic trains, both steam and diesel, in a variety of locations.

Tuesday 20th. Dove Computers now host our website and it was their principal, Yi Jone Le, who came to talk to us on the developments in technology, particularly the Internet and the digital world.  His talk was wide ranging, leaving us with food for thought about the many changes we face in the future. 

Tuesday 27th. A Business Meeting. Reports were given on recent events organised by the Club, particularly those held over the Christmas period..


Tuesday 3rd Following Easter Monday there was no Meeting.

Tuesday 10th. Members Penny Lane and David Chapman gave a presentation on their Exchange visit to Rotary Clubs in Bangalore, India. Clearly a lot had been packed in to the week they spent there and it was fascinating to hear of their experience.

Tuesday 17th. Tonight was the turn of Members to visit Smallwood Manor, a Preparatory school, however the main purpose of the visit was to hear of the History of the Buildings.  The Headmaster, Jerry Gear, conducted 25 Members and Partners around the premises, providing and entertaining commentary on the various occupants..

Tuesday 24th. The evening started with the Presentation of Awards to the winners of the Handwriting and Creative Writer competitions.  These had been open to all local schools with over 1500 entries to the former and 100 to the latter. The Presentation was held in the Town Hall and was attended by over 150 winners and their supporting families. The was followed by the usual meal at the White Hart.


Tuesday 1st.  It was the turn of one of our Members, Alan Blake, to give his “My Job Talk”. Whilst Alan had more recently retired as CEO of JCB, it was fascinating to hear of his earlier career with Westland Helicopters and his approach to problem solving, which had set him on his high flying career. 

Tuesday 8th, Our guests for the evening were Trisha Bennett and her colleague from St Johns Ambulance.  They were hosted by our Honorary Member, Neil Phillips, the original First Responder. The main purpose of the visit was to explain the use of the Defibrillator on patients with suspected heart problems.  Great emphasis was put on the simplicity and safety in using the machine.

Tuesday 15th Finbarr Brookes, accompanied by his Mother were our guests for the evening. Finbarr is only in his early teens but is now establishing himself as an Inline Roller speed skater, competing both in the UK and on the continent with great success. The Club were pleased to support him with a donation to assist his training.

Tuesday 22nd  Our Annual General Meeting with a review of the year.

Thursday 24th. The Annual Youth Speaks Competition was held this year, courtesy of Oldfield Hall School.   Entries came from four schools in the area and a high standard was maintained.  This year’s winner was from Denstone College.

Tuesday 29th No Meeting was held following the Bank Holiday


Tuesday 5th Following the visit by two of our Members to the Rotary Club of Bangalore, it was our turn to host two of their Members on a reciprocal visit. They took part in a question and answer session with some illuminating comments about life in a high tech Indian town.  They also commented on the unexpected friendliness of Staffordshire people!

Tuesday 12th The President Valedictory, held on the farm of Debbie Langridge, who works closely with President David. The weather was ideal and an excellent buffet had been laid on in a marquee.  President David reviewed his year and presented awards to several long serving Members.  He also presented Terry Davies with a Paul Harris award. Acknowledgement was made to Honorary Member Neil Phillips who had received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours.

Tuesday 19th Tonight was our Club Assembly, attended by AG Peter Broadbent. Our incoming President Anita gave a resume of her Committee’s plans for the forthcoming year.

Tuesday 26th With the Five A Side Football Tournament only a few days away the prime mover, Bill Pearson, ran through the various schedules and arrangements involving the majority of Members in the Club.