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Our next big event –

A Family Fun Extravaganza – Saturday June 16th

Wow! What an event!

On Saturday it seemed the whole of Derby turned out to help our club celebrate its 100 years. The Derby and Nottingham clubs together put Rotary on the map in Elvaston castle.

This was a fantastic day – lots of activities for the whole family to  take part in and lots of things to do. There were food and craft stalls, a fun-fair, loads of music: solos, groups and a wind-band. There was a fly-past by two biplanes (100 years old) and a classic car display (were some of the drivers over 100!!!). There was a tombola, prize draw competition and a Derby Rocks painting competition.

… but everyone was a winner at this super family event.

Click here for a slide show sample of what was on offer (thanks to Simon Keeling of the Derby Satellite group)

…. and if that wasn’t enough –

More pictures of this event – click here

This year Elvaston Castle ….. next year ……???


Thursday April 12th – Derby Rotary Centenary Charter 2018

Last month we celebrated our centenary year with a party. Over 200 guests came along to the Derby County Football Club for a very special event to celebrate our 100 years of active service. The Mayor of Derby, RIBI President Denis Spiller, other civic leaders and many, many members of the Rotary family came and had a wonderful time. Lydia Slack, our comedian entertainer was magnificent.

Our Satellite club members were also there to help the club celebrate a hundred years of community and international service. We are looking forward to another century of ‘making a difference’.

Making a Difference is what Rotarians do and in this our Centenary Year we are going to make an even bigger impact than usual and President Pat says – “we will have lots of fun while we’re doing it!” Our next major event is –


… and here are some of the events we have organised recently –

March 21st 2018 – The Rotary Club of  Derby marks 100 years with new oak trees in the Arboretum

To commemorate the 100th birthday two new species oak trees were planted in the Derby Arboretum. Mayor of Derby, John Whitby, ceremonially planted the trees in front of a good turnout of club members and members of the Friends of Derby Arboretum.

For more details and more photos see the recent posts.


Our busy satellite group

Our Rotary Club satellite group have been very busy again. They had two events this month – firstly they joined with the main club group and had  a stall at the International Women’s Day event in the Market Place where they were raising money for REMIT (Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania) …

… and on the same evening the satellite group held a Quiz and Chips evening at the Riverside Centre in aid of the Mayor of Derby’s charities. The Mayor opened the event and was ‘kidnapped’ and released only on receipt of a large sum of money!!!


2017 Trees of Light Appeal

This year we will be supporting our ‘Trees of Light’ appeal. Our tree is situated on Pride Park in a very prominent position right outside the Derby County Football ground. The lights are on! If you would like further information about the charities that our club is supporting through this appeal click here. If you would like to donate to this appeal and sponsor one of the lights then click here to go to the ‘MyDonate’ website.

If you wish to support any other charity supported by our Rotary Club, look at the MyDonate icon on the right-hand panel.



Santa comes to Derby

Our club has been helping Santa to bring joy and good cheer to parts of Derby. Santa has been out on his sleigh in Mickleover, Littleover and parts of Chellaston over the past few weeks – look out for leaflets announcing his visits during this last week. Here are a few photos of Santa out and about over this past week.

Findern Garden Centre also welcomed Santa again this year. He was there each weekend up to Christmas. Here’s one happy little girl who was glad to see him and they are having a wonderful chat.




World Polio Day (October 24th)  –  Paint the town purple

Enormous thanks to Derby City Council, Derby Royal Hospital, The Quad and Derby University for ‘Turning the City Purple’.

Thanks also to BBC Radio Derby and the Derby Telegraph for the fantastic coverage on World Polio Day and to everyone who visited our stands at the hospital, the university and The Quad and bought a purple crocus lapel badge to support us in making sure ALL children are safe from this devastating virus.

Thanks also to the 19 schools across Derby (see below) and to Derby University for planting a total of 15,000 crocus corms so that in the spring there will be fantastic displays to remind pupils, students, parents and visitors just how important, for the future of our children, it is to eradicate this disease.

To read more click here.

In the evening these buildings were lit up with splashes of purple – what a sight!

The Council House, Derby

The Quad, Derby







Nightingale Clock Derby Royal Hospital

There’s even a write-up in the local newspaper – The Derby Telegraph – look here







Charles Hanson Valuation Evening – October 13th

What a fantastic evening we had at Allestree Woodlands School with Charles Hanson and his colleague Edward who supported a charity event at the school last Friday.

The club Satellite group together with the school Interact group put on a fantastic evening to raise money for three charities – Padley Centre, Mercy Ships and ‘Magic Learning’.

Charles Hanson was on form throughout the evening, not only valuing ‘object d’arts’ but commenting on the story that each one had. Here’s a sample of the fun we had –



More news on the charities and money raised can be found in the recent posts.


End Polio Now

Earlier this year the club ordered 15,000 crocus corms to help support the End Polio Now campaign. These were offered to primary schools in the city and about 20 schools responded. We have now distributed over 10,000 crocus corms in  packs of 500 corms to these schools.

Here are a few recipients –

Wren Park Primary School

Hardwick Primary School

… more to come!


… and looking forward Santa and his little elves will be back at Wyevale Garden Centre in Findern to raise money for local charities. Santa will also be on his sleigh around Chellston, Littleover and Mickleover in December.

Take a look below to see some of our activities where our club is making a difference.


District Conference in Llandudno – September 29th

Members of the club have just returned from a couple of days away at Llandudno. This was the annual District Conference where inspirational speakers made us laugh and delight in the good work that Rotary does across the country.

Dancing the night away!

Lots of time for fun too!

Children’s Air Ambulance simulator


Welcome to new satellite members – September 14th

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We are delighted to welcome 8 new members into the Rotary family through the start of a new satellite club  – see the ‘recent posts’ for more details and pictures. Our satellite members are a dynamic bunch of people and will be throwing themselves into the clubs busy programme.


The first event they are organising is a ‘Valuation Evening’ with Charles Hanson  – see events


Toc H sports evening – August 1st

For 92 years volunteers from the Rotary Club of Derby have assisted Toc H for one evening at their summer camp for less privileged kids. For two weeks, every year at the Polo Ground in Osmaston numerous Toc H volunteers run this tented camp where 128 young people from around Derby can enjoy diverse activities and make new friends.


Taking part in the bowling competition

(see recent posts)


Derby Arboretum Park – Green Flag Award – August 3rd 2017

Last month several Derby City parks  were awarded Green Flag status. This national award is given to parks and green spaces that meet stringent national standards. The Rotary Club of Derby is an active member of the Friends of Derby Arboretum (FDA) and together with the City Parks team we have helped Derby Arboretum win the prestigious Green Flag Award. In the photo are members of the FDA, the city parks department and the Mayor of Derby, John Whitby. (see recent posts)

Green Flag Ceremony

The Green Flag Flying aloft!







Cathedral Concert – July 8th 2017

The new Rotary year got off to a good start with a fantastic  Celebrations Concert at the Cathedral raising over £2500  for three wonderful charities  – The Padley Centre in Derby, Treetops Hospice and the Friends of Amasango School in South Africa.

The club organised a super celebratory concert at Derby Cathedral to start our centenary year and the music was provided by two local choirs – The Derventio Choir and The Dalesmen but the star of the show was Karen England – one of the ‘Opera Babes’.

President Pat thanking everyone

Karen singing with The Derventio Choir

We raised over £2500 for three charities close to our hearts. (see recent posts).



As with all Rotary Clubs throughout the world, our aims are to :

  • support humanitarian and educational projects at home and abroad
  • encourage world peace and understanding
  • have fun and fellowship within the membership



Interested in joining our Rotary club?

Are you interested in making a difference? We welcome into the club both men and women who want to make a difference in their local community and the wider world. New members are often introduced by other members or they can apply directly to the Club Secretary. You can download an application form from here. Please contact our Club Secretary, Angus Currie, at angus.rotaryderby@btinternet.com for further information about our meetings and activities.


Here you will find links to the RIBI website :


… and to the Rotary District 1220 website



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