At our July 12th meeting, out-going President Richard Lord passed on his chain of office to Mike Kings. Mike, who also does our publicity, says "I am proud to have been appointed President and look forward to keeping you all updated with the work of Rotary within our Community over the next two years."
29th July 2022
Three years have passed since we last ran a story writing competition for each of our linked primary schools; Blidworth Oaks in Blidworth, Lakeview and Heathlands, new this year, in Rainworth and Church of England and Abbey Gates in Ravenshead. This month we are publishing a lovely, well thought-out story about the adventures of a toy pirate ship. Written by Lacie-Mae Dear who is a Year 6 pupil at Ravenshead Church of England Primary School.
28th July 2022
On the 18th June, members of Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary were present at the 30th Birthday Celebrations and Open Day at new Headquarters depot in Cromford. Aquabox illustrates its success by stating that it believes their boxes have produced the equivalent of over 10 Billion Bottles of Water by filtering whatever water is available to create pure, bacterial free drinkable water.
1st July 2022
Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary always appreciated the support it gets from you all during this time of year. It’s been really good to see so many of you supporting us and our fund-raising appearances around the Villages, including at Ravenshead light switch on, at the Shops and in Oak Tree Lane Tesco.
17th January 2022
A sponsored walk in aid of 'End Polio Now' which was arranged by Sutton-in-Ashfield Rotary. Three Ravenshead & Blidworth Rotary members took part. The walk for us started around lunchtime from Teversal Visitors Centre, Sunday 26 September. The day was pleasantly sunny with a good number of sponsored walkers. With some matched funding and support from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation we contributed around £500 to 'End Polio Now'.
1st November 2021
Citizen of the Year
Each year, we recognise local individuals or organisations that have gone above and beyond to support the community. This year the award was presented to Mark Bradbury, of Bradburys Butchers and Delicatessen. Mark was joined by his wife Maria as our guests for the evening.
7th August 2021
Each year, in September, Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary are pleased to present local, Year 6 pupils with a Dictionary for Life. This year we have provided a total of 96 dictionaries for Blidworth Oaks, Heathlands and Lake View Primary Schools. Each pupil is able to use this resource in their lessons and can take it with them when they leave next July. It even has a page for their friends and teachers to add signatures.
1st August 2021
On Sunday 18th July, President Richard Lord appointed Mike Kings as this year’s President Elect (will be President in 2022) at our first social event for 17 months. The afternoon lunch was held in the garden of one of our members and was attended by over twenty members and guests.
19th July 2021
On behalf of the club, President Richard was pleased to present a cheque to one of his chosen charities for the year, the Edale Mountain Rescue Centre based near Hope, and an on-line donation to the RNLI following an impactful talk by Durham Branch Hon Secretary David Hastings.
15th July 2021
On Thursday 1st July 2021, at the opening of the Social Supermarket run by Rainworth's Social Action Hub (SAH), our President Richard Lord was an unexpected recipient of an Award for our contribution over the last year. Richard thanked and congratulated the Hub volunteers on their work and commitment to Rainworth and a brief word about Rotary and it’s engagement in the local community.
1st July 2021
As you walk around Ravenshead and our wider surrounding area this spring, look out for all the Purple Crocus lifting their heads proudly towards the sun. Many, many thousands have been planted all around the village over the last few years, either Donated by Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary Club, or sold in support of the Rotary Purple4Polio Campaign.
15th February 2021
This December the members of Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary Club organised the program for Santa’s Sleigh to visit the streets, closes and cul-de-sacs of Ravenshead & Blidworth. Whilst maintaining social distancing we successfully brought the thrill of seeing Santa to the children so they could wave to Santa. This year we were unable to make a door to door collection, but donations could be made online and on a positive note we were able to include many more streets in our routes this year so allowing even more children to see and wave to Santa.
15th January 2021
The great news is that Santa is doing his pre-Christmas rounds in Ravenshead and Blidworth. He may not be handing out sweets, but he will be bringing good cheer as he waves from his sleigh, pulled with the help of Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary Club. Local foodbanks run by two fantastic organisations will benefit from the on-line donations Santa is hoping will pour in as he makes his way round the villages. To see how the club, and Rotary4foodanks have teamed up to help make Christmas better for families in the district, read the whole story here…
3rd December 2020
The Rotary Club of Ravenshead & Blidworth has run a '200 Club' since 1993. Members subscribe for just £3 per month per entry and 50% of the subscription money is returned as prizes to members whilst the other 50% of the subscription goes to charity projects selected by the Rotary Club.
30th November 2020
The Rotary Club of Ravenshead & Blidworth has played in role in a significant global public health achievement, as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region has officially been certified wild polio-free. We played a part through fundraising which has contributed towards the End Polio Now campaign in the recent past.
3rd September 2020
We were pleased to be able to support the Blidworth and Rainworth fight against Covid-19** with a cash donation towards their Food-Aid program. "We should like to say a massive thank you to the Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth for their wonderful support with a generous donation of £500 towards the funding of the purchase food of food to go out into our community. It will make a big difference to what we are able to do."
29th May 2020
Being confined to his house and garden wasn't going to stop Ravenshead & Blidworth Rotarian Bob Jackson from doing his bit for charity. Cheered on by his wife Sandra (adjudicator and drinks station monitor), Bob (82) completed 51 laps of his garden to ensure he completed the 4 mile target distance. Monies raised through sponsorship will go to charities Aquabox and Bowel Cancer UK.
16th April 2020
Andrew Draper who volunteers as a storyteller for Southwell Workhouse presented a story in character of a boy who, in the 1840s, found himself and his family taken in by the Workhouse, what life was like in the Workhouse and how through a seven year apprenticeship as a blacksmith he came to be his own man by making left-handed shears.
28th February 2020