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Rotary Club of

Draycott and

Church Wilne

Rotary Club of Draycott and Church Wilne Church Wilne Rotary Summer Walk Tuesday, no in fact due to weather considerations, Wednesday June 7th A longer walk in Leicestershire The Stilton Cheese, Somerby is a great pub and apparently always have two guest beers and indeed a very good balanced meal menu, which is good value for money. We tasted the guest beers and the nosh and can recommend to all a trip just south of Melton Mowbray. It's a lovely little village as also are all the villages en route. Oh yes, the walk almost forgot about that. We started at the above venue car park walking in a clockwise direction. It was over eight miles (ask John Cox) and well worth the effort with a very interesting iron age fort en route. Luckily we had stable weather conditions, a little blustery but no rain. Tuesday was that horrific windy and also very wet day. If people are seriously interested in a 2018 Summer Walk we can organise one on a Saturday to help those still propping up the country. Please keep in touch with ideas as happy to walk any suitable route short or long(ish). Any ideas? Yes, of course, we are still doing a family Christmas walk on Wednesday December 27th The walk was based on a walk posted by Mike Brockhurst on his Walking Englishman website. For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com Peter Woods For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne Speaker Meeting 8th May 2017 Martin Butchers from Smith of Derby - What makes us tick Church Wilne Rotary members welcomed Martin Butchers of Smith of Derby to its speaker meeting at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook on Monday 8th May whose talk was about large clocks and "What makes us tick" The company was founded 160 years ago, has a rich heritage and is still a family business with 8 family members and a further 68 staff. The business is unique as they still manufacture, maintain, repair and service around 4,500 clocks every year. They have many private commissions and restorations and Martin spoke about many of these with supporting photographs. When maintaining the clocks they prefer to bring them back onto site in Derby as this is always more practical. But on many occasions they have to have up to 4 of their aerial team who abseil down to do the work and yes, health and safety is of paramount importance. Typical restoration will include getting the clock face back to the bare bone, followed by having 3 coatings, then into the oven, followed by working on the dials and often with gold gilding all of which is labour intensive and the view of the finished clock face was amazing. In 1893 Smith of Derby did restoration on St Paul's Cathedral London and you can see via their web site that health and safety was not adhered to then but there were no accidents. Martin spoke about several commissions including one at a hotel in Wales, the two at London St Pancras station, the Ebbw Vale 10 metre high clock, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the UAE, which also indicates the five daily prayer times. Private commissions for the Middle East will often include gold and diamonds and can be made in any type of material and finish. Stephen Woolley gave the club's vote of thanks and said we have learned much about the magnificent time pieces tonight manufactured by Smith of Derby and we are fortunate to have such an iconic business on our doorstep. For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com Ray Terry For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne Senior Citizens' Tea Party Spondon Village Hall, Spondon, Derbyshire 6th May 2017 On Saturday 6th May, Church Wilne Rotary, with the help of the Inner Wheel Club, put on their annual Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea Party. With over 80 guests from around the Draycott, Borrowash and Ockbrook areas the afternoon went with a swing. Dennis Perkins, aged 86 commented "It's lovely to know that once a year Rotary organises this party and it makes us older folk feel like we're not forgotten". The event was paid for with money raised during December from the Santa float collections. "Thanks have to go to the general public for donating so generously during the Christmas period without which the Tea Party couldn't take place", stated President Simon.
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