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Rotary and community group raise funds for NeuroMuscular Centre

Amy Swatkins receives the cheque from Past President Gerry Machin, with, from ACE, Lesley Lomas, Lucy Tindall, Linda Tadman, Veronica Wells, and Maree Thorpe
Amy Swatkins receives the cheque from Past President Gerry Machin, with, from ACE, Lesley Lomas, Lucy Tindall, Linda Tadman, Veronica Wells, and Maree Thorpe

Back in the summer of this year, the Rotary Club of Biddulph joined with the Astbury Community Events Group (ACE) in promoting the Beer and Music Festival held at Glebe Farm, Astbury.

The event was held on the 25th and 26th July, and, helped by the hot summer weather, attracted a record crowd.

The main beneficiaries of the event were the Neuromuscular Centre at Winsford and the Merryfields Special School in Wolstanton.

The festival was a great success with many attractions apart from the beer and the music to suit all tastes. These included a ‘Hog Roast’, steam engines, a tombola and a raffle sponsored by Rotary, with a host of prizes, including a £400 bicycle. In total more than £3,000 was raised for charity.

A cheque for £1600 was recently presented to Amy Swatkins, from the fund raising department of NMC, at a meeting of Biddulph Rotary Club at the Egerton Arms, Astbury.

The cheque was presented by Past President of Biddulph Rotary Club, Gerry Machin, and eight representatives from ACE.

In thanking Rotary and ACE Amy said that the money would go towards equipping the Retreat Centre that is currently under construction. For people suffering from Muscular Dystrophy, it is important that they have a private physical space and the retreat would also be used to enable younger patients to get some physical activity. Many carers will also be able to use the centre during their breaks.


District Governor Alastair Bain was recently AG Rod Stokes' guest on RedShift Radio's Rotary Round-up show. Click here to listen to the podcast

District 1050 Directories are available on-line. Download the District Directory (October 21, 2014 edition), or the Directory of Email Addresses (October 07, 2014 edition) from the Members' Area (logon required).

District Council papers - are available for members by clicking here (logon required)

New Foundation Grants - information relating to this and the relevant forms is available (logon required)

Key District events for Rotary year 2014-15
A listing of Key Events along with DG visits, Charters,
President’s Evenings etc. is now available.

Guidance Notes for club Presidents and Secretaries on Updating Club Data at RI have been revised.

The RIBI member forum is a place where you can discuss any and every aspect of Rotary. Why not give it a try? Click here to log in. (RI/RIBI username and password required.)

Check out Disaster Aid International's latest deployment. DAI also now incorporates Life Box - District 1050's original box scheme.

The Marketing - PR - Communications committee has added examples of a promotional Club leaflet and a PowerPoint presentaion that can be adapted for use by clubs in their recruitment efforts.

The Marketing - PR - Communications committee has added a draft Press Release to its Download section for clubs to adapt.

Read the latest Annual Reports of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Find the recommended designs for your club stationery.

Find out about the Speaker Service now available to help clubs promote Rotary in their communities.

Find out if the District Governor is available to visit your club or event.

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