Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad (led this year by our President, David Ratcliffe) is a friendly, informal group of 22 or so people from all walks of life and is one of two Rotary clubs in Lichfield.
The Club has served the community of Lichfield for over thirty-six years, raising much needed funds for many local charities and running projects to foster community spirit and to encourage the talents of our young people. In addition, we also support Rotary's international causes which make change on a global scale - the eradication of Polio through Rotary's Polio-Plus campaign being just one example of many. The Club organises a number of local fund raising and social activities throughout the year, the most prominent of which is the well established ‘Cars in the Park’ event that in 2016 raised over £32,000 for Rotary charities and the other main charities involved in the event. In addition we have the Cathedral to Castle Run and the Ride4Health events which although relatively new to the club's calendar have successfully raised even more funds for our good causes.
We are also pleased to have a thriving Interact Club (one of over 20,000 round the world), based at the Friary School. This enthusiastic group of young people meets regularly and arranges various activities throughout the year to raise funds for good causes.
You can be assured of a very warm welcome if you come along to one of our weekly meetings (listed under the 'Events' button at the top left-hand of this page) where you can find out more about who we are and what we do and, more importantly, experience the fellowship of a unique group of people who put a lot into their Rotary life and also get a lot out of it.
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Here are the dates for our key fundraising events this year:
9th April Cathedral to Castle Run (on 2 feet)
1st & 2nd July Cars in the Park (on 4 wheels)
1st October Ride4Health (on 2 wheels)
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad propose setting a new branch of Rotary in the Lichfield area. Currently a number of suitable venues are being assessed, where informal fortnightly meeting could be held.
An excellent talk at our regular Tuesday night meeting by Colin Cartwright, a Tamworth Rotarian who is also an 'ambassador' for Aquabox - a simple concept that provides safe, filtered water for people caught up in disaster areas where it is needed most, and quickly. Vice President Tim Wadsworth (on the right) presented Colin with a cheque for £175 which will buy a whole family Aquabox, together with a complete 'spare' filter/pump unit.
At our regular meeting last night we were treated to a visit from the Free Spirit Horse Memorial charity, presented by Tracy Francis from the Gartmore Riding School, who was ably assisted by her young volunteers. We were brought up to date with the project to establish a memorial to the horse at the National Memorial Arboretum in September 2018 and we also enjoyed a performance of a special song written and performed by Dominic who was accompanied by the youngsters.
Rotary Cars in the Park (now in its 20th year) is a huge success story, raising over £32,000 every year for good causes by attracting thousands of car enthusiasts, with their treasured classic cars, from all over the UK. This of course doesn't happen on its own - it takes a whole army of volunteers led by Lichfield St Chad Rotarians to ensure the success that the event has become.
We regret that this event is postponed now until September (date to be notified), due to a 'clash' of route with a local half-marathon which happens to be taking place at the same time - bicycles and runners just do not mix! We apologise for this unavoidable delay, but please keep a lookout on our website and Facebook pages for updates.
The Lichfield St Chad Rotary Club section of the 2017 Rotary Young Photographer competition was judged by local photographer Robert Yardley. The winners were Sophie Grew in Senior Category and Flynn Mulligan in Intermediate Category from Lichfield Friary School, who were presented with their prizes by Club President David Ratcliffe. These winning entries will go forward to the Rotary District 1060 section of the Rotary Young Photographer Competition to be judged later in April.
Our Facebook presence is changing from a public group to a fully-fledged Facebook page which will greatly simplify administration of our web presence. The new Facebook page is already available from the button on the right of this home page, and the "old" group will be closed down at the end of March. UPDATE - the old Facbook group was deleted on the 27th March. Please "like" our new page so that the news will spread all the faster.
It's not all about fundraising; Rotarians know how to have fun too! On a rather damp March evening, Rotarians, family and friends were joined by District Governor Peter Roberts for the annual Skittles Championship held at the Hen House in Hednesford, and once again the event was superbly organised by Steve Cartwright.
On a cold (but dry) February day, members of St Chad visited the Ricoh Arena (transport provided by Rotarian Rod) to watch what turned out to be a sizzling match between the Wasps (35) and Gloucester (22). We then stayed on for a while to watch a local 'Varsity' match between Coventry and Warwickshire Universities - a different level of Rugby but nevertheless good action on the pitch - spoiled somewhat by the behaviour of the 'youfs' around us!
Lichfield St. Chad Rotary has held an annual fundraising event known as Cars in the Park that in 2017 will be the 20th Anniversary. The venue for this now nationally recognised event is Beacon Park in Lichfield. Car Clubs and individuals are invited to attend and full details are available on-line at www.carsinthepark.com
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St. Chad inaugurated a Speaking Competition for secondary schools in the Lichfield District Council Area and this has expanded to be supported by the Local MP, Michael Fabricant and Arthur Price of England and schools from with the Lichfield Constituency. This competition is highly thought of by the schools participating and the standard of debate of a very high standard and at times controversial.
Whilst Rotary prides itself in being ‘for’ and helping local communities in which the Club is based, Rotary also is involved with many International Projects helping countries and people less fortunate than ourselves here in the UK.
Polio Eradication ‘This Close’
Unless you are of a certain age or ethnicity, you may not be aware that the crippling disease of Polio is still active and a threat to us all, ‘only a flight away’.
As a member of Rotary you enjoy ‘putting something back into the community’, whilst having fun with a purpose, and very rarely expect (if at all) to get any formal recognition. However in the case of David Cross (one of St Chad's most recent members), he was suitably surprised and honoured at a Christmas Dinner function to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship Award presented by the President of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton St Georges, Ed Isaacs for his outstanding contribution to Rotary and charity projects in the Wolverhampton area. David has only recently transferred from St G
Last December the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad again sponsored 24 young children from Queen’s Croft High School, Lichfield to ensure they had a great day out at Drayton Manor Park, complete with snow, free rides and a chance to have lunch with Santa Claus and each receive a present. The photo shows letters of appreciation from some of the Queen’s Croft children.
We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Lichfield, Tamworth and Tamworth Anker, Lichfield St Chad is organising a brand new 10 mile multi-terrain running event starting at the Cathedral and finishing at Tamworth Castle on 9th April.
The route over multiple types of terrain, actually starts in Beacon Park, Lichfield, and finishes in the grounds of Tamworth Castle. More details can be seen on the website at www.c2crun.co.uk.
President David's Mid-Term Review
With the Rotary Year at its halfway point it is time to reflect on the past six months and to look forward to the remainder of my year as Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad President.
Our amazing Interact Club has been very busy over the period leading up to Christmas. They collected 126 teddy bears and soft toys (occupying a volume of 1 cubic metre!), which have been sent to the Teddy Bear Trust for dsitribution to children around the world. They also held a 'Christmas Jumper Day' at the school, where students made a small donation for wearing silly jumpers on the day. This raised a total of £105 which has been sent to Save The Children.
The next project for 2017 is a Photo Booth, so watch this space!
John Miles of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project came along to deliver an update on the project since his last visit to the club earlier this year. The project provides eye hospitals in Africa and India, and provides the specialist equipment, training of surgeons and staff, and many other aspects of improving the eyesight of millions of people - the best of which is a simple operation to remove cataracts (over 100,000 each year).
A great fellowship evening was spent at Strykers Bowling in Tamworth this week, organised by Steve Cartwright (who, incidentally, won the top trophy, seen here inspecting it with a view to putting in for for a valuation on Flog It!). An action shot of Andrew sending the ball straight down the middle is accompanied by Judy receiving the wooden spoon from President David, and Joan, who won the ladies' trophy.