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Well, we’ve now made it into 2017 – half way through the Rotary Year already. True to form, December was yet another busy month, starting with our joint Christmas Party held at Sitwell Park Golf Club in conjunction with Rotherham Cancer Care Centre, one of our adopted charities for the year.

Rotherham Advertiser

Great to see the Church in full colour, a one page spread in Rotherham Advertiser published 16th December 2016. Well done everyone involved in making it happen and promoting such a lovely family event for Rotherham.

Robbie Cockburn, one of our Founding Members, sadly passed away peacefully at 8pm last night at Rotherham District General Hospital.

Jane from RMBC Events Team sent us a thank you for attending the Victorian Christmas Market.
'Thank you so much for coming on Saturday, I hope you had a good day. Would you thank everyone else who came with you too.
Wishing you a really lovely Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Kindest regards,

President Ann presents Lora with the Club Pennant

Lora, one of our favourite waitresses at the Carlton Park Hotel left recently to take up a new job in Sheffield. We wish her every success in her new career and thank her for all her hard work looking after us.

The Mayor still believes in Father Christmas

Several Club Members accompanied Father Christmas on his sleigh to the switching on of the Rotherham Christmas Illuminations in All Saints Square. Despite the freezing cold weather there was a good crowd and a great festive atmosphere.There was musical entertainment including cast members from the forthcoming pantomime at the Civic Theatre.

Chrismas Concert

Rotherham’s Talbot Lane Church is about to be seen in a totally different light – for one day only. Perhaps one of Rotherham’s best kept secrets is the sumptuously detailed stained glass altar window. Due to a huge tree allowed to grow outside the window, blocking out the morning sun, the 110 year old window has not seen the true light of day for many years.

November dawns and the run up to Christmas is starting already. Plans are well in place for the Christmas Concert and the floats are progressing nicely. The Concert is promising to be the best so far with the Unite Union Brass Band, so please rally all friends and family and sell as many of the excellent value tickets as you can and raise lots of money for our Charities in the process.

28 sparkling years

The Club celebrated its Charter night and 28th birthday party at Whiston Parish Church Cricket Club on Friday 21st October. A change from our traditional black tie event, it was a fantastic evening and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.

Burrows support the Christmas Concert at Talbot Lane Methodist Church

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary would like to thank Burrows for their support in financing the Christmas Concert at Talbot Lane Methodist Church this year.

A Christmas Concert 8th December 2016 at Talbot Lane Methodist Church Rotherham

Open to the public, this special Christmas event with bring warmth to your hearts ready for a Christmas together with family and friends.

Join Rotherham Sitwell Rotary on 8th December 2016 at Talbot Lane Methodist Church; the Brass Band Unite will be entertaining you with songs to sing along to.

There will be light refreshments available at the interval.

John, Shaun and Mike prepare to tee off

On 4th October ten Rotherham Sitwell members competed for the prestigious Woodpecker Trophy at College Pines Golf Club in Worksop. In scenes reminiscent of the recent Ryder Cup, Kamal Zaman emerged as the winner by a very narrow margin from Roger Green (who was playing golf for the first time in two years).

Emma presents a cheque to the members of the National Autistic Society - Rotherham Branch

The Club recently made further donations to local charities. The photos attached show cheques being presented to Safe@Last and to the Rotherham Branch of the National Autistic Society

Rotherham Show 2016

Thank you to the people of Rotherham who came and enjoyed themselves at the Rotherham Show this year, thank you for taking part in 'Pull-A-String', 'Splat the Rat' and/or purchasing some of our purple crocus bulbs for Purple4Polio, you managed to raise £500 for charity this year and we think this is fabulous.

Yorkshire Tea bag bar codes for wheel chairs

We have managed to collect enough Yorkshire Tea bag bar codes for one wheel chair and we are still collecting them to exchange for more wheel chairs for people who cannot afford them.

Please continue to collect them and pass them onto a member of the club, if you do not know one personally then you can post them to the club at Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham.

12 members of Rotherham Sitwell supported Rotherham Cancer Care Centre’s “Yorkshire Night” at the Duke of Leeds pub in Wales on Friday 5th August. It was a very enjoyable evening with traditional Yorkshire delicacies washed down with Bradfield Brewery’s best ales. The “Yorkshire Quiz” was won by our own Dot Crutchley (with a little bit of help from Phil).

John Ridsdale dresses up as a giant condom

Being a steward for Music in the Gardens is not a particularly onerous task but is one of the ways an individual (not necessarily a Rotarian) can contribute towards the four-night programme and help to make it a successful and safe event. Not only was it an opportunity to work with members of Rotherham Sitwell but also to enjoy exchanges with other Rotarians and their “conscripts”.

President Ann welcomes new Rotarian Trish

On 28 July President Ann Ogley installed Trish Lister as a new member of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club. Trish, the wife of our late President Stuart, is a familiar face amongst Club members and has been a driving force in the setting up of Start a Heart 24/7, a charity in memory of Stuart aimed at providing defibrillators in the local community.