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Peter Waudby's blog

The Fellowship meeting last night 3 September was a quiz night with an International theme and including some (singalong) music. As usual I was left thinking how little general knowledge I have (must watch more tv quiz shows). The winner with a very commendable score was Martin Davis.

Our support for Rotherham Foodbank and other local charities during the Covid-19 pandemic has been recognised by our local MP's. We have received congratulatory messages from Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne and Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham. Their messages are attached.

Last week's meeting on 20th August was a speaker meeting and was given by Steve Prosser of Rotherham food bank. As has been widely reported both online, in the Rotherham Advertiser and Rotherham Community Life Magazine, Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club has been supporting the Rotherham Foodbank during the covid-19 pandemic.

Many thanks to Michelle Scholey of Voluntary Action Rotherham for publicising our Foodbank work on their website.

It's been 20 weeks now since we last met at the Carlton Park Hotel and for almost every week we have held a meeting on Zoom.
A few weeks back we tried our first Speaker Meeting using Zoom when Professor Derick Rosario provided an excellent and informative presentation about the work of the Sheffield and District Urostomy Association.

Another week of deliveries of food and clothing to Rotherham Foodbank.
It's difficult to appreciate how much clothing there was from the photo.
Once again Morrisons Supermarket have been very generous. For our £500 purchase Morrisons gave us £1100 worth as top-up. Thank you again Morrisons.

Message from President Trish. This photo was taken last Tuesday and shows clothing donations from residents on the Duke of Norfolk Estate for Rotherham Foodbank. Trish said "We have an even bigger donation for tomorrow but will have to call a temporary halt as my house is being taken over!"

Pushpa Venkatraman and a group of ladies who live on the Duke of Norfolk Estate have been supporting Rotherham Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic by making PPE equipment (scrubs) for frontline nurses and staff. To support this worthy cause, Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club donated money to purchase rolls of suitable PPE material for Pushpa and her ladies.

Our Handover meeting took place on Thursday 25th June when Trish Lister was installed as our new President for the Rotary year 2020/21.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic our club has been meeting via Zoom and through the power of video magic, we managed to perform the handover 'during' the meeting. The video is well worth watching and can be seen on our Facebook page at

Rotarians Roger Green and Steve Burns, who have been doing the bulk of the work collecting and delivering food to Rotherham Foodbank and other charities, have been nicknamed Batman and Robin by District Rotary. I wonder why? (see photo) Well done to the Dynamic Duo for all their hardwork and commitment to Rotary (Service above Self).

Friday 27th June is International Scoliosis Day. Pippa Walker has suffered from the condition from the age of 11. She has been fundraising for Sheffield Childrens Hospital for a few years. Pippa is releasing a single to all music platforms on the 27th. The single was written with scoliosis in mind but is for anybody suffering from any disability or mental illness.

The latest collection of food for Rotherham Foodbank was made this week from Morrisons at Parkgate. This is what Rotarian Trish Lister had to say about the visit.

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is raising funds to support local food banks during this pandemic crisis. Please spare a few pounds to help us. Attached is an article from the Rotherham Advertiser giving more details of the work being done by Rotherham Sitwell and Rotherham Round Table.We have also been joined in this effort by Rotherham Rotary Club.
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Together with Rotherham Round Table we have been able to support the family of seven year old Liam Allen who tragically died unexpectedly last November. Our Clubs funded an oak tree which the family planted on the Longshaw Estate as a lasting tribute to him.

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