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Vol.1 No.1 July-December 2008

INTRODUCTION This first issue of Buxton Rotary's Buxton Bytes biannual online magazine highlights what has been reported on our Club website at for July-December 2008 - the first half of the 2008-09 Rotary year. Hyperlinks are in blue text and underlined. Clicking these will take you to the full report, usually with more photographs. Some lead to other Internet reports as to our Club activities and events. CLUB MEMBER IS 2008-09 DISTRICT GOVERNOR Buxton Rotarian Ken Boylett became 2008-09 District Governor of Rotary District 1050 - the only other member of the Rotary Club of Buxton to hold this office since A. Popplewell in 1952. (D1050 News) JEAN BOYLETT BECOMES AN HONORARY MEMBER President Ian Saunders welcomes Jean Boylett as an Honorary Member of Buxton Rotary in recognition of her support to Rotary as DG Ken's wife and as a past-President and member of the Inner Wheel Club of Buxton.

HIGH PEAK MAYOR MEETS HIGH PEAK PRESIDENTS High Peak Mayor Robin Baldry hears about the intended community work of High Peak Rotary Clubs.

49 YEARS OF ROTARY RECOGNIZED DG Ken Boylett presents a plaque to Peter Hampson on his retiring from the Club after 49 years. Peter, a Paul Harris Fellow, was President in 1969. His father - Fred Hampson was one of the Buxton Rotary Club's founding members.. Jules Growcott (left) Marple & Goyt Valley RC, Assistant Governor Alastair Bain, Mrs Diana Kemp, Pres. Geoff Baines Glossop RC, Pres. Ian Saunders Buxton RC, Robin Baldry, DG Ken Boylett 2008-09 PRESIDENT IAN SAUNDERS In July, incoming Club President Ian Saunders (right) receives the President's Jewel from retiring President Jim Swift (left) when Buxton Rotarian Ken Boylett visits his own Club in July in his new capacity as 2008-09 District Governor. He was accompanied by Assistant Governor Alastair Bain, the Mayor of High Peak, Robin Baldry, and Mrs Diana Kemp a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Buxton, who was acting as Mayoral consort for the visit.

JULY CHARITY GOLF COMPETITION The competition at Cavendish Golf Club, which was sponsored by Buxton Car Centre. raised £2,000 for High Peak Hospice. (Buxton Advertiser)


Conference Speakers were excellent and the Friday and Saturday evening entertainment? It was enjoyable to put it mildly with the Joe Loss Orchestra and a number of other artists!

Buxton Rotarians who attended also enjoyed pre-dinner drinks with President Ian Saunders and DG Ken Boylett - and helped President Ian and wife Liz (President of Inner Wheel Club of Buxton) celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

High Peak Mayor Robin Baldry saw for himself some of Buxton Rotary's community service when visiting the Club as guest of DG Ken Boylett

DISTRICT INDIAN ROSE BOWL COMPETITION Rotarians were trained in use of adapted minibuses for their annual volunteering of driving children with special education needs at Buxton Summer Club. As well as providing drivers, the Club also donates £300 towards Summer Club costs. D1050 SEPTEMBER CONFERENCE AT SOUTHPORT

Also, at Conference, the Club's entry of the Rotary Windgather Fell Run for the District Indian Rose Bowl Competition for the best local community project. beat off three other excellent entries in the view of the judges. The story was told as a PowerPoint presentation – “From a Walk to A Run via a Grain Mill”.

A musical start to the District Conference which proved to be a great weekend away, with astounding sunshine to boot.

(Buxton Advertiser) Some photos above courtesy Derek Newman, Chairman Footnote: DG Ken's team won first prize at our Club Fun Quiz


Year 11 pupil Ben Towers, St Thomas More School, Buxton, wins second prize in the prestigious Rotary District 1050 Young Designer regional competition held in Northwich. MUSIC FOR LIFE CONCERT

330 people enjoyed the musical extravaganza provided by Burbage Band, the Mad Hatters Youth Choir and The Beresford Singers in the Octagon in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens. In all, about £1,300 was raised for vaccines for Rotary's End Polio Now Polio Eradication campaign, spurred on by the Bill & Melinda Gates US$100 Million Challenge. (Buxton Advertiser ) (D1050 News Trailer). 3rd ANNUAL ROTARY WINDGATHER FELL RUN Andy Pead, Golf Valley Striders, won the 3rd running of Buxton Rotary's Annual Windgather Fell Race against a field of 127 runners in a time of 1.39:59. Jackie Lee, Eryri Harriers, finished as first lady in 1.55:10 - exactly the same time she set for the ladies' record in 2007. £1,000 was raised overall by the Goyt Valley Fell Run Series, which ends with the Windgather. Superb prizes, presented by President Ian Saunders, were again donated by race sponsors, Alexanders of Buxton .

A TASTE OF GOLF A few Buxton Community School youngsters who took up Buxton Rotary's “Taste of Golf” invitation were put through their paces at Peak Practice Golf Golf Driving Range.


Rotary International held up the Club's interaction with Plan International to build a Grain Mill and Store in Malawi as an example of achieving things in collaboration with non-Rotary organisations. (See also Photos). Fundraising for the project spawned the Windgather Fell Run. MOCK INTERVIEWS AT BUXTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL


Over 200 pupils were given the chance to practice communication skills through 20minute mock interviews with pairs of nterviewers comprising non-Rotary and Rotarian volunteers RELAXING IN THE LAKES 2008 CHRISTMAS PUDDING FOR NO MORE LANDMINES Local MP Tom Levitt helped raise public awareness through the Buxton Advertiser and his Website with our “Do Good With Your Christmas Pud” Appeal to clear minefields.

Eleven Club members enjoyed a walking week up in the Lake District, although not much evidence of walking on display here! BONFIRE NIGHT

Several Club members acted as marshals at Buxton Round Table's Fireworks Display in Buxton Cricket Ground.

High Peak Mayor Robin Baldry collects his Christmas Pudding from Rtn. Farouk Kardahji, International Committee Chairman. Land mines were banned by the Ottawa Convention in 1998. The Dublin Agreement to ban cluster bombs came into force on December 3, 2008. However, some countries have not signed up to either treaty and both weapons are still used in some parts of the world. 130 puddings were sold in Buxton, which contributed to the £17,000 overall raised by UK Rotary Clubs. This is being doubled to £34,000 by the UN for landmine clearance in Bosnia. RC BUXTON'S 86th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY President Ian Saunders entertained Top Table guests at our 2008 Charter Night: photo on next page. (front) Liz Saunders, President of Buxton Inner Wheel, High Peak Mayor Robin Baldry, Lady Mayoress Linda Baldry; (rear) President RC Macclesfield Geoff Leary, DG Ken Boylett, Speaker Andrew Raftery, Keith Malyon RC Manchester.

GLOSSOP ROTARY 70th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY Several Club members met RIBI President Ian Thomson at the event – also attended by High Peak Mayor, Robin Baldry.

Surgeon-consultant Andrew Raftery was highly entertaining with his “Touch of NHS Humour'”. A Raffle on the night raised £530 for Action for Children carers and young people's counselors

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CLUB AWARDS President Ian with Bruce Thomson (Club Webmaster, Communications, and PR) with award for Best District Club Website (left) and Andrew Heywood (right), main organiser of the Buxton Rotary Windgather Fell Run, which won the District Indian Rose Bowl for best local community project

President Ian Saunders brought along granddaughter Olive, to help with the Club's annual Singing Santas caroling for local charities. DG Ken Boylett, Assistant Governor Ian Priestley, and his wife Kim, who is President of Marple & Goyt Valley RC, helped swell Santa numbers. £253.52 in total was raised,



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OTHER WEBSITE LINKS CONTAINING CLUB DETAILS High Peak Borough Council - Service Clubs Rtn. Bruce Thomson, who was selling raffle tickets at the event for Mayoral Charities, is interviewed by local High Peak Radio. Attractions included Petwise Zoo (small animals) and children's rides (Buxton Advertiser) High Peak Mayor Robing Baldry and visiting Mayors gathered in the Buxton Club Rotary stand (day tent courtesy Buxton

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