Speaker: Anni Gell gave us an interesting insight into ceramic artist Clarice Cliff. She first told us some of the history of the Stoke on Trent area where Clarice lived and the thousands of kilns and small family firms which operated there. We learned the difference between earthenware and stoneware and the techniques of glazing and firing. Clarice Cliff had started as a painter and lithographer before being spotted by factory owner Colley Shorter who encouraged her work, and who she later married. She was prolific in the late 1920’s-30’s in creating new, bold designs such as the Bizarre and Crocus patterns. Her pottery was sold world-wide and also by mail order, very innovative at the time. Quite a “career woman” whose work was interrupted during WW2 when the production of “fancy goods” became illegal. Her work has been copied since, but original pieces are now collectors’ items – such as a large pot which Mike Clarke brought to show us which had belonged to his mother.
Speaker: Peter Hammond from RC Sherwood Sunrisers gave a most interesting talk on the wells and caves of Nottingham. Peter’s interest in archaeology and history stemmed from a find of a clay pipe in a field as a child. He explained how Nottingham is built on sandstone and its original name of Tigguocobauc means “place of cave dwellings”. There are over 800 different caves so far discovered and some were familiar to us, such as Mortimer’s Hole and the Broad Marsh caves, but others under private houses or inns such as the Flying Horse Arcade were less so. The caves have had many uses, such as dwellings, tanning, cells, brewing, storage of wine, air raid shelters and even a malt kiln and an ice house. He told us about how he has helped uncover many former caves which have been filled in over the years. In addition to great photos, Peter showed us some of the artefacts he has found including parts of bottles, belladrones, pottery, cutlery and a collection of clay pipes. A fascinating history lesson from on our doorstep.
Thursday 19th September
We were joined by 21 members from RC Mapperley & Arnold for DG David Hood’s joint club visit. David was accompanied by Stuart Bishell from his club, RC Wirksworth and AG Pauline Johnstone joined us too.
President of Mapperley & Arnold, Neil Stevenson, gave their notices. He invited all to the Macmillan Coffee Morning on 4th October at Arnold View Primary School. Details attached.
Walk for Polio on 29 September – some from RC Mapperley & Arnold are taking part – and from our club Colin and Anni are participating, along with Mike & Brenda. Look out for the Sponsor Form at Club next week.
DG David Hood gave a powerpoint presentation and told us a little of his working life as Export Sales Manager for Coats Viyella which took him to many parts of the world. He then worked for the Chamber of Commerce and led many trade missions abroad. The current RI theme of “Rotary Connects the World” is therefore quite appropriate! His charity work was quite impressive too – member of Round Table, scout leader for a group with disabilities, youth club leader, rugby coach – and then in Rotary he led a Group Study Exchange to Nepal. He is also a trustee of Aquabox. We watched an inspirational video message from RI President Mark Maloney too. David also told us of how he’s been inspired by Paul Harris’s initial aim of linking businesses together. District 1220 is now a member of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and working in partnership with them should open up opportunities for businesses to partner Rotary Clubs in service and fundraising initiatives.
Thursday 5th September
Speaker: John Tattersfield, Chair of Trustees of the Phoenix Farm Open Door Project, gave us an interesting talk about the work of The Ark advice centre and community cafe in Gedling. The Ark was set up by a group of 5 churches in the Gedling are in 2003. It acts as a community hub and advice centre, signposting any in need to various agencies. A variety of activity groups meet there and along with the manager many volunteers give of their time to create a place of welcome – including creating a community garden at the rear of The Ark. The need for advice is ever increasing – including housing issues, filling in forms, referrals to the food bank etc. We wish them well in creating a 2nd office space which they are currently working towards.
Thursday 22nd August
Speaker: Ted White gave us a most informative insight into a period of English history in which Lord Lovall had a prominent part, being a loyal supporter of Richard III. A tomb in All Saints Church, Gedling is believed by many to be his final resting place. After setting the scene, Ted explored all the theories which have been put forward over the years about what happened to Lord Lovall after his army lost to Henry VII in the Battle of East Stoke in 1487. No firm evidence has been found, but despite that, Gedling church often has visits from historians wishing to see the gravestone!
Visitors: We welcomed our AG Pauline Johnston and Honorary Member Keith Stafford to our meeting.
Pictured: Martyn Bye, Barry Parr, Ted White, Pauline Johnston
Thursday 1st August
Thursday 25th July
What a hot evening! The caterers and staff at Mapperley GC did us proud – and did we not all deserve a medal for attending too!
It was good to welcome our speaker, Dorothy Ritchie, and her husband to our meeting. Dorothy’s topic was The Council House – and she first gave us an interesting overview of the history of Nottingham’s civic buildings, the exchange building and the market place with which we are all so familiar. We learnt that the Exchange Building and housing behind was demolished to make way for our iconic Council House and Arcade of shops which was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1929. Dorothy illustrated her talk with slides of the architecture, pillars, carvings, the dome and clock outside and the rooms and décor inside. Faced with Portland Stone, and inside with Italian marble, it is a grand structure of which Nottingham is proud.
Thursday 18th July
Speaker was our member John Branson. It’s always interesting to know a bit about member’s backgrounds and John kept our attention with two humorous tales. The first was his experience of Army Apprentice College in 1960, his first day, the orders, the drills and his memories of a slow but sure cadet called Pierre! His career took him from the army to the Royal Ordinance Factory and then Rolls Royce. His second story was centred on his later working life selling workwear from a shop on Carlton Road and via various markets – with a tale of a van breakdown on route to Donington Market. Tony Sherwood gave a vote of thanks – and commented that joining Rotary had helped to give John confidence in speaking.
Thursday 6th June
Speakers: Teachers Debbie Wallace and Marc Faulder came to tell us all about Burton Joyce Primary School. What an informative talk – their passion and dedication to the pupils was inspiring! Both teach in the Reception classes and Marc has added IT responsibilities. He is one of Apple’s “Distinguished Educators” and in addition to enabling pupils to use technology and photos for their projects, also warns against mis-use and teaches responsible handling and appropriate time spent on devices. The school motto is “Ready For Anything” and a creative curriculum aims to enable children to find answers themselves, be creative, setting their own goals. Debbie stressed the importance of the extra help received by David and Barry in listening to readers. The school budget is very tight and some corporate and lottery funding along with PTA help is vital. The gardening and eco-greenhouse project is providing a great resource. We wish the school well for the future.
Thursday 23rd May
Speaker: Carrie Bird gave us an interesting insight into her expressive arts company, Flying High Expressive Arts CIC She has a background as a teacher of PT and dance & drama and set up “Jumping Beans” in 1994 as an activity for young children. This evolved into “Flying High” in 1999, some 20 years ago. The company now has a board of directors and has the support of Gedling Borough Council and Inspire Youth Arts. There are a variety of classes for over 150 children of all ages with the aim of developing creativity and confidence. The younger classes feed into their senior company of 15+ age which has two main focuses per year. One is taking part in the National Theatre Connexions Project, putting on a play specially written for young people, with the winners going forward to perform at the National Theatre, which they won in 2012. The second is to put on a production for children at the Edinburgh Fringe, with songs and dialogue produced in house. Carrie then told us of a project Flying High engaged in last year to mark the end of the First World War based around letters her grandmother had received during the war years. A Christmas Show has been agreed at the Bonington for 2020 – so watch this space!
Thursday 2nd May
Speaker: Phil Cooper gave us an insight into his career both as a player and coach of cricket teams worldwide. From beginnings in the local Bassetlaw league of club cricket he told us of some famous star players he had either played with or coached with amusing tales along the way. He had taught in schools and coached clubs in England as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland, India and even France. Phil was certainly well travelled, both for work and pleasure, and a donation was given to him for an Austrian charity working to save the rainforest in Costa Rica. Picture Phil Cooper centre, Mike Clarke left, Martyn Bye right.
Thursday 4th April
Speaker: David Smith spoke to us about his visit to The Galapagos Islands. His presentation started with the history of these volcanic islands and the ocean currents surrounding them which make them an ideal environment for the phenomenal wildlife, many of which is endemic to the islands. He showed superb photos from the many islands he had visited of species including sea lions, pelicans, iguana, nocturnal gulls, finches, hummingbirds, boobies, albatross, turtles and of course the giant tortoises from which the islands are named. Numbers of tourists able to visit are limited to protect the wildlife. A most interesting and well-presented talk.
Thursday 28th March
We were pleased to welcome many visitors last night. The attraction was our speaker, Mike Storr, who regaled us with more tales of the Music Hall scene which we learned started in 1852 in London and ran on until the 1950’s. Mike highlighted many famous comedy acts from the time and chose some of their wonderful humorous poems to re-tell to us, complete with correct accents too! Names such as Cyril Fletcher, Sir Bernard Miles and Pam Ayres took us down “memory lane”.
Mike has being doing similar talks, all in aid of Asthma UK, and with our contribution last night has now reached the grand total of £20,000. What a fantastic achievement!
Pictured Mike Storr middle, left Barry Parr, right President Martyn Bye
Thursday 7th March
Our member Tony Sherwood gave us a fascinating insight into his career with the stars. From starting as a DJ to becoming an agent, manager, promoter and event manager he had so many stories to tell us about life within this industry. Acts he had worked with included Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Paul McCartney & Wings, Paper Lace, the Searchers, Ken Dodd, Lulu, Russell Watson and Jasper Carrott to name but only a few. He had even been instrumental in fundraising for Torvill & Dean and working for them in the early years. Venues such as The Windmill, the Heart of the Midlands and the Commodore brought back memories to those of us from Nottingham. His PowerPoint presentation was packed with photos of people and places, event posters, personal mementos which made his talk so interesting. Pictured President Martyn, Tony Sherwood in the middle and Speaker Host Gordon Jeffrey.
Thursday 28th February
Speaker, Trevor Negus, gave us an interesting insight into his 30 years’ service in the Police Force from the late 1970’s, starting in Hyson Green, then Mansfield through the miners’ strike, into Special Ops with time as a bodyguard and sniper through to CID. He told us of his passion for writing and in retirement has become a successful author. He follows a strict regime of early morning writing. As accurate research is paramount, his books are based on first hand experiences and his first book “Coal Killer” is set around the years of the miners’ strike. It was great to be introduced to a new author, especially with the novels being set around Notts.
Thursday 21st February
Mark Hammans, from Aid2Gambia inspired us with the story of his charity. Mark developed a passion for the country of Gambia after holidaying there and witnessing healthcare and educational needs. In January 2017 he and other volunteers drove 2 refurbished ambulances some 3,930 miles through Europe and Saharan Africa to the Gambia where they are being well used. When Mark and his team visit the country some of their work includes building toilets in schools, providing safe drinking water and doing repairs to buildings. Last year 7 containers of equipment was sent specifically for schools and hospitals and for furnishing a charity shop they have set up there with pots, pans, furniture etc from donations in the UK. Their next project is to drive 4 ambulances there, setting off on 4 January 2020. These ambulances are refurbished by students at West Notts College. They are busy fundraising to meet costs of ferry crossings, insurance, fuel, taxes etc. What great work is being done and I am sure RC Carlton will want to support this in the future.
Thursday 7th February
Speakers: Jill and Andrew Campbell from RC Hope Valley gave us a most interesting talk on “Rotary Hearing Ambassadors”. It was staggering to know that 1 in 6 of the population currently suffer from some form of hearing loss, and to realise how isolating this can be. Andrew told us of how a Rotary meeting can be difficult for those with hearing loss and Jill gave us some simple steps we could take to make communication easier. Can we also promote hearing awareness within our community? They told us of what help is available from the national charity “Action on Hearing Loss” by way of information leaflets and aids. Members shared some of their experiences of hearing problems and tinnitus and Gordon gave the vote of thanks.
Thursday 24th January
Speaker: Tess Thompson gave us a superb illustrated talk about the work of Support Dogs and the three areas of training. It was fascinating to learn how dogs can be trained to alert their owners prior to an epileptic fit so they can get themselves in a safe place, or get help. Another avenue of training is for dogs to support children with autism and we saw how a dog can be a companion and have a calming effect on the child, which in turn improves family life. The third avenue of help is for disability assistance where a dog can be a valued companion to help with everyday tasks. Such a worthwhile charity making a difference to people’s lives.
Thursday 17th January 2019
Thursday 13th December
Our speaker, Keith Barnes, from Citizens Advice Bureau gave us a very interesting talk about the work of the CAB in Nottingham. Their service is very busy with over 8000 people asking advice during the year. Problems range from homelessness, debt, the benefits system and difficulties with proving the “right to reside” which can be a bar to obtaining benefits, including a pension. The CAB offers sound, confidential advice. The work described was quite an eye-opener for most of us.
Thursday 6th December
We welcomed back our speaker, Bob White, who regaled us with some interesting stories about our local hero, Robin Hood. He talked about some of the research done, how the stories came into being through the ages and how Nottm Councils have used the story for tourism purposes over the years. Despite no real proof as to who he was, where or when he lived, his legend lives on and puts Nottingham on the world map.
Thursday 29th November
Our speaker was John Cavey from Rotary Club of Derby South speaking about Foundation . John showed a video and explained to us the history and relevant details of Rotary Foundation and the matching grant process. Speaker host was Tony Mellor.
Thursday 21st November
Carolyn Pallister from Slimming World. Carolyn took us along a time line journey from when Slimming World was formed by Margret Miles-Bramwell in 1969 when it held its first meeting in a chapel in Alfreton. 1988 – 1000th group formed. 1996 – 5000th group formed. 1997 – SMILES, Slimming World’s charitable foundation, is launched. 1998 – Slimming World Magazine is launched. Now 3rd best selling magazine in the UK with 650,000 sold each issue.
2000 – Slimming World launches its first website. 2002 – Slimming World pioneers the first ever NHS weight management referral scheme – Slimming World on Referral. 2006 – Family Affair is launched to help support young people. 2009 – founder Margret Miles-Bramwell awarded OBE. 2012 – partners with Royal College of Midwives. 2015 – Frozen meal range. 2017 – launches online programme in USA. 2019 – they will celebrate 50th year. 2018 – 19,000 weekly groups, 5000 trained consultants, 900,000 members. We also saw a video of head office and how Slimming World has changed the lives of many people. Carolyn also explained her journey from University to working for Slimming World for 12 years.
Thursday 1st November
Speakers: Claire Perry and Aimee George gave us a very moving insight into the work of Childline https://www.facebook.com/clnottingham/ , a free 24 hour helpline, now part of the NSPCC. Calls for help come in both by phone and more often by way of a chat line and we were staggered to learn how many are dealt with each day. Confidentiality of the caller is paramount, and we were tasked with assessing different scenarios and deciding which, if any, would necessitate a break in confidentiality. We were surprised to learn, very few. A programme of “Speak out and stay safe” is being run in schools. Great work being done to educate and help today’s children. Nottingham is one of 12 bases around GB, and has at present 142 volunteers, but really needs 190 to be fully staffed. Volunteers take part in a 10 week training course, and then are expected to give at least 4 hours/week during their first year.
Thursday 25th October
Picture form left to right Colin Gell, Mark Snape, Martyn Bye
Well, what an interesting, informative and quite mind-blowing talk on “The Humble Transistor”. Mark Snape gave us an illustrated physics cum history lesson from the invention of the transistor in 1947 through to developments up to today. He mentioned the first transistor radio in 1954, integrated circuits in 1961, silicon valley, computers, Intel processors, and the resulting miniaturisation we see in today’s computers, phones, watches, etc. Quite fascinating – and this led to discussions on “where do we go from here!”
Thursday 18th October
Picture left to right Paul Hicking, Val Green, Martyn Bye
What an interesting talk! Our speaker, Val Green, is a volunteer with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. She showed us some great slides of rhinos, elephants, pangolins, snow leopards, painted dogs, lions, tigers etc and gave us facts and figures about how some of our much loved wildlife are dwindling in numbers. What a worrying situation. She explained some of the work the Foundation is doing in so many countries in Africa and Asia to fight wildlife crime, to work with rangers and local communities to bring awareness. The David Shepherd Foundation runs an annual Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. As a charity with very few paid staff it relies on volunteers and donations. Val told us ways we could help eg by becoming a friend of the DSWF or by adopting an endangered animal for a year – maybe to give this as a Christmas present? See www.davidshepherd.org for more details.
Thursday 27th September:
What a pleasure it was to host Stella Herbert from RC Sherwood Forest last night (our Assistant District Secretary). Her illustrated talk on Rotary in Bermuda gave us a good history and geography lesson and included many interesting facts about this small British Territory in the Atlantic. It was interesting that there is no fresh water source on the island, so rainwater is collected and stored in tanks from roofs. She explained how the four Rotary Clubs on the island meet at different times but work very much together and are all very welcoming of visitors. As the island’s main economy is finance and tourism, they benefit from some top names in the world of finance visiting their island. There is also an Interact and Rotaract Club on this island of just over 64,000 inhabitants.
Thursday 20th September:
Our Speakers were Katerina and Eric Roberts and Hauxley (Dog in Training) from Canine Partners. They gave us an excellent talk and explained what Canine Partners do.
Their assistance dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. They currently help adults aged 18 and over (both civilians and former service personnel) who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence.
Some of the disabilities and conditions they work with are:
Spinal injuries and head injuries
Osteoarthritis and scoliosis
Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones)
Thursday 6th September
Our meeting was action packed last night. We were joined by visitors from Scotland, Tony & June Galloway, who were staying in Nottingham and brought greetings from their Rotary club in district 1010. Tony had lived locally when younger and had celebrated his 21st birthday at Mapperley Golf Club. We also welcomed Tony Sherwood to our meeting who will be put forward for membership shortly.
Our Speaker was Simon Buttenshaw from the University of Nottingham Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. He gave us an interesting presentation on the history of the Centre which was set up in 1997. Its aim is to improve the understanding, treatment and outcomes of children who develop brain tumours. A campaign started in 2012 called Head Start has been successful in leading to quicker diagnosis. There are over 40 staff at the centre and along with grant funding, they heavily rely on fundraising to plough into further research. We were shown some of the fundraising initiatives undertaken by staff, patients and families such as skydiving and marathons.
Pictured left to right. Simon Buttenshaw, Martyn Bye President, Tony Sherwood, June Galloway, Tony Galloway.
Thursday 23rd August
Our speaker, Andrew Nichols, gave us a talk entitled “A Snorer’s Tale” which turned out to be a very personal insight into his life as a bad snorer and the various aids and treatments he had tried and which had proved useless. He eventually sought professional help and a sleep clinic diagnosed a problem with his throat which was causing sleep apnoea. Once diagnosed, he was given a CPAP machine to wear at night, and this had turned his life around. It enabled him to have good quality sleep so he was not longer dropping off during the day.
Andy Nichols pictured with John Branson and President Martyn
Thursday 16th August
We had an interesting illustrated talk last night from Colin Beckett from the local Tools for Self-Reliance workshop – which he explained is housed in the basement of the Methodist Church in Southwell. The group meet fortnightly on a Monday evening to refurbish tools ready to pack into wooden crates (made by our member David Falkner) to fulfil requests such as a carpenter’s box, a sewing box, a shoemaker’s box etc. The boxes are then shipped to the headquarters near Southampton ready to be shipped to various African countries. In addition to this practical work, the group collect unwanted tools and spend time fundraising to pay for the shipping costs. The charity partners with NGO’s in Africa and ensures appropriate training is being carried out and the boxes are used appropriately to enable the recipients to learn and then practise a trade to provide income for their families. A very worthwhile charity. Martyn asked how RC Carlton could help and Colin suggested 1. Donate unwanted tools 2. Volunteers were welcome on a Monday night 3. Donation of funds. Martyn said this would be discussed at our next committee meetings. Picture of Colin Beckett, Michael Ellis and President Martyn.
Thursday 2nd August
Speaker: Geoff Parkinson from the RC of Mapperley & Arnold spoke to us about “My Life in Prison” – from his experience as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Lowdham Grange Prison. He gave a most interesting insight into this “Cat B” prison run by Serco, and into the prison service in general. He explained how the recent break out of violence had been dealt with very promptly and successfully by a team of specially trained officers using stun grenades. A most interesting talk and Geoff was to be congratulated for carrying on without his powerpoint presentation when his computer decided to do a Windows update shortly after he started!!
Thursday 26th July
Alicia Reade from Doncaster Satellite Club, ably assisted by her 8 year old son Aiden, gave us a fascinating and very helpful illustrated presentation on Facebook. There was some information for everyone – even those who don’t wish to use this social media. And for those of us who do, we received some useful tips about privacy – eg hiding our lists of “friends” and categorising our “friends” into groups. She confirmed that any Carlton member who never wants to use Facebook could always see the RC Carlton Facebook page as this is in the public domain. Try it! The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/RotaryCarlton/
Thursday 19th July
It was a pleasure last night to welcome our amazing DG – Cheryle Berry – to speak to us. She outlined the current Rotary year’s theme of “Be the Inspiration”, congratulated Carlton on our work to date, especially the mock interviews and our fundraising and urged us to continue to “Be the Inspiration” with children and others in our area and abroad. She then told us a bit about herself. She is a Trustee of Hope Community Village in India and visits annually, giving practical help by way of first aid lessons. She is running the Robin Hood marathon in September in aid of Maggies Cheryle’s big project which is coming to fruition this year, being officially launched in the Houses of Parliament at the end of October, is through her work with St John’s Ambulance. She has used her connections in Education (she was a head teacher and latterly Director of Education for Lincolnshire in her career) to succeed in getting an Online Training agency to create a training course in basic First Aid in order to save lives – with the aim of getting at least one person in every street trained. She showed us a preview of what the course will look like. We will watch this space with anticipation for the launch of this exciting online project. Howard Bodill was speaker host, and thanked Cheryle for certainly “Being our Inspiration”.
Thursday 12th July
Rebekah Harrison gave us an illustrated talk of her time in Nepal. She had gone as part of a Baptist Missionary Society “Action Team” in her gap year from school to university. She was part of a team of 3 girls who, after training for a month in Birmingham, had then spent six months living in Kathmandu, working in different schools around the country. She gave us an insight into the various primary schools, school for disabled, and one centre for women who had been rescued from trafficking where they were learning new skills to enable them to live independently. The three girls learned to adapt to different situations and teach songs, games and English culture to very willing pupils. Travel to some of these schools was sometimes an adventure in itself – crowded in busses with over double their capacity and sharing the ride with chickens etc This team of 3 have then spent several months in England touring different churches and schools to tell of their experiences in Nepal and to provide some extra curricula teaching. Rebekah started the year as a shy teenager, but has now returned home as a confident young lady, ready to start her teaching degree in September.
Thursday 5th July
Frances Finn was most entertaining and we now can imagine what it is like to “talk into a sponge” (the microphone) in a padded cell with a countdown to the next record or news in your earpiece. I’m sure we will all be listening to the Saturday & Sunday morning shows with more interest from now on.