Belper and Duffield
World Heritage Site
The Rotary Club of Belper was formed in 1930 and it has played an active part in the life of the town ever since. A number of the present members live and work in Duffield and in recognition of this and the fact that some of the club’s activities involve the schools and other organisations in Duffield, the club was formally rechristened ‘The Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield’ in 2006. The makeup of the club has also changed over the last four years with the presence of lady members; currently, there are 31 members of whom five are ladies.
We meet most Monday evenings at the Lion Hotel, Belper for a meal together and discuss progress on various projects and activities. This is usually followed with a talk or presentation by an invited speaker organised in turn by the members. This pattern is varied by the occasional outing to somewhere of local interest, a factory visit or a trip to the theatre and restaurant.
Rotary has a long tradition of serving both the local community and international causes and our Club is no exception. A considerable proportion of the funds raised is ploughed back into the local community – we have supported the Drop Inn, Belper Disabled Club, Belper Stroke Club, Street Angels, Strutts Centre, the Cottage Project and the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre. This year, we are recognising the achievements of some youngsters with our Pride of Belper and Duffield Awards.
We also make donations to International Aid Initiatives. Rotary International has been an active supporter of the long running campaign to eradicate Polio completely from the face of the earth. This has nearly been achieved and we continue to raise funds which are matched by donations from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation. Our neighbouring Club at Wirksworth has organised the production of thousands of Aquaboxes over the last 15 years and many individuals and organisations in the area have joined us in financing and fitting out these plastic boxes used for purifying water in disaster zones around the world.
The Belper and Duffield Club has been particularly involved in supporting the Happy
Home Orphanage in Kenya, a project actively supported by one of our members, David
Harris. We donated £7500 for building a new toilet block and water storage facilities,
we have made a further donation towards a water supply for the local community and
this year we have raised funds for a poly-
But it isn’t just fund raising. The Rotary motto is ‘Service above Self’ and many of the members are quietly working away in the community offering their help with the local schools through Mock Interviews, Cycle Proficiency Training and Mentoring and providing Reading Material in social clubs for the elderly and disabled.
So, if this account has opened your eyes to what goes on at the Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield and you want to learn more, contact Secretary Nick Blurton on 01773 824607 or send an email via the link at the foot of this page.
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