On behalf of all my fellow members of The Rotary Club of Bolsover, welcome to our Club website.

As we start a new Rotary year, I look forward to taking the reins from President Paul who has guided us so well in the last 12 months.  I have set out a few broad aims for my year, and key to success in all of them is enjoyment, for without that very soon we will lose the motivation that has been a keystone of our club over the years. 

We are starting the year in a very healthy position with 3 new members joining an enthusiastic team who will push for success in all that we do. 

Geographically we cover a wide area, including Staveley and Inkersall where we have been involved in community activities in the couple of years.  I want us to widen our activities to include other parts of our area, and if you have something you think we should be involved in, please let me know.

We have enjoyed great success over the years with our traditional fund-raising events, and I hope that my year will follow that trend. Look out for details of Fun Race Nights, Concerts, and of course our renowned Santa sleigh. We will also hopefully be partnering with Bolsover councils in supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in the town with some special events – watch this space.

Of course, our traditional community support will continue, including the very successful Community Grants scheme, helping refugees settling in our area from war-torn Ukraine, supporting community events like Bolsover Gala and the Lantern Parade, and identifying other key projects that we can help with expertise and muscle as well as financially.

On a personal note, you may have seen the post about my proposed Firewalk Challenge in aid of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. If you can, I hope you will consider supporting me as I raise funds for this tremendous organisation. You can read about my challenge here.

We are always looking for new members, who have the enthusiasm and community sprit to become good Rotarians. If you want a challenge why not think about how you can contribute to The Rotary Effect?

Contact me by email on president@bolsover-rotary.org.uk  if you would like to come to a club night as my guest. I can guarantee you a very warm welcome.

Graham Weighill

President 2022/23