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Rotary Club News for February 2021

Make a Difference Campaign for Laptops into Schools

Make a Difference Campaign for Laptops into SchoolsThe Rotary Club of New Mills, Marple and District are helping with the "Make a Difference" campaign for laptops into schools. We have already helped Taxal and Fernilee Primary School but there are more schools in need of help.

Can you help us provide more devices for children in need of help in accessing their school’s learning programme? If you have a device that you can donate, please contact us to arrange collection and we shall safely wipe the device and link it up with a school in our area to ensure that they reach the students that need the devices the most.

Contact Mike Coleman: 07855 666 646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rotary Club News for January 2021

Rotary "Thinking Outside the Box"

Christmas 2020 has given all Rotary Clubs the opportunity to think “outside the box” in the way we spread some happiness amongst the children and in many cases to adults too at this special time of year!

Rotary Christmas 2020

At New Mills Marple and District Club we planned early on how we would go about bringing Father Christmas to our communities in this new Covid environment. We too decided that we would concentrate in taking our Santa Sleigh around the usual routes, but as we were unable to knock on doors to collect, we didn’t need as many volunteers each evening. This give us the ability we extend our routes and add more evenings to our already extensive coverage. In an endeavour not to miss completely on fund raising, the daughter of one of our members set up “Just Giving” and “Facebook” pages showing the dates, times and routes for each evening. We were delighted that the “Just Giving” page proved successful as some of the feedback posted on the page shows:

Thank you so much for this, my little boy loved seeing Santa.
Thank you our 4 year old loved seeing Santa
Go on Santa. Great to see you back again
Thank you. My grandson absolutely loved seeing father christmas ☃🎄🎄
Thank you.... we loved seeing Father Christmas. So many people came outside to watch... it was lovely!
Thank you so much for helping to spread a little happiness in Disley.
Huge thanks for spreading Christmas Cheer to our family this year. And for bringing back fond memories, a former President was my dad, you’ve made a grown man have watery eyes x
Thank you for a lovely Christmas magic

Maybe this is the way forward for the future. So thank you everyone who supported us and we wish you all a Happy and especially healthy New Year.

Rotary Club News for September 2020

When lock-down started last March, I suspect none of us anticipated that we should still be living in this new “normal”. It looks as if it could still go on and on for many months.

Bob Lord entertaining his friendsWe are continuing our weekly Zoom meetings and have had one or two speakers. Recently a member of the Rotary Club of Marple in the USA gave us a talk. The speaker (Paul) had been President in the same year as our member Chris Farnsworth and they had kept in touch.

We received sad news at the end of August that Bob Lord (seen left entertaining his friends) had passed away. Bob always brought sunshine into the room when he entered. He was the person who always asked “how are you” and never complained himself. A true Rotarian and a good friend who will be sadly missed by all of us. Our condolences, love and support go to his wife and family.

Arthur Bradley took over as our new President at the beginning of July. We wish him a successful year although he will have different challenges from other Presidents if the pandemic continues!

Stay safe – we have much to be thankful for.


Rotary Club News for May 2020

Rotary Club News for May 2020


Currently we are all living in very strange and challenging times, with lots of uncertainty for the future. But in these difficult times it has been amazing how much goodwill, acts of kindness and love is being shown on a day to day basis. The UK has amazing front line workers who unselfishly give so much to everyone. It truly is everyday “Service Above Self” – the Rotary motto.

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