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(The Rotary Year is from 1st July 2016 - 30 June 2017)
The Rotary Year for The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street began on 1st July 2016.

On Friday 1st July 2016 - we inducted our new Club President: Rotarian Brian Straughan for the year 2016 - 2017.
President Brian's chosen charity for the forthcoming Rotary year is:
  • Rotary Foundation (Rotary's own charity). The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, education, and alleviation of poverty throughout the world.
Throughout the year The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street will be organising events to raise funds for the President's chosen charity, and other Rotary projects in support of our local, national and international communities.  We also promote & encourage good fellowship among our members, their families and friends throughout the Rotary year with ongoing charitable projects and social engagements, as follows:-

Rotarian David Hughes PHF (23kB)                                                                                                                       DAVID HUGHES MBE

Rotarian David Hughes, of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, was awarded an MBE 'For Services To Charity' in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List 2016.

Congratulations David on a well deserved honour!

  • Friday 24th June 2016 - Annual Frank Baddilley Award & The Annual Elliott Davidson Music Award will be held at this Friday's meeting; with a warm welcome being tendered to Rotary wives & friends.
  • Friday 1st July 2016 - Presidential Induction - to witness Out-going Club President, Jim Lawrence PHF, handing over to In-coming Club President, Brian Straughan, for the year 2016-2017. The Guests of Honour will be Assistant Distrcit Governor (Group 3) Stewart Atkin and his wife Mrs Christine Atkin.  The Guest Speaker will be Allison Morgan of the National Garden Scheme (gardens open for charity).  All Rotarians, their wives, friends & family are cordially invited. Details from the Secretary, Rotarian Fred Richards, telephone (0191) 388 2312. Email: (See Induction photographs below courtesy of Rotarian Brian Corker PHF):


    Friday 1st July 2016:

    Photo left - Brian Straughan being inducted as the incoming Club President for the Rotary year 2016-2017, by outgoing President Jim Lawrence PHF.





    Photo right:  President Brian Straughan, inducting Past-President Kevin Jobson as President-elect for the Rotary year 2017-2018.





    Photo left:  Past-President Jim Lawrence PHF receiving his certificate for 25 years of Rotary service from Assistant Governor (Group 3) Stewart Atkin.





    Photo right:  Past-President Jim Lawrence PHF proudly displays his certificate for 25 years of Rotary service.  Congratulations and well done Jim!

  • Friday 15th July 2016 - Birthday Surpise - for President Brian Straughan on achievinging a milestone birthday: Phtographs courtesy of Rotarian Brian Corker:





    A birthday cake or two being brought in to celebrate President Brian Straughan's xxth birthday!





    President Brian obviously well pleased as Secretary Fred attempts to cut the cakes.





    Secretary Fred trying to divide the birthday cakes so that each member gets a taste; President Brian having very generously placed wine on the table...... so that members could drink his health!

  • Saturday 16th July 2016 - Anglo Americano - 'music from both sides of the pond' - presented by Chester-le-Street's 'Youth Connection Theatre Company' at at Pelton Community Centre - tickets £5. Click here: to print-off an A5 poster (.pdf).
  • F.riday 22nd July 2016 - Club President's Cheque Donation - to his chosen charity, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, for the Rotary year 2015-2016.  Come along and lend your support. Details from the Secretary, Rotarian Fred Richards, telephone (0191) 388 2312. Email:  (See photographs below courtesy of Brian Corker):-
    Past-President Jim Lawrence's Cheque Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Trust




    Photo-right: President Brian Straughan addressing members, introducing our two guests, Gemma Williamson, from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and Paul Elliot from Barclays Bank - in preparation for Past-Presidsent Jim Lawrence's (seated third left) cheque presentations to his chosen charity the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, for the Rotary year 2015-2016.




    Photo left: Gemma Williamson, the Northeast Fund Raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, receiving a charitable cheque for £5,500 from Past-President Jim Lawrence.




    Photo right: Paul Elliot from Barclays Bank, who very kindly match-funded the £1000 we raised on our charity walk on 7th May 2016 in Seaham, Co Durham, to £2000, which is included in the overall amount raised by Chester-le-Street Rotarians in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to £5,500.

  • Monday - Friday 1st - 5th August 2016 - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Course 2016 - click here for an Information leaflet (.pdf), for a Registration Form (.pdf), for a Poster (.pdf) - each document can be printed-off if required. The closing date for registration forms is 31st March 2016.
  • Sunday 21st August 2016 - Rotary Boat Trip - from 1.00 - 4.00pm, Rotarians of Chester-le-Street Rotary Club, with wives, family & friends, are taking a Boat Trip on the River Tyne. Details can be obtained from Rotarian Alan Campbell, telephone: (0191) 388 3024, email:
  • Friday 2nd September 2016 - Induction as an Honorary Member, Lord James Joicey, 5th Baron of Chester-le-Street - instead of our usual Friday luncheon meeting, Rotarians of Chester-le-Street Rotary Club, with wives, family & friends, are having an 'away day' by bus to visit the Ford & Etal Estate of Lord Joicey, in Northumberland. (Go to the 'Photograph Gallery' to see the photographs).
  • Friday 30th September 2016 - Business Meeting & Annual 'Last Rose of Summer' Competition.   Members are encouraged to enter their best single rose from their gardens.  All proceeds to Club charities.
  • Friday/Sunday 7th - 9th October 2016 - Annual Conference 2016 - Rotary District 1030 held their annual conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire. 
  • Friday 14th October 2016 - 'Associate Membership' - as a way of improving Rotary membership, will be the topic presented by Guest Speaker, Past-President Ken Braithwaite, Rotary Club of Stokesley. All local Rotarians are welcome. Queries should be made to Rotarian Kevin Jobson, telephone: (0191) 410 9852, email:
  • Friday 11th November 2016 - 'Remembrance Day', our Guest Speaker will be Past-President John Tootill talking about 'The Armistice'.
  • Saturday 19th November 2016 - ABF (Northeast) & SSAFA (Tyne & Wear) are jointly holding a 'Somme Dinner 2016' at 7.00 pm in Newcastle Upon Tyne, to raise funds for both charities. Cost of the meal is £27.50 pp, inclusive of a Champagne Reception, wine & entetainment.  A great night out, so do come along with your family & friends. Click here: to print-off a poster (.pdf) with full details.
  • Friday 25th November 2016 - Special General Meeting.
  • Friday 2nd December 2016 - The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street are hosting a 'Big Band Night' at 7.00 for 7.30pm, at the Chiton Pub  Country Club, Black Boy Road, Fencehouses, Co Durham DH4 6PY. This includes Dinner at £22.50pp, and hear the music of the 'Bright Street Big Band'.  Come along with your family & friends and have a good night out.
  • Saturday 10th December 2016 - Youth Connection's Winter Concert - is being held at 7.00 pm in the Methodist Church, Chester-le-Street , Co Durham.  Tickets are £5 and available from the Cornertones Office at the Methodist Church, Chester-le-Street or by telephoning (0191) 388 2826 to reserve.  Click here: to print off an (A5 size) poster of the event (.pdf).  Anyone interested in joining Youth Connection Theatre Company, please click here: for an A5 Information Poster (.pdf).
  • Friday 16th December 2016 - 'Christmas Message' Luncheon Meeting - commencing at 11.30 am for a 12.15 pm start, with a three course lunch @ £20 per head, will be at Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-le-Street, where the 'Christmas Message' this year will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Liz Kent. Rotarians wives/husbands, family & friends are welcome. Please note this week's meeting is not at our usual venue. Queries to Club Secretary, Rotarian Fred Richards, telephone (0191) 388 2312. Email: please.
  • Friday 23rd December 2016 - No Meeting.
  • Friday 30th December 2016 - No Meeting.
  • Friday 6th January 2017 - First Meeting of the New Year 2017.  Induction into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, Mr Francis Phillips.   Guest Speaker, Past President Bob Watson BEM, PHF, who spoke about "A Man's Life." (Photograph courtesy of Kevin Jobson):





    (Photo-right):  President Brian Straughan (right) inducting Rotarian Frances Phillips into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.

  • Friday 13th January 2017 - Normal Lunchtime Meeting - Guest Speaker, Margaret Dodds, who will be talking about the 'Tyne Theatre History': Photographs by Rotarian Kevin Jobson:






    Photo left: President Brian Straughan introduces the Guest Speaker, Mrs Margaret Dodds to Club members.






    Photo right: Mrs Margaret Dodds addressed members of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street about the Tyneside Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne and it's continuing value to the city community over many years.

  • Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Club Council Meeting at the President's house. All Club Council members are requested to attend.
  • Friday 27th January 2017 - Club Business Meeting.
  • Friday 10th February 2017 - Induction of Mr Keith Willis into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.  Guest Speaker, Past-President John Tootill, whose topic was 'An Irreverent Look At History'. (Photographs courtesy of Rotarian Kevin Jobson):





    Photo left: The Induction into Rotary of Rotarian Keith Willis by Club President Brian Straughan, while Keith's proposer Rotarian Eric Donkin looks on.




    Photo-right: Rotarian Keith Willis addresses the menbers of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.

  • Friday 3rd March 2017 - Induction of Mr David Linley PHF into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.  (Photographs courtesy of Rotarian Kevin Jobson):




    Photo left (l-r): Past-President John Tootill (proposer) introduces Mr David Lindley PHF as a new member to the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, while President Brian Straughan awaits his turn.  Rotarian David Hughes MBE sits patiently in the foreground!

    Photo right: President Brian Straughan inducts Rotarian David Lindley PHF into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street. Club Secretary, Fred Richards, looks on.

  • Friday - 17th March 2017 - Club Council Meeting - will be held at 2.00 pm , immediately after the weekly Friday meeting ends. All Club Council members are requested to attend please.
  • Saturday 18th March 2017 - Rotary District 1030 - 'Young Musician Competition' commences at 2.00 pm at Duchess High School, Taylor Drive, Alnwick, Northumberland. A young pianist, Bolin Dai, aged 16 years, is competing sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.  In fact Bolin Dia won the District competition and goes on to the Regional competition in Edinburgh on Saturday 1st April 2017.  It will be a fun & fellowship day and members, family & friends are cordially invited to attend in support.  Please contact Past-President Bill Holden PHF, email: or telephone: 01388 527 818, if you have any queries.
  • Monday 20th March 2017 - 'The Lucky Durhams' - is a play being presented by The Youth Connection Theatre Company, directed by Past-President Linda Watson PHF, on Monday, 20th March 2017, at 7.00 pm, in Cornerstones Methodist Church, Chester-le-Street.  Tickets cost £5 (including refreshments) and can be obtained from Cornerstones Office or telephoning (0191) 388 2826. Click here: to print-off an A5 poster.
  • Friday 24th March 2017 - a brief Business Meeting followed by the award of The Rose Trophy, by President Brian Straughan, to local Student, Luke Williams, for earning the highest academic achievement among Chester-le-Street Students. In addition to The Rose Trophy, which he can hold for a year, Luke also received a framed certificate and a cheque for £50. (Click here: to see photographs).
    Friday 24th March 2017 - a brief Business Meeting & Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) at which Past-President Bill Holden introduces Tom Ludlow, who will represent the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, as this year's RYLA Candidate. (See photograph right courtesy of Rotarian Brian Corker).
  • Friday 7th April 2017 - Guest Speaker: Mr Eric Bulmer,  Mr Bulmer is Chairman of Wardens, Warden of the Plumbers' Company, Durham City Freemen (Go to the 'Links' page to visit their website).
  • Friday 14th April 2017 - Good Friday (Easter) - no meeting.
  • Friday 21st April 2017 - Special General Meeting.
  • Saturday 29th April 2017 - 'James Etherington Musical Award' - promising young Musicians who are resident or attend an educational establishment within an area covered by the DH (Durham County) post codes, and who wish to further their training in singing or the playing of musical instruments, are invited to apply to take part in the 'James Etheringtom Musical Award'.  The competition is being held, commencing at 7.00 pm, in the Methodist Church, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. Click here: to print-off a poster with full details.
  • Saturday 17th June 2017 - 'President's Night' is in the planning stage.  All members, family & friends are invited to attend a celebrtatory evening which will be ful of of fun, fellowship, not to mention entertainment and a mega raffle.
  • Monday 7th - Friday 11th August 2017 - the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) - will be held at the Kingsway Outdoor Education Centre, Middleton-in-Teesdale. Tom Ludlow, a former winner of the Rotary Club's'Frank Baddilley Award' is taking part representing himself and the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.

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