Local Rotary Club News

Shoebox Appeal

The Etwall & Hilton Rotary Club are pleased and proud to support the very worthwhile international charity Known as Shoebox. It has been operating for over 25 years and have delivered over one million boxes They are a UK registered not for profit, charity with no paid employees Rotary has no religious or political affiliations, and no leaflets are added to the boxes.
We operate all year – Not just at Christmas
The boxes only cost £2.00 each which is less than most on the market.

We are not associated to any other shoebox charity For more information, visit the Shoebox website at https://www.rotaryshoebox.org/

A number of the local schools already support this with us, but if there are any other groups that would like to get involved we’re always keen to welcome new people! And on an individual basis as well - doesn’t have to be a specific group. We are looking to send boxes out towards the end of October with the aim of collecting in by end November.

Community Awards Evening

The Etwall & Hilton Rotary Club, recently held a Community Awards Evening, as a result of the fundraising The Rotary do, primary from the sale of Christmas Trees and The Giant Easter Egg Raffle. A big thank you to all the businesses who allowed their premises to be used for the distribution of raffle tickets and for those who contributed otherwise.
Last years Christmas Tree Sale raised approximately £2,000+ and this was distributed, equally, between The Scropton Riding School for the Disabled and The Children's Holiday Centre at Skegness. Look out for details of this year's sale.. WE AIM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU CAN TOO.
A total of approximately £1500 and this was awarded to a number of, local good causes.

 Bob Potter

Community Awards Night

Recently it was our pleasure to hand over 9 cheques at our Community Awards Night for various amounts totalling £1500.

Donations were made to Hilton Primary, Etwall Primary, Sutton on the Hill School, Scropton Riding Centre, Marston Church, Burton Rugby and Safe & Sound Group

We were delighted to support the purchase of a Cooker, Benches, First Aid Kits, Plants, Orienteering equipment, Power Washer, Rugby equipment, gazebos and supporting child abuse care.

July 2018Colin Clark

Rotary at Christmas

On Saturday 2nd December Rotarians and their families came out in force to assist at Hilton Primary School Xmas Fayre, running a number of games helping the PTFA raise money and then it was onto the switching on of the lights of the Rotary donated Village Tree.

Rotary will also be donating trees to Hilton Methodist Church, Hatton Methodist Church, Etwall Alms Houses and Pear Tree Court.

On Fri 8th – Sun 10th Dec we will then be in force selling Christmas Trees to raise the valuable money we need so that we can make our various donations throughout the year

Dec 2017Colin Clark


Colin Clark was President of Etwall & Hilton Rotary Club for 2 years between 2015 – 2017. During that time he became aware of Scropton Riding and Driving Centre for the Disabled www.scropton.com . In his first year with a team of Rotarians, family and members of the Public the Club redecorated their coffee lounge and purchased new furniture. In his second year he decided the Club should purchase a new horse to become a long lasting legacy of Rotary.

The Club allocated £2000 from its Christmas Tree Sale proceeds and applied for a Rotary Foundation Grant of £1000, which was approved.

Rotary Foundation is the official Charity of Rotary International. Every Club worldwide raises money for the Foundation which in turn allocates the monies to projects that must support one of a number of criteria. Education and Development was the criteria we satisfied and further more the project has to be sustainable.

Upon purchasing the horse Scropton Riding School undertook to be responsible for its upkeep and on-going costs.

In June 2017 after much searching Scropton RDA finally discovered Ruby a 7 year old 16.3 hands Irish Draught that fitted their criteria perfectly and the purchase was made.

Ruby has been gradually adjusting to life at Scropton and in September 2017 a band of Rotarians cleaned and treated her Stable Block in advance of her official unveiling.

At 7 years old she has a potential to serve Scropton for 30 years giving them the ability to offer horse riding to taller, heavier riders. At 16.3 hands she is by far the biggest horse they have.

Oct 2017Colin Clark

Community Awards Night

Last Night we donated £2000 to 8 worthy causes at our Community Awards Night.

The lucky charities were:
Heart Screening for the Young - specifically targeting 14 - 35 year olds to try and catch a heart defect unlikely to be discovered until sadly after they have died.
Good News Crew - to support Rev Andy Murphie with his children's club at the church
Etwall Methodists - Need to refurbish their kitchen and our donation will help towards an under counter freezer
Mums & Tots - A once a week drop in club - our donation will help them to put on more elaborate craft sessions
PTA - Our donation will go towards 3 Gazebos for Hilton Primary School to use at various times especially Sports Day
Diggers - We have donated to the mini-garden at Hilton Primary School where they need benches, flowers and gardening equipment
Scouts - We are contributing to their funds to extend the Hilton Scout Hut which provides so many groups in the village a venue to use.
Headway - In recognition of the members of Derby Roteract who help at our Christmas Tree Sale they have nominated Headway a Derby based Charity to receive a contribution from the proceeds.
A meal was shared and every recipient explained al little about what they do to help in our community and how the money would be spent.

President Colin Clark is pictured with each recipient

June 2017Colin Clark

House Party and Fun Run

Our Treasurer and his wife entertained members and their wives to a party in their house last month on a nice sunny evening. With a drink in one hand we looked at all the competitions and tried to guess the name of this actress, that capital city and that TV show, with varied results. We then sat down to an excellent meal together with excellent wines. It was an evening to remember.

The start of Hilton Fun Run

The Club was asked to help with the marshalling of the Hilton 5 km Family Fun Run on Sunday 14 May and five members offered to assist. The duties involved closing the road before the race started at 10.00 am, manning certain check points along the route and being available in case any of the 170 competitors needed help. It was a sunny day and some members said they would like to compete next year and run with their children too. We were pleased to be able to help run the event.

At the end of this month we are looking forward to the handover party at the end of the Rotary year where a new President, Hayat Hulkorey, takes office. Our thanks go to Colin Clark of Hilton House Hotel who has been President for the last two years and is now moving to the position of Secretary.

June 2017John Gardam

30th Anniversary

Etwall & Hilton Rotary Club are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this June.

We invite friends old and new to join us for a night of Celebration at a Black Tie Dinner Dance on Friday 2nd June at Pirelli Stadium.

The £45 ticket price includes a 3-course meal and the opportunity to dance the night away to sensational band The Flames.

To show your interest please email P@etwallhiltonrotaryclub.co.uk for further information

April 2017

Community Awards 2017

Your local Rotary Club has a long standing history of supporting local community groups and charities both large and small. These have ranged from major projects, such as the swimming projects at the Primary Schools of Etwall and Hilton, to smaller donations to very small but vital community groups.

We really want to hear from local organisations and charities about the great things they are doing and the specific needs they may have to enable them to continue and improve their work. All applications will be considered.

Please send your application with details of your requirements, by post or e-mail to Michael Knighton, 14 Cherry Tree Close, Hilton, DE65 5FD email: mikeandmary@theknightons.com

The closing date for applications is Monday, 1st May 2017. The successful applicants will be invited to attend a presentation evening in June 2017.

January 2017John Gardam

Haggis and Neeps on Burns Night

On Friday, 27th January we held our annual Burns Night Party in Hilton Scout Hall. It proved popular and we had sold the maximum number of 110 tickets well before the night. The big draw was the 10 magicians from Derby Magic Circle who entertained us before dinner. They went from table to table and performed their magic in front of our very eyes. We saw cards appear and disappear, pieces of rope that seemed to be cut and then mysteriously rejoined and many other tricks.

Kevin Cartwright prepares to address the Haggis

Then it was time to address the Haggis. This was done by Kevin Cartwright wearing a Tam o'Shanta and brandishing a knife as he recited the address to the Haggis on the table in front of him. Several Rotary wives who had been slaving in the kitchen to cook the meal served the Haggis and 'neeps course and then, after an opportunity for seconds we came to the sweet - profiteroles and cream. The bar did a brisk trade in beer, wine, whisky and soft drinks throughout the evening

Next we came to the raffle. There were several prizes to be won and after these had been collected there was the cabaret, where we saw even more magic for 45 minutes.

Finally the President presented a cheque for £1000 to Mr and Mrs McArdle for their charity Kids Aid Tanzania which represented some of the profit from the evening's activities. It was a great night and one to remember.

President Colin Clark presents a cheque for £1000 to Mr and Mrs McArdle

February 2017John Gardam

Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch

On the first Tuesday of every month our Club organises a lunch for some 24 Hilton senior citizens in the Village Hall. Club members and their wives take it in turn to produce either the starter and sweet or the main course and other members help with the waiting and washing up. The diners pay a nominal charge. In December we organise a special Christmas lunch with roast turkey and all the trimmings and have a raffle as well.

Some of the diners at our 2016 Christmas lunch

On arrival everybody is given a glass of sherry or a soft drink and a raffle ticket. Then the next thing to do is to pull the crackers, put on the hats and read the jokes. After this the food begins to arrive. There is much chatter over lunch, and then it is time to draw the raffle. There are always sufficient prizes for everybody to win one. Coffee and tea follows after which the club members begin to wash up. This year we had 26 people to Christmas lunch which means we washed up not only 26 glasses and cups and saucers, 104 plates and dishes as well as 130 knives, forks and spoons, but seeing how much our guests enjoyed the event made it all worthwhile.

January 2017John Gardam

Selling Christmas Trees

On the weekend of 9-11 December last year the Club was busy selling Christmas Trees on a piece of land adjacent to the Royal Derby hospital car park. We do this every year but we were fortunate this year to have better weather than on previous years and more helpers from other organisations, including pupils from John Port School, members of Interact, the Scouts, Hilton Harriers, Hilton Party in the Park and other villagers.

A John Port student selling a tree to two customers

Over the weekend we sold slightly more trees this year than last and preliminary figures show that we made a profit on the trees and the associated raffle of some £7,300, all of which will be given to local, national and international charities. We will publish a list of donations at a later date.

February 2017John Gardam

Shoebox Collections - Spreading a Little Happiness

We all hear about the shoebox collections that take place close to Christmas to spread a little joy amongst those in need, but did you know that Rotary International runs its own scheme too?
Rotary distributes boxes almost exclusively to Eastern Europe and although our Club supports this in the lead up to Christmas, the Rotary Scheme runs all year round. Rotary provide specially printed boxes for filling, which are designed to be hard-wearing and easy to stack and will even collect them from your door!

Glynis Dalley and an assistant with decorated shoeboxes prepared by Scropton Riding School

Our Club members at Etwall & Hilton are regular supporters of the scheme, and this year thanks to some very generous donations, we are pleased to have collected around 300 boxes - 3 times as many as last year! Many thanks have to go to our supporters in the Club itself and the Rotaract Club in Derby, and then also Hilton Primary School (who contributed a whopping 180 boxes!), John Port School in Etwall, Scropton Riding for the Disabled and Else Solicitors in Burton on Trent.

The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

If you want to find out more, please look at the website : www.rotaryshoebox.org or their Facebook page :

December 2016Kathryn Caple

Business Meeting 4th October 2016

Sometimes we get multiple needs at once which is why we are so reliant on our Christmas Tree Sale which gives us that ability to respond without having to raise the money there and then.

At our recent Business meeting we ratified the following donations:

Humanitarian Project supporting the Rotary Club of Bayreuth Eremitage, Germany to introduce music to under-privileged children from around the world received £450

In the wake of the disaster in Italy; on-going war in Syria and recent hurricane in Haiti we agreed to fund a Shelterbox costing around £550. Visit their website to learn about their hard work https://www.shelterbox.org/

We have a guest speaker in November coming to talk to us about Kids Aid Tanzania who the club has already agreed to support and will be handing them a cheque for £800. To learn more about their hard work, check out their website http://www.kidsaidtanzania.org.uk/

A couple of smaller donations were also agreed bringing the total to £2000.

This has pretty much depleted the available funds ready to be topped up with the Tree Sale and a Burns Night scheduled for January.


"Many thanks again for your support toward the BASC Charity Gala on Saturday 10th September 2016 at the Meadowside Leisure Centre Burton.

The gala consisted of 2 teams from Burton, Swadlincote and Etwall swimming clubs, boys and girls aged 9-12's. The event was made up of 49 races covering all 4 strokes plus both freestyle and medley relay.

A record crowd packed into the Meadowside to watch some great racing by all 6 teams with Burton A eventually winning the gala.

All swimmers went up in reverse order to be presented with their medals and Burton A collected the Hardwick Shield presented by Paul Buck (HiQ Burton) and Georgina Irvine (PalletForce).

BASC Chair Emma Hardwick presented a cheque for £600 to Maria Hanson of the Maria Hanson Foundation (me&dee Charity), being the proceeds from all spectator entrance fees."

A Coat Of Paint And A Horse

We do all sorts of things in a Rotary Club and in April we were doing a bit of painting and decorating at Scropton Riding School for the Disabled because the cafe was in need of some redecoration. A team of ten Rotarians and eight other volunteers set out to apply the £270 worth of paint that the Club had donated. The work was done over several days and amounted to 115 hours of community effort. Many hands made light work of the project and the cafe was soon spick and span ready for the Royal visit planned for later in the month.

As the school is our President's nominated charity for the next Rotary year we plan to raise funds to provide a new horse (to be called 'Rotary') for the school to use to pull their carriage.

Two of our members have been invited to the event and we wait to hear all about it. Our President0's St George's Day Ball is on Saturday, 23 April at the Hilton House Hotel and we are looking forward to putting on posh frocks and black ties and dancing the night away. Hopefully the event will raise quite a lot of money which can be put into our horse fund.

May 2016John Gardam

Senior Citizens Party

We were pleased to entertain 104 guests at our annual Senior Citizens Party at the Hilton House Hotel on Saturday, 12 March. As usual, about a third of the guests came from Etwall, a third came from Hatton and a third from Hilton. Many were brought by car by Rotarians and their wives and on arrival everyone was given a glass of sherry, beer or orange juice and a raffle ticket. The audience just about filled the Hilton House Hotel ballroom.

The main attraction this year was the Breakaway Singers, a local group of retired people who enjoy singing and entertaining an audience. A Rotarian, Terry Hickman, was the MC and after a few jokes he introduced the Breakaway Singers and their programme began. We heard several old toe-tapping favourites like A your adorable, B you are so beautiful... and She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes ..then it was time for tea which was served by Rotarians and wives. Next it was time to draw the raffle and hand out the 50 or so prizes which had been donated by the Club and wrapped by Rotarian wives. Then we had the second half of the programme which included Land of Hope and Glory with a lot of flag waving and actors in uniform. Finally a few more jokes from our MC completed the afternoon and it was time to head for home. It was an entertaining event and one that we hope to repeat next year.

April 2016John Gardam