Bollywood glamour hits Retford

by | 15 May 2018 | Community Focus, Retford, Rotary

The glamour of Indian cinema and the fragrances of Mumbai’s powerful spices will permeate the cooler climes of Nottinghamshire this November, as the social event of the year gate-crashes Retford with all the panache of a Bollywood diva!

After a three year lull the Rotary Club of Retford — famous for its huge charity fund raisers — has sent out a message to the region’s movers and shakers, dust off your finery and prepare to party, as they launch their most ambitious plan yet, to stage the 2018 Bollywood Charity Gala Ball.

Fancy Dress
The prestigious black-tie event — elegant Indian style fancy dress is also being encouraged — will be staged at Barnby Moor’s Ye Olde Bell Hotel on 3rd November this year.
Paul Withers, Rotary Club of Retford’s Foundation Officer, said: “Events of this type are a huge undertaking but, after a three-year lull, we are full of new ideas and the Bollywood events team is poised to swing into action.”
The Club has already staged a series of amazing charity dinners in recent years with themes as diverse as James Bond, the Roaring Twenties and Las Vegas.
And this time, they are promising their regular supporters something entirely different.

Jockeys Needed!
“We have got a few surprises up our sleeve including the Mumbai Handicap Race and, forgive the pun, but the race is now on to find at least six of the region’s finest jockeys to take part in a very special horse race: no equine skills necessary!”
The 300 head dinner, which is targeting £8,000+ for charity, will raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston near Sheffield and Retford’s Bassetlaw Hospice. Part of proceedings will go to Retford Rotary’s own designated charities.
“Our casino has always proved a winner and is back by popular demand.

Bollywood to Bhangra
“Our Gala Ball will ooze glamour and the glitz of Bollywood cinema,” said Paul, “and our regular supporters can expect something totally different as we thrill them with some very special dance guests and stylish musicians they will not have heard before.”
Whether its Bhangra music, iconic choreography or a simple whiff of Slumdog Millionaire, the cinematic images of India will all be there.
“We have some stunning raffle prizes lined up, games, fun, frolics and a themed menu so it promises to be an amazing evening. More to the point this is an event that will help those with life-limiting, long-term conditions, and there is nothing worthier than that,” said Paul.
So, for a glimpse of the life made famous by Bollywood movie princess Sonam Kapoor, and director Rajkumar Hirani, high-tail it to Retford’s Ye Olde Bell Hotel and blow away the November blues with a taste of Bollywood, and a rare treat, the like of which is unlikely to be seen in Retford for many a year to come. Everyone is welcome.

Tickets at £65 can be purchased from Paul Withers on 07876 440237 or by emailing Isabell Lee at
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