The Rotary Club of Retford

by | 5 January 2024 | Retford, Rotary

A fabulous amount of community and fundraising activities have taken place over November and December.

The Club was fully engaged in supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and members staffed the stall at Asda in Retford for two days at the beginning of November. This was followed by a fantastic return of the Festival of Remembrance event in Retford Town Hall on the evening of 11th November.

Despite initially slow ticket sales, on the night the hall was full with over 200 people attending what was both an entertaining and moving evening. All the performers and contributors were excellent. The next day was the service at Retford War Memorial and a wreath was laid on behalf of Retford Rotary by Club President Mary Danby.

A big event in November was the Victorian Christmas Market and Lunch held at Ye Olde Bell. The stage was beautifully set with Christmas decorations, trees and carols. Pudsey Bear and his Children in Need barrel organ greeted guests at the front door, and Bassetlaw Hospice representative Debbie Rawlings dressed the part in her Victorian costume, as did many stallholders.

As a social event the diners all enjoyed a wonderful atmospheric festive lunch. As a fundraising event in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice an amazing £5,000 was raised in total, enabling a donation of £3,000 to the Hospice, with £1,000 going to other local charities and the further £1,000 having been raised by Rotary Club charities on the day on their own stalls. What a worthwhile event!

Club members have also been out in the cold over the last few weeks. A children’s toy stall selling inexpensive, donated, good condition children’s toys was held on the Friday market in November. The Club also turned out for the Retford Christmas Tree lighting at the end of November and ran a successful hamper raffle stall, and carried out the annual street collection at the start of December, raising further funds for local good causes.

The fabulous charitable donations made by the Club are of course made possible by the generosity and support of local people attending the Club’s events. The Club would therefore like to thank everyone who has supported its fundraising efforts in any capacity during 2023, and also wish the local community a very Happy New Year.

Plans are already underway for some great events next year. Hold the date for a fabulous Mari Gras Party night, which will be held in Retford Town Hall on the evening of 2nd February. See the advert in this magazine for full details and tickets.