Once the A level results are published, The Rotary Club of Retford has, for many years now, rewarded students for both their academic achievements and the contributions that they have made both to their school and the local community.
Before the sixth form college was set up, two students were nominated by the three secondary schools in the area. In keeping with this tradition two former pupils from each of the three academies — Retford Oaks, The Elizabethan and Tuxford — were chosen. The nominations coming from the schools concerned. All six receiving a £400 bursary from the Club’s Percy Laws Memorial Fund to help them towards the cost of setting themselves up at the continuing educational establishments of their choice. This year’s winners were Jonny Beaumont, Sophie Hall, Peter Hill, Olivia Crossland, Krzysia Jasinska and Thomas McCorkell. Rotarian Eddie MCGarvey, President of the Rotary Club, presented the cheques at the club’s regular meeting on 10th September.
On Tuesday 18th, a party of 24 members and partners went to Cave Castle near Hull for a golfing break superbly organised by Past President Gordon Muir. Three rounds of golf, entertainment every evening, good food and great accommodation. It even chose to rain once on the non-golfing day!
President Eddie was busy leading contingents to the Charter Anniversary Dinner Celebrations at two local clubs; Rotary Club of Market Rasen on Sunday 23rd September and Rotary Club of Doncaster St Ledger on 26th.
In between these two, Sam Glasswell, Curator of the Bassetlaw Museum, spoke to the members on 24th about the story of the Suffragettes. She was suitably dressed in suffragette uniform.