Sherwood Forest Rotary Proms Concert

by | 10 May 2024 | Rotary, Sherwood

On 23rd March Sherwood Forest Rotary Club presented their Annual Proms Concert at St Paulinus Church, New Ollerton.

The event was again sponsored by Jones & Co Solicitors, to whom the Rotary Club offers sincere thanks for their continued support.

The musicians played to a full audience and presented a varied programme of music.

The Dukeries Community Band opened the Concert after a warm welcome from Reverend Richard Hanford. Conductor Ray Jones led the band through the first half with music from Oliver, favourite Beatles melodies and All That Jazz before bringing the half to a close with Saxology and Putting on the Ritz.

Also featuring were the Edwinstowe Handbell Ringers who demonstrated their skills with a variety of styles. They were followed by Beverly Davis-Clegg, who sang songs from the shows including Climb Every Mountain, Over the Rainbow and I Dreamed a Dream.

Beverley’s professional performance was enjoyed by all and, no doubt, she will feature in many more local events.

Beverley and the Handbell Ringers again featured in the second half of the programme which was opened by the Community Band with Sweet Caroline, which set the tone for many opportunities for the audience to take part. Following the Radetsky March the Band, assisted by Beverley, led the audience in Pennies from Heaven and the favourite songs from the Proms including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Two presentations were made during the evening. The first was to Malcolm Bevan from the band members for his work with the band spanning 40 years.

The second presentation was to Mr John Scaysbrook of Edwinstowe who has made outstanding contributions to his community, including organising events during Covid at Edwinstowe Village Hall. He has also organised events for the elderly and lonely at difficult times. John was presented with a Citation and is the holder of the Rotary Robin Hood Award for 2024.

The Sherwood Forest Rotary Club would like to say a big thank you to Reverend Richard Hanford for allowing the use of St Paulinus Church, the ladies for providing refreshments, the Dukeries Community Band, Mr Ray Jones, the Edwinstowe Handbell Ringers and Beverley Davis-Clegg for providing an excellent evening of music.

In his closing remarks President Tim Wildgust thanked everyone including Rotarian Malcolm Bevan for organising the concert.
The evening raised over £1,000, most of which goes to local groups or individuals in need of support. Please contact the club for further information at

Finally, don’t forget the Rotary’s Charity Golf Day on Tuesday 4th June!