The Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest members and members of the public have been treated with a trilogy of talks relating to crime. The first was a talk given by the forensic scientist Roger Summers, who brought along a collection of bits found in the rubble after fires and we were asked to identify them. This month a Nottinghamshire policeman and scene of crimes officer, John Clark, treated the club to a fascinating insight of the history and methods of crime detection. Members’ finger prints were taken and compared with one another. They learnt that our fingerprints fall into four main categories and the chances of two fingerprints being the same is one in 100 million! In 1909 it was decided to adopt finger printing as the main source of identification and replace the previous widespread use of identifying features such as body shape, gait, height, hair and skin colour, sex, etc. In 1905 the Stretton Brothers from Wales were convicted of murder on the strength of fingerprint identification.
At the last Wednesday of the month ‘open’ meeting, Trevor Negus, a local retired police inspector from Mansfield, introduced the club to a series of crime books he had written since retiring. His first book, the ‘Coal Killer’, is based on events that happened during the 1984 miners’ strike. Rotary members who bought the ‘Coal Killer’, following Trevor’s talk, said it was a great read with lots of local interest.
Trevor experienced a variety of roles and duties during his career in the police force. He had a narrow escape when as beat officer in Hyson Green, whilst on his round, he heard a swishing noise just before a refrigerator fell from a tower block and landed 10 feet away from him. During his career he did a six-year stint as a special operations sniper in Birmingham. He was part of the police team protecting Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Queen’s Medical Centre and he also undertook close protection duties for Members of Parliament. Altogether an amazing man, with plenty more stories to tell in the future.
Edwinstowe Hospice Support Group
Rotarians Don and Mary Brown presented a cheque for £85.00 to Phil Robinson, the Chairman, and Pat Bamford of Edwinstowe John Eastwood Hospice Support Group. This money is given by Rotary members in lieu of sending each other Christmas cards. Don and Mary’s relationship with Phil, Pat and other long serving members of the Edwinstowe Support Group goes back over 40 years, before the hospice was built. Don was founding Chairman and Mary founding Hon Secretary of the hospice, when many volunteers worked together to build the Hospice at Kings Mill that opened in 1990. On display at the Coffee Morning was the ‘Edwinstowe Support Group Scrap Book’ containing newspaper cuttings from the Hospice Appeal inception and showing the continuation of the Support Group’s wonderful commitment which has raised over £100,000 since the mid-1980s. The Coffee Morning was well supported and the club’s thanks go to everyone who came and to those dedicated people who have given their time over so many years to help make other people’s lives easier in their hour of need.
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