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Critical operation for Milo

20th November 2020
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RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

It has been another busy couple of weeks at the local RSPCA animal centre. New arrivals include little Milo, who was in a terrible state with matted fur and a severe bacterial ear infection. Milo was given a trial on strong antibiotics, but sadly Milo’s condition worsened and now he needs surgery. read more

Rother Valley Retired Teachers

13th November 2020
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Rother Valley Retired Teachers’ Association

Rother Valley Retired Teachers’ Association are uncertain when they will be able to next meet, but hope very much that they will resume as soon as is possible in 2021. Meanwhile, the committee wish to extend festive greetings to all members. read more

St Bartholomew’s Church, Maltby

13th November 2020
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St Bartholomew’s Church, Maltby

St Barts in Maltby is gradually and slowly opening up with all the usual hygiene precautions. They hold a service every Sunday at 10.45am – usually a said Holy Communion service with no singing and social distancing. All are welcome to join them. read more

Doncaster Moviemakers

12th November 2020
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Doncaster Moviemakers

Unfortunately, Doncaster Moviemakers’ 2019 / 2020 programme was suspended at the end of February. However, since then members have been sharing films digitally. Between Christmas and the suspension there were successful meetings. read more

Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts

10th November 2020
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Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts

The Harworth Christie began life in 1934, when it was built for the Regal Cinema – Durham. The closing of the Regal Cinema gave the Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts’ committee the chance to purchase the Christie Organ. This involved the dismantling of the organ, and transporting it to Harworth over many journeys back and forth to be stored in various sites at the colliery. read more

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club

8th November 2020
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Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club

Newman School Sensory Room
Despite all the issues presented by current restrictions, new sensory equipment has been installed at Newman School. The equipment should stimulate multi-sensory communication and contribute to an improved quality of life for children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs. The equipment was purchased with the support of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, a Rotary District 1220 Foundation Grant plus Friends of Newman School.

Personal Protective Equipment and Wortley Rotary
The club were approached recently by Wortley Rotary, offering to supply visors and masks to Rotherham food banks. Long standing Wortley Rotarian Lewis Atkinson has negotiated the supply of over 10,000 items of PPE to those in need throughout South Yorkshire. Through Wortley’s generosity and the support of VAR (Voluntary Action Rotherham), Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club have been able to supply 90 visors and 170 masks for circulation to food banks in Rotherham. This is another example of ‘Service Above Self’ and the cooperation between Rotarians from different clubs.

World Polio Day and ‘Purple for Polio’
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club was one of thousands of Rotary clubs across the world taking action on World Polio Day on 24th October to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio.
This vaccine-preventable disease still threatens children in parts of the world today. If polio is not eradicated, it is estimated that, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 children annually all over the world could succumb to polio.
In Rotherham, the Town Hall will be illuminated in purple from Thursday 22nd to Wednesday 28th October to show how Rotherham Council is proud to show support to the Rotary movement and the End Polio campaign.
Many polio-related activities will be using the colour purple, which has become a symbolic colour in the fight against polio, inspired by the colour of the dye painted on the little finger of a child to signify they have received a potentially life-saving polio vaccine. Globally, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against the disease, which has reduced the number of cases by 99.9% from around 1,000 cases per day in 125 countries. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts and thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation every £1.00 raise is matched two-to-one so is worth £3.00.
In August, Rotary and the world celebrated a significant milestone, as the World Health Organization certified the Africa region, which includes 47 countries, free from wild polio. This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries in the world. But despite this momentous progress, more challenging work lies ahead to eradicate the disease for good.
Chris Croker, Chair of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club’s Foundation and International Committee commented: “We’re proud to be marking World Polio Day locally and recognising the work of Rotary and our partners and the millions of people involved in so many ways in the international fight for a polio free world. Only together can we end polio, a virus that is still potentially just a plane ride away.
“We have seen how we need to work together when dealing with COVID-19 and we can all play our part. The members of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary remain committed to working with our communities and our partners to eliminate this potentially deadly virus and make Rotary’s dream of a polio free world a reality.”
Rotary has directly contributed more than US$2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985. During the last four years Rotherham Sitwell Rotary has contributed the equivalent of US$8,280. To get involved in Rotary and make a difference in your community and around the world, visit www.rotarygbi.org/join.

Other news
The club gave a warm welcome to District Governor Dr Jill Bethell at the end of September. She joined them via Zoom and congratulated the Club on their work for Rotherham Foodbank during the COVID-19 crisis.
Forthcoming speaker meetings are:

  • 29th October: Angela Wood, Chief Nurse, Rotherham Foundation Trust
  • 19th November: Audiology and Hearing Awareness

Find out more at www.sitwellrotary.org.uk.

Brand-new website for Wickersley residents

7th November 2020
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Wickersley Parish Council

Wickersley Parish Council have launched a new website. Carol Lavell, Wickersley Parish Clerk, said: “One thing we have all learned during the last six months is the importance of good communication. During ‘Lockdown’ we’ve taken the opportunity to work on a brand-new parish website which is now ‘live’.” read more

Tickhill Music Society

6th November 2020
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Tickhill Music Society

Regrettably, and after much consideration, Tickhill Music Society have decided to cancel their November and December concerts. However, they are trying to remain positive and hope that their season of classical music will resume in January. read more

Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café

6th November 2020
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Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café

The volunteers at Wickersley’s Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café hope all their members are keeping well. It’s not been easy for anyone these last seven or more months and the team have missed their monthly meetings as they are sure you all have. read more

Trio of Rotherham parks celebrate Green Flag Award

6th November 2020
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Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Three of Rotherham’s green spaces have this week been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being one of the very best in the UK. Clifton, Greasbrough and Ulley parks are amongst a record-breaking 2,000 UK parks and green spaces that today received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. read more