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Rotary Bakewell welcomes Chatsworth Players

Speaker Lindsay Jackson (left) and Rotarians Ann Esders and Tom Marshall

Rotary Bakewell guest speaker at the Rutland Arms on Wednesday 15th February was Lindsay Jackson, Director of the Chatsworth Players. She gave the meeting a very interesting, informative and entertaining presentation on the history of the “Royal” theatre at Chatsworth and its most recent history since refurbishment and formation of the Chatsworth Players by her mother Sylvia in 2007. The contribution of amateur dramatics in the UK generates some £34M income from 2,500 venues – and many professional actors started on this stage! The Chatsworth Theatre has 130 members who provide the artists and backstage crews for the annual programme which attracts some 2,000 to the shows and a further 3,000 online. Lindsay exuded the enthusiasm of the group – and clearly they have fun and great joy from the theatre. They have extended their reach to outdoor venues like Cromford Mills immediately post pandemic – and also at the Buxton Festival fringe. They also raise funds for various charities including Cancer Research and Alzheimer’s Society. The next show is Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & April 1st. More details of forthcoming programmes can be found at The speaker was introduced by Christopher Harrison and a vote of thanks given by John Burn. More details on our website at

Another New Member joins Rotary Bakewell – Margie Stuckey from the Medway Centre

Rotary Bakewell was delighted to welcome Margie Stuckey as a new and returning member to the club at the meeting on 15th February at the Rutland Arms. Margie is well known to Bakewell residents where she is based at the Medway Centre – and has had close contacts with the club for many years where we have hosted various events, most recently very successful quiz nights.

We have several new members lined up in the near future – and always looking for more to join our ranks – for more details please contact Membership secretary Ann Esders at or (M) 07967 665580.

Bakewell Rotary raising funds for the Turkey/Syria Earthquake

Rotary Bakewell will be raising funds for local Rotary charity AquaBox to provide their world-renowned clean water supply equipment to the victims of the tragic earthquake which had claimed in excess of 40,000 by mid-February. We have made collections at the Aldi Store in Bakewell with many thanks to the store management.


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