News

Annual Crocus Planting

Sunday 24th October saw a respectable number of club members in attendance at Cannon Hall to plant crocuses in support of the Beat Polio campaign. The weather was reasonable enough for us plant 2,000 bulbs in good time for next spring.

The muddied crew in the photograph have just completed their task.

Charter Dinner

At last, we’ve celebrated our Charter anniversary with our combined 44th and 45th Charter Dinner. Our celebration took place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new Weston building on October 7th. We were fortunate enough to have Peter Murray, the founder of the sculpture park as our guest speaker and he gave a fascinating account of the inception and development of this fine national resource.

The meeting was attended by four past and present Rockley presidents who had been waiting patiently to honour our anniversary with a non-virtual event. It proved to be well worth the wait.

Children’s Art Exhibition

Following the success of our first Children’s Art Exhibition, we are organising a similar competition during the autumn. Entries are invited from primary schools in the Barnsley area, to be judged by Ashley Jackson.

The event will be launched at the Metrodome at 5.00 pm on Friday, 10th September and the prizegiving is scheduled for 4.00 pm on Friday, 19th November, again at the Metrodome. Entries will then be on display until 5.00 pm on Saturday 20th November.

Presidential Handover

Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club held its first live meeting for almost eighteen months on 28th July. The club now meets at Barnsley Metrodome at 6.00 pm every Wednesday for a meal and guest speaker. We hope that the club can now continue to hold face to face meetings rather than the virtual Zoom meetings of the past year. This year the club has joint presidents, Jennifer Linskey and Christine Richards, though only one chain of office, worn by Christine on the photograph.

Barnsley Boundary Relay Race

Following last year’s enforced absence, the annual relay race reappeared bigger and better than ever. Saturday, 19th June dawned bright and sunny and continued in that vein for most of the day, providing excellent conditions for negotiating the 72 miles of Barnsley’s border.

Philip Thompson, one of our longstanding members, was responsible for devising the course in the 1990s and still organises an eager team of marshals from the club to ensure that competitors do not stray from the approved route. This year’s race was extremely competitive and was won by Barnsley Athletic Club in a time of just over 8 hours. The prize presentation took place at the Traveller’s Inn, Oxspring and was attended by a large number of runners and supporters.

It was heartwarming to see this established event meet with such success in a year when everyone is searching for signs of normality. We were also very grateful to receive a cheque for £1,300 for the club’s charitable work, including the Foundation Trust.