Rolleston Club News 2011

Winter 2011

Village Gala

After many months of planning and then some, the outcome was another blooming great day on August Bank Holiday Monday. Show areas ready to receive the abundance of exhibits, gazebo’s popping up at every strategic spot and the Gala Team and judges positioned to ensure everything was just so. 147 entries were processed in the frantic two hours before judging at 10.00 am. The judges carefully scrutinized, measured, cut, pressed, prodded, tasted and sipped 588 entries from 124 individuals before awarding the prizes. While judging was in progress, stall holders and rides were quietly erecting their equipment for the fun in the afternoon. At noon the Gala was officially opened by the Mayor Patricia Ackroyd, show areas opened for general viewing and the village filled.

The evening presentations were carried out by our Vicar, Ian Whitehead, followed by the Grand Auction which is always a great laugh and once again, expertly presided over by Len Torr. The evening came to a close with the Grand Raffle with some fantastic prizes gathered by Sue Fraser. Any profit this year was earmarked to fund new curtains for the recently decorated Snooker rooms. I am delighted to report a profit of £1,400 was realized and way beyond our expectations. This paid for the curtains in full and allowed us to help the St Mary’s fabric fund with a donation of £150. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the day in particular, the Gala Team, Sponsors, Judges, Staffs County Council, Graham Jacks, exhibitors and everyone who took time out to come and see our Village Gala, I hope you all enjoyed the day and congratulations to all who won.

Rolleston Village Country Gala 2011 Results

Section Prize Section Winner Section Points
Vegetables - Culinary £10.00 Clive Smith 34
Vegetables - Large £10.00 Tom Martin 6
Fruit £10.00 Tom Martin 11
Flowers £10.00 Angie Gillespie 14
Pot Plants £10.00 Tom Martin 14
Floral Art £10.00 Jane Howard 7
Cookery £10.00 Elaine Toon 16
Home-made Wine £10.00 Pam Robinson 13
Children’s £10.00 Millie Liddle & Finley Liddle 5
Craft £10.00 Jane Cherril 5
Photographs £10.00 Terry Williams 5
Drawings & Paintings £10.00 Pam Robinson 3
Limerick £10.00 Sylvia Martin 5
Special Awards Trophy Winner Points
Gent with Highest Points Score DRS Shield Clive Smith 54
Lady with Highest Points Score Bass Brewers Shield Angie Gillespie 40
Most Deserving Mick Hart shield Trevor Foster  
Boy with Highest Points Score Certificate & £10.00 Finley Liddle 5
Girl with Highest Points Score Certificate & £10.00 Millie Liddle 5

Village Gala 2012 - August 27th, Bank Holiday

Here are the Craft Classes for you to think about in the winter months -
- Greetings card (state if bought decorations used)
- Model (not kit)
- Counted cross-stitch article
- Wood-turning/sculpture
- Item of jewellery
- NEW! Patchwork or stitched item
- NEW! Knitted article
Whatever your interest, get to work, there's money to be won.


Our Main Hall & Kitchen can be booked for Parties. Club Lounge can be booked for Wakes etc. We can supply buffets.

Dates to Note:

Children’s Christmas Party – £4.50 per child
Sunday 11th December 3.00pm until 6.00pm Christmas Bingo – Friday 16th December
Boxing Day – Karaoke from 6.30pm
New Year’s Eve – Live Band FRONT PAGE, tickets will be on sale during December. £6.00 Members £8.00 guests
Pensioners Party – Saturday 7th January 2012 - £6.00 per head
British Legion songs through the years with Tommy T – Saturday 14th January.

More information

Monday Nights - Bridge, Whist, Line Dancing Classes from 7.00pm
Wednesday Nights - Weekly Quiz at 9.00pm including supper
Thursday Nights - Darts, Whist
Friday Nights - Cash Bingo 8.00pm
Other games Dominoes, Crown Green Bowls

Interested in becoming a club member? pop in for a chat and have a look round, you are very welcome.
For more information Tel: 01283 812072 or e-mail:

Macmillan Coffee Morning

First of all a thank you to Rolleston Club for once again allowing the Biggest Coffee Morning as the venue. And a Very Big Thank You to all of you that accommodated posters beforehand and the support with individual donations. On the day a total of £836.20 was raised. We were also pleased with the weather which contributed to a very social atmosphere, plenty of tea and coffee was drunk. The stall holders were delighted with the venue and I am sure there was something for most to pleasingly purchase. Grateful thanks to those on the day who helped to make it such a success. (Jill, Kay, Peggy, Christine)

Autumn 2011

I begin this update of Club activities on a sad note. Herbert Fisher passed away recently after a short illness. He had been a very popular member of the club for many years, loved snooker and will be greatly missed. A real character who told many tales of old regarding farming in and around our village, he had a nick name for everyone and everything, mine was Tiger Tim and all the girls were called Petal. Playing snooker, he would refer to the Yellow ball as Canary, Green – Cabbage, Brown – Chocolate and the Black as The Black Mariah. “Give it a penny of swerve” or “hit it where it shines” was often heard in the snooker rooms and made us all laugh. Amazingly, he turned out for one of our league teams a couple of years ago as they were short of players and made a very respectable break in the twenties to make headlines in the Burton Mail which he was very proud of. He did not even wear glasses, for a man in his early eighties, remarkable. He paid for the snooker tables to be recovered and French polished in 2009 and more recently, generously gave the Club £2,000 pounds towards redecoration of the Snooker rooms which you may have seen us busy doing.

If you drop into the Club lounge you will see notice this too has been decorated with new curtains and fittings. We are very grateful to Jill Sharratt for making the curtains for us, they look lovely.

We have also been busy putting fencing up, actually it went up, came down, and then up again. We discovered more substantial posts were the answer. This fencing has defined the frontage of the club and we will be introducing planters next year to brighten it further. I hope by the time you read this, the fencing will have been painted white in keeping with the immediate surrounding area.

After many months of work, the waste ground at the rear of the club has been sold. It is our intention to complete further improvements to the building in the near future.

Village Gala – the finishing touches are being made to ensure we are ready for this year’s Gala. As usual, many meetings have taken place to make this happen and I am extremely grateful for the input from everyone involved.

Next Major Event
22nd October - October Beer Festival + Bavarian Oomphah Band on the Saturday Night, tickets will be available during September for Saturday evening. More details available from the club.

Our Main Hall & Kitchen can be booked for Parties. The Club Lounge can be booked for Wakes etc.

We can supply buffets

Interested in becoming a club member? pop in for a chat and have a look round, you are very welcome.

For more information Tel: 01283 812072 or e-mail:

Summer 2011

I can’t believe three months have passed since the last edition, where does the time go? Like all organisations, we are busy running the business, improving and planning many things which fill our year with activities and events for all to enjoy. In these difficult times, we need people who go the extra mile to make things happen and I would like to thank Dave Sharratt and John Brandon for their commitment and hard work, much done behind the scenes keeping things ticking over. Our Committee has depleted somewhat but I must thank the efforts of our team, they have been fantastic putting in the work to help us evolve and strengthen the Club’s future. I must also thank members who are not on the Committee but work equally as hard for the Club. You may wonder why I am writing these notes of thanks, but once elected onto the committee, the term of office is two years and then re-election takes place. We have all done two years and have just been through the re-election process at the AGM and I am pleased to report our Committee for the next two years is largely the same. We do however need extra hands to ease the workload, so if anyone reading this would like to become a Club Committee member, please ring me on 07771 538896 for an informal chat.

I mentioned the AGM, and I am pleased to report we made a small profit in our last financial year after our expenditure of maintenance work and improvements throughout the year which took a lot of money. Sound management and operations are required for survival, so it is very satisfying that the report is good news.

Recent events in the club were the big screen showings of the Rugby Six Nations and of course, the major event of the year, the Royal Wedding. We at the club had a great day. Between seventy and eighty people were present enjoying cocktails and fabulous food for the occasion. Everyone was singing, cheering and crying it was a very special day.

Our village Transport Festival day is fast upon us and we are involved on a large scale once again. No doubt there will be plenty to write about for the next edition.

Our Mayor challenged the Officers and Committee to a Bowls match which is taking place during the afternoon of Sunday May 8th at 2.00pm on our Bowls green. I will let you know how it went in the next edition.

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Monday 29th August 2011

Planning for the Village Country Gala is very much in motion and this year will be just as big as last year.

A copy of the show schedule is included in the Summer issue of Rollestonian (and available here) – Start planning your entries now!

The full Schedule, Entry Form & Rules will be available from Starbucks, the Club and the Jinnie backed up with posters throughout the village.

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Entertainment Guide to what’s on in June, July & August 2011

Sat 11th “Limozine” Live three piece band

Fri 24th from 5.00pm plus Entertainment
Sat 25th from 12.00 noon until finish. Live band at night “The Dark Horses”
Sun 26th from 12.00 noon until finish, B-B-Q in the afternoon

Sat 2nd “ Crackerjack” One of the best midland bands playing all covers
Sat 9th Royal British Legion 90th Anniversary Celebration on the Croft & in the Club

Sat 13th High Flyers” All live Rockabilly Band
Sat 27th “Something Else”50’s & 60’s night
Sun 28th “Karaoke” Your chance to sing. From 7.00pm
Bank Holiday Monday 29th Village Country Gala & Horticultural Show

Other date to note 22nd October
October Beer Festival + Bavarian Oompah Band on the Saturday Night


More information

Monday Night‘s Bridge, Whist, Line Dancing Classes from 7.00pm
Wednesday Night’s Aerobics Class 7.00pm-8.00pm, Weekly Quiz at 9.00pm, food available
Thursday Night’s Darts, Whist
Friday Night’s Cash Bingo 8.00pm
Other games Dominoes, Crown Green Bowls

Our Main Hall & Kitchen can be booked for Party’s. Club Lounge can be booked for Wakes etc
We can supply buffets

Interested in becoming a club member? pop in for a chat and have a look round, you are very welcome
For more information Tel: 01283 812072 or e-mail:

Tim James, Chairman

Spring 2011

Another busy time for the club over the Christmas period started with the Children’s Christmas Party expertly facilitated by Retro Disco. Our annual Christmas Quiz was well attended and New Years Eve sold out, the phones were still ringing on the night by people trying to get in. The live act on the evening was Front Page who were so good we booked them that night for this coming New Year’s Eve entertainment. No sooner had we recovered from that, the pensioner’s party took place on the 8th January. A lavish hot three course Christmas meal was delivered by an army of us, this was the first real test of our new kitchen and I must say we learnt a lot that day. Sixty members were catered for and feedback was very positive indeed. I am always amazed how people freely give their time to help deliver such an occasion, and my thanks are given to everyone who helped and made this day possible. We are now planning to serve very competitively priced Sunday Roast lunches so watch out for this.

During December, I had a meeting with Tutbury Institute where we discussed the possibility of inter -club activities. January and February are generally difficult times for pubs and clubs, so the idea is to generate revenue by staging a games night at each club including Doveside Club in Hatton. Coors and Marston’s agreed to sponsor the events to enable us to offer Pedigree and Carling at £2.00 per pint and also put on a free buffet. The first event took place at Tutbury Institute on Saturday 22nd January and a packed house played Skittles, Darts, Dominoes and Pool, it was a great success. The next inter-club games night is at Rolleston Club on Saturday night March 19th, so if you enjoy a bit of fun, come along.

Meetings are already underway for the Transport Festival and Village Country Gala, this year it will take place on August Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. Slightly earlier, we have the Royal Wedding and we are showing this live on Big Screen plus a Royal Meal, watch out for details. As I write, we will be showing all the matches live on Big Screen from the Rugby Six Nations through February and March.

Entertainment Guide, March - April

Sat 12th Max Spangle - Get your 70’s Glam Rock gear out, and rock the night
Sat 19th Games Night Inter-club games, Pedigree & Carling £2.00 per pint and free buffet
Sat 26th Dark Horses All live Rock & Blues Band

Sat 9th Crusaders Local 60’s live band
Sat 23rd Silicon Taxis All covers band
Sun 24th Karaoke Night
Fri 29th Royal Wedding On Big Screen including a Royal Meal

Sun 1st Karaoke Night
Sat 7th Haley Dirito Fantastic Voice
Sat 14th The Vague Very popular all covers band
Sat 29th Karaoke Night

Other dates to note:

25th June Summer Beer Festival
29th August Village Country Gala
22nd October October Beer Festival

More information:

Monday Nights - Line Dancing Classes from 7.00pm
Wednesday Nights - Aerobics Class 7-8pm, Weekly Quiz at 9.00pm food available
Friday Nights - Cash Bingo 8.00pm

Our Main Hall & Kitchen can be booked for Parties
Club Lounge can be booked for Wakes etc
We can supply buffets

Interested in becoming a club member? pop in for a chat and have a look round, you are very welcome.

For more information Tel: 01283 812072 or e-mail:

Tim James

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