Activity News

Rotary Club of Church Wilne – Seniors’ Spring Party

We are delighted to announce that our members have again been invited to the Rotary Club of Church Wilne’s Seniors’ Spring Party which is being held in the Spondon Village Hall on Saturday 6th May between 1:30pm and 4:00pm.

There will be the usual combination of musical entertainment, good food and excellent company and as always all of this is free!

This event is always a highlight for our members and transport to and from the venue will be available where needed.

Anyone wanting to go must notify the Borrowbrook Office as soon as possible giving your name, address and telephone number. You should also advise us on whether you will be making your own way there, will be able to travel on coaches which are sent round the area or, due to you being less mobile, you need to be picked up by car. Pick-ups from Borrowash and Ockbrook will commence at approximately 12:30pm. There is also the option of gluten-free food so if this is required please advise us when booking for the party.

The Borrowbrook office will collate the information and pass it on to the organisers for processing. Members will then be contacted direct by the Rotary Club giving them details of the transport.


SOS Fashion Show and Sale (In aid of Borrowbrook Home Link)

One of these shows was run in late 2016 and was so popular that it seemed logical to run another one but with the proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle going to the Borrowbrook Home Link.

Models of all sizes will display ladies’ High Street fashion and some specials, all available at greatly reduced prices. There will also be a facility for trying on garments (but this is optional). In addition to the garments worn by models, there are many racks of clothes for you to go through (all new) and all for sale. The clothes are carefully selected to represent all age groups, all sizes and for all occasions.

This is a really fun evening not to be missed and a chance to pick up a bargain too, so don’t miss out and we’d love to see you there.

At Borrowash Methodist Church Hall, on Friday 19th May 7.30pm start. Tickets on sale from the Borrowbrook office at £4.00 in advance or £5.00 at the door.


Summer Trip to Mr Straw’s House.

Our Summer Trip on Tuesday 11th July this year is to the famous Mr Straws House in Worksop. It has featured on television on many occasions but as a unique glimpse into history you really need to experience it for yourself. Step back in time to the 1920s and discover how a family lived in a Midlands market town through their furnishings and basic household objects.

The modest semi-detached house at number 7, Blyth Grove has remained virtually unchanged since the Straw’s lived there in 1923. For over 60 years they threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted today.

Treasured possessions and ordinary domestic items can still be seen exactly where their owners left them.

Refreshments are available in the house for anyone waiting to either join a viewing group or those waiting for other groups to complete their viewing.

Once our party has completed the tour we get back on the coach and travel for approximately 15 minutes to the Dukeries Garden Centre where we have approximately 90 minutes to have lunch, visit the Farm Shop and have a good look round before setting off back home.

Because of the nature of this trip there will obviously be a reduced limit on the number of attendees. As usual the trip will only suit members able to get up and down the coach steps and the stairs in the house unaided so please consider this if you are ordering tickets for others as health and safety regulations will apply to ensure the safety of all of our travelling members.

Picking-up points will be agreed with members when you purchase the tickets and will commence at 9.00am. The coach will get back to the parish at approximately 3.30pm.

Tickets for this trip will cost £19.50 each which includes the entry charge to the house. Unfortunately no refunds will be available if you are unable to travel as we have to pay all the costs in advance.

Funding News


Councillor Michael White presents a cheque to Angela for £300 from the Councillors Community Fund towards the running costs of our Advice Centre.

We continue to receive very welcome donations from individuals, groups and organisations throughout the parish which are essential to provide the necessary running costs to keep our busy Advice Centre open.

Over the past few months we have received donations from the Over 60’s Club, the Moravian Church, the New Street Home Group, Deb’n’Hair, The Ockbrook and Borrowash W.I. (sponsored walk) the Redhill School (collection at their carol service) and Rolls Royce which donated £100 as many of their ex-employees still live in the parish.

We also received the last grant payment from the Allen Lane Foundation recently which has been helping with our running costs. We were extremely fortunate to get the grant because there are so few given to support older adults nowadays, and at a time when the need is at its peak! We will pass on our sincere thanks to them and try to stay in touch because who knows, it would be fantastic if they would consider supporting us in the future if their constitution allows.

Derbyshire County Council, Social Services, Older Adults Department and our own Parish Council continue to help with our running costs through grant payments and we should be very grateful that they support our charity and more importantly care what happens to the older adults of the parish. These grants are constantly subject to reviews due to their own budget cuts and we just keep on hoping that something significant happens which will allow these grants to continue to be given.

Our members also continue to give generously both through regular payments and one off donations and we are especially grateful for these personal gifts.

One lady donated £200 which was left at the end of the year after she had paid all of her household bills. That was undoubtedly the least painful payment that she made.

We also received a ‘legacy’ from ‘Mitzy’ the cat whose owner donated a year’s value in vet bills to commemorate her pet’s sad passing.

We also received a collection taken at the funeral of one of our members for which we were very grateful. All of our members are very special to us but this particular lady ticked all of the boxes of what we try to do. She was referred to us by one of our Medical Centres after losing her husband. They had been very close and because of that she had lost the ability to mix with others and had become depressed and withdrawn since her loss. She eventually agreed to speak with us and gradually over a couple of years became very active, enjoyed many of our activities and formed some lasting friendships with members who will no doubt miss her company.

Legacies and Donations:

We are proud that so many of our members, and their respective families are grateful that such a local charity as ours exists and that they fully support the work that we do in the community.

Our continued presence however is largely dependent on the generosity of our parishioners and although we would never want any of our members to feel under any pressure nor consider changing any arrangements already in place, leaving a gift in your will to our charity can result in improving your friends or even one of your family members future life.

Our charity exists only for the purpose of supporting the older adults of this wonderful parish to live independently in their own homes as safely and happily as possible.

We are determined to maintain a strong presence in the area with our office and advice centre and a team of local volunteers to help run a programme of events and activities which is designed to bring members together and convert ‘members’ into friends.

As a charity we are not global, or national, we are local – very local. “Charity begins at home” really does apply to the Borrowbrook.

Please think of us when you plan a legacy or a donation as it could change the life of someone that you know. Thank you.



Shirley Dawson who stood down as a trustee at this year’s AGM after nearly 18 years of service with our charities committee is pictured following a short presentation after the meeting. Shirley will still be around however as she has accepted an invitation to the post as our Honorary President and in this capacity will continue to represent us at various meetings and functions and play an important part in our continued search for funds.