Rotary Club of Saddleworth celebrates 46 successful years

GLAMOROUS guests packed out The White Hart, Lydgate as the Rotary Club of Saddleworth celebrated its annual Charter and President’s Night. 

Chair of Saddleworth Parish Council Cllr Nicola Kirkham, Mayor of Oldham Shadab Qumer and President of Saddleworth Rotary Club Barbara Howse

Guests enjoyed an evening of good food and wine, conviviality, speeches, entertainment from a Frank Sinatra tribute act, and dancing. 

Special guests at the 46th annual event included out-going Mayor of Oldham Cllr Shadab Qumer, out-going Chair of the Saddleworth Parish Council Cllr Nicola Kirkham, and Rotary District Governor Eric Cowcill. 

Barbara Howse, who is the first Lady President of Saddleworth’s Rotary Club, said: “We were delighted with the success of the evening, in particular with the unprecedented high attendance this year.

“This was especially pleasing because our original scheduled event in February had to be cancelled last minute when the Beast from the East enveloped the entire area of Saddleworth in blizzards and snow drifts!

“My sincere thanks go to all those Rotary members who made the evening such an enjoyable one.

“I am particularly grateful to Doug Greenwood and Alan Chorlton, his wife Irene and daughter Caroline who did a splendid job organising not one but two Charter Nights this year!”

After 12 months as president, Barbara will pass on the chains to vice-chair Clint Elliot at a special event on June 27.

Meanwhile, the Rotary Club turned the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle into a creative fundraiser.

Party organiser Irene Chorlton (third right) with Rotary guests at the royal wedding celebration

Club members and their partners shared a spread organised by Irene and Alan Chorlton in the garden of their Dobcross home.

There was a tempting array of cheeses and a stunning home-made lemon and elderberry cake – following the same recipe as the royal couple’s wedding cake.

And Club members and guests raised glasses to the royal couple with a champagne toast by Barbara Howse, the club’s president. 

With the help of a stylish raffle, the afternoon raised £500 for club funds, which goes towards helping local and national charities and good causes.

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