Rasen Rotary bring home the prizes

Members of Market Rasen Rotary at the District Conference
Members of Market Rasen Rotary at the District Conference

Members of Market Rasen Rotary Club have been honoured at this year’s District Conference for their environmental work.

Six awards were made at the recent District Conference and the Market Rasen team walked away with two of them.

Rotarian Harold Bates, from West Torrington, won the individual environmental award for his leadership of the Market Rasen environmental team over the past year.

“It is all about the team, not the individual,” said Harold.

“We work well together and just get things done.”

But it is not the first time a member of the team has been singled out for this trophy, given by the Rotary Club of Humberside to remember William Machin, District Governor in 1987/88.

Rotarian Richard Hansard, from Nettleton, walked away with the same award last year, when he was team leader.

“It really is remarkable Market Rasen rotarians have won this award two years on the trot out of the 49 clubs in the district,” added rotarian David Mason.

And the Market Rasen team was also recognised as a whole by being given the David Watkinson Environmental Award.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Doncaster St Leger, the award recognises in particular the work done by the team throughout the year in support of the Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, as well as organising the food and stands for the Open Farm Sunday event at Stainton le Vale and many other activities, from building owl boxes to encouraging schools to start gardening.

The team is currently working with Binbrook School to provide three raised beds, but are always on the look out for more projects to get their teeth into.

The award ceremony was part of the annual conference, which this year was held in Hull.

Supporting youth was a major theme within the conference and over the two days, rotarians were energised with new ideas for helping the local and worldwide communities.

But it wasn’t all hard work - there was plenty of fun to be had too.

A Last Night of the Proms concert was led by the Humberside Police Band at the Hull Truck Theatre.

And Market Rasen rotarians, wives and partners presented a themed team appearance kitted out in red, white and blue.

They even influenced a team of young Brazilian exchange students they were hosting to add Union flags to their clothes and sing Rule Britannia with as much gusto as anyone.

More decorum was required at the ball hosted by District Governor Robin Mason, so the Jubilee year was celebrated with union flag bow ties and similarly designed stoles for the ladies.

For more information on the Rotary Club call the secretary on 01673 838551.