ROTARY CLUB OF CHESTER - LE - STREET
Reg Charity No: 1032495
Rotary North East (District 1030)
Rotary District 1030 - No: 18838.
|List of all members|
The Value of Fellowship & Friendship - (A video .pps courtesy of Rotarian Kevin Jobson - to all Rotarians regardless of age)
Brian Corker PHF -
Chair of Club International Service.
Brian is a retired BBC TV Engineer and a keen 'Radio Ham'.
A Chester-le-Street man through and through, Brian joined BBC on leaving Chester-le-Street Grammar School, where he was recruited as “Engineer Designate “in 1959. He worked at Dickenson Road BBC Studios and with the Outside Broadcasting Unit, Manchester.
In 1960 he was moved to the newly opened BBC News Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne. In the following years Brian was instrumental in solving various Television Operational and System problems, which resulted in the BBC having a number of Technical Suggestions and Patents credited.
After successfully taking the BBC's internal examinations, Brian qualified as a C. Eng.
In 1969 Brian was appointed Assistant Lecturer and later Lecturer to the BBC Engineering Training Department, Woodnorton, Evesham, Worcestershire. At that time, Woodnorton was the only Broadcast Engineering Training College in the World; and he did a lot of lecturing in the 1970’s and 1980’s on Engineering and Operations. During this period of his career Brian was also seconded periodically to the Technical Investigation Unit at Television Centre.
Brian's broadcasting career also involved the Reorganisation of the Receiving Unit for Overseas Broadcasting on Ascension Island, Public Relations with the BBC Engineering Information Dept. and the introduction of Television Broadcasting for the Sultan of Brunei in Borneo.
In 1985 because of seniority, regular medical assessments were carried out in London, when he subsequently experienced early closure of his contract and was offered early retirement. Subsequently Brian's expertise was employed after the formation of a Technical Support Company for TV Advertising Facility Houses and Studios. He was also invited to Lecture at New College, Durham, on mathematics, advanced mathematics, electronics, micro electronics, computing and power distribution engineering.
All this came to an end in 1991, following
a Hit & Run traffic incident; that sentenced Brian to a wheelchair
for several years. However every cloud has a silver lining and Brian is
thankful, for life with his wife Jean, and also as a Rotarian in helping
him regain quality of life.
Eric is a Past-President of ProBus and a leading member of Chester-le-Street Methodist Church.
Alan Hedley, Past-President.
On Friday, 3rd March 2017, Past-President Alan Hedley became a welcome re-joining member of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.
Bill Holden PHF - Chair
of Club Foundation.
On Saturday, 3rd May 2014, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Bill is also a member and Secretary of Northumbria Branch of the Royal Society of St George.
Rotarian Kenneth Howe, a retired Solicitor, is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street (1985-1986), and a Paul Harris Fellow. Kenneth was inducted into the Club in 1977. His main Rotary interest has been Rotary Foundation and he was Chairman of the Club’s Foundation Committee for many years. He hosted many Rotarian Scholars studying at Durham University as well as Group Study Exchange Teams visiting District 1030 and became a member of the District Foundation Committee.
Kenneth served as District Foundation Chairman selecting and choosing students from our District to study at Universities abroad on Rotary Scholarships - as well as selecting and choosing Group Study Exchange Teams to travel abroad to Rotary Districts throughout the world.
Kenneth then went on to serve as a Zone Chairman (now known as an Assistant District Governor ) of our Rotary District 1030.
Kenneth is a keen golfer and has represented the Club in golf competitions in particular the District 1030 'Eykenbloom Golf Competition'. Also our own Club 'Vernon Ferens Golf Competition', which Trophy was donated by a stalwart member of the Club who had an immense and dominating character who wanted all golfing members of the club whatever their ability to join in a Club golfing competition.
David Hughes MBE,
On Friday, 20th September 2013, David was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) by his Fellow Rotarians for his extensive charity work. A PHF is the highest award that can be made in Rotary.
David Hughes was awarded an MBE 'For Services
To Charity' in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List 2016.
Ken Jackson - Treasurer.
Rotarian Ken is currently the Club Treasurer.
Kevin Jobson - President-elect
& IT Officer/Webmaster.
On Friday, 30th June 2017, Kevin was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street's for the year 2017-2018.
During his earlier life, Kevin Jobson served for 24 years with the Royal Military Police, mainly in the Special Investigation Branch (SIB), at home and abroad. On retirement in 1981 he was recruited into the Post Office Investigation Department with a remit to investigate crimes committed against the Post Office and its related businesses.
In 1997 he finally retired to play golf and fell-walk in Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District of Cumbria.
Now, in the main, to stay out of mischief, he spends his time with his wife and family and, among other interests, designs & maintains several charity websites, maintaining all the costs out of his own pocket as part of his own personal charitable giving, including the website of his own club the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street: http://www.chester-le-streetrotary.co.uk
In 2000 Kevin created the Royal Military Police Association (SIB Branch), website: http://www.rmp-sib.co.uk which he designed and manages. On 30 May 2009, he was appointed Vice-President for life of the Royal Military Police Association (SIB Branch).
Kevin and his wife Ursula attend St Joseph's
Roman Catholic Church, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, where he is an Eucharistic
Minister and a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. In 2001 Kevin
designed and continues to maintain the parish website: http://www.stjosephs-birtley.co.uk
Jim Lawrence PHF, Immediate
On Friday, 4th July2014, Jim was inducted as President-elect for the rotary year 2014 - 2015.
On Friday 3rd July 2015, Jim Lawrence was
inducted as Club President for rotary year 2015 - 2016, his third time
|David Lindley PHF
David Lindley PHF was inducted as a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, on Friday, 3rd March 2017, by Club President Brian Straughan. However David was honoured by Rotary before he actually became a Rotarian by being awarded with the Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) award for services to the community. (The PHF Award is Rotary's highest honour for 'Service Before Self' and can be awarded to non-Rotarians for work in areas where they distinguish themselves).
David received his PHF for Community Involvement in the following areas of concern:
• Initially a voluntary worker at Houghton-le-Spring YMCA.
• 1963-1967 Part-Time Youth Leader of Peterlee Boys Club (N.A.B.C.).
• 1967 -1968 Appointed Part-Time Community Centre Warden/ Manager at Durham Community Association.
• 1968/69 he was appointed Full Time Community Centre Warden Manager/Secretary at Durham Community Association until retirement in 2002.; was an Area Team Member and during his full time working career David acquired numerous essential academic qualifications
• Durham Community Association: Shakespeare Hall in North Road Durham City is a vibrant very busy Community Association offering a diverse range of Activities to people of a Ages: Culture and Gender operating 7 days per week.
• David was involved in working in the Local Community: Managing Staff: Health and Safety Etc; Fund Raising: Secretary to the Management Committee-I work with and for people. Working and involved in the local community.
• Since retirement in 2002 to the present time David has been voluntarily committed to Durham Community Association as the Centre Manager and Hon Secretary to the Management Committee-hence the reason he was awarded the PHF.
• Currently he is a Forum Member of the Durham Area Action Partnership
and also a member of the Task Finishing Group-meeting monthly in Durham
|Alex J. Nelson, BA, MBA,
MTS, FCILT, FRGS. Club Membership Officer.
Rotarian Alex J. Nelson was Club President during the years 2013-2014. Currently he is the Club's Membership Officer.
He is Stationmaster of Britain's busiest independent railway station in the town of Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. The station lies on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh, and employs five staff booking journeys throughout the United Kingdom. It was unstaffed, derelict and unloved until Alex, after a career in the bus and coach industry and an entrepreneur in group travel, opened the station in 1999.
Alex joined Rotary two years later during the presidency of Rotarian Brian Straughan.
Although hailing from London, where he is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City, Alex is proud to live in Chester-le-Street and has done much to draw attention to the fact that the Gospels were first translated into English in Chester-le-Street (around 970AD), where he is now pleased to live. He is a regular speaker at other Rotary Clubs explaining how to save money on rail fares and telling the story of his little railway station which has doggedly held on to the internet name www.nationalrail.com against the machinations of larger companies.
A qualified transport professional,
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, also a Fellow
of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of The Royal Society of
Fred Richards PHF-
Fred was Secretary of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street for the two years prior to Fri 30 June 2107, when he stood down.
Fred Richards is a retired Businessman, having been a successful and well known Florist in the town for many years.
John Stewart - Chair
of Community & Vocational Service/PRO.
Brian J. Straughan:
On Friday, 30th June 2017, Brian stood-down
as Club President, after as very successful year in office, and has moved
side-ways to be Club Secretary, where his expertise will be greatly appreciated.
Established in 1994, as Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors,
with practices in Chester-le-Street and Stanley, Co Durham, they competently
handle a vast range of tasks and models, from personal tax matters to
a whole company’s payroll, as experts in general accounting, tax compliance
Brian is also a member of Northumbria Branch of The Royal Society of St George.
John Tootill - Chair
of Club Service.
On Friday, 4th July 2014, John was inducted as Club President for the rotary year 2014-2015.
On Friday 25th November 2016, John was inducted as President-elect for the rotary year 2017-2018. In the meantime he is also our Club Service Chairman.
Peter S. Usher, B.Sc,
FRICS, JP, PHF
A Past-President, Paul Harris Fellow and a long-standing Rotarian of The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, , Peter was educated at London University - 1948-51. He did his National Service in the Royal Artillery.(Survey Regt.) - 1951-53. Subsequently he went into Private Practice with his father, Leonard Usher, trading in Chester-le-Street as J.G.Usher & Son (est. 1893-1995).
Peter's father, Leonard Usher, was also a Rotarian of renown. Rotarian Leonard Usher was Chester-le-Street Rotary Club's President 1934-35 and later became Rotary District 1030's Governor 1954-56.
Active both socially and in business, Peter Usher was the Founder Chairman of Chester-le-Street Round Table 1955-57, Area 20 Chairman 1962-63, Tax Commissioner 1996-2001, Justice of the Peace 1965-2001, and is the present Honorary Vice-President of Chester le Street Golf Club.
Peter has numerous other local interests, which he hopes will continue into the foreseeable future!
Tom Vout PHF
Bob Watson BEM, PHF
- Programme Editor.
A retired Head Teacher, Bob, is a renowned and talented Musician, and a Trustee of the James Etherington Music Awards, an annual competion for aspiring young Musicians in the Chester-le-Street area.
In 2013 in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List, Bob was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his service to Education, Music and Charity in the Chester-le-Street Community.
Linda Watson PHF
On Friday, 6th July 2012, Linda was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street for the rotary year 2012-2013..
Linda is a retired Teacher and has been and still is, after many years, the Producer/Director of the amateur theatre/drama group 'Youth Connection', a local charity. For her dedication to drama and theatre, within the local community, nationally and internationally, she was awarded by Rotary a Paul Harris Fellowship; the highest award in Rotary.
On Friday, 1st March 2013, Councillor Linda Marshall JP, Chair Durham County Council (DCC), awarded Linda Watson the Chairman's Medal, for services over many years, and several generations of school children, to education & drama for the benefit of young people within the Chester-le-Street community. The Chairman's Medal is the highest honour Durham County Council can award any of its citizens.
Rotatian Keith Willis was inducted into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street on Friday, 10th February 2017, by President Brian Straughan.
'SERVICE BEFORE SELF'