Southport 2019

Rotary District 1070

20th-22nd September 2019

Until 13th September..

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Preparations are nearing completion for the 2019 District Conference….

Menus (including veggie & vegan options) for both the Friday Hot Fork buffet and the Saturday Gala Dinner can be found further down the page…


On-Line Conference Registration CLOSES FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 

N.B. Last date for cancellations 1st September 2019
Registration Fees

Conference Registration £38 per Delegate/Guest.

Concessions: Rotaractor, Interact and RotaKids £10 / person

Friday Hot Fork Buffet £18.50 / person.

Saturday Gala Dinner £32 / person

Click HERE to access the online registration form

As a reminder ….
Conference is open to Rotarians, Wives/Husbands/Partners, Inner Wheel Members, Rotaractors and Guests……


Note:- Those attending any of the following:- The Saturday or Sunday plenary sessions, the Friday evening event, the Saturday Gala Dinner & Cabaret, MUST be registered for Conference.

Has Rotary 1070 Got Talent ?

WANTED – Singers – Musicians – Comedians. . . and more

If you have a talent as a magician, a comedian, a poet, a juggler, a singer or a dancer and are keen to perform in front of your fellow Rotarians at this year’s district conference, we’re interested to hear from you.
Download the Entry FORM HERE.




Eric Knowles

Eric Knowles

Eric Knowles is the knowledgeable and friendly antiques expert who has graced the BBC’s “Antiques Roadshow” and radio programmes for over 20 years. Eric presents an immensely enjoyable mixture of fascinating, often irreverent anecdotal reminiscences. Eric takes the wraps off the mystery of the world of antiques while delighting in demonstrating his skill with both artefacts and people alike.

Roy Locke 

Roy Locke

Roy Locke’s spectacular vocals and an ability to bring the power and emotion of some of the most famous musical roles of all time to any stage, makes him a true star of the classical cross-over genre and a firm favourite of audiences worldwide

Rt Reverend Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens retired as Bishop of Leicester after 16 years in 2015. He is now a non-executive director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. He is a former chair of the Trustees of Common Purpose UK and was appointed Prelate of the Order of St John (an international humanitarian organisation) in 2016. He now travels widely supporting the work of the Order around the world. He was appointed CBE in 2016.

Colin Parry

Colin Parry

Colin’s son Tim was 12 when he was killed by an IRA bomb in 1993. Tim: An Ordinary Boy’, published by Hodder & Stoughton.
Publications / Media: include National and regional press articles; TV and Radio interviews / appearances. BBC Question Time Panellist, BBC Panorama, Guested on many TV programmes, inc The One Show, BBC Breakfast, ITV Good Morning Britain. Jeremy Vine Show BBC Radio 2.
Hosted own ITV Granada series, ‘An Interview with Colin Parry’.

Chris Wells

Chis Wells

Chris’ presentation of why DoGoodery and contemporary Rotaract is so important to Rotary, and Rotaractors.

Captain Bryan Pill

Capt. Bryan Pill

Bryan’s love of aircraft started when he was ten, watching aircraft landing at Guernsey Airport. Having completed RAF Officer training, Bryan changed tack and went on to teach science in the UK, India, and Guernsey and then to work with the visually impaired.

Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne joined Inner Wheel 12 years ago and has never looked back! Her mother and father-in-law were long time active members of both Inner Wheel and Rotary. Having held several positions both within her club and District, twice serving as President and now serving on the District Executive, she feels honoured to represent her District this year. Suzanne is passionate about the values of Inner Wheel of Friendship and Service and the difference they can make in the world. Her theme for this year is ‘Touching Lives’ in as many ways as we can and in as many places.

Bernadette Halton

Bernadette Halton

Ever wondered what it is like to be a tennis umpire? Bernadette Halton does as she has been a tennis official for over 45 years and shares her experiences, stories and training with you in a unique talk about her life in the world of tennis.


Mark Esho

Mark Esho

Mark was born in Leicestershire in 1962. At the age of five, he contracted polio, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. He was originally given a 10% chance of survival but was eventually able to regain limited mobility. He  moved to Nigeria at the age of eight where his father tried to cure him using traditional methods. He went on to suffer bullying at school due to his disability.  He later returned to the UK at the age of 18 to encounter another form of discrimination – racism. Despite these challenges he later completed an MBA at De Montfort University. In 2016 Mark became a member of Rotary. First starting at the Rotary Leicester club before joining Leicester Novus Rotary club a year later.

Dr. Geoff Brighty

Dr Geoff Brighty

Plastic Oceans started in 2009 to highlight the issues of plastic pollution. Joining in 2014, Geoff advised on the science content of the Foundations’ Film, A Plastic Ocean, and led the Science Behind the Film publication. He leads for policy development and research programmes for the Foundation, and on sustainability advice to business. Geoff led the UK Government environmental research programmes on endocrine disruption (ED), including groundbreaking discoveries of ED chemicals, and their impacts on fish and invertebrates. 

N.B. The District Conference committee have the right to change the speaker list  without notice.



SOUTHPORT – For online information about the area click HERE

  • Situated on the Sefton coast, Southport is easily reachable from the East Midlands
  • Southport Boasts a beautiful and expansive coastline surrounded by natural beauty and has been a practical and popular location for previous 1070 conferences.
  • If you have a thirst for new experiences, then Southport has something different you can get your teeth in to every time you visit


  • If you are keen to discover the history of the area, you can follow one of the towns history and heritage trails exploring Lord Street, the parks and gardens and nearby Waterloo.
  • Lord Street dates from the 1820s when the spacious street was laid out as a Victorian canopied boulevard edged in scenic gardens. It has a charming, unique style all of its own and is a favourite shopping destination.


  • Discover the natural coast where you can see how land and sea blend together and look out for the unique wildlife that makes its habitat in these surroundings.
  • Visit the Anthony Gormley ‘Another Place’ art installation, at Crosby beach. See the 100 iron men standing proudly looking out to sea, which at various points throughout the day can be seen in very different ways, giving you a different experience every time.
The Conference Venue.

Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

The conference centre is sited on the water’s edge with a commanding view over the Marine Lake and endless sandy beaches beyond.

Conference 2019 coincides with WORLD PEACE DAY

World Peace Day 21st September 2019. The International Day of Peace — is observed annually and is dedicated to world peace, specifically to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.



Southport has luxurious, chic hotels that will indulge you with lavish furnishings, plus a well-deserved cocktail or two!
If cosy and intimate surroundings are preferred you will find real quality hotels, with lovely surroundings, good prices, special offers and bespoke packages giving you more time to explore Southport’s attractions.
Everyone has a different wish list when it comes to choosing a hotel, we are here to help you find the perfect place to stay on your trip.
Southport has plenty of hotels for you to choose from!

To access the Southport Hotel Booking Service Click HERE

You’ll find lots of accommodation options to suit all budgets at very competitive rates from luxury hotels to charming Bed & Breakfasts.

The Conference Hotel is the  Ramada Plaza right next to the Conference Centre




Download the Dining Guide HERE



(further details will be announced in due course)

    • Conference Registration
      In the Reception Area next to the Hotel.

    • Golf Competition at HURLSTON HALL GOLF CLUB
      Friday. First tee time 11am

    • House of Friendship in the Waterfront Suite
      Friday Opens at 12.00 noon til 5.00pm
      Saturday 8.00am til 2.00pm
      Sunday 8.00am til 2.00pm

    • Plenary Sessions in the Theatre
      Saturday from 9am until 1.30pm
      Sunday from 9.15am until 1.30pm

    • Dining & Entertainment
      Friday evening informal dining approx. 7.00pm followed at 8.30pm  by “Rotary’s Got Talent” & ROY LOCKE (Phantom of the Opera Star) in the Floral Hall
      Saturday, 7.00pm for 7.30pm  Black Tie Gala Dinner in the Floral Hall, dancing to ABBA tribute band.


Main – Slow Cooked Steak & Ale Pie – Chunky Chips
Veg Option – Cauliflower Cheese Carbonara Bake – Garlic Bread
Vegan – Shitake Mushroom Pak Choi Risotto

Dessert – Lemon & Lime Tart – Raspberry Cream
Vegan – Selection of Sorbet (VG)

Starter -Scottish Smoked Salmon – Horseradish Cream – Lime Vinaigrette
Veg/Vegan Option – Roast Vegetable – Smoked Paprika & Chickpea Stew – Toasted Sourdough

Main – Thick Cut Roast Sirloin of Beef – Chateaux potato – Honey Roast Carrot & Fennel – Redcurrant Jus
Veg/Vegan Option – Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry – Rice noodles

Dessert – Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
Veg/Vegan Option – Coconut – Lime – Lemon grass Panacotta – Toasted Granola 

Rotary’s Got Talent ??

We are looking at the possibility of holding a Talent Competition on the Friday evening of Conference. 
Have you got talent that you would wish to display and potentially win a prize?
Anything will be considered from solo acts, to groups, choirs or any type of family entertainment.

Who can enter?
Anyone connected with Rotary, Rotarians, family of Rotarians, Inner Wheel, nobody will be excluded.
What about your Youth Competition Winners!
The entrants will be judged by the audience and a panel of “celebrities” with a final performance by the winners
Each entrant would do up to 5 minutes of entertainment, whether it be singing, dancing, public speaking, magic or comedy. Nothing will be discounted.
If you would like further details and register your interest then please DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE and return to  DGN Peter Berry, e-mail 


 Golf competition entry form is available to download by clicking HERE

The competition will be Single Stableford played over 18 holes and is open to all Rotarians and guests attending conference.
Full stroke allowance. Played in 3 or 4 balls (subject to total no. of entries).
Tee times from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm – but expandable, subject to demand.
The Conference Trophy will be presented to the team with the best net score (best 2 scores to count from up to 4 players). There are also prizes for the best Lady and best Gent, with a trophy for the overall individual winner.



Entry Fee: £45 per person, includes coffee and a bacon roll served after playing .

For further information and a full copy of the rules please contact the golf organiser: –
Iain Martin, Rotary Club of St Ives. 

2019 Conference Key Contacts

DG Elect – Rodney Spokes (Leicester)
Conference Manager – Bob McKinlay (Grantham Kesteven)
Conference Secretary – Roger McDermott (Coalville)
Registration – Elaine Vandelli (Kibworth & Fleckney)
House of Friendship – Ian Neale (Melton Mowbray)
Golf Tournament – Iain Martin (St Ives)
Publicity & Web Page – Malcolm Riddle (Blaby Meridian)

Contact details for the above can be found in the Rotary District 1070 directory

District 1070 Conference 2020

Will be at the brand new state-of-the art International Conference Centre (ICC WALES) situated at the Celtic Manor Resort, Nr. Newport South Wales.