Sunday 11th November 2018

The Lord Mayor and The Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan will be hosting a Charity Dinner based on a meal of the 1914-18 era to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War in Sheffield Town Hall on Sunday 11th November 2018.

At the request of the Queen’s Pageant Master, a beacon will also be lit in the Peace Gardens at 7pm, the same time as 1000 other beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom.

Doors and cash bar open.
Guests to be seated by 5.45pm

– Introduction and entrance of the Lord Mayor of Sheffield,
the President of the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan and distinguished guests
– Welcome by The Lord Mayor
– Grace, the introduction of the Distinguished Guests and outline of the proceedings

Main Course to be served
Beef Casserole and Potatoes (vegetarian option available)

Countdown to the lighting of the Beacon in The Peace Gardens

The lighting of the Queen’s Jubilee Beacon in The Peace Gardens.
This will be relayed via CCTV into the Reception Room

Dessert to be served
Parkin and Custard followed by Coffee and mints

The Loyal Toast proposed by The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire
followed by a comfort break

A testimonial in pictures, words and music on how the City of Sheffield contributed to the War Effort
including comfort breaks

The Rotary Toast, The National Anthem and the closure of formalities

The Last Post

On June 5th 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan lit one of five Sheffield Beacons on the hill above Ringinglow overlooking the City and in line of sight to other beacons across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, The Queen’s Pageant Master, Bruno Peek has requested that the hundreds of organisations who lit beacons in 2012 do so again on 11th November 2018.

Together with The Lord Mayor, The Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan is pleased to pick up that challenge. As this will be a public event, it is symbolically appropriate that the Beacon is to be lit in the Peace Gardens, a reminder of Sheffield’s losses in both world wars. Whilst lighting the Beacon will be a focal point during dinner in the Town Hall and will be relayed by CCTV into the reception room, it will also allow the citizens of Sheffield and its surrounds to witness the beacon being lit and have regard to what happened between 1914 and 1918.

Rotary International is a worldwide service organisation of professional and business men and women who meet together regularly for friendship, fellowship and service. It is non-political and non-sectarian.

The operational unit of Rotary International is the Rotary Club, the name of which will be associated with a centre of population, large or small. In our case: The Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan.

Rotary Membership is by invitation and is open to anyone currently in, or retired from business or a profession. Club members are expected to attend at least two-thirds of the meetings each year. These usually take the form of weekly luncheon meetings or evening meetings both with a meal and usually a speaker. Rotarians may also attend the meetings of any other Rotary Club, at home or overseas


When the Rotary Club of Sheffield (Vulcan’s parent club) was formed in 1919 there were 2000 boys in Sheffield whose fathers had been killed in the First World War. Their care became a primary focus of the new rotary club and in 1920 the club supported an appeal by the Minister of the Victoria Hall in Sheffield and took 40 orphans away for a week-long camp style holiday in Bridlington. This was so successful that the holiday became an annual event and camp sites nearer to Sheffield in Derbyshire were used, initially at Derwent and then at Shatton.

In 1935 land was purchased in Castleton to make a permanent base for these holidays. Arnold Loosemore VC, one of only three Sheffielders to be awarded the medal, had donated a wooden bungalow which was erected on site as the dormitory. This bungalow is still in use today but is now superceded by custom built dormitories. At a cost of £150 per child, the holidays continue for disadvantaged children aged 9-13 who, due to their circumstances, are recommended as deserving a residential activity holiday. The Rotary Centre is also available for other organisations to use and is generally fully booked throughout the year.

Dinner in the Town Hall will be by advanced booking and ticket only.

For security reasons individual tickets will not be sold. Tickets may only be purchased for a table of 10 diners at a cost of £300 per table. Tables in the reception room are limited to 20 and early booking is advised. To purchase a table please – click here

There will be a cash bar but wine can also be ordered in advance when the “Table Principal” will be asked to confirm his/her guest details for ticket preparation. The Beacon will be lit in the Peace Gardens at 7:00pm and the ceremony will be freely open to the public.

On Sundays, parking in Council car parks is £1 for all day and discounted parking tickets will also be available for the Charles Street Q Park car park.

Book Your Table

Dinner in the Town Hall will be by advanced booking and ticket only. For security reasons individual tickets will not be sold. Tickets may only be purchased for a table of 10 diners at a cost of £300 per table. Please complete the form below and one of the team will be in touch to confirm your booking and organise payment.

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