Thousands of visitors at Rotary meeting

Like every Rotary Club, Novus is always pleased to welcome visitors. For our meeting at The Grange Farm pub in Oadby we had thousands… far too many to count.
They were brought by Melvyn Dines, who spoke to us about his hobby of beekeeping.
Melvyn Dines and just a few of his bees. They all behaved

Melvyn Dines and just a few of his bees. They all behaved

All the thousands —  there can be as many as 50,000 in a full hive — that Melvyn brought stayed in their perspex-walled demonstration box stayed inside as he described how he took up the hobby on his retirement and how his bees, based in a hive at Gaulby, produce 50 jars of honey each week during the summer.
He said that the first honey harvest takes place at the end of May when his bees have plenty of oilseed rape to gather nourishment from and the second comes when the field bean flowers produce a honey that is delicious, with a hint of mint.
Melvyn was invited to speak by club president Jason Chauhan. The pair have known each other for many years and Jason helps design the various order forms that help Melvyn sell his honey through several outlets, including Leicester’s major hospitals.
The bees were not the only visitors, though.
Present was Colin Derrick, president of the Rotary Club of Leicester, who was learn more about bees and the threats to them, including the varroa mite and the Asian hornet. Both pose a real threat to bees — and therefore to humans.
Albert Einstein wrote that “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man wouldhave no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination… no more humans.”
Also visiting from he Leicester club was new member Diana Esho. Diana thanked the Novus Rotarians for the donation of £150 to help the next shipment of bras and sanitary packs to The Gambia from the charity which she supports.
She was also there supporting her husband, Mark, who signed copies of his inspirational autobiography I Can. I Will which will be launched in Leicester and London next month. It tells how he overcame polio and cruelty to build a successful business with Diana.
Novus Rotarian Mark Esho signs a copy of his book with Novus secretary Pam spokes holding another copy

Novus Rotarian Mark Esho signs a copy of his book with Novus secretary Pam Spokes holding another copy

The other visitor, instantly recognised by some of the Novus Rotary members, was Bollywood star Shahnaz Rizwan, who that day moved into a new home in Leicester.
If you would like to visit a meeting of Leicester Novus Rotary even when we are being busy bees delivering Service Above Self projects to help other people, please send an e-mail to

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus

Outgoing President Gemma Kiddy with Incoming President Pradeep

Outgoing President Gemma Kiddy with Incoming President Pradeep

Restaurateur/caterer Pradeep Popat has been inducted as the eighth president of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. This is a big year for Pradeep; he and Nisha celebrated 25 years of marriage and the eduacational achievements of their two daughters.

Pradeep leads a diverse team of 19 members —11 men and 8 women. Nine are White, nine are British Asians and one is a Black Briton.

United by the Rotary International slogan of Service Above Self we enjoy working together under this year’s motto supplied by Rotary International president Ian Riseley “Rotary: Making A Difference.” One area in which the Australian leader of the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world wants to make a difference is for members to plant at least one tree each. Novus members are currently looking for a partner and site where we can plant at least 19 trees.

Some will be planted at the Falcons Primary School, Gipsy Lane, where the club will complete its ongoing project to provide a Peace Garden for the enjoyment of pupils, staff and visitors.

Peace is the over-arching aim of Rotary clubs. Every Thursday evening Novus members conclude their meeting with the toast: “To Rotary Fellowship and Peace The World Over.”

President Pradeep invites members of other clubs and non-Rotarians to visit our meetings to share the fun we have and learn about the voluntary service we give.

If you decide to come, please check and contact us via this website so we can guarantee you a warm welcome.

If you are travelling to Leicester, why not make a day of it in and visit the Cathedral where King Richard III is interred? One of our members might be on duty as a guide to show you around

Just over the road from the Cathedral is the King Richard III Centre

If you’re more interested in the present — and future — you could spend a whole day at the National Space Centre

These are just some of the attractions of Leicester.

A look at our recent news pages might persuade you that our Rotary Club is also worth a visit. We certainly hope so, but we ask you to e-mail us beforehand — particularly if you would like to have a meal — to make sure we will be there…