Derek Jackson Community Award 


The Derek Jackson Community Award was set up by the Rotary Club of Chester following Derek’s sad demise in December 2020.

Derek Jackson was a key member of the Rotary Club of Chester. He joined in 1995 and became an active and hardworking member.  He was responsible for many Rotary initiatives and fund-raising activities.

He was president in 1995 and was awarded the prestigious Rotary honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship, in 2002. He was responsible for many club enterprises, but his strong links with youth and education services, through his time at Blacon High School and Bishops High School, helped to provide much expertise for our Rotary youth initiatives.

His sudden passing was a big loss to the club and we greatly miss Derek’s unwavering hard work and contribution to our activities. As 2021 was our club’s centenary year we felt would be appropriate to mark this occasion and Derek’s passing by donating an award, the Derek Jackson Community Award, to the Bishops’ Blue Coat High School to act as a lasting memorial to his services both to Rotary and the school.

Derek’s passion for his handbell team was as much about the development of the young people in the team as individuals, as it was about the music. He worked hard to help them mature and develop and to provide as many experiences outside of school that he could organise, including trips abroad, always with the support of his wife Jennifer. Derek felt that involving students and youngsters with all ages of people from many backgrounds was a great educational aid and helped to develop rounded, capable, tolerant and inclusive personalities.

We hope that this award, presented to the student demonstrating involvement and interest the wider community, will recognise those traditions and ideals.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about the award, or the Rotary Club of Chester.



Rotarian Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson.

derek jackson trophy

The Derek Jackson Community Award Trophy.

Derk Jackson Community Award Presentation

The Rotary Club of Chester presented the Derek Jackson Community Award to The Bishops’ Blue Coat High School Chester on 9 March 2022. The trophy was presented by Rotary Chester President David Cotgreave to the Deputy Head Helen Cairns.

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