Rotary Club of Plympton
23rd June Ron Smith - Pilchards and Pallaces
Ron's enjoyable talk told of the pilchard fishing industry around the local coast and the evidence that can still be seen today - depiste the industry all but dying out.
16th June - Geraldine Lane - Parents Guide to Plymouth
Geraldine Lane came to the club to talk about the "Parents Guide to Plymouth" - a guide first drawn up in the early 90's but still of value to parents today.
26th May - Mike Bowden - Chairman of Plymouth Devils Speedway
Mike, the Chairman of the Plymouth Devils Speedway team gave an informative talk on the history of speedway in the city and how he has worked to bring it back. Not only did he give this history lesson but he also explained a little about the equipment used and how from 0-60, a speedway bike can outrun a F1 car.
The club would also like to thank Mike for his kind offer in inviting the club to a future race meeting at the St Boniface Arena which the club members are looking forward to.
21st April - Andy Crabb - Preserving Dartmoor's Prehistoric Cairns
31st March - Judy Pride - Children's Hospice South West
Following the support for CHSW in the district and through the Celebration of Youth concert our club organise with the Soroptomists, Judy came along to give an update on the progress at Little Harbour as well as the work CHSW do throughout hthe South West.
24th March - Darren Hands - Update on Plymouth Area Membership Campaign
Club member and Assistant Governor Darren gave an update on the Plymouth Area Marketing/Membership campaign, covering the materials now available as well as some of the future promotional events.
17th March - Jean Almond - Parkinson's UK
This talk was particularly appropriate for the club with David Mallalieu's having this condition. Jean explained how Parkinsons affects 120,000 people in the UK, 10,000 of which are in the South West. It is a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls movement.
She explained how 2/3rds of those diagnosed are men before giving the club a history on the Parkinsons Society and the work it undertakes, aiming to support those with it whilst also aiming to change peoples attitudes towards Parkinsons.
24th February (Partners Night) - Katie Barkell - Gables Cats & Dogs Home
Katie Barkwell, the Fundraising and Marketing manager at Gables Farm came to talk to the club following our donation to them from the Christmas rounds.
She gave a history of the Dogs and Cats home – from its beginnings as the Plymouth and District Dogs and Cats Home back in 1907 when two sisters walked the streets of the city looking for strays right up to the present day.
Katie informed the club that at the time of the talk, they had 45 dogs and 72 cats on site. They have upwards of 1,500 animals through their doors each year yet receive no government or lottery funding.
17th February - The South Asian Society
The club were fortunate to have Prof. Awadhah Sha and Dr Bharat Shrestha from the South Asian Society talk to us and tell us about the history and aims of this group.
Formed in 2003, it aims to bring racial harmony and unity into society as well as promoting educational, cultural and social activities whilst also enhancing awareness of the South Asian culture in the wider society.