Keswick Rotary Community Services
What We Do
Keswick Rotary’s Community Services provides a range of support to individuals and organisations in Keswick and the surrounding areas – including a helping hand where needed, organising an event such as a theatre visit or outing, personal contact or funding. We aim to support all community groups, especially the young, old and disabled.
Keswick Rotary Community Services – 2015/16 review
Keswick Rotary’s Community Services provides a range of support to individuals and organisations in Keswick and the surrounding areas – from giving a helping hand where needed, personal contact, funding to organising a community social event such as a theatre visit or outing. We aim to support all community groups, especially the young, old and disabled.
A selection of our activities across July 2015 – June 2016 includes
· In August, we had a lot of fun at the Keswick Agricultural Show with our “President’s Famous Bottle Tombola” stall and we also supported with car-parking arrangements.
· We organised a golf competition in September which raised over £6400 for Lake District Calvert Trust. This fantastic result reflected unstinting sponsorship from local businesses and individuals as well as a good turnout for the golf competition. The golf day was a great success, despite indifferent weather and our huge thanks go to both the organising Committee - Tony Duncan, Vic Wilson, Tony Gibbs, Paul Bowmer and John Howell as well as many other Club members including Colin Grant who made a significant contribution to the success of the day.
· In November, Keswick Rotary’s Tree of Light raised a record £5100 under David Quainton’s leadership. From this, donations were made to Children in Need which took place in Keswick in 2015, to Macmillan Cancer, Cumbria Young Carers and Keswick young cricketers.
· From December to February, donations to the two Rotary Wishing Wells in Keswick were given over to the Keswick Flood Appeal which is helping individuals, community facilities and businesses to recover from the devastating impacts of Storm Desmond on December 5, 2015. Our thanks for the month-in month-out management of the wells by Vic Wilson and Donald Holme.
· We play a significant role in the Keswick Victorian Fayre, both through funding support and through our “Human Fruit Machine” stall which always causes much enjoyment among visitors. Sadly the Fayre and the Schools lantern parade were cancelled in 2015 due to the weather.
· In January, we contributed to a post-Christmas party for the elderly to brighten up the dark days of Winter.
· In March, we funded 2 local places at the Rotary Calvert Trust week for the disabled. In addition, Rotarian Tony Duncan attended for the full week to provide support for our participants and well as leading some of the activities.
· In April, George Tsintas and David Latimer are arranging an annual theatre visit, this year to see “The Hired Man”, for around 40 senior citizens with physical or financial restrictions. We will invite our guests to an evening at the theatre - with ice creams - and provide transport to and from their door.
· Over the year, we have also raised funds and responded to requests for support from Operation Christmas Child, defibrillator placements, the Poppy Appeal and local organisations including Scouts, Guides, cricket club, tennis club, 1st responders and local schools.
· And finally, we have put in motion the plans to acquire a phone kiosk from BT to provide a central town defibrillator station as well as an association with the Town Wishing Well.
My personal thanks to both the Community Services Committee which has achieved much this year – and to the wider Club for their support.