Update September 2017
From Hurricanes to Ducks its been a busy month
The start to autumn has seen AK members busy around the community in varying ways.
With news of devastating Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the Earthquakes in Mexico members were quick to respond by collecting donations at Lakeland Limited and Hayes together with bucket collections at local restaurants and pubs. All resulting in the magnificent sum of £2484 for the purchase of Shelter Boxes www.shelterbox.org and Aqua Boxes www.aquabox.org for emergency aid.
Club meetings included an informative update on the refurbishment of the Steamboat Museum, now known as Windermere Jetty, by Meredith Greiling. This unique museum, in its stunning location, is committed to conserving, saving and sharing the Windermere boat collection. Still under construction, but when fully opened, visitors will be able to hear the stories behind the boats and actively involve themselves in the crafts and tradition that built them.
Also during September Andy Lowe visited the club with a visual presentation of the architectural history of the use of water power and its impact over the centuries in the lake district, from powering bobbin mills to mines.
And we finished September on a high with our Duck Race! Once again in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, as part of the Festival of the Fells, it was a huge success with over 1700 ducks racing through Stock Ghyll at Rothay Park. Heat winners each received £20 and the Grand Final of 65 ducks resulted in a winning prize of £200, kindly donated by Cumberland Building Society, being won by Kieran McDonnell. His prize was made all the more special as 4 generations of his family were at the park watching the race.
The total raised for ARUK of £1750 has been increased to £2000 from club funds – an amazing result, well done Team AK Duck Race!