Update May 2018

Panikatak, Marathons, Flower Festivals and Tales from the Hindu Kush

Charles & Roger prefer parking cars than running a marathon at Brathay!

We started the month with Panikatak’s Final Farewell Concert at the Lakes school. Having started out 25 years ago as a group of parents volunteering to perform one song for a school concert, they gradually became a six-piece folk band raising thousands of pounds for charity. They returned to the site of their initial performance for a sell out farewell concert.  The profits for the evening were split between 3 charities, Ambleside Parish Centre, Friends of Windermere 597 bus service, and ourselves, who are choose to support Rosemere Foundation.   

We were blessed with glorious weather during May which made the annual parking for Brathay’s Marathon Sunday a delight. Almost 1000 runners completed a marathon on Sunday 20th May. It was also the final marathon for the Brathay 10 in 10 - 10 marathons in 10 days challenge! The day was especially poignant as those present paid tribute to Brathay supporter Matt Campbell, who died during the London Marathon, with every runner running their own #MilesForMatt. The club also ran a Football Game for the first time. A great success – even running out of football prizes!

The month concluded with a Community Flower Festival at St Mary’s Church where Judy & Jenny must be congratulated for their magnificent floral exhibit, showcasing Rotary activities with a Shelter Box taking pride of place.

Meetings during the month included our SGM together with a social evening of 'What's My Line' organised by Andy & Sue.  The month concluded with an excellent talk entitled  “Tales from the Hindu Kush” Our guest speaker was Anthony Fitzherbert who gave a fascinating illustrated talk on Afghanistan, where he spent most of his career. This showed that despite everything that has happened in the recent history of this unfortunate country, it still has a remarkable natural beauty and a resilient population, who prompted by Anthony and his colleagues, have restored infrastructure and agriculture. Our thanks to Anthony for showing a more positive side to this country than that which is usually presented by the media.