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Lytham Rotary Steam Rally

Wanting to let off steam with the family and combine the past with the present? Then Lytham Rotary Steam Rally is a must. Held in the tranquil grounds of Lytham Hall, this two day event offers culture and classical, plus music and modern entertainment. There’s something for everyone. Wonder at our heritage of large and miniature steam traction engines, gaze at stationary engines and vintage lorries and motor bikes.

Soak up the history of bygone tractors and military vehicles and rub shoulders with the late Fred Dibnah’s Land Rover. If that’s not enough to take your breath away then singing along to the Wigan Ukulele Band will. The children will love their blast from the past and the miniature steam train and donkey rides, face painting and fun fair area. You can get your breath back in the licensed marquee where refreshments will be served.

Inside the impressive hall there will be model trains, craft stalls and craft displays and, in the grounds, a trade fair and market stalls. A day to remember and a Saturday night not to forget with a free live cabaret show in the marquee.The greatest show on earth? Come and judge for yourself and visit the Lytham Rotary marquee where you could win a £150 holiday voucher, a glamping weekend and other numerous prizes.

Parking is free just outside the hall grounds with rides on classic buses to transport you in style to the centre of the attractions. Too much to take in on one day? Then you don’t have to, as the event is over the weekend of 15 and 16 September from 10am to 4pm. A great family day and you will be helping Rotary Lytham to raise funds for Rotary charities and also assist the restoration of Lytham Hall. Thousands came last year — don’t miss out this year.

Driving Rotary forward

Innovation was unbridled at a unique and record making Presidential induction night on Wednesday at Blackpool. Seasoned Rotarians were left to ponder on the claim that inducting four different club Presidents on one night at the same venue sets a challenge for the future.

Rotarians gathered at the Cliffs Hotel from the Rotary Clubs of Blackpool, Blackpool Palatine, Blackpool South and Blackpool SunriseThe evening, masterminded by outgoing Palatine President Diane Glister, saw Pat McCarthy (South), Irene Hallas (Sunrise), Mark Rooker (Palatine) and Steve Anderson (Blackpool) inducted for the coming year.Irene is one of four about to share the Presidency at Blackpool Sunrise— but no more could be fitted into the Jeep.Joined up Rotary at its best — there’s merit in all of the District Areas adopting this as a bonding exercise.

Teddies Bound For Belarus

A group of very excited teddies who are patiently waiting to meet their new owners a group of 12 children aged 7years - 11years from Belarus. The Rotary Club of Lunesdale will host a fun day visit from the children on July 4th and present them each with a backpack full of useful goodies and, of course, a teddy!

A Trip to the Preston Space Centre

Palatine rotary club Blackpool took 20 children from Park School to the Preston Space Centre . Whist there our president Diane Glister presented the school with a cheque for £350 pounds towards their mini bus fund. After the centre Rotary sponsored a trip to a local McDonald's where each child had a happy meal and a drink . A great day was had by all.

SPACE can cater for people with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Profound Multiple Disabilities, Autism and brain injuries.

Young Poet - The Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

23 poems were received and sent off to the Private Secretary to Prince Harry, the first week in May. We would like to thank CoedCae Interact and Rotakids Clubs sponsored by Brynmawr Rotary Club in Blaenau Gwent who designed and completed the card which contained the poems.

Sweltering Heat at the Rotary Village North Cumbria

The Annual Silloth on the Green Day was held last Sunday in brilliant sunshine organised by Silloth Rotary and friends. Families joined in the fun with live entertainment, craft stalls, family dog show, fun fair and donkey rides.

Silloth on the Green - Team Rotary

In addition this year for the first time 14 Rotary clubs from across North Cumbria came together to showcase their work in communities at home and worldwide. The Rotary Clubs provided a human fruit machine and a variety of games such as boules and bat the rat where the public were enthusiastically queuing to get involved. A smoothie bike provided people with the opportunity to take some exercise whilst making their own smoothie and there was a schools technology tournament that youngsters could join in. The display of classic cars drew the crowds as well as vehicles promoting Rotary’s Project to Eradicate Polio from the world. There was an opportunity to see an Iron Lung, and some people climbed inside to experience what is was like to spend time in one.

Mr Dumpy and the Iron Lung

John Cook, President of Silloth Rotary said “Silloth Rotary were more than happy to host the first ‘Rotary Village’ on the back of Green Day. It gave Rotary a chance to show case many of its valuable projects that not only help people in this country but also globally. With more than 10,000 visitors on the day I would like to think Rotary has raised its profile. It was a grand day out and a thank you to everybody that organised it & to those who took part.”

Bassenthwaite Silloth Stand

The whole event was a fantastic day and Wendy Aldred, Rotary Assistant Governor North Cumbria says “We had lots of interest in Rotary, with queues forming at times to get involved in some of the activities. People were amazed at the breadth of our work both locally and internationally. We made some new contacts and people wanted to know more about what we do. It was an excellent community event and we were delighted to support Rotary in Silloth and other local organisations. As a first time event I would class it as a great success with the fabulous weather helping things as well. I hope this is only the start of the ‘Rotary Village’ idea in North Cumbria."

The Rotary Clubs included Appleby, Upper Eden, Brampton & Longtown, Carlisle Castle, Castle South, Wigton, Cockermouth, Penrith, Maryport, Silloth, Bassenthwaite, Workington, Whitehaven and Whitehaven Castle.

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