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This very popular Christmas concert returns with a festive mix of music, humour and carols. Professional singers Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid once again top the bill, alongside the highly talented and award-winning NASUWT Riverside Band. more
Lancaster Rotary Club will not be holding their normal meeting on this date. Instead they will beholding an Xmas social with partners at The Boot & Shoe, Lancaster commencing from 7pm.

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Kendal Crocus Planting

Every year, Kendal Rotary Club plants purple and yellow crocus bulbs around Kendal. Initially to celebrate and commemorate Rotary’s commitment to eradicate Polio worldwide, they have been doing this since 2012, very generously funded by ‘Kendal in Bloom’ and Kendal Town Council.

Bulbs have been planted on Windermere Road, Burton Road, Parkside Road, Blackhall Road, Shap Road, Milnthorpe Road and this year in October on Aynam Road. This year they reached the magnificent total of 100,000 bulbs planted and to mark this achievement, the Mayor of Kendal, Guy Tirvengadum, attended to congratulate the Club as they planted the 100,000th bulb.

The total eradication of polio is now almost complete and the scourge of this dreadful disease is no longer prevalent, It just needs one last push to finish the task.

Passionately Purple Gin

It will be a case of rock-on gin lovers as star of Cannon and Ball and local lad Bobby Ball launches the magical gin in Lytham on End Polio Day with IPP Denis Spiller and Lytham President John Edwards. Rotary Lytham have pushed the boundaries of possibility even further by creating a 'Rotary first' purple craft gin, distilled exclusively for them on the South Fylde coast, by local company Sandgrown Spirits.

Purple is the colour of the End Polio campaign and Rotary Lytham have created Passionately Purple, a magical colour-changing gin, bursting with the flavour of blueberries to mark World Polio month and to raise funds in a unique and enjoyable way Deceptively dry, this smooth juniper-led gin has been made with nine carefully selected botanicals and it has an extra magic. Every bottle sold will raise £5 towards the End Polio Now campaign and every £5 raised will attract a further £10 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and that’s enough to vaccinate 50 children.

This special limited edition gin will not be available in the shops, it can only be purchased on-line through Rotary Lytham and your District Governor. In an attempt to cut costs we are offering a bulk order opportunity for Districts and Clubs, but individuals who require a speedy service, perhaps for a birthday, wedding anniversary etc can order single bottles and have them home delivered for only £5.50 extra.

Larger orders ie box of 12 or six can be delivered to Alcester for collection by your DG or a member of your District team that visits Alcester. A meeting up service is possible for large orders, please ask for details. If you share our passion to end Polio, order a bottle of Passionately Purple Gin now. You’ll enjoy a magnificent craft gin and every sip is a lifesaver. Bottles cost £35 each plus Packing and Post of £5.50.

Orders can be placed by completing this order form and sending it to Rotary Lytham, address details as printed

Friendship Exchange with District 7120, Finger Lakes Region, New York USA

In September 2018, a group of eight Rotarians and partners from Cockermouth, Kendal and Preston visited New York State as part of the Rotary Friendship Programme. This programme aims to advance international understanding among Rotarians, providing the opportunity to form personal contacts and make long-lasting friendships while exploring different areas of the world.

Hosting was provided in three different homes of Rotarians for each visitor, and a full programme of visits and activities provided an insight into a beautiful, if little known, area of the USA. Visits included Rochester, which was the home of Kodak manufacturing, and Corning, where glass Manufacturing included the development of Pyrex. A 'must' visit was to the spectacular Niagara Falls.

But the lasting memories were of the warm welcome and hospitality provided by host Rotarians. Visits to local clubs gave an insight into the fundraising energies of Rotarians in the District. Perhaps the highlight was a visit to the Rotary Sunshine Camp. This was a facility owned and run by the Rotary club of Rochester, providing holidays for disabled children and adults. It covered a huge area, and included climbing walls, a treetop walk and even a miniature railway.

We look forward to the exchange visit next June, when a group from District 7120 will be visiting our District.

Note: Check out the International Travel & Hosting Fellowship if staying with Rotarians in other countries is of interest.

Llanddulas Choir visits Kirkby Lonsdale

Wow! What An Evening!

Llandulas Choir at Kirkby LonsdaleOn Saturday 22nd September St Mary's Parish Church in Kirkby Lonsdale was the beautiful venue for a very special occasion. The Rotary Club of Lunesdale hosted a visit of the Llanddulas Choir from Colwyn Bay conducted and accompanied by their Musical Director Eirlys Dwyryd. The concert was a complete sell-out with every possible seat taken.

The programme was well balanced with something for everyone and a selection of well known and much loved songs. The audience sat enthralled throughout both halves of the performance. Favourites e.g. You raise Me up, Autumn Leaves, The Merry Widow Waltz and the Saints Go Marching In, is just a few songs from the first half.

After the interval we were treated to, naming just some of the songs, A delightful Welsh Medley, Myfanwwy, Stenka Rasin, Dream a Little Dream and an emotional rendering of How Great Thou Art. The audience showed its appreciation after each song on the programme with enthusiastic applause. There can be no doubt that everyone enjoyed the performance and the choir's visit was a huge success.

Club President Hugh Sweeney and all the club members wish to thank the sponsors of the concert: The Orange Tree and Free House Kirkby Lonsdale, The Royal Barn Kirkby Lonsdale, Booths and The National Westminster Bank. Above all a most sincere thank you goes to the 300 plus people who attended. The Rotary Club is always grateful for the loyal support given by the local community and is delighted to announce that the concert raised in excess of £2,500. The proceeds will be donated to deserving local charities.

Taking Rotary to market ...

Group photo of 3rd District 1190 marketing training day
Marketeers taking time out to enjoy the
grounds and meet the rural inhabitants.
The third District marketing masterclass training day took place on Saturday at Mytton Fold, Langho. Many of the remaining Lancashire Clubs and one from Furness were there to complete the training programme instigated by District PI Chair Herbert Chatters in the Spring. This sharing of ideas with breakout sessions was a great exchange and update opportunity.

Guest presenters included James Martin ( of District Conference fame ) who took the lid off social media, Chris Sweeney to update and explain the website template and organiser Herbert Chatters who outlined how crucial it is to capitalise on the change in news gathering by media in general and the collaboration opportunities for Rotary to team up with magazines and involve radio in outside broadcasts to increase footfall to Rotary showcasing sites.

A special visitor introduced by Rotary Lytham, was Harry Mills the Head boy at AKS Independent school St Annes, an IT enthusiast who is keen to help Rotary Lytham develop their club website. Food for thought?

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