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Part of the local scene

...in many ways - members are trustees of several charities; local organisation join us at our community fair to spread their message and raise cash; we join in events such as the CAMRA festival to raise money for local causes .......


Looking to the future

Overcoming challenges of public speaking or technology tournaments, or a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course helps young people develop tools for success such as self-confidence, planning & team building skills.


Rotary works all round the world

Worldwide Rotary supports dozens of projects - the most long lasting & ambitious is the project to eradicate polio – now endemic in just two countries. We also have projects in Ghana & India supporting schools & delivering clean water.


Fellowship & fun social happenings

Our convivial weekly meetings form a platform for our eclectic speakers. We learn of many varied interests. ‘Special events’ such as Burns night, Christmas celebrations and visits to places of refreshment add to the opportunities for fellowship and fun.


Our club at large

Varied social activities, & worthwhile projects near & far. Our diverse members exchange ideas, create lifelong relationships, join in service projects that make a lasting impact in communities. We aim to have fun, but with a purpose.


A helping hand - e.g. fundraisng ...

- not our core business; but we have rattled buckets in aid of disasters; run tombolas at music events, organised car parking at shows,sold plants at (our own) community fair, run raffles, organised events such as Dragon Boats – & had fun!


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SeaGrown –

fascinating talk by Wave Crookes on Wednesday 10th January.

Wave gave us a fascinating talk about the origins and vision behind the pioneering seaweed farm he and his business partner Laura Robinson (professor of Marine  Science) established in Scarborough – it will ethically produce a sustainable crop which individuals and industry can use in lots of innovative ways.

The idea was borne out of discussions between Wave and Laura whilst they were working on a project in Antarctica. Bringing together Wave's practical experience in marine operations with Laura’s academic research. Building on the observation of the prolific, environmentally friendly, seaweed growth locally and the vision of establishing Yorkshire as a bio-economy hub. The seaweed absorbs huge amounts of carbon and releases oxygen into the water as it grows – making it good for you, good for industry and good for the environment.

The seaweed farm is envisaged as serving both retail and industrial markets. To build experience, and presence the initial focus has been in retail https://www.seagrown.co.uk/shop) mainly resulting in a variety of (organic) food seasonings and cosmetic items.

In these early stages the seaweed is collected by hand from the edge of the tidal areas – a tough back breaking task! But not being scaleable to serve industrial markets the offshore aqua farm is being developed to replace the manual harvesting.

The offshore farm has now been established (after obtaining a variety of mysterious permissions!). The seaweed is grown by seeding spawn onto ropes within the farm. The seaweed is destined for various industrial markets : animal food supplements; pharmaceuticals; biochemicals; plastics and soil enhancers.

The offshore farm is serviced by two ships for maintenance, seeding and harvesting. The Southern Star also act as the company headquarters and hatchery .  It will be developed as a visitor centre with café and shop as well as  a hub for educational visits.

SeaGrown is now looking ahead to consolidating after covid and developing ‘secondary’ crops such as shellfish which will cohabit with the seaweed - the two crops being mutually supportive (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture!!). The core activities will increasingly be used to support educational and research activities.

We look forward to seeing the ships unloading in the harbour and perhaps to a visit on a summer evening.(Peter Howgate)

lo American  Woodsmith Project, Whitby

A brief update on this important project for our region Interesting and informative meeting with the liaison group attended by Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary representative on the January (11th) Liaison Group Forum (Zoom). Construction Work continues apace despite Covid! This picture gives an impression of the scale of just the Woodsmith site (in December 2020) bearing in mind the other sites at Lockwood, Wilton, Cropton,

The AngloAmerican team reported good progress across all sites since October. At Woodsmith Mine the focus has remained on preparing the three shafts – service shaft, production shaft and mineral transport system (MTS) shaft – for the main shaft sinking. Work at the service shaft has included the winches and hoisting systems, cladding the permanent building and finalising the mechanical and electrical fit-out. The main shaft sinking from 120m to 1,600m, which will be done using a shaft boring roadheader (SBR) machine, is expected to start in the first part of 2020. The production shaft foreshaft is now complete and the excavation of the inner shaft has reached 120m. Installation of the headframe steelwork is well progressed and electrical works have commenced.

Dark Sky Reserve designation An interesting recent focus has been on lighting. Measures to help reduce lighting impacts as far as possible have been agreed, with a number of changes implemented over the autumn and early winter. 

The recent International Dark Sky Reserve designation was achieved. Demonstration projects included improvements at Cropton and Rawcliffe House Farm Holiday Cottages. Four more demonstration projects are now underway. 

There was significant amount of glare from the building lights with upward light contributing to tree illumination. The lights could be seen from a number of cabins. 

Tree illumination which is bad for nocturnal wildlife and detracts from stargazing is eliminated and glare reduced to contribute toward a tranquil feel.

BBC TV Presenter extolls the virtues of from Field to Fork

 BBC Countryfile presenter, Adam Henson delivered a talk on zoom to the club on November 25 on the importance of understanding where our food comes from.

 Adam, who farms on the Cotswolds, is extremely passionate about farming and its role in the food chain. His father Joe took the tenancy of Cotswold Farm Park in 1962 when Adam was a small boy and from an early age he was hooked on food, farming and wildlife.


 He is adamant that British farmers produce the best quality food in the world but is keen to make sure this message gets out to the general public, particularly children.

 He would like to see a GCSE in agriculture introduced into the curriculum; so there is a greater understanding of food production amongst teenagers. Adam wants younger people to make informed choices of what they eat.

 He highlighted what he called ‘concrete children” that live in urban areas and are completely ignorant about the food chain and countryside life generally.

 Education is vital and he quotes the old adage that “you are what you eat” and its impact on health and wellbeing.

 Adam said his father who was a trailblazer and very innovative and entrepreneurial and told him to “give it a go” and try new things.

 When he was growing up on the family farm with his 3 older sisters it was mainly about food production.

 They are now paid by the Government to replace flower meadows and hedge rows, as the focus on farming is now not just about food.

 He stressed that he wants people to be careful about what they eat and think about where their food comes from.

 Buying locally is imperative and can really boost the local economy, as the money is recycled in the local area rather than supermarket takings which are mostly lost to the locality.

 Adam finished off what was an extremely entertaining and information talk to 19 club members with a Q and A answering questions on topics such as global warming; Brexit; Covid-19; antibiotics; chemical usage as well as farming as a career.


 Image © Richard Cannon/Country Life Picture Library 

Zooming into the Scarborough Scrubs Group

  The club were entertained with a terrific presentation by the Scarborough area “For Love of Scrubs” group co-ordinators Charlotte Hill and Iona Calvert on the creation of the group at the zoom meeting held on October 28.

President Andrew opened the meeting by welcoming our special guest for the evening Councillor Mrs Hazel Lynskey, Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, together with a number of the members of the scrubs group in the audience of 29 people, who had tuned into hear the talk.

   Charlotte began by explaining that the idea of establishing the scrubs group had been triggered by an A&E nurse in Boston Lincolnshire, Ashleigh Linsdell, who had a side-line in sewing and wanted to make scrubs for her department.

   She had spotted that many hospital staff who would not usually wear scrubs were required to change into them several times a day to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

   To say that her idea soon spread is an understatement, as there now are about 70,000 scrubs makers across the country and 400 in the Scarborough area group alone, with 200 sewers at any one time.

   Their Facebook group has over 500 members, with at least half of these sewing – some sewing up to 10 sets of scrubs a week.

   To date she estimates that the group have made 3,500 sets of scrubs; 2,000 ear bags; 1,200 hats; 1,800 face masks and lots more wash bags.

   More than half of the sets have gone to the town’s hospital, with pink proving to be the most popular colour.

   However, the group have proved scrubs across the Borough to local hospitals, district nurses, GP surgeries, care homes and Saint Catherines etc.

   The most unique request came from monks in Muston, who requested 12 sets.

Lots of fabric was needed; so as well as donations of bedding from residents, they received help from local businesses, such as Scarborough Curtains, Morrisons and Prontaprint that helped with print to name but a few.

   Interestingly, Noah Evans, the son of Chris Evans the TV presenter, raised over £122,000 by camping out for a month in his Surrey garden and almost a third of the Scarborough groups fabric came from Noah’s fundraising efforts.

   Charlotte then handed over to Iona who was responsible for the logistics of the group co-ordinating orders and ensuring that the finished article arrived at the right place at the right time.

   It is fair to say that they task has taken over both co-ordinators lives working 18-hour days, 7 days a week for the past few months.

   Tim Kirkup also played a huge role by acting as the group’s press and PR guru but more importantly providing the laser machine that helped the group cut the material for the sewers.

Doreen Brook, one of the sewers, explained how being part of the group had helped her personally.

She had recently lost a loved one and the team ethos within the group had helped her through this difficult period of her life Doreen had made 122 sets of scrubs with lots of different colour combinations and had really enjoyed the experience.

   Iona made the point that the colourful scrubs sets has helped to lift the spirts of staff and patients in the hospitals, especially in the children’s wards.

   They had provided face coverings to the wider community too and were charging £4 a mask but did not want to deny the disadvantaged in society; so simply asked people to pay what they could afford,  they have so far raised £698 from 5 outlets across the Borough to go to their chosen charity.

   Charlotte concluded by explaining that the group had more or less fulfilled their role as scrub makers and were looking for other things to do. In the future she is hoping to stage a big party for all group’s member, as many have never met each other due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The other idea is to hold an exhibition of images of the seamsters, one of which is Evie who is only 6 years old.

   The mayor then thanked the group for their sterling efforts across the Scarborough area and announcing that the Group would be the recipient of one of 71 Borough Hero awards soon to be presented to people/groups who had performed outstanding community service during the pandemic.

   Not only that but the Mayor admitted that the idea for these awards had in fact been inspired by the work of the Scrubs group, which she had been following since they first started their work.

 Councillor David Jeffels, a North Yorkshire County Councillor, who was listening to the talk also offered to make a contribution of £300 from his ward community fund to the group.

Bob Thompson then paid his own tribute to the group by highlighting the work of his own daughter, who was a nurse and had experience at first hand life on the wards during the pandemic during his vote of thanks on behalf of the club.

The club has acted as a material collection point, together with creating a Virgin Money Giving website to receive cash donations. In addition, a press release was issued by the club in June to help raise the profile of the group’s work and encourage more fabric donation

Iona Calvert posted as folows on the Scrubs website


      Motor Neurone Disease presented by Jenn Dodd


      23 September 2020     

     The presentation was via Zoom. To see the PDF of the excellent Power Point CLICK HERE

Jenn Dodd, the Regional Fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, gave an excellent presentation on the work of the Association, beginning with particular reference to the current Covid 19 situation The lockdown and subsequent restrictions have presented challenges both in the ongoing support of approximately 5000 MND patients and in fund raising. Over £2million has been lost in fund raising so far this year compared with previous years, despite a host of creative ideas such as Run 21 (by 21st June) and mission 5000 (1 mile for every person with MND), both of which Jenn has herself engaged in

Jenn's explanation of the nature of MND and the various types was technical but clear even to those without her scientific background. She has the advantage of having spent some time working at Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience, an important centre for research. The British MNDA works closely with research centres both here and internationally. In 2018 they hosted an International Symposium with 1300 attendees. Also important is their collaboration with other organisations such as Marie Curie and palliative care.

Certainly some progress is being made in finding treatment for MND. There has been a substantial increase in research papers worldwide. Gene therapy has proved a fruitful area of research, in particular in the treatment of children with a particular type of MND. Those interested can join the MNDA as a Cure Finder which, for a small fee, gives news of the latest developments.

Our thanks to Jenn for her very professional presentation - allbeit in isolation!

MND Association have a wealth of information for sufferers, carers & researchers - HERE

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Meetings and events happening soon

Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 2:00 pm

Membership & Communication Team Meeting

Zoom details to follow.

Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 7:30 pm

Community Support Team Meeting

Discus grant for Ghana water project, Reindeer situation, contact with Rainbow Centre, golf tournament arrangements, Scarborough Fridge and Rugby Club, donation to Leukaemia Research and Community Fair arrangements.

Wed, Mar 10th 2021 6:30 pm

Demonstration by David Greenwood-Haigh: Chocolatier & Proprietor of Xocolat Ltd

Award winning chocolatier hosts an interactive chocolate tasting event with a presentation on the DARK arts of chocolate over the ages. Samples will be delivered before the event. £10 per person. {Vote of thanks + media report: Rhien Cocker}


Wed, Mar 24th 2021 6:30 pm

Paul Robinson, Artistic Director of The Stephen Joseph Theatre

Paul describes his vision for the future of Scarborough Fair. {{Media report & vote of thanks -: Geoff Mountfield}

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