Friday 5:00pm - We all meet up in the bar aboard the SS Rotterdam for a welcome meeting with our friends from VL80. There was all the usual getting used to the Dutch kissing - 3 times but which cheek was it first? At least the ice is quickly broken if there ever was any.
Then our hosts depart and it's off to the cabin for a quick wash and brush up before dinner in the Lido restaurant onboard. The food is excellent but the service appalling. Poor Pierre frets about the disaster with orders going astray and huge gaps in things arriving. Calm down Pierre nobody blames you for it.
Saturday - breakfast followed by a gathering on the dockside to be taken by car to the water bus to Dordrecht. A very nice small town 20 kilometres South East of Rotterdam.We walk along the estuary side to the Bell Vue Hotel (aptly named) where lunch is provided.
Then the party breaks up into 3 for a short guided tour (2 English speaking 1 Dutch). Some fine architecture and a quick walk by a building where Van Gogh once blinked. Wilma is quite upset because there was some other artist (Aelbert Cuyp?) who properly lived and worked in Dordrecht but of course he wasn't quite a superstar like old Vincent.
After the walk another stop for a coffee and biscuit (I'm waddling by this time) and then back to the waterbus for the trip back to the SS Rotterdam. The itinerary says back at the ship by 5:00pm but what with ferry delays and despite a formula 1 race with Michael Schumacher's alter ego Lourens (Lous) Meerman it's nearer 6:00pm. So alas no time for that power nap I'd planned.
7:00pm it's off again by coach to Fons Hosman's wine vault in Vlaardingen where dinner and entertainment is provided. Poor Atif is surrounded by all these alcholic fumes (and more than a few merry people) he'll never be the same again. Before dinner we are all enthralled by Roderik's wonderful violin playing accompanied by his partner Els on the grand piano. Then a lovely dinner is followed by more wine and Fons himself singing a few classical pieces. We all feel quite uncultured compared to our talented friends.
It's coming up midnight by the time the coach deposits our weary band of travellers back at the SS Rotterdam. Well most of us are weary - Tim is off up the steps with a spring in his step to the bar!
Thankfully on Sunday morning it's time for a lay in and a leisurely breakfast before we check out and are picked up by our hosts for a ride to Vlaardingen where we will do a walking tour. Our hosts are the ever jovial Ron and Nel so this time the car journey is more circumspect and we get a chance to see some of the countryside. Surprise surprise Ron may drive more slowly but he's still first into Vlaardingen as most of the rest take wrong turns in their breakneck pace to get there.
As we gather on the church steps the congregation is just departing so Ren
more Seven Blaize members and their wives attended the D1040 conference in Scarborough.
more President's Social Evening (which replaces our Charter Evening) - this event will include invitations to our partners, past members & widows of past members as well as any friends of Blaize and it's members that would like to attend.
more John Waterhouse is organising a trip to the Last Night of the Proms in Ilkley. This is the usual concert and picnic that is the last night of Ilkley Festival. Let John know if you wish to go.
more East Riddlesden Hall - lower field. 'Romeo & Juliet' by 'Lord Chamberlain's Men' - £15pp Bring a picnic/wine etc. if you wish. Gates open 6.30pm & close 7.15pm - starts 7.30pm Highly recommended.
more Walking weekend at the Holiday Fellowship hotel in Keswick - Derwent Bank
more The annual Christmas party took place at the home of Janet and Mike Clewes.
more Blaize members will attend their annual Walking Weekend at The Peveril of the Peak (one of the H F Holidays properties) in Dovedale adjacent to the Tissington Trail in the Peak District.
more This garden visit was the long awaited second leg to Trevor Nash's talk about the garden 2 years ago. The fee for a tour of this garden was £6 which included sandwiches and quiche after the tour. The tour itself took one and a half hours.
more A party of members and their wives visited Scarborough for the weekend to take part in District 1040 Conference
more Visit to Gigglewick School Chapel, Settle Railway Water Tower (As seen on Channel 4's The Restoration Man), Settle Signal Box all followed by dinner at the Boar's Head at Long Preston.
more Inaugural "President's Social Evening" (which replaces our Charter Evening) - this event will include invitations to our partners, past members & widows of past members.
more John Waterhouse had booked 2 tables for 10 at the finale event for the Ilkley Festival which is the usual concert and picnic on the Grove at Ilkley.
more Blaize members attended their annual Walking Weekend at Longmynd (one of the H F Holidays properties) which is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton.
more The annual Presidents' Hello/Goodbye (when we traditionally celebrate the handover of office from one President to another) was at the Glen Public House Gilstead Lane Bingley BD16 3LN at 1pm.
more The Past Presidents' Dinner was again be held at Ilkley Golf Club. 15 Past Presidents attended along with their wives as well as two widows of former Presidents. A good night was enjoyed by all.
more Walk 11am – about 4 miles on gentle paths around Birstwith (adjusted if wet/icy) Starts at The Old Station Hotel Birstwith Nr Harrogate HG3 3AG 01423 770245 http://www.station-hotel.net/ Lunch 1pm (pub opens 12noon)
more Christmas Party at Rob and Ann Askew's home on 15th December 2012 at 7.30pm Part of the entertainment was a caricature drawing game which was won by Pat Howard - see the picture above
more The annual walk around Wensleydale took place on Sunday the 29th of July.
more 15 Blaize Rotarians along with wives and friends visited the York Mystery Plays.
more The annual Presidents' Hello/Goodbye (when we traditionally celebrate the handover of office from one President to another) was a barbecue held at Alan and Marjorie's home.
more The annual Christmas party will be held on Saturday evening at the home of Marjorie and Alan Morrell. Further details to follow.
more The New Year's Day Walk is at 11am (12 noon for non-walkers) - meet for walk with lunch at The White Horse Inn Thornton.
more STARTS 7PM The annual concert by the Black Dyke Band, organised for Rotary Charities by Bingley Airedale. Bookings via Tim Ratcliffe. Ticket price £12.50 to "Bingley Airedale Rotary Club"
more Members of Blaize will again undertake their annual walking weekend - this time around the Malham area. Walks of 3 difficulty levels will be organised.
more Visit to the Kings Hall Ilkley where we might even get a glimpse of Judith and Tim among the chorus of ruffians. Going on the past record this will be a popular event. Tim will pass around a tick sheet but if you want to be sure of tickets email him now.
more Despite a wet and wild afternoon 17 stalwarts headed out to the Grove for the annual Proms Concert.
more No Meeting at Bradford Club - Visit to LNT/Ginetta fctory in Leeds starting at 4:00pm.
more Graham Robinson organised a 6 mile (or less!) family walk in Wensleydale. All were welcome
more Speaker Martin Gold, Comedian. Local Charities benefit. Booking via Tim Ratcliffe - ticksheet circulating.
more The annual lunch to celebrate one President completing his year of office and the new one taking over will take place at 1:00pm on 3/7/11 at the Waterhouse residence.
more The Rotary Club of Bingley Airedale organised their annual concert at Bradford Grammar School
more Email Tim Ratcliffe for Details of Fellowship Events
more Sunday - Walk at Middleham in Wensleydale
more Friday - Ilkley Playhouse 'Man For All Seasons' 7.30pm - details from Tim Ratcliffe
more Friday) Party in the Park – Bingley – Evening - details from Robert Allan
more Monday - Races at Thirsk – Evening – Keith Brown organising
more Saturday - Ilkley Grove 'Last Night of the Proms' Concert - Details from Tim Ratcliffe
back Rotary is not just about doing good deeds but also about enjoying yourself and this committee organises social activities. This page contains an archive of some of our activities.