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Sydney Roland (Jimmie) James 14.01.1921 - 31.01.2020

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Sydney Roland James

14.01.1921  -  31.01.2020

It is with a great deal of sadness that we report of the Death, in the early hours of this morning, of past District Governor Jimmie James. 

Following a fall Jimmie, aged 98, had been ill for a short while and died in the Cumberland Infirmary. 

JImmie had been an active Rotarian since joining the Wigton club in 1973, attending most weekly meetings until a couple of weeks ago. He served as District Governor in 1989/90 and subsequently held various positions at District level. 

The sympathy of our Club is extended to all of Jimmie’s family and friends.




At our meeting last night
Ian Downes
was confirmed as our President for the next Rotary Year


Trolley Dash - The Results

1st Prize  Mrs Sanderson of Wigton ticket No.388

2nd Prize Mr Howe of Wigton ticket No. 416

3rd Prize Mrs Harrison of Kirkbride ticket No. 88


It's Back! 

Our ChristmasTrolley Dash

Look out for details

A huge thank you to every one who has helped us to collect 250 coats for the Wrap Up Cumbria appeal. We couldn't have achieved this without your help or those of our collection points, Wigton Library and Cafe 1262 along with Brampton & Longtown Inner Wheel and Dalston Parish Church. Thank you all. For full details of this project please see 'Related Pages' in the Community Involvement section of this web site.

Wrap up NorthCumbria

Rotarians in North Cumbria are collecting your old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence (to name a few).Any style, size, colour of men’s, women’s and children’s coats will be greatly appreciated.All donations will then be sorted and delivered to our nominated charity partners, for distribution to those in need just in time for the winter.Wigton Rotary Club is actively participating in this project and donations of coats and jackets can be made at the Wigton Library until November 9thPlease help us to keep vulnerable people warm this winter by donating now.

On the 3rd July Derek WIlliamson was installed as President for the coming 12 months. 

At our Meeting last night we 'Raised a Glass' to celebrate the 98th Birthday of PDG S R (Jimmie) James

Darron West of Wigton & District Community First Responders visited us to discuss their work and their need to fund raise. Not only do the responders volunteer but they have to purchase all of their own equipment.

William Roland (Bill) Coulthard 1932 – 2019

Bill became a member of Wigton Rotary Club in in November 1972 serving as Vice President in 1979/80 and President in 1980/81. For most of his working life Bill was an insurance agent for the NFU becoming well known and respected in the agricultural community of North & West Cumbria. Outside of work Bill was a keen golfer, captaining Silloth Golf Club, and enjoyed playing bowls as well as spending time with his family. Following his retirement and a move to Silloth Bill spent much time at the Golf Club both encouraging young golfers and endeavouring to control the gorse bushes that competed for space on the links. In later years Bill was in failing health, requiring in the last few years full time care and becoming less active in Rotary. As a Rotarian Bill will be remembered, with affection, for his happy smile and ability to raise money selling tickets for anything to anybody. Our sympathy is extended to Bill’s family and friends.

We were joined last night by Rose King who talked about her 2 months in Nepal as part of a Raleigh International Expedition.

Prize Winners in our Christmas Trolley Dash
Winner Mr Jimmie Wilson, Bolton Low Houses.

Ticket No. 0122
2nd Prize  Mrs K Smith, Wigton. Ticket No. 0150.
3rd Prize Mrs Fearon, Mealsgate. Ticket No. 0776

75 Years of Service

At last night’s meeting District Governor, Mary Bradley, visited us. As well as giving us an enlightening and upbeat presentation she took the opportunity to present  certificates to Robin Swindells and Len Baseley  honouring, 35  and 40 years respectively, of Membership.

Pound the Path for Polio Eradication

We met up with Alan & Jan Causey of the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs. They are undertaking a series of walks to raise funds for polio eradication. There latest walk was along the Roman Wall and we met them in Bowness on Solway as they completed their walk.

Prize winners in this years Duck Race  

1st Prize £100 went to David Walker of Cross Lane Wigton 2nd Prize £40 went to Kath Aston of Tarnrigg
3rd Prize £20 went to Mr Jones of Howrigg Bank, Wigton
( Afull list of all prize winers is available on request)

Assistant Governor, Brian White, joined us last night for our Club Assembly

Jimmie’s 45 years as a Rotarian Recognised.

Past District Governor S R (Jimmie) James was presented with a Certificate and letter of appreciation by DGE Mary Bradley at a joint meeting of Maryport, Silloth and Wigton Rotary Clubs. For full details please see ‘Related Pages’ Jimmie James a potted history.

Sucess for the Nelson Thomlinson School in this years District Young Artist Competition. For the full story please see 'related pages'

Last night we were visited by Rose King who spoke to us about her forthcoming visit to Nepal as part of an Operation Raleigh Team.

Congratulations to Victoria Hewat, from Year 12 at the Nelson Thomlinson School, who was awarded the ‘Best Chairperson’ in the Rotary Youth Speaks District Finals in Windermere on Saturday 3rd February.

District Governor, Larry Branyon, visited us during September. For further details please see 'related pages'.

We visited Workington RNLI on 16th August to see their new all weather lifeboat. For further details please see 'related pages'.

For the results of our 'Duck Race' held on Saturday 24th June please see 'related pages'. 

'They are up'  purple crocus flowers have been poping up all over Wigton, Aspatria, Caldbeck, Thursby and Bolton Low Houses. To see the full story please see 'related pages'.

We Have Done It! ( with a little help from our friends) 5,000 crocus bulbs have been planted in and around Wigton. Please see the photographs and report in 'related pages'.

Recognition from the Paul Harris Society - please see 'related pages' for the photo and brief report. 

Success for Nelson Thomlinson pupil Callum in the District Young Writter competition - please see 'related pages.

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