Club Speakers 2017/18

Club Speakers 2017/18. The Club Speaker finder is club secretary Paul Barnes

Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites
 The Club Speaker finder is club Secretary Paul Barnes 
Speakers 2017 
Mon 17th July Tony Noble - Local Artist.
Mon 31st July John Broadhead - Battle of Passchendaele.
Mon  7th Aug Margaret Arthurs - How I became a dentist.
Mon 4th Sept DG Robert Morphet.
Mon 25th Sept PC Trevor Brown.
Mon 2nd Oct Martin Simpson - Birstall Luddites.
Mon 7th Nov Lydia Krogar - International Peace Scholar.
Mon 20th Nov  Ian Fillan - Gold and Silver Hallmarking
Mon 15th Jan Adrian Ellwood - Dementia
Mon 19th Feb Peter Swinsoe
Mon 19th Mar Matt Lily Foundation
Mon 11th June RVS
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 Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites 
Club Speaker Tony Noble - Local Artist  July 17th 

Tony visited the club and gave a talk about his life as a local artist.  
Tony Noble is an artist living and working in Batley, West Yorkshire; his studio is in Redbrick Mill. He has worked as a primary school teacher at Batley Parish School and, after retiring, now works as a full-time artist.

His art work has been exhibited in many galleries over the years including The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London - 2015.
Tony talked us  through some of his work which included paintings of well known buildings and areas in the Batley area.  His has a fascination about finding ways to  represent the detail of surfaces like bricks, stones, water, glass etc. He said that many of his paintings have taken him hundreds of ours to complete and it must be said that the quality of his art work is astonishing. Visit you I'm sure you will agree.
Tony took questions from the club.
President Helen and Paul thanked Tony for his talk.
Tony took questions from the club.
President Helen and Paul thanked Tony for his talk.
 LINKS Tony Noble Gallery
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Club Speaker Rotarian John Broadhead - Ypres / Battle of Passchendaele  July 17th 1917

“On the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Rotarian John Broadhead gave a talk on the
history of the ancient town of Ypres and the part it played in the First World War.
He described the major battles fought there, the strategic importance of the town and the casualties suffered by the participants. Approximately one quarter of all the British and Empire casualties of the war were incurred in the defence of the city which was completely destroyed by shellfire. He explained that at the end of the war Winston Churchill proposed that the town should be left in ruins as a monument to the destruction of war but it was decided by the citizens of the town that German reparation money should be used to restore the town to its pre-war appearance.”

President Helen thanked John for his talk which gave information for the 100 year remembrance taking place in Ypres and the Tyne cot cemetery by British and Belgium Royalty, army and political leaders with relatives of those who fought and died in the battle of Passchendaele
LINKS The Ypres Salient Battlefields Belgium
LINKS - Battles of the Ypres Salient: Introduction     

Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites
Club Speaker Rotarian Margaret Arthurs. - How I became a Dentist.
Club speaker for the meeting was our own Rotarian Margaret who gave a talk on
"How she became a Dentist"
Margaret is Batley born and passed for Batley Girls Grammar School.
On taking A levels Margaret was unsure of her future career but a visit to Peter Hamlins dental practise was the beginning of her thoughts to be a Dentist. With advice going against her being a dentist made Margaret more determined and on achieving 4 A levels in Aug 68 Margaret enrolled for 4 years at  Manchester University studying dentistry together with 22 men and 8 ladies.
Margaret told of her first year and having to buy a skull which she named Fred. The first year included Anatomy with funny stories of her experiences.
She talked about Physiology and worked with dead animals and a frog that wasn't dead.
In her 2nd term she worked doing PMs which led to her stopping smoking on seeing the results of smoking.
Margarets parents had to buy her a dental tool chest which Margaret brought along to show us. 
Margaret talked about her first experiences giving anaesthetics and work with dentures the patient not paying but giving presents.
In Dec 1972 after 4 and half years Margaret qualified. She moved around the country but with a child and being divorced returned to Batley and bought Peter Hamlins practise in 96.
Margaret retired 18 months ago after 43 years in the job.
Margaret talked about her dental tools and how now they would have to be cleaned by Autoclave sterilisation. Margaret took questions on a range of dental issues.
President Helen thanked Margaret for a very interesting talk.
 Margaret showing her dental tool chest
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The annual visit of 1040 District Governor - Robert Morphet 2017/18.
Robert visited Healds Hall on Mon 4th Sept for a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Dewsbury.
Robert is a member of the Rotary Club of Bradford West where he joined 31 years ago. He is a funeral Directer, he worked 21 years as an embalmer and then bought the business.     
At Bradford West he was a member of the membership committee he introduced 10 members but only 3 stayed on.
He has been Treasurer twice and President twice and 7 years ago he was awarded the PHF.
Robert talked of his big moment when he was helping feed the homeless on Dec 23 during storm Barbara.
A tent couldn't be raised and a homeless man said it was ok he was used to being outside. The man then gave Robert a choc bar even though he had nothing.  This impressed Robert and he never forgot and he found out that this man died 3 weeks ago so he had been to Dominics funeral and spoke and put a choc bar on his coffin.
The short life had given Robert a special moment and changed his life.
He joined the area membership committee.  He recently visited Sandiago and has 3 focus points Membership, Polio and Social Media. He raised 18K when he ran the Edinburgh marathon this is raised to 30K with Bill Gates help.He talked of members who cannot make meetings but can still be Rotarians.
He talked about a special moment with President Helen at Fairfield school.with a student called Lara. Special moment for Helen also as she introduced Lala to Robert.
President Helen thanked Robert for his visit.

1/6/17 DGE runs Edinburgh Marathon in aid of Polio eradication; District Governor Elect, Robert Morphet says he ran wearing a bear suit but it looks as if the bear was carrying him! His efforts have raised £11,000 so far. 
Click on the link to read more, and add to the total if you wish.

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Club Speaker - PC Trevor Brown - West Yorkshire Police - Mon 25th Sept.
Trevor visited the Club and spoke about "what is going on in the UK  Police force,"
The club were scheduled to visit Trevor at Carr Gate Police Centre on the 18th Sept but due to a terrorist event in London at Parsons Green tube station the national security level was raised to critical and so the outside
visit had to be cancelled. 
Trevor has been in traffic for 11 years and he now has to do all aspects of policing. He talked about world terrorism        
Trevor reassured that counter terror in the UK is the best in Europe and that the critical status lead to bobbys on the streets with guns to give reassurance to the public.Trevor said as police they asked themselves what they had missed.
Trevor spoke of the armed police officers and about the 8 mins response to the Borough Market event. He said if  this happened outside London that it would probably not have been 8mins due to the stretched resorces of the police.
Since Teresa Mays budget cuts in 2010 police numbers have reduced from 5000 to 4000.
Trevor talked of how we need to integrate more with communities and the monitoring of suspect surveillance.
  Trevor now asked the question what does society expect from the police moving forward to police the uk
if it cant do everything what is it not going to do.
Trevor took questions from Rotarians and he was thanked by President Helen for his visit.
Trevor said that he would try to rearrange the Carr Gate visit into the new year.

Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites 
Polio Plus Frugal meal evening speaker Martin Simpson.

Listen to Bill Gates video The Worlds Greatest Meal to help end Polio

The evening meeting centred around Rotarian Robert Jacksons Frugal Meal to raise funds for     
"End Polio Now" Robert talked about the current polio counts of Pakistan and Afganistan no cases. and Nigeria 2 
cases. He also explained to the club his initative with Polio Pals making small dolls.     
The meal of soup sandwiches and chips plus a raffle helped to raise funds for the ongoing campaign    
Robert organised Rotarian Martin Simpson as speaker for Martin is now a member of York Ainsty Club after relocating to Green Hammerton. Martin was the founder President of the club which was Chartered in 1988 started by Heckmondwike and Batley Clubs. Martin talked of the founder members still attending the club John Sugden,  
Jim Pilkington, John Keen, Steve Gooder, Robert Jackson Martin made amusing quips about Keiths email signature Johns slow eating  
Robert J never looking any older and Ians tax return. plus funny stories.     
He thanked the club for making him a Life Honorary Member a status he said he greatly values.     

Robert Jackson presented Martin with the signed club banner  and President Helen thanked Martin for his 
talk and expressed how he was missed at the club for his knowledge experience and advice.      

At this point another founder member John Sugden gave the club an
insight into the start of the club in 1988 .    
John talked of Martin being the founder President who did all the officers jobs to make sure the club got off the ground and believes that if it had not been for Martin there would not be a Birstall Luddies.   

Big thanks to Robert Jackson for leading the End Polio Now / Frugal meal initiative in District 1040. 
Watch the video The Worlds Greatest Meal this highlights the importance of Rotarys push to end Polio.   
 LINKS End Polio
 LINKS One last push
 LINKS The Worlds Greatest Meal

International Peace Scholar Lydia Kroger.
Mon 6th Nov 2017 Birstall Luddites were 
honoured to host Lydia who is studying at the
Bradford Rotary Peace Centre at Bradford University
for 6 weeks as an International Peace Scholar. 

Lydia is 26 and she was born in Leipzig in what was then East Germany.She now lives and works in Berlin after graduating from University in Bavaria where she studied 
Global Business Management. 
After finishing her studies, she has worked for NGOs in Brazil, Southeastern Europe and Germany in the areas of education, inclusion of minorities and youth activism as well as volunteered in several refugee camps in Berlin. Her experience has swayed her towards working with smaller hands on groups rather than the "brand" names we are all with. 
Lydia talked about how Germany had changed after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. She talked about the old East Germany and her life with her parents in GDR. She told the,now humouress , tale the about the STASI and how it affected not only her father but the entire family was tainted by unsubstantiated "black marks" as recorded in secret police documents discovered after the fall of communism. 
Lydia gave three examples of how these tales plus the systems inflexibilty influenced her entire family. 
One; because her father was a butcher ,she explained,almost inevitably required him to employ assistants,which made him potentially a threat as an aspiring middle class employer - and Lydia was barred from school trips. Her Mother was blocked from attending University and none of them were encouraged to travel. 
Back to the present, she remembers the sheer euphoria of reunification, the physical rush of excitement at the possibilities opening up. However the reality is that there are still fewer opportunities in the East than in the West, even after 30 years of reunification. 

This could partially explain the worrying rise of the far right ESB party who are mostly from the east regions in Germany. She shared with us maps showing attacks against refugees as they are blamed for everything from low wages to lack of jobs. 

Lydia said she had enjoyed her 6 weeks studying in Bradford especially working with students from a wide variety of nations -in her class were fro The Yemen, USA, Burundi Rwanda, Congo and Zambia ,most of which are conflict countries in need of reconciliation. 

Lydia hopes to start her own organisation for promoting peace and conflict resolution . 

Ken also gave a short speech supporting Lydia. He spoke of the 6 centres run by the Rotary International Charity ,2 in USA and one each in Australia ,Japan ,Sweden and Bradford. The cost of half a million pounds per year per class (average 15 students per class) is then magnified by the messages that go out from each student all over the world.All the students are encouraged to keep in touch with their University long after the've qualified, hence our statement of where they all are and what they are doing. 

Robert Jackson gave Lydia a vote of thanks for her talk and wished her all success in her future career. 
Pictured left to right above Robert Jackson, mentor Ken Robertshaw, Lydia Kroger peace scholar and President Helen. 
 LINKS Lydia Kroger at Bradford University
 LINKS Rotary Peace Centre
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Club Speaker - Ian Fillan - Gold and Silver Hallmarking 
Our speaker Monday 20th Nov was Ian Fillan; a member of the RC Huddersfield and a silver merchant. The family firm Fillans & Sons Ltd of Huddersfield, has been in the area for over 150 years, hence firsphoto>>
Ian was also a director at the National Association Goldsmiths of GB and Ireland
Ian has been in the Jewelry business for 35-40 years.
Ian started his talk by explaining about the hallmark
and its object to give consumer protection from fraud and the essential fact that an item of Silver or Gold or Platinum in the UK has to have a
Hallmark from Assay before it can be sold.
The UK Hallmarking system has offered valuable protection for over 700 years. Compulsory Hallmarking protects all parties; the public who receive a guarantee of quality, the manufacturer who is given quality control and protection from dishonest competitors at a very low cost and the retailer who avoids the near impossible task of checking standards on all his goods.
Ian went on to explain about Assay, that it identifies the age and origin of an item
He explained the 5 marks 
Who made the item,
What it is made of,
the Quality mark,
Where made
and the When date mark. 
LINK - Hallmarking Guidance notes

Ian explained about Silver and Gold purity, pure Gold being 24 carat but too soft in this form to work hence it  being mixed and Silver 925 is Sterling and 958 is Brittanic silver.      
Ian explained where the Assay Offices are now London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh.An item comes into the office it is tested and marked, the marking can now be done by laser.
Ian talked obout how it is illegal to sell without a mark on the antique, he showed the tools of the trade , a magnifying glass eyepiece of 2 x magnification and also lens with 10 and 15 mag.He showed the essential Bradburys Book of Hallmarks containing the letters and shields of the hallmarks and how they change
every 26 years.
Ian talked about his grandfather in the 1840s and his experience with Jewellers selling unmarked items and about fraud .
Ian showed an Armarda dish and a silver Quaich .
 Rotarians had been invited to bring items to be valued. 
Ian and wife Chris photo to left     

Ians wife Chris who is a very experienced qualified valuer was able to verify the silver hallmarks and give more information.               
Bill gave thanks to Ian and Chris for their talk and valuations from the club                    

 Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites    
Club Speaker - Adrian Ellwood - Dementia 
 On Mon 15th Jan the club hosted a joint meeting with RC of Batley to listen to speaker Adrian Ellood.
Rotarian Patricia Waite Wright from RC of Batley organised the speaker Adrian.
 President Helen left, Adrian center with Patricia and Bill H on right.
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Club Speaker - Matt on behalf of Lliy Foundation. Mon 19th Mar.
Picture shows from left Colin,Helen,Matt,Eddy and John Wall.
 President Helen gave a short introduction why she have chosen the Lily Foundation.

How Mitochondrial disease affected her family. From John been born and on a ventilator, at the age of one he was diagnosed with cataracts would be blind at the age of six if he didn't have them removed. All his underlying problems of poor health throughout his early life and teenage years. When he collapsed in Leeds admitted to Leeds LGI at the age of twenty four the doctors knew something wasn't just right. This was the start of test after test at Leeds Hospital & Newcastle & three years later John was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Myopathy .With Edward our second son having cataracts the doctors wanted to test him too & he also then was diagnosed with the same condition.
Matt the speaker for the evening on behalf of the Lily Foundation.
He spoke how their baby daughter Lauren when born was fine at birth. It was when she had her first check up that the doctors knew something wasn't quiet right. Tests found she had Mitochondrial disease which he'd never heard of before. They were told it was a life threatening & debilitating disease. Lauren their little girl passed away at 11 months. Two weeks before her first birthday.
How the Lily Foundation helped them through their loss.
It was someone to talk too.
Family weekends away with families going through the same has them .
Just making people aware of the disease.
The Lily foundation is help funding research at Newcastle & Oxford University clinics.
But at the moment there is still no cure for this Genetic disease.
Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites
Clib Speakers - RVS 
 Speakers: Fazila Aswat and Lindsay Bennett


The RVS is working to help combat loneliness using various methods:

  1. ‘Befriending Service’ – 161 volunteers visit lonely people just for a chat and the company and support they provide is often a life-saver, however, 80 people are still on the list waiting for a new friend!
  2. ‘Building Services’ – providing support through Community Health Forums, Dementia Services and Mental Health Services
  3. Connecting Communities Legacy – inspired by Jo Cox


The services are volunteer led and need to be sustainable. Getting older people out of their homes and in to the Community is the aim of the RVS by better utilising our local Community Centres/Church Halls etc


Consultation is done in groups in, for example, sheltered accommodation or other community associations as new groups must be created that are actually wanted by the local population.


Both Fazila and Lindsay clearly know their subject and are passionate about what they do and although the work may be hard at times, it will always be rewarding!


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