Update August 2017

A busy month for all us in and around Ambleside - from social get togethers to parking cars at Grasmere Sports and raising vital funds for a Shelter Box for Sierra Leone. Read more about what we've been up to!

Our famous Yellow Parking Hands bring a smile to even the most frustrated driver!

                                     Ambleside Kirkstone August Round Up

Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary club enjoyed a busy August. Members enjoyed a Bowls Evening at Ambleside Bowls club followed by a busy time parking cars at Grasmere Sports. With news of the Mud Slide in Sierra Leone, and other weather related disasters around the world, those attending the Sports were able to see at first hand the importance of help such as Shelter Box and Aqua Box (www.shelterbox.org www.aquabox.org) as members demonstrated the contents of the emergency aid boxes. The Club has sent a Shelter Box to Sierra Leone and is now looking to send a further Shelter Box to help the impoverished areas of the Americas following Hurricane Harvey & Irma.

We are pleased to report that 62 pairs of shoes have been donated through the end of term appeal for used children shoes for Sals Shoes (www.salsshoes.com) and thanks goes to the local schools and the Parish Centre for their help in promoting the appeal.

At the weekly meeting on 22nd August Roger Peak gave an illustrated presentation of the work of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Having been a volunteer assessor for Gold Expeditions and a member of the Cumbria panel for a number of years, he spoke of the history of the award, and in particular the importance of the scheme as both a motivational and inspirational tool for young people from all walks of life.

Rotary District’s Governor, Larry Branyan was welcomed to the club meeting the following week. An audio presentation was given by Ali Peak on the Club’s proposed events and activities arranged for the following Rotary year. It became apparent that the club is a busy successful club with lots of events already arranged or in the pipeline including a “Silver Sunday” Musical Afternoon Tea on October 8th for any elderly person living alone and the organisation of a Duck Race as part of the Festival of the Fells weekend, with proceeds in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. October and November will be busy months with help at the Christmas Lantern workshop and Christmas Lights parade together with helping with selling poppies for the RBL Poppy Appeal. Looking ahead to 2018 events include the welcome return of a concert by The Blackburn Peoples Choir in February and a coffee morning in support of End Polio Now.  June will see a Pink Ribbon 5km Fun walk aid of Breast Cancer Care in support of the charities 25thanniversary.

The club continues to welcome new members so please contact Judy on 33767 or speak to any AK rotary member if you would like to know more about us.