March 2019 Update

From Apple Grafting to Shelter Box


Our March meetings began with a ‘Hands On’ Grafting Workshop with Andy Gilchrist, where he explained the art of grafting, a form of propagating new fruit trees using buds or twigs. Using wood from an existing tree and fusing it onto a branch or stem of another tree ‘the rootstock’, each member successfully grafted and potted up their very own new apple tree. Some are already in bud!

Following our theme to enhance business meetings we were delighted to welcome Robin Sharpe, colleagues and student Will from Lakes School who gave a short presentation on the new 3d printer that our club has funded.  The aims of the newly formed Lakes School Community Partnership are to help the School to provide facilities and experiences for the students over and above what can be provided from the funding budget. Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary was delighted to donate their first grant of £1000 which has enabled the School to acquire a 3D camera for the design and technology department. Will demonstrated the capabilities of the new machine, resulting in the manufacture of plastic components used in his very successful A Level project of a chicken coop.

The month’s meeting concluded with a further ‘Hands On’ session with Jane Bradley, an artisan Basket Weaver. Jane was introduced to weaving in 1999 whilst living in a remote part of New Zealand where she was taught how to weave Maori flax baskets. Now living in Cumbria she grows willow and dogwood, which is harvested every winter, and in the summer gathers rushes and flax for her weaving projects. With her expert guidance and materials we were each able to create a traditional rush coaster.

Away from meetings we have had a busy month fund raising. The club once again hosted the very talented Westmorland Youth Orchestra conducted by Fredrik Holm. The concert, entitled ‘One Hundred Years of Film Music’ included music from Star Wars, Mission Impossible, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Following the devastating news of the Cyclone Idai & the floods in Mozambique and surrounding countries, the club was quick to respond with a Shelter Box collection at Lakeland Windermere by kind permission of the store manager Robin Moffatt.  Over £1213 was collected at the store and local eateries over 2 days.

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"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." George Orwell, 1984 Meanwhile, here at AK Rotary members were introduced to Strigiformes even before our Call my Bluff evening!

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We Marched into March enjoying Coastlines, Castles, Turkey, St Kilda and St Patrick

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A positive vibe in the air!

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Elizabeth with Guide Dog Rachel

A New Year and a Positive Vibe!

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How lucky we are to live in such a wonderful location

Despite the Covid pandemic having dominated all lives and events during this year, AK has continued with friendship and service locally and internationally - just on a smaller and different scale.

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                              Well Done Jenny!

Zoom interaction from Born Free and a wonderful Thank You from SALVE to Jenny

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Let us not forget the enormous sacrifices made by so many during both World Wars and other World conflicts.

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Bearathons and Tea t'Door

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A socially distanced welcome to President Val and help from Rotary Clubs around the Coast

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'WE STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AS A FAMILY AND FAILURE WAS NOT AN OPTION.'

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More Zoom, a 1374 Mile Walk & a virtual Pint at Lands End!

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Let's go for a walk someone said!

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An Unforgettable Month

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A month the UK will never forget

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A Month of Storms, Fraud, Bridge and Caring for others

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New Members and Recycling - rubbish not members!

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A Happy end to 2019 and a warm welcome to 2020

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Poppies to parkruns a busy month with lots of community involvement

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Auld Grey Town to Willow Lanterns

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Another happy Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea for those living alone

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Over £2400 raised for Alzheimer's Research UK at this years DUCK RACE!

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Community Visits and Events

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An amazing afternoon of Pink Fun raising vital funds for Target Ovarian Cancer

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An August of Visitors, Parking, Sailing and Eating!

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Welcome to Summer!

Water Projects, Pink Bling, Family Heirlooms and Japan

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Not your usual 'litter' but an abandoned boat in the River Brathay

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November and December have been very busy from WW1 Commemorations to Search Dogs and Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf!

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Rannerdale Knotts

Bank Holidays and a look back on our Rotary Year

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Quite a Foodie Month!

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From Apple Grafting to Shelter Box

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A sell out lunch raising vital funds for Polio Plus

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Lots of plans in the pipeline

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Where it all started in July 2018

July 2018 - July 2019 A Great Year "Thank You" Everyone!

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A super evening - fantastic weather, delicious food and happy smiley Rotary friends. Life's good!

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Maggie & Robin looking resplendent

Smiles all around for our PINK RIBBON WALK

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Duck Race Sun Sep 16th 2018 hit by overnight heavy rain - cancelled by Elf & Safety for preservation of life and limb of Plastic Ducks and Duck Herders

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Four Generations of one family celebrated winning the 
2017 Duck Race in aid of ARUK.

Winning Duck Racer Kieran McDonnell with family members Derrick Wren and his 8 week old grandaughter Penny, Helen Wren, Emma Wren and great grandmother Joan Graham.

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69 large poppies, inscribed with the name of a local man who gave his life in WW1 have been erected on lamp -posts around the town.

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