March 2019 Update

Fri, Aug 5th 2022 at 8:13 pm - 10:13 pm

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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A glorious evening for learning more about Galava Roman Fort

Enjoying fun & friendship in glorious weather

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Members and friends enjoying an evening of happy banter, delicious food and most importantly friendship AK style

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The story of Aunt Maggie's Bloomers!

At last we enjoy a outdoor meeting without Zoom!

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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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At last we meet socially and have fun!

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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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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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New Members and Recycling - rubbish not members!

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Let's go for a walk someone said!

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An Unforgettable Month

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Poppies to parkruns a busy month with lots of community involvement

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A month the UK will never forget

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Auld Grey Town to Willow Lanterns

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

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

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

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Welcome to Summer!

Water Projects, Pink Bling, Family Heirlooms and Japan

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Community Visits and Events

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From Apple Grafting to Shelter Box

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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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