A year at AK Rotary Club 2018-19

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


For our last month in the Rotary year we met Caroline Gunning, the new Centre Manager at Ambleside Parish Centre. Having only been in post for a few months Caroline has various ideas and ambitions for the centre. We heard about her career background and her various roles over the years with community based organisations, which should stand her in good stead for her new role at the centre. Caroline has been very involved with rural Scout Troops and The Calvert Trust, not to mention a finalist in the Cumbria Woman of the Year.

This year we have held various ‘open meeting’s which have proved very popular with members of the public. This month the Wesley Room at Ambleside Parish Centre was full to hear Steve Watt's presentation ‘Setting the Pace’.  Steve is a runner, a fundraiser and a storyteller. He talked about, his time in the army, his various jobs but it is running that is his real passion. Steve had wanted to climb the world's biggest mountain since he was a child. He made it to Everest on his 60th with his brother, but the pair were caught up in the avalanche which killed 16 Sherpa.  However, not deterred in 2016 he returned to compete in the Everest Marathon - not only compete but Steve became the first person in the world with a pacemaker to complete arguably the toughest marathon in the world. A great evening!

We were pleased to welcome our Assistant Governor Peter Smith to our club assembly on June 18th and to outline our plans for the coming Rotary Year under the leadership of Charles Flanagan.

A number of members also attended Ambleside Rotary Club’s excellent Charter Evening at The Salutation Hotel. As our mother club they were celebrating their 55th Charter.

On Saturday June 22nd 160 members of the public voluteered to have their blood pressure checked as part of Rotary's Stroke Awareness. Many thanks to Colin Fell for his organisation of the day, together with LAMRT, University of Cumbria Paramedic Students and our own nurses from the club, and those who helped with manning the stall.

To finish our Rotary Year we held our usual changeover at Brathay Church Hall, where members and friends enjoyed a delicious Jacobs Join Supper. As a small club in a small town it is quite astounding what we have achieved over the last 12 months. Our members have a positive ‘Can Do’ attitude and the friendship and fun of the club is always commented on by those who meet us.

Well done AK – take a bow!

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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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