October 2019 Update

Auld Grey Town to Willow Lanterns


As autumn arrived the club was treated to a varied and interesting programme of speakers and activities throughout October.

We began the month with Trevor Hughes, a member of the Kendal Civic Society, who gave a presentation on the ‘Yards of Kendal.’ He explained that Kendal has many yards, crofts, and lanes which are a characteristic feature of the town and demonstrates the lively history of the people who lived and worked in them. They are a characteristic portrayal of parts of Kendal’s unique history. In days gone by they were a series of thriving little communities lined with cottages and workshops but with the march of progress and the wholesale destruction during the slum clearances of the 1960s, their number has been drastically reduced. A most interesting and informative presentation to kick start October. 

As already reported on our web the club held an open meeting on October 15th with Simon McDermott, North West Regional Fundraiser for ARUK.

Simon,  son in the ‘Quando, Quando, Quando’ father-son singing sensation whose heart-warming in-car video took social media by storm across the world, gave a  powerful and emotional story about family love striving to overcome the problems of living with a family member with dementia.  His stories were staggering about the effects of Alzheimer’s, but showed how the dark times can be turned into moments of pure joy for his ‘Songaminute Man’ father when he sings beautifully every word of well-known songs, enabling him momentarily to recover happiness, his lost personality and self.   All listening to his experiences were visibly moved and enlightened by Simon’s account.

The club presented Simon with a cheque for £2500 from our September Duck Race with a further £250 being sent from donations received on the night.

Secretary Judy has been very busy over half term coordinating Willow Lantern Workshops at the Rugby Club. Certainly a case of ‘Service above Self’!  A magnificent array of lanterns is produced in readiness for the Community Christmas Lights Parade in November. A few noble members helped along the way.

As we move into November we have had to cancel some of our planned meetings and activities due to the evening closure of the A591, our only main road into the town. Luckily the road will be open at weekends and the Christmas Lights Weekend will be as dazzling as ever as members take on  the annual Street Collection for the Lights together with their Human Fruit Machine side show!

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A positive vibe in the air!

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Elizabeth with Guide Dog Rachel

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

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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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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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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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