November 2019 Update

Poppies to parkruns
a busy month with lots of community involvement


November is always a very busy month for our club.  As always it was a delight to help with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with the result that our street collection on Saturday November 2nd raised the magnificent total of £835.27

Due to the main road into Ambleside being closed for major road repairs each  weekday evening from 6.30pm to 1.30am a couple of club meetings were cancelled, along with our proposed International fund raising quiz.  DG Miles Leadbeater’s club visit was rescheduled to a Lunch time meeting with Ambleside & Windermere clubs at The Salutation Hotel.

Saturday 16th November saw Ambleside alive with packed streets, shops and pubs all enjoying the annual Christmas Lights switch on, Willow Lantern Parade and Fireworks Display. AK members were in fine fettle, many in fancy dress, as they collected much needed funds for the Community Lights, with a record breaking street collection of £2988.33 from collecting buckets + £458.65 in Park barrels in all totalling £3446.98. Of that £2447.41 was raised by AK club members.

The Human Fruit Machine once again brought much merriment and fun to the Market Cross charity stalls where a continual crowd of punters, some apples, oranges and bananas resulted in lots of laughs and a handsome profit for Rotary Charities.

Over the last year or so we have held a variety of ‘Open Meetings’ at Ambleside Parish Centre on a range of topics that are of general interest to members of the public. This has also been an ideal opportunity to showcase our club and to show the general public that we’re not quite what they envisage a Rotary Club to be! (Sadly still the perception is of an all-male luncheon club despite all of Rotary’s PR efforts)  It is hoped that such open meetings will encourage those attending to consider becoming ‘Friends of Rotary’ if they are unable to commit to full membership.

On Tuesday 19th November one such ‘Open Meeting’ was held with Suzanne Spender, Ursula Brendling & Dr Paul Davies giving a detailed outline of the proposed Ambleside “parkrun”. A packed room heard how parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world, at 9am every Saturday morning. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. The speakers covered all aspects of the proposal and were able to answer queries first hand, resulting in a very positive upbeat meeting.

As December arrives we look forward to helping at Theatre Voices Christmas Concert ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and socialising with members and friends at our Christmas Dinner on Tuesday 10th December.

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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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