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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Another successful quiz raising £640 for Charity!

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Ambleside Kirkstone Super Stars!

Alec & Margaret celebrate volunteering at their 100th Parkrun

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From Titanic to Orrest Head

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Harry stars in the Finals!

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AK member Alec Burford clocked up his 100th parkrun Marshalling duty today! And he's 90 years young!

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Wet weather never deters AK and its supporters!

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This years Silver Sunday get together and Afternoon Tea

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Pink5K cheque presentation to Richard Cogger, Area Fundraiser for St Mary’s Hospice. We were delighted that representatives Daryl Hardy & Chris Moore of our main sponsor The Inn Collection were also present.

Over £6000 donated to good causes!

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A sunny day, daffodils in bloom and AK members have a 'Spring' in their step with lots to look forward to!

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A new President, AG Linda and a Dame Grand and that's just in July!

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Over £285,000 raised to date and more added to the coffers at the Big Easy Quiz!

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Silver Sunday

Another very enjoyable Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea for elder folk in our community who would otherwise be alone on a Sunday Afternoon

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Christmas Get Togethers

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Another happy Pink5k Walk & Afternoon Tea this year in aid of Bowel Cancer UK

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Environmental Awareness

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An astonishing amount raised in just 4 weeks!

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Good things happen when you have fun £645 raised for P.I.E.S

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A glorious evening for learning more about Galava Roman Fort

Enjoying fun & friendship in glorious weather

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A great afternoon walk followed by delicious scones and a cuppa all in aid of St Mary's Hospice

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Martin Clark takes a very early dip to raise more donations for our Pink 5K Appeal for St Mary's Hospice!

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

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Presentation to Becky Brown Area Fundraiser for St Mary's Hospice

From Pink 5K celebration to Crocus planting & Poppy Remembrance

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Let's go for a walk someone said!

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Poppies to parkruns a busy month with lots of community involvement

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Latest update & information from this local Charity

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An Unforgettable Month

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Happy activities as the club meets in person again!

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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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Community Visits and Events

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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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