January 2020 Update

New Members and Recycling - rubbish not members!


2020 is off to a great start with the induction of new members to our club. Having moved to the Lakes within the last few years Jane & Tony Sutton have made many friends locally and it is a pleasure that through our social meetings and regular get togethers over the last few months they have got to know us at AK Rotary and have decided to join us as full members – a very warm and sincere welcome!

The club enjoyed entertaining presentations from two engaging speakers at different meetings in January. Firstly, ‘My Life in the gutter’ by Archie Workman

Life changed 7 years ago for Archie, a former ship building engineer and regional business development consultant, during which time he had helped lure The Great North Swim to Windermere, when he agreed to accept the role of part time lengthsman to local parish councils.  Now he lends his skills and meticulous attention to clearing out blocked drains, tidying back overgrown verges and lovingly restoring old black and white road signs and other civic metal items to full glory.  Despite admitting to qualifying for a bus pass, his fitness and passion are evident as he speaks of the challenges of handling heavy crusted and rusted drain covers and severely blocked drains which require determination and ingenuity with his array of useful tools to clear.

Not only has Archie’s  fame spread as a trouble shooter for  parish councils, placing him much in demand,  but his interest and knowledge of drain covers and their origins has led to multiple interviews with TV, newspapers, his story & photos on calendars, and a hectic schedule of local speaking engagements resulting in celebrity status. 

So much so that he holds such titles as Celebrity Drainspotter, Dullest Man in Cumbria and Anorak of the Year 2019.

We concluded the month with another very successful ‘Open Meeting’ at the Ambleside Parish Centres Wesley Room

‘Recycling – Rubbish Matters’

Andrew Vickers, SLDC Waste and Recycling Manager, gave a spirited talk to a packed room in an open meeting.   The audience were keen to hear the ins and outs of the kerbside recycling process and posed many questions about the right and wrong practice of domestic recycling, which demonstrated their commitment to wise recycling.  In short Andrew’s message was, keep it simple, use your common sense on what is recyclable and what is not.  If in doubt put it in the general waste grey bin.  Black plastic food trays, coffee cups and tetra packs fall into that category, as notably do plant pots and polystyrene.  The rigorous technical sorting processes after collection are capable of handling loads which have been adequately, if not precisely sorted, to the point that SLDC residents returned an enviable 0% of loads rejected through contamination in 2019, proving that what the community is doing is generally correct.  Keep up the good work!

With lots in the club pipeline we look forward to a busy February with the local heats of Youth Speaks and our annual Bridge Drive & Afternoon Tea.

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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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