March 2020 Update

A month the UK will never forget


As the world comes to terms with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and some lives change forever we have come to appreciate that life is precious and should not be taken for granted. Not taking life for granted was also emphasised at our open meeting at the beginning of March as reported below - with thanks to Alec for his report.

The Rotary Club of Ambleside Kirkstone was recently taken on a virtual high flying trip over Cumbria thanks to a vivid, emotive and tear jerking presentation by Jon Ward, a senior fundraising Officer from the North West Air Ambulance Charity. Jon’s presentation took us all behind the scenes of the lifesaving charities activities with stories from survivors from motorway shunts and Manchester housing estates to the high fells of Cumbria.

The Charity which runs three helicopters from its bases in Lancashire and costs almost £10 million per year of voluntary contributions to keep them all flying operates over the vast area West of the Pennines from Staffordshire up to the Scottish Borders. We were shown two films, one from the family of a 10 year old lad badly injured from a multiple shunt on the Motorway, the other about a day in the life of one of their hard working pilots. With teams of Doctors and paramedics the choppers, which travel at 160 miles an hour deliver help where it is really needed and delivers injured patients, not to their nearest hospital, but to the most appropriate hospital for their needs. Cardiac patients are usually taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, motorway trauma cases to Royal Preston and injured children to Alder Hey. The Air Ambulance service works closely with the Police, with mountain rescue teams, with the NHS and with all hospitals in the region at all times.

Jon’s presentation was particularly moving for one of our own members, Alec Burford, who was air lifted from the fells above Coniston and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for life saving surgery following a heart attack in 2013.”

Alec is now an active member of our Rotary Club and, with his wife Margaret, have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with donations going to NWAA rather than having presents from family and friends. Alec has always urged everyone to support NWAA by regularly putting a few pounds into their collection buckets to keep those bright yellow choppers flying. He says “The next time they are needed it might be for one of your neighbours, for one of your friends, for one of your family or it might even be for you.”

Apart from our monthly meal, which was held on March 3rdAK’s only other get together during the month saw a packed Kelsick Hall as we held A Big Easy Quiz in aid of PIES (Partners in Education Swaziland.) Who knew then that this was probably to be the last social event in Ambleside for some time? Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time while raising over £600 to benefit such a good cause. Rotary spirit at its best!  Worthy winners of the Smarty Pants trophy were the Fresher’s Café team, who have since kindly promoted our club and PIES in their café and on their Facebook page.

Who could have imagined that by the time we read this latest update all Rotary meetings and events would have been cancelled, non-essential shops and businesses closed, entire sports events, including the Olympics cancelled or postponed, weddings and family celebrations cancelled and Churches closed. Panic buying and toilet paper became the main news headlines and manufacturers, distilleries and other engineering businesses switched lines to make visors, masks, and ventilators. All non-essential travel banned and city arenas opening up to nurse CV19 patients. 

We have so much in this wonderful club and community to be grateful and thankful for.

Take care.

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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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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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