May 2020 Update

Let's go for a walk someone said!


What started as a casual remark, has led to AK walking from the New Forest to Coniston and now from John 0’Groats to Lands End! HOW can they possibly do that while in lockdown I hear you cry ………….. virtually of course! Where there’s a will there’s a way – especially where AK members are concerned.

So how did it all start? As mentioned in last months update, our fellow Rotarians who live in the New Forest were yearning to be back in the Lake District so a virtual walk was suggested, and so it began. The route was planned from the New Forest to include Salisbury, Swindon, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Kidderminster, Telford, Warrington Lancaster and finally the Lakes.  The distance covered each day is the sum of everyone’s mileage. (In this context walking is a generic term and includes other activities such as golf and cycling etc).

This proved to be a lot of fun with everyone contributing, bringing back memories of places they had previously visited with suggestions that we meet friends (virtually) in Shrewsbury, have a coffee or beer at a recommended pub, visit the pier at Southport or reminisce about shopping in various towns en route.

Having completed the walk and arriving in Coniston quite quickly it was decided that we would set off again, perhaps with a longer challenge. So where to next was the rallying call??

And so walk 2 began - from John O’Groats to Lands End!

Our first port of call was the Castle of Mey, and then south towards Inverness, the Caledonian Canal, the complete West Highland Way (which is a long distance footpath in its own right) not forgetting virtual stops at local distilleries and stops to admire the views from the tops of various hills, with local history being related about the different locations.

Then heading east, we walked along the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal from Glasgow towards Falkirk and Edinburgh. From there, south to the Scottish Borders, along the Pennine Way, the Yorkshire Moors and the Northern Derbyshire Peak District, with so many helpful comments from members regarding points of interest or more importantly good eateries!

Our next port of call was Staffordshire where we learned about the potteries and then on to the Shropshire hills, with a walk over the Long Mynd, before heading towards Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and the Forest of Dean.  After crossing the Severn Estuary we joined the coastal walk to Blue Anchor and that’s where we found ourselves at the end of May!

Our virtual walk is seen as having several benefits, helping to keep everyone in touch, ensuring some daily exercise, mentally stimulating and giving a different perspective on the world around us. Some members, who are in self-isolation, are participating by walking around their gardens and joining in with the banter. Watch out Capt. Tom!

However, our virtual walk would not be so interesting and informative without the skills of our Whatsapp walking administrator Colin Thomson, who daily updates our route with pictures and information of the places we have passed through or visited. Thank you so much Colin.

June will see us head for Exmoor and Dartmoor and finally south through Cornwall – more of our trekking next month!

So, as lockdown eases we continue to meet monthly via zoom and to plan ahead as much as possble in the hope that we will be able to meet again physically soon. We have made the decision to postpone our Presidents Handover until a time when we can enjoy the camaraderie is justly deserves.  Needless to say, once we get the go ahead AK will be organising commmunity and international events once again with its usual enthusiasm and vigour! In the meantime keep safe and sane!

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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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