June 2020 Update

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


Despite Coronavirus restrictions slowly lifting, we are still unable to meet in person, so continue to keep in touch via Zoom. This month we held a successful Zoom AGM together with a light hearted quiz.

Following on from last month, June found our walking group ‘virtually’ enjoying a beer at Blue Anchor Bay, having just crossed the Severn Estuary and all set to walk through Devon and Cornwall on our way to Lands End!

As detailed last month, the distance covered each day was the sum of everyone’s daily exercise.  Past President Colin Thomson continued his splendid job of sorting out the route, calculating each member’s mileage and giving excellent details of the virtual places we had passed through or visited.

As our walk continued towards Lands End we successfully cleared Bodmin Moor without attracting the attention of the ‘Beast of Bodmin’ and enjoyed virtual visits to The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan before heading along the Cornish coastal path and on to Newlyn, St Ives and eventually arriving at Lands End.

Our virtual walks have given us so many highlights and benefits. We have travelled a total of 1374 miles averaging 38 miles per day.  We captured the essence of Rotary with encouragement and friendship on our journey; it helped to keep everyone in touch; ensured some daily exercise, and was mentally stimulating giving a different perspective on the world during lockdown.  Alec and Margaret, who were in total self-isolation, participated by walking around their gardens, Captain Tom style, and two members celebrated birthdays en route too.

Best of all was the banter and the memories of favourite places, childhood adventures, and for the Scots in the group, the delight of introducing the rest of us to their local dialect and colloquialism as we travelled through their previous homeland!!

And our overriding feeling at the end??....... How lucky we are to live in such a stunning country.  We now have Staycation plans to visit these wonderful places …………….. but in person next time!

So, as we enter a new Rotary year we look forward to the day when we can once again meet in person, arrange some exciting community events and do what we do best – helping worthwhile causes while having fun!

Stay safe & sane everyone.

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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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