August 2020 Update

A socially distanced welcome to President Val and help from Rotary Clubs around the Coast


Despite further lockdown easing we are still some way off meeting and socialising ‘old style’ as we continue to meet via zoom for council, business meetings and a District Zoom ‘Grow Rotary’ with past DG Mary Bradley.  We were happily able to hand over to Val as our new President, following Charles kind offer to continue for a couple of months during lockdown. Thanks go to Charles for his leadership in moving us forward during such a surreal year, and we all join together in wishing Val a happy Presidency and the hope that our social activities will once again become a part of AK.

We were all very sad to lose our dear friend Robin Love after a brave fight with pancreatic cancer. Robin was a founder member of our club and past Treasurer. Many will remember his wonderful sense of humour and never to be forgotten renditions at our Burns Night Suppers! Our love to Karen and his family.  

As reported last month, a subcommittee has been formed and is currently looking at ways of spreading our club events into the Windermere area, following the closure of the W’mere Club.  We would not anticipate this happening until at least the New Year or beyond, but spreading the word becomes important.

Judy, Alan & Charles must be congratulated on their work in securing the future of the collection Box at Bowness Bay. We are certainly leading the way in making sure that the public can donate via card, phone etc as cash becomes less popular!  The new fascia should be in place soon.

At this time of year we are usually busy planning the Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea. This has become a much loved event in the community, but sadly we will not be able to hold it in quite the same way this year. However, never to be outdone – even by a pandemic – Margaret has come up with the wonderful suggestion of  “Tea t’door” instead.  This would comprise of a fairly simple tea which could be assembled in a box and hand delivered with a greeting card. The idea will be that folk could join up with a friend or neighbour rather than eating on their own. What a great idea.

As you are all aware I have been following a remarkable lady by the name of Karen Penny who is currently walking the entire coast of the UK and Ireland in aid of ARUK. She left her native Wales at the beginning of 2019 and walks at least 15 -20 miles every day. As at March 2020 she had walked the whole of Ireland, the North West coast of England & Scotland, various Scottish islands and the Orkneys. However, while walking on the Shetland Islands it became apparent that due to the Coronavirus lockdown she must halt her walk and return home to Wales.

Happily Karen has now resumed her walk and continues her mammoth task of raising much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Rather than return to Shetland she has ‘turned right’ and is walking South and aims to finish in Shetland in 18 months’ time. To date she has walked over 7000 miles, that’s the height of a satellite (!!) and raised over £65,000 for ARUK.

Each time her route is published via her Facebook page I have contacted the local Rotary District or local clubs in the hope they will spread the word amongst their communities, suggesting a socially distanced walking companion, a cuppa, a garden or safe area where she can pitch her tent for the night, or even better kind B&B and I’m delighted that quite a few clubs have responded and helped her in various ways. Once again Rotary doing what it does best – helping others as part of a Rotary family. This next week she will be walking the coast of Cornwall & the Scilly Isles! Please spread the word if you too know of friends or family living near the coast who might like to help her. 

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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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