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.