Autumn 2020 News

Bearathons and Tea t'Door

As autumn approaches we have no alternative but for the club to continue to meet via Zoom.  It is always good to hear of members keeping in touch with others by phone and through our Whatsapp group and Rotary friends meeting for coffee and chats in their allowed numbers.

On September 17th a number of members were pleased to take up Ambleside club’s invitation to join their Zoom meeting with clerk to Lakes Parish Council, Michael Johnson, as speaker.

Such are the possibilities of Zoom that Mr Johnson was able to log in from his caravan at Bolton le Sands on a very clear link.  He explained that the onset of the pandemic had meant total lockdown for the largely elderly and vulnerable members of the council and had required some rapid restructuring to working as much as possible from home.

The closure of White Platts recreation area resulted in a serious shortfall to the income needed to sustain the important provision of 5 sets of public toilets.  Nevertheless, Lakes PC considered it vitally important to maintain this service and drew on contingency reserves to keep them open throughout.  They were applauded as one of very few councils in the country to do this.  White Platts was opened as quickly as possible in a Covid secure way, and provided a valuable entertainment space for the visitors arriving as rules relaxed from early July and a welcome resumption of income flow.

To meet with frequency regulations of holding full Parish Council meetings, an open air meeting was held in a socially distanced manner outdoors in White Platts in July.  The required business was conducted but under difficulties from level of traffic noise.   Future council meetings will take place every 2 months in the Beehive building at the University, the majority attending by Zoom but with 6 non-technical council members present in person arranged in spaced seating.

Both Clerk Michael Johnson & Finance Officer Julie Hartley are due to leave in 2021.  Suzanne Pender will initially take over both roles. 

The council now employs a Parish steward to carry out small maintenance tasks throughout and Robin Lees has operated as a highly efficient litter picker for 10 hours per week for over 10 years. Future plans include refurbishing the toilets in Rothay Park and introducing contactless payments only, no coin payment.   Mr Johnson answered questions from the audience, including discussing the 20mph speed restrictions being brought in for a max of 18 months to slow traffic through town and improve safety now that people are regularly stepping off pavements to maintain social distancing.

Overall impression of the meeting was that it was very informative, effective and enjoyable and another example of both Ambleside Clubs coming together.

The club was delighted to hear of Jenny Baker’s ‘Bearathon Challenge’! A continuous  walk of 84 laps (to coincide with her age) of her car park & garden to raise vital funds for S.A.L.V.E a UK and Ugandan based charity supporting children to stop living on the streets in Uganda, through support, love, family reunification and education. It should be explained that Jenny has a large wooden bear in her car park hence the name of her challenge! To date over £470 has been raised with more donations still being received. Congratulations from us all Jenny  For more details of the charity do take a look at

Unable to hold our annual Silver Sunday Afternoon tea for elderly local residents, due to CV19 restrictions, the community committee hatched the idea of ‘Tea t’ Door’ and delivered 75 boxes of Afternoon Tea to individual homes of those local residents living alone. Members were met by welcoming smiles and delighted recipients as their boxes, each containing savoury and sweet afternoon tea goodies baked by club members were handed over on their doorsteps. The club has received lots of notes of appreciation from residents including this lovely note from Rowan Court. A big Thank You to all in creating the mountain of cup cakes, scones, sausage rolls & shortbread and to all the volounteers for filling and delivering the boxes around the community.

Dear Rotarians, it was an absolutely wonderful treat! The boxes were so beautiful, smart and the lovely goodies inside. The residents and I so were so delighted. Many, many thanks for your effort and thoughts of us, Izabella.

It was grand, a really nice treat, thank you, Irene.

It was an unexpected surprise, lovely treat, thanks, Jenny.

The lovely boxes really cheered us up, Ann.

What a lovely idea! Everyone enjoyed it. Thank You, Peter.

Really good, thanks a lot, Carl.

Everything was absolutely gorgeous, I ate the lot. A big thank you from Rosemary.

Thanks very much, Hilda.

I like a good cake, thanks, Joseph.

As reported last month we have now officially taken over the WaterAid UK Charity Collection Point at Bowness Bay and the refurbishment has been completed, with cash and contactless donations being received. Enormous thanks to Judy, Alan & Charles in sorting this.

We were sorry to receive an email from Shery Holdsworth, Activities Manager at Windermere Manor advising us of her imminent redundancy, due to the effects of Covid and the on-going effect on holidays for their Blind and Visually Impaired guests.  Shery would like to pass on her thanks to all at AK who helped to run the very popular quizzes at the Hotel.

Thanks to all our members for their care and support for others throughout these unprecedented months.

Stay safe