November Remembrance 2020

Let us not forget the enormous sacrifices made by so many during both World Wars and other World conflicts.

As the Queen led the nation in marking Remembrance Sunday, people around the UK privately paid their respects at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, Whitehall would have been packed with thousands of veterans and members of the military for the commemorations, but on Sunday less than 30 veterans were in attendance. Here in Ambleside the usual large gathering of veterans and locals attending St Mary’s Remembrance Service was also cancelled.

President Val & Secretary Judy quietly visited the memorial at St Mary’s to lay a wreath on behalf of the club in memory of those who bravely gave their lives in both World Wars. Alongside the memorial the local guide company had planted poppies made from recycled painted drinks bottles. A truly moving tribute.

This year was the first year that face to face Poppy Collections had been cancelled, meaning that  members were unable to help with the annual Street collection, but we have donated £250 to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. (The fundraising effort had taken place every year during the Second World War but COVID 19 put paid to it this year!)

Following on from Remembrance, this week we were delighted to welcome DG Welma to our meeting on November 10th. Welma was a founder member of Furness Peninsula Rotary in 2009. She soon became, not only, their club President but also chair of Foundation and International Service and Treasurer, leading to various roles at District level.

After an interesting address to members summarising our clubs achievements and a virtual presentation to the club of a certificate for our continued support of the Rotary Polio campaign we were encouraged to work towards a club citation. This was followed by Judy’s PowerPoint of our Remembrance tribute.

We were delighted to hear that the donation the club gave to Ambleside Parish Centre for help with transport to hospital had been greatly appreciated, with over 90 people being transported to local hospitals – mainly Kendal & Lancaster but some to Preston for cancer treatment. The oldest recipient was in their late 80’s and youngest just 3 years old. They have received further funding from other sources which will allow the scheme to continue.

Over the last few weeks we have continued to meet via zoom for our council, business and general interest meetings.  Adam Henson’s Field to Fork webinar was very interesting and this was followed by club members holding their own interesting discussion on the subject.

Charles arranged for us to join an interesting talk being given by Jack Ellerby of Friends of the Lake District on Cumbria’s Dark Skies Project, and some members also joined the District PR webinar by Brian Whyte who outlined the importance of the correct ‘Rotary Branding’.  We felt that in the current economic climate clubs would not be willing to update tabards, banners, venue plaques etc with the suggested new Rotary branding!

With the news of an imminent vaccine lets hope that in the not too distant future we will be able to do what AK does best - organising and raising our profile within the community and beyond with some interesting and fun projects and events. Everything crossed!!