November 2020 Update

Zoom interaction from Born Free
and a wonderful Thank You from SALVE to Jenny

                              Well Done Jenny!

Once again members joined via Zoom for this month’s meetings. Along with our monthly council and business updates we viewed the Rotary Together Talk ‘Creature Discomforts - Life in Lockdown from the Animals point of view’ by Will Travers & Virginia McKenna from the Born Free Foundation.

The presentation started with a short video called ‘Creature Discomforts – Life in Lockdown’ with animal animations using the real voices of people interviewed about their experiences of living under lockdown, bringing the plight of animals in captivity into focus.

This lead on to Virginia explaining how the experience of filming Born Free in 1964 led her and her husband Bill Travers to become active supporters for wild animal rights as well as the protection of their natural habitat. Many of us are familiar with the film which told the true story of conservationists Joy and George Adamson who rescued a lioness cub called Elsa and successfully returned her to the wild. They went on to make a number of wildlife films together, including in 1969 ‘An Elephant Called Slowly’ with an elephant calf called Pole Pole. When filming was over, Pole Pole was gifted to London Zoo by the Kenyan government. Following the death of Pole Pole in 1983 they launched Zoo Check which has evolved into the animal welfare and conservation charity the Born Free Foundation. At the time their son Will was just 5 years old and the charity was launched by 6 putting a £1 each in a hat as a start up fund! The organisations ethos is to ‘work to stop individual wild animal suffering, protect threatened species, promote compassionate conservation, help local communities co-exist with wild animals, and keep wildlife in the wild. The together talks ended with Will’s hope that Born Free could work with Rotarians around the world, to protect and conserve endangered species and their environment.  A most interesting and informative talk.

Our final Zoom get together of November was arranged by Jenny Baker, who introduced us to Nicola Sansom from SALVE International. As explained in our Autumn Update SALVE is a UK and Ugandan based charity supporting children to stop living on the streets in Uganda.  Nicola gave more insight into the work of SALVE and the importantance of their outreach and halfway homes, drug rehab centres and educational facilities. Following Jenny’s inspiring Bearathon walk around her garden the total raised from club members together with friends and family of Jenny has risen to a magnificent £1360.00. It was lovely to see that the children had already sent a picture of themselves congratulating Jenny with a most wonderful banner! Congratulations from us all Jenny - the smiling faces of all the children you have helped says it all! For more details of the charity do take a look at www.salveinternational.org

As we move into December with the uplifting news of a COVID vaccine ready for distribution we keep our fingers crossed that it won’t be too long before we are able once again to meet our Rotary members and friends in person.

Keep safe.

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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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