Christmas 2020 has been challenging for Clitheroe Rotary, with no Christmas party and no Santa and his sleigh at Sainsburys!
Undaunted, President Jenni set about organising a Zoom virtual Christmas party. This was a great success with many members and their partners attending in festive dress. We were also pleased to see Honorary member, John Spedding and Janet, DG Welma, along with guests from Australia and the USA. We were entertained with festive music and songs from Arthur Geldard, who many will remember from his appearances at several President's Night dinners.
The next challenge was how to raise funds, without what is one of our main fundraisers, Santa at Saisburys?
Geoff Isherwood and his fund raising team rose to the challenge! 07:45 Saturday morning on Clitheroe Market saw Geoff, Neil and Mary decorating a stall ready to go with buckets on a stick next to the giant fairground organ. Festive music could be heard around town and people donated generously, including Esmai Rose, who was facinated by the Dutch organ! Geoff is pleased to announce that £275 was raised on Saturday, with more to come from buckets Mary strategically placed on stalls around the Market. Some of these may become permanent, giving us an ongoing revenue stream. So thank you traders and visitors to the Market and the team of collectors.
Saturday wasn't the end of our endeavours this weekend. Sunday morning saw Andy and his team of gardeners plant 1,500 bulbs in Richmond Terrace and Mark Woodward and his team of litter pickers clean up Salthill Industrial Estate.
Finally, last week, 15 Rotarians and friends distributed 2000 cards for the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families around Clitheroe and Sabden.
Before year end, we hope to help out at the local Covid vaccination centre, but that's next weeks news.
So, on behalf of President Jenni and all at Clitheroe Rotary, have a safe and Merry Christmas, see you in 2021!
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