April 2021 Update

"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!


Continuing with our zoom meetings during April we were treated to a most interesting presentation from Paul Rose & Nicola Dawes of The Owl Sanctuary, based in Barrow. www.theowlsanctary.org

The Owl Sanctuary provides dedicated conservation and education, through its educational facilities, not only to those visiting their Lake District sanctuary but also to schools and local groups together with associations and care homes. Many will be familiar with their attendance at local shows, and shopping arcades.

We were introduced to various species during Pauls & Nicola’s presentation, including a Harry Potter Hedrig look alike Snowy Owl and Ludo a Tawny Owl.  Ludo, who as a 9 week old was rescued from the wild, did not have the best start in life. He was rescued from Coniston having been found abandoned by his parents.  As soon as he had been rescued it was obvious there was something wrong with his neck as his head was hanging upside down! However, he continues to look at the world upside down but is a very lovable owl who enjoys cuddles and a shoulder to sit on.

We concluded our month with a fun evening of Call my Bluff, kindly organised by Colin T.  Together with a glass or two to hand we battled our wits against such words as NEOPHYTE. Was it a chemical reaction resulting in a flame/fire; a new participant in some activity; or a lay preacher in an Orthodox church?? Or how about APOCRYPHAL?  An ancient Greek drinking vessel; a person who is annoying by their constant movement while sitting still and constantly fidgeting; (we all know one of those!!) or of questionable authenticity?

And the answers – Neophyte is a person who is new to a subject or activity, and Apocryphal is of doubtful authenticity.

We were delighted that despite our lack of fund raising during this Coronavirus year we have been able to donate £500.00 to our International link with PIES – Partners in Education Swaziland www.piescharity.org.uk And following on from our ‘March into March virtual walking’ £1400.00 has been donated to St Marys Hospice and £500 to Rotary Foundation End Polio Campaign. A very successful April – thank you to all concerned.

We have lots of plans in the pipeline for post covid fundraising including our Pink 5K walk/run, Big Easy Quiz and Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea. More details and dates will be announced as and when confirmed.

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Good things happen when you have fun £645 raised for P.I.E.S

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An astonishing amount raised in just 4 weeks!

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£2500 for St Mary's Hospice

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Members & friends enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Lunch at the Brown Horse WInster

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Presentation to Becky Brown Area Fundraiser for St Mary's Hospice

From Pink 5K celebration to Crocus planting & Poppy Remembrance

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A great afternoon walk followed by delicious scones and a cuppa all in aid of St Mary's Hospice

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Martin Clark takes a very early dip to raise more donations for our Pink 5K Appeal for St Mary's Hospice!

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A happy afternoon of chatting, singing and a delicious Afternoon Tea

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From Antarctica to Ambleside Action for a Future

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Reducing our Carbon Footprint and Community Fund Raising excitement

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Members and friends enjoying an evening of happy banter, delicious food and most importantly friendship AK style

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A glorious evening for learning more about Galava Roman Fort

Enjoying fun & friendship in glorious weather

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The story of Aunt Maggie's Bloomers!

At last we enjoy a outdoor meeting without Zoom!

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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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                       All in the Pink at the Stepping Stones

At last we meet socially and have fun!

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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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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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New Members and Recycling - rubbish not members!

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Let's go for a walk someone said!

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An Unforgettable Month

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Poppies to parkruns a busy month with lots of community involvement

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A month the UK will never forget

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Auld Grey Town to Willow Lanterns

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A Month of Storms, Fraud, Bridge and Caring for others

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Over £2400 raised for Alzheimer's Research UK at this years DUCK RACE!

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An amazing afternoon of Pink Fun raising vital funds for Target Ovarian Cancer

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Welcome to Summer!

Water Projects, Pink Bling, Family Heirlooms and Japan

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Community Visits and Events

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From Apple Grafting to Shelter Box

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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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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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