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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