Lunch Time Meeting

Tue, Jul 13th 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Rotary Club of Whitehaven Club meeting: 2PM on 13.7.21

God grant that [in partaking of this food] we may be mindful of those who go hungry and so strengthen our purpose that by our daily deeds of service the day may be brought nearer when no one shall want for food or fellowship. Amen.

Speaker: Business meeting.

John Kennedy presented four items which he collectively labelled “The way forward”.

1.     John pointed out the opportunity to engage speakers via ZOOM. The costs would be less but ZOOM speakers are just as likely to request a donation. It has been suggested that members may wish to talk to the club about their hobbies and interests. The matter will be further discussed at club council when it is to be hoped that we can build up a speaker programme.  If anyone has any ideas for a speaker, please contact John.

2.     The McMillan Coffee morning should take place on or near 24.9.21. The pros and cons of the event and in particular the venue were debated. It was decided that Anthony Payne would approach the Florence Arts Centre, Egremont. Other options are the Harbour – with Whitehaven Castle and St Nick’s. The costs at St Nick’s might be prohibitive.

3.     A] Practical Assistance to the Food Bank. In view of the potential for another COVID wave during the winter it is suggested that we delay this until April or May of 2022.

B] Now that we are in the Harbour Project, we do not need to start a new ComVoc project.

            C]Tree planting. John will contact Christing McKay to discuss working

            Jointly. He will also speak to the Woodland Trust.

4.     John and Sally will produce this year’s club handbook. If your details have changed please contact John a.s.a.p.

Vote of thanks: None

Number attending: DN Dixon, D Hope, JR Kennedy, AJ Parker, AC Payne, R Proudfoot, MB Reid, F Todhunter, IL Watson.

Apologies: TF Stout, D Whitfield-Bott, DM Whitfield-Bott. T Dalzell, IR Hill, A Johnston, T Milburn, D Saxon, G Southward, RA Stout.

Hon. Members: D Brownrigg, R Carling, M Starkie, I Southward

Birthdays: None

Guests: None

Visits to other clubs: None

President’s Announcements:

Request from Blue Sky for donation. Tony read out a resume of the appeal. He thought that it was a worthy appeal and notes that it had the support of Copeland Borough council. It was agreed to defer any defer any decision about support until it had been discussed in council and our finances had been reviewed.


Secretary’s Announcements:

On Wednesday 28.7.21 at 8PM there will be a ZOOM meeting at RC Bassenthwaite. The speaker will be NUISHA RUSSO of Tools for Self- Reliance [Africa]. Please let the club secretary know if you wish to attend so that a link can be sent to you.

We have received nomination forms for DGN and AG for the Rotary year 2022/23. Please let me know if you are interested. Please do not nominate anyone without his or her consent. Nominations close on the 12th of August and selection will take place on the 15th of September.

N.B. This is our last planned ZOOM meeting. Next week we will meet at 7PM at the Chase in the usual way.  If you are attending, please let the club secretary know a.s.a.p. so that we can give numbers to the Chase. We will be joined at 8PM by members of both clubs for a joint discussion on the Harbour Project.

Member’s Announcements:

Ronnie advised that he and Tony Tait has been down to the harbour to assess the work to be done.

The signs are easy to refresh:

Clean with cleansing spray.

The sign is buffed using a polishing head attached to a drill/sander/grinder.

The sign is re-cleaned then sprayed with a clear lacquer for metal.

The cleaning of the metal railings will be more difficult. These are very rusty in parts with the metal separating. We have tried using a blow torch, metal scourer and buffing as above without effect. Removing the railings and either sand blasting or replacing them is not an option due to cost. We will be meeting again to test various abrasion techniques on the railings and decide on the most efficient and cost- effective way of proceeding.                                  

Next week’s speaker: TBA


N.B. A Club Council meeting will take place on Monday 26.7.21 at 12PM at the Chase. The refreshment will be sandwiches, chips and tea/coffee. It is important to give accurate numbers to the Chase; would all council members please let the club secretary know a.s.a.p. whether you will be attending.  Members of club council are:

Tony Parker, Tom Milburn, Ronnie Proudfoot, Anthony Payne, John Kennedy, Tom Stout, David Hope, Mike Reid, Dorothy Whitfield-Bott.                             Non council members can attend but do not have a vote; again, if you will be attending a wish to have food, please the club secretary know a.s.a.p.

Report on Absent Members:

Fellowship Officer:

DFO Michael told two tales. The first was about a dying preacher who gained insight thanks to his wife.

The second was about a man whose attempt to cover up did no good to his reputation.


Final toast: 15.14



'What We Do' Main Pages:

A summary of our membership status.

President Tony Parker at the planting.

Together with our colleagues from the Rotary Club of Whitehaven Castle we planted 4,000 purple crocus corms at Whitehaven Harbour. We are hopeful that our 30+ year programme to rid the world of this disease is nearing its end. Thanks for your support.


This is a programme devised by our daughter club Whitehaven Castle; It is an example of Rotary in Action and has the strap line "Environmental Pride". The object is to tidy up the signs, bollards etc in Whitehaven Harbour.


A summary of our membership status.

David Whitfield-Bott organising the raffle

Members of RC Whitehaven and friends raise £300 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria by selling refreshments and raffle prizes at the Egremont Farmer's Market on Friday 15th October 2021

Rotarians Tony Tait [Whitehaven Castle] and Ronnie Proudfoot [Whitehaven] renovating bollards which will be placed in the main promenade.

This is a programme devised by our daughter club Whitehaven Castle; It is an example of Rotary in Action and has the strap line "Environmental Pride". The object is to tidy up the signs, bollards etc in Whitehaven Harbour.

Rotarians Alan Booth, Whitehaven Castle, Ian Watson, Whitehaven and Robin Leslie, Whitehaven Castle.

An update on this 3 year project to tidy up the harbour at Whitehaven and improve the environment. To date we have refurbished 21 metal bollards, 100 feet of metal railings and have cleaned signage and other metal furniture.


Our activities were severely constrained during this period. However, we did maintain our giving: NORTH CUMBRIA FOOD BANK £1410 CALVERT TRUST £1270

David and Dorothy tending the garden

A small memorial garden in the grounds of St Nicholas' Garden, Whitehaven


The Club has many sporting activities.