February 2022

From Antarctica to Ambleside Action for a Future


February brought us adventure when we were entertained by club members Alec & Margaret who gave an informative zoom presentation of their 2001 adventure to Antarctica. Travelling in a ‘Small Boat’ and accompanied by Nick Park of Wallace & Gromit fame, BBC’s Nick Baker and various scientists they recalled visiting ‘The end of the World’ and their encounters with penguins, seals and a visit to a Russian station where vodka was the order of the early morning!

We ended the month much nearer to home when Gillian Kelly from AAFAF (AMBLESIDE ACTION FOR A FUTURE) visited our meeting and gave a very detailed and interesting insight into their work.  The group is a network of local residents working together to mitigate climate and environmental breakdown and build community resilience.

Work to date has already included tree planting and maintenance of woodland projects, solar panel projects for domestic and commercial buildings and the first wildflower meadow is progressing by Miller Bridge, which Rotary members & local school children have helped alongside. Other projects include free heat loss surveys for homes and help and advice on various environmental initiatives.

More info and videos are available via

Ambleside Action for a Futurehttps://aafaf.uk

As we slowly return to face to face meetings and community get togethers we look forward to once again raising the profile of Rotary and having fun along the way.

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

From Pink 5K celebration to Crocus planting & Poppy Remembrance

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

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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 great afternoon walk followed by delicious scones and a cuppa all in aid of 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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Poppies to parkruns a busy month with lots of community involvement

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An Unforgettable Month

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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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