Rotary Club of Upper Eden activities

The year of President George Hodgkinson (2004-05)

Rotary Display at Volunteer Eden exhibition
Presentation of cheques at the Age Concern Day Centre in Kirkby Stephen
Life Education Centres Cumbria caravan
Mallerstng Yomp 2004 in action
Pushing Florence over Buttertubs Pass on our mystery tour
 
Greeting from Rotarian George Hodgkinson, President July 2004- July 2005

President George Hodgkinson (2004-05)The Upper Eden Rotary Club celebrates 25 years of service in this Rotary Centennial Year with 6 founder members still serving, thus keeping up the proud Rotary motto 'Service above Self'. The Rotary Club of Upper Eden, as its name describes, is situated in the unspoiled Eden Valley, almost at the head of Mallerstang Valley in the north east of Cumbria. The high fells of the valley are the birthplace of the River Eden which travels more than 60 miles through the county before spilling into the Solway. The prominent feature of Mallerstang is the 2342 feet summit of Wild Boar Fell which is a checkpoint in the annual fund-raiser of the club called 'The Yomp', a 23 mile fell race. Competitors come from throughout the country to take part and are sponsored to raise monies for their own charitable causes. Our club extends a warm invitation to all to partake in this event.

Events July 2004- July 2005

Volunteer Eden
On Friday 22nd October 2004 the Rotary Club of Upper Eden provided and manned a stand at the Volunteer Eden exhibition held in the Masonic Hall in Kirkby Stephen. The Club’s stand included an Aqua Box with a selection of the usual contents which include a water purification system. Also on display was one of the larger Shelter Boxes which include, as standard, a large tent and ten sleeping bags plus other essential for survivors of a major catastrophe. Photographs on display showing how these Aqua Boxes and Shelter Boxes had been used to great advantage in India after the major earthquake in Northern Gujarat.

Details of Rotary International projects plus details of various Local & National projects supported by the Club were shown on the display boards and a Rotary Information video was shown at various times during the day. An information leaflet detailing the various ways in which Rotary provides service to the community, which had been produced by Past President Peter Davy, was made available on the stand and copies can be obtained from any Club Member if requested. The picture shows Rotarians Roger Frank & John Begg  who manned the stand during the morning session.

Mallerstang Yomp
Our picture shows a group of happy Yompers striding out to Nine Standards Rigg  in the 2004 event.

Life Aid Caravan
During late November & early December 2004 special education programmes were delivered to pupils in various Primary Schools in East Cumbria . The Life Support mobile classroom was located at  Tebay  Primary School for five days during which time pupils from Orton School were also included in the programme and the Mobile classroom then moved on to Kirkby Stephen Primary School were it stayed for seven days before moving on to Great Asby. The transportation and setting up of the mobile classroom at the various schools was organised and carried out by members of The Rotary Club of Upper Eden. The photograph shows a group of pupils with the mobile classroom in Kirkby Stephen
Primary School’s playground. The classroom is a specially designed mobile unit equipped to provide a stimulating and exciting learning environment. The highly trained “Educators” in charge of the unit use a wide range of positive techniques designed to help children to develop the confidence and thinking skills needed to make informed health choices and to teach children about the effects on the human body of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and how they relate to their personal health.

The programme provides age-appropriate material exploring a wide range of health related issues. The programme is in stages covering from Nursery Class up to Year Six .It starts with hygiene and healthy eating in the Foundation years and builds steadily to cover themes such as emotions and keeping safe. Junior years make an in depth exploration of drugs, their use and effects, reasons why people use them and the risks and consequences of use. Within the programme different teaching techniques are used to support the development of positive attitudes, communications and assertiveness skills in addition to knowledge and understanding of the human body and how different substances can affect it. The mobile classroom is a comfortable carpeted space featuring a number of electronic devices such as a fibre optic ceiling that imitates a starry sky, an interactive talking brain TAM ( Transparent Anatomical Mannequin) and specially designed audio visual materials.
Sessions range from half hour for Nursery and Reception up to two hours at Year six level.
Further details of availability, costs and full programme contents can be obtained from Life Education’s office on 0870 770 2455 or visit their website www.lifeeducation.org.uk and click on “Your Local Area”.

Age Concern DayCentre
The Rotary Club of Upper Eden organised a Christmas Raffle with assistance from the Kirkby Stephen Co-op Store and a total of over £800 was raised. The prize drawings were made during the Winter Wonderland Festivities in Kirkby Stephen Market Square on 4th December. Prizes to the value of £200 were distributed amongst the winners in good time for their Christmas shopping. On Monday 13th December 2004 President George Hodgkinson presented cheques totalling £600 to the Day Centres in Kirkby Stephen and Tebay and to the Family Gala Fund in Brough. These donations were to help towards the costs of the Christmas parties for the elderly in these local communities. Our picture was taken at the presentation in Kirkby Stephen’s Day Centre.

Mystery Tour
In June 2005 members and their partners met in Kirkby Stephen with the promise of a Mystery Tour organised by Rotarian Roger Frank. A vintage coach named Florence duly arrived, courtesy of Cumbria Classic Coaches, to transport members on the tour. The trip turned out to be an excursion through Mallerstang Valley, Hawes and on to Aysgarth Falls. After supper at Aysgarth we returned to Nateby via Askrigg, Buttertubs Pass and Thwaite. The return journey over Buttertubs Pass turned out to be too ambitious for Florence and twice members had to vacate the coach and help push her over the pass. Many thanks to Roger for a very entertaining evening.