Rotary Club of Upper Eden activities

The year of President Graham Curtis (2014-15)

President Graham Curtis (2014-15) Greeting from Rotarian Graham Curtis, President July 2014 - July 2015

As President of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden, I welcome you to our website.
Since joining Rotary nearly 6 years ago, I have learnt just how vast an organisation it is. Before joining I knew little about Rotary, I knew little or nothing about its organisation, aims and its passion for helping other less fortunate groups. Rotary is a great worldwide organisation and there are Rotary clubs in many countries across the world, including ones where there is war, poverty and sickness.

Upper Eden Rotary Club is based in the small town of Kirkby Stephen at the eastern gateway of Cumbria and enjoys a relaxed atmosphere. One of my aims this year is to build on its success, in continuing to develop a club that will appeal to new members, to which end, a less formal dress code and an ‘Associate of Rotary’ scheme for those who are not in a position to take up full membership have recently been introduced.

Upper Eden club regularly arrange events to raise funds for charitable causes, there is the Yomp Mountain Challenge in June where people from all over the UK come to take part in fell running (or walking), the annual Beer n Bangers Festival in September which is arranged in conjunction with Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team and the local Scouts. There are other events such as a BBQ and Clay Pigeon shoot plus inter club sports nights with other Rotary Clubs.

Upper Eden club is very much part of the local community, supporting local, national and international projects. One of the new projects this year is to sell locally made Christmas cakes to raise money for the Rainbow Trust.

Rotary is a great organisation providing help and support as well as friendship and fellowship, an organisation I feel proud to belong to and if you are interested in any further information, please feel free to contact myself or any of our members, details are on the website.
 
Events July 2014 - July 2015
 
June 27th 2014. Change Over Night
This year, Change Over Night took place at the Grey Hound Hotel in Shap. Members and their partners attended and enjoyed excellent meals and fellowship to celebrate the incoming President Graham’s inauguration and to commiserate with outgoing President Ivor Allonby. Ben Lyon took over as President elect and Ian Udale as Second President elect. Flowers were presented to Janet Allonby and a great evening was had by all.
 
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July 15th 2014. Clay Pigeon Shoot
The annual clay pigeon shoot and BBQ took place at Flitholme, curtesy of Fred and Judith Hayllar. The weather this year was warm and dry and some great food was barbequed by Ray Thorton, Will Ellis and John Begg along with salad foods and desert prepared and served by the ladies. Rotary members from Appleby, Wensleydale and Upper Eden, plus other guests enjoyed the evening along with some terrific “shots” at the clays. Many thanks again to Fred and Judith for organising the event and the ladies for preparing the food.
 
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July 22nd 2014. The 'Mother Road'
Roger Frank gave an illustrated talk about his trip along the “Mother Road” in the USA,  also more commonly known as “ Historic Route 66”. It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). An interesting  presentation, that explained much about the American road system, the landmarks on the route and its heritage.
 
August 5th 2014. The Rainbow Trust
John Alderson introduced Sylvia and Chantelle who gave a talk about the Rainbow Trust, both from an organisation point of view and also as a family supported by the trust. They explained how the trust give practical and emotional support to the whole family where they have a son or daughter with a life threatening condition.  The Trust currently support about 100 families in Cumbria. Chantelle spoke about how the trust gives her and her family support as she has a son currently going treatment. Michael Metcalfe-Gibson gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club.
 
August 18th 2014. Quoits at Wensleydale
Monday saw the annual visit to the CB Inn at Arkangarthdale to enjoy a game of quoits against Wensleydale Rotary Club whilst being bitten by the “midges”! This year it was not so much an inter club match as it was a general game of teams made up of both clubs. A very enjoyable evening rounded off by an excellent meal.
 
September 4th 2014. Vision Aid Oversees
15 pairs of used spectacles dispatched to Vision Aid Oversees.
 
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September 5th and 6th 2014. Beer n Bangers Festival
The second Beer n Bangers Festival took place in the field next to the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue base. Learning from 2013, this year was bigger and better with the weather even behaving weather (well for the most part). The Friday was a mixture of folk and rock music, Saturday, during the day was a community event with a Ceilidh in the marquee during the afternoon and the evening topped off a great weekend with “Skinny Lister” bringing the house down. A great community event, with Upper Eden Rotary, Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue and Scout Supporters providing the organisation.
 
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September 16th 2014. Yomp Presentation Evening
2014 was a different presentation evening to previous years where yomp helpers and wives and partners were also invited to say thank you for making the event, the success it is. Cheques were presented to the four main charities, i.e. Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke Association and Kirkby Stephen Cancer Research Group, along with Mountain Rescue, Appleby ATC and Kirkby Stephen Scouts.
 
September 19th 2014. Charter Night
Charter night was again held at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith where 65 members, partners and guests celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Upper Eden club. Guests included District Governor Roger Mason and his wife plus the leader of Upper Eden Probus club. Guest speaker was local hotelier and author Simon Bennett who gave an interesting talk about their experiences in setting up and running Augill Castle whilst quoting from his book
 
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September 23rd 2014. Calvert Trust Presentation
Tonight’s presentation was by Daniel Whitehead and his friend Steven. Daniel was sponsored by the club to attend the Calvert Trust in April. The lads were introduced by Jackie Taylor who helps arrange the visit. They explained about the different activities they had enjoyed (or not) and their different experiences in abseiling, canoeing, archery and many others. David Caldow gave the vote of thanks and commented “how good it was to see the lads experiencing activities outside their normal comfort zone”
 
October 1st 2014. Vision Aid Oversees
20 pairs of used spectacles dispatched to Vision Aid Oversees.
 
October 7th 2014. Business Challenge Presentations
This evening, the teams from the Rotary Business Challenge competition at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School presented the winning entries. The Rotary Challenge is a competition that involves students working in a Partnership, or as a Sole Trader, to set up a new business enterprise. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, members also participate in the judging and selection of the winning entries. The students were joined by their teacher, Mrs Bennett, who thanked the Rotary Club for their continued support, in particular Mr Begg and those members who have taken part in the judging sessions
 
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October 15th to 21st October 2014. Co-op Raffle
The annual Christmas raffle took place with many members and partners taking their time to sit at the Coop in Kirkby Stephen selling tickets to raise money for Christmas presents for the over eighties in the area. As in previous years, it was very well supported by local residents to which we thank them. Thanks also go to the Coop and their staff for allowing us to sell the tickets.
 

October 22nd 2014. Joint Meeting with Appleby Rotary Club
This week’s meeting was held on Wednesday at our Mother Club, namely Appleby  and at Appleby Golf Club, a great venue and good food. It was not just a coming together of clubs and great fellowship, there was also a speaker talking and explaining about space, space that is: The Universe. A subject that actually left us all “somewhat spaced out”. A great evening was enjoyed by all.

 
October 28th 2014. David Caldow and Tony Taylor
This week, we had two speakers, Upper Eden members David Caldow and Tony Taylor. First to speak was David who gave an overview on his planned sailing trip to the Caribbean in his yacht “Anika”. His boat is currently moored in the Canary Islands where he plans to leave from at the end of November for St. Lucia in the Caribbean. He explained and showed and some slides explaining the preparation that has gone into the trip. He finished by saying there would be a competition with different questions on the aspect of his trip to raise money for Rotary. The club wished David a “Bon Voyage” and looked forward to his safe return. Second speaker was Tony Taylor who gave an overview of his time in Rotary and also his occupations. Tony started in the insurance business where he had several positions with different companies. He then joined the Baptist Church as a minister and he explained how he fitted in, along with some of the challenges that go with the job. When he was a member of Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club, in 2005, he led a team from District 1190 to the District 4750 in the east of Brazil.
 
November 4th 2014. Curry Night
Tonight, club member, partners and guests were treated to a variety of curries cooked and served  by Jessie Oddy and her helpers for the charity “Curry Aid”. The club also held a raffle with prizes donated by club members and the proceeds, along with cost of the meal, going to the charity set up and founded by Jesse. The charity “Curry Aid” was set up by Jessie to help disadvantaged children after seeing an orphanage run by nuns at a village in her home state of Tamil Nadu in India.  A total of over £450 was donated to Jessie and the charity from the evening.
 
November 11th 2014. Swaledale Sheep with Alan Alderson
Colin Jenkinson introduced local farmer, Alan Alderson. Alan is chairman of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association and farms near Barras. Alan gave an overview of the background and popularity of the breed and how the association promote swaledales across the country, plus, how Marks and Spencers buy Swaledale lambs in December. He went on to say that the top price paid for a “Tup” was £10100. A very interesting talk that explained much about one of the local breeds of sheep seen in the Kirkby Stephen area.
 
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December 2nd 2014. Visit of DG Roger Mason
The speaker this evening was DG Roger Mason, who, before speaking to the club, inducted new member David Scott into the Rotary Club of Upper Eden. Roger gave an overview of his background before moving to Preston. Roger then explained about new member seminars, how district membership numbers are down and how the £5k marketing budget will be used. For Foundation and Polio, the concerning area is Pakistan where numbers of cases has gone up. His chosed charity for 2014/15 is Aquabox  and Roger demonstrated a new type of pump for filtering water. He finished by saying the theme for 2014/15 is “Light Up Rotary”. President Graham gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club.
 
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December 6th 2014. New Membership Day
The club sponsored a game for Upper Eden Rugby Club where potential new members, this is Associate and/or full members, were invited along for lunch and to watch the game. About ten potential members attended along with some invitees from Appleby Rotary club. It was a good afternoon and the Upper Eden had a resounding win, which made the day even better.
 
January 13th 2015. Joint Meeting with Appleby Rotary Club
This week a joint meeting was held at Kirby Stephen where a total of 44 members from Appleby and Upper Eden Rotary Clubs got together for an evening of fellowship and camaraderie. After an excellent meal, the members got down to the main event of the evening, a quiz organised by Roger Frank where teams had to guess the object and/or purpose of various strange items. It was an excellent evening, full of loud “guffaws”, funny comments and odd answers.
 
February 3rd 2015. Hospice at Home
Wendy Wearmouth representing  “Hospice at Home”, was the guest this week. She gave a shot talk explain what Hospice at Home actually do which is mainly bereavement support and nursing. They cover an area from the Scottish Borders down to Stainmore and the Upper Eden Valley, a total of 1500 square miles. All the services offered are free and the group rely purely of donations, 80p in every pound raised goes to supporting about 300 patients per year in their own homes. It is purely a voluntary  service and receive no financial support from the NHS. Wendy was presented with a cheque to £500, money that was raised t the clay pigeon shoot at Flitholme last July. Shown in the attached image are club president Graham Curtis and Fred Hayllar presenting the cheque to Wendy.
 
Wendy Wearmouth representing “Hospice at Home”
 
February 10th 2015. Peter Smith speaking about GPS
The speaker this week was Peter Smith from Kendal Rotary Club. Peter is a retired Air Commodore. Peter gave a very interesting illustrated talk of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). He explained the history of how these came about and also how different nations use different systems, the UK system is based on the American system and uses several satellites (orbiting at 12,000 miles altitude) to identify global positioning. He also explained how the film star Heddy Lamar had a hand in inventing some of the technology that is now used today. John Begg gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club.
 
February 11th 2015. Indoor Bowls at Appleby
The annual indoor bowls match took place at Appleby with teams from the Rotary clubs of Appleby and Barnard Castle and Upper Eden taking part in a fiercely competitive competition. After an excellent meal of pie and mushy followed by cheese and biscuits, the teams got down to the awaited match. Each club had two teams of four players who each played the other club teams. This year, after a long hard fought evening, the Appleby club captain capitulated before the last round as Upper Eden were in a commanding, could not be caught lead and were presented with the trophy by Appleby President Jonty Rostram. A great and enjoyable evening.
 
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February 17th 2015. Upper Eden First Responders, 5 Years On
This evening’s speaker was club member David Prince. He spoke about Upper Eden First Responders, a team that has been running for five years. The last time he talked about Community First Responders was in December 2009, before the team went live in February 2010. The theme of the talk tonight,  was what has happened in those five years, how many call outs there had been and the response rate, including the types of call out and what the role actually entailed. Dave also brought along and explained about the kit that all responders have, namely oxygen, kit bag and a portable de-fibrillater, he also included the cost and how it was all funded by donations and fund raising events. Various questions were asked by club members on the role of a responder which Dave hopefully answered to everyone’s satisfaction.
 
March 31st 2015. Vision Aid Oversees
47 pairs of used spectacles dispatched to Vision Aid Oversees.
 
June 27th 2015. Comedy Showtime
This evening the Rotary club put on a “Comedy Showtime” evening (see attached poster). Tickets were sold to raise money for Hospice at Home and the event was mainly organised by David Garrick and Roger Frank. The group of four entertainers are based in and around Kendal and perform in Cumbria, for expense money only, in order to raise money for charity. Held at the upper Eden Rugby Club, the event was a great success and raised £850 for Hospice at Home. The second image shows the cheque being presented to local Hospice at Home representative Wendy Wearmouth by club President Ben Lyon, with Roger and David looking on.
 
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