The Year of President Philip Jones (2007-08))
Diary July 2007 - July 2008
Yomp Presentation Evening
The Rotary Club of Upper Eden hosted a Presentation Evening at the Black Bull Inn Nateby on Tuesday 10th July when the bulk of the funds raised at this year’s Mallerstang & Nine Standards Yomp were donated to the selected Charities. Cheques for a total of £3,750 were presented to the three main beneficiaries, Barnado’s UK, Eden Valley Children’s Hospice and Thandi Friends Village project in South Africa. Other donations totalling £650 were made to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue, the Air Training Corps and St John’s who all provided valuable assistance on Yomp day helping to ensure the safety of the Yompers and our helpers. President Philip Jones paid tribute to the partners of Rotarians and all of the helpers who turned out on the day to make it such a success. He mentioned that in total there were almost 100 people manning checkpoints, working in the Start/Finish points and serving refreshments for the over 500 returning Yompers. He said that overall it was estimated that the Yomp enables entrants to raise in the order of £15,000 of which approximately one third came in to the Rotary Club’s Charity funds and the balance went to the Yompers own selected charitable causes. Also present for the evening were Mr Gordon Handley of T R Handley & Sons of Crosby Garrett and Mr Roland Bowman of Cumbria Kendal Scaffolding, the two main sponsors of this years event. Annette Varcoe was accompanied by her friend Krystal Clark who entertained the gathering with one of her favourite songs. Krystal has just returned from a tour in the South of England and is hoping to set up concerts in the Lake District. Further highlights of the evening were the induction of two new members to the Upper Eden Club – Rotarians Neill Marsden and John Alderson who were presented with their badges and welcomed into the Club by President Philip. Then Rotarian Fred Hayllar who was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for close to 25 years Active service to the Club made a short speech thanking the Club for the award. In the picture are: Front row left to right Mr Gordon Handley, Colin Powell (Eden Valley Children’s Hospice ). President Philip Jones, Annette Varcoe (Barnados UK ), Alan Clowes (Tandi Friends), Roland Bowman (Cumbria Kendal Scaffolding). Back row left to right Rotarian John Andrew – Yomp Committee Chairman, Rotarian Roger Jacobs ( President Elect). John & Gilpin Bland (Air Training Corps) and Peter Goddard (KS Mountain Rescue Team).
Rotarian Michael Metcalfe-Gibson and his wife Sally hosted a successful BBQ in July. Despite the rains that so characterised the British summer the BBQ was very successful and the Rotary Club extends it's appreciation to Michael and Sally for a wonderful evening of fellowship.
District Governor’s Visit to Joint Meeting of Upper Eden & Appleby Rotary Clubs
On Tuesday evening 4th September’07 the Rotary Club of Upper Eden hosted a joint meeting with their Mother Club – Appleby which was attended by the Governor of District 1190 Rotarian David Bennett and Assistant to the Governor ( Northern Area ) Rotarian Kevin Walsh. The meeting was held at the Black Bull Inn, Nateby and attended by 37 Rotarians and guests with one of the highlights of the evening being the Induction of two new Rotarians by District Governor David. First up was Dr Mike J Walker who had been invited to join the Upper Eden Club followed by Mr Granville Whittaker who was inducted as a member of the Appleby Club. DG David welcomed the two new members and referred them to their obligations as Rotarians to the Community at both Local & International levels and to the upholding of Rotary traditions. He explained the benefits that were opened to them as Members of Rotary International and called upon all present to make every effort to ensure the two new Members were shown the friendship and guidance to enable them to fully integrate in all of the Club’s activities. DG David went on to outline to all members the main objectives for this new Rotary Year from the President of Rotary International and from the President of Rotary In Great Britain & Ireland. All Members were invited to attend the next District Conference which will be held in the Isle of Man in April 2008 and DG David gave full details of the venue and the program including the entertainment that would be provided after the daily business sessions. Upper Eden President Philip Jones thanked the District Governor and his Assistant for what was considered a most enjoyable and memorable evening.
Signal Box Visit
Club Members led by President Philip Jones made a visit to the main signal box at Kirkby Stephen West Station on the Settle to Carlisle line on Tuesday 11th September. Members were met by Mr Colin Ousby Network Rail’s Mobile Operations Manager who welcomed the party onto the site and organised a batch entry to the signal box. Mr John Walton Network Rail’s Signal box operator gave each group a detailed account of his work and the methods of operation of the signalling equipment. It was noticeable that a large part of the actual mechanism for changing the track points and moving the cantilever signals arm was still a manual operation through linkages and woven wire cables some of which ran for several hundred metres from the actual signal box. The system for contact between the next boxes on both the Settle and the Carlisle tracks was demonstrated and the groups were able to watch the actual handling of the rail traffic on both tracks as several passenger and freight trains passed through the Station. President Philip thanked Messrs Ousby and Walton and remarked on the apparent ease with which Mr Walton handled the large operating levers and the surprisingly long shifts that the Signal box operators worked which were almost as long as those he did in his own Post Office and shop!!
Upper Eden Rotary celebrates its 28th Charter Anniversary
The Upper Eden Club supported by Members of Rotary clubs from within Cumbria and Wensleydale celebrated their 28th Charter Anniversary at the Shap Wells hotel on Friday 28th September. The guests included Mr David Watt Chairman of Upper Eden Probus Club, Mr Peter Bell the President of The Mountain Rescue Council - England & Wales and our District Governor Rotarian David Bennett. Mr Bell who was our main speaker for the evening, operates a business enterprise in Kendal and he developed and has manufactured for some 10 years, the Bell Stretcher used by Mountain Rescue teams throughout the UK. During his after dinner speech Mr Bell outlined the structure of the Mountain Rescue Council which he said included the British Cave Rescue and the Search & Rescue Dog Association. They liaise very closely with the Police Forces, Coastguard, RAF Search & Rescue and Ambulance Services throughout the country and 2008 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Mountain Rescue Service. They coordinate the operations of Regional Mountain Rescue teams and provide Communications equipment, Stretchers, First Aid equipment and training services on a Regional basis. They also provide Public Liability and Accident insurance for the teams. The MR Council is a voluntary body and a registered charity and their Members provide free assistance to anyone who becomes lost or injured in the mountains, fells or moorland operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all weather conditions. Mr Bell said that during the last few years there has been an increase in the requests from the police for help in searching for lost children, mentally ill, elderly, confused or potentially suicidal people and for searching snow bound roads for stranded motorists to which the always respond maintaining their ethos of serving the community and saving lives. Upper Eden President Rotarian Philip Jones thanked Mr Bell for his extremely interesting and informative talk.
Rotary Club of Upper Eden – Wine & Savouries Evening
The Rotary Club of Upper Eden held a Wine & Savouries evening on Saturday 17th November 2007 in Soulby Village Hall. A selection of cheeses , crackers , chocolate coated grapes ,stuffed olives and a host of other savouries were provided by the Ladies with a variety of wines and soft drinks supplied by the One Stop Shop of Brough. Rotarians had arranged the rooms during the afternoon and their ladies brought along the savouries and set out the food table early in the evening. The table was arranged with the all cheeses clearly identified and guests were encouraged to sample a selection from the many types available. As you can see from the picture the guests really tucked in to the wonderful spread. Later in the evening the winning tickets from the Christmas Raffle were drawn and the winners announced. First prize went to Mrs Carol White of Appleby. Second prize was won by Mrs Linda Turner of Kirkby Stephen and the two third prizes were won by Mrs Helen Shields of Ravenstonedale & Mrs Mary Ford of Kirkby Stephen. The prizes were handed over at the main Coop Store in Kirkby Stephen on Tuesday evening by Past President Stephen Barnes. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards providing Christmas parcels for senior citizens in the Upper Eden area. The Rotary Club expressed their sincere thanks to the Coop for providing the vouchers and allowing the Club to sell tickets in the Store during mid October and thank all those who gave their support and helped to make a success of both the Raffle and the Wine & Savouries evening.
Eyes Down & Look-In for Upper Eden Rotary’s Bingo Night
Residents of Mill Gardens Sheltered Accommodation and visiting friends from the Evergreen Club packed the recreation room on Wednesday night to enjoy Christmas Bingo session courtesy of Upper Eden Rotary Club. Past President Colin Jenkinson ,the Chairman of Community Service committee and his team, arranged for all necessary equipment and prizes to be set out in readiness for the well known local “Bingo Caller” Mr Paul Stout to kick off the games and Club Members assisted by checking the cards of those calling the “Line” or “Full House”. First game of the evening was won by Mrs Kitty Price of Westgarth Road and by the end of the evening a further sixteen winners had selected their prizes. The President Philip Jones thanked the Warden Mrs Wendy Wearmouth for making the venue available and paid compliments to those who had made such a wonderful job of the Christmas Decorations. Club Members will be out and about during the next two weeks delivering Christmas parcels to Senior Citizens in the town and surrounding villages. Our picture shows the players at one table having a chat whilst waiting for the next game.
Real, Restored or Reproduction
Members of the Upper Eden Rotary Club spent an evening with David Semple at his Hartley Fold workshops where he described and demonstrated his work in restoring and reproducing old furniture. A sixth-generation furniture maker, David showed Rotarians some of the secrets of his trade, reproducing techniques used by the original manufacturers, to ensure a fine finish on his products. His furniture, although made to styles and with techniques of the 17th century, often has to house 21st century products such as large screen televisions, and computer systems. The evening was completed by a visit to the gallery above the Emporium in Kirkby Stephen where many examples of his work could be seen on display. Members found it difficult to determine whether pieces were original, restored or reproductions, the quality of workmanship being so high. Michael Metcalfe-Gibson thanked David for allowing Rotarians to share in his enthusiasm for fine furniture, and the group adjourned to the Black Bull at Nateby for the weekly dinner meeting.
Upper Eden Rotary Club Vocational Visit to Out of Eden Ltd
Upper Eden Rotary Club members and their ladies visited the Office and Warehouse of Out of Eden Ltd where they were welcomed by Owners & Directors Ian & Janet Hartley and Accountant Rotarian John Andrews. The party of thirty six were split into three groups and given a tour of the newly completed premises situated on the A685 just outside of Kirkby Stephen town. The Company was founded 20 years ago and has developed into one of the major suppliers of consumables and fixtures to Hotel and Accommodation businesses throughout the United Kingdom. Products include a wide range of bed linen, bedspreads, duvets etc in poly cotton, linen and Egyptian cotton in a variety of styles and colours together with a varied supply of curtains, cushions, table linen and towels. Consumables include such items as cleaning products, toiletries, liquid soaps, tea, coffee, sugar and milk and they have a range of mirrors, trays, coat hangers etc. The main warehouse has a clear span structure with racking split into bays each with it’s own product code and the racks are loaded with a special fork lift which can operate in a very narrow aisle thus making best use of the available space. “Picking lists” are issued from the office with the code numbers of products and special trolleys are used by the warehouse staff to collect all items for each customer order. All goods are sold with a “Money Back” guarantee and there is a Trade Counter open five days a week for businesses that wish to collect their own order. President Philip thanked the owners for their very friendly welcome, the tour and the detailed explanation of the business activities. Ian & Janet then joined the Club Members and wives for dinner and the Club Meeting at the Black Bull Inn, Nateby.