The Year of President John Andrew (2010-11)
Diary July 2010 - July 2011
2 July 2010. Upper Eden Rotary Club Change-Over Night
The annual change-over night was held this year at the newly re-opened Bay Horse Inn in Winton. A total of 43 members and wives attended and enjoyed a very good social evening. Retiring President Raymond Thornton outlined the highlights of his year, before handing over the presidential chain of office to incoming President John Andrew and Bill Barr and Lawrence Cowin received their vice presidential and second vice presidential insignia respectively from the new president. John thanked Ray for his time in office and presented him with two "mini hecklers" and requested that heckling be kept to a minimum in the forthcoming year, now that Ray was on the back benches!!! To complete the formal part of the evening, John presented Ray with a Paul Harris Fellowship, in recognition of his service to the club over the years.
4 July 2010. Three Counties Challenge Cycle Event
The Kendal Rotary Club held their 4th annual "Three Counties Challenge Cycle Event". There are two routes, one of 60 miles and one of 125 miles, the latter passing through Nateby and Kirkby Stephen then with a checkpoint at Soulby Village Hall where riders stop for refreshments. As in past years, Lawrence Cowin has been the contact point when Kendal have requested assistance from Upper Eden Rotary Club. This year, in addition to Lawrence, Ivor Allenby and Dave Prince both helped out on what proved to be a very wet and windy day with the number of riders very much down on last year and several having come off their bikes due to the adverse weather conditions. All monies raised this year through the event will be donated to Morecambe Bay Search & Rescue, Rotary Charities and a Young Athletes Fund with the purpose of providing funding for promising youngsters in their chosen sport.
6 July 2010. Wharton, Wetlands and Woods
Rotarians and their partners were shown round Wharton Hall by Gillian and Mark Chippendale. Gillian gave us a brief history of the 14th century hall, built to supercede Lammerside Castle as a refuge from Scots invaders, and then Mark showed us the wetlands and woodlands created to improve the environment and enhance the number of insect species in the area. Will Ellis gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club, and Gillian and Mark joined us all for dinner at the Black Bull.
12 July 2010. Slash and Strim Club
In preparation for the forthcoming visit of the Britain in Bloom judges, the "Slash and Strim" club held one of the periodic get togethers to tidy up local areas. They started at Jubilee Park, cleaned up the weeds and rubbish on the road bridge, then moved down to the north end of town where the weeds and debris were removed and the area generally tidied up in preparation for the judges visit on the 15th July.
13 July 2010. Upper Eden Rotary Club 'Design and Technology Award'
Kirkby Stephen students produced award winning designs in this year’s Upper Eden Rotary Club Award. The winning work, which was designed and constructed by students was on display at this year’s Art, Design and Technology Exhibition held at the school, which was a huge success with great parent support. Head of D&T Kevin Gough and retired president of Upper Eden Rotary Ray Thornton are pictured with the winners and their work, Pat Hannah, Pat Bromfield and Callum Marston.
20 July 2010. Clays and Quoits at Fred and Judiths'
Our annual Clay Shoot was held in torrential rain at Flitholme. Intrepid shooters hit orange clays (amongst other things!), and muddy quoits were thrown towards the clay target. Rotarian Barbecue chefs remained under cover as did most of the guests. The winner of the Clay Shooting was Paul Robinson, and Richard Todd won the Quoits. Lawrence Cowin thanked Fred and Judith Hayllar for providing the venue, the ladies for preparing salads and sweets, and running the bar, and visitors from Wensleydale who had come out to join us in atrocious conditions.
28 July 2010. Joint meeting with Appleby Rotary Club
Twelve members travelled to Appleby on Wednesday 28th July for a joint meeting with Appleby Rotary Club. The occasion was the attendance of the Albert Johnson, the recently installed Governor for District 1190. Following an excellent meal of roast pork and all the trimmings, DG Albert presented his vision and message for the forthcoming year. He quoted from RI President Ray Killingworth, i.e. to keep it simple and manageable and if it doesn't work, do something about it. For District 1190 goals, DG Albert wants to increase Rotary's capacity for Service, get clubs involved in a Literacy Project and to aim for 75% of clubs in the District to achieve a Presidential Citation plus for all clubs to have a net gain of one new member. Albert also presented to each club a pennant symbolising "Building Communities and Bridging Continents", Lawrence Cowin, Vice, Vice President received it on behalf of The Rotary Club of Upper Eden. A very good evening was had by all.
3 August 2010. Cumbria Question Time
Martin Stephenson, Cumbria County Councillor for the Appleby Division, and a member of Appleby Rotary club, addressed our meeting about Cumbria County Council. He handed out quiz sheets with 15 multiple choice questions about Cumbria for members to answer. Geoff Hastwell was declared champion, closely followed by Arthur Littlefair and both received bottles of Wainwright beer for their efforts. Most of us scored more than the expected 5 out of 15 from chance answers, and off-comers felt satisfied that we knew so much about our adopted county! David Garrick thanked Martin for talking on a topic of interest to all of us, and the club responded in the usual way.
10 August 2010. Chickens and Hartley Castle
A party of Rotarians visited Hartley Castle to view and understand the workings of a free range egg production unit. The visitors were hosted by Sally and David Dixon who gave a very interesting overview of the unit. In purpose built premises, there are just over 8000 hens producing just over 50,000 eggs per week. It was very much an eye opener in as much as everything is automatically controlled and measured, that is the feeding times, amount and type of food and water, temperature etc. Output is measured against set parameters in a very controlled manner, temperature, food etc is adjusted to ensure the optimum output of eggs is achieved. We viewed the hens in their surroundings, only after Sally and David had knocked on the doors to alert the hens of our visit. Colin Jenkinson gave a vote of thanks on behalf of members after which we retired to the Black Bull for dinner along with Sally and David.
22 August 2010. A Grand Day Out
Upper Eden Rotary members joined by members of Appleby Rotary Club enjoyed a 'Grand Day Out' in idyllic sunshine as they spent the day roaming the Eden valley in a car treasure hunt. Setting off after coffee in Kirkby Stephen and pausing en route for a picnic at Shap Abbey all finally made it to the Black Swan at Ravenstonedale for well deserved refreshments. Winners were guests David and Annette Watt driven by President John Andrew in his vintage Morris 1000 car.
24 August 2010. BBQ at Michael and Sally's
The weather was kind and the evening was a great success as members once again enjoyed the warm hospitality afforded annually by Michael and Sally at their barbeque in Ravenstonedale.
7 September 2010. Yomp Presentation evening
The 28th Yomp Mountain Challenge was held on 6 June 2010 in the beautiful Cumbrian fells in the Upper Eden Valley. Total entries numbered 638 on the three courses. We are extremely grateful for the generous sponsorship of J T Atkinson, Builders Merchants, who wanted to put something into their local community as part of their 150th Anniversary Celebrations. Their sponsorship ensured all the costs of hosting the event were met so that all entry fees could be given to charity. This year the main beneficiaries were Upper Eden Community First Responders, Help for Heroes and The Flourish Foundation, Kibera. A presentation of cheques was made at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 September at the Black Bull Inn, Nateby, when President John Andrew handed over cheques for £1250 to Barbara Keen of Help the Heroes, Tim Coburn of the Flourish Foundation, and Chris Metcalfe-Gibson of the First Responders. Donations were also given to Johns Davis of the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, Gilpin Bland of the Appleby Air Training Corps, and Lois Wiseman of 1st Kirkby Stephen Scouts for their assistance during the event. In addition the Club has donated monies from Yomp proceeds for a further 2 ShelterBoxes for use in the recent emergency in Pakistan.
10 September 2010. Nancy Harker's 100th Birthday
On her 100th birthday, President John Andrew presented Nancy Harker, the widow of one of the Club's Founder members and first president, Geoffrey Harker, with flowers and a framed certificate with the following inscription: "Mrs Nancy Harker - The President and Members of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden wish you a very happy One Hundredth Birthday. We are grateful for your generous support over many years and for your continuing interest in our activities." Geoffrey Harker was the club's first President from 1979 to 1981 Nancy still remains interested in all our activities but declined an invitation to join next year's Yomp!
18 September 2010. Spring Cleaning St Theobold’s
On Saturday 18th September a Rotary working party descended on St Theobald's Church in Great Musgrave to perform a belated Spring clean. Windows were washed inside and out and the cobwebs removed from the upper reaches of the ceiling. Much appreciated refreshments were provided by Judith Hayllar.
21 September 2010. Explosives, Guns and Special Effects
Colin jenkinson introduced a very interesting and different speaker called Darren Bent. Darren had set up his business specialising in providing special effects, explosives and supplying very realistic looking guns including handguns, machine guns, pistols and whatever his clients may require. His work mainly centred around film making and training courses. Samples of various guns were passed around and we were very impressed. At the end of Darren’s presentatation questions were asked. He assured us, unlike “The Italian Job”, he would not blow the b***** doors off!
24 September 2010. 31st Charter Anniversary Dinner of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden
The 31st Charter Anniversary Dinner of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden was held at the Tufton Arms in Appleby with 88 Rotarians, spouse and guests present. Alan Hoggarth, Assistant District Governor praised the work of the Club especially in the International arena. President John Andrew responded outlining his experiences of Rotary. Paul Brook, our guest speaker, gave an amusing account of his military career. Born in Ravenstonedale he wanted to escape from the area, so joined the army to see the world. After experience in Yorkshire, Belfast, Bosnia, Kosovo and Baghdad, he realised that the Eden Valley was the place to return to, or perhaps he had only been posted to awful places! With wartime experiences of escorting Miss World it couldn't all have been bad. A good evening was had by all.
28 September 2010. Collecting the Sun at Newton Rigg
Upper Eden Rotarians visited Seborwens Farm at Newton Rigg where Jonty Rostron from the Appleby Club showed us the Biodiesel Plant which produces fuel for the campus minibuses and tractors, and the willow chip boiler heating student accommodation. Rape seed is dried to less than 9% moisture then pressed to extract the oil. For less sophisticated engines this can be used directly, but modern engines require conversion to bio-diesel. This is done by heating the rape-seed oil with 20% methanol and potassium hydroxide when a process of trans-esterification occurs and allows separation of glycerol, currently being stored for other projects. Waste seed flake is used as a feed additive. The heating system uses coppiced willow to heat a water buffer storage tank, which flows through heat-exchangers in student accommodation to provide space-heating. The boiler operates either flat-out or not all, providing a very efficient way of utilising a renewal energy crop. Bill Barr gave a brief vote of thanks to Jonty on behalf of the club, and the group moved onto the Agricultural Hotel, Penrith for an informal dinner.
5 October 2010. Stobars Hall - Care in the Community
Euan Bell, registered manager of Stobars Hall, told us all of the service his company provides for the Upper Eden community. They serve the age group from 65 to >99, whether vulnerable, or suffering from dementia, with 31 rooms offering accommodation for 38 residents. Activities are provided for residents ranging from basket-ball to chicken husbandry. Developments planned include conversion of the lodge to a "Close-Care" facility, which can be leased with various packages of included care. Extension plans have been refined to offer homes with individual front-doors for similar "Close-Care" in a small community with social and catering opportunities. Euan made two offers to the club - use of the grounds of the hall for events, and a 10% discount for applicants at the meeting. Ben Lyon gave a vote of thanks and noted that although no current Rotarians needed the facilities of Stobars Hall for themselves, there were occasional indications of behaviour which might appear to need such care!
12 October 2010. John Owen, Ex-President of the Rugby Football Union
Ivor Allonby introduced his guest, John Owen, the immediate past President of the England RFU. John last spoke to the club at the Charter Night in 2008. On this occasion we had a number of guests to listen to a very entertaining speech. Since his last visit he has spent a year as President of the RFU and told the club of his experiences during that year. John Owen was born and bred in Shap, and after a career as a police officer, became involved in the management of rugby football. His Presidential year was marked with difficulties, the drugs issue at Bath, and the Bloodgate scandal, to name two. Although he had high profile experiences with royalty and the heads of other Rugby Football Unions, the performance of the England team was disappointing. John is now working with the Injured Players Foundation and is chairman elect for 2011. He is also involved in the 2015 World Cup in England which is expected to make profits in excess of £30M, all of which will be used in support of community rugby. John also gives the support of the RFU to Help for Heroes, and invites injured servicemen to every match. Peter Davy gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club and its guests, praising John for rising to the dizzy heights of the RFU through hard work and not patronage.
13-19 October 2010. Sale of Christmas Raffle Tickets at the Co-op
24 Rotarians and their spouses spent 7 days sitting in the entrance to the Kirkby Stephen Co-op selling Christmas raffle tickets to raise funds for support of the elderly in the Upper Eden Area. The public response was tremendous and additional tickets had to be printed. Over the seven days 1400 tickets were sold. The draw will be made at the Wine and Savouries Evening on 6th November.
19 October 2010. The Humber Inshore Rescue Service
Arthur Littlefair introduced this weeks guest - David Peebles-Brown. The subject of David's talk and slide presentation was The Humber Inshore Rescue Service of which David was a founder member when the service was set up in 1989. The River Humber has a average depth of 4 feet and the rescue service covers an area of about 520 square miles using a 8m rigid inflatable boat powered by two powerful outboard motors. When they first started, it was a case of towing the boat down the water from a yard, they have now progressed to a purpose built boat house and base. So far this year, between January and October, they have received about 100 call outs, the call outs can cover everything, including saving animals, whales, seals etc plus people in distress in the Humber Estuary area. They also occasionally get called to assist in the recovery of people who have jumped off the Humber Bridge!!! Following this very interesting talk, John Houston gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club.
2 November 2010. David Prince discloses his Past!
After some time hidden away from view, David Prince finally gave his job talk to the club. Brought up in Hampshire, he served an apprenticeship with the Royal Naval Air Service in Portsmouth. Following this David joined IBM (many versions exist of what this stands for!) where he was involved in the development of hard disk drives for mainframe computers. He followed their development from wardrobe sized 0.5 Mb units powered by washing machine motors, to smaller but higher capacity units, closer to those we know today. Two spells of work in the USA prepared him for an eventual move to Cumbria - Minnesota winters made him ready for the A66, and in Texas he had his first experience of Houston. Michael Metcalfe-Gibson thanked David on behalf of the club, explaining that his experience of computers was in the early days of their use in banking, when it was still quicker to do things with pen and paper.
6 November 2010. Wine and Savouries Evening
Seventy three Rotarians and guests enjoyed a sociable evening at the Upper Eden Rugby Club. A sumptuous spread of food was prepared by Rotarians and their wives, and a healthy supply of wine contributed to the evening. Funds totalling £650 were raised for Rotary charities.
9 November 2010. Councillor Malcolm Smith
Fred Hayllar introduced Malcolm Smith, an early member of the Upper Eden Club, to speak about his memories of club membership and his role as District Councillor for the last 24 years. Malcolm mentioned that when he was a member of the Rotary Club, it was dominated by farmers. He took part in the Yomp at the age of 50, and achieved a time of 7hr 20min. On one of his practices he did manage to take a route via Muker, although had guidance on the day of the Yomp. In 1986 he was encouraged to stand for the District Council, and was elected for the Brough and Stainmore ward. His first success was provision of water to Stainmore, and he is the longest serving council member, having chaired every committee and the Council. Malcolm mentioned a number of successes which were initially opposed, Rheged now seeing 5 million visitors a year, Center Parcs, which is now the companies flagship site providing many jobs in the community, and the Frenchfield football pitches where Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Carlisle have played recently. Malcolm is firmly of the view that the Sainsburys/New Squares project will come right in the end. Eden is the largest district in England and Wales, although one of the most sparsely populated. The Audit Commission have ranked them one of the best districts in the North of England. This is highlighted by them looking after the money - no chauffeur driven car for the Eden Council Leader, compared to many others. There is 29% less funding for EDC now leading to a £1.1M shortfall. Mandatory spend cannot be cut, so the Council is looking hard at discretionary spending, Christmas Lights, Toilets and TICs. A number of questions encouraged a lively debate about the proposed spending cuts. John Bainbridge, a short-term clerk to Brough Sowerby Parish meeting, made a vote of thanks and the club responded in the usual way.
11 November 2010. Aquabox despatched for emergency use
Aquabox 82338 was sent off for use in a future emergency. The box is primarily a water purification system but, because of a large amount of empty space, Rotary Club members packed the box with donated household equipment and clothing before sending it off.
23 November 2010. Peter Davy called our bluff
After the usual Rotary business, Peter Davy provided a number of obscure words for Graham Curtis, Michael Metcalfe-Gibson and John Begg to define, only one definition being correct. Piddock, Perilune, Nidus, Shelta, Looper, Struthious, Kina, Incuse, Nombril, Midrash and Hoplite were defined in various forms to the members, who selected answers from the three definitions given. Winners were John Bainbridge and Mike Walker with 8 correct “guesses” each. The prize was first choice from the Cadbury’s Roses passed around all the club! Michael Metcalfe-Gibson gave a vote of thanks to Peter for providing an entertaining evening.
6 December 2010. Bingo at Mill Gardens
A team of around 10 Rotarians provided a Bingo session for residents of Mill Gardens and their friends. On a cold winter night our efforts were appreciated, especially the prizes, mostly chocolate! Lawrence Cowin, Ivor Allonby, Mike Walker and John Houston did the calling, whilst MMG joined the players and helped where he could!
7 December 2010. The Life and Times of Ben Lyon
Life for young Ben was very difficult indeed. Born in London during the 2nd world war, his family were bombed out of their home and moved to the north of England. After leaving university he started caving as an instructor and enjoyed all forms of outdoor activities for example, mountain climbing and trekking. Ben became so proficient he became a mountain guide and outdoor instructor. His career path appeared very straight forward and he duly set up his own company in 1983 specializing in high standard outdoor equipment; some items were bought in and others were manufactured in-house. One of the most successful items was head torches for commercial use which make up 25% of total turnover. Ben circulated to the meeting catalogues of a wide range of products supplied by his company. The company continued to expand and now employs 70 employees in two outlets in Dent and Tebay. Fortunately Ben learnt very quickly the art of delegation and has been able to hand over the reigns of the daily running to his senior management team and reduced his role to part time chairman. Thank you Ben for a very interesting and informative insight to your working life.
11 December 2010. Christmas Party and Concert at The Sage
This year’s Christmas Party was a trip to The Sage Gateshead. We set off in mid afternoon with a sense of relief that the snow had cleared and that we had Peter Derry, fully recovered from his recent injury, in charge of the bus. On arrival, we spent a few moments appreciating the magnificence of the Sage building and it’s commanding view of the Newcastle river front. Once inside, the grandeur of the venue was revealed, to many of us for the first time, as we headed straight to the refreshment area. The Brasserie provided an excellent three course table d’hote menu, which, washed down with a glass or two of fine wine led to the usual lively conversation that kept us entertained until the concert started at 7:30 pm. The Northern Sinfonia, as well as local adult and children’s choirs played a range of our favourite Carols and Christmas music with several contributions of hearty accompaniment from the audience. The show was presented by John Suchet who also entertained with readings, of his own interpretation, of the Christmas story. The return journey was uneventful and I suspect an enjoyable evening was had by all.
18 January. Glynis Lumley on Cancer Research in Kirkby Stephen
Glynis Lumley came along and gave a short talk on the work of the Kirkby Stephen Branch for Cancer Research. Glynis spoke about her family history with cancer and how it persuaded her to join the local organisation, 33 years ago !! So far they have raised in excess of one hundred thousand pounds through fashion shows, sponsored walks and coffee mornings to mention a few. President John Andrew presented her with a cheque for £425 which was raised at the clay pigeon shoot and barbeque at Fred and Judith Hayllar's last July. To round off her talk, Glynis spoke about the Northern Viaduct Trust's work and how money is needed to carry out repair work at Smardale Gill Viaduct.
1 February 2011. The Impact of Yomp funding on projects in Kibera
Tim Coburn, of the Flourish Foundation, returned to the club to talk about how the moneys raised from the Yomp have been used in two projects in the Kibera slum in Kenya. Tim supports the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy Journalism Club, and Kito International which provides enterprise opportunities for boys living on the streets. After explaining the living conditions in this part of Nairobi the club was entertained to a slide show to music compiled by the girl journalists. We were then told that half of our funding had been given to each project to provide an award scheme to provide incentives for the participants. The journalists had set up a scheme of prizes for keyboard skills, journalism and photography each term for each of three year groups, the prize being equivalent to the cost of a week’s food for a family group. The boys had set up an enterprise award scheme, giving monthly prizes to the top sales person, and the most improved sales person, with the caveat that no participant could win more than one prize in a 6 month period. The prize winners also had the obligation to mentor the lower achievers of the group. Tim ended his presentation with the thanks of the two projects for the support from the Upper Eden Rotary Club. Tim explained that his experience in Kibera had led him to get involved in education at home and he is currently working with a number of schools in the area on similar projects. It was also pointed out for future opportunities, that the Rotary Foundation may be able to match funding for such projects. President John Andrew thanked Tim on behalf of the club for an entertaining and thought provoking presentation.
8 February 2011. Global Ambassadorial Scholars
The club was privileged to entertain 3 Ambassadorial Scholars from east Asia, together with their driver Paul Clegg from the Lancaster club. Eunjung Cho (Margaret) and Sookyong Lee told us about their homes in South Korea, and the culture within this region. They also told us of their experiences of England since beginning a year study at Lancaster University. Uyanga Zaakhuu from Ulaan Baatar told us about Mongolia, and her life with Rotoract in District 3450 which has 63 clubs covering Mongolia, Hong Kong and Macau. The intervening few thousand miles of China has no Rotary Clubs as the regime does not support Rotary. Mongolia supports eight Rotary Clubs from its 3 million population, and the club in Ulaan Baatar is English speaking and has 30 members. All three girls are enjoying their experiences of British culture and are great examples of the best in young people. During the meeting banners were exchanged. Graham Curtis thanked the scholars for coming to speak to us.
9 February 2011. Bowls Night in Appleby
The annual inter club tournament took place between Appleby, Barnard Castle and Upper Eden, it was a night of "yes we have", "no we haven't" and "if only". Again, the meal was prepared by Appleby ladies and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and a jolly good evening. Unfortunately !!! it was Appleby who won again, never mind, there is always next year.
22 February 2011. Mining in the Northern Dales
Geoff Clegg was introduced by Ben Lyon as a Rochdale caver who became an instructor at Whernside Manor, and who developed an interest in mining activity in the northern dales. Geoff showed us a number of examples of mine exploration in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale with photographs displaying superb stonework all carried out by candlelight. Lead, Copper, Coal and Stone were mined from various locations in the dales, and later Barytes was extracted from the spoil heaps of waste product. The railways played an important part, as copper from Dentdale was transported as far as Swansea for smelting. Lead smelting took place locally and Geoff showed us historic examples of the locations where this happened. Mines were producing up to 2000 te/yr each at their peak. Geoff’s small group of active explorers have also begun a programme of restoration of the mine entrances to provide clearer indications of the historic activity in the dales. He did warn members not to delve too deeply into the mines as open shafts still exist connecting different levels. John Bainbridge gave a vote of thanks to Geoff for his splendid presentation and the club responded in the usual way.
23 February 2011. Rotary Thanks for Life Day
As part of Thanks for Life Day the club has prepared a display in an empty shop window in Kirkby Stephen highlighting the Polio Plus Campaign. Purple crocus bulbs have also been given to local schools with the intention of photographing them when in bloom. Sadly, because of the cold weather, the bulbs have not yet delivered their blooms, but should provide a good show eventually. The colour purple has been chosen as this is the colour of the dye used on fingers to indicate that a child has been immunised against polio. Since 1985 Rotary International has helped reduce the number of Polio cases in the World from 350,000 to less than 1,500, and it is now endemic in only 4 countries against 125 in 1985. The Upper Eden Rotary Club has a target of raising £1500 per year for Polio Plus as part of the final push to rid the World of this dreadful disease. We are doing this through a weekly wine raffle at our meetings: this raises around £1,000 per year. We also hold special fund-raising events such as the Mali Aid presentation in 2009 which raised £800. The Upper Eden Rotary Club appreciates the support of the local Community for fund raising for Polio Plus, and many other causes. Upper Eden Rotary Club President John Andrew, Foundation Chairman Ivor Allonby and Graham Curtis visited the schools to thank the pupils for their support for the campaign, and to see how the bulb growth has progressed. The children were thanked for their help and given purple crocus bookmarks to commemorate Thanks for Life Day.
3 March 2011. More spectacles sent to Vision Aid Overseas
John Bainbridge delivered a further consignment of used spectacles for recycling. Since Vision Aid Overseas was founded in 1985, they have organised a nationwide recycling scheme for old or unwanted glasses. Members of the public donate their glasses at a local collection point. Staff and volunteers sort the glasses at the headquarters in Crawley to remove any that are in bad condition. The glasses are then transported to prisons through the UK where prisoners have been trained to clean, grade and pack the glasses ready for their use in the developing world. Finally the glasses are sent abroad with Vision Aid Overseas teams. Glasses are only dispensed after a full eye examination and great care is taken to match them to the patient.
15 March 2011. Energy Saving Trust
The speaker this week was Ian Baker from the Energy Saving Trust. His mission was to advise us on how to drive more economically and not attempt to try to be budding F1 drivers on the roads around Cumbria. He explained that we could all save about 15% of fuel through smart driving by not going above 2000 rpm for a diesel car and 2500 rpm for a petrol car. He said the main thing is to change gear early and use higher gears and low revs. The most efficient speed to drive is 45 to 50 mph and ideally move to a low emission car. His talk certainly gave us "pause for thought" and left all of us "boy racers" wondering just how much fuel we could have saved over the years !!! Peter Derry gave a vote of thanks and the club responded in the usual way.
29 March 2011. Upper Eden Plus Bus Company
On 29th March our club treasurer was able to announce that a sum just short of £5000 had now been received from the accounts of the recently wound up Upper Eden Plus Bus Company. This company was originally set up by UCL (University College, London) as an experiment in Rural Transport, and they ran a local rural bus service 6 full days a week. The operation was subsequently handed over to a charity management committee but service was subsequently reduced as funding became more scarce. With the help of Big Lottery a new bus was bought and operation continued for a total of 10 years. Monthly shopping trips to Barnard Castle were added, and some evening theatre trips, but funding limitations eventually meant that the service had to cease. The Company asked Upper Eden Rotary Club if we would take the service over, and in late 2010 we agreed to do this, for as long as the funds allow. The service has been much appreciated over the years as it provides a door to door service with assistance from the driver. Arrangements were made with Grand Prix Services in Brough, and they are now running the service on our behalf, on the first Tuesday of every month. Although off to a poor start in December and January, due to very bad weather conditions, passenger numbers are already building up, and in view of recently proposed cuts in Eden bus services we are considering the possibility of an expanded service and/or amended route.
29 March 2011. Forensic Science
Peter Derry introduced our guest speaker this week who was Karen Greenwood from the University of Cumbria based at Newton Rigg Campus. Karen teaches forensic science which is basically the application of science to matters concerning the law. She showed how there are two basic types of crime investigation, one is at the crime scene and the other is forensic science in the laboratory. The forensic scientist will analyse evidence collected at the crime scene by the investigators and Karen showed examples where every contact leaves a trace, this can be hair, fibre, glass, footwear, make up and fingerprints to name a few. She explained that contrary to popular belief in the US, Great Britain is the world leader in forensic science. Forensic science does not just analyse items from crime scenes, it also covers food testing, health and safety, the environment and experts in different fields of forensic science can be asked to give evidence in court cases, either for the prosecution or for the defence. It was a very interesting and thought provoking talk and Peter Davy gave a vote of thanks to which the club responded in the usual way.
5 April 2011. KSGS Business Challenge
This week was when the students from Kirkby Stephen Grammar School presented their winning topics as judged by Rotary members. The students were introduced by teachers Mike Sunderland and Sue Bennett to members and wives. The first to present was sole trader Grace Wren who gave an excellent presentation about running a local community bus company. Grace showed she had tried to look at everyone's needs and requirements ranging from pupils attending after school activities right through to the elderly who needed to have access to shops and services around Kirkby Stephen. Maybe we as Rotary, need to enlist her assistance as we now have the budget for the now defunct "Plus Bus" !!!! Second to present were Evie Thornborrow and Natasha Simpson who talked and presented about "Wedding Bliss", their message was "Take way the Stress and Strain of your Wedding Day". Their business would totally arrange the wedding day in order to allow the blushing bride and groom to experience a day they would never forget. Not a big take-up for all of us aging Rotarians !!! Last but not least (as Mike Sunderland said, "keep the best to last" seeing the first two presentations were coached by Sue) was Chris Mells, his topic was "Lakes Guided Walks". He presented a five year plan that presented how he would achieve his aim of running a company arranging walks centred around Keswick based on a high quality service backed up with a 100% guarantee of satisfaction, plus a promotional video. He certainly did not suffer fools or inefficiently gladly !!! Overall, it was an excellent evening with terrific presentations and business forethought, certainly young people who will go far. John Begg gave a vote of thanks to which everyone responded in the usual way.
5 April 2011. Danewalker
During the meeting of the 5th April, Lesley and John Begg presented a cheque for £1070 to Bill Barr, Vice President of Upper Eden Rotary Club. This was part of the monies raised by Lesley (with able assistance by John) from the "Danewalker" tour of various parts of Great Britain. Lesley walked with there three Great Danes (Pearl, Saffi and Nero) and accompanied by their Border Collie (Cleo). Overall, they covered 500 miles raising monies for Cancer Research, The Dogs Trust and also Rotary. Congratulations to Lesley, plus Pearl, Saffi, Nero and Cleo, plus of course John.
16 April 2011. Raking in the sunshine!
The new woodland area at Edensyde has just had the grass cut, and a couple of Rotarians helped in raking the cut grass to tidy up this public area.
19 April 2011. Scrapping a Copper Mine in Bougainville (Mike Beaty)
Rio Tinto Zinc established a copper mine in Bougainville, one of the North Solomon Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 1971, and gradually reduced the height of the mountain from 1500 to 300 metres. The crushing and milling operations were of tremendous size, and had a major environmental impact. Civil resistance erupted as RTZ compensation did not include all impacted communities, and the operation closed as the civil unrest escalated. Some years later Mike Beaty was given the job of managing the recovery of some of the ball milling equipment for refurbishment in South Africa. He spent 9 months organising recovery as far as possible of 8 of the 18 ball mills, each weighing 1500te. Although 49% of the profits of the recovery were to be given to the locality, uncertainties of ownership of land caused the conflict to escalate once again and a rapid retreat was made. The locals are split between those who wish RTZ to return to operate the mine, those who would like the Chinese to take over, and those who wish to see the area return to nature after a devastating environmental impact of such a huge operation. Roger Frank thanked Mike on behalf of the club members noting that much of what we take for granted, such as the availability of copper pipe in J T Atkinson’s, come at an environmental cost in fragile environments of the world.
19 April 2011. New member
David Caldow was welcomed as a new member to the Rotary Club of Upper Eden by President John Andrew. David transferred from Birkenhead Rotary Club following his move to Ravenstonedale.
23-24 April 2011. Commercial Vehicle Rally, Kirkby Stephen
Once more the club provided marshals and programme sellers for this annual event, and operated the Rotary Bookstall, making £101 for Rotary funds and showing the club participation in local activities. As thanks for our involvement during the last two years, the Eden Classic Vehicle Group gave a donation of £250 to the club.
9 May 2011. Presentation of Yomp Sponsorship Cheque by J T Atkinson
Builders Merchant JT Atkinson have again agreed to sponsor the Yomp Mountain Challenge, this follows on from their sponsorship in 2010. They have also agreed to sponsor the Yomp for a further three years, through to 2013. John Andrew, President of Upper Eden Rotary Club, is seen receiving the cheque from Alan Barr, Branch Manager of JT Atkinson in Kirkby Stephen with members of their staff looking on. John expressed his thanks on behalf of the club for the continued support of the Yomp by JT Atkinson.
10 May 2011. Matt Davy: Where are you?
Peter Davy introduced his son as the evening’s speaker. Matt has had many years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and gave the club a brief run-down of how telephone systems, and especially mobile phone systems, operate. With modern mobile phones having more computer power than the Apollo moon landing project, we were informed of Base Station Systems, Mobile Switching Centres, Visitor Location registers and Home Location registers, all of which appear to be in constant communication with a mobile when it is turned on. (No wonder batteries always need charging!). The outcome of this complex activity is that when a number is called from anywhere in the world, the specific mobile phone will ring, whatever its location. It is feasible to track the position of a mobile phone through the base station, although cell sizes vary being up to 35km across in rural areas, yet only 100m across in cities. Because of the technology, this works even if the phone is not used for making or receiving calls. Arthur Littlefair thanked Matt for his illuminating talk, realising that it was a complex subject, but found it reassuring that the presentation technology, flipchart and marker pen, was one which many Rotarians understood. The club responded in the usual way.
9 June 2011. Vision Aid Overseas
Today the Rotary Club of Upper Eden despatched 37 sets of recycled spectacles to VisionAid Overseas.
11 June 2011. Annual Rotary Retro Rally comes to Eden
The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald today reported on an annual Rotary motoring event that came to Cumbria in 2011. Members of the Upper Eden Rotary Club teamed up with members of our special neighbours Appleby Rotary Club to partake in the annual Rotary Retro Classic Motoring Tour. Roger Frank from UERC and John Taylor from ARC co-ordinated the event in conjunction with other Rotarians. John Bainbridge from UERC and David Hayton from ARC drove a classic Porche in the 3-day event which was widely praised as a very successful event.