The Year of President Lawrence Cowin (2012-13)
Diary July 2012 - July 2013
June 31st 2012. Upper Eden Rotary Club Change-Over Nigh
Change overnight this year took place at The Westmorland Hotel at Tebay. The event enjoyed a great evening with many of the attendees arriving by coach. After enjoying a meal of choices to meet all palates, the ceremonies commenced with Past President Bill Barr handing over the chains of office to incoming President Lawrence Cowin. Ivor Allonby was installed a President Elect and flowers were presented to Dorothy plus photographs were passed round of the garden seat which The Rotary Club contributed to as part of the Past Presidents Hororarium. A great evening enjoyed by all.
July 17th 2012. Clay Pigeon Shoot at Flitholme
The annual Clay Pigeon shoot took place at the home of Fred and Judith Hayllar on a typical Cumbrian summer evening – WET !! None the less, it was a great evening enjoyed by members, partners and guests. Rotary friends from neighbouring clubs attended and despite the weather enjoyed the competition and barbeque, again aptly cooked by John Begg and Ray Thornton. Our thanks also went to wives and partners for the food. John Taylor from Appleby won the competition, much to everyone’s delight !!!!!
August 7th 2012. David Whitehead Job Talk
Stuart Johnstone introduced David, both as new member and also for his talk this evening. David started by saying he joined the army after leaving school and when demobbed, he became a rent collector in Leeds, he described some of the miscellaneous property and people he had to visit. Following on from this, he became a management trainee and held various rolls before becoming an Area Manager in Shipley. After various reorganisations, he was appointed CEO for a small housing association in Headingley then CEO for a West Yorkshire Housing Association. He finished by saying he had had 14 very interesting yet challenging years!! President Lawrence gave a vote of thanks.
August 14th 2012. Richard Govan. Underwater Photography
President Elect Ivor Allonby introduced Richard who is a dentist and also a member of Appleby Rotary Club. Richard explained that he got into underwater photography because of his daughters. He passed round a normal digital camera and then an underwater digital camera, both virtually the same camera except the underwater version has a casing that costs and extra £300!!! Richard explained the problems with taking images underwater and also showed a presentation of various images taken across the world, i.e. Jordan, New Zealand, Malta, The Canaries etc. He did say that if anyone was interested in learning about scuba diving and underwater photography, sessions take place at Penrith at 9am on a Sunday morning. Bill Barr gave a vote of thanks to which everyone responded in the usual way.
August 21st 2012. Yomp Presentation Night
The Club held its annual Yomp cheque presentations this evening. This year, the three main nominated charities, Hospice at Home, Leukaemia Research and Vision Aid Overseas, each received individual cheques of £1500 which were presented by Club President Lawrence Cowin to Michele de Vaal from Vision Aid Overseas, Julie and Andrew Moffitt from Leukaemia Research and Wendy Wearmouth from Hospice at Home. Each receipient explained how the money would be used and also what their connection is to their respective charities. Donations are also given to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and Appleby ATC for their valuable support and help on the day. Also in attendance was Alan Barr from our main sponsor JT ATkinson, to whom many thanks were given for their continued support and sponsorship.
August 28th 2012. Visit by DG David Simpson
This week we had a special meeting as the DG David Simpson and his wife attended. DG David gave a presentation with a theme of "Fun". He went onto say that Rotary is a hobby and all hobbies should be fun. Moving on, he talked about "Peace Though Service" which is the theme for this year. "Peace" has many meanings, not just the time after a conflict!! He also mentioned "Service" and how Rotarians should put more service into Rotary, hence the "Service Above Self" motto plus the District team are there to help advance the objects of Rotary and achieve goals that have been set. From a membership point of view, we must not only retain our members, we should also be looking to recruit new members to ensure Rotary flourishes and lastly "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". President Lawrence gave a vote of thanks to which the club responded in the normal way.
September 4th 2012. Evening Walk
As there was not the normal evening walk in June this year, a walk was arranged for this evening to Smardale Gill Viaduct. Members were joined by their partners, plus pet dogs. Fortunately, the weather was fine and dry, which made a change for this summer !! After meeting up at the car park near Smardale hall, everyone took a leisurely walk to the viaduct which was built in 1861 and consist of fourteen stone arches, 90 feet high. After a short break to admire the scenery, we all walked back to cars before making our way to The Black Bull for a well earned pint and evening meal. A very pleasant evening.
September 11th 2012. Talk by The Fire Brigade
This evening, President Elect Ivor Allonby introduced members of the local Kirkby Stephen Retained Fire Brigade (Paul Jackson, Chris Ousby and Phillip Cooper) plus Craig Hall from Kendal. The talk this evening was mainly about “Heartstart” and was given by Craig, ably assisted by the other members. He explained what heart attacks are and how they were different from a cardiac arrest, this was demonstrated by use of videos and also some of the equipment they brought along. With the ageing population in the area, it was felt this is all very relevant. An interesting talk coupled with demonstrations to which Club President Lawrence Cowin gave a vote of thanks.
September 18th 2012. Sarah Parkinson
The speaker tonight was Sarah Parkinson who is the wife of the Vicar here in Kirkby Stephen. She spoke about her time as a Chaplain of an immigration centre near Oxford. She explained that it houses people from all over the world with many different faiths and included illegal immigrants, asylum seekers and people who had broken their visa terms to name a few. The inmates were allowed a lot of freedom and allowed to practice their own faiths and celebrate various religious festivals to which everyone was invited, especially where food was concerned ! Sarah said it was a place full of humour, laughter and compassion and was a fascinating place to work. Peter Day gave a vote of thanks to which the club responded in the usual way.
September 28th 2012. Rotary Club of Upper Eden, 33rd Anniversary Charter Night
The 33rd Anniversary Charter Night at the North lakes Hotel in Penrith, President, Lawrence Cowin, welcomed District Governor David Simpson and his wife Janet, plus club members, their partners and guests from other clubs. Lawrence spoke about funds raised through various club events this year, such as The Yomp and the donations made to charities including Hospice at Home, Leukaemia Research and Vision Aid Overseas. A separate donation of £1200 was made to Polio Plus, this was raised through the wine raffle held at the weekly club meeting. District Governor David Simpson spoke further about Polio Plus and how much Rotary Clubs worldwide are doing to help eradicate this terrible disease. The guest speaker for the evening was Billy Bowman from Cockermouth, he recounted his time as a young man and gave many entertaining and amusing stories of various exploits during his lifetime (some including our President !)! A very good anniversary evening which finished with the loyal toast to "Rotary Fellowship and Peace the World Over".
October 31st 2012. The Ultimate Scatter Night Presentation: Joint Meeting
The evening was held in the presence of RIBI President John Minhinick and his wife Sheila plus DG David Simpson and his wife Janet. Guy Heelis (President Elect Appleby) and Lawrence Cowin presided over the evening. Roger Frank and John Taylor gave a presentation of the trip made by themselves with Arthur Littlefair and Alan McViety to Murmansk and beyond, using public transport which included plane, train, mini bus and ship before flying back to the UK. They met up with the Rotary Club of Murmansk for a fellowship evening which included copious amounts of vodka !! Leaving Murmansk, the group travelled further North, crossed the Arctic Circle and then into Norway before catching a ferry which travelled down the coast to Trondheim, then train again to Rygge Airport near Oslo before flying home to the UK. They were away 12 days and travelled about 5000 miles. John Minhinick gave a vote of thanks on behalf of everyone in attendance. He also summarised his visit to District 1190, especially the visit to the Calvert Trust. He also said that Rotary needs to work closer together and continue the work on Polio. membership is a challenge as in the past twelve months more members have left than have joined. We also need to promote Rotary more and tell people who we are and what we do and the Rotary should be about the three FFF's Fun, Friendship and Fellowship.
November 6th 2012. The Paralympics
Tim and Anne Craddock, National Technical Officials for Disability in Sport gave a very interesting illustrated talk on their time officiating at the 2012 Paralympics. Wearing the uniforms provided for the games, they explained how there were very strict rules governing what they could and could not wear. They lived in the Olympic Village and were bused each day to the Excel Centre where they officiated at “Boccia” which is a game very similar to bowls or boules but played by athletes in wheelchairs with severe disabilities. Dave Prince gave a vote of thanks to which the club responded in the usual fashion.
November 10th 2012. Wine and Savouries at Soulby Village Hall
The annual November Wine and Savouries evening was held at Soulby Village Hall and was attended by members, partners and friends. A very enjoyable evening was had by all with the food again prepared and supplied by wives and partners. In the absence of auctioneer Michael Metcalfe-Gibson, John Houston took up the challenge and auctioned off the Shepherds Crook to Bill Barr. A great evening to which President Lawrence Cowin thanked everyone for coming and wives and partners for preparing the excellent spread of food.
November 13th 2012. Visit to Lyon Equipment at Tebay
Ben Lyon invited members for a tour of the new facilities at Tebay. Ben explained that they have now centred their total operation at Tebay and have closed their original unit at Dent. The tour covered the manufacturing facility as well as storage and shipping. Afterwards everyone retired to the The George at Orton for a meal.?
November 20th 2012. Fred Hayllar. Talk on Australian Farming
This week’s speaker was Fred Hayllar who gave a fine illustrated talk about his farm in Australia and how he and Judith decided to expand their business “down under” following on from the Foot and Mouth outbreak. An interesting talk with pictures of the farm and building, some of which are shown below.
December 4th 2012. David Pigney. His Background and his time in the Fire Service
Ivor Allonby introduced David Pigney. He started by saying he was born and bred in Appleby and has worked for the family firm in various roles. He then was “coerced” into joining the fire service where after a while became training officer. The way the service worked, was to pick up fire officers on their way to the fire, one of the first was a bush fire at Tan Hill, where they then retired for a well earned drink!!! David also mentioned that the Fire Service was more like a social club, but with a purpose. Further stories included a whisky tanker that had turned over, a cow in a slurry pit and featuring on Border TV. Arthur Littlefair gave a vote of thanks saying how much he enjoyed the stories and the club responded in the usual way.
December 11th 2012. Upper Eden Rotary Raffle Winners
The Rotary Club of Upper Eden sell raffle tickets at the Co-op Supermarket in Kirkby Stephen, the proceeds of which purchase Christmas gifts for people over eighty of age in the local area, the gifts being distributed by members of the Club. Donations are also given to various local organisations for the elderly and this is done in conjunction with Age UK. The picture shows Upper Eden President Lawrence Cowin and three of the winners of the raffle with their prizes of Co-op gift vouchers. The Rotary Club would like to thank Gayle Moore and all the staff at the Co op at the store for their continuing support during the sale of the tickets at the Kirkby Stephen store. Pictured from the left are: Rebecca Bowman, Club President Lawrence Cowin, Jennifer Handley, Margaret Sharp and Store Manager Gayle Moore.
January 7th 2013. Eden Community Alarms Project
The Rotary Clubs of the Eden Valley are helping to finance a new initiative from local charity Eden Community Alarms. ECA are working with health staff based at Penrith Hospital and other hospitals around the district to provide a new Rehabilitation service to elderly or vulnerable people who have been recently discharged from hospital. This will provide a “free of charge” period of six weeks to allow them to settle in at home, gain confidence and reassure family and friends that there is someone available and can be contacted in an emergency at any time of the day or night. On January 7th, members from Upper Eden and Appleby attended the Penrith weekly meeting for a presentation to Kath Hetherington, the Chief Officer of ECA. The image shows the Club Presidents for Upper Eden (Lawrence Cowin), Penrith (David Dixon) and Appleby (Bob Earnshaw) with Kath Hetherington. The three clubs have combined to raise funds to help subsidise this excellent new project and supported by a substantial grant from District 1190, have contributed a total of £3000 to ECA in order for the scheme to run for an initial period of six months.
January 29th 2013. Rock Climbing in Scotland. Dave Ferguson
The speaker tonight was introduced by Dave Prince and the illustrated talk was about Rock Climbing, mainly in Scotland. Dave is a very enthusiastic climber who has climbed in many locations in Scotland. His talk showed places in Skye in winter and summer and was illustrated with pictures of many of these places. He also brought along some of the equipment used in his climbs, which added to the interest. Ben Lyon, in his vote of thanks’, said he felt quite nostalgic as he had done a lot of climbing in his younger years and the club responded in their normal fashion.
February 12th 2013. Age UK Update
Ivor introduced the speaker for tonight, Barbara Raine from Age UK along with two of her colleagues. Barbara explained that Age UK is not just for the more elderly and are there to advise people on many issues such as benefits, allowances, social activities, insurance and finance etc. She explained that most of their income is through their charity shops. They also now provide cancer support services for anyone who is or has been affected by cancer and are aiming to provide a support group in Kirkby Stephen. This was an interesting update explaining the topics that Age UK cover. Peter Davy gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club.
February 13th 2013. Inter Club Bowls
It was the time of year for the annual three way bowls tournament at Appleby, unfortunately, due to the snow, the Barnard Castle club could not make it, so a “friendly” evening of games took place. Obviously the normal excitement and rivalry was missing, although yet again, we learnt some new rules of the game !!! An excellent evening as usual combined with a great meal to start us off.
February 21st 2013. Vision Aid Overseas
24 pairs of spectacles sent to Vision Aid Overseas via local optician.
March 12th 2013. A Bucket Full of Green Shield Stamps. Phil Walters
Phil Walters from the Appleby Rotary Club gave an illustrated talk on “in flight re-fueling” and explained the different ways this can be carried out, he also told the club of some of the problems involved. An average transfer of fuel is 0.5 of a ton per minute! Different air forces use different systems for re-fueling, plus he also explained how in flight re-fueling is planned for flights from one continent to another. An interesting talk that gave everyone pause for thought for when they next fly. David Garrick gave the vote of the thanks on behalf of the club.
July 1st 2013. Vision Aid Overseas
18 pairs of used spectacles were dispatched to Vision Aid Overseas.