The year of President Ivor Allonby (2013-14)
Diary July 2013 - July 2014
June 28th 2013. Upper Eden Rotary Club Change-Over Night
Change Over Night was again held at the Westmoreland Hotel at Tebay Services. Members and partners enjoyed an excellent meal whilst witnessing the change over from one President to another. This year it was the turn of Ivor to follow Lawrence as President and for Graham Curtis to take up the reins of President Elect and Ben Lyon as second Vice President. A great evening enjoyed by all.
July 2nd 2013. Clay Pigeon Shoot & BBQ at Flitholme
This year, for a change, the weather was dry and warm with members, partners and friends and guests enjoying an evening of clay pigeon shooting and fine barbequed food. After some fine shooting by all contestants, the clay pigeon shoot was won by Guy Heelis from Appleby club. Many thanks must to Judith and Fred for allowing the annual event and also to the wives and partners for organising the food and President Ivor presented a bouquet of flowers to Judith.
July 25th 2013. Inter Club Bowls
In the Rotary inter club tournament, Upper Eden were drawn against Penrith club and the match was held at the crown bowling green in Kirkby Stephen. As for the clay pigeon shoot, the weather for the match was fine, be it a close call as there was heavy rain shower about an hour beforehand. Another bonus was the absence of “midges”! After a very close match, it was down to team captain David Garrick to win the last game of the evening for Upper Eden to triumph, unfortunately this was not the case. However it was a great evening and following the match, members of both teams retired to The Nateby Inn for some well deserved refreshments.
July 30th 2013. Quoits Match at CB Inn Arkengarthdale
The annual quoits match between Wensleydale and Upper Eden Rotary clubs took place at the normal venue of the CB Inn. Members from both clubs battled it out for victory and although it was a close, overall, Upper Eden just won the match from Wensleydale on the last game. Following this, there was a knockout tournament for individual winners with the eventual winner being Graham Curtis over Lawrence Cowin. Again the midges were having a quiet evening until late when members of both clubs retired to the bar and restaurant for well earned refreshments.
August 6th 2013. Calvert Trust Presentation
The evening meeting was a joint presentation by Kaizer Bentley and Shaun Deighton who both attended the Calvert Trust week at the end of March. Introduced by Jacqui Taylor of Penrith Rotary Club and Eden Mencap the lads gave an excellent report of their week which included catamaran sailing, a night walk, rock climbing, archery, horse riding and other memorable and not so memorable activities which include the “devil swing”! The rapport and banter between the two in their presentation showed how their friendship had grown during the week. Arthur Littlefair gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club and Roger Frank expressed thanks to Jacqui for her involvement and help.
August 13th 2013. Foundation Presentation
John Alderson introduced Martin Jane from the Westmoreland Rotary Club in Kendal who is the District 1190 Grants Coordinator and he was with us to explain all about Foundation. He said there was six areas of focus, disease prevention, growing local economies, peace fellowship, providing clean water and good sanitation and helping with literacy and education. He also mentioned Polio which is now only in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan and following this explained how the grant system works. John Bainbridge gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club and members left with many thoughts and probably more questions!
September 3rd 2013. Yomp Presentation Evening
This weeks’ meeting was the annual presentation of cheques to the nominated charities frpm this years’ Yomp. The three charities were local Community First Responder teams in the Upper Eden Valley and also at Orton with Tebay, National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society and also Shelterbox. Donations were also given to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and Appleby ATC for their help and assistance on the day. The pictures show recipients for each of the three main organisations receiving their cheques.
September 8th 2013. Christening of the Jubilee Cairn
At 2pm of Sunday 8th September, Rotary members and partners, local residents and local dignitaries congregated at Kirkby Hill for the official Christening and dedication of the Jubilee Cairn. The proceedings started with Arthur giving an overview on the background and building of the cairn. Sir Martin Holgate then spoke about the importance of the building of the Cairn before Club President Ivor Allonby officially handed over the Cairn into the keeping of the Town Council represented by Joan Johnstone. The vicar finished the ceremony by blessing and dedicating the Cairn. Copies of the contents of the time capsule were then given to Peter Eyres from Cumbria archives for safe keeping and not to be opened for 100 years. Everyone then enjoyed a glass of wine and a celebratory cake.
September 10th 2013. Business Challenge Presentations
Students and course mentors, along with the new head teacher came along to the club to present the winning entries from this year’s business challenge awards. The top three teams each spoke about their proposed business ideas. First up were Elloise and Kellie explaining their business called “EK Accessorise” selling jewellery and accessories in the local area. Second to present were Rosie and Rachel with a business called “R&R Cakes” who offer a service making cakes to order for special occasions. This was a definite favourite of President Ivor as they brought along cakes to sample!
The overall winning team was “Special Occasions”, an event planning business arranging wedding, christenings and anniversaries; this was by Heather and Imogen. It was an excellent evening and showed how much thought had gone into understanding what is required in today’s business world by the students. Sue Bennett gave thanks to the Rotary club for their continued support and sponsorship.
September 17th 2013. Greenland: A Talk by John Bainbridge
The talk this week was by John Bainbridge and was a talk and illustrated slide show about a cruise he and his wife took to Greenland and Iceland in 2006. The presentation showed many different aspects of the two countries with photographs showing geysers, icebergs, glaciers, waterfalls plus the general terrain and countryside. An interesting talk and presentation, which showed and explained, a totally different way of life and weather.
October 8th 2013. “MacMillan Cancer Support” Cheque Presentation.
This week was the first time the Rotary Club had met at the Rugby Club of Upper Eden in Kirkby Stephen. The occasion was marked by the presentation of a cheque for £500 to Macmillan Cancer Support, the money being raised from the Clay Pigeon Shoot and BBQ held at Flitholme in July, courtesy of Fred and Judith Hayllar. The attached photograph shows President Ivor and Rotarian Fred Hayllar presenting the cheque to local fund raiser Jane Bell.
October 9th 2013. Visionaid
32 pairs of spectacles delivered to Visionaid.
October 12th 2013. Charter Night
For this year’s Charter Night, it was held again at The North Lakes Hotel in Penrith. President Ivor welcomed a total of 63 people, including club members, partners and guests. Guests included the DG Kevin Walsh and his partner Wendy, plus representing the Upper Eden Probus Club was Raynor Shaw and his wife Janice. Guest Speaker for the evening was Rotarian Phil Oliver from the Wensleydale Club who shared many entertaining anecdotes with everyone present. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.
October 14th 2013. Ten Pin Bowling Match against Whitehaven Castle
The team, Roger Frank, Fred Hayllar, Graham Curtis, Lawrence Cowin and Dave Prince, under the captaincy of David Garrick travelled to far west of the County for first of what was hopefully going to be the first of many matches. After a slow start, the Upper Eden team changed gear and sprung into action, narrowly beating the Whitehaven team. It was a great evening, made all the better by winning! We all then retired to a local hostelry for some well deserved refreshments.
October 15th 2013. Visit of DG Kevin Walsh to Upper Eden Rotary Club
This week, the speaker was DG Kevin Walsh, whose message was “Think about Foundation”, “Diversity” and “Peace and Education”. He said that Rotary do as much as the UN in promoting education, however, they do not get the same amount of recognition. He carried on by talking about Polio with World Polio Day on the 24 October. Rotary are also promoting a new image, a new roundel and signature and a new message “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. He also encouraged members to look for new members and explained how other clubs in the district are going about it. Finishing up, he talked about his charities for this year, i.e. Mountain Rescue and the purchase of De Fibs in the community.
September 6th and 7th 2013. Beer n Bangers Festival
This weekend saw the initial “Beer n Bangers” festival take place, the first of what is planned to be an annual event. Organised jointly by the Rotary Club, Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue and Kirkby Stephen Scout Group, the event totally exceeded everyone’s expectations. There were over 30 different beers, cider and wine plus five different flavours of sausage on offer. Musical entertainment also took place in the marquee adding to a great weekend which raised funds of the three organisations.
October 22nd 2013. The Great Crash of Ravenstonedale of 1913
Val Fermer was the guest speaker this week, she gave a very interesting talk on “The Great Ravenstonedale Crash of 1913”. This was the story of the Thompson family who originated in Kirkby Stephen, but had extensive property holdings in Ravenstonedale and how they became involved in a property crash which resulted in the forced sale of over 40 properties including many farms and business premises. A story of marriage, possible coercion and intrigue from the parish of Revenstonedale.
November 26th 2013. Visit to Pendragon Vets
This week was a visit by members and partners to the new purpose built premises of Pendragon Vets at Kirkby Stephen Business Park. Hosting the evening was past President Bill Barr who explained how and why the move came about from their previous premises in the High Street. All the vets at the practice had a hand in the design requirements, the premises being designed to accommodate today’s requirements. There was also a quiz for everyone to try and identify some of the vets “tools of the trade”
December 18th 2013. Upper Eden Rotary Club Christmas Raffle
Over 200 gifts were given to people over eighty years of age in the Upper Eden Valley around Kirkby Stephen. President Ivor presented the raffle winners with their prizes at the Coop in Kirkby Stephen and a donation of £100 was also made by the club to the Co op’s own nominated charity, the Carers Trust. President Ivor and Richard Todd are shown presenting the winners vouchers to Chris Clegg along with his son Matthew and also Julia Richardson. Store Manager, Gayle Moore, received the donation for The Carers Trust. Winners missing from the picture are Anne Cradock and Sue Hunter.
December 31st 2013. New Years Honours List. Arthur Littlefair awarded MBE
It was announced in the New Year 2014 National Honours list, that Arthur has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for services to the local community in Kirkby Stephen and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team. Arthur joined Rotary in 1992 and was Upper Eden President in 2001 He participated in the Mali-Aid project driving medical supplies to Mali in Africa and was one of the organisers of the Cross Fell Shelterbox Challenge. He recently managed, on behalf of the club, the building of the Kirkby Stephen Diamond Jubilee commemorative cairn and time capsule. A team member of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team for over 40 years, Arthur has served as Team Leader for the last 23 of them. Mountain rescue has changed considerably over those years and continued, “We have evolved from a group of enthusiastic fell-walkers into the much more professional, voluntary organisation we are today. The ethos has always been the same – to offer the very best assistance we can to those that get into difficulties”. With his knowledge of the fells he is course co-ordinator for the annual Yomp Mountain Challenge, organised by the Upper Eden Rotary Club every June. He is also a trustee of Eden Community Alarms, a past chairman of Kirkby Stephen Economic Development Group and previously a governor of Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. The club offers many congratulations to both Arthur and Vivienne.
December 16th 2013. David Hayllar: Farming in Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the USA
Fred introduced his son David who lives at Hellbeck. Apart from being a local farmer, David has a great interest in farming methods around the world. In his presentation, he showed photographs of various farming methods and machinery used, plus explaining how, especially in Australia and New Zealand, one of their main customers is China. With a growing population, China obviously requires increased quantities of food. Of course, the country with the largest size of farm machinery, was the USA ! A very interesting talk, with the vote of thanks being given by David Caldow and the club responded in the usual fashion.
January 17th 2014. The Calvert Trust
This week’s guests were Jennifer Scott and Jonny Heys. Dave Prince introduced Jennifer who works for The Calvert Trust and is also a member of Carlisle Castle Rotary Club. Jennifer then introduced Jonny who is employed as a team member involved in organising the guest’s activity time. Jonny spoke and showed great enthusiasm about his job and explained how, no two weeks are the same, plus, in some cases, the activities and equipment have to be tailored to meet individual needs. The talk explained more about how The Calvert Trust works which gave club members a deeper understanding for when the club sponsored guest has his stay in a few weeks time. Michael Metcalfe-Gibson gave the vote of thanks and the members responded in the usual fashion.
January 21st 2014. Patagonia, Land of the Giants - Richard Tolly
Michael Metcalfe-Gibson introduced Richard Tolly and his talk about Patagonia. Richard first explained that Patagonia is at the south of Argentina and actually covers nearly half of the country. They started their journey in Buenos Aries which is a mixture of both modern and traditional architecture. From there, they went down to Patagonia and travelled around to see mountains, glaciers and a wide selection of wild life, namely, Minki whales, Elephant seals, cormorants and also spectacular beaver lodges. Richard also explained how he had always enjoyed mountains and his presentation showed them walking on glaciers and on boat trips with icebergs. Very spectacular. Peter Davy gave the vote of thanks, saying it was a real treat to view the spectacular beauty of the area.
January 27th 2014. Pad9 Cheque Presentation
Four members of Rotary, President Ivor, Ray Thornton, Lawrence Cowin and Dave Prince, visited the Pad9 youth community base in Kirkby Stephen. The purpose was to present the group with a cheque for £500. During the evening, we were given a tour of the premises, then we teamed up with Pad9 members to take part in a general knowledge quiz on China. Pad9, based at premises in Walton’s Yard, is managed by a committee made up from local people, including representatives from the Police, Fire Service, School, Town Council etc. with support from Eden Housing Association and Young Cumbria and is chaired by Jackie Scarr. There are two sessions a week, one on a Monday evening 6pm - 7.45pm, which is for 8yrs - 14yrs and on a Thursday evening for 14yrs - 19yrs and approximately 30 different young people attend each week. Club organiser Sarah Bowman said “Without funders such as the Rotary Club, none of this would be possible, a huge thank you to the Upper Eden Rotary Club”. The Picture shows President Ivor Allonby presenting the cheque to Kirstie McKewen, with Rotary members Ray Thornton and Lawrence Cowin with Sarah Bowman along with Pad9 members of the Monday club.
February 4th 2014. Eden Housing Association - John Clasper
For this weeks meeting, our guest was not only John Clasper as we also had 12 guests from Appleby Rotary Club who were on a "scatter night". All the guests were welcomed by President Elect: Graham Curtis who then handed over to David Whitehead to introduce John. He started by explaining that EHA is 15 years old and was formed by the association taking over housing stock from Eden District Council. Over the years, they have expanded to Allerdale and Carlisle. Eden Housing Association is a non profit organisation, they employ about 70 people, both full time and part time, plus an apprenticeship scheme. They also get involved in new build developments, locally, they are re-developing the old Mill Gardens site and their largest development involvement is 60 houses in Carlisle. From a community perspective, they offer support in conjunction with Eden Community Alarms, plus, the Eden Youth Work Partnership which includes Pad9 in Kirkby Stephen. More information is available on their website www.edenha.org.uk . On behalf of the club, David Garrick gave a vote of thanks for an interesting talk and the club and Appleby guests responded in the normal way.
February 12th 2014. Indoor Bowls at Appleby
Tonight was the annual bowls evening with Appleby Rotary Club. The evening started with a pie and mushy peas followed by cheese and biscuits. As there was no one from Barnard Castle Rotary Club on the evening, probably due to the inclement weather whilst coming over the A66, it was decided to pick teams using a "Random Number Generator" (with all due respect to organiser David Ridehaugh of Appleby). Following this, the teams played each other on a round robin basis and the usual banter and discussion ensued over the interpretation of the rules. However, it was another great evening of fellowship, banter and of course rivalry. Here's to next year.
February 17th 2014. Letter from Eden Community Alarms
I am writing to express our thanks to our Rotarian colleagues for kindly assisting with our promotional drop in session at Kirkby Stephen last week. The leaflet drop you organised prior to the event was certainly worthwhile as many of the people attending on the day came in clutching the flier that was dropped through their door. We know that at least one person has already agreed to have an alarm fitted and several others are considering this as well as acquiring some of the aids for daily living equipment that we were able to demonstrate. We also had an enquiry from a gentleman wishing to volunteer with us so overall the event and pre event promotion has been a tremendous success. Thanks to all Rotary members.
February 18th 2014. Coram Life Education Centres by Nick Utting
ohn Alderson introduced Nick Utting who has been chairman of the Coram in Cumbria for the past six years. Nick also brought greetings from Carlisle Rotary of which he is a member. Nick explained that the organisation was set up about 20 years ago after the initial idea was originated in Australia. In CUMBRIA they have two caravans and two part time educators, with these people requiring different skills in getting the message across to pupils. The object is to educate children with information on healthy life styles by using the information and equipment in the mobile caravans. All the work is done in the mobile caravans which are moved from one school to another, normally by Rotarians. The children, with the help of Harold the Giraffe, are helped to gain knowledge and confidence, share ideas, learn skills and have fun. Coram Life Education is the largest provider of health education in primary schools in the UK and their work supports the national curriculum, although they receive no government funding. With a mottos of "Working together to help children make healthy choices", it was a very interesting talk and John Bainbridge gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club.
March 11th 2014. The Yangtze River with Raynor Shaw
Dave Prince introduced Raynor Shaw who had lived in Hong Kong for many years and had travelled extensively in the China. The talk tonight was about the Yangtze River which flows from Tibet to Shanghai and is the fourth longest River in the world. His illustrated talk explained how important it is for drainage and transportation to the whole region. It also incorporates the largest hydro-electric structure in the world which supplies 15% of China’s electricity. Raynor has a also travelled most of its length by ferry. A very interesting and informative talk, with the vote of thanks given by Richard Todd.
March 25th 2014. Outdoor Equipment Testing with Ken Ledward
Ken was introduced by Ben Lyon, they have both known each other for many years. Ben said that Ken enjoyed nothing better than being outside in bad weather! Ken explained how outdoor clothing products have changed over the years and the most important thing is comfort and do they work! He went onto explain how fashion and marketing of these products is a problem and how they may look nice and trendy, but do they work? With many different types of material for clothing, the design takes into account moisture, temperature, water ingress and humidity and with an increase in wind pressure, how it compresses the clothing against the body and reduces insulation as rain is nearer the skin. The vote of thanks was given by Arthur Littlefair and everyone responded in the usual fashion.
April 1st 2014. Visit to see the Aviaries at Eden Place
President Ivor introduced Chris Metcalfe-Gibson who is chairman of the trust that looks after the parrots and Macaws in Kirkby Stephen. Chris explained how the late John Strutt had a big interest in butterflies and parrots and how he introduced the parrots to Kirkby Stephen. There are several large aviaries at Eden Place and the Macaws that fly wild all tend to come home at night for feeding. The John Strutt Foundation is a registered charity and following the talk by Chris, everyone was free to visit the aviaries and local grounds of Eden Place. Chris then joined club members and partners for a meal. An interesting visit.
April 8th 2014. Prostate Cancer Talk by Ron and Gill Williams
Ron and Gill were introduced by Carl Hallam. Ron has had prostate cancer and his illustrated talk explained how it only affects men and why. There is a blood test that all men are entitled to have which can give an indication of possible prostate problems, Ron encouraged all members to ask for the test at their local health centre. Gill explained how it felt from a partner point of view. Carl Hallam gave the vote of thanks and the club responded in the usual fashion.
May 8th 2014. Yomp Sponsorship Presentation
With the annual Yomp Mountain Challenge taking place in just a few weeks,the presentation of the sponsorship cheque took place at the Kirkby Stephen branch of JT Atkinson in Hobson’s Lane. Pictured, is Rotary President Ivor Allonby, receiving the cheque from Kirkby Stephen Branch Manager Alan Barr. This year, there is a strong contingent of JT Atkinson employees taking part. Also in the picture and taking part in the Yomp with Alan Barr, are Craig Dargue, Malcolm Thornborrow and Gary Holmes. Missing from the picture but also taking part is John Tunstall, Paul Steadman and John Stanwix. Thank you again, to JT Atkinson, Builders Merchants for their continued support of The Yomp.
May 20th 2014. Kath Hetherington. My Sabbatical in Uganda
Kath is chairman on Eden Community Alarms and she started by saying thank you for the money donated by the club to ECA. Kath had always wanted to go to Uganda to help and understand their way of life. She lived in a village in the eastern part of the country, in what can only be described as primitive conditions; this region is very green and arable where the locals expect to grow three crops a year to feed themselves. The average life expectancy is 46 years and they are very family orientated where children from three years of age are expected to do chores. Kath helped out in schools where a class can be anything up to 100 pupils, she also visited a local rotary club and is hoping to go back again to further help them. John Alderson gave the vote of thanks for a very informative talk.
June 2014. 9th Inter Club Bowls against Carlisle
This being the last of the inter club tournaments where Upper Eden were still in with a chance, meant the "handpicked" team had a special reason to do well. It was a fine evening, everyone turned out and even the "midges" were not biting! The doubles and singles were picked and it was off, unfortunately, "off" was the operative word as Upper Eden lived up to its normal standard and lost the match. Just as well we finished when we did as the midges had decided to make an entrance at this point, so it was time for both teams to retire to the Black Bull for some well earned refreshment. A good evening, plenty of talk and fellowship, pity about the result.
June 26th 2014. Vision Aid Overseas
17 pairs of used spectacles were dispatched to Vision Aid Overseas.