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2017 diary of upper eden rotary club

The Year of President Richard Todd (2017-18)
Diary July 2017 - July 2018

April 10th 2018. Mr Dumpy Ready to Roll

The renovation of Mr Dumpy is now complete. Road tests will now begin in readiness for partaking in the Purple4Polio Rotary Grand Tour, an inspiring 4-day road trip across Great Britain and Ireland 21st–24th May 2018

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

April 3rd 2018. Mr Dumpy Update

Good progress is being made on the renovation of Mr Dumpy in readiness for the Purple4Polio event in May.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

April 1st 2018. Hospice at Home Presentation

During the Kirkby Stephen Easter Commercial Vehicle Rally, the Upper Eden Rotary Club had a stand in the market square, acting as an information point for visitors, plus promoting Rotary. The attached picture shows Club President Richard Todd and Rotarian Ben Lyon presenting a cheque for £500 to Wendy Robinson. Wendy is the local representative for Hospice at Home for North Lakes and Carlisle.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

April 1st 2018. Kirkby Stephen Easter Rally

Club members helped staff the Kirkby Stephen information point and provided standby for first aid support.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

April 1st 2018. Shipment to Vision Aid Overseas

36 pairs of recyled spectacles wre dispatched to Vision Aid Overseas.

March 31st 2018. Easter Beer Festival

For the second year in succession, Upper Eden Rotary Club and Upper Eden Rugby Football Club have teamed up to organise a beer festival at the Rugby Club at Pennine Park in Kirkby Stephen. Running from 12noon till late and with live music in the evening, it was a tremendous success raising funds for both the rugby club and Rotary. On the Saturday afternoon, there was a youth game which entertained people coming to the beer fest. There was also burgers and chips to warm people up. There was a senior rugby match on the Sunday where players and spectators helped finish up the ales!!

March 27th 2018. District Art Competition

Club President Richard Todd, Rotarians Roger Franks and David Prince went along to the Orton Primary School end of term church service. The reason for the visit was to present a certificate and prize to Bicci Clark who won the District 1190 art competition. It was a total surprise for her and the rest of the school as although Head Teacher Emma Pomfret new, no one else was told. The attached picture show Richard presenting the certificate to Bicci, along with Roger and head teacher Emma Pomfret.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

March 17th 2018. Rotary Iron Lung at District Conference, Penrith

District Governor Larry Branyan and RIBI President Denis Spiller tried out the UERC Rotary Iron Lung at the District Conference held in Penrith. Picture shows Larry testing the Lung watched by Denis.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

March 17th 2018. 'Best Website' award presentation

Denis Spiller, RIBI President, presented the 'Best Website' award for Rotary District 1190 at the District Conference held at Penrith. The award was announced by Herbert Chatters, District PR Chairman, who stated "The winner by a large margin is Upper Eden for an outstanding website". The picture (sourced from the District photographer) shows Roger accepting the award on behalf of the club.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

March 9th 2018. Go Karting at Newcastle

23 Rotarians and guests battled it out for line honours on our Go Karting event in Newcastle. Some were “rubbed out” or “T boned” but great fellowship and fierce competition delivered a super day. John Andrew, battered but not cowed, took top place on the podium and between John and Ian Udale our club ended up with a pair of “Golden Balls”. The event raised £107.55 for End Polio Now.

Rotary Go Karting Newcastle

March 6th 2018. Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation

President Richard introduced Andy, his talk tonight was “Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter” plus “Cumbria in Profile”. The talk started by Andy explaining what the Foundation do, such as providing philanthropic services to individuals, families and organisations. They support more than 500 community projects per year on behalf of fund holders. Since 1999, they have invested more than £37m into almost 4000 groups and 8000 individuals. After the floods of 2015, they raised an additional £1m in four days though on-line giving. Andy went on to give some statistics on Cumbria, such as, 1 in 8 households have an income of less than £10,000 a year, 25% of the population of Cumbria will be aged over 65 by 2020, 32,000 pensioners live alone, the life expectancy varies by almost 20 years between the poorest and wealthiest wards in Cumbria. It was a very interesting talk on covering the Foundation do, plus the statistics on Cumbria. More information can be found on their website www.cumbriafoundation.org. Following on from Andy’s talk, Club President Richard Todd presented a cheque for £500 to Andy for the Foundation.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation

February 23rd 2018. World Rotary Day

To celebrate World Rotary Day Roger Frank gave a demonstration of the Rotary Iron Lung at Nottingham where RI President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet tested the device.

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February 22nd 2018. Visit to the Sunbeam Music Trust

Four Rotarians from Upper Eden, including Club President Richard Todd visited The Sunbeam Music Trust in Penrith. The purpose was to present a cheque for £500 toward the good work they do there. The aim of the Trust is to improve the physical, mental and social well-being and skills, of severely disabled and disadvantaged people by engaging them and their families and carers with free, on-going Community Music Sessions, accredited training and community music concerts. The visit also included a demonstration of how the Trust get people involved with music.

Four Rotarians from Upper Eden, including Club President Richard Todd visited The Sunbeam Music Trust in Penrith. The purpose was to present a cheque for £500 toward the good work they do there. The aim of the Trust is to improve the physical, mental and social well-being and skills, of severely disabled and disadvantaged people by engaging them and their families and carers with free, on-going Community Music Sessions, accredited training and community music concerts. The visit also included a demonstration of how the Trust get people involved with music.

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February 22nd 2018. Visit to the Calvert Trust

Following their visit to the Sunbeam Music Trust the team of four then went to the Calvert Trust on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. The centre offers accessible accommodation and exciting breaks for schools, groups, families and individuals with their friends and carers. The centre is accessible to people of all ages with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs for which most outdoor centres cannot cater. The Rotarians were also shown how some of the equipment can be used for people with physical disabilities and the visit finished with Club President Richard presenting a cheque for £500 to Jennifer Scott of the Calvert Trust.

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February 22nd 2018. Roger Frank wins Regional Service Award

UERC member Roger Frank has been awarded the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World for 2017-2018 in recognition of his non-financial contribution to polio eradication throughout the region. Our club members are unanimous in congratulating Roger on a well-deserved award.

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February 20th 2018. Upper Eden Young Artist Competition Results

Following on from the art competition held in January (see earlier report for the 30th January) and organised by John Andrew, the results have been announced and the overall winner was Bicci Clark from Orton C of E Primary School. Each school, Orton, Warcop, Brough and Kirkby Stephen, has been visited by members of Upper Eden Rotary Club and certificates presented to all that entered. In addition, the first three winners at each school were presented with some art equipment. The overall winner from the four schools who entered, Bicci Clark, was also presented with an engraved trophy and the School were presented with a cheque for £100, which they have decided to spend on art equipment. Bicci’s picture has been entered into District 1190 junior art competition. The photograph below is courtesy of Fred Wilson of the Westmorland and Cumberland Herald.

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February 20th 2018. Richard Thackrah: Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Rotarian Richard Thackrah from the Ilkley Club was introduced by Club President Richard Todd. He spoke about his work helping, understanding and guiding people who have come to the UK. The aim of the organisation he helps with is to help settle them in to English life. These are mainly people from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan etc. They help with finding accommodation, sorting out the benefits they are entitled to, teaching English including different types of English such as basic English, CV English and Business English. They also arrange mock interviews. Richard also said that at Bradford, it is the only location in the UK that people can take peace studies. It was an interesting insight into the help and problems that refugees and asylum seekers entail.

February 9th 2018. Guest Night

Our annual Guest Night was held at the Bay Horse at Winton where our president thanked the partners of club members for the dedicated support they provide throughout the year. Flowers were presented to the long-suffering wife of our webmaster.

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February 6th 2018. Presentation to Jean Coates of £500 for RNIB

Jean Coates and her Guide Dog Toby together with husband Alan visited the Club to talk about her experience of going blind and the invaluable help and support that is provided by Toby. The Members were so enthused by what Jean had to say and the work of Royal National Institute for the Blind that it was agreed to make a donation of £500 to help support Guide Dogs for the Blind. Jean and Toby was invited back to the Club and President, Richard Todd presented her with the cheque.

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January 30th 2018. Young Artist Competition

Upper Eden Rotary Club recently invited the local Primary Schools to take part in an art competition. John Andrew introduced tonight’s guest, Fiona Alderson, who had the onerous task of judging the entries. Fiona, a local artist, felt privileged to judge the entries and commented on how the pupils had interpreted the subject “A Different Perspective” in many ways, she also gave a feedback card to each of the pupils who entered. Presentation events will be held at the schools and the overall winner will receive a plaque with the school receiving a cheque for £100, so watch this space for the results. Attached shows Fiona in front of some of the many entrees.

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January 29th 2018. Presentation for a New Artificial Pitch

A cold Cumbrian evening saw Club President Richard Todd presenting a cheque for £500 toward the cost of replacing the artificial pitch at Kirkby Grammar School. The pitch has been in use for twenty years and is used by the local community plus Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. Richard is seen presenting the cheque to Town Councillor Alex Birtles of Kirkby Stephen Community Sports Association along with some of the many people (young and old) who use the facilities.

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January 2018. Upper Eden Memory Club

Now in it’s third year, the “Upper Eden Memory Club” was started by Upper Eden Rotarian Tony Taylor. It was set up in Kirkby Stephen, sponsored by Churches Together in Upper Eden and funded by the Rotary Club of Upper Eden. Upper Eden Rotary originally donated £1000 and have just given another £750. The Memory Club was set up to offer help and stimulation for people with memory problems plus give help and support to carers. It meets fortnightly in Kirkby Stephen on a Thursday morning. Recently, following the success in Kirkby Stephen, another club (still run and organised by Tony and his helpers) has started up in Brough, about 4 miles from Kirby Stephen, this runs on the alternate Thursday’s between the meetings in Kirkby Stephen. There is no charge for people to attend, they have tea and biscuits, there are games and music/singing for participants plus time for carers to discuss ways and means to help support each other. In today’s world where memory problems are a growing cause of concern and worry, the Memory Club set up by Tony, is an excellent way of helping and supporting the community.

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January 16th 2018. Ian Udale: Rugby Memorabilia

Tonight’s speaker was immediate Upper Eden Past President with a talk on Rugby Memorabilia and Wavell Wakefield, the First and Last Baron Wakefield of Kendal. Ian started his talk with a couple of questions: “Why are tries called tries” and “why do they kick the ball over the goal as opposed to in the goal” – Answers at the end! Wavell Wakefield was born in 1898 and played in the anniversary game of 1921 and went to school in Windermere then to Sedbergh. After leaving Sedbergh, he enlisted with the Royal Naval Air School. He then became a flying instructor at Cranwell followed by helping develop landing on ships. He was also a very good athlete, played rugby for the Harlequins, he advanced rugby in the RAF, he was capped 31 times for England and initiated forward running with the ball. Rugby early on, was a bit of a free for all, with up to 100 players on each side, hence the reason they kick the ball over the bar, the goal mouth was full of players and well, a try is a try – trying to get the ball over the live. A very interesting talk on rugby and Wavell Wakefield.

Ian is pictured with some framed history of the early days of rugby, it has a signed menu of the 50th anniversary meal of the first international rugby match between England and Scotland played on the 27th March in 1871. The menu had the signatures of five of the original players who played in 1971. The Calcutta Cup between Scotland and England was played in 1879, the cup was made from silver Rupees left over from club funds at a Rugby club in Calcutta.

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January 16th 2018. Mr Dumpy Update

Mr Dumpy is coming along. UERC member Roger Frank is busy restoring an old tipper truck for use in the Purple4Polio Grand Tour, a 4 Day Round Britain Road Trip to Support End Polio Now. An ongoing record of the project can be found here.

The pictures show the cab of Mr Dumpy being refurbished both inside and outside.

mr dumpy purple4polio grand tour

January 9th 2018. Tree Planting

UERC secretary Litini Newcombe has made some land available for planting trees in support of the Rotary Tree Challenge. We have purchased our trees but they are very small so we have put them in pots for planting outside in the spring. The Rotary Tree Challenge is a project proposed by Ian Riseley, RI President 2017-18. Rotary Clubs are asked to plant a tree for every member. It aims to help the environment in support of Earth Day on 22nd April 2018.

Ian Risley, RI President 2017-18 announces his presidential theme. Rotary: Making a Difference 

We purchased our trees (below) from the Woodland Trust who provide trees for targeting tree disease. We chose a hardy variety we hope will survive on our side of Ash Fell in Cumbria!

Silver Birch, Rowan, Oak mix (Recommended for Scotland)

December 24th 2017. Kirkby Stephen Scout Group Donation

Upper Eden Rotary Club received a donation of £155 towards the End Polio Now Campaign from the 1st Kirkby Stephen Scout Group. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation added a further £310 making a grand total of £465 which is a truly magnificent sum.

December 5th 2017. Debbie North: Access to the Dales

David Whitehead introduced the speaker; Debbie North. Back in 2008, Debbie was working as a head teacher at a primary school in Lincolnshire when she started suffering with back pain that became increasingly worse. Following a bout of severe pneumonia, spinal degeneration left Debbie disabled and reliant on a wheelchair, however, she still had a yearn to explore the dales. She started a blog “Access to the Dales” Debbie and her husband Andy have worked a “specialist mobility scooter” company who designed and adapted units for them. They have completed the “Coast to Coast” and various other walks, feeding back to the manufacturer the required design requirements plus feeding back ways of making the paths more acceptable to people with mobility issues. They have also worked together with Julia Bradbury and the National Trust to publicise the “Access to the Dales”. A very interesting talk and the vote of thanks was given by Ben Lyon. More information is at www.accessthedales.com

December 1st 2017. Co-op Raffle Draw

Every year, the Upper Eden Rotary Club sell raffle tickets at the Co-op Supermarket in Kirkby Stephen, with the proceeds from the raffle funding gifts for the over Eighties in and around the area. This year, over 200 gifts were again distributed. The raffle was drawn at the recent Kirkby Stephen Christmas Lights ceremony on the 1st December and the raffle winners were presented with their prizes at the Co-op in Kirkby Stephen by Upper Eden Rotary Club President Richard Todd. He is shown presenting the vouchers to winners Paul Thornborrow and Anne Scott, Pictured also, is Andrea Wilson from the Co-op. Missing from the picture are Judith Ewbank and Dianne Boustead who also won prizes. The Rotary Club of Upper Eden wish to thank the Kirkby Stephen Co-op store manager Michelle Gill plus all the staff for their help and support, plus, thank you to everyone who supported the raffle by purchasing raffle tickets.

Photograph from the left: Richard Todd (Club President), Paul Thornborrow, Anne Scott, Rotarian David Scott and Andrea Wilson from the Co-op.

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November 21st. Life and Times of a WW2 RAF Test Pilot: Andy Miller

President Richard Todd introduced our speaker Andy Miller. Andy cam along to talk about his father; Captain Fred “Dusty” Miller. Dusty was a WW2 RAF test pilot. He left school at 17 and after training, became a “detail draughtsman”. He joined the RAF and rose through the ranks to become a qualified flying instructor and then was promoted to a Flight Lieutenant. He served in various locations around the UK, eventually in 1942, he was posted to Boscombe Down in Wiltshire where he flight tested over 70 aircraft types. Some of these aircraft had previously crashed, so he volunteered to fly them to investigate the problem, results from these required modifications to the aircraft. Over the course of his career he flew over 200 types of aircraft. In those days, the average life of a test pilot was six months, fortunately, Dusty lived till the age of 92 years. An extremely interesting illustrated talk of a “Life Lived at Full Throttle”. The vote of thanks was given by President Richard.

November 7th. Quiz Night

Approximately 55 members and partners from Upper Eden, Appleby and Wensleydale, plus other guests enjoyed a supper of home made soup followed by cheese and biscuits before settling down to the main event of the evening – “The Quiz”. With subjects ranging from knowledge of countries, counties of the UK to surgical instruments, plus various artists of all types, it was a thoroughly mind boggling evening with much head scratching and digging into the grey matter. The evening concluded with the raffle and the presentation of prizes to the winners of the quiz. An excellent evening with people going home thinking “why didn’t I know that!”

October 24th 2017. The Bismark: David Vigars

Our speaker tonight was David Vigars, introduced by Michael Metcalfe-Gibson. David has spoken to us on various occasions, bringing his wealth of knowledge on historical subjects. His talk tonight was about the German battleship “Bismark” which was commissioned in August 1940 and together with the heavy cruised “Prinz Bergen”, they were to break into the Atlantic to raid British convoys. Detected by the Royal Navy, the Bismark was attacked by the HMS Prince of Wales, Bismark suffered sufficient damage to stop it’s raiding mission. Further attacks by British torpedo bombers crippled the steering gear and the Captain decided to scuttle the Bismark which resulted in a heavy loss of life. A very interesting talk on the one of the most renown German battleships. Rotarian Graham Curtis gave the vote of thanks.

October 2017. Co-op Raffle Sales

October again and time for club members to spend time at the local Co-op store selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the purchase of Christmas presents for the over “eighties” in and around Kirkby Stephen in the Upper Eden Valley. Thanks to the generosity of local people and visitors, the club last year, distributed over 200 presents. Picture below shows Rotarians David Scott and Tony Taylor ready and willing to sell tickets.

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September 29th 2017. Charter Night

This year was the 38th Charter Night Anniversary dinner and was held at the Upper Eden Rugby Club in the presence of DG Larry Branyan and his partner, plus past DG Malcolm Baldwin, guests from other Rotary clubs and members of Upper Eden club. The guest speaker was Kenneth Swan who gave a very interesting presentation on the helicopter crash in Glasgow. The cause of the crash, the investigation and the rescue and how the rescue teams worked together. An additional topic for the evening, was the presentation by DG Larry to Roger Frank, of the Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire award. Past DG Malcolm Baldwin summarised Roger’s achievements before DG Larry made the presentation.

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September 26th 2017. Ben Lyon

Club member Ben gave a talk on his experiences of caving in Borneo. In 1976, he had always wanted to go caving in this area and he managed to travel with a group of people from the Royal Geographical Society. They flew to Brunei and then had to drive in Toyota pickup trucks to Sarawak. One of the caves had bats and swifts and the team also surveyed 50km of caves. Ben was also taken ill for five days and they had to arrange for a doctor to fly in, fortunately, he fully recovered. An interesting talk of his true life experiences.

September 15th 2017. Celebrity Chef Evening

The club hosted a “Celebrity Chef Evening” with John Crouch at the Upper Eden Rugby Club. Approximately ninety people attended the evening which included cooking demonstrations by John and guests enjoying a three course Indian cuisine meal.

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September 12th 2017. YOMP Presentation Evening

The annual presentation evening, gives the club the chance to thank all the partners, friends and supporters who help make Yomp Day the success it is. A cheque for £2000 was presented by Yomp Committee Chairman, Lawrence Cowin, to representatives from “Blood Bikes Cumbria” this was the main nominated charity for 2017. Rotary District Governor for 2016/17 Malcolm Baldwin, also thanked everyone, as Blood Bikes was his nominated charity for the year, so far, his year, has raised about £37,000 for the charity. Cheques were also presented to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team and to Kirkby Stephen Scouts. Due to devastating events happening around the world with hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding, the club also decided to send funds to purchase two “Shelterboxes”. Upper Eden Rotary expressed thanks To Builders Merchants, JT Atkinson and Sons and their Kirkby Stephen Manager Alan Barr, for their ongoing sponsorship of the Yomp.

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August 22nd 2017. Visit of District Governor Larry Branyan

DG Larry visited the club and told the club that there are two primary goals, membership and the eradication of polio. Regarding membership, he encouraged club members to get more members and look at setting up satellite clubs. We need to approach people and invite people to meetings. For Polio, the statistics show there were 17 new cases in 2016 and so far this year there have been 9 new cases. October is world polio month. Lastly, he encouraged all Rotarians to plant a tree. Larry’s nominated charity for his year is RNLI.

August 17th 2917. Brough Agricultural Show

Upper Eden Rotary Club members attended Brough Agricultural Show, on display they had the Iron Lung caravan and also information on Rotary. Another warm sunny day certainly brought in the visitors to see all the exhibits. The picture below shows Rotarians Roger Frank, John Houston and David Scott on the Rotary stand.

rotary iron lung at brough show

August 15th 2017. Visit to Sunbeams Music Trust, Penrith

This week’s visit was to the Sunbeams Music Trust in Penrith. The Trust was founded in 1992 by Annie Mawson, a Cumbrian born harpist and singer. The aim is to improve the health and well being of people with special needs. Annie explained that the services are available to children and adults of all ages who have special needs such as physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy and many other problems. The tour of the premises was followed by a meal with President Richard Todd giving the vote of thanks.

August 1st 2017. Visit to Paul Jackson’s Aviaries

The club last visited Paul’s aviaries back in 2011, at that time he was just starting to build new aviaries to accommodate his increasing numbers. Now everything is complete and Paul gave a tour of the aviaries and explained about his birds, where they come from, the breeding process plus the value of the birds. Many of the birds are bred in nest boxes Paul has built himself. With approximately 350 birds, the value of the birds depends on the colour of the plumage and whether they can to breed. A very interesting visit.

July 20th 2017. Vision Aid Overseas

30 pairs of spectacles delivered to Vision Aid Overseas.

July 4th 2017. Clay Pigeon Shoot and BBQ

This year, the annual event had a new venue and new organisers. Ivor Allonby and Lawrence Cowin organised this year’s “Shoot & BBQ” at Soulby, in one of Lawrence’s fields. It was a bit of a damp evening, however, the turnout of people entering, made up for it. The evening concluded with a BBQ held at Soulby Parish Hall. Thanks go to Lawrence and Ivor for arranging another great evening.

June 30th 2017. Change Over Night, Tufton Arms, Appleby

Change overnight this year took place at the Tufton Arms Hotel in Appleby-in-Westmorland. Members and partners enjoyed an excellent meal followed by the handing over of the Presidential Jewels from out-going President Ian Udale to incoming President Richard Todd. President elect is David Whitehead and second vice President is Tony Taylor. Richard presented a bouquet of flowers to Ian’s wife Anita.

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