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2016 diary of upper eden rotary club

The Year of President Ian Udale (2016-17)
Diary July 2016 - July 2017

July 1st 2016. Change Over Night at the Fat Lamb

Change overnight this year took place at the Fat Lamb at Ravenstonedale. Members and partners enjoyed an excellent menu followed by the handing over of the Presidential Jewels from out President Ben Lyon to incoming President Ian Udale. President elect is Richard Todd and second vice President is David Whitehead. Flowers were presented for Kim Lyon.

Change Over Night at the Fat Lamb 2016 Change Over Night at the Fat Lamb 2016

July 12th 2016. Bill Honeywell: 542 Fells in 2016

Bill Honeywell was introduced to the club by John Andrew. John had been “out for a stroll” on the fells in the Lakes and came across a card asking whoever read it to pick it up, take it home and send a donation for Cancer Research. John duly did so and he also invited Bill to come along and talk about his challenge. At the time of the meeting Bill was about half way through his 542 Fell Challenge with the 542nd Fell planned for Saturday 29th October at Carron Crag.

July 12th 2016. Bill Honeywell. 542 Fells in 2016

July 19th 2016. Clay Pigeon Shoot and BBQ at Flitholme

An excellent weather evening this year for the annual Clay Pigeon Shoot and BBQ at Flitholme, courtesy of Fred and Judith Hayllar. With members and guests from the local area and other Rotary clubs,  the shooting was excellent as was the food cooked by the trustee chefs. Food arrangements were again organised by Judith and the ladies, thank you.

August 2nd. 2016. Margaret Irving: Dementia Friends

Tony Taylor introduced tonight’s speaker; Margaret Irving, Margaret is actually a retired representative of an organisation called “Dementia Friends” and has been involved with the organisation for a number of years. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Margaret got everyone involved with a quiz that aimed to explain what dementia is about and then explained the different aspects and stages of dementia. She finished by asking that members sign up to become a “Dementia Friend”.

August 4th 2016. District Snooker Final

The final of the District 1190 snooker competition was held at Carnforth and the victorious team was Upper Eden, captained by Ivor Allonby. Another award to put in the trophy cabinet

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August 9th. 2016. Rosemary Varley: Job Talk

Rosemary, our second lady member, tonight gave her job talk which covered her time working in education from 1961 to 2013. Starting as a primary school secretary she worked through to heading up the teacher staffing department for Lancashire and was responsible for 101 schools. She then moved to further education as a staffing officer in HR, then a college registrar. Moving on she joined the Association of Colleges and then the board of a local hospice. Although she retired three years ago, she is still involved with Brough School. President Ian gave the vote of thanks.

August 15th 2016. Quoits at CB Inn

Tonight saw the annual pilgrimage to the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale for quoits tournament against Wensleydale Rotary Club. A good time was had by all followed by an excellent meal at the CB Inn. The evening is renown for being a “midges” paradise with most members taking some form of protection.

August 18th 2016. Brough Show

This year, on a warm and sunny day in August, the Rotary Club had two stands at the local agricultural show. Roger Frank brought along the Polio caravan with the iron lung in order to promote awareness to visitors, many people had not seen an iron lung and were possibly not aware of how bad the disease polio actually is. The second stand was the coconut shy which again attracted people to try their skills at winning a coconut, plus the club being able to promote Rotary.

August 23rd 2016. Evening Walk to Smardale

Richard organised an evening walk starting at Newbiggin-on-Lune through to Smardale for members and partners. There was a choice of walks, the length depending on the fitness of the walkers! The walk was followed by a meal at the King’s Head in Ravenstonedale.

September 6th 2016. Visit of DG Malcolm Baldwin

DG Malcolm Baldwin visited the club tonight. His first comments related to some Upper Eden’s exploits, however, he stressed that we should always be looking to do more, plus to look at different ways to promote Rotary. He also urged members to not be complacent and to look inwardly at the club to see if it was “fit for purpose”. His nominated charity for his year is “Blood Bikes” and he finished by saying that members should have fun and also enjoy Rotary. President Ian gave the vote of thanks.

September 13th 2016. Yomp Presentation Evening

Tonight was the annual Yomp presentation evening where the cheques were presented to the charitable recipients, this year it was Parkinson’s UK, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and Guides and also Ankoma (Ghana) village project. A donation was also given to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue team who give invaluable assistance on Yomp day. The evening is also a chance for the club to thank member’s partners, friends and volunteers who help on the day, plus, our sponsor, Builders Merchant; J T Atkinson. During the evening a cheque was also presented to Kirkby Stephen Town Council as a contribution towards the Christmas lights.

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September 30th 2016. Charter Night

Charter Night was again held at the upper Eden Rugby Club and was attended by club members, partners and guests. The guest speaker this year was celebrity chef John Crouch who lives in Wigton. John not only gave an interesting talk on his career, he also enthralled the audience with cooking demonstrations. John was certainly a different type of guest speaker and one who was also able to demonstrate his skills to an enthusiastic audience.

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October 4th 2016. Stephen Ball: Nightmare at 20,000 feet

Richard Todd introduced Stephen Ball as the guest speaker. Stephen related his experiences about attempting to climb Mount McKinley in Alaska along with two companions. He explained about the trials and problems they all encountered and how he went for help only to fall and slip down into an icy area where not many climbers came through. Subsequently, he broke both legs and dislocated his shoulder plus suffered from hypothermia. He was eventually rescued by helicopter and taken to Anchorage. Following amputations and loss of fingers on both hands, he now is getting back to climbing using prosthetics, plus he also does upholstery. An interesting and thought provoking presentation. Bill Barr gave the vote of thanks.

October 18th 2016. Keith Savage: Restoring Vintage Cars

David Caldow introduced the speaker; Kevin Savage and “Rallying and Restoring Classic Rally Cars” was the title of his talk. Kevin spoke about his rallying experience over 40 years, which included 600 rallies, both as driver and navigator. Ten years ago he started “KSS NORTH Ltd” near Ingleton, here they completely restore and also repair classic rally cars. It was a very entertaining and interesting evening with members of Appleby Rotary Club and guests joining in a night of good fellowship. As a result of the interest by members Kevin has arranged an Open Day on the 11th November for us to see the specialist work they undertake.

October 22nd 2016. Youth Fundraiser Pie and Peas Evening at Kaber Chapel

John & Alison Andrew kindly hosted a pie & pea supper social evening for members of the Rotary Club of Upper and their guests. The evening was held in the beautifully converted former Primitive Methodist Chapel in the village of Kaber and over £600 was raised for the club’s charitable funds supporting the work of the youth committee chaired by John. The Youth Committee supports the coaching of students in the Young Enterprise programme, Design & Technology prizes at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and a Young Artist programme in the coming year. From time to time they also sponsor individuals to attend at the Calvert Trust and Rotary Youth Leadership programme. A little magic was added to the evening with an acoustic performance by talented young Appleby musician Beth Florence.

November 1st 2016. Visit to “Out of Eden”

Member and partners visited local company “Out of Eden”. Club members had previously visited the company in 2008, just after they had moved into new purpose built premises. It was very interesting for everyone to see just how much the company has progressed and grown. They now have a soap production line (shown working on the night), a new mezzanine floor, two local off site warehouse units and threefold increase in staff. A very enjoyable evening with owners Ian and Janet Hartley plus MD Mike Gannon joining members and partners for a meal afterwards. President Ian gave the vote of thanks.

8th November 2016. Lisa Charters

David Caldow introduced Cumbrian artist Lisa Charters who gave a very interesting talk on how she started as an artist, learnt how to show the muscle definition of animals, which is so important to bringing the subject to life, then developed and honed her interest in painting animals, especially dogs. With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, including the occasional big cat growl, gorilla chest beating roar along the way, it was fascinating to see how a painting of a dog develops through various stages. A painting of one of our members dogs Duncan was on display, which Lisa did from only 3 6x4 photos, showed how her talents captured the personality and character of him quite beautifully. An evening with members and partners, plus guests, who enjoyed good fellowship. Tony Taylor gave the vote of thanks.

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November 11th 2016. Vision Aid Overseas

36 pairs of spectacles delivered to Vision Aid Overseas.

November 11th 2016. Visit to KSS North Ltd, Vehicle Restorers

A party made up 25 Members of Upper Eden, Appleby and Skipton Craven Rotary Clubs, with guests met up at The Marton Arms near Ingleton. Leaving in a convoy of 9 cars, up a seriously narrow lane, they arrived at the secret works of KSS North Ltd, filling the car park. As we met 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month we started the visit with a minutes silence. Kevin Savage the company owner, had recently given a talk to Upper Eden Club about his exploits as a very competitive rally driver and navigator, as well as his companies activities. He generously arranged an open day to his works to see the classic rally cars he restores and repairs with skill and passion following arguments with the likes of trees and stone walls.  Following the visit we repaired to The Marton Arms for soup and sandwiches and continued the day of great fellowship. Thanks to all present for helping to raise £65 for End Polio Now / Iron Lung.

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December 6th 2016. Co-op Raffle Presentation

Over 200 Christmas gifts for the over eighties have been distributed by Upper Eden Rotary Club around Kirkby Stephen and the Upper Eden Valley this year. Following the sale of raffle tickets at the Coop Supermarket in Kirkby Stephen in October, the winners of the draw were presented with their Coop vouchers in the store. The raffle was drawn at the recent Kirkby Stephen Christmas Lights ceremony at the end November and winners were presented with their prizes at the Coop in Kirkby Stephen by Upper Eden Rotary Club President Ian Udale.

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December 17th 2016. Club Christmas Dinner

Members of the Club, plus partners, held their annual Christmas dinner get together at the Fat lamb in Ravenstonedale. An enjoyable evening was had by all, good company and good food.

January 2017 17th. Images Through a Long Lens

David Caldow introduced the speaker, Charles Farnell who is a member of David’s previous club at Birkenhead on the Wirral. Charles had always had an interest in nature and after he retired from the banking industry at the age of 52, he took up photography. Charles gave an illustrated presentation of many of the birds and mammals taken from his collection of approximately 44,000 images. A very interesting and knowledgeable presentation. The vote of thanks was given by Ben Lyon.

February 14th 2017. Cumbria Blood Bikes

Dave Prince introduced tonight’s speaker from Cumbria Blood Bikes – Peter Knowles. Cumbria Blood Bikes is the nominated charity for this year’s Yomp Mountain Challenge and the charity has been going for three years, it is a registered charity and everyone involved are volunteers. They provide emergency transport for blood, samples, surgical instruments as well as delivering blood plasma on a daily basis to the North West Air Ambulance. All bikes and vehicles are owned by the charity and every driver has to have passed an advanced driving course. The vote of thanks was given by Ben Lyon.

February 17th 2017. Guest Night

This year’s “Guest Night” was held at King’s Head in Ravenstonedale when members and their guests had a very enjoyable meal with good socialising. An evening enjoyed by all.

February 28th 2017. CPR Training

Arthur Littlefair introduced the speaker/trainer this evening. Accompanied by his wife Andrea, Tony Crann is a para medic attached to the Sedbergh Ambulance Station. Tony went through the basics of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and explained and demonstrated what to do in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest. Following this, everyone present, members and partners, were given the chance to “have a go”. An excellent evening showing members and partners how to react in the event of an emergency.

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March 7th 2017. Visit to Kirkby Stephen Fire Station

The evening started with a visit to Kirkby Stephen Fire Station. Arthur Littlefair introduced everyone to station officer; Paul Jackson. Paul gave an overview of how the operation works plus demonstrating some of the office equipment showing the position and manpower available for other Cumbrian fire stations. Following this, there was a tour of the station and the fire engine. The evening was also a training and qualification evening for members of the team, which added a bit more of interest to Rotary members as they were able to observe the proceedings.

March 14th 2017. Eden Lime Mortar

Richard introduced Tim Wells of Eden Lime Mortar. Tim gave his background as being dairy farming. He then did some teaching at Newton Rigg. He got into the business of lime mortar as he was renovating his house that had been repaired over the years with Portland cement, this caused dampness, so he stripped it all off and replaced it with Lime Mortar, all is now well. Since working on his own house Tim commenced supplying Hot mixed lime mortar for builders and home owners & DIY enthusiasts for properties predominantly in the North of England but many areas of England, Scotland and Wales. With all the floods this century, the houses which are lime pointed, rendered and plastered are drying themselves out. The mortar needs to be softer than the stone, cement in most cases is far, far harder than the stone, the water is not able to escape back through the cement pointing/render, therefore it starts to go further into the wall and finally comes through into the living areas. Lawrence Cowin gave the vote of thanks.

April 4th 2017. 12 Years with Mercy Ships   

Tonight’s speaker was the Reverend Judy Polkinhorn and was introduced by David Whitehead. Judy gave an interesting illustrated talk about her 12 years with Mercy Ships. The first ship they had is a converted Danish rail ferry , this has operating theatres and wards for people to recover. All the staff are volunteers who give up their time to help and they operate on people with birth defects, facial tumours and dentistry to name a few. The main priority is safety, so before the ship calls at any of the African countries, a survey has to be carried out and they have to liaise with the government before their visit.  Arthur Littlefair gave the vote of thanks commenting on how it put a different perspective on life and gave food for thought.

April 18th 2017. Vision Aid

38 pairs of spectacles sent to Visionaid.

Easter Weekend

Easter Saturday saw the annual vehicle rally held in Kirkby Stephen and organised by Cumbria Classic Coaches. Upper Eden Rotary had two stands in the town, the coconut shy and also the Iron Lung promoting “Polio Plus” and also making visitors aware of this terrible disease and what Rotary and the Bill Gates Foundation to doing to try and eradicate it. There was also a “Beer Fest” organised jointly by Rotary and the Upper Eden Rugby Club on the Saturday from 12 noon till late, with live music in the evening.

April 25th 2017. Jim Wardrope: Ebola Experiences in Sierra Leone

Litini introduced this week’s speaker, her neighbour Jim who worked as part of the team treating people with Ebola in Sierra Leone. He explained that the Ebola epidemic started in 2014 and is a virus with a mortality rate of 30-90%. There were 128K cases with 11.3K deaths. Jim explained how there were four medical teams and then different zones. In the red zone where the teams wore full protection, the team member could stay there for 45 minutes due to the heat. Apart from treating the patients in the hospital area, they had to go out to villages to educate residents. Ebola has been around for 30 years and although it is now contained, it is still there. David Caldow gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club.

May 9th 2017. Visit to Lyon Equipment at Tebay

The evening visit to Lyon Equipment gave club members and partners an insight as to just how the company has grown since the last club visit five years ago. A full tour was given by members of the company and this was followed by a buffet supper.

May 16th 2017. Jean Bunting and her Guide Dog Toby

Richard Todd introduced tonight’s speaker, Jean Bunting, plus Toby. Jean explained the background to her loss of sight. They decided to move to Kirkby Stephen and here, Jean found it difficult to move around and negotiate due to traffic. Although they already had three dogs, they were advised to investigate getting a guide dog, which is not an immediate process. People need to be matched with the dog, then undergo training with the dog. The Guide Dog charity don’t just do Guide Dogs, they also train them as sniffer dogs and police dogs. A very interesting talk with the vote of thanks given by Tony Taylor. Toby was then allowed to walk round the room and introduce himself to club members.

May 20th 2017. Abseiling Down the Kirkby Stephen Church Tower

As part of the fund raising for a new classroom at the local Primary School, one of the events was abseiling down the Parish Church Tower. Two members of Upper Eden Rotary Club took part, these were Bill Barr, who is also Chairman of the School Governors and Stuart Johnstone. Just goes to show, club members will try anything (well almost anything) to help raise funds for worthy causes. Attached pictures show them coming down the tower.

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Bill Barr abseiling

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Stuart Johnstone abseiling

June 4th 2017. The Upper Eden Yomp Mountain Challenge

The day saw the annual running of the Yomp, a great day with the weather just right for fell running and the men’s full yomp record was broken, by Carl Bell, who broke his own record. For a full report and list of results for all three courses, go to

June 27th 2017. George Pailor’s “Life” Talk

George recently joined the Upper Eden Rotary Club and tonight his talk was entitled a “Life” talk. George contracted polio in June 1950 and he described the early hospitalized years and how he needed to wear a calliper and his experiences of growing up with a calliper on his leg. He enjoyed train spotting, something he did with friends all over the North of England. He took up an apprenticeship as a turner, then moved into the drawing office, followed by design. He has bred dogs and various other animals, bred turkeys to sell for Christmas and even made sheepskin rugs, the latter two not to be advised as a career! His philosophy has been to enjoy life which is something he does.