The Year of President David Whitehead (2018-19)
Diary July 2018 - July 2019
November 18th 2018. Planting of Crocus Bulbs
Rotarian George Pailor, chair of the Foundation Committee, arranged for club members to plant 5000 crocus bulbs in the grounds of Kirkby Stephen Health Centre. Fortunately, the weather was dry and sunny and his team of willing volunteers managed to plant all 5000 bulbs in about two hours. The bulbs were planted to show the words “END POLIO NOW” along with the Rotary roundel. Looking forward to springtime when they all come into flower.
November 13th 2018. Rotarian Margaret Lund on Rotakids
Tonight’s speaker was Rotarian Margaret Lund from the Fleetwood Club. Margaret spoke about their club’s experience with setting up Rotakid clubs at local schools. Rotakid clubs are for children aged 8 to 11 years and the aim is to promote the idea of Service, Citizenship, Community Cohesion, Independence, Initiative, Leadership, Self Esteem and Publicity. Although Rotary provide support, it is up to the school as to how they do it. Some of the possible projects were re-cycling of different items, collecting tools and clothing, food banks and shoe boxes. Ofsted like schools that are involved with Rotakids. The vote of thanks was given by John Andrew.
October 30th 2018. Visit of DG Mary Bradley
President David Whitehead introduced DG Mary to the club and Mary started by saying that Upper Eden club was very dear to her, always friendly and welcoming. She went on to complement the club on their achievements regarding Polio Plus, Shelterbox etc. From a DG view point, she spoke about Talking Newspaper and how beneficial it is to, not only registered blind people, but also to people with learning difficulties and prisoners. She publicized the Prostate Cancer Bike Ride where Rotarians have to cycle to their nearest Rotary club to raise money for Prostate Cancer, John Andrew was elected to do this on behalf of Upper Eden. She urged members to be proud of Rotary and to use banners, badges etc to help promote Rotary. She stressed the five “Ps” of Rotary, Projects, Publicity, Press, Polio and Peace. The club was urged to hold a “Greatest Meal” on the 23rd February and lastly the re-invention of the Norwest magazine, where Mary has taken over being editor, at least for the next two editions. Tony Taylor gave the vote of thanks, saying that overall it was a very informative talk to enthuse Upper Eden Rotary Club members.
October 15th-23rd 2018. Co-op Christmas Raffle
The annual Christmas raffle took place at the local Kirkby Stephen Coop store, with Upper Eden Club member, together with family and partners selling tickets to raise funds to buy presents for the over eighties in the area. Again, a very successful event and the raffle draw will take place at the Kirkby Stephen Christmas lights switch on ceremony on the 30th November.
October 16th 2018. Rotary Satellite Clubs with Rotarian Peter Walker
Tonight’s speaker was Rotarian Peter Walker of the Rotary Club of Faringdon. Peter gave some background information on his club, which is about the same size as Upper Eden in membership numbers and are in their 40th year. He went onto talk about “Satellite Clubs” and how they set up one of their own in 2016. He explained that the satellite club has eight members at present and they meet in a coffee shop when family can also attend, hence it has less formality. Members of the satellite club also pay subs and have their own bank account. An interesting talk which gave much thought for the future, to which Litini will be taking up the reins to promote this locally. Litini also gave thanks to Peter for coming along and explaining the concept.
October 15th 2018. Vision Aid Overseas
23 pairs of spectacles sent to Vision Aid Overseas.
October 10th 2018. Shelterboxes Financed
3 shelterboxes financed.
October 4th 2018. Go Karting at Rowrah
Following the Go Karting challenge between Upper Eden and Appleby Rotary Clubs in Newcastle earlier in the year, with 23 members taking part, a return bout was run at Rowrah near Cockermouth on an outdoor track. There was 13 stalwarts from Appleby Club and only David Caldow from Upper Eden, however, they all braved the wind and continuous rain, resulting in some exciting spins and slides. Despite being greatly out-numbered, David Caldow managed to log the fastest lap in the main race, finishing second. The racers then retired to the White Horse at Maulds Meaburn for pie and chips and also to enjoy an open fire to dry out. A day of good fellowship was had.
October 2nd 2018. Driving Steam Locomotives with Stephen Radford
Tony Taylor introduced Stephen Radford, a local Methodist Superintendent Minister. Stephen replaced his clerical collar with a boiler suit to talk about his passion of driving steam locomotives. Over the years, he has been a volunteer driver at the Midland Railway Centre at Swanwick in Derbyshire. Having passed out as a fireman he was then trained to drive the trains, surely every boy’s dream job. He explained that it was not only dirty work, but also a lot of time was spent getting the engine ready before it could leave the shed. Part of getting ready was having to know the “road” in detail so that he could steam along, even when visibility was negligible. He showed us the rule book – a thick tome - on which he had been tested and retested. Many of us have dreamt about being on the footplate, but never had the determination to follow it up. Stephen persevered and has had many good times behind the controls and has honed his skills at making a fry-up on the shovel in the firebox. A most entertaining talk.
September 28th 2018. Charter Night
The 39th Upper Eden Charter Night was held this year at the Inn at Brough, near Kirkby Stephen. Guests on the night included DG Mary Bradley and guest speaker; Tim Craddock and his wife Anne who gave an illustrated talk on mining in the Cumbrian area. A total of 64 people attended the night with guests coming from Rotary Clubs near and far. The attached picture shows (from the left) Tim Cradock, Anne Cradock, President Elect Tony Taylor, DG Mary Bradley, President David Whitehead and his wife Judith.
September 11th 2018. Yomp Presentation Night
At the annual Yomp presentation evening at the Rugby Club in Kirkby Stephen. Over £5000 was donated to various organisations. The event 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 £2500 was presented by Yomp Committee Chairman, Lawrence Cowin, to representatives from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society which was the main nominated charity for 2018. Lawrence also presented a cheque for £500 to the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team who give valuable help on the day, plus a cheque for £100 to Kirkby Stephen Scouts who help in the base on the day. For the second year running, the club also decided to send funds to purchase two “Shelterboxes”. The evening also included the presentations of cheques from money raised at a comedy night held at the beginning of August. Cheques for £600 were presented to the North Cumbria Prostate Cancer Support Group, plus Kirkby Stephen Cancer Support Group, to go to Breast Cancer UK. 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.
August 3rd 2018. Comedy Night
Upper Eden club arranged a comedy night with amateur group “Comedy Showtime”. This the second time the group have come to Kirkby Stephen to perform and evening of various comedy sketches and musical interludes. There was a full house of club members, friends and family who had a thoroughly enjoyable evening which was followed by the raffle draw with one of the group doing their best to put the winners at ease in a thoroughly entertaining fashion!!! All the money raised from the event is to be shared between the North Cumbria Prostate Cancer Group and Breast Cancer UK.
July 29th 2018. Westmorland Dales Day in Kirkby Stephen
The annual Westmorland Dales Day took place in the market square and various other locations in Kirkby Stephen. Rotarians from Upper Eden and Appleby clubs exhibited some of their beloved cars and Upper Eden members helped steward the event and give guidance to visitors.
July 10th 2018. Club Visit to Piper Hole Farm
The visit this evening was to a local farm where they breed and rear goats. The farm is run by husband and wife team Ruth and Frank Hunter, along with their daughters Emma and Georgina. Apart from selling the goats milk, they also make goats milk soap which they sell from the farm plus local agricultural shows and famers markets. Recently, they have also started to sell meat from the goats. Dave Prince introduced Frank and he then gave an overview of the history of the farm and also how they manage the local environment. Frank then took everyone on a tour of the flower meadows which were in their prime. Everyone then enjoyed a lovely buffet supper. Dave Prince gave the vote of thanks and a lovely evening was enjoyed by all.
July 4th 2018. Clay Pigeon Shoot
Rotarians Lawrence Cowin and Ivor Allonby organised the annual clay pigeon shoot at Soulby. Fortunately, the weather was warm and dry this year with a good turnout of “crack shots” taking part in the event. After the shoot, a meal was served by members of” Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakes”. All proceeds from the event went to Hospice at Home.
June 29th 2018. Change Over Night
Change over night this year took place at the “Inn at Brough”. Club members and partners enjoyed an excellent meal before the main event of the evening. Richard Todd relinquished his role as Club President and handed over to David Whitehead and Tony Taylor took over a President Elect. Flowers were presented to Judith Todd. An enjoyable evening shared by everyone present.