Rotary Club of Upper Eden activities

The year of President Richard Todd (2017-18)

President Ian Udale (2016-17)Greeting from Rotarian Richard Todd, President July 2017 - July 2018

We meet on Tuesday evenings at the Rugby Club in Kirkby Stephen, at the wilder end of the unspoiled Eden Valley in north-east Cumbria, where we enjoy a two course meal and perhaps a drink or two. Our club started life 38 years ago and this year we have achieved record membership of 35. We have recently welcomed our first two lady members, and more are anticipated.

I am sometimes asked ‘What is Rotary?” For me the answer is neatly presented in one of Rotary’s stated aims, - “Development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service”. Our meetings are friendly, with plenty of banter, and in keeping with modern times there is nowadays much less formality. A strong camaraderie is developed which enables us to work together enthusiastically in making the world a better place, whether it be in the local community or in contributing to the international achievements of the hugely influential Rotary organisation worldwide. The eradication of polio is the largest of these initiatives, we work together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and we are almost there!

We never seem to be short of entertaining and inspirational speakers at our meetings, and we also arrange outside visits, sporting fixtures against other Rotary clubs, and evening walks. To get an idea of some of the things we did last year click on Activites 2016-17.

Much of our time is spent organising fund raising events, of which the main one is our annual Yomp Mountain Challenge. This attracts people from far and near to walk or run the full 23 miles, largely over exposed open fell, or the 11.5 or 6.5 mile versions. It takes a lot of organising and marshalling – why not come and help us? Better still, if you think that you might like to be a part of what we do come along to one or two of our meetings or events. You will be very welcome.
 
Events July 2017 - July 2018
 
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.
 
upper eden rotary club change over 2017 upper eden rotary club change over 2017
upper eden rotary club change over 2017 upper eden rotary club change over 2017
 
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.

July 20th 2017. Vision Aid Overseas
30 pairs of spectacles delivered to Vision Aid Overseas.
 
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.
 
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 wellbeing 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 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 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.
 
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.
 
rotary yomp presentation

rotary yomp presentation

rotary yomp presentation

rotary yomp presentation
 
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.
 
rotary celebrity chef evening

rotary celebrity chef evening
 
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 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.
 
rotary club charter night
 
rotary club charter night
 
October 2017. Co-op Raffle
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.
 
upper eden rotary club co-op raffle 2017