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We meet on most Thursday evenings at 7.30pm 

It is a tradition that our club does not meet on Maundy Thursday.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 5th April 2018 at

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A very interesting tour giving us information as to the production of Whisky, Vodka, and Gin. This was followed by a tasting of the products. Enjoyed by most, but not the drivers who were unable to take advantage. Perhaps next time others can drive. We then had a very enjoyable meal in the Boardroom.



Flowering Crocus Corms in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

 Crocuses 2018

What a glorious display of the crocus corms planted in 2016 by club members in  
Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale. They were planted to highlight the ongoing project  
"Purple 4 Polio" to rid the world of the crippling disease of Polio.
When a child is vaccinated a finger is stained purple to indicate that the child has been vaccinated.


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Saturday September 22nd 

Llanddulas Male Voice Choir

Visits Kirby-Lonsdale

Llanddulas Choir

a Fantastic Event Watch this space for Ticket Details



Bonanza Cake & Savoury Sale March 10th at

Lunesdale Hall Kirkby-Lonsdale

A Fun Day

After the huge success of the sale last year,

by popular request,

this year it was extended to include handmade craft items.

All the proceeds will go to several worthy charities. 


Auction Night At Tunstall Village Hall

Our International Fund Raising Evening



Our International Supper and Auction Event 23rd February.
As always this popular event proved to be a very enjoyable and very successful evening. Club members and their guests enjoyed a meal before the serious business of the auction began. The stars of the evening as always were Colin and Jane Greenhalgh who skilfully and with lots of humour orchestrated and encouraged the bidding to achieve the best possible bids. There was an excellent variety of "lots" on offer providing everybody with an opportunity to bid for something. The grand total was an amazing £2,861. The money raised will go to the following deserving charities; Polio Plus, Mary's Meals, Mercy Ships, MAAF, Sandam Project, Kitale School Uganda, Amango School S.Africa and Rotary Foundation. On behalf of President Nigel, Duncan Hamlett and all the club members a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and for their generosity.



Father Christmas visits the Lunesdale Valley
There has been intense excitement throughout the valley as many of the villages welcomed a visit from Father Christmas in his sleigh during the past week. Several members of the Rotary Club accompanied him each evening and knocked on doors to be sure that everyone was aware that he had arrived. He was given a great welcome and people generously made a donation into the collecting tins. The money collected will all go to local deserving causes. 

A visit was also made to Brant Howe Nursing Home in Kirkby Lonsdale where the residents and some grandchildren were thrilled to meet him. Each of the children received a present--- some were shy of the big man in red some were not! 
Rotary Club President Nigel plus all the members wish to say thank you to everyone for all the support given throughout the year and to wish you a
Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018.


Father Christmas at Booths


Christmas Dinner at Bentham Golf Club

Christmas Party



The Club Provides A Special Experience 

Castle Head Field Studies Centre

 At the meeting on 30th December Liam McLoughlin, a student from Wennington Hall School, gave an excellent talk about his time at Castle Head Field Studies Centre. He described how he had enjoyed this fantastic opportunity, made available to him by the Club. He had participated in an action packed week of outdoor activities and pursuits. Pupils from all over Lancashire and Cumbria came together to take part in a range of challenges designed to develop team work, cooperation and resilience in a variety of settings.

The week began with team bonding and raft building thus enabling young people to work together. Despite unusually cold temperatures and driving rain, the groups took part in Ghyll scrambling, and developed climbing skills on both a wall, and up in the Lake District hills.

One of the many highlights was the overnight expedition, even though it had to be curtailed due to the change in weather conditions. The student group were initially camped at 800ft, but because of the high winds they descended quickly. They returned to base at Castle Head earlier than expected. Liam proved to be a real success story when it came to the Crate Challenge, building a stack of 19 crates to win the event.

The week culminated in a presentation by the groups reflecting their clear enjoyment of the experience, successes achieved, and the positive impact it had had on all the students who took part.




Children in Need

C in need

Pudsey in Kirby Lonsdale

Pudsey and some members of the Rotary Club of Lunesdale collected at the entrance to the Booths store enjoying meeting and chatting with busy customers. The staff, in the store were in fancy dress and collected whilst having fun with the customers. As always Booths customers were very willing to donate to Children In Need and enjoy the happy atmosphere. The total collected was an amazing £1,500. A huge thank you from the Rotarary Club and Booths Staff to everyone who donated to this worthy cause.




Doing Our Bit To Eradicate Polio From The World 

For over 30 years, Rotary has been working hard to rid the world of polio. This terrible disease can kill or severely disable children. There is no cure. Immunisation programmes are essential to prevent children contracting this disease. To date polio cases across the world have reduced by 99.9% from over 350,000 cases to just 74 in 2015. Over 2.5 billion children have been immunised. 

In 2016 Roger Frank of the Upper Eden Rotary Club conceived and realised the idea of manufacturing, promoting and monetizing an Iron Lung to raise funds towards the worldwide eradication of polio.

Planting Crocus Bulbs for Purple4Polio


A Nationwide Campaign
Some members of the Club in the process of planting 3.500 crocus corms along parts of the bank of the River Lune at the bottom of Mill Brow in Kirkby Lonsdale. The planting is part of a Rotary Club nationwide initiative to publicise the campaign to eradicate polio from the world. All the flowers are purple and when they bloom, next Spring, they will provide a spectacular purple display along the river pathway. Hundreds of walkers will enjoy the added attraction to this ever popular and delightful walk. When a child is vaccinated against polio a purple dye is put on a finger to indicate the child has been treated hence the significance of the purple flowers.


Displaying the Iron Lung at the Westmoreland Show

 Left to right, Robert Sykes Kendal RC, Roger Frank Upper Eden RC, 
Lilian Barton and Brian Beard of Lunesdale RC.


  Rotary Clubs working together towards supporting the global campaign to eradicate Polio.

What is an Iron Lung?
Some club members visited the Westmorland Show on 14th September with this fantastic but now obsolete piece of life saving equipment. This was a life saver for polio victims who's chest muscles ceased to work, and were unable to breathe. By changing the pressure on the body it made the lungs inhale and exhale.



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Visit from Alistair Eagles CEO of SeaTruck

Alister Eagles

Alistair Eagles with President Nigel

Rotarians were very pleased to welcome Alistair Eagles, CEO of SeaTruck (established in 1996) based in Heysham, as our speaker on 9th November. Alistair's audio visual presentation gave a clear picture of the origin, history and development of the company to date. This freight only carrying company with specially designed clipper ships transports unaccompanied containers to Dublin and Warren Point in Ireland. The recently completed M6 Heysham link has been a welcome development to the company providing obvious improved access. It was good to hear this success story which looks set to continue.

South Lakes Fire and Rescue Service

Conrad Leather with President Nigel Pullen

The speaker at the meeting on 2nd November was Conrad Leather, Manager of South Lakes Fire and Rescue Service. He explained that in recent years house fires have decreased in numbers mainly due to improved technology but that road traffic accidents are a a big user of this organisation's facilities. Smoke alarms ( needing no batteries )were voted the top invention of the 20th century. Householders can ask to have them fitted by the service and there is no charge for this. The alarms detect smoke and provide an early warning giving people time to evacuate a building. An excellent piece of advice is to make sure there is a clear means of escape in your home in the event of a fire and that everyone is aware of it.

Project Trust 


Fiona with President Nigel

Fiona Duxbury, pupil at QES in Kirkby Lonsdale, was our young guest speaker at the meeting on 26th October talking about this education charity. The aim of the Trust is to provide volunteers in over 20 countries with an educational experience through living and working with people in communities totally different from those in which they have grown up. Having been through a rigorous selection process successfully Fiona will spend 12 months in South Africa concentrating on primary school teaching. Fiona is hoping to use her considerable musical talents on piano, trombone and singing during her year abroad 2018 - 2019. We wish her well.


The Post Office 1516 to 2016

David Alder, sub-postmaster for Bentham, gave an interesting and informative talk on the origins of the post office.

The Post Office started as a government office for official letters, and gave the government of the day an opportunity to inspect the mail. This developed into a postal system initially via London, and then throughout the country.

Early postage required the receiver to pay for the delivery. A later innovation was for the sender to pre-pay the postage. This gave rise to the introduction of the postage stamp, and eventually first and second class post throughout Great Britain.

David Alder

David is to retire from the Post Office in January 2018. We wish him well in his retirement.

Eva Vavrova with President Nigel

Empowering People

Eva Vavrova was the guest speaker at the meeting on 14th February and is the founder of a non profit organisation "Reconnection". She is passionate about empowering people to take the lead to tackle everyday issues such as disability, mental health problems, deprivation, isolation and loneliness. Eva runs therapy, meditation, yoga and massage workshops for people marginalised from the wellbeing services and her social enterprise is helping organisations to save money on their staff sickness.

Richard Parsons

Receiving His Paul Harris Award from President Nigel

Richard Parsons is hereby named a Paul Harris Fellow
In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance 
of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.

Mary's Meals Day at Glasgow 3rd September


Duncan Hamlett with Magnus in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow Founder and CEO of this vital charity was present on this occasion. He personally thanked the people who generously support the programme which feeds 
over 1.2 million hungry children in 14 countries around the world. The children are given a 
mug full of porridge with added vitamins daily at school. He reported on how the charity continues to grow each year and to help more children. A similar occasion is held in London and Ireland. 

Rotary Wheelchair Foundation


Graham Jackson with President Nigel Pullen

Graham Jackson from District 1285 was our speaker on August 31st. He is passionate about raising funds to purchase wheelchairs and ship them out to S. Africa. They are desperately needed there to help people, including children, with severe mobility problems. A young boy called Joe, who could only move about by rolling, highlighted the problem for Graham. Graham's objective is to fill a container with 110 wheelchairs. To date he has 70. Club members agreed to support this project.

A Helping Hand for Marie Curie

A Helping Hand for Marie Curie.
The Club was happy to support this deserving charity with a street collection
in Kirkby Lonsdale on 25th August which raised £226.

Left to right Brian Beard, Hayley Revell Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for 
Cumbria and the North East and John Dale.










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